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First edition of Hampton's Address on the Life and Character of General Robert E. Lee; From the Library of Jefferson Davis; thrice signed by him
Address on the Life and Character of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Delivered on the 12th of October, 1871, Before the Society of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors, in Maryland.
Baltimore: John Murphy & Co, 1871.
First edition of Confederate military officer Wade Hampton’s biography of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Octavo, original green publisher’s cloth with gilt titles to the front panel, engraved tailpiece. Association copy, signed three times by the only President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, on the pastedown, “Jefferson Davis Memphis Dec. 1871,” the front free endpaper, “Jefferson Davis,” and opposite the final page of text, “Jefferson Davis 1871.” Davis served as the only President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 until 1865 when has was captured, accused of treason an imprisoned at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. He was never tried and was released after two years. While not disgraced, Davis was displaced in ex-Confederate affection after the war by his leading general, Robert E. Lee. Soon after Lee’s death on October 12, 1870, Davis was pardoned from the charge of treason by President Andrew Johnson. General Wade Hampton III commanded the Cavalry Corps, Army of Northern Virginia directly under Robert E. Lee. An exceptional association linking three leaders of the Confederate States of America.
"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.
Signed limited edition of Pablo Neruda's Canto General; Signed by Him and illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros
Mexico: Talleres Graficos de la Nacion, 1950.
Signed limited first edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s masterpiece. Folio, original cloth, pictorial endpapers designed by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. One of five hundred copies printed on malinche paper. Signed by Pablo Neruda, illustrators Diego Rivera and David A. Siqueiros. In near fine condition with the rare original slipcase. Rare and desirable.
Extremely rare ink signature of Charlotte Bronte. Signed “yours faithfully, C. Bronte” on an off-white 3 inchess by .75 inches slip irregularly clipped and affixed to a larger scrapbook page. The page bears the signatures of several other notable British writers, including novelist and Bronte biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth M. Sewell, Margaret Gatty, Jean Ingelow, and Mary Martha Sherwood, as well as an address panel in the hand of Elizabeth Eastlake. Double matted and framed with a lithograph of Charlotte Bronte. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 21.5 inches. Exceptionally rare.
“He who pretends to look on death without fear lies. All men are afraid of dying, this is the great law of sentient beings, without which the entire human species would soon be destroyed": Rare First Edition of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie, or the new heloise
Julie ou La Nouvelle Héloïse: Lettres de deux amans, habitans d’une petite ville au pied des Alpes [Julie, or the New Heloise: Letters from two lovers, living in a small town at the foot of the Alps].
Amsterdam: Marc-Michel Rey, 1761.
First edition of the first best-selling novel in history, which made Jean-Jacques Rousseau the world’s first celebrity author. Octavo, six volumes, bound in contemporary full calf, gilt titles to the spine, marbled edges, marbled endpapers. An exceptional piece of literary history.
“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it": First Edition Of Huckleberry Finn in The Rare Original Publishers Morocco
New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.
First edition, first issue of Twain’s masterpiece, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarters morocco binding. Octavo, original three-quarters brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers. Lithographic frontispiece and with 174 illustrations by E.W. Kemble, photographic portrait frontispiece of the bust of Mark Twain by Karl Gerhardt. Copies of Huckleberry Finn in the original publisher’s leather bindings are quite rare: “The relative rarity of the cloth and leather bindings is clear. Less than two weeks before publication, [the publisher] Webster announced that he was binding 20,000 copies in cloth, another 2,500 in sheep, and 500 copies in three-quarter leather. The remaining 7000 copies of the first printing were probably bound up in similar proportions leather copies dried out, cracked apart, and have survived in even fewer numbers than the original production numbers would promise” (MacDonnell, 35). In very good condition with light rubbing to extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
"I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands": Large Signed Photograph of Nelson Mandela upon his return to Robben Island; Signed by Him and Jurgen Schadeberg
Silver Gelatin Print of Nelson Mandela’s 1994 return to Robben Island with Mandela looking through the bars in deep contemplation. Boldly signed by both Nelson Mandela and the photographer, Jurgen Schadeberg, who has signed on the bottom right panel and signed and stamped the verso. Schadeberg’s image was voted as one of the 50 most memorable images of the 20th century by The Photographers Gallery in London. The images measures 11 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.5 inches by 21.5 inches. This photograph has been used numerous times in publicity; providing the cover image for Mandela’s “Illustrated Long Walk To Freedom.” A striking image, most rare signed by one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.
