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Auction Description for Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles: The Manuscript, Space & Collectibles Auction
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Lot Preview by Appointment Only March 25 - March 29, 2013, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm Open Lot Viewing April 1 - April 5, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
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The Manuscript, Space & Collectibles Auction

by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Platinum House

640 lots | 613 with images

April 6, 2013

Live Auction

11400 W. Olympic Blvd.

Suite 800

Los Angeles, CA, 90064 USA

Phone: 310.551.2646

Fax: 310.551.2626

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Adams, John

Lot 1: Adams, John

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Description: Adams, John. (1735-1826) 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801). Letter signed, 2 pages (recto/verso), 8 x 10 in., Quincy, 30 April 1819. To an unidentified correspondent, with some of the finest John Adams content extant. "Dear Sir, Of republicks the varieties are infinite, or at least as numerous as the tunes and changes that can be rung upon a complete sett of Bells. Of all the variety's, a Democracy is the most natural - the most ancient - and the most fundamental and essential of all others....In some writing or other of mine I happened currente caloma to drop the phrase 'the word Republic as it is used may signify - any-thing - every-thing - or nothing.' For this escape I have been pelted for twenty or thirty years - with as many stones as even were throw'n at St Steven - when St Paul held the clothes of the stoners - but the aphorism is literal, strict, solemn truth - to speak technically, or scientifically, if you will. There are Monarchical Aristocratical and Democratical Republicks - the government of Great Britain - and that of Poland - are as strictly republicks - as that of Rhode-Island or Connecticut under their old charters. If mankind have a right to the voice of experience - they ought to furnish that experience with Pen, ink and paper to write it - and an amanuensis to copy it.I should have been extremely obliged to you if you had favoured me with Mr. Jeffersons sentiments upon the subject - as I see you have an inquiring mind. I sincerely wish you much pleasure Profit, and success in your investigations. I have had some pleasure in them - but no Profit - and very little, if any success. In one of your Letters you say that my defence has become none - this is strange - Mr. Dilly Published an Edition of it [Adams' 1787 pamphlet A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America], was published in Boston -- another in New-York - another in Philadelphia --before the Adoption of the present Constitution of the National Government - and before one line of the Federalist was printed - since that Mr. Cobbet, alias Porcupine printed a large Edition of the whole work in Philadelphia - and Mr. Stockdale of Picca-dilly has published another large Edition in London - it has been Translated into the French and German Languages - and what has become of all these Copies. I am Sir, with much Esteem your humble servant, John Adams." Adams' signature shows his age; in six months, he would be 84 years old. Estimated Value $20,000-UP.

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John Adams Appoints Commissioners For the First Slave Census

Lot 2: John Adams Appoints Commissioners For the First Slave Census

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Description: Adams, John. Rare and important document signed as President, 15 1/4 x 9 1/2 in., Philadelphia, 17 July 1798. Appointing commissioners for the state of Connecticut to value land, dwellings and slaves pursuant to the Act of July 1798. Countersigned by Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. Accompanied by an equally rare blank form for the return of taxes in Connecticut based on this Act. The appointment has age toning and mat burns at the edges. A vertical fold separation has been archivally repaired on the verso. Adams' signature is large and bold in brown ink; the Pickering signature is in black ink. The white paper Seal of the United States is completely intact with insignificant loss to a couple of tooth tips at the bottom where they extended beyond the edge of the document.In 1798 Congress made provisions for the first direct tax on United States citizens. Fearing war with France and needing to build the national defenses, $2 million was to be raised by a tax on property. Commissioners were to be appointed by the President for each state, which was then divided into specific districts. The commissioners were to oversee the valuation of property and the enumeration of slaves. Other officials would then be responsible for collecting the tax. This was the first federal tax on domestic property, as well as the first census and tax of slaves, who were to be taxed at a rate of 50c for each adult slave. The commissioners named by Adams were Andrew Kingsbury (State Treasurer), Epaphroditus Champion, Subael Abbee, William Heron, and Julius Dening. These were men who were well known and trusted in their respective districts, which was important to building confidence that the tax was fairly and equally applied.This is a highly unusual and significant document relating to both slavery and federal taxation. Estimated Value $6,000 - 8,000.

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Buchanan, James

Lot 3: Buchanan, James

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Description: Buchanan, James. (1791-1868) 15th President of the United States (1857-1861). Partly printed document signed as President, 1 page, 10 1/4" x 16", Washington, 17 May 1860. Appointing John A. Dix "Deputy Postmaster at New York City." Countersigned by Secretary of State Lewis Cass. Fine; normal folds; a couple of small fold tears in blank, lower left area. The paper seal is intact and the document is clean. Both signatures are bold.John A. Dix (1798-1879) was a veteran of the War of 1812 and served in the army until 1828. He became involved in New York State politics as a Jackson Democrat, serving as Adjutant General and Secretary of State. He was elected to the U.S. Senate from 1845-1849 and ran unsuccessfully for Governor in 1848, losing to Hamilton Fish. In 1859 Dix' free-soil policies caused him to switch to the Republican party and in 1860 President James Buchanan appointed him Deputy Postmaster for New York City. In 1861, Buchanan would appoint him Secretary of the Treasury. In this position, with the Civil War about to begin, Dix fired off his famous Flag Dispatch to a Treasury official in New Orleans: "If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." The telegram was intercepted by the Confederates, but the message made its way into the press and Dix became a hero in the North.On August 7, 1861, President Lincoln commissioned Dix a major general of volunteers, to rank from May 16, 1861 [this commission is offered in this sale], making Dix outrank all other volunteer officers until the end of the war. At the age of 63, Dix was considered too old for field service; he performed department and garrison duties for the duration of the war, his most important contribution being the suppression of the New York draft riots in 1863. After resigning from the service in November 1865, Dix served as minister to France, then as governor of New York. He is buried in Trinity Cemetery in New York City. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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Bush, George H. W.

Lot 4: Bush, George H. W.

