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DILLON, Arthur. Observations historiques sur l'origine, les services, & l'état civil des Officiers Irlandois au service de la France, adressées à l'Assemblée nationale.
Paris : 1792First edition of this scarce history of Irish regiments in the service of France since the flight of James II, which includes an extensive account of the Dillon's Regiment's part in the American Wars from 1779, in which Arthur Dillon,(17501794), the author of this pamphlet, commanded with distinction under d'Estaing at Grenada and in the siege of Savannah.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146968
KENNEDY, John F. Photograph inscribed to British diplomat Harold Caccia.
1961Inscribed on the mount by John F. Kennedy to the British Ambassador to the United States: "For Sir Harold Caccia - a strong link in a strong chain that binds our two countries - with every good wish. John F. Kennedy - 1961".
Harold Caccia (1905-1990) served as British Ambassador to the United States from 1956 to 1961. Kennedy's reference in his... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 148863
LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles Telephone Book.
Los Angeles : 13 April 1882The first telephone directory for Los Angeles, listing 90 subscribers with their own phones and numbers, and instructions on making calls to the central office. This is a delicate and rare piece of Californiana, tracking the expansion of critical technology through a state that would become an innovation leader. There are only two appearances in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 141446
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.
Garden City, NY : 1948First edition, the handsomely produced signed limited issue, number 211 of 1,426 copies signed by Eisenhower on the leaf that prints his D-Day message to the troops. Copies in the original acetate jacket are certainly uncommon.
Crusade in Europe made Eisenhower a rich man, "becoming one of the most widely translated and sold books of all time.... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 145034
GEORGE, Henry. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.
San Francisco : 1871First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136978
McKENNEY, Thomas L., & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America,
Philadelphia : 1855A magnificent record of Native American dignitaries - "the most colourful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes); this is the third octavo edition, following the first folio edition of 1836-44, and the first octavo edition of 1848-50.
McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816 until 1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 146818
(AMERICAN JUDAICA.) Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
Kingston : 1781Extremely uncommon. Printed and published by David Douglass and William Aikman, Loyalist refugees from the Revolution in America - Douglass from Charleston, Aikman from Annapolis - this almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, on the verso of the leaf bearing a Jamaican historical chronology - a "Kalendar of Months, Sabbaths, and... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 82190
LEVICK, Edwin J., & Rosenfeld & Sons. Yankee 1930.
New York : 1929-30Superb pictorial record of the US yacht Yankee, built to compete for the right to defend the America's Cup. This celebration of the boat would certainly appear to be a one-off for a syndicate member and is comprised of photographs of the highest quality.
Of the 19 prints 5 have the studio wet-stamps of the renowned Rosenfeld Studio showing through... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 142524
BURGESS, Gelett (ed.) [The Lark: issues 1-24.] "Who'll be the Clerk?" "I!" said The Lark:
San Francisco : 1896-97First editions of the complete run of this American arts and crafts periodical which was a great contribution to the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, by the American artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist, Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951).
Burgess is best known as a writer of nonsense verse, such as "The Purple... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147999
LEE, Chauncey. The American Accomptant;
Lansingburgh : 1797First edition, an exceedingly significant book in the field of Americana, containing the first known appearance in print of the symbol for the United States dollar, previously only used in manuscript form, and additionally in its frontispiece containing the earliest known illustration of a United States coin. This copy retains the original trade sheep... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144618
GRAVES, Robert. Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; [together with] Proceed, Sergeant Lamb.
London : 1940 & 1941First editions, first impressions, of Graves' retelling of the experiences of Roger Lamb as a British soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and based on the actual Roger Lamb's autobiographical works. "Each book can be read independently of the other" (blurb), and are rarely found together and in such good condition.
George Orwell, writing... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147253
REMINGTON, Frederic, & Owen Wister. Done In The Open.
New York : 1902First edition, first issue, of this collection of Remington's striking illustrations of the American West. It was published simultaneously by P. F. Collier & Son. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142057
THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion,
New York : 1862First edition of the first ever guide to mixed drinks, this copy in a later state with the "How-To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion" title page and 2.50 price to the front board.
Showcasing "the first legitimate American culinary art the first uniquely American cultural product to catch the world's imagination" (Wondrich, p. 11), Thomas's... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 135775
PERKINS, Edward T. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.
New York : 1854First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing and attractively illustrated from the author's own sketches.
"Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121426
VALENTINE'S DAY. Collection of poetic Valentine's Day Cards.
[USA : 1870-1900]A charming collection, in remarkable condition, of eight poetic Victorian Valentine's Day cards, exemplifying the popularisation and commercialisation of the romantic uses of poetry in this period, and the creation of what we know as the Valentine's Day card today.
The Valentine's Day card phenomenon can be accredited largely to two key players:... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 143932
COBBETT, William. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.
