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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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First edition. This rare volume documents Alexander Hamilton's heroic efforts to secure New York's ratification of the Constitution. In September 1787 the General Convention in Philadelphia sent the proposed Constitution to the states for ratification. One of the most contentious battlegrounds was New York. Without its ratification the new nation would be crippled from the outset. Alexander Hamilton, leader of the New York Federalists, laid the groundwork for his campaign by publishing a series of Federalist papers in newspapers beginning in October 1787. But by June 1788 he saw that the effort was in trouble. Hamilton wrote to James Madison, "the more I can penetrate the views of the anti-federal party in this state, the more I dread the consequences of the non adoption of the Constitution by any of the other states, the more I fear an eventual disunion and civil war." When the New York convention commenced that month, ratification was in jeopardy: Anti-Federalist delegates out-numbered Federalists 47 to 20. ... Read more

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  • Edition: 1st Edition
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A spectacular association copy of The Federalist in original boards. Two volumes. Original boards, rebacked in paper, untrimmed. Title reinserted in volume one, light foxing, a few stains, minor repair to last leaf. An outstanding set. First edition of The Federalist, the most sought-after of all American books. An exceptional copy in the original boards, with the edges untrimmed. A splendid association copy from the library of Major Roger Alden. Alden enlisted as a soldier in Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec in September 1776. He fought at Germantown in October 1777, and spent the winter at Valley Forge. He rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as aide-de camp, with the brevet rank of Major, to Brigadier General Jedediah Huntington. After the war Alden was elected deputy secretary of the Continental Congress, became deputy secretary of Foreign Affairs under Washington, and was the man entrusted with the original Constitution after its signing. "On September 18, 1787, the morning after it had been ... Read more

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Hong Kong, Happy Valley Cemetery

Happy Valley, Hong Kong

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Albumen print, mounted. 8 ½ x 12 inches. Manuscript caption on mount: "The Happy Valley Hong Kong." This is one of the earliest photographic views of Hong Kong, Happy Valley Cemetery founded in 1845. The Happy Valley Cemetery sits directly across from the Happy Valley Racecourse, which it predates. "The name Happy Valley was given to the area before the Cemetery was opened. Perhaps it was so called because it was considered the most fertile and the prettiest place on the north coast" (Lim, Forgotten Souls 5). Happy Valley was first intended to be the business center of Hong Kong but climate conditions prevented this. The Hong Kong, Happy Valley Cemetery was built as a series of terraces up the hillside. This is an early view of the oldest graves in the burial ground. The remains of the wealthy, powerful, and controversial figures of old Hong Kong are found in the cemetery including Sir Kai Ho Kai and Yang Quyun, advisers of Sun Yatsen.

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Twice-Told Tales

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

  • Edition: 1st Edition
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FIRST EDITION of Hawthorne's second published book, a classic of American literature. From the day of publication this collection of nineteen tales brought Hawthorne fame. "Of Mr. Hawthorne's Tales we would say emphatically, that they belong to the highest region of Art–an Art subservient to genius of a very lofty order … the style is purity itself. Force abounds. High imagination gleams from every page … We know of few compositions which the critic can more honestly commend than these ' Twice-Told Tales.' As Americans, we feel proud of the book" (Edgar Allan Poe). Hawthorne's title, Twice-Told Tales, was based on a line from Shakespeare's Life and Death of King John: "Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, / Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man." The tales are "twice-told" because Hawthorne had published them individually in magazines and annuals before collecting them in this, his first published book. "To this little work we would say,'Live ever, sweet, sweet book.' It comes from the hand of a man o ... Read more

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In this wonderful letter to his close friend and publisher James T. Fields, Nathaniel Hawthorne discusses the presentation copies of Our Old Home, which was scheduled to be published three days later on September 19, 1863. Hawthorne writes, "Dear Fields, On the other page is the list of presentation people; and (with four [altered from three] copies bestowed when I saw you) it amounts to twenty-four, which your liberality and kindness allow me . I held my pen suspended over one or two of the names, doubting whether they deserved of me so especial a favor as a portion of my heart and brain. I have few friends. Some authors, I should think, would require half the edition for private distribution . Your friend, Nathl Hawthorne." This remarkable letter explains the rarity of inscribed presentation copies of Our Old Home (none at auction in at least 40 years): Hawthorne arranged for these presentation copies to be distributed directly by the publisher. Presumably these are the copies inscribed "From the author" in ... Read more