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Description: Bush, George H. W. (1924 -) 24th President of the United States (1989-1993). Autograph note signed as Vice President, on notecard with Vice-President of the United States seal, 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (Washington), 28 November 1982. "Dear Ron [President Reagan?] Got your note. Thanks for those kind words. You're a thoughtful guy. Sincerely, George Bush." Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Bush, George W.

Lot 5: Bush, George W.

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Description: Bush, George W. (1946 -) 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009). 8 x 10 in. color U.S. Navy photo signed in blue marker, n.p., n.d. The photo was taken on May 1, 2003 on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, where Bush made a theatrical jet landing and gave a speech announcing the end of major combat operations in the Iraq War under a "Mission Accomplished" banner. The whole scenario was controversial since the war was not close to being over; casualties continued to mount as guerilla warfare increased. Fine. Estimated Value $250 - 300.

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Carter, James E

Lot 6: Carter, James E

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Description: Carter, James E. (1924 -) 39th President of the United States (1977-1981). Document signed ("James E Carter Jr.) as copartner with his mother of Carter's Bonded Warehouse, 7 1/4 x 3 1/4 in., Plains, Georgia, 27 Sept.1963. A receipt for one bale of cotton. With stamp of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Signed in blue ball point. Accompanied by an 8 x 10 in. photo print. Estimated Value $150 - 200.

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Lot 7: Carter, Jimmy

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Description: Carter, James E. Two items signed "Jimmy Carter.": a 6 x 8 in. bust portrait by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and a typed letter signed, on personal letterhead, 1 page, n.p., 27 Feb. 1986, thanking Claude Harkins for the engraving of President Kennedy and for his friendship. Both are pristine. Estimated Value $200 - 300.

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Cleveland, Grover

Lot 8: Cleveland, Grover

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Description: Cleveland, Grover. (1837-1908) 22nd and 24th President of the United States (1885-89, 1893-97). Typed letter signed as President, 1 page, on an Executive Mansion bifolium, 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 in., Washington, May 2, 1893. To Robert Krause in Kansas City, Mo., who has named his son after the President. In part: "...from what the Mayor of your city says of you, I have no doubt...your boy...will be an honor to the one for whom he was named...." Letter is toned and lightly soiled; typescript somewhat faded but the signature is bold. L. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

Condition Report: L

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Cleveland, Grover

Lot 9: Cleveland, Grover

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Description: Cleveland, Grover. Autograph letter signed one month after leaving the presidency, 3 pages, 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 in., Princeton, New Jersey. To Commander B.P. Lambertson in Washington D.C., enclosing a check (not present) for their last trip, mentiong some "dirty conduct" involving the Government, suggesting a future visit to his home and a possible fishing trip. With holograph envelope. Estimated Value $250 - 350.

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Clinton, Bill & Benjamin Netanyahu

Lot 10: Clinton, Bill & Benjamin Netanyahu

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Description: Clinton, Bill & Benjamin Netanyahu. 8 x 10 in. color photo of President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu shaking hands in the White House on 9 July 1996, inscribed to Douglas Kleimer and signed "B. Netanyahu", n.d. and "Bill Clinton 11-06-06." Official White House Photograph stamp on verso. Netanyahu signed with a blue marker and Clinton with a silver marker. Clinton (1946 -)) was the 43rd President of the United States (1993-2001). Netanyahu (1949 -) is the current Prime Minister of Israel; he also served from 1996-99. Estimated Value $250 - 350.

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Eisenhower, Dwight D

Lot 11: Eisenhower, Dwight D

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Description: Eisenhower, Dwight D. (1890-1969) 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). Black and white book photo signed in black ink across Eisenhower's chest, 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. Fine. Estimated Value $250 - 350.

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Ford, Gerald R

Lot 12: Ford, Gerald R

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Description: Ford, Gerald R. (1913-2006) 38th President of the United States (1974-1977). Typed souvenir copy of Gerald R. Ford's Oath of Office signed and dated "Gerald R. Ford / 8-9-74," on The White House watermarked stationery, 1 page, 8 1/2 x 11 in., Washington. August 9th was the date Richard Nixon resigned the presidency and Vice President Ford took over as President. Because of the unusual circumstances of his taking office, these souvenir copies of President Ford's Oath of Office are popular. Accompanied by a portrait by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing signed "Gerald R. Ford," 6 x 7 3/4 in. Both items in this lot were signed after President Ford retired to Rancho Mirage, California; both in excellent condition. Ex Claude Harkins Collection. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Harrison, William Henry

Lot 13: Harrison, William Henry

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Description: Harrison, William Henry. (1773-1841) 9th President of the United States (1841). Partly printed document signed ("W H Harrison") as President, 1p, 15 3/4 x 10 in., Washington, 25 March 1841. Countersigned by Secretary of State Daniel Webster ("Danl Webster"). Two days before he became bedridden and ten days before his death, President William Henry Harrison appoints Thomas B. Johnson "Marshal of the United States for the Territory of Iowa." The document is expertly and imperceptibly reinforced on verso; some toning, mostly along edges and folds, and there are a couple of tiny, almost pin-prick, areas of paper loss along folds, one at the top of the document in the title, affecting the first "r" in "Harrison," but not touching the fine signature, which is clear and dark. Webster's signature is a little light, but legible, and the Presidential Seal at lower left is intact and in fine condition. Ironically, President John Tyler, who became President upon Harrison's death, had to renominate Johnson on June 17, 1841 because this March 25, 1841 appointment was made during a congressional recess and was never approved by the U.S. Senate, as required by the Constitution. The Senate had adjourned sine die (without definitely fixing a day for reconvening), on March 15, 1841, so President Harrison's appointments after that date had to be resubmitted by President Tyler in 1843. The Daniel Webster Collection at Brandeis University contains ten letters from February 4-March 23, 1841 to Secretary of State Webster recommending Johnson to be appointed Marshal of Iowa, the last one being from Johnson himself! Two dates later, President Harrison named him U.S. Marshal for the Iowa Territory. The "Journal of the House of Representatives" records that on May 27, 1850, Indiana Congressman William J. Brown presented "The petition of Thomas B. Johnson, praying compensation for services rendered by him as marshal of Iowa," leading one to suppose that Johnson was never paid for his two years as U.S. Marshal.William Henry Harrison came from a famous family. His father, Benjamin, was Governor of Virginia and a Signer of the Declaration of Independence; his grandson, Benjamin, would become the 23rd President of the United States. W. H. Harrison died at the age of 69 and was a fairly prolific writer throughout his life, so many of his letters and documents prior to the presidency were saved; however, while there are documents signed by Harrison as President in the National Archives, only a few are known to exist in private hands. William Henry Harrison is the rarest of all Presidential signatures. Estimated Value $50,000-UP.

