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  • AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL. by Bates, Katharine Lee; illustrated by Neil Waldman.
    Bates, Katharine Lee; illustrated by Neil Waldman.
    AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - A beautifully illustrated version of this song,issued 100 years after the trip Bates took to Colorado and the top of Pike's Peak, which inspired her to write this. Each impressionistic painting by Waldman is a double page full color picture of one of the wonders of the United States - natural and manmade. Identification of the scenes at the back of the book; the words and music (by Samuel A. Ward) to the song printed in deep purple on lilac endpapers. Unpaginated, large format. ISBN: 0-689-318618.

    Condition: Ner fine in glossy illustrated boards in a fine dust jacket (prev owner's name, covered and inconspicuous.)

    Book ID: 35101
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  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN TIMES OF WAR. by Cannon, Carl M.
    Cannon, Carl M.
    THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN TIMES OF WAR.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lanham, MD and Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the real meaning of patriotism and how Americans have dealt with life in difficult times from Thomas Jefferson and the American Revolution to Frederick Douglass, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and our current times, by a White House Correspondent. A title in the American Political Challenges series under the editorship of Larry J. Sabato. Notes, index, 330 pp. ISBN: 0-7425-25910.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 45068
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  • INAUGURATION OF THE STATUE OF GENERAL WARREN ON BUNKER HILL, June 17, 1857. by [Coombs, General Leslie] Warren, G. Washington; Edward Everett and others.
    [Coombs, General Leslie] Warren, G. Washington; Edward Everett and others.
    INAUGURATION OF THE STATUE OF GENERAL WARREN ON BUNKER HILL, June 17, 1857.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: By authority of the Committee, 1858. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes a history of the reasons behind the memorial and of the statue itself, addresses and speeches at the rather elaborate ceremony, the names of those marching in the various honor guards, some inspirational poems, as well as the official correspondence of the committee. Frontispiece of the statue and additional plates of some of the presenters at the ceremony - Edward Everett et al - each with tissue guard. This copy is one of an unknown number of presentation copies with a special page stating that it was "Presented to Gen L Coombs." It is further INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To..... Esq, from his friend, Leslie…

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    Boston: By authority of the Committee, 1858. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes a history of the reasons behind the memorial and of the statue itself, addresses and speeches at the rather elaborate ceremony, the names of those marching in the various honor guards, some inspirational poems, as well as the official correspondence of the committee. Frontispiece of the statue and additional plates of some of the presenters at the ceremony - Edward Everett et al - each with tissue guard. This copy is one of an unknown number of presentation copies with a special page stating that it was "Presented to Gen L Coombs." It is further INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To..... Esq, from his friend, Leslie Coombs. " Coombs, perhaps best known at the time of this ceremony as a "strong union man" was born near Boonesboro, Clark County, Kentucky, 28 November, 1793 and died in Lexington, Kentucky, 21 August, 1881; Leslie, who was the twelfth child of a pioneer farmer who relocated from Virginia to Kentucky, entered the army at the age of nineteen and fought first in the Indian wars on the frontier and then in the War of 1812, where he was commissioned captain of spies in Dudley's regiment of Kentucky volunteers,. Later he was wounded at Fort Miami. After the war he studied law and was admitted to the bar, but he continued to be involved in both public and military service. In 1836 he raised - at his own expense - troops to aid Texas in her struggle for independence, and was commissioned colonel. Coombs also served honorably in politics - both as state auditor, and in the legislature. Most significantly, he was earnestly devoted to the Union from the time when the question of secession was first advanced and he gave many speeches in support of his friend Clay as a candidate for president. General Coombs's last public office was shortly after the date of the inauguration of this statue: in 1860 he was elected, as the Union candidate, clerk of the Kentucky court of appeals,. In opposition to the state guard - which was in reality a training ground for recruits for the Confederate army, he organized and armed, in conjunction with General Lovell H. Rousseau, a body of loyal soldiers. He was also one of the pioneers of railroad-building in the West. Several pages have creases in the upper corner - including the pages that included a letter from Governor Morehead of Kentucky. In light of future events, it is notable that many of these letters, which Coombs marked, expressed the necessity of keeping the Union - the country for which Warren died - intact. 224 pp

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    Condition: Overall good only condition in dark brown embossed cloth with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover: the presentation page is detached, and there is bumping and wear to the edges of the boards and the corners, some loss of cloth at the ends of the spine, uniform browning to the pages, with a small semi-circular stain on the bottom margin of several pages. Still a sturdy copy, and interesting both in itself and for its association with a long-lived patriot.

    Book ID: 31287
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  • HERO-TYPE. by Lyga, Barry.
    Lyga, Barry.
    HERO-TYPE.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. SIGNED first edition - 'Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic “Support the Troops” ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn't thought much about it up to then, becomes politically engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means." INSCRIBED on the title page "----- who's your hero"…

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    Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. SIGNED first edition - 'Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic “Support the Troops” ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn't thought much about it up to then, becomes politically engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means." INSCRIBED on the title page "----- who's your hero" and dated in the year of publication. 295 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (a new copy, but corner slightly bumped) Cover different from trade edition. .

    Book ID: 60753
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  • White, E. B.
    THE WILD FLAG: Editorials from The New Yorker on Federal World Government and Other Matters.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Conde Nast, 1946. dj. Hardcover first edition - 'We know, we Americans, what America means in the human heart; we remember its principles and we honor its record; but we tend to forget that it has its counterpart in sixty or seventy other places. This is mischievous business. It is bloody business. Reinforced with the atom, it may be fatal business.' Political commentary from the noted childrenÕs writer and essayist, in editorials written between 1943 and 1946. The theoretical case for a single world government, just as the UN was taking shape.

    Condition: Very good+ in good only dust jacket (small stamp on title page, edgewear to dj, fading to spine).

    Book ID: 23814
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