"Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall": First Edition of The Great Communicators Collection of Speeches; Inscribed by Ronald Reagan and Signed by Nancy Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev
Speaking My Mind.
Item Number: 92564
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.
First edition of President Reagan’s collection of speeches. Octavo, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ronald Reagan on the dedication page, “To Peter Vynne- With Very Best Wishes and Regards Ronald Reagan March 22, 1990.” Additionally signed by First Lady Nancy Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, who served as Vice President in the Reagan Administration and Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier, counterpart to Reagan in the 1980s and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Barry Littmann. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional piece of history.
Speaking My Mind brings together some of President Reagans finest speeches. He has annotated each speech and it includes 70 photographs, along with facsimiles of the former President's own notes.
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Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1984.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by Ronald Reagan on front free endpaper. Afterwords by C. Everett Koop and Malcolm Muggeridge. Rare signed.
Photograph of President Reagan and then-President-elect George H.W. Bush, meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev on Governor’s Island in December 1988. Inscribed by Ronald Reagan, “To William Linham- With Best Wishes. Ronald Reagan.” Additionally signed by George H.W. Bush and Secretary-General Mikhail Gorbachev. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 15.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
“Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Signed by both Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Chris Reading- With Best Wishes. Ronald Reagan June 7- ’91.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian counterpart to Reagan. “When it came to communism, socialism and other systems that denied people their basic human rights, President Reagan was tough as nails. A devoted anti-communist, he was not afraid to say what needed to be said or do what needed to be done to bring freedom to people who were living under repressive regimes. In that regard, of all the foreign policy achievements of the Reagan Presidency, none is more important, or had more lasting impact on the world, than the fundamental change in U.S.-Soviet relations. It was not due to luck or accident. Speaking of U.S.-Soviet relations and his steadfast determination to reduce arms, President Reagan would often say: “We don’t mistrust each other because we’re armed; we’re armed because we mistrust each other.” He believed that if the mistrust was eliminated, then so, too, could the dangerous, destabilizing weapons. President Reagan was confident that if he could just get his Soviet counterpart in a room and tell him face-to-face that America had no hostile intent, the mistrust would begin to evaporate. Instinctively he knew that could not be accomplished through the traditional diplomacy of a bureaucratic State Department. So, to the horror of some long-time career government employees, he did what no President had ever done. While recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, he handwrote a letter to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in reply to Brezhnev’s rather belligerent letter sent less than six weeks after President Reagan’s assumption of office. In his reply, President Reagan sought to find common ground and to establish a better tone to relations between the White House and the Kremlin. But as things turned out, the President would have to be patient. Brezhnev died in November 1982, and was replaced by Yuri Andropov. Less than 2 years later, Andropov died, and was succeeded by Constantin Chernenko. Incredibly, Chernenko died just 13 months later. To replace him, the Soviet high command chose a younger leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. It was Gorbachev with whom President Reagan would finally have that long-sought opportunity to begin to form a new relationship, one that would lead to a lessening of tensions between Washington and Moscow, and eventually to meaningful arms reduction. The first of their five meetings was on “neutral turf.” It took place in Geneva, Switzerland in November 1985. In a small plain boat house just down a stone path from Fleur D’Eau, the grand chateau where their formal sessions took place, President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat down in two comfortable chairs in front of a roaring fireplace, and with only interpreters present, began to forge a relationship that would not only improve U.S.-Soviet relations, but would turn out to be the beginning of the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and ultimately, of the Soviet Union itself. Almost a year later, the two leaders got together again, this time in Reykjavik, Iceland. In a Summit meeting not long in the making, they met at Hofdi House, a picturesque waterfront structure that was once the French consulate. There they came tantalizingly close to an agreement to eliminate all medium-range missiles based in Europe. But at the last minute, Gorbachev insisted that the United States abandon plans for a space-based missile defense system. Despite President Reagan’s offer to share the system’s technology with the Soviet Union so that both countries could be protected, Gorbachev dug in his heels and would not budge. The last thing Ronald Reagan would ever do would be to risk America’s safety for the sake of an agreement. The Summit was over. The anger and sadness