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Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

Lot 14: Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover.

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Description: Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover. Photo signed, 6 1/2 x 10 in., n.p., n.d. A full-length portrait in a wooded environment with an American flag in the background, signed across the bottom of Mrs. Hoover's white dress and President Hoover's white trousers. His signature is a little light but completely legible; her signature is still dark. The Hoovers met while both were studying at Stanford University. Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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Johnson, Andrew

Lot 15: Johnson, Andrew

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Description: Johnson, Andrew. (1808-1875) 17th President of the United States (1865-69); first President to be impeached. Small card with signature on one side and a manuscript quotation from an address Johnson gave to the Senate on the other, 3 1/4 x 2 in., U.S. Senate, 2 March 1861. "Show me the man who makes war on the Government, and fires on its vessels, and I will show you a traitor. If I were President of the United States, I would have all such arrested, and when tried and convicted, by the Eternal God I would hang them." Text in an unknown hand. Written two days before Lincoln's first inauguration and a month and ten days before the opening salvo of the Civil War was fired. Johnson vehemently believed that the South's grievances should be addressed within the Union and not by secession. A year later President Lincoln would appoint Johnson military governor of Tennessee and in the election of 1864, chose Johnson as his Vice President. When Lincoln was assassinated, Johnson became President on April 15, 1865. The "traitors" to whom Johnson refers in this quotation were not arrested but were pardoned by Johnson in one of his last acts as President. Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,500.

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Johnson, Lyndon B

Lot 16: Johnson, Lyndon B

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Description: Johnson, Lyndon B. (1908-1973) 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). Typed letter signed as President on The White House letterhead, 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 in., Washington, 27 Nov. 1963. The letter says, "Dear Friend: Nothing has meant more to me during these hours of sorrow after the death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy than the messages from friends like you. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. I shall cherish your prayers in the days ahead." The letter has a printed signature, but Johnson signed again in blue ball point pen above, and to the right of that signature. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Johnson, Lyndon B

Lot 17: Johnson, Lyndon B

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Description: Johnson, Lyndon B. Signed, inscribed portrait from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, "To Claude Harkins with best wishes Lyndon B. Johnson," 9 x 11 3/4 in., n.p., n.d. Signed after President Johnson's retirement to Austin, Texas. Excellent condition. Ex Claude Harkins Collection. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Johnson, Lyndon B. and Lady Bird

Lot 18: Johnson, Lyndon B. and Lady Bird

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Description: Johnson, Lyndon B. and Lady Bird. Lovely depiction of the White House during horse-and-buggy days signed "Lyndon B. Johnson" at the top, signed and inscribed at the bottom, "For Claude Harkins --with the best wishes of a one-time resident of this great house. Lady Bird Johnson," 8 x 6 in., n.p., n. d. Portrait of the White House published by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Excellent condition. Ex Claude Harkins Collection. Estimated Value $250 - 350.

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Johnston, Lyndon B.

Lot 19: Johnston, Lyndon B.

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Description: Johnston, Lyndon B. Exceedingly rare ALS as Vice President, exactly one month before President Kennedy's assassination, in black ink, on a 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" card embossed "the Vice President Washington," 1963 Oct. 22. Extremely fine. LBJ writes to Dorothy (Jackson) Nichols, on the occasion of her 50th birthday. LBJ hired then Dorothy Jackson in the late 1030s. She was his first female assistant and she stayed with him until the end of his presidency; she and her husband, Judge Phil Nichols, were close friends with the Johnsons.Vice President Johnson writes: "A lady turning 50 needs to fire up now and then - so here it is with our love and gratitude always. Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson." The gift was probably a cigarette lighter, so that she could "fire up" and, given LBJ's sense of humor and his affection for Mrs. Nichols, there is certainly some sexual innuendo in the wording. The Vice President signed for himself and Lady Bird and also addressed the accompanying official Vice Presidential transmittal envelope. Lyndon Johnson is unquestionably the rarest of all Presidents in ALS form, especially during his brief term as Vice President, as he strongly disliked writing in longhand. Virtually no handwritten letters have appeared on the market. This pristine example is the only one we have seen as Vice President. Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,500.

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[Kennedy Assassination]

Lot 20: [Kennedy Assassination]

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Description: [kennedy Assassination] FDC Signed By Four Kennedys. First Day Cover with "In Memoriam" cachet honoring John Fitzgerald Kennedy, cancelled 29 May 1964, and signed "Jacqueline Kennedy," "R[obert] Kennedy," and "Ted Kennedy 99"; "John Kennedy Jr." signed at the top and inscribed "To Sam." Except for Ted, dates signatures were obtained are unknown. Very fine. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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[Kennedy Assassination] Photo Signed by Lyndon Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy and Others

Lot 21: [Kennedy Assassination] Photo Signed by Lyndon Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy and Others

