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  • PERSHING, JOHN J.

    Final Report of Gen. John J. Pershing, Commander-in Chief, American Expeditionary Force. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920

    FIRST EDITION. An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Pershing: “To M. le Maréchal Joffre with sincere esteem and affectionate regards, and with gratitude for his friendship and wise counsel. John J. Pershing Washington D.C.”

    $12,500

  • SEMEDO ,ALVAREZ

    The History Of The Great And Renowned Monarchy Of China. London: E. Tyler for John Crook, 1655

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THIS FAMOUS HISTORY OF CHINA. A splendid Jewish-American association copy from the library of Joseph Solomon Ottolenghe.

    $9,500

  • (D-DAY.) ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Teletype covering the Normandy landings on D-Day. Associated Press, 5 and 6 June 1944

    First announcement of the D-Day landings, perhaps the most important event of the 20th century.

    $9,500

  • CLARENDON, EDWARD HYDE, Earl of

    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King’s blessed Restoration. Oxford: Printed at the Theater, 1702-1704

    FIRST EDITION. A magnificent set of Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion, “the most valuable of all the contemporary accounts of the Civil Wars. … His characters are not simply bundles of characteristics, but consistent and full of life, sketched sometimes with affection, sometimes with light humor” (DNB).

    $7,800

  • KNIGHTS OF MALTA

    Statuta Hospitalis Hierusalem. Rome: Tipografia del Popolo Romano, 1588

    FIRST EDITION of this revision of the Statutes of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Established in 1085 to care for the sick at the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, the order became a military order, defending crusader territory in the Holy Land and protecting pilgrim routes. The Knights, drawn from the great families of Europe, became immensely  wealthy. They relocated to Malta in 1530, where they were ruled by a Grand Master answerable only to the Pope. The engraved map of Malta shows the great siege of 1565 in which knights under John de Valetta defeated a great Turkish fleet. This event led to the alliance of the kings of Europe against the Ottomans, previously thought nearly invincible.

    $7,500

  • Niyaz Ali Beg Nikhat Dihlavi

    Makhzan-i-Fawaid. Delhi, 1845

    This is a rare collection of Hindustani idioms and proverbs with commentary and quotations from Hindustani poets, printed in Urdu with lithography.

    $6,500

  • MEIR, GOLDA

    Typed letter signed “Golda Meirson” to Abba Kovner. Jerusalem: Ministry of Labour, November 21, 1954

    Golda Meir, a founder of the modern state of Israel, writes to Abba Kovner, who led the Vilna Ghetto Uprising and later became one of Israel’s leading poets.

    $5,200

  • WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL

    The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. London: Macmillan, 1869

    First edition.  Publisher’s presentation copy, inscribed “from the publishers” on the half-title in vol. 1.

    $4,800

  • BURTON ,RICHARD F.

    Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpoool to Fernando Po. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863

    First edition. This is Burton’s first book on his years in West Africa including detailed accounts of his amazing adventures inland.

    $4,700

  • St. Peter's ,Rome

    View of Rome from the Tiber River with Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Rome, ca. 1870

    A fine 19th century photograph of landmarks of Rome.

    $4,500