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Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years

by LINCOLN Abraham SANDBURG Carl

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1926. First Edition . Signed. (LINCOLN) SANDBURG, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co, (1926). Two volumes. Octavo, original half white cloth, printed paper spine labels, top edges gilt, untrimmed, original plain paper dust jackets. $4000.Signed limited first edition of Sandburg's first biography of Lincoln, number 112 of only 260 copies printed, signed by Sandburg on the limitation page.""For thirty years and more I have planned to make a certain portrait of Abraham Lincoln. It would sketch the country lawyer and prairie politician who was intimate with the settlers of the Knox County neighborhood where I grew up as a boy, and where I heard the talk of men and women who had eaten with Lincoln, given him a bed overnight, heard his jokes and lingo, remembered his silences and his mobile face"" (Preface). ""The most popular Lincoln biography yet written…"" (Monaghan 2877). Profusely illustrated. Second state,… Read More
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Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to... Russia

Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to... Russia

by BILLINGS Joseph SAUER Martin

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1802. First Edition . SAUER, Martin. An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia… Performed, By Command of Her Imperial Majesty Catherine the Second, Empress of all the Russias, By Commodore Joseph Billings… The Whole Narrated from the Original Papers by Martin Sauer. London: T. Cadell and W. Davies (A. Strahan), 1802. Quarto, contemporary mottled calf boards rebacked retaining original marbled endpapers, raised bands. $4000.First edition of this important Russian survey of the extreme northeastern parts of Asia and the coast of Siberia, with large folding chart and 14 full-page copper-engraved plates by William Alexander of views, elevations, portraits of natives, their dress and implements, as well as a comparative glossary of indigenous languages.After serving as an able-bodied seaman aboard the Discovery, one of the two ships commanded by Captain Cook on his fatal last voyage, Joseph Billings joined the Russian navy, where his reputation as… Read More
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Act to Permit Persons professing the Jewish Religion, to be naturalized by Parliament. WITH: An...

Act to Permit Persons professing the Jewish Religion, to be naturalized by Parliament. WITH: An Act to Repeal...

by JEWISH NATURALIZATION ACT HAYNE Samuel

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1685. PARLIAMENT. An Act to permit Persons professing the Jewish Religion, to be naturalized by Parliament; and for other Purposes therein mentioned. WITH: An Act to Repeal. London: Thomas Baskett, 1753. Two pieces. Slim folio, original tan self-wrappers disbound; pp.(2) 407-410 and modern cardboard boards, pp. 1-4. $6500.First edition of the Jewish Naturalization Act of 1753, the ""Jew Bill"" that notoriously provoked such fierce opposition that it was repealed within months by Parliament, together with a first edition of that repeal.Under Cromwell, in 1656, it had finally ""became possible, for the first time for three and a half centuries, for Jews to live, trade and worship openly and, for the most part, untroubled in the City of London"" (Schama, History of Britain II:234-35). Subsequently, despite anti-Jewish agitation in the early years of George II's reign, the King was not inclined ""to reverse the arrangement that had become established… Read More
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Address of the Convention for the Framing a New Constitution…Massachusetts-Bay

Address of the Convention for the Framing a New Constitution…Massachusetts-Bay

by ADAMS Samuel LOVELL James

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1780. First Edition . Signed. (ADAMS, Samuel). An Address of the Convention, for Framing a New Constitution of Government, for the State of Massachusetts-Bay, to their Constituents. Boston: Printed by White and Adam, 1780. Slim octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards; (i-v), 6-18. $7800.First edition of Samuel Adams' eloquent Address in support of the first Massachusetts constitution (also greatly crafted by Adams), advocating “the free exercise of the rights of conscience"" and a government elected to ""promote the supreme good of human society."" This exceptionally rare association copy is signed on the half title by Massachusetts Founding Father James Lovell, who was arrested and imprisoned in the Revolution before serving as a member of the Continental Congress where, as a self-taught cryptologist, he broke British ciphers intercepted from 1780-81. One of 1800 printed and distributed under Adams' supervision.One of the… Read More
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Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt

by ROOSEVELT Franklin D.

