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  • "A STATE OF JOY AND LAUGHTER": First EDITION OF JACQUELINE AND LEE BOUVIER'S ONE SPECIAL SUMMER

    BOUVIER, Jacqueline and Lee (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis).

    One Special Summer.

    New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.

    First trade edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. In near fine condition.

    Price: $250.00     Item Number: 90482

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  • First Murray's Imperial Library edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt IV

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    London: John Murray, 1910.

    First Murray’s Imperial Library edition of Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, with illustrations from drawings by Philip R. Goodwin and from photographs by Kermit Roosevelt and other members of the expedition including tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt and one of his big lions. Presentation copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt’s great-grandson Theodore Roosevelt IV, “To my good friend Roger whose wonderful library arouses considerable envy rivaled only by that provoked by his extraordinary collection of art. Theodore Roosevelt IV.” Laid in is Theodore Roosevelt IV’s business card as managing director of Lehman Brothers which is also inscribed on the verso, “To my good friend Roger May our paths cross again in Africa. Ted Roosevelt IV.” Theodore Roosevelt V, commonly known as Theodore Roosevelt IV, is an investment banker and managing director at Barclays Capital Corporation as well as a prominent conservationist. His name suffix varies since President Roosevelt’s father was Theodore Roosevelt Sr., though the same-named son did not commonly use a “Jr” name suffix. In very good condition. Rare.

    Price: $400.00     Item Number: 119944

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  • First Edition of Winston Churchill's London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria

    CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

    London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria.

    London: Longmans, Green, 1900.

    First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, in original cloth, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In very good condition.

    Price: $650.00     Item Number: 119411

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  • First Edition of Winston Churchill's London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria

    CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer.

    London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria.

    London: Longmans, Green, 1900.

    First edition of Churchill’s fourth book and personal record of his impressions during the first five months of the Second Boer War. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, with three folding maps (one printed in color). In near fine condition.

    Price: $1,150.00     Item Number: 115789

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  • First Edition Eleanor Roosevelt’s India and the Awakening East; Signed by Her

    ROOSEVELT, Eleanor.

    India and the Awakening East.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.

    First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Very good in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 115782

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  • "A STATE OF JOY AND LAUGHTER": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF ONE SPECIAL SUMMER; SIGNED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS AND LEE RADZIWILL

    BOUVIER, Jacqueline and Lee [Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis].

    One Special Summer.

    New York: Delacorte Press, 1974.

    Signed limited first edition of this delightful memoir written by the Bouvier sisters about their summer in Europe. Folio, original marbled blue paper boards, original cardboard slipcase with photographic paper label, illustrated with drawings and decorations by both authors. Signed by both Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier. In fine condition in the original slipcase, which is fine condition. One of 500 numbered copies.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 48738

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  • First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s India and the Awakening East; Signed By Her

    ROOSEVELT, Eleanor.

    India and the Awakening East.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.

    First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 4356

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  • "Then, perhaps it will be time to make another journey": First Edition of Winston Churchill's My African Journey; Finely Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe

    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    My African Journey.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908.

    First edition of this early Churchill travelogue. Octavo, bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, with three full-page maps and over 60 photographs. In fine condition.

    Price: $2,000.00     Item Number: 115872

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  • First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s India and the Awakening East; Inscribed by Her

    ROOSEVELT, Eleanor.

    India and the Awakening East.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.

    First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs. Warmly inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $2,200.00     Item Number: 12046

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  • "With love to you, on Washington's birthday": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s India and the Awakening East; Signed by Her

    ROOSEVELT, Eleanor.

    India and the Awakening East.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1953.

    First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s account of her travels through the Middle East and India. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated with 32 pages of photographs.  Presentation copy, signed by the author on the half-title page, “Eleanor Roosevelt with love to you, on Washington’s birthday Fer. 22, 1954 Vernon.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. An exceptional inscription.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 110954

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; in the Scarce original dust jacket

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some chips and wear to the extremities. This is the first example we have seen in the dust jacket. Rare and desirable.

    Price: $2,800.00     Item Number: 98470

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  • The author's autograph edition of Richard Byrd's Little America; inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt

    BYRD, Richard Evelyn. [Eleanor Roosevelt].

    Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic The Flight to the South Pole.

    New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1930.

    Signed limited edition of Byrd’s account of his first expedition to the South Pole. Octavo, original publisher’s half parchment over blue boards, with 74 illustrations and maps. Author’s Autograph Edition, one of one thousand copies signed by the author and publisher on the limitation leaf, this is number 303. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Eleanor Roosevelt with the highest possible admiration and affectionate regards Dick Byrd New Years Day 1931.” The recipient, Eleanor Roosevelt, first met Richard Byrd when her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Byrd, a recent graduate of the Naval Academy, had been assigned to the gunboat USS Dolphin, which also served as the yacht of the Secretary of the Navy. Upon Byrd’s return to American soil in 1930 following his first expedition to the Antarctic, he was welcomed by President Roosevelt who, with Eleanor, later attended an honorary dinner given by the International Rescue Committee held in Byrd’s honor. In very good condition with a closed tear to the crown of the spine and dampstaining to the spine and lower portion of the front panel. An exceptional association.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 124132

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  • First edition of Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland; lengthily inscribed by Queen Victoria to a lady of her bedchamber

    QUEEN VICTORIA,.

