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First edition in English of one of the great books of the Renaissance and a classic of political philosophy. Machiavelli, long a diplomat for the Florentine Republic, was personally acquainted with many of the great leaders of the Renaissance including Lorenzo de Medici (the dedicatee of Il Principe), Louis XII of France, Emperor Maximilian, Catherine Sforza, and Piero Soderini. In 1502 he was sent as the Florentine envoy to the court of Cesare Borgia, duke of Valentinois. In Borgia he found an audacious and strong willed leader capable of deception and violence to achieve his ends, yet a man who appeared at all times both controlled and diplomatically prudent. Borgia provided the model for Machiavelli's ideal prince, Valentino. His book addressed the problem of the unification of a self-reliant Italy. "It was Machiavelli's intense preoccupation with this problem– what a state is and how to found one in existing circumstances– which caused the many riddles of his speculative writings … He was by no mean ... Read more

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The History and Practice of the High Court of Chancery

(Marshall, John.) Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey

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SIGNED BY CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL. FIRST EDITION of this law book from the library of John Marshall, signed twice (on the front free endpaper and on the front cover). The most important chief justice in the history of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall was one of the great figures in the establishment of our judicial, legal, and political system. John Marshall rose quickly from frontier log cabin beginnings (albeit from one of Virginia's leading families) to become one of the most respected statesmen in America. After serving for a year as secretary of state under John Adams, Marshall became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a post he held from 1801 to 1835. Over those 35 years he transformed the Court, established the power of judicial review, and helped define the Constitution for future generations, making the third branch co-equal with the executive and legislative branches. As Story wrote, "Your expositions of constitutional law enjoy a rare and extraordinary authority. They constitute ... Read more

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FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of this famous history of the Salem witch trials, a classic of colonial American history. Cotton Mather, scion of the notable Boston family, entered Harvard College at twelve and graduated three years later. He was elected a fellow of Harvard in 1690 before he turned thirty. At the time of the Salem trials in 1692, Mather was already one of the most respected divines in New England. Author of over 400 books and tracts, he had an enormous impact on American thought at the turn of the eighteenth century. Wonders of the Invisible World is one of Mather's two best known works, the other being Magnalia Christi Americana. "This is one of the most important and rarest of all Mather's works – his contemporary history of the Salem trials . . . Historically, Mather's report on the trials is the last important exposition of witchcraft that was written while the superstition remained generally unquestioned. Mather described the trials objectively, but from the viewpoint of a firm believer in witch ... Read more

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A handsome set, with original wrappers, of this landmark of American publishing history, "one of the most costly and important ever published on the American Indians" (Field). In 1816 James Madison named Thomas McKenney superintendent of Indian trade, and in 1824 he became the first head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For years he worked tirelessly to promote Indian-American relations, championing the cause of the Indians and seeking to preserve a record of their vanishing cultures. His collaborator was Illinois jurist and author James Hall. In 1821 James Monroe invited 17 Indian leaders to Washington, in order to demonstrate the wealth and power of the United States and thereby promote peace. At McKenney's order, leading artists including Charles Bird King painted portraits of these men, and over the coming decade they executed scores of portraits of members of more than twenty American Indian tribes visiting Washington on official business. These portraits formed the heart of the government's National Ind ... Read more

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Mammoth portrait of Mille and Christine McCoy

Millie and Christine McCoy, The Carolina Twins. Germon, W.L.

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This spectacular large-format photograph depicts the celebrated conjoined twins Millie and Christine McKoy, known variously as "Millie-Christine," "The Carolina Twins," and "The Two-headed Nightingale." The two once declared, "Although we speak of ourselves in the plural, we feel as but one person." The McKoy sisters shared one of the most remarkable lives in American history. Born into slavery on a North Carolina plantation in 1851, the infants were sold for public exhibition. Over the next few years, they were kidnapped and sold several times. Slaveowner Joseph Smith and his wife recovered them in England and determined to groom the precocious and intelligent girls for the stage. They taught them to read, write, sing, dance, play piano, and give recitations in several languages. "Soon the twins were making public appearances to great acclaim throughout the country as well as abroad, under Smith's personal management. Billed variously as the 'Two-Headed Girl' and the 'Two-Headed Nightingale,' the duo known a ... Read more

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Paradise Lost

Milton, John

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First edition. This is a very rare example of Paradise Lost with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page. This volume has been signed by women who owned it in the 17th and 18th centuries. Samuel Johnson wrote of Paradise Lost, "The characteristic quality of his poem is sublimity. He sometimes descends to the elegant; but his element is the great. He can occasionally invest himself with grace; but his natural port is gigantic loftiness. He can please when pleasure is required; but it is his particular power to astonish." Thomas B. Macaulay hailed Milton as "the poet, statesman, the philosopher, the glory of English literature, the champion and martyr of English liberty." Milton, who went blind in middle age in 1652, did not write Paradise Lost by hand. Instead, he dictated it to family and friends who served as his amanuenses. Each morning before rising from bed, Milton was read to from the Hebrew Bible, and later in the day he would dictate Paradise Lost, sometimes declaring impatiently ... Read more

