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cover of George Washington: A Biography.

George Washington: A Biography.

by Freeman, Douglas Southall

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Published
1948-1951
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$400.00

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1948-1951. First editions of the first four volumes in the historian's 1958 Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, four volumes, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. In near fine condition. Housed in the rare original publisher's slipcases.
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$400.00
cover of We Bereaved.

We Bereaved.

by Keller, Helen

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Published
1929
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$1,250.00

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New York: Leslie Fulenwider, Inc, 1929. First edition of this small book of wisdom by Helen Keller. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs Warren Monk, whose sweet faith is a bond between us. Affectionately, Helen Keller, July 24th, 1940." In near fine condition. Uncommon signed and inscribed. Helen… Read more
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$1,250.00
cover of Profiles in Courage.

Profiles in Courage.

by Kennedy, John F

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Published
1956
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$9,800.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. First edition, early printing of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bill Graham, Best wishes, John Kennedy." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jack design by Phil Grushkin. Jacket photograph by… Read more
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cover of Picturesque America: Or, The Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of The Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forest, Water-Falls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country.

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New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1872-1874. First edition of this immensely popular and influential 19th century celebration of the American landscape. Folio, original publisher's deluxe three quarter pebbled morocco, gilt titles to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt titles and central vignette to the front panels, watered silk endleaves, all edges gilt, illustrated with… Read more
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$1,500.00
cover of My Diary: North and South.

My Diary: North and South.

by Russell, William Howard

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Published
1863
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$850.00

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London: Bradbury and Evans, 1863. First edition of this work by Russell. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, folding map in volume one. In very good condition. One of the first modern war correspondents, William Howard Russell spent 22 months covering the Crimean War, including the Siege of Sevastopol and the… Read more
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$850.00
cover of My Bondage and Freedom.

My Bondage and Freedom.

by Douglass, Frederick

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Published
1855
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$12,000.00

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New York & Auburn: Miller, Orton, & Mulligan, 1855.
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cover of Thirty-Eight Star American Flag.

Thirty-Eight Star American Flag.

by [Chamberlain, Joshua]

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Published
c. 1877
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$4,800.00

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c. 1877.
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cover of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era.

by McPherson, James M

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Published
1988
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$475.00

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New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. First edition, early printing of the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Phoebe Roberts Congratulations on your award, from a fellow lover of books James McPherson Princeton February 28, 1989." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket… Read more
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$475.00
cover of An Account of the War in India, Between the English and French, on the Coast of Coromandel, From the Year 1760. Together with A Relation of the late Remarkable Events on the Malabar Coast, and the Expeditions to Golconda and Surat; with the Operations of the Fleet. Illustrated with Maps, Plans &c. The Whole Compiled from Original Papers.

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London: Printed for T. Jefferys, 1761. Benjamin Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity, initially as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies. As the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a… Read more
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$65,000.00
cover of Memoir of Maj.-Gen. George H. Thomas.

Memoir of Maj.-Gen. George H. Thomas.

by Johnson, Richard W

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Published
1881
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$300.00

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Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co, 1881. First edition of the biography of Union General George Henry Thomas. Octavo, original cloth, tissue-guarded frontispiece. In very good condition.
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$300.00
cover of A War Diary of Events in the War of the Great Rebellion. 1863-1865.

A War Diary of Events in the War of the Great Rebellion. 1863-1865.

by Gordon, George H

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Published
1882
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$300.00

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Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882. First edition of the historian and Union General's American Civil War Memoir. Octavo, original cloth. In good condition. Combining autobiography and history, the memoir was one of the most popular forms of Civil War literature. Generally presented as nonfiction and relating experiences in a first-person voice, the form reached its peak in… Read more
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cover of The Life Campaigns and Battles of General Ulysses S. Grant Comprising a Full and Authentic Account of the Famous Soldier From His Earliest Boyhood to the Present Time.

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New York: Ledyard Bill, 1868. First edition of this popular Grant biography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. In very good condition. Period ownership inscriptions. Scarce. Ulysses S. Grant joined the Union Army after the Civil War broke out in 1861 and rose to prominence after winning several early Union victories on the Western Theater. In 1863 he led the Vicksburg… Read more
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$975.00
cover of Campfire Sketches and Battle-field Echoes of 61-5.

Campfire Sketches and Battle-field Echoes of 61-5.

by King, W.C. and W.P. Derby

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Published
1889
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$175.00

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Springfield, Mass.: King, Richardson & Co, 1889. Early printing of the authors' finely illustrated work on the American Civil War. Octavo, original cloth, patterned endpapers, illustrated. In good condition. Warping and dampstaining to the rear board. Period ownership inscriptions. Combining autobiography and history, the memoir was one of the most popular forms of Civil War literature. Generally presented as… Read more
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$175.00
cover of The Color-Guard: Being A Corporal’s Notes of Military Service in the Nineteenth Army Corps.

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Boston: Walker, Wise, and Company, 1864. First edition of James Kendall Hosmer's Civil War memoir. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition. During the American Civil War, James Kendall Hosmer enlisted as a private in the 52nd Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, 19th Army Corps. In little time he was promoted to the rank of corporal as a color guard,… Read more
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$375.00
cover of General Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Military Collection.

General Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Military Collection.

by Chamberlain, Joshua

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$3,000.00

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Rare collection of American military items displayed with a photograph of American Union Army General Joshua Chamberlain. Housed in a custom shadowbox, the collection includes a photograph of Chamberlain, a brass American eagle belt buckle, a suite of four brass knob buttons, a brass infantry horn insignia similar to those worn on a Union kepi, a bayonet tip, and… Read more
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cover of The Strategy of Peace.

The Strategy of Peace.

by Kennedy, John F

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Published
1960
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$250.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960. First edition of the selected foreign policy speeches and statements on defense, peace, and national security delivered by Kennedy during his 1960 presidential campaign. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Allan Nevins. "Readers will find here instruction and sagacity on our knottier problems. They will find… Read more
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$250.00
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Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story.

by Bosworth, Patricia

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Published
1997
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$75.00

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New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. First edition of the actress and memoirist's biography of her parents, Bartley and Cutsie Crum. Octavo, original boards, illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Andrew & Mariam - with admiration... Patricia Boswell." Fine in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Julie Metz.… Read more
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$75.00
cover of The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865. Illustrating the Valor of the Soldier as Displayed on the Battle-Field.

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Richmond and New York: Stanley Bradely Publishing Company, 1890. First edition of volume I I of this profusely illustrated set, containing large engraved portraits of Lincoln, Grant, McClellan and numerous battle scenes. Folio, original cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated from sketches drawn by Forbes, Waud, Taylor, Hillen, Becker, Lovie, and Schell among others. In good condition.
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cover of The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the Conflict, 1861-1865. Illustrating the Valor of the Soldier as Displayed on the Battle-Field.

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Richmond and New York: Stanley Bradely Publishing Company, 1890. First edition of volume I of this profusely illustrated set, containing large engraved portraits of Lincoln, Grant, McClellan and numerous battle scenes. Folio, original cloth decorated in gilt, illustrated from sketches drawn by Forbes, Waud, Taylor, Hillen, Becker, Lovie, and Schell among others. In good condition.
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$100.00
cover of Profiles in Courage.

Profiles in Courage.

by Kennedy, John F

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Published
1956
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$1,250.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956. First edition of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket, contemporary inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper. Jack design by Phil Grushkin. Jacket photograph by Hank Walker. Uncommon in this condition. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book… Read more
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$1,250.00