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1 Apte, Helen Jacobus. Heart of a Wife: The Diary of a Southern a Southern Jewish Woman. Edited and with essays by her grandson, Marcus D. Rosenbaum.
Wilmington, Delaware: Scholarly Resources Inc., (1998). First Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, softbound (slick, photo. illus. wrappers), xvii + 222 pp. Fine. From lower cover: A sizzling portrait of a Southern Jewish woman: self-educated, nurtured on novels, poetry, and the classics, caught in a lifelong struggle between duty and desire. For forty years, Helen Jacobus Apte wrote in her diary from every compass point of the heart. Her rich inner life glistens through her grandson's deft and subtle editing. 
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2 Barbour, Sylvester. Reminiscences: Fifty Years a Lawyer, and Appendix, Containing a List of the Officers and Members, and a Copy of the By-Laws of Phoebe Humphrey Chapter, Daughers of the American Revolution, of Collinsville, Connecticut.
Hartford: Hartford Press / The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1908. 
1st edition. Octavo, blue cloth, vi, 166 pp. Photos, portraits. Former-owner signatures; otherwise Near-Fine. 
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3 Bernanke, Ben S. The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015. First Edition, stated. 
Octavo, black cloth & boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xiv + 610 pp. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: In 2006, Ben S. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve, the unexpected apex of a personal journey from small-town South Carolina to prestigious academic appointments and finally public service in Washington's halls of power. There would be little time to celebrate. The bursting of a houseing bubble in 2007 expsed the hidden vulnerabilites of the global financial system, bringing it to the brink of meltdown. From the implosion of the investment bank Bear Stearns to the unprecedented bailout of insurance giant AIG, efforts to arrest the financial contagion consumed Bernanke and his team at the Fed. Around the clock, they fought the cirisis with every tool at their disposal to keep the United States and world economies afloat. Working with two U. S. presidents, and under fire from a fractious Congress and a public incensed by behavior on Wall Street, the Fed -- alongside colleagues in the Treasury Department -- successfully stabilized a teetering financial system. With creativity and decisiveness, they prevented an economic collapse of unimaginable scale and went on to craft the unorthodox programs that would help revive the U. S. economy and become the model for other countries. Rich with detail of the decision-making process in Washington and indelible portraits of the major players, The Courage to Act recounts and explains the worst financial crisis and economic slump in America since the Great Depression, providing an insider's account of the policy response. 
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4 Beveridge, Albert J. The Life of John Marshall. Volume I: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker 1755-1788; Volume II: Politician, Diplomatist, Statesman 1789-1801; Volume III: Conflict and Construction 1800-1815; Volume IV: The Building of the Nation 1815-1835. [Four volumes].
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1919. 
Four volumes. Octavo, ribbed green cloth (hardcover), uncut, xxvi, 506 pp + xviii, 593 pp + xxii, 644 pp + xviii, 668 pp. Color frontispieces, b&w plates. Near-Fine, mostly unopened, in chipped and spine-darkened dust jackets. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Brownell, Will and Richard N. Billings. So Close to Greatness: A Biography of William C. Bullitt.
New York: Macmillan, (1987). First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), xiv, 368 pp. Photographs. Fine in dust jacket. 
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6 Bruccoli, Matthew J. The Fortunes of Mitchell Kennerley, Bookman.
San Diegol: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, (1986). Stated First Edition. 
Octavo, hardcover (beige cloth & boards), uncut, xiv + 337 pp. Fine in a Fine, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: The life of Mitchell Kennerley is a success story, and it is a failure story. Magazine publisher at twenty-three and head of his own publishing house at twenty-eight, in his forties he was among the most prominent figures in the book world. No one else was as actively engaged in so many aspects of literature and antiquarian books... 
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7 Buck, Pearl S. The Kennedy Women: A Personal Appraisal.
New York: Cowles Book Company, [1970]. First Edition. 
Octavo, cloth & boards (hardcover), 218 pp. Photos. Former-owner inscription; otherwise, Near-Fine in a chipped dust jacket. 