“It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment”: First Edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a large drawing
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1970.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Boldy signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the dedication page, who has drawn a large flower. Translated by Gregory Rabassa. Near fine in a near fine first issue dust jacket with the exclamation point at the end of the first paragraph on the front flap. Jacket design by Guy Fleming. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example of this landmark novel, rare and desirable signed and with a large drawing.
"But there are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse": First Edition of Suttree; Signed by Cormac McCarthy
New York: Random House, 1979.
First edition of the author’s fourth novel and what many consider to be his finest. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Cormac McCarthy on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a miniscule closed tear. Jacket design by Jack Ribik. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. The British edition (which this example is) was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Light rubbing and small contemporary name to the front free endpaper, an excellent example in the original dust jacket with some expert restoration. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare in the original dust jacket.
London: Richard Bentley, 1841.
First edition of this classic study of crowd psychology, a compilation of human folly throughout the ages. Octavo, three volumes. Bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, triple gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
“This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down": First Edition of Albert Einstein: A Biographical Portrait; Inscribed by Albert Einstein with an original Four Line Poem
New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930.
First edition of this Einstein biography written by Rudolf Kayser, a German literary historian and husband to Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter Ilse under the pseudonym Anton Reiser. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed and inscribed by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper and dated in 1931 with a four line unique poem in German entirely in his hand, which translates, “This life is bizarre and unsound It looks clearer written down the urgencies that in the dark are touched don’t frighten others very much.” The recipient was the wife of Leonor Michaelis, who was a German chemist, and physician, known primarily for his work with Maud Menten on enzyme kinetics and Michaelis–Menten kinetics in 1913. Fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips and wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable.
New York: Random House, 1943.
First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Tim xxx from Roald Dahl 19/6/43 There should be a bowler hat and a tail.” Dahl has added a drawing of a hat and a tail on the gremlin. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed in the year of publication.
"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect": First Edition of Gone with the Wind; Signed by Margaret Mitchell
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.
First edition of the author’s classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Signed by Margaret Mitchell on the front free end paper. First printing, with “Published May 1936” on the copyright page and no mention of other printings. First issue dust jacket, with Gone with the Wind listed in the second column of the booklist on the back panel, with $3.00 cost on the front flap. Near fine in the original dust jacket with some light professional restoration to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.
The Constitutions of the United States, According to the Latest Amendments: To Which Are Annexed, The Declaration of Independence; and the Federal Constitution.
Philadelphia: Carey, Stewart and Co, 1791.
Rare first edition of The Constitutions of the United States which precedes the publication of Bill of Rights as the First Amendment and is the first printing to contain the Constitution of Vermont. Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. Contents include the Constitution of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Vermont. Additionally included are the Charter of Rhode Island, Declaration of Independence, Federal Constitution, and a pre-ratification printing of the Bill of Rights (Sabin 16097). In near fine condition. An exceptional piece of Americana.
First Edition of The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi
The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi [sic], adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston.
New York: Ezra Sergeant, 1812.
First edition, one of only 250 copies printed for Jefferson to distribute to senators, congressman and other political figures. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece map. Some wear to the wrappers, light dampstaining. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
First Edition, First Issue of Roger Tory Peterson's First Book A Field Guide to the Birds; Warmly Inscribed by Him
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934.
First edition, first state with the date on title page and with “Bob-pumper” on index page 155. Octavo, original green pebbled cloth with numerous full-page plates by the author. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Phyllis Bergen with my compliments- a poor atonement for ruined eyesight Roger T. Peterson.” The recipient Phyllis Bergen is thanked by Peterson in the preface of this volume. This book was most likely presented upon publication as a thank you to the recipient. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the spine and front panel. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Color photograph of President Kennedy meeting with astronaut Wally Schirra and his family in the Oval Office, affixed to its original mount. Boldly inscribed, “To Commander Walter Schirra—and his family—with esteem and best wishes, John Kennedy.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece linking these two great American icons.