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Rare George H. W. Bush Vice Presidential Fountain Pen bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile. Housed in the original pen box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In fine condition requiring the nib insert.
"Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? I see a bald eagle soaring by me": First Edition of Bill Martin Jr.'s Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; signed by illustrator Eric Carle
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2003.
First edition of the third companion book to Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, the book that began Eric Carle’s career as an illustrator. Quarto, original illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated by Eric Carle. Signed by Carle on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Edinburgh: J. & J. Gray & Company, 1920.
First edition of the author’s rare book on putting. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated with plates from photographs. In very good condition, rebacked. First editions are rare.
"One the most important works on British butterflies and moths": Rare second edition of Benjamin White's Magnificent One Hundred and Twenty Copper Plates of English Moths and Butterflies
One Hundred and Twenty Copper Plates of English Moths and Butterflies Representing Their Changes into the Caterpillar, Chrysalis, and Fly States and the Plants, Flowers, and Fruits, Wheron They Feed. Coloured with great Exactness from the Subjects themselves.
London: Printed for Benjamin White, 1773.
Rare edition of one the most important works on British butterflies and moths. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, decorative ruling to the panels stamped in blind, illustrated with 120 exquisite hand-colored engraved plates depicting the development butterflies and moths with the plants on which the feed after drawings by George Ehret and Jacob van Huysum. With a natural history of the insects and plants, index, and the list of subscribers gleaned from the original 1747-79 edition including Joseph Dandridge who assisted Wilkes and gave him open access to his private collection of entomological specimen. In very good condition with the hand colored-plates exceptionally clean and bright. Rare and desirable.
Rare Typed Letter Signed by Ronald Reagan as President to close friend and fellow American actor Mickey Rooney
Rare typed letter signed by Ronald Reagan shortly after his reelection in 1984 to close personal friend and fellow actor Mickey Rooney. One page, typescript on Reagan’s White House Letterhead, the letter is dated December 6, 1984 and reads in full, ‘Dear Jan and Mickey: Thanks for your message and most of all for your support and friendship. I cherish the victory and the confidence and trust it represents. The American people have given us the “go-ahead” to complete our agenda and I look forward to the next four years with great anticipation. Nancy joins me in sending out appreciation and warm regards. Sincerely, “Ron” Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Rooney 7500 Devista Drive Hollywood, California 90046.’ The recipient, American actor Mickey Rooney, appeared in more than 300 films and was among the last surviving stars of the silent-film era. He was the top box-office attraction from 1939 to 1941 and one of the best-paid actors of that era. Reagan, himself, was at the height of his acting career in the late 1930s and early 1940s, playing his favorite acting role in in 1942’s Kings Row, where he played a double amputee and recited the line “Where’s the rest of me?”—later used as the title of his 1965 autobiography. In near fine condition.
First edition of Captain John Claus Voss' Venturesome Voyages of Capt. Voss; from the library of explorer and adventurer Steve Fossett
Yokohama: Japan Herald Press, 1913.
First edition of the author’s account of his most notable voyages, including his attempt to sail around the world in his canoe Tilikum. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 13 plates and 2 maps, tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait of Voss. Rebacked. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In very good condition, rebacked.
"The trouble is if you dont spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you": First Edition of Five Finger Exercise; Signed by Peter Shaffer
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958.
First edition of Shaffer’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Sir Peter Shaffer.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket photograph by Angus McBean. A very nice example.
New York: Random House, 1977.
Signed limited first edition of Eban’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth. One of 500 copies signed by Abba Eban. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Rare Civil War era military endorsement signed by Abraham Lincoln as President. Two pages, the appointment is dated July 26th 1864, addressed to Secretary of War Edward M. Stanton and contains a request from J.M. Francis of Hudson County, New Jersey that Edward Z. Laurence be appointed Secretary of Subsistence in the Volunteer Army of the United States. The request is approved and endorsed at the conclusion by Lincoln, “Let the appointment be made, if his service can be made useful A. Lincoln Aug. 17 1864. ” In very good condition with a bold inscription from Lincoln.
"A source of spiritual inspiration for most Englishmen second only to the Bible": Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Book of Psalms
London: John Baskett, Printer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty, 1715.
Rare 17th century Book of Common Prayer bound with the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible and Book of Psalms. Octavo, bound in full contemporary morocco, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In very good condition. A nice example.
Rare selection of letters and documents from the personal collection of F.A. Hayek; presented by him to his children with an autograph letter signed by him
Rare collection of documents, letters, photographs, speeches, and invitations collected by Hayek throughout his career, with an autograph letter signed by him presenting the collection to his children. Dated March 3, 1965, the letter reads, “Dear children, Here is a selection from the presentation at the celebration of mother’s birthday which I pity you were not there! It is even worse of a pity that I shall not see you though I shall be in and out on the day before Ann’s birthday. I must fly to New York on the 10th and have arranged to stop over at London for 36 hours to attend the British Academy Dinner on the 8th. But I shall telephone on the 9th to learn how you are all doing. Love, Father.” Included in the collection are a large format portrait of Hayek, a ticket to the 1974 Nobel Laureates Reception, a photograph of Hayek meeting with Ronald Reagan, a photograph of his son Laurence meeting with George H.W. and Barbara Bush, several letters including four signed by Hayek’s children, papers, and programs, and a cancelled check signed by Hayek. In near fine condition.
"This is Oliva. she is good at a lot of things": First Edition of Ian Falconer's Olivia; Warmly Inscribed by Ian Falconer
New York: Atheneum Books, 2000.
First edition of the author’s first book. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Signed by the author on the title page, “From OLIVIA! and Ian Falconer.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Rare typed letter signed by Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. One page, typescript on Frankfurter’s Supreme Court letterhead, the letter is dated February 1, 1941 and reads, ‘Dear Judge McAllister: I appreciate the charm of your letter even though you response is out of all proportion to the accurate prose on my part which stimulated you to write. I hope the eventuality comes off but if it doesn’t it is a source of comfort to me that you have the wisdom of not having your heart set on these things. Nothing seems to me more foolish in this world than to have the heart set on a particular job – it is bad for the heart. With cordial regards to your wife and yourself, Very sincerely yours, “Felix Frankfurter.”‘ The recipient, Thomas F. McAllister served as a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1938 to 1941 prior to his appointment as a judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In near fine condition.
Rare autograph note collection in the hand of the Father of the Nation of India, Mahatma Gandhi, written at the height of the struggle for Indian Independence. The collection includes two autograph notes, two autograph letters, and three autograph postcards with Gandhi’s “Blessings” inscribed at the conclusion of each. The postcards are postmarked May 27, June 26, and July 25 1926. Gandhi took leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921 and led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, and, above all, achieve Indian independence from British rule. In the wake of World War II, Gandhi opposed providing any help to the British war effort and campaigned against any Indian participation in the war. As the war progressed, Gandhi intensified his demand for independence, calling for the British to Quit India in a 1942 speech in Mumbai, hours after which he was arrested by the British government. Gandhi’s imprisonment lasted two years, although he was initially sentenced to six. He was released in May of 1944 due to failing health. Following the end of WWII, the new British government passed the Indian Independence Act of 1947, partitioning the British Indian Empire was into two dominions, a Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. In very good condition.
New York: Forge/ Tom Doherty Associates, 2000.
First edition of Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s compelling work of fiction. Octavo, original glossy boards. Boldly signed by Buzz Aldrin on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.