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1941. First Edition . Signed. ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States from July 19, 1940 to January 20, 1941. Washington: The White House, Christmas 1941. Quarto, original half parchment, paper spine label, uncut, original slipcase. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $25,000.Signed/limited first edition of FDR's 1941 Christmas book, number 53 of only 75 copies hand-numbered by him, additionally inscribed to his son and daughter-in-law: ""For Franklin Jr. & Ethel with a Happy Christmas and Love from Franklin D. Roosevelt.""This is one of FDR's Christmas books, which FDR presented to family and friends. This particular book includes many of his speeches from the last six months of 1940 through January 20, 1941. The Christmas books are notoriously difficult for bibliographers due to FDR's decision to print them privately and the very small limitations used for each work (generally 50-100 copies). ""These… Read More
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Advance Press Transcript of Truman's Final State of the Union Address, Signed

Advance Press Transcript of Truman's Final State of the Union Address, Signed

by TRUMAN Harry

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1953. Signed. TRUMAN, Harry S. Advance Press Transcript of Truman's Final State of the Union Address, Signed. [Washington, DC]: January 7, 1953. Eight leaves, mimeographed typescript on versos and rectos for 16 pages. Legal folio (8 by 14 inches), stapled upper left. $13,500.Advance press transcript of Truman's final State of the Union Address, signed by him, a stirring summation of the challenges and accomplishments of his years in office, and a call to unite behind the efforts of President-Elect Eisenhower. This is a mimeographed advance transcript of the speech, marked ""Confidential"" at the top, issued in very small numbers for the use of the press—most copies would have been discarded after use.""I took the oath of office on April 12, 1945. In May of that same year, the Nazis surrendered. Then, in July, that great white flash of light, man-made at Alamogordo, heralded swift and final victory in World War II—and opened the doorway to the atomic… Read More
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Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by TWAIN Mark

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1876. First Edition . TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1876. Square octavo, publisher's three-quarter brown morocco, peach endpapers. Housed in a custom chemise and half morocco clamshell box. $69,000.First American edition, first state of one of the great masterpieces of American literature and a true touchstone of American childhood, in the exceptionally rare publisher's morocco binding. An essential addition to any Mark Twain collection. Only 200 copies were issued in the publisher's three-quarter morocco binding.""The first novel Mark Twain wrote without a co-author, Tom Sawyer is also his most clearly autobiographical novel… Enlivened by extraordinary and melodramatic events, it is otherwise a realistic depiction of the experiences, people and places that Mark Twain knew as a child"" (Rasmussen, 459). Originally published in England (without illustrations), Tom Sawyer arrived at a momentous point in American… Read More
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Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks

Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks

by JEFFERSON Thomas DAUBENTON Louis-Jean-Marie

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1811. First Edition . (JEFFERSON, Thomas) DAUBENTON, Louis-Jean-Marie. Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks, on the Care and Management of Sheep. Translated from the original French of M. Daubenton [by James Bowdoin]. Boston: Joshua Belcher, 1811. Slim octavo, contemporary full mottled brown calf gilt, marbled endpapers, black morocco spine label. $78,000.Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of this guide to sheep farming—one of Jefferson's primary agricultural interests—containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership mark, presented to Jefferson by the widow of the book's translator, James Bowdoin, Jefferson's minister to Spain, with the inscription: ""President Jefferson with Mrs Bowdoin's respectful compliments. 24 May 1812."" Second edition in English, with three illustrated plates appearing for the first time in this edition, in contemporary mottled calf.This volume was in Jefferson's final ""Retirement… Read More
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Africa and America

Africa and America

by CROMWELL John Wesley CRUMMELL Alexander

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1891. First Edition . Signed. (CROMWELL, JOHN WESLEY) CRUMMELL, Alex[ander]. Africa and America. Addresses and Discourses. Springfield, Mass.: Willey & Co., 1891. Octavo, original burgundy cloth recornered and rebacked with original spine laid down. $6800.First edition of the last major work published in the lifetime of the preeminent 19th-century ""Black nationalist and Pan-Africanist,"" a leader W.E.B. Du Bois considered ""one of his greatest influences… his 'guru,'"" with this especially important association copy containing the owner inscription and signatures of Black historian John Wesley Cromwell—signed on the title page by him, additionally signed and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper, ""J.W. Cromwell, Washington D.C.""Crummell, together with Martin Delany, Henry Highland Garnet and William Cooper Nell, formed ""the backbone of the national Black leadership"" (Rael, Eighty-Eight… Read More
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African Queen

African Queen

by FORESTER C.S.

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1935. First Edition . FORESTER, C.S. The African Queen. Boston: Little, Brown, 1935. Octavo, original beige and green cloth, original dust jacket. $5000.First American edition of Forester's beloved African adventure, basis for John Huston's 1951 Oscar-winning film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, in scarce dust jacket.""I recommend Forester to every literate I know,"" Hemingway once said. Born Cecil Smith in Egypt, C.S. Forester grew up in England to become one of its most popular authors with his adventures of Horatio Hornblower and, in The African Queen, an unlikely romance between a Cockney boat pilot and a headstrong missionary that produced one of Hollywood's most legendary films, starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in his only Oscar-winning role. ""The cornerstone item in any serious Forester collection"" (Smiley, 39). Published the same year in England with a ""happier, if not entirely satisfying… Read More
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Alaska. Narrative, Glaciers, Natives.

Alaska. Narrative, Glaciers, Natives.

by CURTIS Edward HARRIMAN Edward H.

