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WILLIAM ALLINGHAM - A Diary, Allingham, H. ; D. Radford
1 Allingham, H. ; D. Radford WILLIAM ALLINGHAM - A Diary
London Macmillan 1907 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
x, 404 pages; Former owner's name on ffep and a few lines in pencil quoting Allingham's poem "The Fairies", otherwise clean and tight in original navy blue cloth binding with bright gilt lettering at spine. Upper corners rounded, portrait frontispiece. William Allingham, a writer and poet born in Donegal, Ireland, became sub-editor of Frazer's Magazine in 1870. In early 1874 he assumed the position of editor from Froude, and later that year married Helen Patterson, the watercolour painter. Allingham was a close friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who contributed to the illustration of his book Day and Night Songs. In this diary he records his lively encounters with Tennyson, Carlyle, Darwin, Dickens and many other writers and artists. 
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Aaron Benedict: A Memorial, Anderson, Joseph
2 Anderson, Joseph Aaron Benedict: A Memorial
Waterbury, Connecticut Press of the American Print. Co. 1873 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good Small 4to 
58 pages; Publisher's brown cloth, with covers divided by rules in black and with the title: "BENEDICT" in black against an industrial-shaped gilt lozenge device, chocolate brown endpapers, all edges gilt. Minor toning and spotting to the edges of the covers, a small chip of brown cloth is missing at the foot of the spine, and there is moderate foxing to the title page and engraved frontispiece. The latter is a portrait (with facsimile signature) depicting the subject: Aaron Benedict [1785-1873], an important industrialist and businessman from Waterbury, Connecticut. There are two original albumen-print photographs, each mounted to sheets -- within decorative gilt borders. Benedict was compelled by illness to leave Yale College at the beginning of the nineteenth century. He recovered, to the extent that he lived to be 87 and one-half years old, and founded and ran Benedict and Burnham Manufacturing Company -- a concern which grew from its mastery of metals, their manufacture and manipulation. Benedict's involvement with brass appears to have dated back to the war of 1812, during which he turned scrap kitchen brass into buttons for American military uniforms. His company eventually started a concern to build clocks (and later, watches) from cut brass wheels and gears. The basic concern remains active, and the clock and watch business now forms a part of the Timex Group. Aaron Benedict served in both houses of the Connecticut State Assembly, and, although he outlived his wife by three years, the couple was able to celebrate a sixtieth wedding anniversary in 1868. One of the two original photographs in this scarce volume shows the subject, posing with his great-grandaughter, Charlotte Benedict Rice (who was christened during the Benedict's Golden Wedding celebration. The subject was part of a significant Connecticut family; his father had fought in both the French and Indian Wars and the Revolution (and lived to be nearly 97). See OCLC Number: 22729188 -- (eight locations). 
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High on the Wild with Hemingway A Pictorial Recollection, Arnold, Lloyd R. ; [ Ernest Hemingway ]
3 Arnold, Lloyd R. ; [ Ernest Hemingway ] High on the Wild with Hemingway A Pictorial Recollection
Caldwell Caxton Printers 1968 1122326289 / 9781122326285 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 4to 
343 pages; Clean and tight in original cloth binding with pictorial endpapers in bright fresh dustjacket (red NOT faded). A pictorial recollection of "Papa" Hemingway by a close friend and photographer. Spans the years from 1939 to 1961, highlighting Hemingway's time in Idaho. Lloyd "Pappy" Arnold was Sun Valley Resort's first official photographer. Averell Harriman, of the Union Pacific which owned the resort, lured Ernest Hemingway and his soon to be third wife Martha Gellhorn to visit Sun Valley in September 1939. "Pappy" Arnold was assigned to accompany Hemingway on hunting and fishing expeditions and other excursions in the area. Arnold, himself a serious outdoorsman, introduced Hemingway to another hunter Gene Van Guilder and to the area's best guide Taylor "Beartracks" Williams. Later (fall of 1941) Williams introduced Hemingway to the "Old Timer" who related to Hemingway and Arnold his numerous old tales of Custer's death at the Greasy Grass, and the Wagonbox fight where dozens of woodcutters fought two thousand Sioux. This book of wonderful photographs and vivid reminiscences is a well-spring for Hemingway enthusiasts. 
