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    The White House by ARMINGTON, Caroline

    1924. unbound. very good. View. Uncolored etching. Image measures 7.75" x 10". Signed and numbered.


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    Caveat; Realism Reagan, and Foreign Policy by Haig, Alexander M. Jr

    New York: Macmillan, 1984. First Edition. 1/2 black cloth with brilliant blue paper on board and titling in silver on the spine. SIGNED "Alexander Haig Jr." on title page in blue ink. 6" x 9.25" pp. xii, 1-367 with 16 pages of B&W photographs. Book is in fine condition, dust jacket is very good with a small tear at bottom left rear and several minute chips at the top. Alexander Meigs Haig (December 2, 1924 - February 20, 2010) served as Secretary of Sate under Reagan, White House Chief of Staff under Nixon and Ford and concluded a brilliant military career at the most senior leadership and staff roles. He received awards for valor and heroism in both the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. "At a frenzied press conference just after the attempt on President Reagan's life: "My remark that I was 'in control...pending the return of the Vice President' was a statement that I was the senior Cabinet officer present." (p. 112).


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    F. D. R. His Personal Letters (2 Volumes); Foreword by Eleanor Roosevelt, Edited by Elliott Roosevelt, Assisted by Joseph P. Lash by Roosevelt, Franklin Delano

    New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1950. Stated First Edition. Deep blue cloth over boards with titling on the spine and cover in gilt. Fine/slipcase in good condition. 5.5" x 8.25", blue top edge with 16 pp. of B&W photos or facsimiles in each. Vol 1 pp. xvii 3-738, Fine, a couple of light spots on cover, insignificant wear at head and foot of spine. Vol 2 pp. 739-1615 in equally fine condition with an even cleaner cover. Slip case has done its job of protecting these books by sacrificing its condition, good with tape along several of the edges. Both volumes have the personal Ex Libris bookplate of Robert J. Flandrick, who had a long and distinguished career in public law. These letters are an important primary source for historians to value the preparation and development of F.D.R. to deal with the responsibilities and circumstances of his life. While FDR was not particularly close to his children, Elliott had a front row seat in history to witness his father's presidency. "Dear Bill: [William C. Bullitt in Moscow] Your letter of June third proves (a) that your sense of humor is completely intact and (b) that by this token your physical well-being must be vastly improved. What a grand picture that is of that Goering person! If you get a figure like his I will order a special uniform for you and send you to all of the official funerals." (p 488) F.D.R June 21, 1935.


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    Typed Note Boldly Signed by Eisenhower, Mamie Daud

    Gettysburg, 1956. Fine. SIGNED "Mamie Daud Eisenhower", 6" x 9" cream colored stationary titled The White House / Washington. Two usual mailing folds, one beneath a beautiful, full signature. "Dear Friends, The President and I were deeply touched to have you remember our fortieth wedding anniversary. The lovely cards of congratulations and good wishes which accompanied your wonderful spice cabinet made our day even more pleasant. Your gift is very handy and decorative one and will be most useful in our kitchen as well as out of doors, when the President has his cook-out barbecues. Thank you for this generous expression of your friendship; the President and I are most appreciative of your thought.


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    Turmoil and Triumph; My Years as Secretary of State by Shultz, George

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993. Second Edition. Half blue cloth with blue paper over boards and titling in gild on the spine with his initials, GPS, impressed on the front cover. Fine/near fine. SIGNED "George P. Schultz" on blank ffe in black ink. 6" x 9.25", pp. xii 4-1184 with 48 pp. of black and white photos. Lightly bumped corners, else fine in this thick tome of the one of only two men to hold four different cabinet positions (the other being Elliot Richardson). DJ has light wear at the corners and top and bottom of spine, but no tears or chips. A great copy by a great American. George Pratt Shultz (Dec. 13, 1920) was the US Secretary of State ('82 -'89) in the Reagan administration and was Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor and Director of the OMB under President Nixon. Additionally he worked for President Eisenhower's Council of Economic Advisers. Throughout the balance of his career he was an economic academician at MIT and the University of Chicago. After leaving the Nixon administration he became president and a director of the politically powerful Bechtel corporation. After retirement he served on a variety of boards and continued to be an important advisor to the political leaders. At the time of this writing he is the oldest living cabinet member. "The big question is," Gorbachev asked, "is the United States interested in improving relations? You've go this big budget; a large part of it is due to military expenditure. Eighty percent is finance by borrowing money, and you've go high interest rates. Perhaps the Soviet Union could place order in the U.S. and relieve the U.S. economy of having to be dependent on marking arms. Maybe the U.S. administration has lost its way in trying to find a policy toward the Soviet Union.