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1901. First Edition . (CURTIS, Edward) HARRIMAN ALASKA EXPEDITION. Alaska. Volume I: Narrative, Glaciers, Natives. Volume II: History, Geography, Resources. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1901. Two volumes. Tall octavo, original green cloth, top edges gilt, uncut, original cloth dust jackets. $5000.First edition account of the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska, with 39 color plates (including 16 heliotype plates of coastal birds by Louis Agassiz Fuertes), 85 full-page photogravures (45 by Edward S. Curtis), five maps and numerous in-text illustrations.In 1899, railroad magnate Edward Henry Harriman assembled a team of 26 distinguished scientists and artists, among them C. Hart Merriam, chief of the U.S. Biological Survey, John Burroughs, the best selling nature writer of the day, John Muir, much-admired father of the American conservation movement, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, the nation's most notable ornithological painter since Audubon, and Edward S. Curtis, famous photographer of the North American… Read More
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by CARROLL Lewis

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1866. First Edition . CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: Macmillan, 1866. Octavo, mid-20th century full red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, all edges gilt. $14,500.First authorized English edition of Carroll’s cherished romp through the realm of nonsense, illustrated with 42 engravings by John Tenniel, handsomely bound by Riviere & Son, with original cloth-gilt at rear.""More than a flare of genius,"" Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ""was the spiritual volcano of children's books"" (Darton, 260). ""Historians of children's literature universally agree that [its] publication… marks the liberation of children's books from the restraining hand of the moralists"" (Carpenter & Prichard, 102). A mesmerizing masterpiece of comic nonsense, Alice also demonstrates Carroll's gift for recognizing ""the child's inner fears, wishes,… Read More
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American Herbal

American Herbal

by STEARNS Samuel

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1801. First Edition . STEARNS, Samuel. American Herbal, or Materia Medica. Walpole, New Hampshire: David Carlisle, for Thomas & Thomas, 1801. Octavo, original boards sympathetically respined, uncut. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $7200.First edition of the first American herbal, in original boards.""The first herbal both produced and printed in the United States, as opposed to those which were reprints of European works. Stearns' home remedies sometimes strayed beyond the boundaries of herbal medicine; for instance, he devoted an entry to bears, in which he described the uses of their flesh, oil and grease, and warned his readers that they often do much damage by killing sheep, destroying corn, and sometimes the human species. The work also includes information on American Indian remedies"" (Norman). ""Stearns was born in Bolton, Massachusetts, in 1747; he became a physician and astronomer, practicing his profession first in Worcester, Massachusetts, then… Read More
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American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces

American Museum, or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces

by CONSTITUTION CAREY Mathew

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1787. First Edition . (CONSTITUTION) CAREY, Mathew, editor. The American Museum, Or Repository of Ancient and Modern Fugitive Pieces, &c. Prose and Poetical. Volume II, Numbers I-VI. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, July-December, 1787. Thick octavo, original marbled boards rebacked and recornered to style in calf gilt, red morocco spine label; pp. (i), (1-3), 4-11, (12-15), 16 (17), 18-103, (104-107), 108-199, 203, 201-206, (207-211), 212-311, (312-315), 316-415, (416-419), 420-518, (519-523), 524-600, 1-15, (16-17), 18-22. $18,500.First edition of a true American classic: Mathew Carey's American Museum for 1787 (Volume II: Nos. I-VI), containing in the September issue the first serial printing of the U.S. Constitution and featuring the first serial printings of the first six Federalist papers issued outside of New York City, in original marbled boards.As Mathew Carey foresaw in the Preface to this volume's July issue of The American Museum, its ""good effects… are likely… Read More
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American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches...

American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches...

by BROWN William Wells

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1855. First Edition . BROWN, W[illia]m Wells. The American Fugitive in Europe. Sketches of Places and People Abroad. With a Memoir of the Author. Boston / Cleveland / New York: John P. Jewett / Jewett, Proctor & Worthington / Sheldon, Lamport & Blakeman, 1855. Octavo, original blind-stamped gilt-lettered brown cloth. $5800.First edition of Brown's substantially revised and expanded Three Years in Europe (1853), newly titled as American Fugitive in Europe with 12 new chapters, issued within months of his return from years of exile, determined to continue his work as a soldier ""against the prison-house of slavery,"" a core work in Brown’s ""substantial legacy,"" with striking engraved frontispiece portrait, especially elusive in original cloth.Born into slavery, William Wells Brown ""remains an enduring figure in African American history and literature for his writing, his activism and his remarkable story of survival and… Read More
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America's National Game

America's National Game

by SPALDING Albert G.

