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Essays of Michel De Montaigne

By Montaigne, Michel

New York:: Doubleday & Co.,, 1947. This is No. 933 of the special Limited Edition of 1000 copies SIGNED BY SALVADOR DALI. Original publishers bright blue cloth stamped and lettered in gold. A fine copy in the original black slipcase which shows some some light bumping to the lower corners. Montaigne's famous musings on the follies of men lend themselves particularly well to the art of Salvado Dali.. Limited Edition. Original Blue Cloth. Fine. Illus. by Salvatore Dali.. 8vo..


The Big Sea-An Autobiography

By Hughes, Langston

New York:: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1940. (1902-1967) American poet who became one of the most important figures in the Harlem Renaissance. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES. Pale green cloth boards show some light soiling at the extremities; the dust jacket shows some very light rubbing and a few small chips to the upper spine otherwise it is bright and clean. Overall this is a lovely copy of Hughes' first attempt at autobiography. It's hard to exaggerate his importance in the developement of black literature in America.. First Edition. Excellent/Excellent.


From Everglade to Canon With the Second Dragoons

By Rodenbough, Theophilus Francis

New York:: D. Van Nostrand,, 1875. Pictorial regimental frontispiece, illustrated with maps and scenes, many in color, publisher's ads in rear. Original bright red cloth, the 2d Cavalry regimental insignia embossed on the front cover in gilt. The spine showing an elaborate military insignia and gilt lettering. The seminal work on the Second U.S. Cavalry written by an illustrious Civil War veteran. Originally appointed 2d Lieutenant to the 2nd U.S. Dragoons shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War, Rodenbough was quickly promoted to 1st Lieutenant and to Captain soon thereafter. He was engaged throughout the war with the Cavalry seeing action at Manassas, Winchester, (where he suffered the loss of his right arm) Gettysburg and Cold Harbor. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of Brigadier-General. This book is a highly interesting account of the United States 2d Cavalry's experiences fighting Indians in Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming with additional material on the Florida, Mexican and of course, the Civl War. Some very minor soiling and rubbing, front free endpaper detached, bookplate of the Library of the Illinois Commandery on the front pastedown. This is a rare book in the original binding especially in this condition. Howes R395; Graff 3544; Flake 7399; Sabin 72467.. First Edition. Red Cloth Gilt. Excellent. 8vo..


Typed Letter Signed

By Truman Harry S

Washington, D.C.,, 1944. Dated 4 August 1944 on United States Senate stationery, 1 page to Senator Fred J. Bowman WITH THREE LINE AUTOGRAPH POSTCRIPT. Fresh from his fateful nomination in Chicago to become FDR's Vice Presidential running mate, Truman thanks one of his World War I comrades and fellow senators for his support. "I cannot tell you how much I appreciated your letter of congratulations, Bess and I were both sorry we didn't get to see you and Mrs. Bowman again before we left Chicago. I am leaving today for a fishing trip over the week end and also hope to get a little rest. They almost tore me to pieces when I was home.... " In the postcript, Truman writes: " You sure did a lot for us at the Convention. I can't tell you how much we appreciated it." It was Senator Bowman together with their mutual friend Eddie McKim that informed Roosevelt that Truman wasn't really interested in being the VP choice but if Roosevelt insisted he would comply rather than "bust up the Democratic Party.. Fine.


Partly Signed Printed Document Signed as President

By Pierce, Franklin

Washington, D.C.,, 1856. 24 April 1856, 1 page, A TREATY WITH THE CHIPEWYAN. President Pierce authorizes the Secretary of State to affix the official seal of the United States to "a treaty with the Chipewyan Indians of Sault Ste. Marie". The Chipewyan were a Northern Algonquin nomadic tribe whose territory stretched from the Churchill River north to the tundra and from Hudson Bay in the east to Great Slave Lake and the region surrounding Sault Ste. Marie. Living virtually unchallenged in this remote area the Chipewyan remained on friendly terms with the U.S. government. This is a notable example of the series of treaties that began in 1837, in which the Chipewyan gradually ceded their lands to the United States. Eventually the tribe was restricted to small reservations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Some very light toning but otherwise an important historical document with an exceptionally strong signature of President Pierce. Double mounted the reverse side being a portrait drawing of Franklin Pierce. A recent copy of the treaty is included.. Near Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


Paradise Lost Paradise Regained

By Milton, John

London:: John Baskerville, 1758. "Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books. The Author John Milton From the Text of Thomas Newton D.D. Birmingham" - preface, list of subscribers, 416pp; "Paradise Regain'd A Poem in Four Books To Which is Added Samson Agonistes: and Poems upon Several Occasions." Includes "The Life of Milton" LXIX pp. and 390pp.. Beautifully bound in full deep red crushed morocco, front and back boards ruled in gilt, spine in six compartments with geometric designs and lettering all in gilt. All edges gilt. A magnificent set of Milton's great national epic ,one of the masterpieces of English literature.. Full Red Morocco. Fine. 8vo.. 2 Volumes..


