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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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“OF THE GREATEST RARITY”

(CONTINENTAL CONGRESS). Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress. Philadelphia, 1774.


First edition, exceedingly rare first expanded issue of the first official Journal of the Continental Congress—the first to contain the Petition to the King and Gage's October 20, 1774 letter—published in Philadelphia by the Bradfords soon after their virtually unobtainable first issue, one of the earliest publications of the American government—"of the greatest rarity"—containing the seminal "Declaration of Rights and Resolves" to the King and Parliament on colonial rights, and featuring the famous woodcut design on the title page that represents the first attempt to create a seal to "represent emblematically a united nation" in America, one of the most fundamental documents of the American Revolution.


$60,000.

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RARE ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI, BOLDLY SIGNED BY GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT, ALONG WITH THE SIGNATURE OF ITS FOUNDER, GENERAL HENRY KNOX, INDUCTING INTO MEMBERSHIP THE SON OF REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL HENRY DEARBORN

WASHINGTON, George; KNOX, Henry. Document signed. Certificate of Membership in the Society of the Cincinnati. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1797.

Rare original ornately engraved vellum Society of Cincinnati membership certificate, boldly signed by George Washington, the Society’s first president, and Henry Knox, Revolutionary War General and Secretary of War, founder of the Society, issued in 1833 to Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn, the first hereditary member to serve as President General. This example has an exceptionally dark and bold signature of Washington, which is most unusual.

$35,000.

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“ALL WE WANT TO KNOW IN AMERICA IS SIMPLY THIS, WHO IS FOR INDEPENDENCE, AND WHO IS NOT?”

(PAINE, Thomas). The American Crisis. Number III. Philadelphia, 1777.

Rare first edition, second issue, of the third number of Paine’s vital American Crisis series. Paine wrote 13 American Crisis essays between 1776 and 1783, but only Numbers I through V (published between 1776 and 1778) were first printed as separate pamphlets (and later reprinted in newspapers); the rest were given directly to newspapers for publication. These earliest American Crisis pamphlets are all of the utmost rarity. An excellent unbound, uncut copy. $27,500.

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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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THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S THE WINNING OF THE WEST, WITH FINE MANUSCRIPT LEAF

ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Winning of the West. New York and London, 1900. Four volumes.

Splendid Daniel Boone edition of Roosevelt's copiously illustrated historical masterwork, number 106 of only 200 finely bound copies with an original manuscript leaf tipped in from Roosevelt's account of one of the United States' worst defeats at the hands of Native Americans. $19,800.

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SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed. Washington, April 7, 1864.

Splendid Lincoln Civil War document appointing Randolph Monteith as Second Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Artillery, countersigned by Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, with fragile paper seal present, beautifully framed. $16,500.

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