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8 Campbell, Tom W. Two Fighters and Two Fines: Sketches of the Lives of Matthew Lyon and Andrew Jackson.
Little Rock, Arkansas: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1941. Second Edition. 
Octavo, tan cloth (hardcover), burgundy spine labels, gilt letters, 557 pp. Near-Fine, with former-owner bookplate. From Foreword: ...I have in this book reviewed the records of two of the most fearless of the founders of this great American REpublic, whose wise tenets and patriotic practices are some of the ancient landmarks that have been much shoved about in recent years...” 
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9 Cater, Harold Dean. Henry Adams and His Friends: A Collection of His Unpublished Letters. Compiled, with a Biographical Introduction, by Harold Dean Cater.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company / The Riverside Press Cambridge, 1947. 
First Edition. Octavo, green cloth, brown labels, gilt letters, 797 pp. Very Good+ in a chipped dust jacket. ‘This new collection of Henry Adams letters throws fresh light on the man. Here is the well-known Adams brusqueness and eccentricity, and here also is his litt-known warmth and tenderness. This is the most complete picture yet presented of Henry Adams. He emerges as a scholar, teacher, writer, and warm-hearted dilettante. There are about 650 letters in this collection, written to a hundred different people, and they date from 1858 to 1918...An important introduction brings out many significant details of Adams's life...it also offerrs a much needed interpretation of his autobiography. The book resents a picture of sixty years of American and world history with pungent and spicy comments on life in Boston, Washington, and the capitals of Europe, with a shrewd appraisal of many important public figures...' 
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10 Colesworthy, D. C. John Tileston's School. Boston, 1778-1789: 1761-1766. Also, his Diary from 1761 to 1766.
Boston: Antiquarian Book Store, 1887. First Edition. 
12mo, brown cloth (hardcover), marbled endpapers, gilt letters, 80 pp. Near-Fine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 Diamant, Lincoln. Bernard Romans: Forgotten Patriot of the American Revolution, Military Engineer and Cartographer of WEst Point and the Hudson Valley.
Harrison, NY: Harbor Hill Books, 1985. First Edition. 
Octavo, orange cloth (hardcover), illus. endpapers, 160 pp. Fine, in a Very Good+, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: How much more can one say about a man who was an engineer, botanist, surveyor, seaman, explorer, linguist, cartographer, writer, poet, artist and engraver -- and a highly controversial military figure in the early days of the Revolution? Obviously, a lot. YUet, it may come as a surprise to learn that this is the first full-length biography of the life of Bernard Romans -- preeminent colonial explorer/cartographer, who sacrificed a Crown “pension” to throw in his lot with the patriot cause. He originated the march on Fort Ticonderoga (usurped by Colonels Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold) and designed, and partially built, the first patriot fort along the Hudson, at West Point. In between, Romans found time to compile and engrave countless maps, and write two important books -- now among the rarest volumes of Americana -- A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida and Annals of the Troubles in the Netherlands: From the Accession of Charles V, Emperor of Germany... 
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12 Dunaway, L. S. Jeff Davis, Governor and United States Senator: His Life and Speeches. With Personal Reminiscences by L. S. Dunaway. Introduction by Judge J. V. Bourland.
Little Rock, Ark.: Democrat Print. & Litho. Co., 1913. 
1st edition. Octavo, red cloth, 255 pp. Very Good; hinges just beginning. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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13 Dykeman, Wilma and James Stokely. Seeds of Southern Change: The Life of Will Alexander.
New York: The Norton Library, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1962. 
Octavo, softbound, xvi, 343 pp. Very Good+, with remainder mark (black inked mark to the lower edge of pages). Had Will Alexander not shunned the limelight, he might already be a national legend, for he was one of the greatest white champions of the Negro cause in the South from 1915 to 1954. A farm boy who worked his way through Vanderbilt University and became a Methodist minister, he was a tireless enemy of the abuses, large and petty, which he saw around him. In 1919 Will Alexander helped establish the Commission on Interracial Co-operation in Atlanta... 
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14 Eisenhower, John S. D. Strictly Personal, A Memoir.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1974. First Edition. 
