This Terrible Sound: The Battle Of Chickamauga

Signed copy of This Terrible Sound: The Battle Of Chickamauga from The Easton Press, from the personal library of the author, Peter Cozzens.

Signed copy of This Terrible Sound: The Battle Of Chickamauga from The Easton Press, from the personal library of the author, Peter Cozzens.

Octavo, xii, 675pp. Blue leather, decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Includes laid-in The Easton Press publication information. This copy was signed by the author on the title page. Additionally signed by the author on the Ex-Libris bookplate from the Easton Press.

Peter Cozzens is an award winning author of numerous books on the Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West. He served as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State and was awarded the department’s William R. Rivkin award for service in 2002. He is the recipient of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Military History Prize and the 2016 Caroline Bancroft Prize for history. Some of his works include: The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (2016), This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga (1992), and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: Battles for Chattanooga (1994). His next book will be Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied A Nation, expected in 2020.

Speaking of Freedom – The Collected Speeches

302 pp. Gilt title on spine and decorative inscriptions on cover. Dark blue leather covers. Silk end papers and sewn-in bookmark. Blue cloth slipcase in fine condition. Signed by former President George H.W. Bush. Easton press paperwork included.
Comments: Most attractive of all Easton Press signed editions by the former President. Only edition with slipcase.

The Civil War: A Narrative.

From The Easton Press, The Civil War: A Narrative, signed by the author, historian Shelby Foote.

From The Easton Press, The Civil War: A Narrative, signed by the author, historian Shelby Foote.

Thick octavo, [three volumes]. All three volumes bound in full brown leather, title in gilt on spines, raised bands. Decorative gilt illustrations on covers. Silk endpapers, all gilt leaf ends. None of these volumes have been previously read, all in fine condition. Does not include any paperwork from The Easton Press. This set is signed in Volume I by Shelby Foote. A desirable set.

This set includes all three volumes: Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, and Red River to Appomattox.

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, from The Easton Press.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, from The Easton Press.

Octavo, viii, [2], 341pp. Full red leather, title in gilt on spine, raised bands with decorative gilt compartments. Silk endpapers, all edges gilt. A fine copy, appears unread.

Het Achterhuis or The Secret Annex, was first mentioned publicly in an article in Amsterdam in 1946, written by Jan Romein. The diaries were in the hands of Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who was interested in finding a publisher. The newspaper article piqued the interest of Contact Publishing, who produced a first edition of 3,036 copies on June 25th, 1947. The first edition of Anne Frank’s diaries contained the earliest printed version of her diaries. A second printing of the diaries was published in December of 1947. (Books of the Century, 180, 183) (Anne Frank House) The Definitive Edition, reproduced here by the Easton Press, contains material previously left out of earlier versions of the diaries.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Deluxe Collector's Edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, complete in 39 Volumes, from The Easton Press.

The Deluxe Collector’s Edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, complete in 39 Volumes, from The Easton Press.

This set is a re-creation of the 1901 Chiswick Shakespeare, with illustrations by Byam Shaw.

Octavo, [39 volumes]. Full burgundy leather, title in gilt on spines, raised bands, gilt decorations on all covers. Frontispiece in each volume. Printed on acid-free, archival paper stock. All silk endpapers, gilt leaf ends. Silk bookmark in each volume. All appear unread and in fine condition. Part of the 100 Greatest Books Ever Written series from the Easton Press.

This set contains the following titles:

· All’s Well that Ends Well
· A Midsummer Night’s Dream
· Antony and Cleopatra
· As You Like It
· The Comedy of Errors
· Coriolanus
· Cymbeline
· Hamlet
· Henry the Fourth Part I
· Henry the Fourth Part ll
· Henry the Fifth
· Henry the Sixth Part I
· Henry the Sixth Part ll
· Henry the Sixth Part lll
· Henry the Eighth
· Julius Caesar
· King John
· King Lear
· Love’s Labour’s Lost
· Macbeth
· Measure for Measure
· Much ado about Nothing
· Othello
· Pericles
· Richard the Second
· Richard the Third
· Romeo and Juliet
· The Poems of William Shakespeare Volume l
· The Poems of William Shakespeare Volume ll
· The Merchant of Venice
· The Merry Wives of Windsor
· The Taming of the Shrew
· The Tempest
· The Two Gentlemen of Verona
· The Winter’s Tale
· Timon of Athens
· Titus Andronicus
· Troilus and Cressida
· Twelfth Night

 

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo

Collector's Edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Easton Press.