was etched in President Reagan’s face as he emerged from Hofdi House. There was chatter that this was the end of the Reagan-Gorbachev relationship, and that there would be no more Summits. But President Reagan knew better. Partly because of his natural optimism, and partly because he believed that Gorbachev shared his desire to make the world safer, he was certain that eventually talks would resume. The President directed his team to keep the dialogue going and to see whether the progress made in Reykjavik could be the basis for successful negotiations going forward. That’s exactly what happened.It is a noteworthy measure of the confidence President Reagan had in the strength of his relationship with Gorbachev that just 8 months after Reykjavik, he boldly called on him to tear down the Berlin Wall. Just as he expected, in December, 1987, President and Mrs. Reagan welcomed the Gorbachevs to Washington for the third Summit. This time, the mood was upbeat and even celebratory. In a glittering East Room ceremony on December 8th, the two leaders signed the historic INF Treaty, eliminating all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,000 kilometers. For the first time ever, the amount of nuclear arms was actually being reduced rather than merely limited. In the Spring of 1988 the Reagans traveled to Moscow for Summit #4. From a historical perspective, the highlight of that trip was the Kremlin ceremony at which President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signed the now-ratified INF Treaty, but the Reagans also found time to enjoy some cultural treats including the Bolshoi Ballet and a visit to a monastery. The final Summit during the Reagan Presidency was in December, 1988. In what some called a “handing off” of the official relationship, President Reagan and President-elect (Vice President) George Bush traveled to New York to meet with Gorbachev. The unlikely pairing of a devoted anti-Communist advocate of capitalism with a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist resulted not only in the most significant arms reduction treaty in history, but in a permanent change in U.S.-Soviet relations. Neither country, nor the world, would ever be the same again” (Reagan Foundation). Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc. Rare and desirable signed by both Reagan and Gorbachev.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, “Best Regards Ronald Reagan.” Reagan has also corrected in his hand the word “Honey” opposite the title page to “Nancy.” Fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing and closed tears.
Original photograph of President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan and their two children: Ronald Jr. and Patti. Signed by the Presidential couple below each of their portraits, “Ronald Reagan” and “Nancy Reagan.” Double matted and framed, the photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 13.5 inches. In near fine condition.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965.
First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ray + Gladys In God We Trust Ronald Reagan.” Reagan has also corrected “Honey” to “Nancy” in his own hand, on the verso of the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Also, comes with Peter Pierce’s book The Presidential Journey of Ronald Wilson Reagan, signed by Peter Pierce.
“Governments don't produce economic growth people do”: First Edition of the 40th President of the United States Autobiography An American Life; Inscribed by Ronald Reagan
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.
First edition of the 40th President of the United States’ memoir. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Edward- With Best Wishes. Ronald Reagan Oct. 29- ’92.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Anthony, Inc.
Autograph note signed by Ronald Reagan on his personal letterhead as follows, “20 Sept. ’89 Dear Ford and Norma, Thanks for your letter and generous words, I’m more grateful than I can say. Thank you too for your prayers. They were answered & I have had an almost instant recovery, at home and feeling just great. Nancy sends her best to you. Again thanks & Best Regards, Ron.” In September if 1989, President Ronald Reagan underwent routine brain surgery for the removal of a subdural hematoma resulted from a horse-back riding accident. An accomplished rider, he was thrown from a bucking horse while visiting the ranch of personal friend William Wilson in Cananea, Mexico. Matted and framed. Affixed to the back of the frame is the envelope in which the letter was sent addressed in Reagan’s hand: “Mr. and Mrs. Ford B. Ford 12115 Breckenridge Lane Woodbridge, Va. 22192.” Reagan has also signed his name in pen in the return address. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
New York: Adelphi Publishers, 1934.
First edition of Fisher’s classic treatise. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. Alden A. Potter with the compliments and good wishes of Irving Fisher November, 1941.” Near fine in the rare dust jacket that has a small chip to the crown and light rubbing to the exterior. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"THE USUAL DISTINCTION BETWEEN DIPLOMACY AND FORCE IS NOT MERLY IN THE INSTRUMENTS, WORDS OR BULLETS, BUT IN THE RELATION BEWTWEEN ADVERSARIES": FIRST EDITION OF ARMS AND INFLUENCE: SIGNED BY NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST THOMAS SCHELLING
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966.
First edition of this “exemplary text on the interplay of national purpose and military force” (Book Week). Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed by Thomas Schelling on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some rubbing to the spine. A very nice example of an important book, that is uncommon signed.