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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
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
"They call me 'Lucky', but luck isn't enough": Rare First Edition of Charles Lindbergh's We; inscribed by him to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927.
Rare first edition association copy of Lindbergh’s definitive autobiography. Octavo, original pictorial cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author to close personal friend Henry Ford and his wife Clara, “To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford Sincerely Charles A. Lindbergh.” Lindbergh developed a long-term friendship with Ford who was well known for his newspaper The Dearborn Independent, also known as The Ford International Weekly. The paper reached a circulation of 900,000 by 1925, second only to the New York Daily News, largely due to a quota system for promotion imposed on Ford dealers. Lawsuits regarding anti-Semitic material published in the paper caused Ford to close it, and the last issue was published in December 1927.Lindbergh, too, gained a reputation as an anti-Semite with the publication of a controversial Reader’s Digest article in November 1939 and a series of nationwide radio addresses criticizing the Roosevelt administration for attacking Germany. In late 1940 Lindbergh became spokesman of the non-interventionist America First Committee, soon speaking to overflow crowds at Madison Square Garden and Chicago’s Soldier Field, with millions listening by radio. President Franklin Roosevelt publicly decried Lindbergh’s views as those of a “defeatist and appeaser”, comparing him to U.S. Rep. Clement L. Vallandigham, who had led the “Copperhead” movement that had opposed the American Civil War. Lindbergh promptly resigned his commission as a colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps, writing that he saw “no honorable alternative” given that Roosevelt had publicly questioned his loyalty. In 1927, the year of the present volume’s publication, Charles Lindbergh flew his Spirit of St. Louis to Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan. Upon arrival, Henry Ford accepted Lindbergh’s invitation for a ride. Though Ford had been invested in aviation since 1909, this was his first trip in an airplane. Laid in is a Western Union telegram dated August 15, 1947 from Clara Ford to Irving Imoberstag, the husband of Clara Ford’s niece Frances Imoberstag née Bryant. Near fine in the original dust jacket which is in very good condition. A remarkable association copy.
Price: $11,000.00 Item Number: 109846
"AN ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THE FIRST CLASS": LA ROCHEFOUCAULT-LIANCOURT'S TRAVELS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA AND CANADA, SCARCE 1799 FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, WITH THREE MAPS OF AMERICA—A BEAUTIFUL COPY
Travels Through the United States of North America, the Country of the Iroquois, and Upper Canada, in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797; With an Authentic Account of Lower Canada.
London: For R. Phillips by T. Davison, 1799.
First edition in English of “an original source of the first class for American history at the close of the 18th century” (Larned). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, with three engraved folding maps of North America and six folding tables. In near fine condition. An exceptional example of this landmark work. First editions are rare.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 112450
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright on the half-title page to neighbor and historian Charlotte Seitner, “To Charlotte Seitner With Best Wishes Orville Wright Feb. 10, 1944.” The recipient Charlotte Seitner was a historian and neighbor of Orville Wright. She was a life-long collector of Wright Brothers ephemera, donating most of her collection to the local historical society with the exception of the included materials which were inherited by her niece and nephew. Materials include newspaper clippings on the Wrights, a group of First-Day covers of Wright Brother Stamps, a personal letter from Seitner offering condolences on Orville Wright’s passing, and an undated print of the First Flight photograph. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine. Introduction by Orville Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $9,200.00 Item Number: 81031
Scarce first edition of the Guide to Florida, "The Land of Flowers"; with the rare original folding map of Florida
New York: Cushing, Bardua & Co, 1872.
Scarce first edition of the earliest travel guide to the state of Florida. Small octavo, original cloth with gilt titular emblem to the front panel, with the rare original folding map of Florida engraved expressly for The Florida Guide by the publisher which is in fine condition, advertisements at rear. In very good condition. Scarce with no examples appearing at auction over the past 90 years.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 98489
“Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician”: First Edition of The Wright Brothers; Inscribed by Orville Wright
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1943.
First edition of this classic American biography authorized by Orville Wright and long considered the definitive Wright biography. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 pages of photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Orville Wright on the half-title page, “To Miss Margaret Hollowell with sincere good wishes. Orville Wright Feb. 21, 1947.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Orville Wright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 100750
First Edition of Francis Parkman's The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life
New York: George R. Putnam, 1849.