Collector’s Edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by J.R.R. Tolkien, from The Easton Press.

Octavo, 149pp. Green leather, title in gilt on spine and covers. All edges gilt, silk endpapers. Silk bookmark. A fine binding from The Easton Press.

Tarzan of the Apes

From the Easton Press, limited edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes, signed by the illustrator, Bob Eggleston.

From the Easton Press, limited edition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes, signed by the illustrator, Bob Eggleston.

Quarto, [8], 388, [4] pp. Green leather, title stamped in gilt on spine and cover, four raised bands with red-ruled compartments. Illustration in gilt and red stamped on front cover. Contains illustrated color plates, which are hand tipped-in and protected by translucent overlays. All edges gilt. Illustrated endpapers. Satin bookmark bound-in. Green cloth slipcase with green felt lining, illustration of Tarzan mounted on front panel with title stamped in gilt. Limited edition of 800 copies, which this is number 157. Signed by the illustrator, Bob Eggleston, on the limitation page. Certificate of authenticity and advertising brochure for Easton Press laid-in.

Team Of Rivals

Signed limited edition of Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, from the Easton Press.

Signed limited edition of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, from the Easton Press.

Octavo, xix, 916pp. Thick octavo, black leather, title in gilt on spine. Raised bands, decorative gilt compartments. All edges gilt. Silk endpapers, with silk bookmark. Includes the Certificate of Authenticity from The Easton Press. This copy is number 628 of 2000, signed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Team of Rivals was a New York Times best-selling history of the Lincoln Administration, which was adapted into a movie in 2012. The movie, Lincoln, was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln.

Doctor Zhivago

Two volume set of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, from The Easton Press.

Two volume set of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, from The Easton Press.

Octavo, [two volumes]. Red leather, title in gilt on spine, raised bands with decorative gilt compartments, gilt embellishments on covers. Silk endpapers. All edges gilt, silk bookmark. Both volumes unread. Includes laid-in Easton Press bookplate (unused), in both volumes. A fine set.

Truman

First edition of We Speak As Liberators: Young Black Poets, edited by Orde Coombs.

Signed collector’s edition of Truman by David McCullough, from the Easton Press.

Octavo, [two volumes]. Bound in full brown leather, title in gilt on spines. All edges gilt. Previous ownership bookplate affixed opposite signature page in Volume I, plus ownership blind stamp on signature page. Includes original paperwork from the Easton Press. Signed by the author on tipped in signature page in Volume I. An attractive and collectible set.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by author and historian David McCullough is part of a series of works that have helped to rehabilitate the legacy of President Harry Truman. Recent historians consider Truman’s time in office as one of the most consequential in American history, often ranking him in the upper tier of Presidents.

The Andromeda Strain

Signed collector's edition of The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, from the Easton Press.

Signed collector’s edition of The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, from the Easton Press.

Octavo, 295pp. Dark green leather, title in gilt on spine. Decorative gilt design on cover and spine. All gilt edges, silk endpapers and silk bookmark. Signed by the author on the signature page. Includes paperwork from the Easton Press.

Michael Crichton’s techno-thriller Andromeda Strain, which established him as a writer in this genre.

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The Works of the Presidents

Top 10 Limited Edition Publications by U.S. Presidents

As a rare book firm specializing in Americana and specifically Presidential History, were often asked what is the “most valuable” book written by a President, or what is the “rarest work by a President?” That’s never an easy question but were always happy to show them some interesting items from the 1700s from President Jefferson or a book signed by President Obama, depending on the customer.

Since the time of President Theodore Roosevelt, publishers have been selling limited edition printings of their authors writings. This is done for financial purposes and to draw attention to the publication. It’s also a nice way to guarantee that you’re getting an authentic signature from a President.

To clarify, this list is not the Top-10 Rarest Presidential books nor is it the Top-10 signed books by Presidents.

Here are the Top-10 Signed Limited Editions by Presidents, ranked from most common to some of the most difficult to find:

#10 – Decision Points by President George W. Bush

Published in 2010 after leaving office, this signed limited edition has been produced over 4000 times. It was originally offered for $350 retail, but due to the overproduction of this book, it has not grown in value like many other presidential publications.

#9 – The Memoirs of Richard Nixon by President Richard Nixon

Published in 1978, Nixon’s memoirs were greeted by the public with skepticism. Many doubted that he would acknowledge wrongdoing in the Watergate affair. Part of his public relations initiative was to sign numerous limited-edition printings of his Memoirs. For the cloth edition of his memoirs from Grosset and Dunlap, it is unknown how many were signed by the former President.