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Description: [kennedy Assassination] Photo Signed By Lyndon Johnson, Jacqueline Kennedy and Others. Newspaper photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson taking the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One on November 22, 1963, with Jacqueline Kennedy by his side. This iconic photo was taken by official White House photographer Cecil Stoughton and appeared in the November 23, 1963 issue of The Dallas Morning News. This paper belonged to Sam West, a personal friend of Lyndon B. Johnson. The photo was signed in person by five of the people in the photograph, as follows:1. "To Sam West My best always Lyndon B. Johnson"; signed as ex-President 30 October 1970 in blue ball point pen at the dedication of the official opening of the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center in Austin, Texas.2. "Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis"; signed 4 February, 1991 in black felt tip pen at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.3. "Sarah Hughes"; signed in 1982 in black ball point pen at a function in Dallas shortly before her death later that year. Hughes, the United States District Judge who administered the oath to LBJ, was appointed to that position by President Kennedy in 1961.4. "Jack Valenti"; signed in 1985 in Houston in black ball point pen. Valenti served as liaison with the news media during the trip to Dallas and was in the presidential motorcade. He was one of President Johnson's first staff appointments, made during the flight back to Washington on November 22. In 1966 he became president of the Motion Picture Association of America.5. "Cecil Stoughton"; signed in 1988 in Florida in black ball point pen. Stoughton was the official White House photographer and took this historic photo of Lyndon Johnson taking the presidential oath of office on Air Force One. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 22: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) 35th President of the United States (1961-1963). Inaugural Edition of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage inscribed and signed with a rare full signature, "To Tom Timmons--with best wishes--John Fitzgerald Kennedy" in blue ball point pen, on the front end page before the half-title page. Written when Kennedy was junior senator from Massachusetts while he was recovering from back surgery, Profiles in Courage was first published in 1955. It won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957. The Inaugural Edition was issued by Harper & Row in 1961 after Kennedy became President. Signed Inaugural Editions are rare because they were signed as President. Kennedy's full signature is extremely rare, normally appearing on Public Laws signed as President. Light wear to dust jacket, else a very good copy with an exceptional inscription and full signature. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 23: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. Black and white 8 x 10 in. photo signed and inscribed, " For J.D. Jacobs - with thanks and very warm regards - John Kennedy" in blue ball point pen, n.p., n.d. The photograph of Kennedy was taken at his desk in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in August 1960 by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. On July 13, 1960, Kennedy had become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, and he needed to look presidential in his photographs. Eisenstaedt was a famous photographer who had worked for Life Magazine and was best known for his photograph of a sailor kissing a young woman in New York's Times Square on Victory over Japan Day, August 14, 1945. Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.

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Kennedy, John F

Lot 24: Kennedy, John F

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Description: Kennedy, John F. Color photograph of Air Force One "Special Air Mission" (SAM) 26000 signed and inscribed, "For Dr. Phillips--with thanks and best wishes--John Kennedy 1963," 8 x 10 in., n.p. The President signed in black fountain ink at top center. This VC - 137 aircraft was built by Boeing Aircraft in Renton, Washington and delivered in October 1962. The first flight was made by President Kennedy in November 1962 to attend the funeral of Eleanor Roosevelt in Hyde Park, New York. The plane also carried President Kennedy's body back to Washington after his assassination on November 22, 1963, and is, consequently, considered the most historic of all of the planes called Air Force One. It was retired to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio in 1998.Flights made on this aircraft in 1963, all piloted by Col. James B. Swindal, are the following:June - trip to Berlin for JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, and then to Ireland;August - trip to Hyanisport, Massachusetts upon the death of his newborn son, Patrick;Early November - trip to Cape Canavaral, Florida;November 21 - final trip to Texas;November 22 - the President's body was flown back to Andrews Air Force Base and Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office on the plane.Other important flights made after 1963 on (SAM) 26000 include:February 1972 - President Nixon visited China;January 1973 - Ex-President Johnson's body was flown to Washington and returned to Texas for burial; October 1981 - Former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter flew to Egypt to attend the funeral of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat;April 1994 - Ex-President Nixon's body was flown to California for burial. Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,500.

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Kennedy, John, Robert, and Ted

Lot 25: Kennedy, John, Robert, and Ted

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Description: Kennedy, John, Robert, and Ted. 7 x 5 in. black and white photograph of the Lincoln memorial signed and inscribed by President Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kenney, and Senator Ted Kennedy as follows:1) "To Joe Thomas -- Many thanks -- John Kennedy 1962" as President, on 3 Oct. 1963 at top right in blue ball point pen;2) "For Joe Thomas With Warm Regards Robert Kennedy" as Attorney General at upper left in blue ball point pen;3) "Ted Kennedy 96" as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts on 29 Aug. 1996 at the United Center in Chicago, IL, at bottom center in black felt pen.Fine condition. Any item signed by the three Kennedy brothers is rare. Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,500.

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Lincoln, Abraham

Lot 26: Lincoln, Abraham

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Description: Lincoln, Abraham. (1809-65) 16th President of the United States (1861-65). Autograph letter signed ("A. Lincoln" as President, 1 page, 5 x 8 in., Executive Mansion, 4 Jan. 1862. To Brigadier General and Quartermaster of the U.S. Army Montgomery C. Meigs: "Gen. Meigs / My dear Sir / Gen. Cooper, who will present this, is anxious to have Alfred A. McGaffey appointed Q.M. for his Brigade; & I am willing to oblige him, only that I have an impression that ["that" is crossed out] you have some objection. If you have not, so write below this, and he may be appointed."Meigs writes below: "The Q M Genl cannot recommend this appointment. MC Meigs / QMG." On 6 January, Gen. Cooper wrote Lincoln that Meigs' objection stemmed from "the belief that McGaffey is a gambler...." There is no record of McGaffey's appointment and he has not been otherwise identified. Gen. Meigs served as Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army during and after the American Civil War, establishing a reputation for being efficient, hard-working, and scrupulously honest. He was responsible for the largest amount of money ever disbursed by a single individual in military history up to that point: some fifteen hundred million dollars. The General Orders (January 4, 1892) issued at the time of his death declared that "the Army has rarely possessed an officer ... who was entrusted by the government with a greater variety of weighty responsibilities, or who proved himself more worthy of confidence."Gen. James Cooper, once a student in the Gettysburg law office of Thaddeus Stevens and a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, had been a member of the committee which drafted the Compromise of 1850. Because of his Whig antecedents and Maryland birth, Lincoln appointed him a brigadier in May 1861 to recruit "loyal Marylanders." He briefly served under Franz Sigel in the Army of the Shenandoah during Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, then commanded parole and prison camps in Ohio before his death in March 1863.Dark bold writing by both Lincoln and Meigs; a few light vertical folds; some mounting traces on blank verso; two miniscule tears and a thread-thin line of toning along the left margin, otherwise fine. Published in CWAL, Vol. V, pp 90-91. Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.