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    The Times of My Life by Ford, Betty with Chris Chase

    New York: Harper & Row, 1978. First Edition. Tan publisher cloth with titling on spine in bronze. Fine. SIGNED "Betty Ford" on signature plate on ffep. 6.25" x 9.25", pp.2-305 with 24 pages of B&W photos. Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 - July 8, 2011) was First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was a proponent and activist in women's issues and social policy. Her legacy will be associated with the Betty Ford Clinic where thousands have been treated for addiction. "My anxiety deepened in 1975. After the first attempt on his life, by Squeaky Fromm, I couldn't watch him leave without thinking, "What's going to happen this time? The worry was always there." (p. 197).


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    The White House - An Historic Guide by White House Historical Association

    Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1975. Twelfth Edition. Second Printing. Soft Cover. Publisher's glossy pictorial wraps, maps on endpapers. Profusely illustrated with color photographs, maps and reproductions. Includes Letter from Mrs. Gerald R. Ford. . Some light wear to edges of covers, small stain on back cover, top edge and fore-edge foxed, former owner's name on ffep, else fine. VERY GOOD. . Color Photographs. Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall. 159 pp .


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    The Politics of Diplomacy; Revolution, War and Peace by James, Baker A. III with Thomas M. Defrank

    Naperville: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1995. First Edition. Half black cloth with dark gray paper over boards and gilt titling on spine and authors signature in gilt on front cover. Fine/very good. SIGNED "Jim Baker" on Specially Autographed bookplate for Freightliner Corporation / February 27, 1997. 6" x 9.25", pp. xvi 1-687 with 40 pages of black and white photographs. Book has only one blemish, pencil price notation by previous bookseller otherwise fine and square. DJ has s 1/4' tear at bottom right front and another at bottom of rear flap, now appropriately protected in mylar cover. James Addison Baker III (Apr 28, 1930) was the US Secretary of State ('89 - '92), Secretary of the Treasury ('85 - ''88) and a total of six years as White House Chief of Staff under two different presidents. Early in his legal career he became a close friend of George H. W. Bush and from there entered the elite world of National politics, although he never achieved an elected position. As Secretary of State, he helped oversee U.S. foreign policy during the end of the Cold War and dissolution of the Soviet Union, as well as during the Gulf War. He continued to serve in advisory, consulting and think tank capacity following his exit from D.C. politics. "Historically, until its invasion of Kuwait, Iraq had been a showcase Soviet client state. Five months later, that client was being pounded by the largest Western air offensive since World War II - and its former patron was a diplomatic party to the onslaught. This specter was bound to have been chilling to other Soviet client states, who no doubt wondered about the durability and credibility of their association with Moscow." (p 401).


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    Wildflowers Across America by Johnson, Lady Bird and Carlton B. Lees

    New York: Abbeville Press, 1988. First Edition Third Printing. Lavender cloth with same endpapers and titling on spine in gilt. Fine/very good. SIGNED "Lady Bird Johnson / Carlton B. Lees" on tipped in translucent tissue page with The Nature Company watermark. 9" x 9", pp. 8 - 309 with scores of color photographs throughout. Beautiful book with a very good DJ having wear at the corners and small tear at top of spine. Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson (Dec 22, 1912 - July 11, 2007) was the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson and our First Lady from '63 - '69. She was a well educated and savvy business person involved in building a family business while her husband was involved in politics. Her personal advocacy project beautifying the nation's cities and highways. The Highway Beautification Act was informally known as Lady Bird's Bill. She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal for her service to the nation. "It would be impossible for me to talk about my favorite wildflowers without mentioning coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria). In the Texas Hill Country, it is a brilliant yellow with a sort of dark-brown, dubonnet center, ad it grows on a slender, fragile stem with very little foliage, in masses - just a whole filed of golden color." (p 130).


