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Must-Have Reference

Charles Hamilton’s American Autographs - scarce, first edition set of the renowned autograph expertʼs premier two-volume American autograph reference set


Autographs from the Estate of Llewellyn E. Thompson, Jr.

click here to see the remaining items from this outstanding Cold War collection of letters and documents that has never before been offered for sale on the autograph market.  It contained letters from five American Presidents—Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon—as well as First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jacqueline Kennedy and others such as Robert F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, Dean Rusk, and even Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin.


Presidents and First Ladies

William Henry Harrison - partial autograph letter signed in which Harrison, the 1840 Whig presidential candidate, suggests funding to spread the circulation of a friendly newspaper, which some of his supporters in Congress abused their franking privilege to mail free, ca. 1840, unframed

John Tyler - rare land document in which Tyler approves the transfer of land from a member of the Creek Indian tribe, 9-21-1841, unframed

Lucy Webb Hayes - extremely rare signed Executive Mansion card, unframed

James A. Garfield - autograph note signed early in the pivotal year of 1876, when Garfield’s political power was on the rise, 2-25-1876, unframed

Lucretia R. Garfield - handwritten letter in which Mrs. Garfield writes of sending a servant to study music at the Seminary, despite her indignation with her, such that she was ready to fire her, years before, unframed

Chester A. Arthur - beautiful engraved Executive Mansion vignette card signed with Arthur’s flamboyant signature, unframed

Grover Cleveland - signed Executive Mansion card likely from Cleveland’s first term, unframed

Frances Folsom Cleveland - very nice signed Executive Mansion card, unframed

Benjamin Harrison - nice partial appointment document signed by Harrison and Secretary of State James G. Blaine early in Harrison’s administration, 6-20-1893, unframed

Caroline Scott Harrison - very scarce handwritten letter as First Lady by President Benjamin Harrison’s first wife, one of only four First Ladies to die during their husbands’ terms of office, unframed

Theodore Roosevelt - typed White House letter in which TR expresses his “fervent belief in rifle clubs,” which “render a real and great service to the nation,” 7-5-1904, unframed

Theodore Roosevelt - typed letter signed to famed New York social worker John Adams Kingsbury thanking him for a book, 7-12-1911, unframed

Theodore Roosevelt - exceptional content typed letter signed encouraging organization of the Progressive Party in Rhode Island, 4-10-1913, unframed

Edith Kermit Roosevelt - two autographs in one:  a four-page handwritten letter to a former aide of President Roosevelt’s with signatures on both the letter and the hand-addressed, free-franked envelope, 7-23-1927, unframed

Warren G. Harding - The White House card attractive for framing with a nicely centered black ink Harding signature, unframed

Warren G. Harding - beautifully framed presidential appointment document for a District of Columbia judge, 9-12-1922

Grace Coolidge - poignant handwritten letter by Mrs. Coolidge, still a fairly new widow, about a boy who wanted to part his hair like President Coolidge, 1-22-1934, unframed

Herbert Hoover - autograph letter signed to a friend about to depart for Europe, with a rare form of Hoover’s signature, circa 1923, unframed

Herbert Hoover - signature of Hoover on a Stanford University business card, unframed

Franklin D. Roosevelt - outstanding typed letter signed by FDR, seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, about “the present tragic economic condition” and the need  for “a return to sanity and stability” near the depth of the Great Depression, 5-6-1932, unframed

Eleanor Roosevelt - signed The White House card, with original mailing envelope postmarked 7-3-1940, unframed

Eleanor Roosevelt - virtually pristine free-franked envelope with Mrs. Roosevelt’s full signature, “Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,” 2-24-1949, unframed

Harry S. Truman - beautifully framed Senate letter in which Truman sends condolences to a Kansas City widow on her husband’s death, 3-10-1936

Harry S. Truman - 1959 letter with Trumanʼs classic signature in a stunning framed display

Harry S. Truman - President Truman awards the Legion of Merit to a British signal officer for his work with communications for the important Yalta Conference among Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin in February 1945, unframed

Harry S. Truman - extremely rare signed reproduction of the Chicago Daily Tribune’s 1948 election night front page boldly declaring dewey defeats truman, framed

Harry S. Truman - excellent content typed White House letter signed commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Service Act and presaging Trumanʼs controversial loyalty program, 1-4-1947, unframed

Bess Truman - very fine condition autograph letter signed, as First Lady, sending thanks for a gift, 9-17-1949, unframed

Bess Truman - excellent condition autographed letter signed to New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons, with original autograph envelope, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - photo signed as President to the Ward Master at Walter Reed General Hospital following Eisenhower’s urgent abdominal surgery in June 1956, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - presidential letter by Eisenhower during his recuperation from abdominal surgery to the Ward Master at Walter Reed General Hospital, where Eisenhower was treated, 7-14-1956, unframed

Dwight D. Eisenhower - uncommon unsigned typed letter to New York Times correspondent Felix Belair saying that, after leaving the hospital, the former President would “again be on the firing line,” 10-28-1964, unframed

Mamie Eisenhower - typed letter signed as First Lady thanking the Ward Master at Walter Reed Army Hospital for his and the staff’s help during her hospitalization for a hysterectomy, 8-30-1957, unframed

John F. Kennedy - Heavily hand-corrected pages from JFKʼS reading copy of a 1953 Jefferson-Jackson Day speech, early evidence of his effort to make himself known nationwide and position himself to seek the White House, 5-14-1953, unframed