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Lincoln, Abraham

Lot 27: Lincoln, Abraham

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Description: Lincoln, Abraham. Partly printed document signed as President, 1 page, vellum, 17 1/2" x 13 3/4", Washington, 7 Aug. 1861. Appointing John A. Dix Major General of Volunteers. Countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War. Fine; some age yellowing; manuscript portion of the text is light but legible. Cameron's signature is slightly faded but Lincoln's signature is strong. The orange seal is intact at upper left and Adj. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas recorded the appointment at upper left. John A. Dix (1798-1879) was a veteran of the War of 1812, which he entered as an ensign at the age of 14. He retired as captain from the regular army in 1828, after which he trained as a lawyer and settled in Cooperrtown, New York, running his father-in-law's affairs and becoming involved in New York State politics as a Jackson Democrat. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1845-1849, then ran two different railroads and practiced law in New York. In 1859 Dix' free-soil policies caused him to switch to the Republican party and in 1860 President James Buchanan appointed him Deputy Postmaster for New York City [that appointment is also offered in this catalogue]. As Buchanan's last Secretary of the Treasury and with the Civil War about to begin, Dix fired off his famous Flag Dispatch to a Treasury official in New Orleans: "If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot"; the telegram was intercepted by the Confederates, but the message made its way into the press and Dix became a hero in the North. With the outbreak of the War, President Lincoln commissioned Dix a major general of volunteers, to rank from May 16, 1861, making Dix outrank all other volunteer officers until the end of the war. At the age of 63, Dix was considered too old for field service; he performed department and garrison duties for the duration of the war, his most important contribution being the suppression of the New York draft riots in 1863. After resigning from the service in November 1865, Dix served as minister to France, then as governor of New York. He is buried in Trinity Cemetery in New York City. Fort Dix, New Jersey, a U.S. Army post, is named after Dix. Estimated Value $7,500-UP.

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Lincoln, Abraham

Lot 28: Lincoln, Abraham

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Description: Lincoln, Abraham. Partly-printed document signed in full as President, 14 3/4 x 17 3/4 in., vellum, Washington, 19 Feb. 1863. Appointing David Kindleberger a Surgeon in the Navy from the 14th of August 1862. Countersigned by Gideon Welles as Secretary of the Navy. With the usual lovely vignettes and the orange seal intact at bottom center. Normal folds and two small tape remnants on verso, else fine.David D. Kindleberger (1824-1921) joined the U.S. Navy as an Assistant Surgeon in 1859 and was on a three-year tour aboard the USS San Jacinto, which was sent to the west coast of Africa to stop the slave trade. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was assigned for duty aboard the USS Miami with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. He participated in a number of naval engagements off the southern coast, including the battle of Mobile Bay where he served as a surgeon aboard the USS Monongahela. On August 14, 1862, he was promoted to Surgeon, and his commission (offered here) was signed by President Lincoln on Feb. 19, 1863. He had a long and distinguished career in the Navy, serving as Fleet Surgeon of the Pacific Coast Naval Station, and as Medical Director in charge of the naval hospital at Washington and, later, at Philadelphia. He rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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Lincoln, Abraham

Lot 29: Lincoln, Abraham

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Description: Lincoln, Abraham. Document signed in full as President, 1p, vellum, 16 3/4 x 13 3/4 in., Washington, 3 Mar. 1865. Countersigned by Gideon Welles as Secretary of the Navy. Appointing William G. Temple a Commander in the Navy. Very good; some soiling and wear to vellum; one horizontal fold passes through the Lincoln's signature, which is a little light but quite legible. Matted with a portrait of Lincoln and framed to an overall size of 37 x 22 1/2 in.William J. Temple was appointed to the Navy from Vermont in 1840. He served in the Mexican War, was commissioned as Lieutenant-Commander in 1862, was Fleet Captain of the Eastern Gulf Blockading Squadron, 1863, commanding the steamer Pontoosuck, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1864-65. He took part in the attack on and capture of Fort Fisher, the capture of Fort Anderson, Fort Lee, and Wilmington, North Carolina, and the bombardment of the Confederate batteries at Dutch Gap. Lincoln appointed him Commander with this document. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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[Lincoln, Abraham] John Bright

Lot 30: [Lincoln, Abraham] John Bright

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Description: [lincoln, Abraham] John Bright. Radical British orator John Bright (1811-1889) writes an autograph letter signed ("J. Bright") in the text, datelined London, 20 July 1880, informing Mr. (Osgood H.) Oldroyd that "he has no time to write a criticism on the life of President Lincoln. That life is written in imperishable character in the History of the Great-American Republic, & it needs no comment...." In 1880 Bright was elected Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow. With pamphlet on Oldroyd, "Founder and Collector of Lincoln Mementos." Estimated Value $150 - 200.

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[Madison, James] Foundation Brick From Montpelier

Lot 31: [Madison, James] Foundation Brick From Montpelier

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Description: [madison, James] Foundation Brick From Montpelier. Foundation brick from Montpelier, home of President James Madison, located near Orange, Virginia. The brick is 3 1/2 x 4 x 2 1/2 in. and has a plaque which says, "Brick from Montpelier / James Madison's Home / Built in 1760." Monpelier went through three phases of construction from 1764 to 1812. Madison (1751-1836) lived there as as a boy and brought his bride, Dolley Payne Todd Madison (1768-1849) to live there. Dolley sold Montpelier in 1844, choosing to live in Washington, D.C. as a widow and Montpelier remained in private hands until 1983, when Marion duPont Scott bequeathed the property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, along with a $10 million endowment to buy and maintain it. The organization has worked to restore Montpelier to the Madison era. Ex Claude Harkins Collection. Estimated Value $50 - 75.

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Monroe, James

Lot 32: Monroe, James

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Description: Monroe, James. (1758-1831) 5th President of the United States (1817-1825). Partly-printed document signed as President, vellum, 12 1/2 x 13 1/2 in., Washington, 14 Jan. 1823. Granting to Frederick Moser 300 acres of land "lying north-west of the river Ohio, between the Little Miami and Sciota...." Countersigned by Land Commissioner John McLean. Intact paper seal. Overall age toning. Cancellation cuts affect McLean's signature but do not touch Monroe's. Estimated Value $300 - 400.

