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"YOUR RIGHTS TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ARE DAILY INFRINGED, SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE HERETOFORE BEEN DENIED THE USE OF THE BALLOT"

HOOKER, Isabella B.; DAVIS, Paulina W.; ANTHONY, Susan B.; BOWEN, Mary B.; DENISON, Ruth C.; GRIFFING, Josephine S. Appeal to the Women of the United States. Hartford, 1871.

First and only edition of the powerful April 19, 1871 Appeal by Susan B. Anthony and other leaders of the NWSA, a revolutionary work that proclaims a "birth-day of womanhood" in defiance of persistent dismissals of their constitutional rights to the vote, a "a precedent for women interested in organizing independently of male-dominated political institutions," setting women on nearly four decades of struggle toward passage of the 19th Amendment, a fine copy in fragile original wrappers. $11,500.

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“NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW”

CHURCHILL, Winston. A Speech by The Prime Minister. London, 1940. First edition of Churchill's famous 1940 address to the House of Commons at the height of the Second World War, one of history's most stirring and influential speeches. $1700.

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"ALWAYS ADDING FEWEL [SIC] TO THE FIRE OF DISCORD… GRASPING AT POWER WHICH THEY KNOW NOT HOW TO KEEP"

(DAVENANT, Charles) D'Avenant, Charles, L.L.D. Essays upon Peace at Home and War. London, 1704.

First edition of Davenant's important work on the political and economic consequences of flawed leadership, commissioned by Queen Anne and drawing on Machiavelli to develop principles of wise governance, with Jefferson owning several of Davenant's works, which "played a significant role in the later emergence of political economy as a key intellectual concern of the American Enlightenment." $2800.

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"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN AMERICAN OF THE 19TH CENTURY"

DOUGLASS, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. New York and Auburn, 1855.

First edition of Douglass' second autobiography—his "'true' life story"—with three engraved plates, including the stipple-engraved frontispiece from the classic daguerreotype of Douglass, and printed extracts from his famous speeches, in original cloth. $4600.

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ENORMOUS SEPIA ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY GENERAL GRANT

(GRANT, Ulysses S.) GUTEKUNST, Frederick, photographer. Photograph signed. No place, 1865.

Enormous sepia albumen photograph portrait, signed “U.S. Grant, General,” with Philadelphia photographer Frederick Gutekunst's large printed label affixed to the verso. The image was taken shortly after the surrender of Lee at Appomattox and also Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre; Grant is wearing a mourning ribbon in honor of Lincoln. $25,000.

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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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LARGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY—THE IMAGE EVENTUALLY USED AS THE OFFICIAL PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAIT—BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY KENNEDY

(KENNEDY, John F.). Photograph inscribed. No place, no date.

Large photographic print of Fabian Bachrach's iconic portrait of President Kennedy wearing a pinstripe suit, boldly inscribed in the margin to the Kennedy's family's "numbers man": "To Tom Walsh—with esteem and very best wishes—John Kennedy." $9500.

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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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"WITH APPRECIATION FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND BEST WISHES FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF THOSE MEANINGFUL GOALS WHICH YOU ARE SEEKING FOR ALL PEOPLE OF YOUR GREAT NATION"

KING, Martin Luther Jr. The Trumpet of Conscience. New York, Evanston, and London, 1968.

First edition of this series of five lectures on civil rights, inscribed to the British Prime Minister and his wife by Coretta Scott King, author of the Foreword: "To the Honourable Prime Minister and Mrs. Wilson with appreciation for your leadership and best wishes for the attainment of those meaningful goals which you are seeking for all people of your great nation. Coretta Scott King." $5800.

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RARE 1861 AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY PRESIDENT LINCOLN

LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph letter signed. Washington, D.C. August 20, 1861.

Exceptional August 1861 autograph letter penned entirely in Lincoln's hand, signed by him in the first year of the war and mere weeks after the Union loss at Bull Run, written to Secretary of War Cameron regarding the appointment of John Huntington, from a distinguished Connecticut family, to the position of Assistant Quarter-Master of the Army, beautifully housed in a custom half morocco portfolio featuring a handsome engraved portrait of Lincoln. $26,000.

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“THE MONTICELLO EDITION” OF JEFFERSON’S WRITINGS

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Washington, D.C. 1903-05. Twenty volumes.

“The Monticello Edition” of the Writings of Thomas Jefferson, with numerous illustrations and facsimiles of important documents, including a draft of the Declaration of Independence. $2000.

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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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"WE ARE AT WAR… WAGED NOT IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS, BUT IN THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR OWN" (JAMES MADISON)

(MADISON, James) (U.S. CONGRESS). Message from the President, November 4, 1812 [including] Documents. Washington, 1812.

First edition, issued by official House printers, of Madison's powerful November 4, 1812 State of the Union Message to Congress on the War of 1812—"a watershed for the new nation… [with] a coming of age quality that has led many to call it a second war of independence"—containing extensive diplomatic correspondence between then-Secretary of State Monroe, along with an 1811 letter from Napoleon, a handsome uncut wide-margined copy, with original wrappers bound in. $2000.

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INSCRIBED BY RONALD REAGAN

REAGAN, Ronald. Ronald Reagan Talks to America. Old Greenwich, Connecticut, 1983.

First edition of this single volume collection of Reagan's most important speeches, as well as highlights from the 1980 presidential campaign, inscribed on the title page: "To Fred F. Guyton, With very best wishes. Ronald Reagan. Sept. 30 1985." $6800.

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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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“AS PERENNIALLY FASCINATING AS A FAIRY TALE”

(MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS) SKELTON, John. Mary Stuart. London, Paris, Edinburgh, 1898.

Limited second edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies, with beautiful hand-colored frontispiece portrait and 41 photogravure plates, handsomely bound by Ramage of London. $1250.

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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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