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    The White House Chef Cookbook; Over 500 Recipes and Menus by the Man Who Was White House Chef During the Kennedy Years by Verdon, René

    Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1967. First Edition. White leather with gilt titling. Very good/good. INSCRIBED "To Mrs. Lou / With Best Wishes. / René / San Francisco June 4, 1974" with an chef hat doodle of signature on half title page. 5.5" x 8.13" pp 12-287 with eight color plates. Book is clean with only some crimped corners at top right of first 15 pages and bumping at top and bottom of spine. Dust jacket is good with chipping along top and bottom edges and spine has half inch chip at top and bottom, smudges from handling noticeable, now appropriately protected in mylar. These recipes are interspersed with upbeat anecdotes of his time serving the first family. René Verdon (June 29, 1924 - Feb 2, 2011) was a French-born American chef hired by First Lady Jackie Kennedy and stayed on for the early time of LBJ's tenure. He left the WH kitchen over creative differences when asked to cook with frozen and canned vegetables. "Mr. Kennedy shared his wife's liking for soufflés, especially at luncheon, but there was a day when he learned that a soufflé waits for no man, not even a President." (p 70).


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    Vatican Collections: the Papacy and Art by Official Publication authorized by the Vatican Mus

    1982. Vatican Collections: the Papacy and Art by Official Publication authorized by the Vatican Museums, Abrams, paper, '82, 255 pages, exhibition catalog, illustrated in color and black and white plates.


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    Autograph Card; Attractively framed with personal photo and White House by Cleveland, Frances

    Photo copyrighted by the Knapp Co., N. Y., 1893. Fine/fine. SIGNED "Frances F. Cleveland" on Executive Mansion, Washington calling card. 4.25" x 2.5" calling card inlaid to a fine beveled matte beneath an angelic, smiling first lady. Gold, antique, custom frame 14.25" x 25.25" professionally assembled. Signature is vivid, clean and nearly 4" long. Near mint condtion Frances Folsom Cleveland (July 21, 1864 - Oct 29, 1947) was was the First Lady of the United States from 1886 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897. Becoming First Lady at age 21, she remains the youngest wife of a sitting president. Their's was the only marraige by a sitting president in the White House. She was put a charming and graceful face on the administration. Frances supported projects in Washington, including the Women's Christian Temperance Movement's "Hope and Help Project," and helped establish the Washington Home for Friendless Colored Girls. Frances gave birth to a daughter, Ruth (1891, of "Baby Ruth" candy bar fame). She was pregnant again by the time her husband started his second term and gave birth to another daughter, Ester, in September 1893. During Cleveland's second term, the family welcomed a third daughter, Marion (1895), to the world. "I want you to take good care of all the furniture and ornaments in the house, and not let any of them get lost or broken, for I want to find everything just as it is now, when we come back again four years from today" - Frances Cleveland upon her husband, Grover Cleveland leaving the White House after losing to Benjamin Harrison in 1893.


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    Signed White House Card by WILSON, Woodrow (1856-1924)

    Washington. unbound. very good. Signed White House card, "Woodrow Wilson", 4.25" x 3.75", boldly executed in black ink. Light toning barely touches the top of the "W" in Woodrow. Priced accordingly. American politician and statesman elected twenty-eighth President of the United States, serving from 1913-1921.


