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”This nation owes it to itself to refuse to be neutral between right and wrong... We are false to the memory of the great Americans of the past, if we sit by with our hands folded, and fail to make an effective protest when such hideous enormities are practiced as those practiced by Germany in Belgium..."No such infamy has been perpetrated in any war between civilized powers for over two centuries. It is for us, as the largest neutral nation, to remember that when neutrals fail to protest against action of this kind, they become accomplices in wrong-doing....”REMARKABLE AND IMPASSIONED LETTER BY ROOSEVELT ON THE MORAL RESPONSIBILITY OF AMERICANS TO ENTER THE FIRST WORLD WAR. The letter, typed on Roosevelt’s Metropolitan Office stationery and dated January 8, 1917, is addressed to Judge Daniel J. Kenefick, the Chairman of the Committee of Protest on Enslavement of Belgians and Poles and reads in full:My dear Judge Kenefick:I wish I could be present at the Buffalo meeting to speak on behalf of the Belgians and Poles, and against their enslavement. As that is impossible, may I, through you, express my deep sympathy with your meeting and its purpose. This nation owes it to itself to refuse to be neutral between right and wrong. Our prime duty, of course, is the duty of self-defense, the duty of protecting the honor and the interest of this country, and of guaranteeing our own people against wrong. But second only to this duty, comes the duty of making our views heard, and, if possible, our weight felt, on the side of righteousness and against iniquity in international affairs. We are false to the memory of the great Americans of the past, if we sit by with our hands folded, and fail to make an effective protest when such hideous enormities are practiced as those practiced by Germany in Belgium. I believe that similar deeds have been done in Poland, but as regards the Belgians, and as regards the men and women deported from northern France, we have not had merely ample, but minute information. These men and women in northern France have been sent into state slavery in Germany, and over 100,000 Belgians have suffered the same fate. They are sent to Germany so that by their labor they are aiding Germans in killing their fellow country-men. No such infamy has been perpetrated in any war between civilized powers for over two centuries. It is for us, as the largest neutral nation, to remember that when neutrals fail to protest against action of this kind, they become accomplices in wrong-doing. A private individual, who sees some powerful law breaker knock down a helpless woman or child, and who himself makes no protest and no effort at rescue of any kind, is rightly regarded as being tainted in some manner with the crime. Exactly the same kind of condemnation should be meted out to this nation for not having interfered to the extent of its power, in the effort to prevent the hideous iniquity that has just been perpetrated. I am very glad that this meeting of protest has been called. Sincerely yours, [signed] Theodore RooseveltJanuary, 1917, was a critical time in the evolution of US opinion over the war in Europe. As late as January 22, 1917, President Wilson argued, in his “peace without victory” address, that the US should not engage in military action. However, “Germany's decision to begin unrestricted submarine warfare in February 1917 ended Wilson's pursuit of impartial U.S. neutrality... and in mid-March 1917, when German submarines sank three U.S. ships, Wilson was forced to make a choice. No longer able to remain at peace and protect the nation's maritime and commercial interests, Wilson led the United States into the European conflict shortly after the inauguration of his second term. At a special session of the new Congress on 2 April 1917, denouncing Germany's autocratic government and its submarine warfare, he called for war to liberate all nations from this threat, including the Germans themselves. He proclaimed that 'the world must be made safe for democracy.' Four days later, Congress declared war against Germany" (American National Biography).Roosevelt, in this letter, powerfully argues for US involvement on moral grounds, and reveals much about his philosophy with regard to one nation’s responsibility to the suffering people of another nation.Quarto, two pages (typed on rectos only) on Roosevelt’s Metropolitan letterhead. Signed in full in ink and with numerous manuscript corrections in Roosevelt’s hand. Expected folds, otherwise fine. ROOSEVELT LETTERS WITH SUCH EXTRAORDINARY CONTENT ARE VERY RARE. 