    Gallery of the Celebrated Landscapes of Switzerland.

    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 Horatia Stopford from her affec. & grateful friend Victoria R Christmas 1885.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $4,000.00     Item Number: 109082

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  • THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S BIG GAME HUNTING IN THE ROCKIES, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, LARGE-PAPER COPY

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    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 908 of 1000 large-paper copies signed by Roosevelt beneath the frontispiece portrait. Thick quarto, bound in cloth, brown morocco labels, top edge gilt, 55 illustrations by Remington, Frost, Beard, Gifford, Sanford and other well-known artists.  Contemporary names, small repair, in near fine condition.

    Price: $5,500.00     Item Number: 89784

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's Through the Brazilian Wilderness; Inscribed by Him

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness.

    New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1914.

    First edition of this classic adventure taken by Theodore Roosevelt. 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. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Inscribed for Master Coleman Williams with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt January 21st 1916.” With Williams’s bookplate above, a portrait of Roosevelt to the pastedown, and another inserted opposite copyright page. In very good condition with some wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the more difficult titles in the Roosevelt canon to find signed and inscribed.

    Price: $6,000.00     Item Number: 109452

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  • "THE ONLY MAN WHO NEVER MAKES MISTAKES IS THE MAN WHO NEVER DOES ANYTHING": Signed Limited First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    Signed limited first edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Large octavo, two volumes, original three-quarter tan pigskin. One of only 500 copies signed by Theodore Roosevelt, with fifty illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings and a map. In near fine condition.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 119638

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  • First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's African Game Trails; Inscribed by Theodore Roosevelt to General Sir Reginald Wingate

    ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails. An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

    First edition of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, gilt top edge, photogravure frontispiece, illustrated, 48 plates, map of Roosevelt’s route and hunting trips in Africa. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To General Sir Reginald Wingate with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt April 21st 1911.” The recipient, Reginald Wingate was a British general and administrator in Egypt and the Sudan. He earned the nom de guerre Wingate of the Sudan. In December 1899, on Lord Kitchener being summoned to South Africa, Sir Reginald Wingate succeeded him as Governor-General of the Sudan and Sirdar of the Egyptian Army, being promoted to local major general on 22 December 1899. His administration of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, between 1899 and 1916, achieved the colonial goals of the British Empire, with the colony regaining a degree of prosperity and its infrastructure being rebuilt and expanded. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. A nice association, signed trade editions of African Game Trails are rare.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 62035

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  • First Edition of The Astronauts; Signed by All of the Mercury Seven

    CAIDIN, Martin; M. Scott Carpenter.

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-In-Space Program.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.

    First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the half-title page, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr. (signed twice), Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. and Alan B Shepard Jr. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 116879

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  • Rare Scientific Pamphlet Collection compiled during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1938 Smithsonian-sponsored scientific expedition to the Galapagos islands; six signed and inscribed by him

    [FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT],.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Cruise Pamphlet Collection.

    City of Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1939-1942.

    First editions of ten botanical and zoological pamphlets published as a result of collections and investigations made during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Cruise of 1938 to the Galapo, six being presentation copies inscribed and signed “FDR” on the front wrapper. Octavo, ten pamphlets, original brown printed paper wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copies, 6 pamphlets are signed and inscribed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 5 to his friend and long-time colleague in combating polio, Basil “Doc” O’Connor. The pamphlets include: Flowering Plants Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Ellsworth P. Killip, May 27, 1939), inscribed. “R.T. McI From F.D.R.”;  Two New Gobioid Fishes Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Isaac Ginsburg, May 31, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; Echinoderms (Other than Holothurians) Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Austin H. Clark, June 2, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; A New Dicrocoeliid Trematode Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Allen McIntosh, June 8, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; The Polychaetous Annelids Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Olga Hartman, June 9, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; Amphipod Crustaceans Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Clarence R. Shoemaker, March 5, 1942), inscribed “for Basil from F.D.R.”; Coelenterates Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Elisabeth Deichann, January 27, 1941); Recent Foraminifera From Old Providence Island Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Joseph A. Cushman, January 24, 1941); A New Cephalopod Mollusk Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Helen C. Stuart, February 4, 1941). The recipient of five of the pamphlets, Basil “Doc” O’Connor (1892-1972) was a lawyer by training; in co-operation with FDR he started two foundations for the rehabilitation of polio patients and the research on polio prevention and treatment. From 1944 to 1949 he was Chairman and President of the American Red Cross and from 1945 to 1950 he was Chairman of the League of Red Cross Societies. In fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Scarce and desirable.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 123500

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  • First Edition of The Astronauts; Signed by All of the Mercury Seven and twice by Gus Grissom

    CAIDIN, Martin; Scott Carpenter.

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-In-Space Program.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.

    First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter M Schirra Jr, M. Scott Carpenter, Virgil I. Grissom, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, and Alan B Shepard Jr. It is inscribed above: “To Pearl Salvick with best wishes from Mercury Astronauts.” Additionally signed by Virgil Grissom on the half-title page. Laid in is an original first day issue card from Cape Canaveral dated February 20, 1962. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.

    Price: $12,800.00     Item Number: 95986

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