#8 – All Easton Press Publications

This covers President Ford and President Carter, who were prolific signers with Easton Press. While a nice way to get an authentic item signed by a former President, they often don’t hold their retail purchase price upon resale.

#7 – An American Life by Ronald Reagan

Housed in an attractive oak display case, when released in 1990, this was the ultimate collector’s piece for Reagan aficionados. Limited to 2000 signed copies, this signed book commands the highest retail prices of any Reagan signed piece. Another work by former President Reagan, Speaking My Mind, was released the same year with 5000 signed copies available.

Ronald Reagan - An American Life

#6 – A History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson

Shortly after Wilson assumed the Presidency of Princeton University, this limited edition of 350 signed copies was released for the alumni of the university. A later limited edition of 400 copies, published in 1918, was also signed by President Wilson.

#5 – The Vantage Points by President Lyndon Johnson

President Johnson published his best-selling memoirs in 1971. Along with the release of the public edition, he also did a limited edition of 300 signed copies, mostly for support of the administration. Admirers of Johnson and collectors alike can occasionally find these books for sale, but they’re scarce and often show signs of wear since they were covered in red vellum.

#4 – Big Game Hunting by Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt will appear twice on our list. He was a prolific author, writing over 45 books during his lifetime. While not every publication received a limited edition signed printing, a few did, including African Game Trails (500 signed copies), Outdoor Pastimes of An American Hunter (260 signed copies) and Big Game Hunting In The Rockies and on The Great Plains (1000 copies). Big Game Hunting was published in 1899, shortly before Roosevelt was offered the post of Vice President under William McKinley.

Theodore Roosevelt - Big Game Hunting

#3 – Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter by Theodore Roosevelt

This limited-edition printing is the scarcest of all Theodore Roosevelt signed books. Published in 1905 during the height of his Presidency, new copies rarely appear on the market.

#2 – Crusade In Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower

When published in 1948, 1426 signed copies of this book were produced with Eisenhower’s signature on the D-Day Order. In addition to the 1426 publicly available, a small number of copies were held back for the author’s personal use. These copies were bound in either blue morocco or red morocco, with an attractive flaming sword motif on the cover. The copies in red morocco were bound by the Gaston Pilon Bindery and pulled directly from the allotment of 1426 signed copies. There is some debate over how many red morocco copies were produced, with numbers ranging from 26-35, but regardless, to receive a copy in this presentation binding from General Eisenhower was a real honor. The blue morocco was from an even more limited run. According to early records, only 11 copies produced by the Whitman Bennett Bindery. The blue bound copies were not pulled from the limited edition of 1426. A truly unique piece of Presidential history.

#1 – The White House: An Historic Guide, signed by President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

This book was signed in a limited edition of 95 copies and given as gifts to supporters in 1962. While maybe not the smallest limitation number of any publication, finding an authentic signature from President Kennedy has driven up their value tremendously over the years.

So there is the list. Agree? Did we miss anything that should have been included? Let us know!

Schindler’s List

Signed collector's edition of Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally, from the Easton Press.

Signed collector’s edition of Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, from the Easton Press.

Octavo, 398pp. Black leather, title in gilt. Gilt decorations on cover and spine. All gilt edges, silk endpapers and silk bookmark. Book has never been read. A fine example. Signed on the signature page by the author. Includes the Easton Press authentication paperwork.

Made For Goodness

From the Easton Press, deluxe signed edition of Made For Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference, signed by Desmond M. Tutu and Mpho A. Tutu.

From the Easton Press, deluxe signed edition of Made For Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference, signed by Desmond M. Tutu and Mpho A. Tutu.

Octavo, xi, 206pp. Brown leather, title in gilt on spine. Raised bands with decorative gilt compartments. Gilt decorations on covers. All edges gilt, silk endpapers. Includes the publication paperwork from The Easton Press. This copy is signed on the limitation page by Desmond Tutu and his youngest daughter, Mpho Andrea Tutu. A fine example.

John Glenn: A Memoir

From the Easton Press, John Glenn: A Memoir, signed by Senator John Glenn.

From the Easton Press, John Glenn: A Memoir, signed by Senator John Glenn.

Octavo, 422pp. Blue leather, title in gilt on spine. Silk endpapers, all edges gilt. Includes paperwork from the Easton Press. Signed on the limitation page by John Glenn, this copy being number 1791 of 3500. A fine example.

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and returned to space in 1998. He served in the United States Senate from 1974-1999. His wife, Annie Glenn, was a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities and communication disorders. She died in 2020.