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE [Photograph Signed]

“There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.” - Theodore RooseveltHUGE SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT AS PRESIDENT, INSCRIBED TO ROOSEVELT’S PHYSICIAN AND CLOSE FRIEND. The large image depicts the bespectacled president seated at his desk holding some papers. Roosevelt’s personal inscription, in deep black fountain pen upon the reverse blank portion of the papers in his hand in this image reads, in full: “To Alexander Lambert with the affectionate regard of his friend -- Theodore Roosevelt -- March 4th 1907”.In his second term as president, Theodore Roosevelt inscribed this image to his close friend and family physician Alexander Lambert. Not only was the relationship between the two well-documented in numerous letters and telegrams, but also the doctor accompanied Roosevelt on several of the president’s famous hunts.While 1907 marked the end of his two-term presidency, Roosevelt accomplished much as the nation’s 26th president. “The administration of Theodore Roosevelt was in some respects the first modern presidency. It is with Roosevelt that the most distinctive twentieth-century characteristics of the executive office emerged as more or less permanent traits. Roosevelt put the presidency and the federal government at the center of peacetime political action” ( Beautifully framed under UV-protected museum glass. Size: Approx. 11x14 inches (photograph alone); 18.5x21.5 inches (framed). Original sepia-toned silver print. Two small chips at the top corners (not visible under the frame); otherwise in nearly perfect condition. Inscription crisp and dark, with a particularly fine example of Roosevelt's signature (the signature by itself is 3.25 inches long). AN EXTREMELY RARE OVER-SIZED PHOTO, WITH OUTSTANDING ROOSEVELT INSCRIPTION AND SIGNATURE.

FRANK, ANNE FRAGMENTEN UIT HET DAGBOEK VAN ANNE FRANK [Het Achterhuis; The Secret Annex; Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl]

“[Anne Frank] became the most memorable figure to emerge from World War II--besides Hitler, of course, who also proclaimed his life and his beliefs in a book. In a way, the Holocaust began with one book and ended with another. Yet it was Anne's that finally prevailed--a beneficent and complicated work outlasting a simple and evil one.” -Roger RosenblattTHE EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST APPEARANCE OF ANY PART OF THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; PRECEDING THE BOOK EDITION. A BEAUTIFUL COPY IN SCARCE ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. "The diary written by Anne Frank is probably the single most widely read book to come out of the Holocaust... Millions of readers have read the story of the teenage girl's two years in hiding. It has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and published in as many countries. Her diary was also the foundation for a successful drama performed worldwide (The Diary of Anne Frank, 1956) and a film of the same title (1959). Especially in the last twenty years, many schoolchildren and adults alike have had their first exposure to the effects of Adolf Hitler's war through Anne's writing. Anne's diary so captured the attention of the world that her name has become symbolic of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah…
"To many, Anne Frank has become a symbol of the strength and optimism of the human spirit in the midst of tragedy. In July 1944 Anne wrote what was to become the most famous line of her diary and the one most often used to symbolize her spirit. 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart'… Anne's writing put a human face to the unfathomable statistics of the millions of individuals who suffered and died" (Sarita Cargas, Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature).On the publication in De Nieuwe Stem:The Diary, although now recognized as such an important historical document, almost never found its way into print. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, gained possession of the manuscript after the war. By April 1946, the diary already had been rejected by several publishers and Otto Frank was having doubts about continuing to pursue publication. It was at this time that “he gave one typed copy to a friend, who lent it to Jan Romein, a professor of modern history. Much to Otto Frank’s surprise the professor devoted an article to it in a Dutch newspaper, Het Parool... Romein’s article appeared on April 3, 1946, hailing the diary as an outstanding example of wartime documentation by a remarkably talented Jewish girl (whose name was not disclosed)... His friends now urged Otto Frank to have Anne’s diary published as she herself had wished” (quoted in Jeffrey Shandler, From Diary to Book).Jan Romein was so impressed by the diary that, as one of the editors of the new left-leaning journal De Nieuwe Stem, he was able to arrange for the publication of excerpts from the diary in the journal’s sixth issue, appearing in June 1946. These five excerpts (to "Kitty") begin on July 11, 1942, and conclude on April 11, 1944 and “mark the first publication of Anne’s writing” (ibid), preceding the book edition, ultimately published in 1947 with a preface by Jan Romein’s wife, Anne Romein-Verschoor.Octavo, original wrappers; custom box. Text in Dutch. Light chipping to wrapper edges; overall a remarkably well-preserved copy.