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THE LAWYERS AND JUDGES BIOGRAPHY RECORDER, Beale, Cyrus Wendell
4 Beale, Cyrus Wendell THE LAWYERS AND JUDGES BIOGRAPHY RECORDER
Richmond, VA American Biographic Society 1928 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good Folio 
With a foreword by Hon. John W. Davis of the New York City Bar. Contents clean and tight in original printed wrappers, some toning at upper right corner, otherwise near fine in original stiff card portfolio (very good) laid into original box (box lid is worn and rubbed with spitting at two corners and dust soiling). An interesting relic of the early 20th century efforts by the American Biography Society to encourage people (in this case Lawyers and Judges) to record their life stories and ancestry for the future. There are outline forms to fill in every detail of education, legal career, physiognomy, marriage and children and genealogy, etc. 
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MR. JUSTICE AND MRS. BLACK - The Memoirs of Hugo L. Black and Elizabeth Black, Black, Hugo L. and Elizabeth ; [Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's copy]
5 Black, Hugo L. and Elizabeth ; [Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's copy] MR. JUSTICE AND MRS. BLACK - The Memoirs of Hugo L. Black and Elizabeth Black
New York Random House 1986 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Autograph; Inscribed and signed on ffep by Elizabeth Black, Mrs. Hugo L. Black to her good friend and fellow wife of a Supreme Court justice Andy Stewart, Mrs. Potter Stewart. The inscription reads as follows: "For Andy Stewart / And in loving/ memory of Potter, who / served on the Court / with Hugo for many / years. / With my love and / good wishes. / Elizabeth / February 27, 1986 / (Hugo's 100th birth anniversary)" Clean and tight in original black cloth binding in very good dustjacket. "These memoirs put into moving personal context many of the great legal decisions of recent American history. They give a behind the scenes view of the workings of the Supreme Court as well as the relationships the Blacks had with people in power, including the Presidents with whom they associated." In the index of this book, there are 22 references to Potter Stewart who served as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly 24 years. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Potter Stewart to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Harold Hitz Burton, who was retiring. Stewart served on the Supreme Court until he announced his retirement from the Court on June 18, 1981 at the age of 66. During his tenure (1958-1981) as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Potter Stewart made major contributions to criminal justice reform, civil rights, access to the courts, and Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. Stewart leaned toward moderate, pragmatic positions, but was often in the position of dissenting during his time on the Warren Court. Stewart's philosophy might be most coherently traced to Justice Robert Jackson, about whom Stewart said: "He saw that 'judicial activism' could be a deadening and stultifying force... that every coercive and centralizing court decision deals a blow ... to the ability and then to the will of the democratic process to operate with responsibility and vigor." ; Signed by Author 
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Erzählung eines Lebens, Blei, Franz
6 Blei, Franz Erzählung eines Lebens
Leipzig Paul List Verlag 1930 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
496 & [2] pages; Publisher's pale green flexible cloth, title stamped in gilt and red on the spine, facsimile of the author's signature in gilt on the front cover. The covers are somewhat soiled, and the spine has faded from pale green to tan; minor wear to the upper corner, and top of the front outer hinge. Internally clean, tight and unmarked. Frontispiece portrait of the author, from a photograph. Franz Blei [1871-1942] was an essayist, playwright and translator -- originally from Vienna. As a man of letters, he translated works by Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde and Molière (among others) into German. He was the editor of the significant periodicals 'Amethyst,' 'Opals,' -- and the short-lived 'Hyperion' -- which has the distinction of being the first to publish work by a young Franz Kafka, in 1908 [ Betrachtung (Contemplation)]. Franz Blei became a friend of Kafka's, who latter said: "Franz Blei is much cleverer, and greater, than what he writes." [See "Conversations with Kafka, 1971]. Alas, the sickly Kafka died in 1924, six years before Blei published these memoirs, which might have altered this opinion. In addition to Kafka scholars, this book should interest readers who care deeply about Aubrey Beardsley and Felicien Rops, and writers like Carl Einstein (whose remarkable expressionist novel "Bebuquin" was first published in the pages of Franz Blei's 'Opals.') Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Andre Gide, and Robert Musil. 
