1970. An interesting and uncommon collection of memorabilia commemorating the state dinner given by President Richard Nixon for Gustave Diaz Ordaz, the president of Mexico, at the Hotel Del Coronado on September 3, 1970. The items were collected and assembled by one of the guests, James S. Copley (1916-1973). Copley was the CEO of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Evening Tribune and was a dominating force in the media industry at the time. He was a staunch conservative Republican who developed a close friendship with Richard Nixon. Copley apparently felt honored to be invited to the occasion and housed his collection in a green clamshell box with a "tray" to display the items. The artfully arranged items displayed in the box are small American and Mexican flags, a matchbook with the presidential seal, two dinner cards with the presidential seal, two menus with the presidential seal, an envelope containing the official invitation and a windshield display, and a telegram to Copley from the White House Social Secretary. Also included in the box are a sheet with "Persons Seated at Mr. James S. Copley's Table;" and three photographs, including two of the head table where California Governor Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, former President Lyndon Johnson, Mrs. Johnson, President Richard Nixon, Mrs. Nixon, and President Gustave Diaz Ordaz were sitting. The third photo appears to be of Copley and his wife getting into their car. Additional items in folders include two clippings from the feature story in the San Diego Evening Tribune on September 4 and related articles, and the September 4 front page of The San Diego Union. The collection is in fine condition. The clamshell box is quarter green leather and green cloth. Gilt titling to spine. There is some sunning to spine and head of covers still near fine. The box measures 9 x 14.25 inches. Fine.
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Philadelphia: M. Carey, Jan. 9, 1815. Hardcover. This edition was published just two months after the first. Carey describes it as amplified, methodised and improved over the first edition. The book appeared during a "convulsed period of history" as an effort to create unity between the two American parties against the British during the War of 1812. Bound in orginal paper boards, badly browned and faded, with spine missing. Front and rear boards loose but holding. Some signatures are cracked but the text block is holding firm. Pages are browned and foxed throughout but legible and readable. Dampstaining to rear end pages. A decent copy of this important historical work. 336 pages. AMHIST/033010. Very Good.
New York: Miller and Company, 1857. Hardcover. Includes a five page article titled "About Dogs," which is a musing about dogs and their history. Within the article, there is long ballad about a favorite hound of Llewellyn, Prince of Wales, son-in-law of King John. It concludes by asking readers to send their "very nice terrier - English, Scotch, or Skye - to Putnam, for his very sincere friend and humble servant." Also includes a review of Elizabeth Browning's poem "Aurora Leigh"; a biography about a deceased Virginia slave submitted by his owner; chapters from John William de Forest's novel "Witching Times"; a collection of letters about college life in the 1750s including notes on the costs of living, clothing, and school supplies; a humorous illustrated article about the tails of animals and tails on clothing; book reviews, editorials, news stories, and more. Bound in three quarter red leather with black cloth boards. Gilt title and raised bands to spine. There is a two inch closed tear to the leather on the rear hinge. Rubbing and wear to hinges and edges of boards. Previous owner's signature in pencil to front endpaper. Foxing to early and late pages of the interior. Short closed tears to edges of several pages. 668 pages. PER/060518. Very Good.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998. Hardcover. Inscribed by the two authors on the half title. A fascinating and sumptuous documenting the restoration of the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy and her advisors - the most extensive and significant to date. With rich anecdotes and many four-color and black and white photographs with individual chapters by room, including the private quarters (from dust jacket). Bound in brown cloth and in a white dust jacket with title to spine and cover and photo of Mrs. Kennedy to cover. Some sunning to top of cloth binding and slight crease to top of jacket otherwise near fine. Measures 9 x 11 inches. 260 pages including index. DECARTS/011219. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Boston: John H. Eastburn, 1833. Paperback. Very good- in original wraps with black title to front wrapper. Minor chipping and creasing to edges of front wrapper. Chipping to spine. Rear wrapper appears to have been mostly cut off at some point. Browning and minor foxing to wrappers and minor damp stain to bottom half of front wrapper. Foxing throughout though text remains bright. 37 pages. American History. AME410251. Very Good -.