Inscribed and signed, “To Andy Low / Thanks for being / one of the cast of / characters - // Best regards / John Eisenhower.” Also, laid-in, is a 14-line typed letter on personal letterhead, addressed to Low, dated 8/28/1989. The letter mentions the brief meetings of the two over the decades, and invites Low for a visit. Octavo, cloth, xiv, 412 pp. Photos. The son of President Eisenhower, John Eisenhower, served as a young officer in WWII, an aide in the White House, and Ambassador to Belgium, among other experiences. The book is inscribed to Andrew S. Low, a fellow cadet at West Point, whom is mentioned extensively on pages 36-39. Major General Low later became director of aerospace programs for the Air Force. The book is in Near-Fine condition in a chipped dust jacket, and with the letter laid-in. 
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15 Gray, Edward G. The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler.
New Haven: Yale University Press, (2007). First Edition. 
Signed and inscribed by the author. Octavo, gray cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xi + 224 pp. Fine (As New) in a Fine (As New) dust jacket. From dust jacket: During the course of his short but extraordinary life, John Ledyard (1751-1789) came in contact with some of the most remarkable figures of his era: the British explorer Captain James Cook, the American financier Robert Morris, the revolutionary naval commander John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others. Ledyard lived and traveled in remarkable places as well, journeying from the New England backcountry of Connecticut to Tahiti, Hawaii, the American Northwest coast, Alaska, and the Russian Far East. In this engaging biography, the historian Edward Gray offers not only a full account of Ledyard's eventful life but has also an illuminating view of the late eighteenth-century world in which he lived. Ledyard was both a product of empire and an agent in its creation, Gray shows -- and through this adventurer's life it is possible to discern the many ways empire shaped the lives of nations, peoples, and individuals in the era of the American Revolution -- the world's first modern revolt against empire. 
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16 Griscom, Lloyd C. Diplomatically Speaking.
London: John Murray, 1941. First Edition. 
Octavo, burgundy cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, viii, 478 pp. Near-Fine, with bumped corners. Autobiography of an American diplomat. Born in Riverton New Jersey, 1872, became Minister to Persia in 1901. He held the corresponding post in Japan (1902-06) and was ambassador to Brazil (1906-07) and to Italy (1907-09). 
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17 Henderson, Eloise Cozens. Preachin' Every Fourth Sunday.
Columbus, GA: Quill Publications, [1987]. 
Signed by the Author. 12mo, softbound (yellow illus. wrappers), vi, 155 pp. Very Good+, with light wear to spine, former-owner signature. Illustrated. “Preachin' Every Fourth Sunday is a partial autobiography of the author -- in particular, her early life as an orphaned child who had an overwhelming love for her older sister, from whom she was constantly being separated. Interwoven with the story of childhood antics is a touching concern for her sister's happiness -- the motivation of her efforts to persuade her sister to accept the new parents as she did...” 
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18 Hobrock, Peg Masters. Asafetida: That Was My Bag.
Philadelphia: Dorrace & Company, [1973]. 
Octavo, olive green cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, 44 pp. Fine, in like dust jacket. “Here is a collection of warmly nostalgic, often witty descriptions of a bygone era at the beginning of the century, before the advent of automobiles, electrical appliances, and pollution...There is real insight into the innocence and wisdom of the era, conveyed through subjects as diverse as...chicken, telephones, women's lib, and the movies. The author's tone is wonderfully wry, and vibrates with a zest and appreciation for even the commonplace which makes living worth the trip.” 
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19 Jackson, H. C. “Bud.” The Good ‘Uns: The Memoir of H. C. “Bud” Jackson
Fresno, CA: Pioneer Publishing Co., (1980). First Edition. 
Inscribed and signed by the author. Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), 272 pp. Photos. Fine. 
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20 Janowsky, Oscar I.; Editor. The American Jew: A Composite Portrait.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, (1942). 
Octavo, blue cloth (hardcover), uncut, xi, 322 pp. Very Good+, with lightly rubbed edges and rubbed fep. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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