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Winston Churchill - Churchill, The Crisis - Important collection on the Great Lincoln - Douglas Debates of 1858 with Inscribed and signed materials

Churchill, Winston / [Robert Roberts Hitt] / [Abraham Lincoln] / [Stephen Douglas].

“The Crisis” – [Important collection on the Great Lincoln – Douglas Debate in 1858 – Including the First Edition of “The Crisis”, the ultimate association-copy, inscribed by american novelist Winston Churchill to Robert Roberts Hitt, shorthand note-taker during the Great Debates of 1858 and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, with a lengthy inscription by Churchill: “My Dear Mr. Hitt – Please forgive me for nagging you with this book – think dismissed. I take this opportunity of expressing my gratitude for the help you gave me. And I hope that my portrait of the Great American [Abraham Lincoln] may not offend you, who knew him so well”. Hitt comments with a full-page shorthand-notation in the front of the book, included are letters exchanged between Churchill and Hitt: 3 autographed letters (signed by Churchill) 1 typed letter (signed by Churchill). The letters focus on Churchill questioning Hitt especially on the Freeport debate and Lincoln’s mood the night before. He introduces the plot of the book “The Crisis” to Hitt and questions the authenticity versus what Hitt recalls of that day. Churchill schedules a visit with Hitt to interview him etc. etc. / Also included are contemporary newspaper-clippings which Hitt loosely inserted, one original Union Presidential Ticket (Darke County, Ohio), for President Abraham Lincoln of Illinois, for the Election on November 8, 1864 as President and for Vice President Andrew Johnson / also included is one original National Democratic Ticket for his opponent in Darke County, George B. McClellan for President and for Vice President, George H. Pendleton / Also included: Roy S. Younglove’s personal copy of the important publication on the Lincoln – Douglas Debates of 1858 by Edwin Erle Sparks (see plenty of images on this collection on our website) / Also included: Two offprints on the Lincoln-Douglas Debates: 1: Frederick Trevol Hill – The Lincoln-Douglas Debates – Fifty Years After – A New Account of the Forensic “Seven Days” Battle (Offprint from “The Century Magazine, 1908”/ 2. Noah Brooks – Lincoln’s Reelection – Lincoln’s Second Inauguration – The Beginning of Lincoln’s Second Term – The President’s Shrewdness at Hampton Roads (Offprint) / 3. Reprint of “″A Reception by President Lincoln” by C. van Santvoort].

New York / Springfield / St.Louis / Mount Morris / Windsor (Vermont), The Macmillan Company / Illinois State Historical Library, 1900 – 1908. Octavo. Pagination of “The Crisis”: Frontispiece – Illustration, IX, 522, [2] pages with Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy / Pagination of “The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858” by Edwin Erle Sparks: Portrait-Frontispiece of Abraham Lincoln, XI, 627 pages with many photographs. Original Hardcover. Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear only. The newspaper-clippings, the letters and the Presidential Election Tickets are all preserved in protective sheets. The newspaper-clippings are a little brittle. One of the letters is torn. The books and the inscription and the other manuscript letters and the typed letter are all in excellent condition. A very rare collection on American History and the origins and History of campaigning in american elections. From the private collection of Robert Roberts Hitt, one of Lincoln’s employee’s and personal friends during his legal days in Chicago. Hitt was notably mentioned, introduced and honored with a portrait in the publication on the Great Debate by Edwin Erle Sparks (see portraits and more images on our website).

EUR 4.800,-- 

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Vere Foster,

Foster, Vere [Henry Louis / Lewis] / [Emily Albinia “Alba” Foster] / [Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire / Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire].