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DANIEL BOONE AND THE HUNTERS OF KENTUCKY, Bogart, W. H.
7 Bogart, W. H. DANIEL BOONE AND THE HUNTERS OF KENTUCKY
New York ; Auburn Miller, Orton & Mulligan 1857 Hardcover Good 
464 pages; Former owner's name on ffep "B. P. Eldridge / 1868" light scattered foxing, frontispiece has tidemarks at outer edges (not affecting other leaves), otherwise clean and tight in original blindstamped brown cloth binding with gilt lettering and imageof Daniel Boone with his rifle and dog at spine. Binding is quite worn and stained with chipping at spine ends and corners. Frontispiece and additional illustrations scattered throughout. William Henry Bogart (1810 - 1888) was a lawyer, legislator, journalist, historian. Mr. Bogart was a correspondent for New York Courier and Enquirer and the New York World newspapers. He most well known for this book, Daniel Boone and the Hunters of Kentucky (1854) which he wrote to rescue the historical Daniel Boone from the mythical figure of legend. 
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. : comprehending an account of his studies, and numerous works, in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition, never before published: the whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain, for near half a century during which he flourished, Boswell, James
8 Boswell, James The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. : comprehending an account of his studies, and numerous works, in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition, never before published: the whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain, for near half a century during which he flourished
Bellows Falls, Vt. Printed by Blake, Cutler and Co. for Charles Ewer and Timothy Bedlington 1824 Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
Five Volume Set; 5 vols pages; FIve volumes in full sheepskin, covers in a decorative "tree" pattern, flat spines paneled with pairs of gilt rules, red and black leather labels, lettered in gilt with the titles and volume numbers respectively, in the second and fourth panels. Some wear and rubbing, all covers soundly attached, small pieces missing from the spines of volumes II and IV, other volumes with just trifling losses at the head of the spines. Ink signatures in each volume by J[ohn] H. Edmonds [a leading Utica, NY lawyer], dated March, 1849 -- on the front paste-down endpapers. An interesting early American edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson, printed in Bellows Falls, Vermont -- the site of the first bridge over the Connecticut River (in 1785). A paper mill was one of the first commercial enterprises in the town. The firm of printers who produced these volumes was "Blake, Cutler and Co." Blake was Bill Blake, proprietor of the first newspaper to be published in the town of Rockingham -- 'The Vermont Intelligencer and Bellows Falls Advertiser' (founded January 1, 1817). This newspaper was established, owned and published by Bill Blake & Company, who occupied a building upon the corner of Westminster and Mill streets. They carried on an extensive printing and publishing business; also a book bindery and a wholesale and retail book store. In addition to these, they owned a paper-mill where they manufactured both writing and printing paper. Blake's company became Blake, Cutler & Company, in which form the firm appears on these volumes, and later James I. Cutler & Company. Sadly, their paper-mill was burned on July 11, 1846, and the printing office building on March 14, 1860. Their handsome Boswell's Life of Johnson is the second Boston edition of this greatest of all biographies. [The first had the imprint: "Boston: Published by W. Andrews and L. Blake. Greenough and Stebbins, printers., 1807." That 1807 edition appeared in three volumes, and the title page stated: "First American from the fifth London edition."] This Bellows Falls edition can be counted as the second Boston edition, for, while the imprint of the first volume reads: "Bellows Falls, Vt. : Printed by Blake, Cutler and Co. for Charles Ewer and Timothy Bedlington., 1824" -- the imprint varies on the title pages of the rest of the set. Volumes 2-5 have title pages reading: "Boston: Published by Charles Ewer and Timothy Bedlington. 