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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
    (NELSON, Thomas.) BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,

    London : 1760

    The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 139669

  4. 141811
    (REMINGTON, Frederic.) HASSRICK, Peter H., & Melissa J. Webster. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both authors 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

  5. 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

  6. 140861comp
    (EISENHOWER, Dwight D. & Mamie Doud Eisenhower) Good News for Modern Man.

    New York : 1974

    Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wraps featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilisation is built upon its words", this copy inscribed on the half-title; "Merry Christmas to Dr. Hal Johnson from his friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140861

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.
    (WYETH, N. C.) FOX, John, Jr. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.

    New York : 1931

    Signed limited edition, number 323 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; 12 presentation copies were also issued. The trade issue was published the same year. Fox's classic Civil War tale was originally published by Scribner's Sons in 1903, with illustrations by F. C. Yohn. A handsomely illustrated copy, with the uncommon glassine jacket. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118697

  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. 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

  15. A System of Penal Law for the United States of America:
    LIVINGSTON, Edward. A System of Penal Law for the United States of America:

    Washington : 1828

    First and only edition of the American jurist's proposal for a national code of criminal procedure, presentation copy from the author to Judge Gershom Powers, who developed the "Auburn System" mode of prison discipline, with an accompanying hand-written note "Presented by Mr. Livingston to Mr. Powers, H. Reps" (House of Representatives). Livingston... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 118857

  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. Fully manuscript commission document, signed, appointing Enoch Page a "Captain of the Tenth Company, of the Fourth Regiment of Militia in... Province of New Hampshire".
    CILLEY, Joseph, Major General. Fully manuscript commission document, signed, appointing Enoch Page a "Captain of the Tenth Company, of the Fourth Regiment of Militia in... Province of New Hampshire".

    Nottingham, NH : 1772

    Exemplary pre-Revolutionary War military document, linking two men with extensive service during the period. Joseph Cilley (1734-99) was born in Nottingham, New Hampshire, son of Captain Joseph Cilley of the Isle of Shoals. Cilley served as an officer in the American Revolution and earlier, in 1758 seeing action in the French and Indian Wars as a sergeant... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 116877

  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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