Original drawing of Walt Whitman. no date, no place, 19th century
This original pen and ink drawing of Walt Whitman is mounted at the front of an 1888 edition of Leaves of Grass. The likeness of a jaunty, casual, Whitman wearing his trademark slouch hat takes its cue from the famous 1855 Hollyer engraving, but here we see an older Whitman with a full beard.
MORGAN ,JOHN PIERPONT
Letter Signed to Gov. Levi P. Morton of New York. New York, March 12, 1895
In this letter on J. P. Morgan & Co. letterhead, Morgan writes to his friend financier Levi P. Morton, the governor of New York and one of Morgan’s principal banking rivals.
(ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D.) CLARK ,EDWARD
FDR Funeral 1945. [Published in LIFE], taken in 1945, printed later
Signed and inscribed by the photographer: “FDR Funeral 1945, Edward Clark, Life.” Famed Life photographer Edward Clark took this celebrated picture in 1945 at the funeral of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Atlanta.
“the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms” - presentation copy with annotationsBARTLETT, JOHN RUSSELL
Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1848
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Bartlett to S. A. Hammett in the year of publication, with a presentation letter and with Hammett’s copious annotations.
This is one of the first great books devoted to American English. Mencken called it “the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms.” This fascinating dictionary incudes a very early entry on the game of poker (“a favorite game of cards among Southern gamblers.”
Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black: “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.
Collection of Jewish organization banking documents from the Hibernia Savings and Loan Society. San Francisco, 1893-1895
These documents illustrate the business ties between the flourishing Irish and Jewish immigrant communities in late nineteenth-century San Francisco. These historic withdrawal notices and communications between the Hibernia Savings and Loan Society and several early Jewish immigrant institutions of San Francisco demonstrate the vitality of the successive waves of immigrant communities and the civic, religious, and economic institutions they established.
BEGIN, MENACHEM and JIMMY CARTER
Photograph signed by Carter and Begin. Robert A. Cumins, 1979
Signed by Carter and Begin. Menachem Begin was awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Anwar Sadat, “for their work in laying a foundation for future peace” in the Middle East. The framework, reached at Camp David, was facilitated by Jimmy Carter. The Nobel award called Carter “the masterbuilder responsible for the bridge that had to be built between Egypt and Israel.”
German manuscript prayer book, the title page reading “Geistlicher Blumenkranz von auserlesenen Fragen / Morgen-Meß- Beicht-Kommunion / Wochen-Abend und andern aus den Psalmen David gezogen / Andacht eines frommen Christen / Zusammengeflochten Anno 1788. [Spiritual flower wreath of selected questions / Devotional of a devout Christian with morning mass, confession, communion. / Week night and others pulled from David’s psalms / Braided together in the year 1788].. [Tyrol], 1788
This interesting German personal devotional manuscript was “braided together” as the title page notes, from the psalms and other sacred texts and prayers. Its provenance suggests that it came from the Tyrol, in the Alps in western Austria.
WASHINGTON, BOOKER T
Autograph quotation signed on the value of education. Tuskegee, Alabama: Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, January 16, 1895
Born enslaved in 1856, Booker T. Washington led the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute from 1881 until his death in 1915. There he became one of the nation’s leading spokesmen for black Americans and the foremost advocate for their economic rights in the South. In this quotation the great educator stresses the importance of using one’s education: “Education is only valuable in proportion as it is used.”