1824. Each of these final four volumes have the printer's slug of "Blake, Cutler & Co. printers, Bellows Falls, Vt." on the versos of title pages. Assuming that Blake and Cutler used their own paper for these volumes, the present condition speaks well for the quality of their product. The text sheets are clean, crisp and almost entirely free from foxing. There are no vertical chain lines, although there are faint, closely-spaced horizontal lines from the screen on which the paper was made, it is essentially "wove" paper, rather than laid. (The endpapers and binder's blanks are foxed). Half titles present in each volume. Volume I has an engraved portrait of Dr. Johnson as frontispiece -- signed: "Bowen prt." The frontispiece plate in volume II is a folding engraved "Fac Similies of Dr. Johnson"s Hand Writing." The frontispiece plate in volume III is a folding engraved "Round Robin Addressed to Samuel Johnson, L.L.D." Gathered in sixes. Pagination: Vol. 1: xxxiii, [1], 302 p., [1] leaf of plates; v. 2: [4], 318 p., [1] folded leaf of plates; v. 3: [4], 316 p., [1] folded leaf of plates; v. 4: [4], 348 p.; v. 5: [4], 332 p.Errors in paging: v. 1, p. 221 misnumbered 218; v. 3, p. 69-71 misnumbered 79-81."Chronological catalogue of the prose works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D."--v. 1, p. [xxv]-xxxiii.Includes index. OCLC: 3227954. There are two other OCLC Numbers: (including 191251289 citing a single location only: the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, whose copy lacks a lower cover for volume I. There is also a separate number for the National Library of Scotland set). Shoemaker 15528 
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THE CLOSE  A Young Woman's First Year At Seminary, Breyer, Chloe ; [SIGNED]
9 Breyer, Chloe ; [SIGNED] THE CLOSE A Young Woman's First Year At Seminary
New York HarperCollins 2000 0465007147 / 9780465007141 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Autograph; 288 pages; Inscribed and Signed by the author to Katharine Graham [1917-2001 - Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company]. Set in the context of the Church Year, The Close is an enthralling account of one young woman's spiritual journey. It is both a personal meditation on faith, in the spirit of Kathleen Norris's Cloister Walk, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of a graduate student's first year, in the mode of Scott Turow's One L. Raised in a liberal, interfaith home, Breyer, responding to an inner call to a spiritual vocation, began her training at New York's General Theological Seminary in 1997. She describes her intense immersion in daily prayer, the rigors and rewards of the academic program, and the challenging tension between secular and spiritual that marks her training, including working as a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital. She probes the day-to-day meanings of such profound issues as exaltation, enlightenment, and redemption, illuminating the unique experience of a young person of faith preparing to live and hoping to thrive in a secular modern world.; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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A MINE OF SERPENTS, Brooke, Jocelyn
10 Brooke, Jocelyn A MINE OF SERPENTS
London The Bodley Head 1949 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 12mo 
252 pages; 1949 First Edition, hardcover in DJ. Publisher's grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edges stained red. In the handsome d.j. designed by P. Vinten. This example of the dust jacket is clean, with a narrow chip missing at the head of the spine, another missing along the top edge of the front panel, and a clean break between the front panel and the spine at the gutter (barely noticeable in the broadart). The author's fourth book overall, and the second volume in his "Orchid" trilogy. Illustrations from old steel-engravings. Among the subjects in this wide-ranging autobiography -- "the neglected art of pyrotechny, Oxford in the twenties, minor Victorian novelists, Shakespearian illustrators, and night-life in London and Paris between the wars..." P. Vinten dust jacket ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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IN MEMORIUM HONORABLE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS  Proceedings of the Bar & Officers of the Supreme Court of the United States, Burger, Chief Justice Warren E.
