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“I drink a great deal. I sleep a little, and I smoke cigar after cigar": rare original photograph of Winston S. Churchill; inscribed by him to his governess and with a rare Winston S. Churchill brand cigar
Original black and white photograph of Winston S. Churchill inscribed by him and accompanied by an exceptionally rare unsmoked Winston S. Churchill brand La Corona Cigar with the original box. The mounted photograph measures 7 inches by 5 inches and is inscribed by Churchill, “For Mrs. Dorgan, Winston S, Churchill 1950.” The recipient, Mary Dorgan was the Churchill’s governess through the 1940s and into the 1950s. The cigar measures 7.5 inches in length and bears the original red and gold “La Corona Winston S. Churchill Habana” label. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 19 inches. Unsmoked Winston Churchill cigars alone are exceptionally rare, this, a personal gift from Churchill to his governess is of the utmost rarity.
Rare Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio as a member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports; signed by President Richard Nixon
Washington, D.C: 1970.
Rare Richard Nixon Presidential Commission appointing Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as a “Member of the Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports.” Dated September 25th, 1970 the appointment is signed by President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers with the Presidential seal. Double matted and framed. In fine condition. From the personal collection of Joe DiMaggio. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons. Double matted and framed.
Rare Photographic Portrait of Robert E. Lee and his staff; Inscribed by Civil War Photographer Mathew Brady
Photographic portrait of General Robert E. Lee flanked by his son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on his right and Colonel Walter Taylor on his left. Inscribed by one of the earliest photographers in American history, Mathew Brady, on a mount, “To Col. Robert Alexander Compliments of his friend, M.B. Brady.” The photograph was taken at Lee’s estate in Richmond, Virginia in April of 1865, only days after his surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. This is one in a series taken by Brady in the basement below the back porch of the estate and from the original wet plates in the Brady-Handy collection. “This photograph is one of the most celebrated images produced by Brady, who established his reputation in the 1850s as the preeminent portraitist in New York and Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the Civil War, Brady sought out General Robert E. Lee, who had returned to the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. At the photographer’s request General Lee reluctantly put on his uniform and posed at the back of his residence with his son, General George Washington Custis Lee (left), and his chief of staff, Colonel Walter H. Taylor (right). The image conveys the pathos of defeat for the Confederacy and for Lee personally. For Brady, who had been present at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, this portrait completed his photographic coverage of the conflict” (WAM). Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 14 inches. An exceptional piece of Americana.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith 1801.
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
February 21, 1863.
Naval commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President February 21, 1863, and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the commission appoints Leonard Paulding as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to Lieutenant Commander with the present document. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 23 inches. Rare and desirable.
Autograph Military Land Grant Signed by Thomas Jefferson as President and James Madison as secretary of state
Autograph document boldly signed by Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States and countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State. One page printed on vellum dated July 7th, 1801 and signed at the conclusion “Th: Jefferson” and “James Madison.” The letter reads that it was issued “in pursuance of the act of Congress passed on the first day of June 1796, entitled ‘An Act regulating the grants of Land appropriated for Military Services, and for the Society of the United Brethren for propagating the gospel among the Heathen.'” Military land grants were issued during the Revolutionary War as compensation for military service. With the original paper seal affixed to the lower left corner of the document. In very good condition with light toning. Double matted and framed with portraits of both Jefferson and Madison. The letter measures 11.5 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece measures 33.5 inches by 19 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Americana.
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.
Rare Original Dinner Program Signed by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill below his iconic Yousef Karsh portrait
Rare original Cartier-printed program from the dinner held in honor of Winston S. Churchill at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, March 15th 1946. Quarto, gilt embossed coat of arms of the United Kingdom to the front panel, the first page features a full-page photogravure of Canadian photographer Yousef Karsh’s iconic portrait of Churchill, “The Roaring Lion” which in May 1945 was featured on the cover of Life magazine. Signed by Churchill beneath his famous likeness, “Winston S. Churchill.” In 1941, after Churchill’s address to the Canadian Parliament, Karsh had but a moment to photograph him and daringly removed the cigar from Churchill’s mouth, memorializing the staunch leader’s stern expression with the image he captured at that very moment. Churchill later said to Karsh, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed,” which led Karsh to name the portrait “The Roaring Lion.” Containing two excerpts from two of Churchill’s most memorable speeches: his first speech as Prime Minister and his June 4th 1940 speech following the evacuation of Dunkirk. In fine condition. Rare and desirable, signed only ten days after Churchill delivered his famous ‘Iron Curtain Speech’ in Fulton, Missouri declaring: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere.” In fine condition.