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Nixon, Richard

Lot 33: Nixon, Richard

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Description: Nixon, Richard. (1913-1994) 37th President of the United States (1969-1974). 8 x 10 in. inscribed and signed photo, "To Lila Vogel - With best wishes from Richard Nixon," n.p., n.d. Written in black marker in the lower border of a waist-length, smiling portrait. Fine. Estimated Value $200 - 250.

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[Nixon, Richard] Jade Elephant From Nixon's 1972 Trip to China

Lot 34: [Nixon, Richard] Jade Elephant From Nixon's 1972 Trip to China

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Description: [nixon, Richard] Jade Elephant From Nixon's 1972 Trip To China. Carved jade elephant, light green, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. on a walnut base with a plaque reading: "Jade Elephant 1972 Trip to China From President Nixon to Sanford Fox Director of Protocol The White House." President Nixon's trip to China in February 1972 ended 25 years of isolation between the United States and the People's Republic of China and resulted in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1979. Sanford Fox joined the White House Staff in 1952 and worked there until his retirement in 1975. He oversaw the planning of events throughout the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations. Ex Sanford Fox estate; Claude Harkins Collection. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Nixon, Richard M

Lot 35: Nixon, Richard M

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Description: Nixon, Richard M. Typed Letter Signed on The White House watermarked stationery, 1 page, 5 x 8 in., Washington, 9 August 1974. Souvenir copy of Nixon's letter resigning the presidency, addressed to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Nixon was the first President in history to resign. He did so to avoid being impeached for covering up illegal activities of Republican party members during the Watergate affair. Excellent condition. The letter was actually signed by Nixon during his retirement in Saddle River, New Jersey. Ex Claude Harkins Collection. Estimated Value $750 - 1,000.

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[Nixon, Richard M.] Presidential and U.S. Flag From the Nixon Oval Office

Lot 36: [Nixon, Richard M.] Presidential and U.S. Flag From the Nixon Oval Office

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Description: [nixon, Richard M.] Presidential and U.S. Flag From the Nixon Oval Office. Both flags are 81 inches wide by 66 inches high. They hung in the Oval Office during President Nixon's administration. They were given by President Nixon to Jack Kennaley, who worked for Pepsi-Cola and handled the Pepsi contract for the White House during the administrations of nine Presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt through Ronald Reagan. Kennaley was given many items by occupants of the White House. An 8 x 10 inch color photo of the flags hanging in the Oval Office accompanies the flags.In addition to the U.S. flag, the flag of the President of the United States is exhibited in the Oval Office. It consists of the presidential coat of arms on a dark blue background and is often displayed by the President in official photos, flown next to the coffin of the President in official funeral processions, and flown on the President's motorcade.The flags are housed in fiberglass frames. They are not on site but are located in a western state. The buyer is responsible for arranging pick up and delivery. This may be a unique opportunity to obtain such historic mementos from the Oval Office. Estimated Value $10,000 - 20,000.

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Obama, Barack

Lot 37: Obama, Barack

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Description: Obama, Barack. (1961 -) 44th and current President of the United States (2009-present). Autograph note signed as President, on 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. note card with embossed gilt Presidential Seal at top and "The President" engraved at the bottom. The President writes, "Please excuse Aaron...he was with me! Barack Obama."Aaron, an elementary school student in Tucson, Arizona, skipped school on January 12, 2011 to attend a speech delivered by the President at the "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America" memorial which was held on the University of Arizona campus. The speech, which is considered one of the most important given by President Obama, honored the victims of the January 8, 2011 shooting which killed six people and injured 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was the target of the gunman. Aaron asked the President to write an excuse for him to show his teacher when he returned to school, and this is what he received! Estimated Value $3,000 - 5,000.

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Obama, Barack

Lot 38: Obama, Barack

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Description: Obama, Barack. Color photo of Air Force One signed ("Barack Obama 09") as President, 10 x 8 in. President Obama signed in silver marker. The presidential plane, "Special Air Mission" (SAM) 28000 is shown in flight over Mount Rushmore, North Dakota. Built by Boeing Aircraft and delivered in August 1990, this aircraft was used by President George H.W. Bush to visit the troops in Saudi Arabia on Thanksgiving, 1990; by President Clinton to visit Macedonia to address NATO personnel in 1999; by President George W. Bush to visit New York City in September 2001 after 9-11; by President Obama to visit troops in Iraq in 2009. Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.

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[Presidents] George Washington Through Lyndon B. Johnson

Lot 39: [Presidents] George Washington Through Lyndon B. Johnson

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Description: [presidents] George Washington Through Lyndon B. Johnson. Thirty-five Signatures of the first 36 Presidents of the United States, most cut from documents. Since Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President, there is only one signature for him. Garfield's and Eisenhower's signatures are somewhat light. The signatures are matted with 3 1/4 x 3" steel engravings of each President above his signature, all of which are handsomely framed to an overall size of 30 1/2 x 43 1/2". These signatures cover U.S. presidential history from 1789 through 1969: 181 years. A wonderful display piece. Estimated Value $7,500 - 10,000.

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[Presidents] Guitar Signed by Four Presidents

Lot 40: [Presidents] Guitar Signed by Four Presidents

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Description: [presidents] Guitar Signed By Four Presidents. Red, white, and blue Scorpion Flag guitar signed by the following:1) "To Joe [last name not legible] GEORGE W. BUSH 2001 President";2) "To Joe GEORGE [H.W.] BUSH 2001";3) "To Joe with best wishes BILL CLINTON 11-06-06";4) "BARACK OBAMA," as Presidential Candidate.The two Bushes signed in blue felt pen; Clinton and Obama in back felt pen. Excellent condition. Housed in a hard, moulded case. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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[Presidents] Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter

Lot 41: [Presidents] Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter

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Description: [presidents] Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter. 8 x 10 in. color photograph signed by Jimmy Carter as President, and by ex-Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon. The photo was taken in the office of Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker (R Tennessee) on 15 January 1978 at the memorial service for former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. All three Presidents signed in black marker. A photocopy of a letter from Senator Baker, whose office was close to the Rotunda, explains how he invited the three men to "drop by" his office for coffee and that the photo was taken then. Estimated Value $300 - 500.