11 Burger, Chief Justice Warren E. IN MEMORIUM HONORABLE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS Proceedings of the Bar & Officers of the Supreme Court of the United States
Washington U.S. Supreme Court 1980 First Edition Paperback Very Good+ 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
53 pages; Clean and tight in original printed wrappers. Issued upon the death of Justice William O. Douglas, this contains the remarks of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Solicitor General McCabe, Judge Fletcher, Professor Countryman, Judge Rifkind, and a lengthy address by Justice Abe Fortas. William Orville Douglas (1898 –1980) served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for 36 years and 209 days (1939–75), the longest term in the history of the Supreme Court. Douglas holds a number of records as a Supreme Court Justice, including the most opinions. Douglas was known for writing short, pithy opinions which relied on philosophical insights, observations about current politics, and literature, as much as more conventional "judicial" sources. Douglas was often at odds with Justice Felix Frankfurter, who believed in judicial restraint and thought the Court should stay out of politics. In 1975 Time magazine called Douglas "the most doctrinaire and committed civil libertarian ever to sit on the court". From the collection of Judge Gerhard Alden Gesell (1910 – 1993) who began his career as a staff trial lawyer and later as adviser to Chairman William O. Douglas at the new Securities and Exchange Commission from 1935 to 1941. Gesell then entered private practice with Covington & Burling in Washington, where he specialized in antitrust and other corporate cases. While engaged in private practice, Gesell continued to serve the public sector. In 1945 and 1946, he served as Chief Assistant Counsel for the Democrats during the Pearl Harbor hearings. In 1962 he was a appointed Chairman of the President Kennedy's Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces from 1962 to 1964. In 1967 Gesell was appointed to the United States District Court for DC by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He presided over several memorable cases. For example, in 1969 Judge Gesell declared that the District of Columbia's abortion statute was unconstitutional. In 1971, Judge Gesell was involved in the litigation surrounding the publication of The Pentagon Papers. He ruled that The Washington Post could continue to publish the series of articles about the Vietnam War based on the leaked secret study despite the Government's attempts to halt publication. During the Watergate investigations and litigation, Judge Gesell ruled that the dismissal of Archibald Cox as special prosecutor in the "Saturday night massacre" in October 1973 had been illegal. In the 1974 trial of John D. Ehrlichman, Judge Gesell sentenced him to 20 months to five years in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in. In 1989, a jury found Colonel North guilty of three of the 12 crimes he was charged with: obstructing Congress, destroying documents and receiving an illegal gratuity. Believing North had been carrying out orders from authorities above him, Gesell did not to send him to prison, but fined North $150,000, placed him on probation for two years, and assigned him community service. 
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REFLECTIONS  Writings by Edward Burnham Burling and Tributes by His Friends, Burling, Edward Burnham
12 Burling, Edward Burnham REFLECTIONS Writings by Edward Burnham Burling and Tributes by His Friends
Washington, DC Privately Published 1966 First Edition Hardcover Fine 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
60 pages; Clean and tight in original light brown cloth binding with gilt lettering. Includes An Autobiographical Sketch by Burling, A Memoir by Lucy Burling, A Speech by Ned Burling, Memorials from the funeral service for Edward Burling, a frontispiece portrait and 21 photographs. Edward Burnham Burling (1871–1966) was a prominent American lawyer and partner in the Washington-based law firm of Covington & Burling. He attended Grinnell College and then Harvard Law School. After practicing law in Chicago for 25 years, he came to Washington as general counsel for the United States Shipping Board. On January 1, 1919, he and Harry Covington established their law firm. During the 1940s, Burling was one of the core group brought together by Paul Nitze and Christian Herter to establish the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Though not marked as such, this book is from the collection of Gerhard Alden Gesell (1910 – 1993) began his career as a staff trial lawyer and later as adviser to Chairman William O. Douglas at the new Securities and Exchange Commission from 1935 to 1941. He then entered private practice with Covington & Burling in Washington, where he specialized in antitrust and other corporate cases. While engaged in private practice, Gesell continued to serve the public sector. In 1945 and 1946, he served as Chief Assistant Counsel for the Democrats during the Pearl Harbor hearings. In 1962 he was a appointed Chairman of the President Kennedy's Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces from 1962 to 1964. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THESE RESTLESS HEADS; JAMES BRANCH CABELL (Two Volumes in Slipcase), Cabell, James Branch ; Carl Van Doren