Conspectus of the History of Political Parties and the Federal Government

By Houghton, Walter R

Indianapolis.: Granger Davis & Co.,, 1880. Original gilt stamped green cloth. [2] 85pp., 2 large, colored, pull out charts; large, full-colored, two page map of the United States; statistical charts also colored. A clean, bright and strong copy. The binding is bright and clean with the exception of the remnants of a damp-stain to the very upper part of the rear board.. Green Embossed Clot. Excellent. Folio.


Fahrenheit 451

By Bradbury, Ray

London:, 1954. A lovely copy in the publisher's red cloth, spine with silver lettering. The dust jacket showing some light rubbing and soiling.. First English Edition. Original Cloth. Near Fine/Excellent. 8vo..


Letter Signed

By Macarthur, Douglas

Excellent letter to publisher/author Stanley Post dated October 4, 1962 informing him that he has not written an autobiography but suggesting another book for him to read. (framed). One Page.


An Archive of Five Typed Letters

By Reagan, Ronald

Includes Five Typed Letters Signed "Ronnie" or "Ron" to Theodore L. Humes, a Pennsylvania politician and future director of the Securities and Exchange Commission under President Nixon, from 10 March 1964 to 20 March 1972, on personal and Gubernatorial stationery. An amazing and highly interesting archive of letters with important comments on American politics ranging from Goldwater to McGovern. On 10 March 1964 Reagan tells Humes he "would like very much to lend a hand in your campaign and as you can well imagine I am convinced that Barry is the only true Reublican candidate." But doubting the wisdom of his appearing in person he continues: " There could be a kickback against you on the basis of my being a carpetbagger. What would you say if I could perhaps cook up a brief sentence about Barry Goldwater that could be used by you and yet would be so worded that your opponents could not hit us over the head on the charge that I was an outsider interfering in your local or state politics?" Reagan's vault to national prominence was due mainly to his stirring speech in support of Goldwater at the 1964 GOP convention. On 5 January 1965 he confesses to Humes that "I have a lot of soul searching to do before any decision is made regarding politics." But he eventually decided to throw his hat into the ring and won the governorship of California in 1966. A wonderful archive of political musings by the soon to be President.. Near Fine.


Typed Letter Signed as President

By Truman, Harry S

Washington, D.C.,, 1949. 1 page, on White House Stationery to Rev. G. Bromley Oxnam, Bishop of the Methodist Church in New York City and dated July 7, 1949. This was a time of intense friction between President Truman and leading Protestant Bishops because of Truman's attempt to replace his informal envoy to the Vatican with a permanent ambassador namely General Mark Clark. Oxnam, emboiled in an especially nasty feudr with New York's Cardinal Spellman, was especially outraged objecting to the United States establishing official relations with the Holy See. Many in Congress who harbored resentment against General Clark for the way he handled the Italian Campaign during the war were equally upset and after long and bitter rangling the nomination was withdrawn. In this letter Truman tries to reassure Bishop Oxnam concerning the proposed change of status which had just been cancelled.. Near Fine.


Memorial Addresses Delivered Before The Two Houses of Congress on the Life and Character of ABRAHAM LINCON, JAMES A. GARFIELD, WILLIAM McKINLEY

By Bancroft, George, Blaine & Hay

Washington, D.C.:: Governtment Printing Office, 1903. Original embossed, brown cloth with gold lettering on the front board and spine. Includes three wonderful etched portraits of the three presidents. 246pp., t.e.g.. A very lovely copy showing some moderate rubbing and shelf wear.. First Edition. Excellent. Folio.


Typed Letter Signed as President

By Truman, Harry S

Washington, D.C.,, 1951. One page to Representative Edith Nourse Rogers, Washington, 10 December 1951 on White House Stationery. A sharp response to an angry Republican Congresswoman's demand for action against the perpetrators of Korean war crimes. In part: "I appreciated your telegram of December eighth very much and nobody is more anxious to see justice done with regard to the reported atrocities in Korea than I am but it is not possible to punish people when you have no way of obtaining possession of them for the purpose of punishment. I hope before we get through with the situation that we weill be ina position to mete out justice to those who perpetrated those terrible attrocities." The Korean War was filled with all too many ghastly stories of killed and tortured prisoners and civilians. This tough letter reveals a frustrated Truman who realised he could do very little regarding prisoners of war while the fighting raged. Two weeks after sending this letter Truman decreed that no North Korean prisoners would be repatriated bac to the Norht against their will. This made any hope of a peace settlement that much more difficult but Truman refused to change his position on this issue. Edith Rogers was the first Congresswoman from New England, a staunch Republican. Rogers represented the Fifth District of Massachusetts for 35 years. Half of the 1,200 bills she introduced during her career, concerned veterans or military affairs. She sponsored legislation to create what later became the Women's Army Corps, and was an author of the 1944 G.I. Bill of Rights, providing educational and financial benefits for veterans. Fine. 4to..


