The President’s Speech to Both Houses of Congress in The Massachusetts Magazine: or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment. Vol. I. Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1789
This is George Washington’s own signed copy of his First Inaugural Address, from his library at Mount Vernon. This famous address, marking the beginning of a new era in American history, addresses the great themes and issues of the day including the American Revolution, the Constitution, the need for a Bill of Rights, republican government, balance of powers, federalism, the danger of faction, consent of the governed, and more.
“the foundation of England’s knowledge of America during the early period of colonization” — Printing and the Mind of ManSMITH, JOHN
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning Ano: 1584 to this present 1626.. London: J. D.[awson] and I. H.[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, 1627
First edition, third issue. This is an outstanding copy of a foundational work of American history, from the library of the Calverts, the original Proprietors and colonial governors of Maryland.
Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America . . . the third edition [bound with:] Large Additions to Common Sense. Philadelphia: R. Bell, 1776
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING sheets of Common Sense, here with the third edition title page and prefatory leaf. “It is not too much to say that the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, was due more to Paine’s Common Sense than to any other single piece of writing” (Streeter).
(BATTLE OF CONCORD.)
Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord, April 19, 1775. Concord, Massachusetts, October 1774,
AN ICONIC RELIC OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Minuteman Oliver Buttrick carried this historic powder horn at the Battle of Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.
(WILD WEST.) MARKHAM, ALBERT HASTINGS, Capt.
Illustrated autograph manuscript journal of his tour of the United States, including the Indian Territories and Dodge City. England to the United States and back, 22 September 1877 to 8 March 1878
This tremendous illustrated manuscript journal details Markham’s adventures in the Old West. His journey takes him from Liverpool to New York by Cunard steamer, then to Wisconsin to see his mother, who had emigrated there, and on to St Louis. He continues into Indian Territory, travelling by rail and then stage to Fort Sill. For four weeks, accompanied by two Indians, he hunts buffalo and cougar, wolves and turkeys. His journal is filled with fascinating stories of his interactions with Indians and his adventures and misadventures on the prairie. He then makes his way, with the assistance of the Caddoc Indians, to Camp Supply, from which he took the stagecoach to Dodge City. Approaching Dodge he was joined by a party of “cow boys” armed with “six shooters,” and he stayed with them at the camping site outside Dodge City known as Soldiers’ Graves, or Bear Creek, Station.
ROCKEFELLER ,JOHN D
Ambrotype Portrait of John D. Rockefeller. Cleveland, Ohio: Wiliam C. North, c. 1857-1858
This famous portrait of John D. Rockefeller at age 18 is the earliest known photograph of the greatest titan of American business and industry.
MCKENNEY, THOMAS L. AND JAMES HALL
History of the Indian Tribes of North America. With biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Philadelphia: Greenough [and] Rice & Clark, [1838-1844]
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”
The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788. To deliberate and decide on the Form of Federal Government recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, on the 17th September, 1787. Taken in short hand. New York: Francis Childs, 1788
“at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America.” - Harvey Mansfield on Democracy in AmericaTOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE
De la Democratie en Amerique. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840
FIRST EDITIONS. The most influential commentary on America in the nineteenth century, Democracy in America was based on Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system on behalf of the French government. The book resulting from these investigations is generally considered the 19th century’s most insightful commentary on the development of our unique American culture and political system.
(UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.) SCAGGS ,ISAAC
Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber, living near Beltsville, Prince George’s County, Md., on Saturday, September 5th, 1857…. Baltimore, September 7th, 1857
Adam Smith rescued his family from slavery with the help of the Underground Railroad, thereby earning a permanent place in the annals of American freedom.