London : 1834First edition of this adulatory account of President Jackson, written by the radical British MP William Cobbett, published the year before Cobbett died and after a lifetime spent campaigning for the abolition of rotten boroughs, the lowering of taxes, and reversing enclosures; all culminating in his major influence in passing the Great Reform Act of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144939
REAGAN, Ronald. An American Life.
New York : 1990Signed 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
SCHOOLCRAFT, Henry R. Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States:
Philadelphia : 1853-57Second edition of this impressive, ground-breaking and expansive work, unchallenged as the most comprehensive study of Native American culture, enhanced by "Captain Seth Eastman's exceptional lithographs" (American National Biography); four of the five volumes here (I-II and IV-VI) are contemporary presentation copies, inscribed by a trio of Commissioners... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 137694
LELAND, Charles Godfrey. The Algonquin Legends of New England.
Boston : 1884First edition of Leland's uncommon collection of the folklore of the "principal Wabanaki, or Northeastern Algonquin, Indians". All of the material was gathered directly from native American narrators, the great majority by Leland himself and the sources identified. The illustrations are from birch bark originals by Tomah Josephs, Indian Governor at... Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 144666
LOOMIS, Elias. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.
New Haven : 1859Seemingly unrecorded appeal from Elias Loomis (1811-1889), the eminent American mathematician - at the time Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of the City of New York - requesting information regarding the spectacular appearance of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights during the summer of 1859.
As Loomis notes in the preamble to this... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140209
ADAMS, Ansel Easton, & Mary Austin. Taos Pueblo.
Boston : 1977First edition, first printing in this format. No. 944 of 950 copies signed by Adams. This is a facsimile edition of Adams's book first published in 1930, which was limited to 108 copies. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140667
POLYGLOT LORD'S PRAYER. Oratio Dominica.
London : 1700A remarkable publication, presenting the Lord's Prayer in over a hundred languages and dialects, a major exercise in comparative philology, and likewise offering a significant array of type specimens from multiple European and non-European languages. Wing attributes the work to the learned printer Benjamin Motte the elder.
Alongside the major... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144536
MEREDITH, William. Historical Remarks on the Taxation of Free states, in a Series of Letters to a Friend.
London : 1778First edition, revised second printing, of this rejection, during the American Revolutionary War, of the British taxation of the American colonies, based on the precedent of antiquity.
Two printings are distinguished, this second printing from substantially the same setting of type as the first, but with some textual revisions and with an additional... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143959
NELSON, Thomas - BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
London : 1760The 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
ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.
Boston : 1865First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143182
MILES, William Augustus. A Political Mirror;
London : 1779First edition. A scarce and desirable piece of Americana with just eleven institutional copies located worldwide for this first edition; the second edition of the following year omits the list of ships.
Unusually solely the BL copy is located in the UK, the rest in the US - Huntington, Lilly, JCB, NYHS, Yale, Society of the Cincinnati, Clements... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143439
LESY, Michael. Wisconsin Death Trip.
New York : First edition, second printing, of this "extraordinary picture of a small town under the Great Depression" (blurb), through photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by "a careful, competent town photographer named Charles Van Schaick" whose negatives were found after his death.
Stock Code: 143081
PIERCE, Elijah - YOUNG, Mahonri Sharp. Elijah Pierce Woodcarver.
Columbus, OH : 1973The catalogue for Elijah Pierce's 1973 exhibition at the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, his first major show, the commentary largely composed from Pierce's own words, edited from taped interviews with Carolyn Jones, 1972-3. Pierce is now widely considered one of the great American outsider artists. Signed by Pierce with his address on the title page:... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142515
DESPARD, Edward. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,
(1789)Account sheet for six months' expenses in Honduras by Edward Marcus Despard (1751-1803), Superintendent of Honduras, later executed for treason, despite the appeals of Nelson, with whom he had worked closely during the San Juan Expedition. On Honduras Despard sought to give the same rights to freed slaves as to white settlers, claiming that British... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 135127
BJORKMAN, Frances, & Annie G. Porritt (eds.) Woman Suffrage, Arguments and Results.
New York : First edition of this collection of eight essays on American suffrage, including those by Jane Addams, Alice Stone Blackwell and Jessie Lynch Williams. This edition of eight essays is uncommon, with nine copies traced institutionally, all held in the US. This bright copy is in the rarely found jacket.
This copy has the errata slip noting that... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 137608
WATERGATE. Hearings Before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
Washington, DC : 1973Part of the transcript of the Senate Watergate hearings, specially bound for Stanley H. Katz (1923-1993), who is mentioned on Richard Nixon's extensive "enemies list" on page 1731; Katz's name is circled in red crayon on the relevant page, presumably in his own hand, and his inclusion in the list is noted on the front cover. Nixon's main "enemies list"... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 132271
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
New York : 1939First 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... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 119149
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.
