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“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood": First Edition of Martin Luther King's Strength to Love; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition of Dr. King’s second book, of which Coretta Scott King noted, “If there is one book Martin Luther King, Jr. has written that people consistently tell me has changed their lives, it is Strength to Love.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Major Ernest D. Muse With Best Wishes Martin Luther King.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Dr. King.
Price: $12,800.00 Item Number: 41050
"I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology": Exceptionally Rare Autograph Letter Signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before beginning graduate studies at Boston University in 1951
Typescript autograph letter signed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requesting housing upon his acceptance to Boston University Graduate School. The letter, dated June 15th 1951 and addressed to Dean Charles W. Alter, Boston University Graduate School, reads, “Dear Dean Alter, I have been accepted in Boston University Graduate School as a regular student and a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Systematic Theology. I am now interested in finding living accommodations on the campus, or at least very near by. A single room would be preferable. If such is possible I would appreciate having it reserved. I am also interested in applying for a graduate Fellowship. Please send me the necessary information at this point along with an application blank. Thanks in advance for your cooperation, I am Sincerely yours, Martin L. King, Jr.” King later recalled his experience with housing bias in 1951 Boston in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1965, “I remember very well trying to find a place to live. I went into place after place where there were signs that rooms were for rent. They were for rent until they found out I was a Negro, and suddenly they had just been rented.” Double matted and framed, with a photograph of a young King. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 21.75 inches. This letter offers an extraordinary glimpse into the education of the great African-American Civil Rights leader, exemplifying his own experiences with the systemic racism in 1950s American society.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 82416
“History is the memory of States": First Edition of Henry Kissinger's first Book A World Restored; Signed by Him
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1957.
First edition of Kissinger’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Henry A. Kissinger on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a touch of wear.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 101303
New York: Penguin Press, 2011.
First edition of Kissinger’s 13th book, which he draws on historical records and 40 years of direct interaction with four generations of Chinese leaders to analyze the link between China’s ancient past and its present day trajectory. Octavo, original boards. Boldly signed by Henry Kissinger on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Darren Haggar. Uncommon signed.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 79081
First Edition of Does America Need a Foreign Policy?; Inscribed by Henry A. Kissinger to Close Friend Robert Pirie
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
First edition of this important work by the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Bob Pirie from his friend Henry A. Kissinger.” The recipient was Robert Pirie, a lawyer in the field of mergers and acquisitions and later a prominent investment banker on Wall Street. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 5716
Surrey, England: Foreign Affairs Publishing Company, 1983.
First edition of Chile: The Crime of Resistance. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to Henry Kissingers, “A Henri Kissingers Secretaire d’Etat hommage respectueux, Suzanne Labin le Paris 12.3.83.” A nice association linking Labin, a provocative anti-Communist French analyst and Kissinger, a pro-Pinochet supporter. Labin portrays a Chile that vindicates Kissinger’s policies — Allende was the oppressor and Pinochet a beacon of progress according to Labin.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 5310
First Edition of Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee; Inscribed by Captain Robert E. Lee to John Campbell
New York : Doubleday, Page & Company, 1904.
First edition of this work “the closest thing to an autobiography that Gen. Lee ever wrote” (Nevins I, 120). Octavo, original cloth, with photogravure portraits. A Presentation copy with an interesting triad of associations. The books is inscribed by Captain Robert E. Lee, General Lee’s son and author of the book, to John L. Campbell, the Treasurer of Washington and Lee University for 35 years, with a lengthy quote by Englishman Gerald Smythe on the half-title, taken from a letter by General Lee to Bishop Randolph about the importance of history. The inscription from Capt. Rob Lee to John Campbell is dated October 13, 1904, the year of the book’s publication. The inscription penned by Gerald Smythe is dated 13 June 1909, during Smythe’s “sojourn in Lexington” with Rob Lee in May and June 1909 [Confederate Veteran, January, 1921]. Captain Lee referred to Smythe as “the best Confederate I know” and Smythe later penned “An Englishman’s Visit to Capt. R. E. Lee” about his pleasant visit, issued of the Confederate Veteran, June 1915. All in all, a remarkable copy with significant associations, of this important work, described as
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 110342
Rare Civil War era carte-de-visite portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform, boldly signed “RE Lee”. In fine condition. Quadruple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 103675
Marietta: Top Shelf Productions, 2015.
First edition of the second book in John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March trilogy. Octavo, original illustrated boards, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by John Lewis on the half-title page, “To Thom Thank you. John Lewis” and signed by Andrew Aydin. In fine condition.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118963
Davenport, Iowa: 1865.
Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 95831
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 96862
"Among the finest American portrait prints of the nineteenth century": Rare E.C. Middleton oleographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Cincinnati : E.C. Middleton, 1864.
