Election 2020 Catalogue


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1. [American Politics & History] [Civil War].
Ca. 1861 Skull and Crossbones "Confederated 'DEAD HEAD'" Envelope Cover

New York: D. Murphy’s Son . Graphically striking ca.1861 Anti-Confederate States Civil War illustrated patriotic envelope/cover with a fantastic, skull and crossbones cache. Measuring 5 1/2" x 3 1/8" and  titled “A Confederate ‘DEAD HEAD’”, it features a human skull above crossed bones, the skull wearing the hat of a court jester and donkey ears, text on the crossed bones reading “20 Dollars a Head” and “Dead or Alive” and featuring a bullet hole in the forehead of the skull and the initials “JD” (for Jefferson Davis) on the donkey ears. The full envelope, including both front and back panels and the original flap closure, in very fine condition.

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2. [American Politics & History] Glenn, John. (1921–2016).
"A Poetrait of Col. John Glenn" - SIGNED

An amusing "Poetrait" of the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times in 1962, and who following his retirement from NASA, served from 1974 to 1999 as a Democratic United States Senator from Ohio. Penned by an admirer and signed by the subject in black ink "Best regards— John Glenn, Jr." The poem is an acrostic (the first letter of each line when read vertically forming the name "Col John Glenn") and reads, in full: Read More...

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3. [American Politics & History] [Harrison, William Henry. (1773 – 1841]) [Currier, Nathaniel. (1818 - 1888)].
"Death of Harrison, April 4 A.D. 1841"

Hand-colored lithograph by Currier depicting the death scene of President Harrison on April 4, 1841. His niece cries into her handkerchief as his nephew looks concerned towards his uncle. Other members of the cabinet mourn the loss of their leader. At the bottom of the lithograph it reads the last wishes of the President, "I wish you to understand the true principals of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more." Small areas of scratching and abrasion to left curtain, scattered spots to margins, else fine. 13.75 x 9.6 inches.  Read More...

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4. [American Politics & History] Humphrey, Hubert H. (1911–1978) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)].
Signed Photograph to DAVID DIAMOND

Signed photograph from the American senator and vice-president, inscribed to American composer David Diamond. Diamond (at the right) is shown greeting Humphrey, who has inscribed at the upper left: "To David Diamond / with best wishes / Hubert H. Humphrey." Very fine. 6.75 x 4.75 inches (17.3 x 12.3 cm). Read More...

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5. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, John F. (1917–1963)].
"Kennedy is the Remedy" - Abbie Hoffman's 1960 DNC Delegate Vest

Original cotton promotional vest from the 1960 Democratic National Convention, printed with red and blue stripes and the motto "Kennedy is the Remedy," and from the collection of political activist and anarchist Abbie Hoffman. The vest creates the look of an old-fashioned waistcoat with buttons and a pocket chain, and ties behind the back with cotton tapes. Lightly faded, but overall in fine condition. 16 x 23 inches. Together with a typed letter signed from Jerome Lieberman, a relative of Hoffman by marriage, explaining the provenance of the item. Read More...

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6. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, John F. (1917–1963)] Stravinsky, Igor. (1882-1971) .
Original Photograph at White House Dinner with Kennedy

Original 1962 press photograph of the great composer greeting President and Jackie Kennedy before a special birthday dinner given for him at the White House. 7 x 9 inches [17 x 20 cm], in fine condition.

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7. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, John F. (1917–1963)].
Collection of Materials Related to the Assassination of President Kennedy

Grouping of six publications dating from 1963 and 1964 covering the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, including five magazines, three of which are oversized, together with reprintings of New York Times coverage.  Two issues of Life Magazine, one dated to November 29, 1963 with President Kennedy's portrait on the cover and the traditionally red Life logo rendered in a mournful black, and the other to December 6, 1963 with Mrs. Kennedy, Caroline, and John Jr. waiting to join the funeral procession to the Capital.  Third oversized publication a "permanent keepsake" from the publisher and editors of Look Magazine prepared in cooperation with the Kennedys, titled "JFK Memorial Book," opening with a letter to the reader from Jacqueline Kennedy and including numerous intimate full-color photographs of her with her children on the beach.  "365 Days Later... In Memoriam," published by Matador Magazine in 1964,  including numerous color images.  "John F. Kennedy Memorial Album" published 1964 by Macfadden-Bartell Corp. includes several essays and articles alongside photographs.  Assassination of a President: A chronicle of the six days from November 23 to November 28, 1963 reprinted from the pages of The New York Times, published by The Viking Press, 1963, includes two facsimile newspapers, one reproducing coverage from November 23–24, the other from November 25–28.  Facsimiles come in a grey folder with the president's profile on the front.  Magazines show minor wear along edges, occasional small tear, large tear to upper left of back cover to "John F. Kennedy Memorial Album," else fine.  Folder worn along edges, split along seams, tear to front, else good, facsimile newspapers in fine condition.  Magazines 8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm.), oversized publications 10.5 x 13.5 (26.7 x 34.3), newspapers 15 x 22.5 (38.1 x 57.1), envelope 9.5 x 13 (24.1 x 33).

