First Edition of Gandhi's Towards Non-Violent Socialism
Towards Non-Violent Socialism.
Gandhi, Mohandas K.$100.00
Item Number: 59067
Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1951.
First edition. Octavo, original wrappers. In very good condition with a small stain to the front panel.
Mohandas K. Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He is unofficially called the Father of the Nation. Gandhi's vision of an independent India based on religious pluralism, however, was challenged in the early 1940s by a new Muslim nationalism which was demanding a separate Muslim homeland carved out of India. Eventually, in August 1947, Britain granted independence, but the British Indian Empire was partitioned into two dominions, a Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. As many displaced Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs made their way to their new lands, religious violence broke out, especially in the Punjab and Bengal. Eschewing the official celebration of independence in Delhi, Gandhi visited the affected areas, attempting to provide solace. In the months following, he undertook several fasts unto death to stop religious violence. The last of these, undertaken on January 1948 when he was 78, also had the indirect goal of pressuring India to pay out some cash assets owed to Pakistan. Some Indians thought Gandhi was too accommodating. Among them was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, who assassinated Gandhi on January 30, 1948. Gandhi's birthday, October 2, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.
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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1934.
First American edition of a collection of songs and lyrics by Gandhi, written during his imprisonment in Yeravada Jail, Poona. Octavo, original cloth. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Introductory note from John S. Hoyland.
India: 26 March 1934.
A historically significant autographed signed letter from Mohandas Gandhi, written at the height of the independence movement in India, in response to the devastation of the Nepal-Bihar earthquake, and requesting help from a British friend. The 8.0 magnitude earthquake which struck on January 15, 1934, was one of the worst in the history of Nepal and the northern Indian state of Bihar. Gandhi writes to Sam Higginbottom in response to an offer of aid, “Dear Friend: Your letter has given me great joy. I take you at your word. Come, see the afflicted area and tell us (1) how best and cheaply we can clean our choked wells, (2) how we can house the homeless, (3) how drain water-clogged areas, (4) how remove the sand which covers our fair fields. These are but samples of the work in front of us. Of course the gov’t and the people are working in unison. But you know my regards for your expert knowledge. Even if you do not show us anything new, I personally will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have seen the area… I leave tomorrow morning with Rajendra Babu to visit balance of the area yet unseen by me. But you may come independently of me… I return to Patna on 4th prox. evening and leave for Purnea and thence for Assam on the 7th proximo… Very sincerely, M. Gandhi.” The recipient of the letter Sam Higginbottom, was an Englishman who lived in Allahabad, India, where he founded the Allahabad Agricultural Institute. While in India, he developed close friendships with Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. The letter is on both sides of a single sheet, with a portion of the original envelope, addressed in Gandhi’s hand and with canceled stamp, affixed to the bottom of the letter. In very good condition. Housed in a custom folding case. An exceptional piece of history.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever": Rare Mahatma Gandhi Autograph
Rare Mohandas K. Gandhi autograph, signed at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. Signed by Gandhi, “M.K. Gandhi 28-12-38 Segaon-Wardha.” Eight miles from the city of Wardha, the Indian village of Segoan became the site of Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashram, established in 1936 when Gandhi was 67 years old. Gandhi renamed the site Sevagram, meaning “village of service”, and resided there until his death by assassination in 1948. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed with a large photograph of Gandhi. The entire piece measures 21 inches by 16.5 inches.
"The herculean task of the United States Government today is to take care that its citizens have the necessities of life" Veto Message of PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT; SIGNED BY HIM
Veto message on the Adjusted Compensation Act, 1935: Address of the President of the United States in the House of Representatives, Delivered May 22, 1935.
Washington, D.C.: United States Government, 1935.
Speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Signed by Roosevelt at the conclusion of his speech. In near fine condition with light wear. Rare.
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen's Copy of On Economic Theory and Capitalism; With his Signature and Inscribed to Him
Oxford: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s copy with his name “A.K. Sen Trinity College Cambridge” on the half title page. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sen, “For Amartiya With the confidence that he will plan the dynamic economy, of a socialist and peaceful India. With best wishes, Arif Cambridge 8 May 1955.” In very good condition.
New York: Orbis, 1999.
First edition. Octavo. Fine in wrappers. Warmly inscribed by Maguire as follows, “To ______ Peace to you. Love Mairead Corrigan Maguire.” Also inscribed to the same recipient by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu; who contributed the foreword. Also laid in is a pamphlet inscribed by Maguire, “A Letter to My Son Luke.” Uncommon especially signed by both these Nobel Peace Prize winners.
New York: Norton, 2007.
First Edition. Octavo, black cloth with gilted titles to the spine. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Michael Lesy on the half title page.