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Memoires du Cardinal de Retz

“DE LA BIBLIOTEQUE [SIC] DE MON FRERE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON”

(MARIE ANTOINETTE) (NAPOLEON BONAPARTE) GONDI, Jean François Paul de, Cardinal de Retz. Memoires du Cardinal de Retz. Geneve, 1777. Six volumes altogether. Rare 1777-79 editions of the four-volume Mémoires of Cardinal de Retz and the 1771 two-volume Mémoires de Guy Joli and Madame la Duchesse de Nemours, possessing an exceedingly rare provenance in association with two of the most legendary figures in French history— Marie-Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte. Five volumes (I, III-VI) are from the library of Marie-Antoinette, bound in contemporary calf gilt and displaying her distinctive gilt-tooled armorial coat of arms on the boards, along with her gilt-stamped crowned cipher “CT” on the spines. Volume II, bound in contemporary mottled calf gilt, contains a lengthy gift inscription on the front free endpaper by Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte—“de la biblioteque [sic] de mon frere l’ Empereur Napoleon” (from the library of my brother the Emperor Napoleon)— to Baron Claude Francois Méneval, Napoleon’s trusted private secretary and his “only really close friend and confidant.” $38,000.

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Inaugural Addresses

"THE ONLY THING WE HAVE TO FEAR IS FEAR ITSELF"

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Inaugural Addresses. Washington, D.C. 1943.

Limited edition, number 34 of only 100 copies, an exceedingly rare presentation/association copy, warmly inscribed by FDR to the director of the United States Bureau of the Budget, "For Harold D. Smith from his old friend Franklin D. Roosevelt. Christmas 1943." This is one of FDR's famed Christmas Books, privately printed at his own expense. $28,500.

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War Between the United States and Mexico

“THE VERY BEST AMERICAN BATTLE SCENES IN EXISTENCE”

KENDALL, George W. and NEBEL, Carl. War Between the United States and Mexico. New York and Philadelphia, 1851. First edition of one of the most important and impressive pictorial chronicles of the Mexican-American War, boasting 12 superb folio hand-finished full-color lithographic plates. $27,500.

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Typed letter signed. WITH: As We Remember Joe. WITH: Publisher's mailing list and supporting materials

"THE BOOK COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER AND YOU HAVE CERTAINLY DONE A WONDERFUL JOB—AND I KNOW DAD WAS PLEASED"

KENNEDY, John F. Typed letter signed. WITH: As We Remember Joe. WITH: Publisher's mailing list and supporting materials. The Palace Hotal, San Francisco; and Cambridge, Massachusetts, Undated [1945] / 1945.

Exceptional typed letter by John F. Kennedy to the secretary of the publisher of the moving tribute to Joe Kennedy Jr., As We Remember Joe, noting that JFK was pleased with the book and requesting that it be sent to several people in England, boldly signed. Together with a presentation copy of the book, inscribed by JFK on the front free endpaper in the month of publication: "For Mr. Sherrill, with the greatest appreciation for all of his thoughtfulness, from Jack Kennedy, May 1945." Together with the publisher's typed mailing list and an archive of correspondence and other related materials. $27,500.

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Typed letter signed with autograph postscript. WITH: As We Remember Joe

"FOR SOME TIME I HAVE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO PERPETUATE JOE'S MEMORY…"

KENNEDY, John F. Typed letter signed with autograph postscript. WITH: As We Remember Joe. Hyannisport and Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 6, 1944 / 1945.

Exceptional typed letter by John F. Kennedy to a close family friend, Richard Flood, requesting that Flood write a short essay on Joe Kennedy for the tribute book, We Remember Joe, signed by JFK and with signed autograph postscript reading: "If you have any ideas on this—give me a call—Best Jack—Did [illegible] come through?" Together with a first edition, first issue copy of the book. $25,000.

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D-Day Prayer

"FOR JONATHAN DANIELS CHRISTMASTIDE 1944 FROM FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT"

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. D-Day Prayer. Washington, December, 1944.

Limited edition, number 61 of only 100 copies, President Roosevelt's final Christmas Book, inscribed by FDR for presentation to close friends and family (as in this copy to his administrative assistant and future press secretary): "For Jonathan Daniels Christmastide 1944 From Franklin D. Roosevelt" with his penned "61" on the colophon page. Roosevelt died in office less than four months later. Especially "difficult to obtain today… FDR's Christmas Books are prime collector's items… nearly all of them were distributed exclusively to close friends of the family" (Halter, 194). $25,000.

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Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt

INSCRIBED BY ROOSEVELT TO HIS SON, FRANKLIN JR., AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, ETHEL

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Washington, 1941.

Signed/limited first edition of FDR's 1941 Christmas book, number 53 of only 75 copies hand-numbered by him, additionally inscribed to his son and daughter-in-law: "For Franklin Jr. & Ethel with a Happy Christmas and Love from Franklin D. Roosevelt." $25,000.

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Life of Napoleon

WITH A MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT ENDORSED BY NAPOLEON: THREE CLASSIC NAPOLEONIC SOURCES: HAZLITT, BOURRIENNE AND JUNOT, ONE OF ONLY TEN SETS

(NAPOLEON) HAZLITT, William. Life of Napoleon. London and New York, 1902. Thirty-two volumes.

Limited "Imperial Edition," number 3 of only 10 numbered sets, this set with an interesting manuscript document proposing that the Legion of Honor-winning General Philippe Ménard be relieved of his command—boldly endorsed by Napoleon with his characteristic "Nap" signature—bound into Volume 3, and with an autograph letter signed by one of Napoleon's most loyal generals, Marshal de Grouchy, tipped into Volume 9. Illustrated with hand-colored frontispiece engravings and numerous photo-engraved portraits throughout, many in double-suite, and a number hand-colored. Handsomely bound in 32 volumes by Schleuning and Adams. $23,000.

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History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War

"THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE REVOLUTION FROM THE BRITISH SIDE"

STEDMAN, Charles. History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War. London, 1794. Two volumes.

First edition of Stedman's massive contemporary two-volume History of the American Revolution—"the standard work on the subject"—containing 15 military maps and plans (11 folding, the largest nearly 20 by 30 inches), a handsome copy in contemporary tree calf boards. $22,000.

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