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Autographed Books61 of 83Marcus B. Toney THE PRIVATIONS OF A PRIVATE 1907 Author-Signed Confederate Army Officer Photographic PlatesBohemian Club Book - Signed by President Herbert Hoover and others
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Posted 6 years ago


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I have always thought that this set of books was special. The problem wa I couldn't get anyone else to agree. Nor could I find out much information about them. Today I spoke to the MacArthur Museum in Norfolk. Of course I got the "we don't buy items" , "we don't have funds" , but "what is it you've got"? A three volume set of Prescott's Ferdinand and Isabella. The books are in bad shape, however, each one is signed by Arthur MacArthur. silence "Wow!" What is your name and number.....

It turns out the Arthur MacArthur library was destroyed by fire when he was in the Philipines. He won the Medal of Honor in the Civil War. He and his son, Douglas MacArthur were the first father/son to win the Medal of Honor.

So I was right...they are, very special books !


  1. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    Are you going to 'Loan them to the Museum? you know they would care for thm much better than you can. It's a great place to visit. I have a pamphlet from when the wife and I went there in 1965, I think I'll scan it and post it on here.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Great books, with a fantastic autograph!

    The dating on the one shown makes it especially collectable. It is after the birth of Douglas and in the West. Arthur had a long and storied career and was involved in the Indian fights with Geronimo in the 1880s.

    Thanks for sharing.
  3. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    I did two (2) postings for the MaCarthur Memorial, take a look if you've never been.......
  4. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the info, Pops. Actually I am looking for them to purchase and if not I have contacted Bonham's.

    Scottvez, thanks for the comments. All three books have the exact same inscription. The bookplates are 708, 709, and 710. I suspect that there are those that would have them rebound, but I would not.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I like his notation of "50 cents per vol(ume)"-- they should bring a little more than that today, even with the cover damage!

  6. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    Got your back,'s all good !
  7. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    Don't worry Kevin, I'm sure you will get another chance ! Thanks Savoychina1.......
  8. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 6 years ago
    UPDATE ! In honor of a Marine friend of ours, these books have been donated to the Douglas MacArthur Museum in Norfolk, VA. They did not have any books from the Arthur MacArthur library, (most of which was lost in a fire when he was in the Phillipines).

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