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8. [American Politics & History] Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009).
Signed Photograph

Signed 1968 program photograph from the youngest brother of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts who served almost 47 years, and was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history. Read More...

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9. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009)] [Fortas, Abe. (19180 - 1982)] [Blum, John Morton. (1921 - 2011)] Kalman, Laura. (b. 1955).
"Abe Fortas: A Biography" - Inscribed to Senator Ted Kennedy

New Haven: Yale University Press. 1990. First. Biography of the American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1965 to 1969, inscribed on flyleaf, likely in the hand of the volume's printed dedicatee, American historian and specialist in 20th-century American political history, John Morton Blum: "Palm Beach 1991/ For Ted/ Happy birthday/ from John."  8vo, 524 pp., hardcover.  Original dust jacket present, light wear, else fine.  Read More...

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10. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009)] Wood, Robert Coldwell. (1923–2005).
"The Necessary Majority: Middle America and the Urban Crisis" - Inscribed to Senator Ted Kennedy

New York: Columbia University Press. 1972. First. 8vo, 118 pp., hardcover, inscribed on half title page "For Ted Kennedy/ Who throughout these trying years, understood and supported and helped even when he could not always agree./ With respect + warm regards/ Bob Wood/ Boston/ March 10, 1972."  Small tear to fold of dust cover flap, else fine. Read More...

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11. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009)] Christianson, Scott. (1947–2017).
"With Liberty for Some. 500 Years of Imprisonment in America" - Inscribed to Senator Ted Kennedy

Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1998. First. 8vo, 420 pp., hardcover, inscribed on title page by the author "For Senator Edward Kennedy & Vicki Reggi Kennedy./ With deep respect & best wishes,/ Scott Christianson/ 5/18/99."  Some light markings and wear to original dust jacket, else fine. Read More...

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12. [American Politics & History] [Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009)] Hunt, Swanee. (b. 1950) [Clinton, William Jefferson. (b. 1946), foreword].
"This Was Not Our War. Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace" - Inscribed to Senator Ted Kennedy

Durham: Duke University. 2004. First. 8vo, 348pp., hardcover, inscribed on half title "Senator Kennedy/ Thanks for your friendship + support,/ Swanee."  Senator Kennedy is mentioned in the acknowledgements section of the book, which has been earmarked with an adhesive sticker: "I had encouragement from other Washington quarters, particularly Senator Joe Biden on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Similar personal and professional help has come from Senator Ted Kennedy."  Original dust jacket lightly rubbed, else fine. Read More...

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13. [American Politics & History] [Lincoln, Abraham. (1809 - 1865)].
Bust of Macerated Currency

"Penny" profile view, approx. 3.75 in. high, on 3.5 x 6.25 in. card. In gilt below, mostly rubbed out but still visible: "Lincoln. Made from old and worn out paper money. Destroyed at the U.S. Treasury. This figure has an estimated value in old bills of $1,000.00. Washington, D.C." Heavily worn around the edges, light markings in pencil, else fine.

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History & Historiography
Group of typed letters signed and other items from American politicians of the 1930's to 1950's to collector Louis W. Licht. Included are a secretarially signed typed letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower, thanking Licht for a campaign contribution (September 3, 1952, 1 p.); a similar letter from US Senator Herbert H. Lehman (December 7, 1950, 1 p.); a TLS from lawyer and judge Ferdinand Pecora regarding the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award Committee (September 24, 1953; 1 p.); a reservation card for a dinner at the Temple Gates of Prayer, signed on the verso by Wayne Moore of the U.S.S. Oregon; a TLS from US Senator James M. Mead (November 22, 1940; 1 p.); a group of typed letters regarding invitations to speak at the Independent Speakers Association annual dinner in April 1938, signed by New York comptroller Joseph D. McGoldrick, President of Borough of Manhattan Stanley M. Isaacs, Secretary to the Mayor of New York Clendenin J. Ryan, and lawyer Charles H. Tuttle; and a further letter with a stamped signature from Joseph D. McGoldrick.