13 Cabell, James Branch ; Carl Van Doren THESE RESTLESS HEADS; JAMES BRANCH CABELL (Two Volumes in Slipcase)
Literary Guild 1932 Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Both books clean and tigh in their original bindings of black cloth over patterned boards in matching slipcase. Slipcase has some rubbing along edges. James Branch Cabell was a master of irony deftly displayed in his works of fantastic literature. These Restless Heads consists mostly of essays but also includes fiction about Prospero from The Tempest, and True Thomas who loved the queen of Faerie. In this edition, Cabell's book These Restless Heads is accompanied by Carl Van Doren's excellent study of the author. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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14 Caemmerer, H. Paul THE LIFE OF PIERRE CHARLES L'ENFANT Planner of the City Beautiful, the City of Washington
Washington, DC National Republic Publishing Co 1950 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
480 pages; Based on original sources. Clean and tight in original light green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine. A very nice example of this scarce book about this major player in the design of our capital city. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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EAST & WEST   Episodes in a Sixty Years' Journey [SIGNED], Cheng, F. T. ; [ Cheng T'ien-hsi ] [AUTOGRAPHED]
15 Cheng, F. T. ; [ Cheng T'ien-hsi ] [AUTOGRAPHED] EAST & WEST Episodes in a Sixty Years' Journey [SIGNED]
London Hutchinson & Co. 1951 First Edition; First Printing Black Cloth Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; 247 pages; INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in original black cloth binding in edgeworn dustjacket. Cheng T'ien-hsi (1884-?), known as F. T. Cheng, was the first Chinese to receive an L.L.D. in England. He served as a judge on the Supreme Court of Peking, Vice-minister of Justice at Nanking (1931-34) and judge on the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague (1936-40). From 1946 to 1950 he was Nationalist China's last ambassador to the Court of St. Jame's in London. In this book he recounts his difficult and fascinating journey from his birth in Foochow in Southern China to Hong Kong, England for his legal education, back to China and his very successful legal career, and back to England as a diplomat and international jurist. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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The Biographies of Madame de Stael and Madame Roland, Child, Mrs. ; [Lydia Maria Child 1802-80]
16 Child, Mrs. ; [Lydia Maria Child 1802-80] The Biographies of Madame de Stael and Madame Roland
Boston Carter and Hendee 1832 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
Ladies' Family Library - 1 ; ix, 265 [1] pages; Publisher's smooth light brown cloth, flat spine with printed paper label. The spine has now toned to a pleasant shade of tan, there are a couple of narrow chips to the right side of the long label (with loss of one letter at bottom), and just minor points of light wear at the tip of the spine at the top. Diffuse foxing to the plain endpapers, title page, and scattered throughout -- as is typical of American paper of the time. Page edges untrimmed (the half title has a small tear at the fore-edge, otherwise not yet opened at the top edge to an adjacent front blank). There is a faint pencil signature "H. Little / 1845" on the front free endpaper, otherwise, no other marks of any sort. The engraved frontispiece portrait of Madame De Stael has retained its original tissue guard (sized only to cover the image) -- but it has lightly offset onto the guard and through it to form an even fainter shadow on the title page. A landmark of early American writing for, by, and about, women.During a long life, Lydia Maria Child (1802 – 1880) was an abolitionist, a women's rights activist, an opponent of American expansionism, an Indian rights activist, a novelist, a journalist and a Unitarian. She had notable achievements in each of these diverse fields. She started life as Lydia Maria Francis in Medford, Massachusetts. Her older brother, Convers Francis, became a Unitarian minister. Lydia started her education at a local dame school and later studied at a women's seminary. Upon the death of her mother, she went to live with her older sister in Maine where she studied to be a teacher. During this time, her brother, Convers, a Unitarian minister, who had been educated at Harvard College and Seminary, saw to his younger sister’s education in literary classics. She read an article in the 'North American Review' suggesting that New England history offered much material to a prospective novelist. Inspired by this article, Lydia immediately wrote the first chapter of a novel entitled 'Hobomok'. Encouraged by her brother's praise, she finished it in six weeks, and 'Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times' was published (anonymously) in 1824. From this time until her death she wrote, and published, continually. Lydia Francis taught school until 1828, when she married Boston lawyer David Lee Child. Lydia Child and her husband began to associate themselves with the anti-slavery cause in 1831 through the personal influence