Letters Written By the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, to His Son, Philip Stanhope Esq; Late Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Dresden: Together with Several Other Pieces on Various Subjects

By Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

London:: Mrs. Eugenia Stanhope,, 1774. Engraved portrait frontispiece from the painting by M. Hoare. The rare half-titles are present. Full contemporary polished tree calf expertly rebacked preserving the original spine labels. Text of both volumes is immaculate. Bookplate of Sir Alexander Baxter on the inside covers of both volumes. An elegant set of Lord Chesterfield's classic portrait of an ideal 18th century gentleman.. First Edition. Full Contemporary Brown Calf. Excellent. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 2 Volumes..


Typed Letter Signed as President to Joseph Curran, President of the National Maritime Union

By Johnson, Lyndon Baines

Washington, D.C.,, 1965. One page on White House stationery. President Johnson is responding to a letter he recieved from Curran in support of his Vietnam War policy and informing Johnson of his son's enlistment in the armry: President Johnson responds: "Besieged as we are by a whole complex of problems, I have no doubts about our prevailing so long as young Americans voluntarily take up the standards of freedom. Because they have always done so, we are free today; because they always will, we shall remain so. ". Fine. 8vo..


Typed Letter Signed

By Taft, William H

New Haven:, 1920. 1 page on personal stationery to Charles G. Washburn. The future Supreme Court Chief Justice and former President decries a recent Supreme Court rulling specifically attacking Justice Joseph McKenna's opinion in U. S. v. United States Steel Corp, an important anti-trust case in which Justice McKenna expressed a reasoned, moderate approach toward the Sherman Antitrust Act which did not sit well with Taft. He writes: " A more unsatisfactory opinion I never read....He made the Steel Company an exceptional case and not one furnishing any basis for authority for future action. His attitude is a little bit like that which Dooley (the comic Irish Bartender created by author Peter Finley Dunne) " attributed to (Justice) Brown in the insular cases. 'Four of the Judges say the Constitution do follow the flag, and four of the Justices say it do not follow the flag...but I am the lad to tell you when it do and when it don't..'" Taft also criticises McKenna's ruling on corporate monopolies, forcing judges to distinguish between "good" monopolies or "bad" ones on a case by case basis.. Fine.


Shakespeare in Harlem

By Hughes, Langston

New York:: Alfred A. Knopf,, 1942. A beautiful copy of Hughes' famous collection of verse dealing with the joys and sorrows of American blacks. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY LANGSTON HUGHES. A gorgeous copy the only flaw being a small chip to the upper spine of the dust wrapper.. First Edition. Publisher's Black Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo..


Autograph Letter Signed

By Wagner, Richard

One page, in German, with an integral blank leaf; Lucerne, 1872 April 13, to the noted bass-baritione Karl Hill. Hill was an eccentric and difficult artist with a rather unsavory reputation . Nevertheless Wagner was seriously thinking of engaging him having heard from friends that his artistry was of the highest caliber. This letter concerns Wagner's desire to engage him for the upcoming premier of 'The Ring of the Niebelung" in Bayreuth. Wagner writes: "I know you well enough by reputation to have thought seriously about using you in my projected performance. I am planning next fall and winter to review all the availble musical and mimetic resources, for which I have had no time in recent years....If I did not know you, I should have had to go to my old friend Betz in Berlin who has already agreed to sing the baritone solo at Beethoven's 9th Symphony...". Wagner's reference to the Beethoven 9th concerns the special performance held on May 22, 1872 when the foundation stone of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus was laid. Wagner was indeed able to engage the elusive Hill who premiered the roles of Alberich and Klingsor in Parsifal some years later. Hill's career lasted until the early 90s when he was institutionalized after suffering a nervous breakdown. He died soon thereafter. Some age toning otherwise a wonderful Wagner letter, strong and clean with excellent content.. Excellent.


Autograph Letter Signed

By Doyle, Arthur Conan

Southampton,, 1925. 2 pages on personal stationery, September 12, 1925 to Wm. Thom of Maryland, a fellow spiritualist. A highly interesting letter in which Sir Arthur thanks Mr. Thom for his friendship, exchanges some news of fellow occultists; "By the way poor Jerry Robinson, the librarian, is in an asylum," and of course more serious occult matters. In part: " No, have never heard the fourth sphere - that is the one immediately above Summerland called Rom-Summer but I will mae inquiry, let you now. " Later, referring to a recent article in The Occult Review he writes: :all points to a catastrophy. Pray God it may be averted." Showing some very light toning, folds and a very faint ink smudge above 2 letters of the signature. With holographic envelope.. Excellent.


A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin; Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon Which TheStory Is Founded

By Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Boston:: John P. Jewett & Co.,, 1853. A very good copy of Stowe's famous response to the devastating attacks upon her after publication of her blockbusting novel. The book contains cout records, letters and other material in support of her defense. This is a very good copy in the original publisher's blindstamped green cloth with gold lettering on the spine. The contents are remarkably clean with only some minor spotting and age toning. The binding shows some moderate rubbing, scuffing and shelf wear.. First Edition. Tall 8vo.. Very Good.