Americana

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the collecting fields known as Americana and USiana; that is, anything to do with the history, politics, or culture of the USA both before and after Independence.

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  1. An American Life.
    REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life.

    New York : 1990

    Signed limited edition, number 497 of 2,000 copies signed by Ronald Reagan, presented as issued in a striking oak box emblazoned with the Presidential Seal, and unusually retaining the original container. An American Life is Reagan's autobiography, covering his birth to his election as 40th President through to the end of his term in office.... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 143067

  2. The Savoy Ballroom.
    YARDE, Richard. The Savoy Ballroom.

    Boston : 1986

    First and sole edition, limited to 400 copies, the present example not numbered and the edition may never have been published as the Hampshire Typothetae ceased operation in 1986 (see Five College Archives & Manuscript collection online, retrieved 13.03.19); this copy unusual in being accompanied by an original watercolour (360 x 258 mm) signed "Yarde... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 132377

  3. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967). At the time of presentation Robert Morgenthau,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 119149

  4. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.

    [Washington : 1937]

    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a brief break following Franklin's... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 129128

  5. The Audacity of Hope.
    OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.

    New York : 2006

    First edition, first printing, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jason - Barack Obama vote me in '08 instead of Nader!". The recipient was a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who had the book signed while Obama was running for president - Obama's inscription refers to the independent candidate Ralph Nader,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 134687

  6. Frederic Remington.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both editors on the title page of the first volume. Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909) was an American artist and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141811

  7. Crusade in Europe.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.

    Garden City, NY : 1948

    Personal presentation "issue", one of just a few copies bound up for Eisenhower from the limited edition sheets, with the signed leaf of the D-Day message to the troops, but without the limitation leaf. This copy warmly inscribed on the half-title to the Dr. Hal Johnson, Ike's primary physician when he retired to Gettysburg in 1961, and who, with his... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 140866

  8. Five-star Favorites.
    EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140863

  9. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.

    Garden City, New York : 1967

    First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140859

  10. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.

    Garden City, New York : 1963-5

    The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 140860

  11. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.
    GATLING, Richard J. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.

    Washington : 1874

    First edition. Engraved bookplate; "Compliments of the Acting Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army" to the front pastedown. Two 2-page autograph letters signed on Gatling Gun Company stationery from Richard J. Gatling to Edgar T. Welles, son of Gideon Welles Civil War Secretary of the Navy, and secretary and treasurer of the Gatling Gun Co. In the first, dated... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 82902

  12. The Wallaces of Alabama.
    (WALLACE, George C.) WALLACE, George Jr. The Wallaces of Alabama.

    Chicago : 1975

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author's father, George C. Wallace, on the front free endpaper "To my friend Herbert B. Jaynson George C Wallace". Wallace's "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" speech, his infamous stand in the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama to block the entry of two African American... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 137165

  13. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
    IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.

    London : 1931

    First UK edition following the US of the same year. This edition was limited to 1000 copies this being one of 45 on "Imitation H.M. Paper, specially bound, and signed by Godfrey Irwin and Eric Partridge" on the half-title. "Mr. Irwin, whose share in this book is a glossary of 1600 words and phrases and a selection of favorite hobo songs, is a native... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 136118

  14. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.
    DEW, Thomas R. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.

    Shellbanks : 1834

    First edition in book form, presentation copy, inscribed on the rear wrapper "From the Author to Wm Short". The recipient was the American ambassador William Short (1759-1849), who served as US Minister to France from June 1790 to May 1792, to the Netherlands from June to December 1792, and to Spain from 1794 to 1795; he was later a successful Kentucky... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 123171

  15. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…
    ELLIOTT, Henry Wood, & Andrew F. Gallagher. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…

    Washington : 1913

    First and only edition. Seemingly the author's copy, with added documentation and his own original illustrated wrappers, subsequently inscribed on the title page, "For Judge Cooper with the warm personal regards of the author, Henry W. Elliott, Oct. 25, 1913." Laid in is a memorandum in Elliott's hand, on Department of Commerce stationery, denouncing... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131367

  16. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:
    CAREY, Henry Charles. The Slave Trade, Domestic and Foreign:

    Philadelphia : 1853

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "To Signor Giulio with the respects of the author". Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879) was hailed by his contemporaries as "the political economist of the age" (Sartain's Magazine), and his earlier work, The Credit System (1838), was considered "the best work on the credit system that has ever... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 117176

  17. Roll, Jordan, Roll.
    ULMANN, Doris, & Julia Peterkin. Roll, Jordan, Roll.

    New York : 1933

    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Preceded by a deluxe limited issue of 350 copies signed by the author and photographer, printed on large paper and specially bound with 90 images. Uncommon in the jacket. Named after the spiritual written by Charles Wesley this collaboration by Ullmann and Peterkin focuses on the lives of second- and third-generation... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 117205

  18. Devil at the Confluence.
    BELFORD, Kevin. Devil at the Confluence.

    St Louis : 2009

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Paul Garon to foot of the foreword. Garon is an author of a number of books on the Blues and was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. The accompanying CD, "The St Louis Blues Legends Delmark Collection" is an exclusive collection of music from St. Louis musicians drawn from from the... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 116361

  19. Dog Soldiers; [with:] A Hall of Mirrors.
    STONE, Robert. Dog Soldiers; [with:] A Hall of Mirrors.

    New York : 1975

    First Ballantine Books editions, first printings. Presentation copies, inscribed by the author on the title pages, "For Dink Bruce, with thanks and best wishes, Bob Stone". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in Key West, Florida. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") originally moved to Key West at the behest of his Arkansas friend... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 116247

  20. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,
    LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-LIANCOURT, François-Alexandre-Frédéric, duc de. Voyage dans les États-Unis d'Amérique,

    Paris : An VII de la République [1799]

    First edition, presentation copy of this important account of travels in the United States and Canada during the last decade of the 18th century, inscribed by the author's son, François XIII, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1765-1848), to Edward Livingston, who served as US Secretary of State in 1831-3: "Offert a M. Edouard Livingston envoyé extraordinnaire... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 114358

  21. Kootenai Why Stories.
    LINDERMAN, Frank. B. Kootenai Why Stories.

    New York : 1926

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the Kootenai, or, "Flat-bow-people".... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 101834

  22. The Restless Decade.
    GUTMANN, John. The Restless Decade.

    New York : 1984

    First edition, first printing. Gutmann's mostly urban photographies of Depression-era USA, predominantly San Francisco. Edited by Lew Thomas, the book also includes an essay by American art historian Max Kozloff. Signed by Gutmann on half-title. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 89935

  23. Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government.
    HARRISON, William Henry. Remarks of General Harrison, Late Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of Colombia, on Certain Charges Made Against Him by that Government.

    Washington : 1830

    First edition of this extremely uncommon publication, this a presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Harrison on the title-page: "John C. Wright Esq. of Steubenville Ohio from his friend W. H. Harrison." This is the only presentation copy of Harrison's Remarks ever to have appeared at auction, at the Streeter sale, 1967 (ticket to front pastedown).... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 83709

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