Rare oloegraphic portrait of Abraham Lincoln by E.C. Middleton. With Middleton’s Warranted Oil Colors imprint to the verso of the frame dated 1864. Between 1861 and 1873, E.C. Middleton of Cincinnati published a series oval oleographic portraits intended to have the appearance of oil paintings including thirteen “Portraits of American Statesmen and Heroes.” Middleton invented the method of oleography which used the process of chromolithographic printing with oil based inks mounted on canvas. The portraits were exclusively sold in frames directly through agents by subscription. In fine condition. Framed. The portrait measures 17 inches by 14 inches. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 19 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 109547
Military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln, Washington, August 1861. Folio on vellum with vignettes. Light wear along the folds. Countersigned by Simon Cameron. Matted and framed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 69020
Rare Civil War era military endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Two pages, the appointment is dated July 26th 1864, addressed to Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton and contains a request from J.M. Francis of Hudson County, New Jersey that Edward Z. Laurence be appointed Secretary of Subsistence in the Volunteer Army of the United States. The request is approved and endorsed at the conclusion by Lincoln, “Let the appointment be made, if his service can be made useful A. Lincoln Aug. 17 1864.” Framed. The entire piece measures 27 inches by 9.5 inches. In very good condition with a bold inscription from Lincoln.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 114205
Rare Civil War era endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Dated March 14, 1864, the endorsement reads, “Submitted to the Sec. of War & Gen. Meade. A. Lincoln, March 14, 1864.” In fine condition. On March 14, 1864 Lincoln issued an order for the draft of 200,000 men to support the Union effort. Only two days prior, General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of the Union armies. Matted and framed with and engraved portrait of Lincoln and gold biographical plaque. The endorsement measures 3.25 inches by 2.75 inches. The entire piece measures 22.75 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $11,800.00 Item Number: 109638
“A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 95124
"The most important series of American Political Debates": FIRST EDITION OF THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES
Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, In the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois.
Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860.
First edition, second issue with the Table of Contents on page ii of “the most important series of American political debates” (Howes L338). Octavo, original publisher’s brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate blind stamping to the front and rear panels. In very good condition. Ownership name.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 116741
London: Alexander Strahan, 1866.
First edition of President Lincoln Self-Pourtrayed, the scarce variant imprint, which was printed in London as indicated on p. 240 and the priority of which is unknown (M 864). Octavo, original publishers cloth with gilt titles to the spine, engraved tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Lincoln, with “The proceeds of this volume are intended to be devoted for the relief of the Freedmen of the United States exclusively” to the verso of the title page. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 105063
Johannesburg and London: Collins, 1962.
First edition of this work by the Nobel Laureate. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, bookplate. Introduction by Charles Hooper. A nice example.
Price: $250.00 Item Number: 114241
"Fight has never been and is not now a fight for conquest of land, for accumulation of wealth or domination of peoples, but for the recognition and preservation of the rights of man and the establishment of a truly free world for a free people": Exceedingly Scarce Signed Photograph of Albert Luthuli
Black and white photograph of Albert Lutuli, the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed twice by him and dated by him 2/11/1961. The portrait shows Luthuli holding the telegram which announced his award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. The reverse of the photograph is rubber stamped “Copyright Photograph supplied by The Natal Mercury, Devonshire Place, Durban”. In near fine condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 81123
Large signed portrait of General Douglas MacArthur in uniform, “To Major Sgt. Gordon, with best wishes, Douglas MacArthur.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 51003
"The chain is no stronger than the weakest link": First Edition of General Douglas MacArthur's Address Delivered at Los Angeles, California January 26, 1955
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur: An Address Delivered at Los Angeles, California January 26, 1955.
Stanford Connecticut: The Overbrook Press, 1955.
First edition of this address delivered by General Douglas MacArthur at Los Angeles, California January 26, 1955 in which he discusses the current state of the nation. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In near fine condition. Scarce.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 96032
Large signed portrait of General Douglas MacArthur in uniform. Boldly signed by Douglas MacArthur on the bottom right hand side. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 15 inches. An exceptionally strong signature of MacArthur.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 68968
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964.
Signed limited first edition of MacArthur’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated, frontispiece. Signed by Douglas MacArthur, this is number 359. Near fine in a near fine slipcase. A nice example.
Price: $820.00 Item Number: 72069
"In long experience I find that a man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts": First Editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan's memoirs; Each Signed by Him
Harold Macmillan’s Memoirs: Winds of Change, 1914-1939; The Blast of War, 1939-1945; Tides of Fortune, 1945-1955; Riding the Storm, 1956-1959; Pointing the Way, 1959-1961; At the End of the Day, 1961-1963.
London: Macmillan, 1965-73.