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    Fragments From 1994 White House Plane Crash. Rex Scouten Collection With Authentication by Rex Scouten

    Rex Scouten. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1994. Wreckage. [White House Plane Crash] 2 small glass fragments from the incident in September 1994 when an airplane flew to downtown Washington, moved about 50 feet over the surface of the South Lawn, and crashed into the White House. Appear to possibly be from the instrument panel. Less than 3 in. Scouten served 10 Presidents from Truman to Clinton, including time as a Secret Service agent, Chief Usher of the White House, and White House Curator (1986-97). The identification of the fragments is from Rex Scouten's signed notation on the envelope. The occurrence was during President Clinton's first term. ; Signed by Associated .


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    Inside the Vatican by Mc.Dowell, Bart

    Washington, D.C.: The National Geographic Society. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1991. 1. Hard Cover. Publisher's cardinal red cover, elaborate gilt design on cover, gilt lettering on spine, ivory end papers. Each page features color photographs, frontispiece shows Pope John Paul, II in his private chapel. . Very small tear on spine, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket has small tears to spine and slight wear to top edge. VERY GOOD/ GOOD.. Color Photographs. 4to 11" - 13" tall. 232 pp .


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    PHOTO OF WHITE HOURE PRESS CORPS 1970. [LBC) by Unknown

    Unknown. Very Good with no dust jacket. ca 1970. Framed. B&W ; Unidentified White House Press Corps. Site 9". Site 9". X 12. Frame 14.5 x 18". Two unidentified signatures with dedications. No glass in frame. .


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    It's Your World; Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Clinton, Chelsea

    New York: Philomel Books, 2015. First Edition. Blue paper over boards with titling in black on spine and DJ logo impressed on front cover. Fine/good +. SIGNED "Chelsea Clinton" in blue felt tip on blank tipped in page. 6" x 9", xii 3-402 with black and white photos and charts throughout. Very nice copy with a less so DJ. Book is clean, firm and unread with only some bumping at ends of spine while jacket has dirt on cover, tape applied to small tear, security microtab affixed inside and 'signed copy' label on front. Chelsea Victoria Clinton (Feb 27, 1980) is the daughter and only child of U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Growing up in the White House shaped her philosophy of doing good works internationally, which is the foundation of this book. Since graduating from Stanford University she has earned advanced degrees at Oxford and Columbia. Initial work experience as a correspondent for NBC News was followed by assignments and a board seat on the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. "While it's free almost everywhere for kids to go to primary school, in many places, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, families still have to pay for their children to go to secondary school. Not surprisingly, in places where people still have to pay to send their kids to school, any type of school, kids are less likely to be in (or stay in) school." (p 108).


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    GROUP OF DIGNITARIES ON WHITE HOUSE LAWN 1970. [LBC) by Unknown

    Unknown. Very Good with no dust jacket. ca 1970. Framed. B&W ; Framed by Mickelson's. Unidentified b/w group of people on White House lawn 7 x 9". .


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    First Lady From Plains by Carter, Rosalynn

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984. Later edition. 1/2 white linen and white paper cover with RC on front and titling on spine in gilt. SIGNED "Rosalynn Carter" on free front endpaper. 6" x 9" pp. xii 2-370 with 16 pp of B&W photos. Book is in fine condition, clean and firm, jacket is very good with some rubbing along front edge, corners and spine, now appropriately protected in mylar cover. Rosalynn Carter (Aug. 18, 1927) is the wife of Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States. She served as First Lady from 1977 - 1981. She has always been active in community life and became politically active with Jimmy's first election to the State House in 1962. As First Lady she championed many causes but especially mental health and awareness issues. "Before Jimmy's inauguration, the press had painted us as country farm people who would bring gingham and square dances to the White House. We did. Sometimes. But we also brought a parade of America's greatest classical talent and some of the most elegant events ever held to the White House". (p. 213).