[John F. Kennedy] - typed Senate letter in which JFK seeks to have the Atlantic Monthly publish an excerpt from his “forthcoming book” Profiles In Courage, likely secretarially signed, 8-16-1955, unframed

[John F. Kennedy] - a new discovery nearly 60 years after his assassination:  the last color photograph of President Kennedy before he left Andrews Air Force Base on his fatal trip to Texas on November 21, 1963, unsigned and unframed

Lyndon B. Johnson - Johnson, as Vice President, writes of the “full and difficult, but challenging” days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 11-12-1962, unframed

Lyndon B. Johnson - typed letter signed as ex-president, from his hospital in San Antonio, thanking a lady for get-well wishes, 3-9-1970, unframed

Lyndon B. Johnson - heartfelt letter to Jane Thompson, Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson’s widow, replying to her letter after Thompsonʼs death the previous month, 3-8-1972, unframed

Lady Bird Johnson - extra fine condition signed White House engraving with an inscription promoting her pet beautification projects, unframed

Richard M. Nixon - typed letter signed as Vice President attributing the “the important Republican victory in California” in the 1954 mid-term election to “grass roots campaigning,” 11-24-1954, unframed

Richard M. Nixon - signed photo of President Nixon at the height of his power, delivering his acceptance speech at the 1972 Republican National Convention

Richard M. Nixon - superb autograph note signed referring to his “long climb upward on the comeback trail,” 7-7-1979, unframed

Richard M. Nixon - first edition, first printing copy of Nixon’s book Leaders inscribed and signed to a close friend

Richard M. Nixon - autograph letter signed thanking a friend for a gift of California navel oranges, 3-21-1988, unframed

Richard M. Nixon and Julie Nixon Eisenhower - the former President sends a signed first edition copy of his daughterʼs book Special People (two pieces), 6-24-1977

Pat Nixon - autographed letter signed sending thanks for a Christmas ornament, unframed

Pat Nixon - official color White House photograph of President and Mrs. Nixon, inscribed and signed by the First Lady, with her accompanying typed cover letter on embossed White House stationery, 8-5-1971, unframed

Gerald R. Ford - scarce early campaign letter in which Ford, facing reelection, courts votes in a Democratic precinct that he previously lost 3 to 1, unframed

Gerald R. Ford - as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ford writes of his support for changing the electoral college system, 7-2-1968, unframed

Gerald R. Ford - soon to be President himself, Ford writes of the relationship between the President and the Congress, 2-12-1973, unframed

Gerald R. Ford - photograph of President Ford with a large 4¼” inscription and signature, unframed

Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford - very fine glossy color photograph of President and Mrs. Ford, signed by both, unframed

Ronald Reagan - captivating glossy black-and-white photo of a grinning Reagan, nicely inscribed and signed, unframed

Ronald Reagan - in his only letter with racist terms ever to come on the market, Reagan calls “the black community” the “enemy,” 5-8-1978, unframed

Ronald Reagan - outstanding political typed letter signed, dated the day after President Lyndon  B. Johnson signed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, discussing the effect of Johnson’s show of force in Vietnam on the 1964 presidential campaign, 8-11-1964, unframed

Ronald Reagan - Reagan delivers an assessment of the 1968 Republican National Convention, claiming credit for doing “much to keep our nominee from moving to the left,” 9-13-1968, unframed

Ronald Reagan - handwritten notes for a Reagan speech about voluntary income tax withholding, written as Governor of California, unframed

George H. W. Bush - official White House color portrait of Bush in the Oval Office, almost certainly signed as President, inscribed “Best wishes” to no one in particular, unframed

George H. W. Bush - uninscribed, signed color presidential portrait of a pensive Bush on the Maine coast, unframed

George H. W. Bush - ever the politician, the father takes the opportunity to promote the presidential candidacy of his son, George W. Bush, 12-6-1999, unframed

George H. W. Bush - typed letter signed by former President Bush to congratulate a recipient of the “Daily Point of Light” award, which he created to recognize volunteerism, noting that he “utilized the power of the Presidency to call Americans to service,” 1-13-06, unframed

George H. W. Bush - the former President cleverly sends his autograph on his personal bookplate, incorporating the title of his book, All the Best, unframed

Barbara Bush - poignant letter in which Mrs. Bush recalls the death of her 3-year-old daughter Robin from leukemia, 5-23-1997, unframed

Bill Clinton - shortly after the appointment of Kenneth Starr as Independent Counsel to investigate the Clintons’ Whitewater dealings—the appointment that led to his impeachment—the President sends an upbeat letter to his Arkansas cousin predicting that “the end will bring us out all right,” 8-24-1994, unframed

Bill Clinton - color White House portrait of a youthful Clinton, boldly signed beneath his preprinted signature, unframed

Hillary Rodham Clinton - typed letter signed as First Lady of Arkansas supporting the AFS / Arkansas Visiting Teachers trip to Costa Rica, 10-18-1989, unframed

George W. Bush - nearly pristine inscribed and signed first edition, first printing copy of Bush’s memoir, Decision Points

Laura Bush - encouraging typed letter signed as First Lady, mailed the day after the 9/11 attacks, thanking an organization for its work with pediatric cancer patients, 9-6-2001, unframed


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