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The Life of Franklin Pierce

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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FIRST EDITION. AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: "For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853." Hawthorne and Pierce met at Bowdoin College and developed a close friendship. In 1846 Pierce played an important role in obtaining for Hawthorne the position of Surveyor of the Custom House is Salem with a salary of $1200 per year. Six years later, Hawthorne wrote this Life of Franklin Pierce, the campaign biography which helped win Pierce the 1852 presidential election. After the election, Pierce made Hawthorne American Consul to the Port of Liverpool. This position allowed Hawthorne a substantial income and provided the inspiration for later works such as The Marble Faun, Our Old Home, and the Italian and English Notebooks. In 1863 Hawthorne dedicated his Our Old Home to Pierce. His publ ... Read more

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CATCH-22

Heller, Joseph

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Heller on the origin of the title "Catch-22". FIRST EDITION. Inscribed and signed by Heller: "To Jim Pepper: Who might be interested to know that if not for a novel by Leon Uris called Mila 18, this copy of Catch-22 would be Catch-18. Best wishes Joseph Heller 9/20/78." Heller planned to call the novel Catch-18, but his editor, Robert Gottlieb, warned that best-selling novelist Leon Uris was about to publish Mila 18. As an alternative, Gottlieb suggested Catch-22, and the term became part of our everyday language. For Heller and Uris, both of whom were Jewish, the number 18 had special meaning. The Hebrew number 18, yud-het, uses the same letters as the word for life, het-yud. For this reason, donations to Jewish charities and gifts for special occasions are commonly made in multiples of 18, and the number is traditionally associated with good fortune and vitality. A wonderful inscribed copy of this modern classic.

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JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES JR.'S DESK

(HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)

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JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES JR.'S DESK (HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.) American Mahogany Butler's Desk from the Homes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston.American, ca. 1830. Mahogany. 43 (h) x 47 (w) x 23 (d) inches. Some wear, some loss of veneer. Rectangular top over a fall front pull-out desk fitted with small drawers and pigeonholes over three long drawers resting on bracket feet. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. lived with his father at 296 Beacon Street in Boston during the physician-poet's declining years. After his father's death in 1892, he inherited the house and continued to live there. The son was childless and his father had only one grandchild, Edward Jackson "Ned" Holmes, born in 1873. In 1897, Ned, then studying law at Harvard, married Mary Beaman (daughter of Charles Cotsworth Beaman). Writing to a friend shortly before the wedding, O. W. Holmes Jr. observed, "I am rather interested by my nephew [Ned]-my only near relation," and a month later he noted, "The nephew is still sub judice as to how ... Read more

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Darwiniana

HUXLEY, THOMAS HENRY. (CHARLES DARWIN)

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FIRST EDITION. A spectacular Darwin association copy, presented by Thomas Henry Huxley to Joseph Dalton Hooker, with an engraved "From the author" slip on the front pastedown above which is written "Sir J. D. Hooker." Huxley and Hooker were Darwin's closest friends and allies in his attempt to formulate his evolutionary theories and convince the world of their merit. The men were part of the very small circle to whom Charles Darwin confided his theory of natural selection in the years prior to publication. Darwin's closest friend, Joseph Dalton Hooker was a founder of geographical botany and one of the greatest naturalists of the nineteenth century. Hooker was the first person to whom Darwin confided his theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin told Hooker, "it is like confessing a murder." Hooker, together with Lyell, was responsible for the famous joint publication in 1858 by Darwin and Wallace. Darwin and Huxley met in 1851, and two became friends and mutual supporters. Darwin recognized Huxley's b ... Read more

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