Amazing Vere Foster-Collection including Educational Materials and as a centerpiece the “Presentation Copy of “The Two Duchesses” with Autograph / Manuscript – Letter by Vere Foster to his niece, Emily Albinia “Alba” Foster. With a stunning, unpublished, two-page-letter, revealing several important details about the immediately favorable reviews and reception of the book [″in the Daily Telegraph”] and Vere Foster’s disdain about some criticism from one J.Donohue [which led to an alteration in the second edition of the book]. Vere Foster is also expecting a review to appear in the “Athenaeum” but reports “the Athenaeum has nothing yet”. Vere Foster apologizes to his niece for the delay in sending the book and explains that he had left 12 “parcels″£ with Blackie’s agent and gave instructions to send them but a few days later found they had been “untouched”. / The Two Duchesses – Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire / Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire – Family Correspondence of and Relating to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire / Elizabeth, Duchess of Devonshire, Earl of Bristol (Bishop of Derby), The Countess of Bristol, Lord and Lady Byron, The Earl of Aberdeen, Sir Augustus Foster Bart, and Others, 1777-1859. [See Full list of items which are part of this collection, on our website under the topic “Libraries & Collections”].

First Edition. London / Glasgow and Dublin, Blackie & Son Limited, 1898. Octavo (15 cm x 22 cm). Pagination: Frontispiece, IX, [3], 497 pages with 18 Illustrations (including frontispiece and one Vignette of the two Duchesses opposite page 1). Hardcover / Original, publisher’s green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Very good condition with some minor signs of wear only. This is an astonishing find for the Vere Foster Research Community and the letter gives significant insight into the importance the publication had for him, its reception as seen by Vere Foster and it solves the riddle why an altertaion was necessary for the second edition [which Vere Foster explains in a brief note to the reader at the beginning of the second edition]. The heartfelt inscription to his niece Albinia Foster is also of great importance and to our knowledge the only presentation-copy of this book on the international market for the several decades we can look back at auction records.

EUR 9.500,-- 

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Archive of Naval Captain, Lieutenant commander [LCDR] William Hamilton Porter Jr.'s Love Letters / Lucky BAg with American Football - Baseball Images and artwork by Howard Chandler Christy

Porter Jr., LCDR William Hamilton / [Howard Chandler Christy].

Archive of Naval Captain, Lieutenant commander [LCDR] William Hamilton Porter Jr.‘s Love Letters to his wife Amy Manning Porter and letters to his mother Barbara Hamilton Porter, from his service during and after graduating from United States Naval Academy Annapolis MD, 1914. The Collection includes not only the Yearbook of the Brigade of Midshipmen, called “Lucky Bag”, signed with nearly all Graduates and with numerous amazing photographic illustrations of sports like American Football, Lacrosse, early photographs of Basketball and Baseball – Teams, images of visits to Ireland etc., but the collection includes nearly 50 manuscript letters by LCDR Porter from the USS Alden, USS Columbia, writing back home to his wife Amy between 1916 and 1920, reflecting his first tour of duty and sending letters from Constantinople, Smyrna, Venice, Dalmatia, Split, Naples, Samsoun, etc. The collection is full of reports of life on ship and upcoming tours to Naples, Genoa and Villefranche, relationship to the captain, Porter’s view on politics etc. Telegram about “USS Alden and two Destroyers of the 26th Division to be designated by USADRA proceed to Manila”. / Fantastic archive of an Annapolis Graduate with amazing artwork by Howard Chandler Christy in the “Lucky Bag” and a collection of letters in all its complete scarcity of completeness. The collection also includes the original letter of “Washington Granite Monumental” to Porter’s wife upon Porter’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery (he died in 1937).

Baltimore (Maryland) / Annapolis / USS Alden etc., 1916-1920. Octavo. Lucky Bag [Vol. XXI [Volume 21] of the Annual of the Brigade of Midshipmen at Annapolis / Two Ringfolders with original letters, telegrams and some photographs. Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear only. Check out a large collection of high quality photographs on our website, depicting Baseball, Crew Rwoing, Handball, Basketball and Baseball at the Academy in Annapolis. Rare collection with the wonderful original signatures of nearly all Graduates who served with LCDR Porter.

EUR 4.500,-- 

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