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Portrait of Marilyn Monroe

(MONROE, MARILYN.) Clark, Edward

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Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe at the beginning of her career. Signed by the photographer in silver ink. Ed Clark was a top photographer for Life magazine in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. In 1950 he received a call from a friend at 20th Century Fox wondering if he wanted to photograph "a hot tomato," the little-known 24 year-old actress Marilyn Monroe. Her film career had just begun to gain momentum: three months earlier, Monroe had appeared as a crooked lawyer's girlfriend in The Asphalt Jungle. Two months later, she had a small role as an aspiring starlet in All About Eve. In a 1999 interview, Clark recalled, "She was almost unknown then, so I was able to spend a lot of time shooting her." "We'd go out to Griffith Park [in Los Angeles] and she'd read poetry. I sent several rolls to LIFE in New York, but they wired back, 'Who the hell is Marilyn Monroe?'" Printed later by Clark. Ektacolor print. 14 x 11 in. Minor faults in the negative. Fine.

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This extremely rare and important collection documents the famous Ghost Dance and related circle dances soon after the Wounded Knee Massacre. These dramatic photographs, taken by the celebrated James Mooney, show these dances as they were taking place. Viewing the Ghost Dance among the Lakota as a threat, the U.S. Army had killed Sitting Bull while arresting him and soon thereafter killed Spotted Elk and perhaps 150 of his followers at Wounded Knee. Thus these Ghost Dance photographs represent original documentary evidence of a major phenomenon in the history of the American West. These photographs were taken by James Mooney (1861-1921), an anthropologist with the Bureau of American Ethnology. He left Washington in late 1890 to investigate the potentially incendiary Ghost Dance movement. In the winter of 1891 Mooney lived among the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, Wichita, and other Native Americans in Native American territory as they performed the Ghost Dance ritual, hoping to usher in the American Indian mille ... Read more

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THE LAST LIVING VETERANS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. These is a complete collection of original carte de visite photographs of all six Revolutionary War veterans still surviving in 1864: William Hutchings (aged 100), Samuel Downing (aged 102), Daniel Waldo (aged 102), Adam Link (aged 102), Alexander Millener (aka Muroney) (aged 104), and Lemuel Cook (aged 105). A seventh man, James Barham, was believed to be alive but could not be located for the series. These ancient veterans, all of whom had all enlisted as boys, were America's last link to the American Revolution as the Civil War was being fought to preserve the Union. Elias Hilliard sought the men out, photographed them in their homes, and published the portraits both individually and in a book, The Last Men of the Revolution (Hartford, 1864). Publication of the photographs and the book sparked national interest in the six surviving veterans of the Revolutionary War. In 1865 Congress granted the survivors a $300 pension, but by then Waldo and Link had alr ... Read more

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One page. Engraved stationery of J. P. Morgan & Co., New York. Fine condition. Archivally framed with a portrait of Morgan. In this letter on J. P. Morgan & Co. letterhead, Morgan writes to his friend financier Levi P. Morton, the governor of New York, "I enclose a bill in which I am greatly interested. Can you let me know through your Secretary or by wire its present condition and prospects. With much love, Yours always J. Pierpont Morgan." J. Pierpont Morgan dominated American finance and business for years, overseeing the formation of General Electric and United States Steel, among many others. Levi P. Morton, whose "banking activities [were] generally regarded as second only to J. P. Morgan" (ANB), was one of the wealthiest men in America. After his term as governor of New York, he formed the Morton Trust Company, which became part of Morgan Guaranty Trust in 1910. Drexel, Morgan & Co. was renamed J. P. Morgan & Co. in 1895, the year Morgan wrote this letter. The month before writing this letter Morgan fa ... Read more

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FIRST EDITION. Mun served on the board of the East India Company from 1615 until his death in 1641. This is his first publication. In the Discourse on Trade (1621), Mun defends the company against charges of depleting England's bullion stock—and thus its wealth—by sending it to the East Indies in exchange for goods. Mun, also known for England's Treasure by Foreign Trade, published in 1664, years after his death, was the leading theorist of mercantilism. In the Discourse, Mun argued that the temporary export of gold and silver resulted in a net expansion of wealth through the growth of international trade. In Mun's view, the trading universe was essentially a coherent and mutually supporting community. Too much frugality at home would restrict foreign purchases of English good, he warned, for if the English did not use foreign goods, foreigners would not have the wherewithal to buy English ones and there would be no sale abroad. . . [Mun presents a] succinct and compelling explanation of the dynamics of g ... Read more

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Three albumen prints (approx. 8 x 3 1⁄2 in.), on original publisher's mounts printed on recto and verso, each a composite image of 6 or 12 photographs. Light wear and soiling, some fading and foxing. Very good condition. Eadweard Muybridge's photographs of horses in motion are icons in the history of photography. This landmark photograph was recently included in 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time (2016). Leland Stanford, railroad magnate and owner of the greatest racing stable in the West, engaged Muybridge to undertake pioneering experiments in instantaneous and sequential photography of horses. Stanford was in part motivated by the "unsupported transit" controversy—are there moments when all four of a horse's feet leave the ground while trotting or galloping? On June 15, 1878, Muybridge demonstrated his method using a battery of twelve cameras whose shutters were released by a series of tripwires as the horse raced down the track. Over the next few days Muybridge made six seque ... Read more

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