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"Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed": Signed Photograph of Mahatma Gandhi
Rare signed photograph depicting Mohandas K. Gandhi in profile with his palms pressed together, inscribed in Gujarati (“[Truth at all costs]”) and signed in English M.K. Gandhi on the image in blue ink. With an autographed letter signed from Amrit Kaur, the secretary to Gandhi and later Health Minister of India, to Sgt. John McAleer, written on Gandhi’s behalf, enclosing the signed photograph and responding to his letter (“…Humanity is the same the world over in whatever garb or colour she may be clothed…”), 2 pages, Poona, 5 March 1946, with envelope; photograph of Gandhi and another in rickshaws being pulled by a ceremonial guard, stamped and inscribed “Bhullo chien Desia” on the reverse; and a newspaper cutting; altogether five items mounted and framed together. In very good condition with the inscription faded. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 16.5 inches. A nice collection with noted provenance.
“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 important thing is not what they think of me, but what i think of them": Photograph of her Majesty Queen victoria signed by her
Rare sepia tone photograph of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Signed by Queen Victoria in the bottom right corner, “Victoria, R.I., June 1887.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13.25 inches. Accompanied by an original handwritten letter by Major General Sir Henry Ponsonby on Privy Purse Letterhead, dated June 14th 1887, “Having laid before The Queen your letter of the 8th respective your grandmother, Mrs. Smith. I am commanded by Her Majesty to request that you will thank her for the kind congratulation and that you will give her the enclosed photograph of The Queen.” Photographs signed by Queen Victoria are rare and with noted provenance.
First Edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft's biography; signed by both her and William Howard Taft
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company 1914.
First edition of First Lady Helen Herron Taft’s autobiography, the first autobiography published by a First Lady of the United States. Octavo, original cloth gilt, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Taft, with numerous illustrations. Signed by both William Howard Taft and First Lady Helen Herron Taft on the front free endpaper. In very good condition. Exceptionally rare, not only signed by the First lady of the United States to publish an autobiography, but by both Mrs. and President Taft.
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing": Document Boldly Signed by Russia's Longest-Ruling Female Leader Catherine the Great
Document in Cyrillic, boldly signed by Catherine the Great “Ekaterina.” Renewal of an appointment for Lieutenant General Otto von Derfelden dated 1784. Double-matted with an image of Catherine
"I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land": Rare Theodor Herzl Shana Tova Postcard and Embroidered Silk Handkerchief from the Second Zionist Congress
Rare 19th century Shana Tova postcard from the Second World Zionist Congress featuring a central portrait of Theodor Herzl flanked by other Zionist leaders Bernard Lazare, Max E. Mandelstamm, Theodor Gaster and Max Nordau. Below the portraits is a biblical verse in Hebrew from Ezekiel 37:21, “Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land” with images of a farmer in Eretz Israel and figures praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Paired with a rare silk handkerchief with floral embroidery and an engraved portrait of Herzl flanked by New Year’s greetings in Yiddish. Both items are in near fine condition. The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The handkerchief measures 10 inches by 10 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Judaica.
First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber
J.A. Preuss, and London: H. Rothe: Zurich n.d. (ca. 1880).
First edition of this extensive gallery of photographs of Switzerland. Quarto, original publisher’s full decorative vellum with gilt titles to the spine and elaborate gilt central motif to the front panel depicting an alpine postal carriage, all edges gilt, gilt patterned endpapers, illustrated with one hundred collotypes displaying views of Switzerland. Presentation copy, with a full page inscription from Queen Victoria to Horatia Stopford, a Lady of her Bedchamber, “To dear Horatio Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": Signed Limited Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women; One of 250 Signed Numbered Copies
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company 1933.
Signed limited first edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book as first lady. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece. One of 250 signed copies by Eleanor Roosevelt, this is number 21. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
"There can be peace in the world": First edition of Growing Toward Peace; Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor
New York: Random House 1960.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by both Eleanor Roosevelt and Regina Tor opposite the title page. Light fading to the cloth, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some toning to the spine. Laid in is a publicity photograph of both authors. This is the first example we have seen signed by Eleanor Roosevelt.
Rare autograph letter and two photographs signed by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The letter is one page, partially typescript, dated March 4th 1956 on Palais de Monaco letterhead, and reads in part “Your Eminence, It is with deep regret that I am writing this letter. Due to unforeseen events occurring in the near future, my trip had to be foreshortened and I must leave your fair city tomorrow. Please be assured that Miss Kelly and I had been looking forward to seeing you. It is very unfortunate that we will not be able to do so.” Prince Rainier has added a note in his hand at the letter’s conclusion, “I beg Your Eminence to bestow upon myself and Miss Kelly your Holy benediction for our coming union before God and believe me yours respectfully Rainier Prince of Monaco.” The letter is flanked by two photographs, one of the royal family which is signed by Prince Rainier and another of the royal couple which is signed by Princess Grace, “Grace de Monaco.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 25.5 inches by 17.5 inches. An elegant presentation.
White House photographic print taken in 1961 by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton. Boldly signed by Jacqueline Kennedy at the lower left. Stoughton took multiple photos in front of the White House fountains on the South Lawn when developing the 1961 Christmas Print. The final Christmas print, which showed more ducks positioned closer to the photographer, is derived from a different photograph taken moments before or after this mock-up. Here, the ducks are positioned on the far side of the pool and the camera was positioned at a slightly different angle than that used for the final Christmas Print. Matted and framed with a full length printed portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy after a painting. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 31 inches. Rare and desirable.
Photograph of President Kennedy smiling in profile, with the first lady pictured just behind him. Boldly signed by Jacqueline Kennedy, “For Jenny Schaffner—with all my best wishes, Jacqueline Kennedy.” The photograph measures 7.5 inches by 9.9.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 16.75 inches.
First edition, first printing of The White House Gardens; inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her mother and stepfather Hugh Auchincloss
New York: Great American Editions Ltd 1973.
First edition of the first book to trace the history of and fully illustrate the grounds of the White House gardens. Oblong quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated with color plates by Harold Sterner. Association copy, inscribed by Jacqueline Kennedy to her mother and stepfather Hugh D. Auchincloss, “For Mummy and Uncle Hugh with love, Jackie.” Hugh D. Auchincloss was an American stockbroker and lawyer who became the second husband of Nina S. Gore, mother of Gore Vidal, and also the second husband of Janet Lee Bouvier, the mother of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Caroline Lee Bouvier. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Introduction by Lloyd Goodrich and text by Frederick L. Kramer with a commentary by Mrs. Paul Mellon.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1960.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s classic work on how to discover life’s lessons. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Near fine with a previous inscription to the half-title page in a near fine dust jacket.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelts This I Remember; Warmly Inscribed By Her
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers 1949.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s wonderful autobiography. Octavo, original blue cloth. Illustrated with 41 photographs of the Roosevelt family, including frontispiece of the First Lady. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Margaret with love & good wishes Eleanor Roosevelt.” Near fine in a very good that is lightly chipped along the top edge.
New York: Dodge Publishing Company 1938.
First edition of this firsthand look of everyday life in the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Roosevelt. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Miss Trefether With a Merry Xmas from Eleanor Roosevelt.” Introduction by Malvina Thompson Scheider. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.