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    Autograph Card; Attractively framed with personal photo and White House by Cleveland, Frances

    Photo copyrighted by the Knapp Co., N. Y., 1887. Fine/fine. SIGNED "Frances F. Cleveland" on Executive Mansion, Washington calling card dated 1887. 4.25" x 2.5" calling card. Signature is vivid, clean and nearly 4" long. Near mint condtion Frances Folsom Cleveland (July 21, 1864 - Oct 29, 1947) was was the First Lady of the United States from 1886 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897. Becoming First Lady at age 21, she remains the youngest wife of a sitting president. Their's was the only marraige by a sitting president in the White House. She was put a charming and graceful face on the administration. Frances supported projects in Washington, including the Women's Christian Temperance Movement's "Hope and Help Project," and helped establish the Washington Home for Friendless Colored Girls. Frances gave birth to a daughter, Ruth (1891, of "Baby Ruth" candy bar fame). She was pregnant again by the time her husband started his second term and gave birth to another daughter, Ester, in September 1893. During Cleveland's second term, the family welcomed a third daughter, Marion (1895), to the world. "I want you to take good care of all the furniture and ornaments in the house, and not let any of them get lost or broken, for I want to find everything just as it is now, when we come back again four years from today" - Frances Cleveland upon her husband, Grover Cleveland leaving the White House after losing to Benjamin Harrison in 1893.


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    Signed White House Card by FORD, Gerald R. (1913 - 2006)

    Washington, 1975. unbound. Authentically signed "unofficial" White House card, measuring 2.5 x 4 inches, no date, circa 1975. Embossed in blue lettering: "The White House / Washington" with the addition of an embossed image of the Presidential Seal (not present on genuine issued cards). Fine condition.


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    A compendious history of the Popes, from the foundation of the See of Rome to the present time. Translated and improved from the German original of C. W. F. Walch, D.D., Professor of Divinity and Philosophy at Göttingen. by Walch, Christian Wilhelm Franz

    London: Pr. for J. Rivington & J. Fletcher, G. Keith, P. Davey, & B. Law, S. Crowder, T. Field, E. Dilley, J. Pridden, & T. Hope, 1759. 8vo. [2], (v)-xvi, 304 pp. Originally published under the title, "Entwurf einer vollständigen Historie der römischen Päpste." Walch, German theologian and professor at Jena and Göttingen, published several works on church history.          ESTC T97959. 19th- or 20th-century library cloth binding, spine gilt-stamped. Lacks the half-title. Early inked ownership signature on verso of title-page. Internally very good, generally clean and without chips or tears. Binding very good.


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    Descrizione della Basilica Antica di S. Pietro in Vaticano Codice Barberini Latino 2733. Edizione e Note a Cura di Reto Niggl. by Grimaldi, [Giacomo]

    Grimaldi, [Giacomo], Descrizione della Basilica Antica di S. Pietro in Vaticano Codice Barberini Latino 2733. Edizione e Note a Cura di Reto Niggl. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1972. Vol. XXXII of Codices e Vaticanis Selecti quam simillime expressi iussu Pauli PP.VI. Consilio et Opera Curatorum Bibliotecae Vaticanae. [xx; 563; indice 1 leaf]. Typus POLYGLOTTIS Vaticanis, MCMLXXII. A large book, 41 cm x 21 cm, bound in beige cloth stamped with Vatican insignia, still encased in original paper slipcase, as issued. Spine slightly sun spotted, but otherwise, this copy is as new. A magnificent copy of the ur-text on the history of Old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Illustrated profusely and footnoted throughout, this is a vital text for art and architecture historians * for the information provided by the sketches by Giacomo Grimaldi of the papal tombs in old St. Peter's Basilica. The 29th of May 1620, Grimaldi presented the manuscript to Pope Paul V in commemoration of the sixteenth anniversary of his papal coronation. Entitled Instrumenta authentica, the work won Grimaldi a pension of 50 scudi a year. The manuscript, once a one-volume work of more than 1,000 pages is now in two volumes. A fragment of the original binding is found in Volume I, which is bound in vellum with gold decoration of a dragon. The division into two volumes took place in the Vatican and is recorded in the register of the Vatican's conservation laboratory. Part I was completed on September 18, 1619 and Part II on May 15, 1620. Part II begins with the discoveries of the pagan and early Christian inscriptions discovered during the demolition. A list of the contemporary sources used by Grimaldi is given in the preface, as is a list of works cited, given in abbreviated form.


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