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“I DRINK A GREAT DEAL. I SLEEP A LITTLE, AND I SMOKE CIGAR AFTER CIGAR": Exceptionally rare unsmoked Winston S. Churchill cigar presented to the Churchill family governess, Mary Dorgan
Exceedingly rare unsmoked La Aroma De Cuba cigar presented by Winston S. Churchill to the Churchill family governess, Mary Dorgan, the Irishwoman who provided domestic help to the Churchill family through the 1940s and into the 1950s. Framed with an original photograph of Winston S. Churchill smoking another of his favorite La Aroma De Cuba cigars. Accompanied by a rare original photograph of Churchill’s wife, Clementine, inscribed on the mount to Mary Dorgan, ‘To Mrs. Dorgan with thanks for your help and good wishes Clementine Churchill 1950″, a pass to the Churchill’s room in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons also from Dorgan’s collection, and a photograph of Dorgan with Winston and Clementine’s daughter, Sarah. Winston S. Churchill and Clementine Hozier met at a dinner party in 1908 and after only a few months of correspondence, Winston wrote to Clementine’s mother, Lady Blanche Hozier, requesting consent for their marriage. On September 12th 1908, the two were wed at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, he more than a decade older than she and already a seasoned Parliamentarian. The Churchills had five children: Diana, Randolph, Sarah, Marigold, and Mary and their marriage was close and affectionate despite the stresses of public life throughout Churchill’s political career. In fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 22.5 inches by 16.25 inches. Exceedingly rare with exceptional provenance.
Price: $20,000.00 Item Number: 117337
"Here's How": First Edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book; inscribed by Harry Craddock and illustrator Gilbert Rumbold
London: Constable & Company, 1930.
First edition of this iconic, definitive text on cocktails. Octavo, original half black cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Gilbert Rumbold. Presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Craddock on the verso of the dedication page and first page of the Preface, “‘Here’s how’ Harry Craddock To Captain Anthony Farranse With best wishes of the author Harry Craddock” and inscribed by the illustrator Gilbert Rumbold, “If you happen to read this in the bath – watch your overhead!! Here’s How. Gilbert Rumbold.” Uncommon signed by not only Craddock, but both he and Rumbold.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 121079
Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1949.
First edition of this work basis for the classic 1956 film The Ten Commandments. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Dorothy Clarke Wilson on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 120394
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1949.
First edition of this collection of poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Inscribed by the author underneath his portrait opposite to the title page, “and from Robert Frost.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and tears, owner name to the front free endpaper.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 121327
Chicago and Harper and Row, Publishers: The University of Chicago Press, 1951 & 1967.
First editions of each volume in Lattimore’s acclaimed translation called “the finest translation of Homer ever made into the English language” (William Arrowsmith). Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jackets. Jacket design on The Iliad by Alice Eichelberger. Jacket design on The Odyssey by Guy Fleming.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 121377
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1939.
First edition of this collected poems of Frost. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece photograph of Robert Frost taken by Doris Ulmann. Signed by the author on the second endpaper, “Robert Frost January 10 GM BP MER.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 121489
New York : McGraw-Hill, 1976.
First edition of this classic book, basis for the 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Elena, Love, Rain, Respect Ron.” Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. Jacket photograph by Bob Adelman.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 121378
Amherst, MA: Jones Library Inc, 1937.
First edition of this bibliography on the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Frost. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Jack Gelchrist from his friend Robert Frost Boston November 1940.” Foreword by David Lambuth.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 121028
"MEN IN PAJAMAS SITTING ABAFT THE FUNNEL AND SWAPPING LIES OF THE PURPLE SEAS": First authorized edition of Rudyard Kipling's Abaft the Funnel
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1909.
First authorized edition of Kipling’s 1909 short story collection with the author’s note noting Dodge’s previously unauthorized edition “issued without my knowledge or sanction”. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated dark green cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. In near fine condition with the scarce publisher’s wrap around band present.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 121058
“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone": First Edition of John Steinbeck's The Winter of Discontent
New York: The Viking Press, 1961.
First edition of Steinbeck’s final novel, which with Grapes of Wrath are considered his masterpieces. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Elmer Hader. Lettering by Jeanyee Wong. An exceptional example.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 121445
"And they said one to another, behold, this dreamer cometh": First edition of William Bradford Huie's He Slew the Dreamer
He Slew the Dreamer: My Search, With James Earl Ray, For the Truth About the Murder of Martin Luther King.
New York: Delacorte Press, 1970.
First edition of the sensational journalist’s report on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Bradford Huie on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Wenk/Schwartz.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 121041
"The Grand Prix d'Entrance du Mans is deservedly the world's most famous long-distance motor race": Rare First edition of Anthony Pritchard's Ford versus Ferrari
London: Pelham Books, 1968.