First edition, first issue of Parkman’s classic account of his journey across North America on the Oregon Trail in the scarce original cloth, one of 1,000 copies issued in March 1849 (Howes, 97). Octavo, original cloth stamped in blind, gilt titles in sans-serif font to the spine, tissue guarded tinted lithographic frontispiece and vignette half title by Felix Octavius Carr Darley, with the ad leaf preceding the frontispiece present. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. From the libraries of famed bibliophile Joseph Halle Schaffner with his bookplate to the pastedown and newspaper publisher James Strohn Copley with his bookplate to the interior of the chemise case. Rare. A completely unrestored example with noted provenance.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 117084
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
Apollo Astronauts Signed Reunion Poster; signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts and from the collection of Frank White
Rare original poster from The Apollo Reunion July 16, 1986 in Washington D.C. Signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Ron Evans, Stuart Roosa, Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke, Michael Collins, Walt Cunningham, James Lovell, Donn Eisele, Bill Anders, Alan Bean, Jim Irwin, Al Worden, Rusty Schweickart, Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt. From the collection of Frank White, author of ‘The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution’, a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development based on White’s interviews with 31 astronauts. The term “Overview Effect” describes the cognitive shift in worldview that astronauts experience when they see the Earth from space and in space. Framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 105483
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare original photograph signed by the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong
Rare original photograph on Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins arriving in Bangkok during the Apollo 11 World Tour. Signed on the mount by Neil Armstrong. On September 29, 1969, at the request of President Richard Nixon, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, and each of their wives embarked on the Apollo 11 World Tour. Nicknamed “Giant Leap” by NASA, the tour stopped in 24 countries with the intention of promoting the space exploration program as a peaceful project that would benefit all nations. In near fine condition. An uncommon signed image.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122680
Wapakoneta, Ohio: Blume High School Class of 1947, 1947.
Rare Blume High School Class of 1947 yearbook, signed by Neil Armstrong as a graduating senior. Quarto, original leatherette. Signed by Neil Armstrong beneath his senior portrait on page 12 of the yearbook. Armstrong is also featured in a number of additional photographs throughout the book: on page 44 as a Band Officer, page 52 as a member of the Senior Hi-Y group, and on page 57 as a member of the School Council. In near fine condition. A rare piece offering a unique first-hand glimpse into the early scholastic achievements of the first man to set foot on the moon.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122684
Rare 18th century Homann Heirs map of the Western Hemisphere. One page, the map depicts in detail North and South America as well as western portions of Europe and Africa with a large decorative cartouche. Homann’s second map of the Western Hemisphere, the present map provided new details in the interior of North America particularly along the Mississippi River. At the time of publication the Northwest coast of America and the Northwest Passage were still undiscovered. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 31.25 inches by 29.25 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 120497
Marvin L. Stone's Man In Space; signed by Buzz Aldrin, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Michael Collins and Frank Borman
STONE, Marvin L. [Buzz Aldrin; Alan Shepard; Wally Schirra; Charlie Duke; Alan Bean; Richard Gordon; Michael Collins; Frank Borman].
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Michael Collins and Frank Borman Signed Man In Space Program.
Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday, Inc, 1965.
Marvin L. Stone’s Man in Space signed by astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Richard Gordon, Michael Collins and Frank Borman. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, signed by all 8 astronauts on the front panel. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed by these astronauts.
Price: $3,250.00 Item Number: 122607
“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": photograph signed by the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong
Official Apollo 11 photograph on Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. In fine condition. The photograph measures 10 inches by 8 inches.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 123795
Original NASA photograph of the Apollo 14 Mission launch; signed by viewers Spiro Agnew and Neil Armstrong
Official NASA photograph of the VIP grandstand at the Apollo 14 viewing site at Launch Complex 39 on January 31st 1971. Signed by both legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong and the 39th Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew. Both are shown seated in the grandstand with Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia of Spain beneath the American and Spanish flags. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100438
Original ‘Earthrise’ photograph taken from the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 Mission. Signed by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, “Michael Collins, Apollo XI, July 20, 1969.” In fine condition. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 124338