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15. [American Politics & History] [Politics].
The Democratic Jazz Party

An interesting if obscene piece of political ephemera, bearing the title "The Democratic Jazz Party" and opening to reveal a moving tableau of a donkey sexually mounting an elephant from the rear. Partially detached at fold; toning, stains, and wear; moving parts still operational! Overall good. 6 x 4 inches (15 x 10 cm).

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16. [American Politics & History] [Protest and Strike].
Collection of 1960's–1970's American Political Memorabilia

Collection of ten well-worn American marching protest posters from the 1960's–1970's, from groups including the All-Peoples Congress, New York newspaper unions, and the Campaign for a People's Fightback. Slogans include "KKK Racism Hurts All Poor Working People," "We Say Fight Back," "Unity is Strength," and "Strike against the New York Daily News." Sizes range from 23 x 17.5 inches to 28 x 24 inches, various materials. 

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17. [American Politics & History] [Religious Riots of Philadelphia] [MAGEE, J.L. (lithographer)].
Death of George Shifler in Kensington

Philadelphia: Wm Smit. [1844]. "Death of George Shifler | Born Jan 24 1825 | Murdered May 6 1844 | In Kensington." Original hand-colored lithograph depicting a fallen Shifler on a cobblestone street, bleeding from a wound to the chest, surrounded by three comrades as he clutches an American flag. In the background rioters can be seen against an architectural backdrop. 10.5 x 13.75 inches. A few light marks to margins, else fine.  Read More...

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18. [American Politics & History] Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) [Heifetz, Jascha. (1901-1987)].
Signed Photograph - Dedicated to Heifetz!

A wonderful signed black and white photograph of FDR seated at his desk, right profile, fountain pen in hand with a scattering of papers on the desk in front of him. FDR inscribes the photograph in the lower margin to the great violinist Jascha Heifetz at bottom blank margin: "For Jascha Heifetz with my regards/ Franklin D. Roosevelt."  With copyright of Harris & Ewing in lower left corner. The photograph is framed to the overall size of 12.75 x 11.5 inches (32.4 x 29.2 cm.); a small plaque on the frame reads, "This wood was part of the White House roof erected about 1817 and removed in 1927." At the lower right corner is affixed a metal presidential seal. Read More...

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19. [American Politics & History] [March of Dimes] [Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) ] Bolger, Ray. (1904–1987) Powell, Eleanor. (1912–1982) Zorina, Vera. (1917–2003).
Signed Photograph of FDR's 56th Birthday Ball Celebration

Intriguing original photograph relating to the President's 56th Birthday Ball Celebration, held January 30, 1938, two days after the inscription dated at the foot.  The image depicts Hollywood stars Ray Bolger, Vera Zorina and Eleanor Powell (shown on the lap of Melvin C. Hazen (1869 - 1941), President of the District of Columbia Board of Commissioners) and James P. Sullivan, a close associate of FDR and an original member of the FDR "Cuff Link Gang," all of whom have inscribed to one Richmond Reich, who evidently worked with Hazen and the assembled stars on the Birthday Ball and who is almost surely the third male figure depicted in the image.  Mounted to backing board, water stain to right side which does not affect image, Hazen and Sullivan inscriptions exhibiting some light bleeding as a result, else fine.  14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm.). Read More...

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21. [American Politics & History] [Truman, Harry. S. (1884 - 1972)] Blake, Eubie. (1887 - 1983) .
"I'm Just Wild About Harry" - SIGNED

New York: M. Witmark & Sons. [1948]. "Souvenir Edition." 5 pp. Signed later in life by the composer on the front cover, "Eubie Blake" with an incomplete dedication "To..." Fine.


Originally composed for the 1921 Sissle/Blake Broadway show "Shuffle Along," the song was selected by Harry S. Truman as his campaign song for the U.S. presidential election of 1948. Truman is shown on the front cover of this edition and the rear wrapper features 5 inset images of the candidate.


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