1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
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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 and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 4 of the 1000 copies of the Manuscript Edition, printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, MA. This is a compelling and detailed biography of Abraham Lincoln. The preface describes the rigorous and painstaking research conducted by the author for the book. Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862 – 1927) was an American historian and US senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era and a biographer of Chief Justice John Marshall and President Abraham Lincoln. As his political career was coming to a close in 1922, Beveridge dedicated his time to writing historical literature. His four-volume set The Life of John Marshall, published in 1916–1919, won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and connected events in John Marshall's life with his later rulings on the US Supreme Court. Beveridge spent most of his final years writing a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, but it was only half-finished at his death and posthumously published in 1928 as Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858. It stripped away the myths and revealed a complex and imperfect politician [Wikipedia]. Beautifully bound in full leather with elaborate gilt tooling to covers and gilt titling and ornaments to spines. The spines have darkened and there are some remnants of a call number having been printed at the spine base. There are no other indications that this is ex-library. Some scuffing along bottom edges of covers. The volumes also have some fading along edges. Volume I has light stain on front cover. Top edges gilt. Other edges not trimmed. Volume IV has small tears along fore-edges of pages 313-316 where book was poorly opened. The volumes have beautiful green and red leather doublures with gilt designs and rulings. The front doublures have a few light marks while the rear ones are near fine. The free endpapers facing the doublures are covered in grey silk. The back of the silk covered page in Volume I has small tears along gutter.Text pages are clean and bright. With 36 illustrations plus four color frontispieces with Washington DC scenes. Volume I has a page from Beveridge's original manuscript tipped in. A lovely set of this important biography in very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: xxvi, 297 pages; Volume II: 310 pages; Volume III: 361 pages; Volume IV: 381 pages including index. PRESHIST/080221. Very Good.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1903. Hardcover. 4to. Very good in black cloth covered boards with gilt-lettering to front board and to spine. Front board and spine faded to brown. Wear to edges, corners, and spine ends. Occasional foxing throughout though text and illustrations remain clean and bright. 246 pages. American Presidential History. PRES3/3152. Very Good.
Paris and New York: Goupil & Co. and Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900. Hardcover. Number 376 of 1250 copies of the Memorial Edition. This handsome set provides a renewed understanding of Washington through the author's close examination of his letters and State papers, showing his relations to his contemporaries [Introduction]. Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858 – 1941) was an American historian and editor of a number of collections of documents from early American history. He served in a variety of government positions including as the chief of the Bureau of Statistics for the U.S. Department of State, at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as chief of the manuscripts division at the Library of Congress. Ford was later the editor of publications of the Massachusetts Historical Society, which had elected him a member in 1900. He served concurrently as Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Bound in three quarter red leather with red marbled paper boards. Light wear to edges of covers and spines but still very good. Hinges are tender but interior pages are in near fine condition. Numerous illustrations in both volumes of Washington, his wife, and various luminaries of the time. The end of each chapter has an engraved tailpiece. A slip of paper affixed to each front pastedown offers a note about the book's provenance: "This book belonged to Carl Schurz whose library I acquired September 5th 1924. Paul Steinbrecher." Carl Schurz (1829 – 1906) was a German revolutionary and an American statesman, journalist, and reformer. He immigrated to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848–49 and became a prominent member of the new Republican Party. After serving as a Union general in the American Civil War, he helped found the short-lived Liberal Republican Party and became a prominent advocate of civil service reform. Schurz represented Missouri in the United States Senate and was the 13th United States Secretary of the Interior. Paul Steinbrecher (1878-1937) was a prominent Chicago real estate executive and very active in the Republican party and Chicago civic life. He was known as an avid book collector. A distinguished biography in very good + to near fine condition. Volumes measure 7 x 10.25 inches. Volume I: 303 pages; Volume II: 308 pages including index. PRESIDENT/101321. Near Fine.
Washington DC: 1832. Hardcover. A 13 issue periodical produced by Duff Green to disuade the public from re-electing President Andrew Jackson. Subscribers paid a total of $5 for these 13 issues in 1832, which would be about $150 today. A thin volume bound in dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with small leather corners and gilt title to spine. Heavy wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Ex-library with blacked-out call number on front board. Previous owner's lengthy pen notation to front pastedown regarding the contents. Front free endpaper is present but detached. Originally issued in parts, each number has slightly different condition issues ranging from minor dampstaining to foxing to smudge marks and soiling. Continously paginated, 308 pages (however, pagination shoud be 208 pages - it skips from 200 to 300 in last issue.) AMER/011221. Very Good.
Philadelphia: William J. Campbell, 1905. Hardcover. Limited edition, #317 of 500 copies, initialled by publisher. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with paper pastedown label on slightly faded spine. Deckle-edge laid-paper. Frontis with tissue guard + 22 more plates with tissue guards throughout. Wide-margin text, clean, bright interior. Previous owner's inscription to front paste down. 318 pp. American Presidential History. PRES/3043. Very Good.