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[Presidents] The White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents

Lot 42: [Presidents] The White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents

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Description: [presidents] the White House Gallery of Official Portraits of the Presidents. Statesmen's Edition, No. 1 of a limited edition, 20" x 16 1/2". Black leather boards, decorative gilt-ruled borders and a 9 inch raised gilt presidential seal, blue moire pastedown endpapers, marbled free endpapers. Published by The Gravure Company of America, 1908. First published in 1901, this volume retains the original table of contents, which lists presidents Washington through McKinley, but includes President Theodore Roosevelt. Covers are worn and scuffed; binding is tight. The format is a 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" plate of each President protected by a tissue-guard from the opposing page of biography, which is written by a prominent personage. All portraits and biographies are present and in fine condition. A very handsome volume. Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

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Reagan, Ronald

Lot 43: Reagan, Ronald

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Description: Reagan, Ronald. (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States (1981-1989). Official White House color photograph of President Reagan's Cabinet in 1981, signed by President Reagan, Vice President Bush, and each of the 18 Cabinet members. The photograph was matted and framed by the White House frame shop to an overall size of 19 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. The Cabinet members are: Raymond J. Donovan, Secretary of Labor; Donald T. Regan, Secretary of the Treasury; Drew Lewis, Secretary of Transportation; William French Smith, Attorney General; James Watt, Secretary of the Interior; James Edwards, Secretary of Energy; Samuel R. Pierce, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Mac Baldrige, Secretary of Commerce; Dick Schweiker, Secretary of Health & Human Services; John R. Block, Secretary of Agriculture; Caspar W. Weinberger, Secretary of Defense; Al Haig, Secretary of State; Ted Bell, Secretary of Education; Jeanne Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.; Bill Brock, U.S. Trade Representative; David Stockman, Director, Office of Management and Budget; Ed Meese, Counselor to the President and Bill Casey, Director of the C.I.A.The photo was signed using a variety of pens, in black, gold, and blue ink. A few signatures have slightly faded but all are still legible. When viewed from the side, the lower left corner has a couple of slightly raised areas which resulted when the photo was mounted. Fine condition and ready for display. From the personal collection of a high-ranking Reagan White House official. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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Reagan, Ronald

Lot 44: Reagan, Ronald

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Description: Reagan, Ronald. Official White House color photograph of President Reagan's Cabinet in 1986, signed by President Reagan, Vice President Bush, and each of the 18 Cabinet members. The photograph was matted and framed by the White House frame shop to an overall size of 19 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. The Cabinet members are: Raymond J. Donovan, Secretary of Labor; Donald T. Regan, Secretary of the Treasury; Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Transportation; William French Smith, Attorney General; William P. Clark, Secretary of the Interior; Margaret Heckler, Secretary of Health and Human Services; John R. Block, Secretary of Agriculture; Samuel R. Pierce, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Caspar W. Weinberger, Secretary of Defense; George P. Shultz, Secretary of State; Ted Bell, Secretary of Education; Jeanne Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N; Mac Baldrige, Secretary of Commerce;Bill Brock, U.S. Trade Representative; David Stockman, Director, Office of Management and Budget; Donald P. Hodel, Secretary of Energy; Ed Meese, Counselor to the President and Bill Casey, Director of the C.I.A.All of the participants signed boldly in black ink. Excellent condition and ready for display. From the personal collection of a high-ranking Reagan White House official. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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Reagan, Ronald

Lot 45: Reagan, Ronald

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Description: Reagan, Ronald. Vintage 5 x 7 in. photograph signed and inscribed, "To you both with sincere best wishes, from Ronald Reagan," n.p., n.d. Handsome photo of a very young Reagan, signed in green ink. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D

Lot 46: Roosevelt, Franklin D

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Description: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945). Extremely rare "The White House" envelope free franked as President, 7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in., with "Washington D.C., Sep 15 1940" postmark. The address is typed in blue ink to Abe Schoenfeld, Grand Central Post Office, New York, New York. FDR signed in black ink in the upper right corner of the pale blue envelope. Light wear, else very fine. Accompanied by a 1957 letter from the late autograph dealer Charles Hamilton, explaining to Mr. Morton Dean Joyce the circumstances of this very rare free frank. "...Only because he had done an important political favor for F.D.R. was the owner able to persuade the President--to use F.D.R.'s words--'to break the law.'" Hamilton goes on to explain that this is "not a penalty cover, but a regular White House envelope. The signature of Roosevelt is in the upper right hand corner, and beneath it, almost touching it, is the Washington postmark. It is in beautiful condition and is the rarest of all Presidential franks." In 1775, the Continental Congress authorized franking privileges to its members as a means of informing their constituents, and in 1789, the first U.S. Congress enacted a franking law. The law was much abused, however, and in 1873 Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill titled "An act to abolish the franking privilege," making him the last President to legally be able to frank his presidential mail. In 1875 members of Congress were allowed to frank mail containing speeches, reports, and seeds, then in 1891, they were allowed to frank mail to officers of the federal government. In 1895, the franking privilege was once again restored to members of Congress for official business, but this privilege did not extend to the President. Once a President leaves office, he receives the franking privilege for life, but because he never served in Congress and died in office, FDR never got to use this privilege. Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D

Lot 47: Roosevelt, Franklin D

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Description: Roosevelt, Franklin D. Typed letter signed as President on The White House letterhead, 1 page, 7 x 9 in., Washington, 22 Dec. 1938. To Mrs. Schuyler Warren, a "society" friend of FDR's mother, Sara, thanking her for her "very nice letter" and wishing her and her husband a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Mrs. Warren was characterized as "mistress of a New York literary salon." Accompanied by a New York Times story, dated 12/24/29, naming Mrs. Warren, and Mrs. James (Sara) Roosevelt. Estimated Value $600 - 800.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D

Lot 48: Roosevelt, Franklin D

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Description: Roosevelt, Franklin D. Typed letter signed as President on The White House letterhead, 7 x 9 in., Washington, 5 April 1940. To The National City Bank of New York stating that he has written a check in the amount of $2,003.29, which will close out his "Special Account" with the bank. Initials of bank officials, bank stamps, and file holes do not affect text or signature. Very good. Estimated Value $400 - 600.