First editions of each volume in Harold Macmillan’s memoirs, each signed by him. Octavo, six volumes, illustrated. Each volume is signed by Harold MacMillan on the title page. Each are fine in near fine to fine dust jackets. Complete signed sets are rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 91420
"But there are no loners. No man lives in a void. His every act is conditioned by his time and his society": First Edition of the Authors Classic Work The Death of a President, Signed By Him
New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
First edition of the historian’s most well-known and enduring work. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with the lightest of shelfwear to the crown of the spine. A very bright example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 3392
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1962.
First edition of William Manchester’s Portrait of a President. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of President Kennedy. Signed by William Manchester on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 3907
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM MANCHESTER’S CLASSIC WORK REMEMBERING KENNEDY: ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.
Signed limited first edition of the historian’s most well-known piece of literature. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated throughout. Signed by William Manchester. Fine in the original acetate, original slipcase in fine condition.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 119888
"We the people of Namibia - have finally emerged victorious in our struggle against colonialism, racism and apartheid; are determined to adopt a Constitution which expresses for ourselves and our children our resolve to cherish and to protect the gains of our long struggle": The Constitution of Namibia, Signed and Inscribed by Nelson Mandela and other Diplomats
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. A unique copy signed and or inscribed by all the major contributors of the Republic of Namibia, which was formed in 1990. Inscribed by Nelson Mandela, “To Udo with my comradely compliments and best wishes Nelson R. Mandela 22.3.90 Windhoek.” Additionally signed by future South African president Thabo Mbeki and dated 21.3.90; Namibia’s first prime minister, Hage Geingob; Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s first president; Joe Slovo, leading member of the African National Congress; Alfred Nzo, longest-standing secretary-general of the African National Congress and South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mandela Administration. In near fine condition with some light wear to the cover. Signatures of Nelson Mandela preceding his presidency are rare.
Price: $10,000.00 Item Number: 3303
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb" First Edition of The Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown, 1995.
First American edition of the illustrated autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Quarto, original boards. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $2,750.00 Item Number: 3728
"Never, never again will this beautiful land experience the oppression of one by another": First Edition of the Inauguration Book of Nelson Mandela; Boldly Signed By Mandela, Desmond Tutu and F.W. de Klerk
Pretoria, South Africa: Government Office, 1994.
First edition of this work on the inauguration of Nelson Mandela. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Nelson Mandela in the year of publication, “To Judy, Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 28.9.94.” Additionally signed by Nobel laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President F.W. de Klerk, who both participated in the inauguration. Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in ending apartheid. After the first universal elections in 1994, de Klerk became deputy president in the government of national unity under Nelson Mandela, a post he kept until 1996. In 1997 he resigned the leadership of the National Party and retired from politics. In fine condition. Rare, especially signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 112659
"It always seems impossible until it's done": First Edition of Mandela: A Life; Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
Cape Town: Sunbird Publishers, 2007.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work on the life of Nelson Mandela. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Boldly inscribed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the front free endpaper. Preface by Adrian Hadland. In fine condition.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 67435
Original color photograph of Nelson Mandela. Boldly signed and dated “N Mandela 18.6.2000.” Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 19 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 24057
Kent: A.G. Bishop & Sons, Ltd, c. 1965.
Second edition of Mandela’s Rivonia Speech. Signed and dated on the front panel, “NMandela 31.8.05.” In near fine condition.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 46025
"Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me": First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London: Little Brown and Company, 1994.
First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black boards. Inscribed by the author, “Dear Lynne, with thanks. Nelson Mandela 27.2.97.” The recipient was the realtor who sold Nelson Mandela his estate in Houghton, Johannesburg; where he passed away in 2013. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example with noted provenance.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 4426
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb": First Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela
Boston: Little Brown, 1994.
First American edition of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Signed by the author on the title page, “NMandela 12.5.05.” It was signed in New York City by Mandela during a visit upon receipt of an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 55043
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”: First British Edition of Long Walk To Freedom; Warmly Inscribed by Nelson Mandela
London: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
First British edition of the first autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Dr. Ivan May Compliments and best wishes to a public figure who cares. Nelson Mandela 6.1.95.” The recipient Ivan May, was academician and humanitarian, who worked closely with The Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was described by the foundation as “a groundbreaking leader in the sphere of giving.” Inscription of the recipient on the half-title page, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 5514
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994.
First South African edition, early printing of the autobiography of one of the greatest moral leaders of the twentieth century which has went on to sell over six million copies worldwide. Octavo, original black cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with photographs. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Ambassador Jean-Pierre Masset of France. Compliments & best wishes. NMandela 29.1.96.” The recipient, His Excellency Jean-Pierre Masset served as the French Ambassador to Pakistan from 1989 to 1993, a period of intense bilateral relations between France and Pakistan, marked by the state visit of President François Mitterrand, the first visit of a French President since the creation of Pakistan. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent association.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89081
Large signed color photograph of Nelson Mandela while President of South Africa, boldly signed “NMandela 20.1.95.” The photograph measures 15 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 15.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 109334