First edition of Pritchard’s work delving into the inner workings of the Ferrari and Ford organizations and their famed battle for victory at Le Mans. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 121035
"The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable": Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty
Exceptionally rare 16-page autograph letter signed by and entirely in the hand of Founding Father John Adams defending the ultimate necessity of American sovereignty and its precedence over international alliances. Sixteen pages, entirely in the hand of John Adams and written on both the recto and verso of each page, the letter is dated January 9, 1809 and addressed to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Joseph Bradley Varnum. Although France and America shared a strong alliance which proved crucial to winning the Revolutionary War, at the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, Washington's fear that American involvement would weaken the new nation before it had firmly established itself created tensions and a new war between England and France broke out in 1793. The British Navy soon began targeting French vessels and trading interests across the Atlantic, and although many Federalists thought that America should aid its ally, Washington proclaimed that the United States would be “friendly and impartial toward the belligerent parties.” The Neutrality Proclamation was ignored by Britain and angered France, which then allowed its navy and privateers to prey on American trade. To protect American sailors and merchants without provoking Britain, in March 1794, Congress passed a 30-day embargo, which it then extended. Britain, the strongest sea power, began to seize American ships suspected of trading with France, and stepped up its practice of impressment. From 1806-1807, the British navy, in desperate need of men to oppose Napoleon, forced roughly 5,000 American sailors into service on the pretense that they were deserters. In 1807, King George III proclaimed his right to call any British subjects into war service and claimed that Britain had full discretion to determine who was a British citizen. The crisis reached one peak for America in June of 1807 when the HMS Leopard attacked the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia. Three American sailors were killed, eighteen were wounded, and the Chesapeake surrendered after firing only one shot. The Leopard seized four American seaman, claimed as deserters from the British navy, and hanged one of them. Jefferson and Madison, his Secretary of State, responded with the Embargo of 1807, a ban on all American vessels sailing for foreign ports. Meanwhile, Russia allied with Napoleon and pressed Denmark to turn over her fleet. In September 1807, Britain preemptively bombarded Copenhagen and seized the Danish-Norwegian fleet. While Jefferson’s Republicans still generally favored France, a schism grew in the Federalist party. Men like Timothy Pickering downplayed impressments while focusing on trade and access to British manufacturing. On October 16, 1807, King George III aggravated already high tensions with American following the British attack of the USS Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia by issuing a Royal Proclamation expanding the British right to impressment (the King’s right to call any British subjects into war service and determine their citizenship). News of the King’s Proclamation arrived in the United States in December 1807 and, lacking military options, President Jefferson proposed an embargo to ban all U.S. exports on American vessels in order to protect American sailors’ lives and liberties, despite its potential to cripple American trade. The Embargo Act was signed on December 22, 1807, causing immediate economic devastation. In protesting the Embargo, rather than wrestling with the difficulty of defending American sovereignty, some opponents chose to declare the legality of impressments as defined by King George’s Royal Proclamation. John Adams’ former Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering, took a leading role in fighting the embargo, arguing that Jefferson was using it to draw America closer to Napoleon’s France. Given the devastating economic effects of the embargo, Pickering’s message found a wide audience. Adams, on the other hand, recognized the dire threat the King’s Proclamation posed in denying America the right to determine its own rules for citizenship and in December, took his arguments to Speaker of the House Joseph Varnum. As he stated in the present letter, “He [Pickering] thinks that as every Nation has a Right to the Service of its Subjects, in time of War, the Proclamation of the King of Great Britain, commanding his Naval Officers to practice Such Impressments, on board, not the Vessells of his own Subjects, but of the United States, a foreign Nation could not furnish the Slightest ground for an Embargo! … But I Say with Confidence that it furnished a Sufficient ground for a Declaration of War. Not the Murder of Pierce nor all the Murders on board the Chesapeake, nor all the other Injuries and Insults We have received from foreign Nations, atrocious as they have been, can be of such dangerous, lasting, and pernicious Consequence to this Country, as this Proclamation, if We have Servility enough to Submit to it.” Adams suggested repealing and replacing the Embargo Act with one that allowed international trade with all but the belligerents, while building up the navy. Varnum asked to publish it. Before assenting, Adams completely reworked his argument, mustering all the reason and rhetoric at his disposal into a stirring defense of sovereignty and citizenship, resulting in the present letter. On March 1, 1809, Congress repealed the Embargo Act, following Adams’ suggestion to replace it with the Non-Intercourse Act which allowed trade with all nations except Britain and France. In fine condition. A remarkable piece of early American history illustrating the second President of the United States’ impassioned devotion to the pursuit of American liberty. The longest letter signed and entirely in the hand of John Adams obtainable.
Price: $125,000.00 Item Number: 121560
First Edition of Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward's Firing Back; lengthily inscribed by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007.
First edition of Sonnenfeld and Ward’s collection of professional comeback stories. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Sonnenfeld on the front free endpaper with a full-page inscription, “7/24/08 To David a brilliant inspiring, candid leader and wise experienced consultant – Best wishes – Jeff Sonnendfeld.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mike Fender.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 121090
"Only history will bear witness to the importance of the events that took place during this period": First edition of The First Lunar Landing As Told By The Astronauts; signed by Neil Armstrong
Washington, D.C: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1970.
First edition of this commemorative book published in celebration of the twenty year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 lunar mission. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated. Signed by Neil Armstrong on the front panel. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 121089
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning economist’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a small chip to the crown of the spine. A very sharp example.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 121324