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Roosevelt, Franklin D.

Lot 49: Roosevelt, Franklin D.

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Description: Roosevelt, Franklin D. Autograph manuscript speech signed, 4 pages (both sides of two sheets), each bearing the heading and address of his law firm, Roosevelt & O'Connor, 11" x 8 1/2", New York, n.d. Fine. An astounding example of FDR's political acumen in which he has his wife Eleanor deliver a speech crushing any chance a candidate, Richard E. Arnold, had of becoming County Chairman. This rare handwritten speech of the future, four-term President reads as follows: "To the Democratic County Committee of Dutchess: I am asking Mrs. Roosevelt to read this only in the event of the candidacy of Mr.Richard E. Arnold for County Chairman at your October 1st meeting. I cannot support or recommend the support of Mr. Arnold for County Chairman for the following very simple reason: I believe that three (3) qualifications are essential in any one aspiring to be County Chairman: 1. Loyalty to the Organization. 2. Disinterestedness. 3. A determination not to enter into "deals" with Republican Leaders. Last winter there arose a question of whether the party in this County should support the bill allowing N.Y. City to obtain a large area of land and water rights. What I am writing has nothing to do with the merit or lack of merit of this bill. Mr. Arnold was then a Democrat in the ranks, like most of us. He held no position of County or City Committee Chairman or State Committeeman. Yet when the bill was proposed he undertook to bring together the New York City Water authorities with Judge Gleason the Republican leader of this County. As a result the following deal was made: 1. Judge Gleason undertook to deliver Senator Webb and to help pass the bill through a Republican Legislature. 2. New York City agreed in return to give to Judge Gleason all the local patronage connected with land condemnation proceedings and the subsequent jobs connected with the reservoirs, aqueducts, etc. 3. It was further understood that Mr. Arnold should have in return one-third of Judge Gleason's patronage to distribute as he saw fit. Mr. Arnold may have thought thus to build up the Democratic party but he erred. First: In failing to consult any of the duly elected officials of the Party in the County. Second: In making a deal with the Republican leader. Third: In putting himself personally in the position of making possible large personal gains for himself in the legal patronage involved in condemnation proceedings. If the voters of this County want N.Y. City to come in here, well & good. But if this happens every step of the proceedings should be put in the light of day. The Democracy of the County had better remain a minority party rather than gain in power by questionable methods that belong to a bye-gone age. Let us remain clean and keep our self-respect. Franklin D. Roosevelt." With original Roosevelt & O'Connor envelope addressed in FDR's hand, "To the County Committee." Housed in a full crushed calf folder and boxed. One of the great American Presidential artifacts in private hands. Ex-Roosevelt family, Dr. A.S.W.Rosenbach, John Fleming, Bruce Gimelson, Private Collector. Estimated Value $25,000-UP.

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Roosevelt, Theodore

Lot 50: Roosevelt, Theodore

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Description: Roosevelt, Theodore. (1858-1919) 26th President of the United States (1901-09). Typed letter signed as associate editor of "Outlook" magazine, on "The Outlook" stationery, 6 pp, 9 1/2" x 7 3/4", New York, 18 Sept. 1913. Fine; light toning. Roosevelt made numerous holograph corrections in this letter to Charles Sumner Bird, a candidate for Massachusetts Governor (he lost), as Roosevelt prepared to leave for South America. The content of this letter is superb. In part: "...Over a year has passed since we founded the Progressive Party....Massachusetts has always taken the lead foro the right in every great crisis of our history....I make my appeal for your election not only to all the men who supported the Progressive ticket last year, but to all...who...felt there was hope of salvation within the two old parties to which they had so long paid allegiance....I appeal to...every Republican who is loyal to the principles of Abraham Lincoln, who is loyal to the great memories of Sumner and Andrew. Last year the bosses of the Republican Party stole from the rank and file of the Republican Party their right to nominate their own ticket and to enunciate their own platform. They turned the Republican Party with its back squarely to the principles of Abraham Lincoln and delivered it bound and shackled into the hands of those who are the enemies of every principle that Lincoln professed and practiced. These men have the Republican Party absolutely in their grip today. One of the prime agents in the theft lasy [sic] year was Mr. Lorimer of Illinois, and it was the Lorimer men who succeeded in breaking the deadlock in the Illinois Legislature by securing an alliance between the Republicans and Democrats against the Progressives....you cannot be true to the principles of the Republicans of the days of Lincoln...unless you turn and smite down the bosses of the party, and break up the evil alliance between commercialism and politics for which those bosses stand; and you can do this only by supporting the Progressive Party. As for the good and honest men and women who make up the rank and file of the Democratic Party, I ask them in their turn to consider what has been done by the Democratic machines in all the States of the Union....In New York State, Tammany has decreed the impeachment of the Governor [William Sulzer]...because that Governor has stood by the cause of the people...he has endeavored to put into jail certain of the prominent Tammany politicians for...malfeasance in office.... Finally, to all independent citizens, and to all party men who put country above party....The bosses have long counted upon the fact that revolt against boss domination in one party could only find expression in seating in power the boss-controlled opposition party. In the last analysis, the bosses on the two old parties work together....You can crush the boss system....You can express your abhorrence of the politicians who win power and position through promises which with cynical indifference they repudiate as soon as elected. You can work for far-reaching measures of social and industrial reform, for genuine popular rule, and for the exercise of this rule in a spirit of justice to all our people, business men, farmers and wageworkers alike...only by supporting the Progressive Party....This letter sold for over $15,000 at a Superior auction about a dozen years ago. Estimated Value $7,000 - 10,000.

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