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“CHURCHILL AT HIS DAZZLING BEST”

CHURCHILL, Winston. My Early Life: A Roving Commission. London, (1930).

First edition, first state, presentation copy, of Churchill’s acclaimed autobiography, inscribed on a front flyleaf in the year of publication: “Presented by Winston S. Churchill, Dec 1930,” in exceedingly rare original dust jacket. $45,000.

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“A MAJOR OUTSTANDING ITEM, THE RARITY OF WHICH IS BY NO MEANS FULLY APPRECIATED”

(VIRGINIA) BEYER, Edward. Album of Virginia. Richmond, 1858.

First edition of one of the greatest American view books of the 19th century, with beautiful lithographic vignette title page and 40 extraordinary tinted lithographic plates of Virginia, handsomely bound. This copy from the prominent Wickham family of Virginia, with the contemporary owner signature of William Fanning Wickham on the title page. $45,000.

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"MONSIEUR… I SHALL WRITE TOMORROW AT GREATER LENGTH, AND, HOLDING YOU IN GREAT DEVOTION, MOST HUMBLY KISS YOUR HANDS"

STUART, Mary (Mary, Queen of Scots). Autograph letter signed. Sheffield Castle, England, December 2, 1581.

Exceptionally rare autograph letter signed by Mary Queen of Scots, written while she was held at Sheffield Castle, almost certainly addressed to her brother-in-law, King Henri III of France. $44,000.

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“THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER WRITTEN”

GIBBON, Edward. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London, 1776-88. Six volumes.

Rare full first edition set, second state of Volume I, with portrait of Gibbon by Joseph Hall after Joshua Reynolds and three engraved folding maps by Kitchin of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire and of Constantinople, attractively bound. $32,000.

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STAUNTON’S “REMARKABLE ACCOUNT OF CHINESE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS AT THE CLOSE OF THE 18TH CENTURY” (HILL)

STAUNTON, George Leonard. Authentic Account of an Embassy… to China. London, 1797. Three volumes altogether.

First edition of this splendidly detailed description of 18th-century China, with engraved frontispiece portraits of the Emperor Tchien Lung and Lord Macartney, a wonderful full-page engraving of the Camellia and 25 additional in-text engravings, together with the Atlas plate volume containing nine large folding charts—among the earliest accurate charts of the interior of China—and 35 folio engravings by William Alexander. A beautiful copy in splendid calf-gilt. $27,000.

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"REVOLUTIONARIES, TERRORISM ACTS, MURDER ATTEMPTS… TO INTERFERE WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY PROCESS"

CASTRO, Fidel. Autograph manuscript. No place, circa 1960.

Rare two-page autograph manuscript, circa 1960, written entirely in the hand of Castro soon after the Bay of Pigs, possibly containing his notes for a speech at the United Nations, expressing—often passionately—his reaction to what he describes, in part, as "our solid activity and the victorious and uncontrollable development of our revolution" against "expatriates and gringos," two pages in Spanish on a single original leaf. $25,000.

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MAGNIFICENT COPPER HALF-RELIEF OF NELSON, THE HERO OF TRAFALGAR, FABRICATED FROM THE COPPER HULL SHEATHING OF THE H.M.S. VICTORY, HANDSOMELY FRAMED

NELSON, Horatio. Copper half-relief of Horatio Nelson. Society for Nautical Research, circa 1910.

Striking copper half-relief bust portrait of Horatio Nelson in military uniform, fashioned out of copper hull sheathing from the flagship where he fell, the H.M.S. Victory, captioned "Nelson" in the relief, handsomely framed in simple birdseye maple. $25,000.

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INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL

CHURCHILL, Winston. The Second World War. London, 1949-1954. Six volumes.

Volumes II-VI first editions, Volume I expanded second edition, presentation/association copies, of Churchill's WWII masterpiece, part history and part memoir, written after he lost reelection as Prime Minister, inscribed in Volumes I, III, and IV in 1951 to close friend Richard Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor; with a 1951 inscription to Rhys tipped in to Volume II. $21,000.

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INSCRIBED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL TO HIS AUNT AND UNCLE IN THE MONTH OF PUBLICATION

CHURCHILL, Winston. Arms and the Covenant. London, (1938).

First edition, presentation/association copy, of this collection of Churchill’s speeches on foreign affairs and national defense, inscribed in the month of publication to Churchill's uncle and aunt, “To Bertram & Nellie from Winston. June 1938.” $20,000.

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ILLUSTRATED FIRST EDITION OF THE DISCOVERY OF KING TUT’S TOMB, INSCRIBED BY HOWARD CARTER

CARTER, Howard and MACE, A.C. Tomb of Tutankhamen. London, 1923-33. Three volumes.

First edition of Carter’s account of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, including the scarce third volume, with 247 dramatic illustrations, inscribed in Volume I: “Howard Carter, in remembrance of many happy days, March 1924." $19,500.

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