New York: W.A. Townsend & Company, 1859. Hardcover. The author described this work as not a biography but by the consecutive arrangement of facts and illustrations, offers quite a complete picture of the Private and Domestic life of Washington. There are 139 text illustrations based on drawings by the author, and also handsome frontispieces of George Washington and Mount Vernon. In a handsome green leather binding with the book's original cover designs reproduced in gilt. A.e.g. Interior pages are clean and bright save for light aging to margins. Book label of J.G. Kellogg affixed to front pastedown. Very good condition. Measures 6 x8.5 inches. 376 pages. PRESHIS/030821. Very Good.
Fort Wayne: The Lincoln National Life Foundation, 1932. Hardcover. Very good in beige cloth backed, maroon paper covered boards with black title to title label on front board and spine. Browning and rubbing to spine. Minor rubbing and scuffing to rear board. Minor bumping to edges. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations. 93 pages. American Presidential History. PRES/111081. Very Good.
Cincinnati: Jones Brothers & Company, 1881. Hardcover. A scarce book about president James A. Garfield in German. With many illustrations. Good with leather spine and corners. Dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt emblem to front cover and gilt title to embossed spine. The leather is heavily worn and chipped. Both boards are nearly detached with a long split to the leather along the front hinge. Includes laid in ephemera including an old railroad ticket, newspaper article, and some dried leaves. The pages browned with some foxing, offsetting from laid-in ephemera, and occasional browning. Detailed engravings. 604 pages. A good candidate for restoration. German. GER/5023. Good.
New York: Farrar, Straus, and Young, 1952. Hardcover. First Edition. A charming presentation copy. INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN “To Jane Lingo, a lovely young lady with best wishes for a long and happy life. White House. April 10, 1952. Harry Truman.” In a project to counter negative public opinion polls, Truman allowed a sympathetic journalist (Hillman) a close-in view of the president in action. Hillman was a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and radio reporter. Laid in on a 3x5 card is a note in a young hand signed by Jane Lingo asking the President to sign the book for her. Jane Lingo was a friend of Margaret Truman and is mentioned in Hillman’s book as having spent a night in the Lincoln bedroom on a sleepover (page 116). The Lingos were family friends of the Trumans. Benjamin Harrison Lingo was a commander in the Navy and his wife Marie was the director of the Washington USO. Their daughter Jane later became the first woman admitted into the National Press Club. Bound in quarter beige cloth with blue cloth covered boards and gilt title label to spine. Toning to edges of boards and small bump along bottom edge of rear board. Clean, bright interior with errata slip laid-in. In a blue dust jacket with red title to spine and front panel. There is a large open tear on the front of the jacket affecting the title and there are a few closed tears along the edges. Very good in a good dust jacket. 253 pages. AMER/052211. Very good in a good dust jacket.
Compliments of Passenger Department, Southern Railway Company, 1913. Paperback. Small side-stapled illustrated paper wrappers with "Inauguration March 4, 1913" in red to front wrapper. Minor rubbing to spine and minor rusting to staples. Minor soiling to title page. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 40 pages. Presidential histoyr. PRES2/3222. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Birch's Sons, Auctioneers, 1890. Paperback. SCARCE. Catalogue of the estate sale of George Washington and nephews containing a list of 747 items. Included in the auction were numerous important letters, Washington's last private memorandum books, silver, glass, books, autographed letters from various eminent men, Franklin imprints, maps, plans, newspapers, Philadelphia imprints, works on the "black art," and more. The full contents of several of the letters are transcribed in the catalog including: a letter from Washington to Major General Henry Lee, a letter from Benjamin Franklin to his friend James Reed, and a couple of letters from Washington to his nephew Lawrence Lewis. Printed list of prices and names of purchasers are also included. The two most expensive items sold (each for $800) were a set of candlesticks and a letter by Benjamin Franklin. Lacks all 9 plates and addenda. Very good minus recased original paper wrappers. Interior yellowed; chipping and small tears to some pages but fairly clean. Tape repairs to rear wrapper. Quarto. 64 pages. Presidential History. PRES/3073. Very Good -.
New York: Liveright, (1972). Paperback. Inscribed and signed by the author on the half title page. "A novelized story of this great American is perhaps the last a reader would expect in a treatment of Thomas Jefferson. But Mrs. Wilbur illuminates for the reader the whole Jefferson. The personal aspects of his life, hte captivating anecdotes, his joys and loves, successes, frustrations, his ambitions adn ideals, are the heart of this book" (rear jacket / Salt Lake City Tribune). Bound in purple paper wrappers with white title to spine. Creasing to spine. Clean interior. 417 pages. PRES/102418. Very Good.