New York and London : 1910A family copy, specially bound for presentation to Elliott Roosevelt by the American artist Pilides Tino Costa, with Costa's presentation inscription on the front free endpaper dated 24 December 1938 and with Elliott's name emblazoned in gilt on the front cover. Elliott Roosevelt was the son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and consequently grandnephew... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 132029
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... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 129128
OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.
New York : 2006First 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
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.
New York : 1963, 1965, 1967First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday were Eisenhower's publishers... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 116984
REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.
New York & London : 1898Second edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, vividly depicting scenes from the Old West, between its native inhabitants and the settlers. This work was first published the previous year. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 142064
REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings.
New York & London : 1897First edition, of this excellent collection of Remington's art, rare in such good, unrestored condition and with any part of the original box. "Remington's paintings of this era are intensely narrative and seek to capture the passing of the frontier for Native Americans and white frontier settlers" (ANB).
This work includes peaceful scenes of... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142079
LOWE, Paul E. Drinks As They Are Mixed.
Chicago : 1904First edition of this early vest-pocket bartender's guide, the text enlivened with punning cartoons. An encyclopaedic listing of contemporary recipes; a "Heart to Heart Talk With Bar Men", advising on the practice and politics of bar-keeping, including a list of the stock and equipment for a "first class bar"; and concluding with an anthology of Toasts... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 141554
REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.
Cody, Wy : 1996First 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
EISENHOWER, Dwight D., & Mamie Doud. Good News for Modern Man.
New York : 1974Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wrappers featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization 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
EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.
New York : 1974First 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
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
Garden City, New York : 1967First 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
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
Garden City, New York : 1963-65The 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
CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"
New York : 1885,First edition, second state with portrait and map. The first of Elizabeth B. Custer's trio of books written in support of the actions of her husband, General G. A. Custer. "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140136
AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.
London : [1770-1807]A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 130669
TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. De la démocratie en Amérique.
Brussels : 1840Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume set in 1840, but this,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 125824
BLODGET, Samuel. Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.
Washington : 1806First and only edition of one of the earliest systematic attempts to depict the entire American economy by means of statistical data. Tables are printed throughout, with accompanying essays that reveal Blodget to be a strong nationalist, a supporter of free trade, an abolitionist, and a promoter of paper money secured by land. Blodget's view of the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 130009
WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION. Europa Libera:
London : 1703First edition (preceding the second edition of that year with an added postscript). Published in the third year of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the anonymous author proposes that in return for the support of Britain and the Netherlands for the claim of the Emperor of Austria to the Spanish crown, Spain's territories in America should... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139168
WYETH, N. C. (illus.); FOX, John, Jr. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.
New York : 1931Signed 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
ART DECO - KAUFMANN, Charles D. & Herman Fabry. A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago 1933-1934 presents this Collection of Official Photographs to Orville J. Taylor.
Chicago, IL. : 1933First and only edition of this spectacular, highly limited-issue souvenir album for the Century of Progress exposition, an event which was to have a profound influence on modernist architects for decades to come, and served more generally as an invaluable "repository" of Art Deco motifs. A small number of these presentation albums were created as gifts... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 134251
HAMPSON, John. Reflections on the Present State of the American War.
London : 1776First edition of this uncommon pamphlet, published in the early months of the American War of Independence, and firmly asserting that the Americans "can no more stand against the strength of this country than light chaff against the impetuous whirlwind". "Let them then," he adds, "lay down their arms. Let them abandon their leaders of the revolt to... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 132500
ANDREWS, John History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;
London : 1785-86Handsome set of the first edition of the first substantial, general history of the conflict by an Englishman, much of the material drawn from the Annual Register and the proceedings of the Commons, but considered by Lowndes to be "a judicious compilation."
It was particularly prized in its day for the series of portraits which include the king,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 131885
DU PONT, Samuel Francis. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.
Wilmington, DE : 1885First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress and preservationist, was... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 131483
ARMY LIST. A List of All the Officers of the Army,
London : 1783First edition. List compiled just a few months before the conclusion of the War of Independence. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming increasingly elusive, those with relevance to the American Wars being particularly desirable, and especially so when, as here, they are printed on thick paper, and presented in the style of binding which seems... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 124569
FORBES, Edwin. Life Studies of the Great Army.
New York : 1876Scarce first edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy with the bookplate of Union army veteran William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment"), later a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 114470
MOUZÉ, M. Traité de Fortification Souterraine,
Paris : 1804First edition of this influential work of practical military engineering, this copy with the pencilled ownership inscription of Joseph Gardner Swift, the first graduate of West Point and its second superintendent, to the title page. Swift was appointed a cadet in the Corps of Artillerists at Newport, RI on 12 May 1800, transferring to West Point in... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 83053