D.C. and VA: n.p., 1894-1923. Hardcover. A unique bound ledger containing the business records of the Allegheny Company, primarily based in Rosslyn, VA, from its incorporation in 1894 until its agreement to be bought by the Griffith Coal Company in 1923. The documents include the Charter, the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Stockholder and Director meeting minutes. The documents were handwritten from 1894-1908, after which they were separately typewritten and affixed to the ledger pages. The bound volume has a label on the front cover from the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia,Office of the Auditor, indicating that the ledger was filed as an exhibit in 1923. The ledger is bound in black three quarter leatherMinor rubbing and bumping to exterior. The front hinge is loose and the rear hinge is repaired by tape. Contents are very good. An interesting piece of U.S. corporate history. 151 pages, 127 of which have been used. BUS/051713. Very Good.
Boston: T.B. Wait & Co., 1809. Hardcover. VG 8vo. Rebound in modern green leatherette with gilt title to spine. Foxing, browning to interior though text remains bright. Frontis with original tissue guard. No writing or chipping, interior in nice shape. 519 pp. American Biographical History. AMEBIO/3063. Very Good.
New York: New York District, Communist Party, 1935. Paperback. White side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor pink damp staining throughout though text remains bright. Staple has rusted away leaving pages disbound but all present. Good reading copy. 16 pages. American History. AMEHIS/041816. Very Good -.
n.p. Hardcover. Good condition. This book has been re-backed using red cloth along the spine and the original boards. The boards are heavily rubbed and frayed along edges. Both hinges are cracked. It is lacking the title page. Several pages are loose, but present. There are tears and chips to several pages. Some foxing and smudges to interior. This is a good reading copy. Includes many color maps and many black and white illustrations. AME/3083. Good.
Privately Printed, (1938). Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing to exterior as well as minor bumping to corners and spine ends. Author's inscription to front free end page reads "To Sarah and Charlie with very best regards from their old friend, G. P. B." Two poems and a letter to the editor from the Baltimore Sun by the author pasted to the rear free end page. Else is clean and bright. Unpaginated. AME/071911. Very Good +.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. FIRST EDITION. Red cloth backed, grey paper covered boards with silver title to spine. Author's inscription on front free end page. Else is clean and bright with many photographic illustrations. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. 511 pages. American History. AME11082. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1952. Hardcover. Very good+ lime green boards in good plus white dust jacket (light fading and foxing, minor chipping to edges) with black title to front and spine panels. Slight bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor foxing to endpapers, rest of interior is quite clean with some yellowing to page edges. Text bright and binding tight. 285 pages. Stringfellow Barr was the founder of the Great Books Program at St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. American History. AME/8203. Very Good.
Boston: A. Williams and Co., 1860. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in green cloth backed green paper covered boards with black title to front board. Cloth on spine looks like a very well done repair. Minor rubbing to boards especially along the edges. Interior clean except for writing in pencil on the Notes page at the end of the text. 32 pages. American History. AMH1/3140. Very Good.
New York: The Viking Press, 1943. Hardcover. First Editon. 8vo. Very good light blue cloth covered boards with red title to front boarda and gilt title to red box on spine. Minor fading to top edge of boards and spine. Light browning to end pages and light foxing to edge of text block. Else is clean and bright. Beige and grey dust jacket with maroon title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes minor chipping to edges as well as minor rubbing. Dust jacket in a protective plastic sleeve. 365 pp. American History. AME1/4082. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
New York: J. C. Derby, 1855. Hardcover. 1ST EDITION. Orange cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Embossed decoration to boards. Wear to exterior includes browning to spine, light rubbing to boards and minor bumping to corners and spine ends. Rolled spine. Light foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright. 359 pages. American History. AME/010612. Very Good.
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. Hardcover. 8vo. Modern rebinding in black leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Marbled edges to pages. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout including a frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Index, 713 pages. American History. AMEBIO/3043. Near Fine.