Flower Is... Frank, Robert

LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES. A FINE COPY IN THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING BOX. (Tokyo): (Yugensha), (1987). Folio (343x250mm), original pictorial gray silk, original slipcase with mounted photographic reproduction; in the original shipping box. A fine copy.


"These illustrations must always remain among [Blake's] greatest. They are much less illustrations of Blair than expressions of his own moods and visions. We see the body and soul rushing into each other's arms at the last day, the soul hovering over the body and exploring the recesses of the grave, and the good and bad appearing before the judgement seat of God, not as these things appeared to the orthodox eyes of Blair, but as they appeared to the mystical eyes of William Blake." -Tom Paulin FIRST EDITION WITH WILLIAM BLAKE’S ILLUSTRATIONS, IN ORIGINAL BOARDS. One of only 589 subscriber’s copies. The first edition of Blair's The Grave appeared in 1743; in 1805, the publisher Robert Cromek commissioned Blake to engrave twenty illustrations for a new edition of Blair's poem based on Blake's own watercolors. "Blake’s most forcible and poetical thinking on the subject of Death is crystallized in the delicately gleaming drawings for Blair’s 'Grave'"(Irene Langbridge). Blake also contributed the dedicatory poem “To the Queen” to the edition.Note: This is a rare subscribers' copy with "subscribers' copy" printed at base of engraved title page. London: T. Bensley for Robert Cromek, 1808. Large quarto (approx. 37x30 in), original gray-brown boards with paper label on front, sympathetically rebacked; later endpapers. Housed in custom cloth box. Complete with engraved portrait frontispiece, additional title and 11 plates by Louis Schiavonetti after William Blake and T. Phillips (portrait of Blake). Some scuffing and edgewear to original boards (including chip on outer edge of front cover); scattered foxing. Plates clean with foxing generally contained to extreme outer margins. A very large, uncut copy of a rare subscribers' issue in original boards. 

WYNDHAM, JOHN The Day of the Triffids; Revolt of the Triffids

"When a day that you happen to know is a Wednesday starts off sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere…"FIRST APPEARANCE AND FIRST BOOK EDITION of Wyndham's science fiction masterpiece. With scarce review copy slip for the book edition. Housed together in magnificent custom box by noted book artist Sjoerd Hofstra. "John Wyndham's 1952 novel The Day of the Triffids is among the most enduring works of post-World War II British science fiction. In continuous print since its first serialized publication in the U.S. magazine Collier's, it has been translated into at least fifteen languages and adapted for a feature-length film (1962), a graphic novel and newspaper comics serialization (1975, 2004), a stage adaptation (2005), two high-profile BBC Television series (1981, 2009), and three BBC Radio and World Service productions (1957, 1968, 2001). The novel's eponymous man-eating plants are firmly rooted in the popular horticultural imaginary: a 'triffid' is an oversized, possible menacing interloper discovered in one's garden; genetlically-modified crops that threaten to contaminate established varieties are often referred to as 'triffids'… A generation of film enthusiasts that has never encountered the novel or its adaptations knows by heart that Janette Scott once fought a triffid that spits poison and kills…" (Terry Harpold, "The End Begins: John Wyndham's Zombie Cozy"). Time "Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Books". The Day of the Triffids first appeared as Revolt of the Triffids in a somewhat abridged form in five consecutive issues of Collier's magazine (January - February, 1951), with dramatic color illustrations by Fred Banbery. The first American book edition then followed, preceding the first British edition. [The Day of the Triffids]. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1951. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket; with review slip laid-in. Book near-fine; dust jacket with light wear at spine ends and corners. [Revolt of the Triffids]. Five issues of Collier's: January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 1951. Folio, original wrappers. Original address labels on front covers, general light wear. Both housed together in beautiful custom box.


FIRST EDITION, WITH AN ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH SIGNED BY DAVID HOCKNEY. One of only 1000 copies signed by Spender and Hockney. With the original folding five-color lithograph ("Red Square and the Forbidden City") signed in pencil by Hockney loose in printed card sleeve; book with 158 illustrations, 84 in color. Quarto, original red cloth gilt, original card slipcase with printed label. Slipcase very good with some rubbing and spotting; book, lithograph, and folder fine.