and writings of William Lloyd Garrison. Mrs. Child was a also a committed women's rights activist, but did not believe significant progress for women could be made until after the abolition of slavery. But while she did postpone her political activism concerning women's rights, Lydia Child wrote and published a series of books intended for the use and edification of women -- 'The American Frugal Housewife,' a book of kitchen, economy and directions (1829; and eventually a 33rd edition appeared in 1855); and 'The Mother's Book' (1831), an early American instructional book on child rearing, subsequently published in editions in England and Germany. In 1832, she wrote this volume, intended to be the first of 'The Ladies' Family Library,' a series of biographies (which eventually extended to 5 volumes, 1832–1835). The first words to the Preface to this first volume makes Lydia Child's intentions clear - and she even is specific about the design and style of the physical appearance of her proposed volumes: "The object of the Ladies' Family Library is to furnish a series of volumes, which will suit the taste, and interst the feelings of women.... The volumes will be handsomely printed, each containing a good engraving. As the series will be numbered upon the outside, and not upon the title-page, purchasers can make such selections as they choose, and have them bound in whatever order they think proper." Indeed, there is an unsually large printed paper label mounted to the spine, which, along with the half title, is the only reference to a volume number for this first appearance of 'The Ladies' Family Library,' and Mrs. Child's suggestion that buyers might bind to their own taste and requirements was evidently taken up by most, as this early American trade cloth binding is now quite scarce, particularly in such fresh condition. 
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MAGGIE'S AMERICAN DREAM  The Life and Times of a Black Family, Comer, James P. ; [SIGNED to Katharine Graham]
17 Comer, James P. ; [SIGNED to Katharine Graham] MAGGIE'S AMERICAN DREAM The Life and Times of a Black Family
New York New American Library 1988 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; Inscribed and SIGNED by the author on ffep to Katharine Graham -- Katharine Graham (1917-2001) was the Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company. She was a noted Washington hostess, whose dinner table served so many of the powerful, influential and interesting people during their tenure in the Nation's Capitol. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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18 Cooper, Helene Madame President The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
New York Simon & Schuster 2017 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
336 pages; Clean and secure in original binding and nice dustjacket with a crese to inner flap. "Madame President is more than the life story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who broke political and cultural barriers in becoming the first woman to be elected president of an African nation. It is the expansive and penetrating narrative of a country, Liberia, that sweeps across continents and time...It moves swiftly through decades, eventually addressing the Ebola crisis that became the nadir of Sirleaf’s two terms in office...[Cooper] writes vividly and with authority...her book is impressive for both its detail and the insight it provides into a historic figure. Throughout, she offers an unflinching look at the reserved Sirleaf’s personal life and presidency, which comes to an end this year, while also telling of Liberia’s pain and pride."--Washington Post 
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A. A. LAMBING  [Steel Engraved Portrait], Cushing, Thomas
19 Cushing, Thomas A. A. LAMBING [Steel Engraved Portrait]
Chicago A. Warner & Co. 1889 Print Very Good 8vo 
A steel engraved portrait of Rev. A. A. Lambing extracted from Cushing's History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Including its Early Settlement... also Portraits of Some of its Prominent Men. Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889. The portrait measures 10" by 7" with the image and facsimile autograph centered; protective tissue guard in place. 
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ABRAHAM HAYS  [Steel Engraved Portrait], Cushing, Thomas
20 Cushing, Thomas ABRAHAM HAYS [Steel Engraved Portrait]
Chicago A. Warner Co. 1889 Print Very Good 8vo 
1 pages; A steel engraved portrait of Abraham Hays extracted from Cushing's History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Including its Early Settlement... also Portraits of Some of its Prominent Men. Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889. The portrait measures 10" by 7" with the image and facsimile autograph centered; protective tissue guard in place. Engraved by Samuel Sartain. Capt. Abraham Hays was born in 1809 near the Monongahela River. In early adulthood, he and his brother-in-law were millwrights in the town of Mifflin, Pennsylvania, but shortly after marriage he moved to Pittsburgh and formed a partnership with his brother in the manufacture of flax-seed oil. After a brief foray into farming, he eventually engaged in steamboating with some success. He died in 1887. 
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