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PRESENTATION-ASSOCIATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON

CLAVIERE, Etienne; BRISSOT DE WARVILLE, Jacques-Pierre. De la France et des Etats-Unis. Londres [Paris?], 1787.

An exceptionally rare and desirable Jefferson presentation/association copy, inscribed by him: “Th. Jefferson, to Sr John Sinclair.” Jefferson influenced and contributed information to this book, the first edition of an important economic work on the political and commercial bonds linking France and the United States. Jefferson inscribed this copy to his friend Sir John Sinclair, the noted Scottish agriculturalist and writer who was the first to introduce the word “statistics.”

$95,000.

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SPLENDID ARCHIVE OF RARE SHIP’S PAPERS SIGNED BY THE FIRST THROUGH FIFTEENTH PRESIDENTS, WASHINGTON THROUGH BUCHANAN, 1795-1857 (EXCEPTING ONLY WILLIAM HARRISON), WITH EXCELLENT PROVENANCE AND ALL PAPER AND WAX SEALS INTACT

WASHINGTON, George; ADAMS, John; JEFFERSON, Thomas; MADISON, James; MONROE, James; ADAMS, John Quincy, et al. Archive of 14 ship's papers signed by 14 of the first 15 Presidents of the United States. New York, 1795-1857. Together, 14 printed documents engrossed in manuscript.

Fantastic archive of 14 rare original ship's papers each signed by one of the first 15 Presidents of the United States, from George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison through James Buchanan, compiled over the course of 62 years (with the only exception of the ninth president, William Harrison, who was only president for one month), with Washington's signature particularly bold, rare and desirable. As each is also countersigned by the Secretary of State, the signatures of three presidents who served as Secretary of State under previous administrations—James Madison, John Quincy Adams and James Buchanan—appear twice in this archive; along with the signatures of such notables as Edmund Randolph, Timothy Pickering, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. These documents are in excellent condition, each with the fragile affixed paper seals of the United States present. $85,000.

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"TO PROHIBIT US FROM THE BENEFIT OF FOREIGN LIGHT, IS TO CONSIGN US TO LONG DARKNESS"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Letter signed. Monticello, Virginia, September 28, 1821.

Fantastic Thomas Jefferson signed letter, with four corrections also in his hand, a circular letter addressed to Dr. Samuel Brown, the first professor of medicine west of the Alleghenies at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, with wonderful content regarding the effect of high import tariffs on books on American education and scholars. "Science is more important in a republican than in any other government… Of many important books of reference there is not perhaps a single copy in the United States; of others but a few, and these too distant often to be accessible to scholars generally." $40,000.

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“THE WESTERN WORLD HAS BEEN FREED OF EVIL FORCES”

TRUMAN, Harry. Proclamation. Washington, D.C. May 8, 1945.

Large elaborate signed three-color broadside of President Truman’s proclamation upon the Nazi surrender to the allied forces, praising the armed forces and designating a day of prayer to offer “joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will… guide us into the ways of peace.” Handsomely set in Gothic type and boldly signed in ink “Harry Truman.” $25,000.

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“THE WESTERN WORLD HAS BEEN FREED OF EVIL FORCES”

TRUMAN, Harry. Proclamation. Washington, D.C. May 8, 1945.

Large elaborate signed three-color broadside of President Truman’s proclamation upon the Nazi surrender to the allied forces, praising the armed forces and designating a day of prayer to offer “joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will… guide us into the ways of peace.” Handsomely set in Gothic type and boldly signed in ink “Harry Truman.” $25,000.

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EXCEPTIONAL LINCOLN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM

(LINCOLN, Abraham) MESERVE, Frederick Hill. Photograph album. WITH: Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. No place; New York, no date; 1944.

Extraordinary album comprising over 191 photographs, primarily silver and platinum prints, of Abraham Lincoln, his family, and contemporaries assembled by Frederick Meserve. Accompanied by the first trade edition of Meserve's landmark work, accomplished in collaboration with Carl Sandburg, Photographs of Abraham Lincoln, featuring 100 images of the 16th President, in daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite, stereoviews, and more by photographers including Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Alexander Hesler. $22,000.

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SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN: SCARCE ORIGINAL SPRINGFIELD MARINE & FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY CHECK, COMPLETED IN LINCOLN'S HAND AND SIGNED BY HIM, DATED ONLY ONE YEAR BEFORE HIS ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY

LINCOLN, Abraham. Check signed. Springfield, January 19, 1859.

January 19, 1859 check drawn on Lincoln’s account at the Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Company, completed in his hand in the amount of $38.35 and signed by him, "A. Lincoln," in payment to J.G. Ives & Co. $20,000.

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PRESENTATION COPY OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON'S DEFENSE OF HIS ACTIONS IN COLOMBIA, INSCRIBED TO AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL SUPPORTER

HARRISON, William Henry. Remarks of General Harrison. Washington, 1830.

First edition, presentation copy, of General (later President) William Henry Harrison's defense of his actions while serving as American ambassador to the Republic of Colombia in 1829, inscribed and signed by Harrison to an important political supporter, J.S. Skinner of Baltimore: “Mr. Skinner Postmaster [Bal]timore with the respects of W.H. Harri[son].” Harrison autographs are scare, and presentation copies of his few published writings are quite rare. To our knowledge only one other presentation copy has ever been offered for sale. $19,500.

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AMAZING ARCHIVE OF 81 PIECES OF CORRESPONDENCE WRITTEN TO IBM PRESIDENT ARTHUR WATSON, INCLUDING SIGNED LETTERS FROM KENNEDY, NIXON, AND 24 LETTERS BY EISENHOWER, 1951-63

(EISENHOWER, Dwight D.; KENNEDY, John F., Jr.; NIXON, Richard; et al.) (WATSON, Arthur). Archive of correspondence. Various places, 1951-63. Fascinating and revealing archive of correspondence written to Arthur Kittredge Watson, President of IBM World Trade Corporation—at the time these letters were written, 1951-63, one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world—and United States Ambassador to France. Includes signed letters with substantial content written and signed by Kennedy, Nixon, and 24 letters by Eisenhower. $19,500.

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“THEREIN LIES OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND OUR OPPORTUNITY”

KENNEDY, John F. Typescript speech. No place, delivered 1 October 1959. Important political address by Senator John F. Kennedy quoting FDR, T.S. Eliot, Nikita Khrushchev, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Queen Elizabeth I, and comparing President Eisenhower to Shakespeare’s King Lear—also with a boat doodle and over 50 words in Kennedy’s hand. The Kennedy Library has a typescript of this speech, but without the corrections. $18,500.

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