PRINCE, RICHARD The Catcher in the Rye

FIRST (AND ONLY) EDITION, ONE OF 500 COPIES. SIGNED BY PRINCE WITH HIS INITIALS ON THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. The ultimate appropriationist book (or, “book sculpture”): Prince’s controversial reproduction of the iconic first edition of Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. The front of the dust jacket is identical to the true first edition of Salinger’s classic, except with Prince’s name replacing Salinger’s. (The rear of the dust jacket is blank as in later issues of Catcher). The book names Prince as the author on the title page and lists other works by Prince opposite the title. The copyright page contains the amusing statement: “This is an artwork by Richard Prince. Any similarity to a book is coincidental and not intended by the artist. © Richard Prince”. The text is, of course, that of Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Prince initialed this copy “RP” on the front free endpaper. Because of copyright issues, Prince generally refused to sign copies - this is an extremely rare initialed copy acquired by a collector in person at a Prince event. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket; custom box. FINE CONDITION. 

RAND, AYN Atlas Shrugged

RAND, AYN.Atlas Shrugged"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."SIGNED LIMITED tenth anniversary edition, one of only 2000 copies signed by Ayn Rand. The enormously popular "Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus. Not only is it her fullest presentation of her philosophy, it is the one novel, she said, that is 'completely my sense of life, without reservations'" (Robert Mayhew, Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged).Octavo, original blue cloth, original slipcase; glassine. A little soiling to slipcase, small chip at base of glassine and a tiny bit of rubbing to topstain. A beautiful copy with the cloth and spine label particularly well-preserved. One of the finest copies we've handled.

YEATS, WILLIAM BUTLER The Collected Works in Verse and Prose of William Butler Yeats

“I think nobody of our time has had so fine an edition—I believe it will greatly strengthen my position” - W.B. Yeats, on the 1908 edition of his Collected Works BEAUTIFUL EIGHT-VOLUME SET IN PUBLISHER'S DELUXE VELLUM OF THE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF YEATS'S WORKS. One of only 1060 sets in the edition; only a fraction of which were issued in the deluxe vellum bindings. “In 1908, aged only forty-three, Yeats had produced an eight-volume Collected Works; though intended as clearing the ground in order to advance, it was a risky gesture. But by now he was a major figure in the literary firmament. Appositely for someone both preoccupied by the doctrine of the mask, and very conscious of the need for self-presentation, Yeats remained a favourite subject for artists all his life. His striking looks as a young man, with his raven hair, olive skin, and dreamy gaze, are preserved in many portraits... The frontispieces to the volumes of his Collected Works run the gamut of images by [Augustus] John, Sargent, Mancini, Shannon, and J. B. Yeats: ‘nobody will believe they are the same man’, Yeats wrote to John Quinn, ‘and I shall write an essay upon them and describe them as all the different personages that I have dreamt of being, but have never had the time for’” (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).“Yeats is now seen as one of a handful of Irish writers whose influence and example helped create twentieth-century modernist literature in the English language...his huge international reputation is securely based on the mystery and grandeur of his late verse and the poignancy of his love poetry, but he first came to fame as the exotically Celtic poet of a ‘new’ nationalist Ireland: almost single-handed, he made Irishness culturally fashionable. Spearheading a great cultural renaissance, he moved into his maturity as the voice of his country” (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).Includes Yeats’s writings (in prose and verse) before 1908, as selected and arranged by Yeats. Octavo, half vellum over linen boards, gilt lettering on spines and front boards; top edges gilt. Complete with portrait frontispieces (as issued) in volumes I, III, V, and VII by various artists. In each volume, handsome bookplate signed by Alfred Wood, likely British professor of Modern History Alfred Cecil Wood, in each volume; scholarly commentary in pencil in several of the volumes. Only light general wear to bindings. In outstanding condition, without the spine-toning so common with the deluxe issue.