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1911. First Edition . Signed. SPALDING, Albert G. America's National Game. Historic Facts Concerning the Beginning, Evolution, Development and Popularity of Base Ball. New York: American Sports Publishing, 1911. Thick octavo, original blue pictorial cloth gilt. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $8500.First edition, presentation copy, of this essential baseball history, warmly inscribed by the author in the year of publication: ""To Mr. H.E. Doolittle with my compliments and Christmas Greetings. A.G. Spalding. Point Loma Calif., Dec. 25, 1911."" With over 100 full-page illustrations and four fold-out plates (two printed on both sides), including frontispiece and panoramic views of the Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Comiskey Park and Forbes Field.""History of the game by one of the pioneer giants"" (Grobani 6:9). Spalding transformed baseball ""from its dual origins as either a gentlemen's club or a rowdy working-class pastime into a popular,… Read More
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Anatomy of the Brain. BOUND WITH: Series of Engravings... Nerves

Anatomy of the Brain. BOUND WITH: Series of Engravings... Nerves

by BELL Charles

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1802. First Edition . BELL, Charles. The Anatomy of the Brain, Explained in a Series of Engravings. BOUND WITH: A Series of Engravings, Explaining the Course of the Nerves. London: Printed by C. Whittingham… for T.N. Longman et. al., 1802, 1803. Tall quarto (9-1/2 by 11-1/2 inches), contemporary three-quarter brown calf rebacked with original elaborately gilt-decorated spine and red and black morocco spine labels laid down, marbled boards, endpapers and edges; [i-v] vi-vii, [1-3] 4-87 [1]; [4] [1-3] 4-49 [3]. $17,500.First editions of two seminal early works by Scottish surgeon Bell—Anatomy of the Brain (1802) and Series of Engravings (1803), with Anatomy wonderfully illustrated with 12 stipple-engraved anatomical plates (11 hand-colored)—-""engraved by Thomas Medland after Bell's own drawings… probably Bell's most beautiful work on neuroanatomy and one of the most beautifully illustrated in the entire literature""—and nine copper-engraved plates… Read More
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Ancient Regime

Ancient Regime

by TWAIN Mark TAINE H. A.

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1876. Signed. (TWAIN, Mark) TAINE, Hippolyte. The Ancient Regime. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1876. Octavo, original green cloth. Housed in a custom half polished calf clamshell box. $25,000.Mark Twain's signed copy of Hippolyte Taine's The Ancient Regime, signed ""Saml. L. Clemens, Hartford 1876"" on the front flyleaf and annotated by him on the final text leaf, ""Finished Jan 29th"" and beneath that note, ""Finished Sept. 10th,"" indicating that he read the book twice. With the bookplate prepared by Anderson Auction Company in 1911 stating ""This book is from the Library of Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)"" signed by Twain's literary executor and biographer Albert Bigelow Paine.Twain scholar Sherwood Cummings wrote of this book, ""[Twain] not only referred to it during the next decade in his notebooks and correspondence, but borrowed liberally from it for material and incidents in both The… Read More
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Andrew Wyeth

by WYETH Andrew MERYMAN Richard

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1968. First Edition . Signed. (WYETH, Andrew) MERYMAN, Richard. Andrew Wyeth. Boston: Gambit, Incorporated, 1969. Oblong folio (13-1/2 by 17 inches), original half light blue reverse calf, all edges gilt, original clamshell box. $5800.Deluxe signed limited first edition, number 124 of only 300 copies, with 165 full-page color and black-and-white reproductions of Wyeth’s paintings of Pennsylvania and Maine.In the tradition of his father, N.C. Wyeth, and the Brandywine artists, Andrew Wyeth achieved acclaim for his naturalistic portrayals of the Pennsylvania countryside and the seacoast of Maine. His watercolors and tempera paintings capture the essence of the two regions, while conveying a sense of loneliness and nostalgia. ""I can do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about the past and future—the timelessness of these rocks and hills—about all the people who have existed here."" After the prints were completed and approved by Wyeth for this volume, the original… Read More
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Anno Regni Georgii III

Anno Regni Georgii III

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1767. PARLIAMENT. Anno Regni Georgii III… Septimo [The first Townshend Act, 1767] . London: Printed by Mark Baskett, 1769. Folio, disbound; pp. (i), 891-94; ll. 3. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $5200.Very rare first printing of the Restraining Act of 1767, prohibiting New York from legislative action until it allowed the quartering of British troops, the first of the Townshend Acts, a series of punishing authoritarian measures that set the American colonies on the path to revolution. One of only 1100 copies printed. From the library of Malcolm Forbes, the owner-publisher of Forbes magazine and accomplished collector.Named for Charles Townshend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Townshend Acts consisted of a series of laws intended to raise revenue from the American colonies, tighten customs enforcement and assert imperial authority in America. The New York Restraining Act suspended the New York Assembly until it complied with the extremely unpopular Quartering Acts of 1765 and 1766, which… Read More
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