"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
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.
First Edition of Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas; From the Library of Ulysses S. Grant
Reports of the Committee of Investigation: Sent in 1873 by the Mexican Government to the Frontier of Texas.
New York: Baker & Godwin 1875.
First edition of the first English translation of the 1873 Mexican Border Commission’s investigative report on Texan allegations of Mexican robberies at the international border. From the library of Ulysses S. Grant, presented to him by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affiars Ignacio Mariscal with a dedication card affixed to the second free endpaper. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, with three large hand-colored folding maps at rear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise clamshell box. Rare and highly desirable from the library of President Grant.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S BIG GAME HUNTING IN THE ROCKIES, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHERS MOROCCO
Big Game Hunting in the Rockies and On the Great Plains. Comprising “Hunting Trips of a Ranchman” and “The Wilderness Hunter.”
New York and London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; The Knickerbocker Press 1899.
Signed limited first edition, number 122 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait and signed by the publisher. Thick quarto, original publishers morocco, gilt titles to the spine, double gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, top edge gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford and other well-known artists. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
New York: Charles Scribners Sons 1914.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated from photographs taken by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition, frontispiece with tissue-guard; 3 maps, including 1 folding in the rear. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Frederic A. Ames, a first-class American, with all good wishes, from Theodore Roosevelt June 14th 1918.” The recipient, Frederic Ames was an early American automobile manufacturer in Owensboro, Kentucky, from 1910 to 1925. A beetle-backed “gentleman’s roadster” and a five passenger tourer were the first models offered for sale by the company. The company also produced replacement bodies for the Ford Model T. At its peak the company produced approximately 30,000 vehicles. In near fine condition with light toning to the spine. Housed in a custom half leather clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed, and with such a warm inscription.
Portrait of the seated Winston Churchill taken in 1920 by Edward Russell of Russell and Sons, boldly signed “Winston S. Churchill, 1921.” In February 1921, Churchill was appointed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as Secretary of State for the Colonies, during which time he was a signatory to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that established the Irish Free State. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 21 inches by 17 inches. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 11.25 inches. A very nice presentation.
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon; from the collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
Rawlings Official Ball National League .
Rare baseball signed by President Richard Nixon on the sweetspot. From the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Accompanied by an original black and white photograph of DiMaggio and Nixon shaking hands in the White House, also from DiMaggio’s personal collection. In near fine condition. Included is letter of provenance from DiMaggio’s estate signed by his two granddaughters. An exceptional association linking two American icons.
"These are the times that try men's souls": Rare 1792 variant of Paine's writings containing the scarce and important first collected American edition of The Crisis
The Writings of Thomas Paine, Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Congress of the United States of America, in the Late War [Including: Common Sense, The Crisis, Rights of Man].
Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster 1792.
Rare 1792 variant of Paine’s writings containing the scarce and important fist collected American edition of The Crisis. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt ruling and a red morocco spine label lettered in gilt to the spine. Containing: 1. Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of North-America (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1791); 2. The Crisis: In Thirteen Numbers (Albany: Printed & Sold, by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792); 3. Public Good: Being an Examination into the Claim of Virginia, to the Vacant Western Territory (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 4. Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North-America (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, [n.d.]). 5. Letters, by the Author of Common Sense. First, to the Earl of Shelburne…Second, To Sir Guy Carlton…Third, To the Authors of “The Republican,” a French Paper…Fourth, To the Abbe Syeyes (Albany: Printed by Charles R. & George Webster, 1792). 6. Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke’s Attack on the French Revolution. The Fourth American Edition (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, [n.d.]). 7. Rights of Man. Part the Second. Containing Principle and Practice (Albany: Re-Printed, by Charles R. and George Webster, 1794). 8. Letter, To Mr. Secretary Dundas. London, June 6, 1792 (caption title). In very good condition.