AUSTEN, JANE Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Mansfield Park; Persuasion

"Arrange the great English novelists as one will, it does not seem possible to bring them out in any order where she is not the first, or second or third, whoever her companions may be." -Virginia WoolfBeautiful, exquisitely bound complete five-volume set of Jane Austen's works. "Jane Austen emerged between 1870 and 1960 as a social critic, a moralist, an incomparable artist, and latterly a popular and universal writer. Today her novels are firm favourites among book buyers and library users and feature prominently in polls of favourite fiction," (Marilyn Butler Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ).Complete five-volume set including: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park . Black-and-white illustrations by Hugh Thompson and Charles E. Brock. Introduction in each volume by Austin Dobson, famed British poet and essayist of the early twentieth century.Small octavo, three-quarter red polished calf with red and black leather labels, marbled endpapers; top edges gilt. Six novels in five volumes (as issued). Intricate gilt detailing and lettering on the spine. Neat early signature on front free-endpapers (dated 1923) of each of the works. Black-and-white illustrations throughout. Light foxing to text block edges, text (inside) very clean; a few spots of discoloration to leather. A beautiful set in bindings of particularly high quality.

CLARKE, ARTHUR C. 2001: A Space Odyssey

"2001 poses metaphysical, philosophical and even religious questions... I don't pretend we have the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about. It's about concern with man's hierarchy in the universe, which is pretty low. It's about the reactions of humanity to the discovery of higher intelligence in the universe." -Arthur C. ClarkeFIRST EDITION, SIGNED by Clarke on half-title. Clarke's novel, adapted from his short-story The Sentinel (1951), was written simultaneously with the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick's classic film and published shortly after the movie's release. "[The novel] is a fantasy—you need not believe it—but a fantasy by a master who is as deft at generating accelerating, almost painful suspense as he is knowledgeable and accurate (and fascinating) about the technical and human details of space flight and exploration. But it is finally the stretching of the imagination that is most enthralling as Mr. Clarke entices the reader into strange and magnificent conceptions of other forms of time, dimension and existence" (Eliot Fremont-Smith, New York Times ).Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket with a hint of wear at top of spine. Rare signed and in such good condition.

GRANT, ULYSSES S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant

"What General Lee's feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us." -Grant, upon meeting Lee at Appomattox Court House to discuss the terms of surrender.FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S DELUXE MOROCCO of Grant's important and fascinating memoirs, illustrated throughout with numerous steel engravings, facsimiles, and over forty maps. Written during the final days of Grant's life and seen through publication by Mark Twain, the Memoirs provide a personal and poignant record of some of the most significant events in American history. Octavo, original three-quarters publisher's deluxe morocco with gilt medallions on boards, marbled endpapers and edges. Two volumes. Neat owner's signature on front free endpaper (verso) of both volumes; volume I with old newspaper clipping after last page of preface with corresponding offsetting on table of contents. Small chip at the base of volume II spine. A beautiful set, rare in such good condition.

WARHOL, ANDY Andy Warhol's Exposures

"My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time." -Andy WarholFIRST EDITION of Warhol's first book of photographs, SIGNED TWICE BY WARHOL. Signed in marker by Warhol on half-title and dust jacket. Warhol's collection of 360 images of countless major celebrities captured in candid and revealing moments. With illuminating text by Warhol and Bob Colacello. Folio, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book with abrasion on blank corner of front index leaf (apparently from a harshly erased price), otherwise fine; dust jacket with only a tiny bit of edgewear. A beautiful copy, rare signed and in such good condition. 

MCCARTHY, CORMAC No Country for Old Men

"Like these doomed cowboys, McCarthy cannot turn away from the horror he sees around him. His voice is hoarse, his visions are often nightmares. In No Country for Old Men he has conjured up a heated story that brands the reader's mind as if seared by a knife heated upon campfire flames. He is nothing less than our greatest living writer, and this is a novel that must be read and remembered, a jeremiad against the depravity that lurks on the horizon, the anguish that burns the borderland of the Americas." -William J. CobbFIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY MCCARTHY. One of an unspecified (but very limited) number of first edition copies issued by Knopf with McCarthy's signature on a special publisher's tipped-in leaf. The basis for the 2007 Academy Award winning film. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. A fine copy.