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“A PLEASANT AND IN MANY PLACES A TRUE HISTORY OF A VERY BRAVE PEOPLE”

JEFFREY OF MONMOUTH (THOMPSON, Aaron, translator). The British History. London, 1718.

Scarce first edition in English of Jeffrey of Monmouth's vastly influential History of the Kings of Britain, the most important source for the story of King Lear and the legend of King Arthur. Handsomely bound. $4800.

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INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO TOM WALSH, THE KENNEDY FAMILY'S FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND

KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York, circa 1960.

Later printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer-winning examination of “that most admirable of human virtues,” inscribed to the Kennedy family's financial advisor and close family friend: "To Tom Walsh—with every good wish from his friend—John Kennedy." $9000.

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WASHINGTON, LINCOLN, JEFFERSON, FRANKLIN, HAMILTON, ADAMS…

MORSE, John T., editor. American Statesmen. Boston and New York, 1899-1900. Thirty-two volumes.

Standard Library edition of this collection of biographies of the founding fathers of the United States, with frontispiece portraits and title page vignettes. $4800.

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"WITH THE AUTHOR'S AFFECTION"

ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. This Is My Story. New York and London, 1937.

First edition, presentation copy, of Eleanor Roosevelt's autobiography, inscribed on the half title to FDR's cousin, Morgan Library Director Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.: "For Fred & Ruth with the author's affection. Eleanor Roosevelt." $2800.

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"WITH WARM GOOD WISHES"

ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. This I Remember. New York: (1949).

First edition, first printing, of Eleanor Roosevelt's wonderful autobiography, with frontispiece and numerous illustrations, inscribed to FDR's cousin, Morgan Library Director Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.: "Inscribed for Frederick B. Adams Jr. with warm good wishes. Eleanor Roosevelt." $2200.

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"A ONE-MAN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE MOVEMENT"

HOUSER, George and RUSTIN, Bayard. We Challenged Jim Crow! Newark, N.J. 1947.

First edition of Rustin and Houser's bold report on their 1947 "Journey of Reconciliation," in effect the first Freedom Ride against Jim Crow segregation in a series of interracial trips through the South, citing the arrest of civil rights leader Rustin that led to his sentence of hard labor on a chain gang, a pivotal inspiration for the 1960s Freedom Rides, in original wrappers. $1800.

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DISCHARGE SIGNED BY GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON IN JUNE 1783 AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) WASHINGTON, George. Document signed. Newburgh, New York, June 11, 1783.

A fine example of a soldier's discharge, boldly signed "G. Washington," issued from his headquarters in June, 1783, near the end of the Revolutionary War, instructing that one "Jazaniah How, Sergeant" of the Invalid Corps, having served for six years and one month, is hereby discharged. It is said that Washington insisted on personally signing soldiers' discharges at the end of the war, wanting to display his appreciation for the sacrifices they made.

$28,000.

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“A FINAL TESTAMENT TO THE HUMAN VALUES HE CHERISHED MOST”

WASHINGTON, George. The Will of General George Washington. Alexandria, 1800.

First edition of Washington's will, "one of the most historically significant and personally revealing documents he ever wrote," exceedingly rare in original wrappers. $22,500.

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