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  • (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.

    $60,000

  • FILSON, JOHN

    The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography and Natural History of that important Country: to which is added … The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boon, one of the first settlers …. Wilmington: Adams, 1784

    FIRST EDITION. A classic of the early American frontier, this is the first book on Kentucky and the first published biography of Daniel Boone, dictated by the legendary frontiersman himself.

    $48,000

  • CARTER, SUSANNAH

    The Frugal Housewife, or Complete Woman Cook: Wherein the art of dressing all sorts of viands, with cleanliness, decency, and elegance, is explained in five hundred approved receipts … to which are prefixed various bills of fare, for dinners and suppers in every month of the year; and a copious index to the whole. Boston: re-printed and sold by Edes and Gill, in Queen Street, [1772]

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This is the second cookbook printed in America, preceded only by the similarly rare The Compleat Housewife printed in Williamsburg in 1742. It contains an unrecorded woman’s book label dated 1774 and two Paul Revere engravings.

    $48,000

  • CAREY, MATHEW

    Carey’s American Atlas. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1795

    FIRST EDITION of the first true American atlas, the earliest atlas of the United States engraved and published in America. This important volume contains several important state maps including the first American map representing Virginia after statehood. In the preparation of this atlas, Carey drew primarily on existing sources including Guthrie’s Geography. Many of the maps were drawn by Samuel Lewis.

    $42,000

  • MATHER, COTTON

    The Wonders of the Invisible World. Being an account of the tryals of several witches, lately executed in New England. Printed first, at Boston in New England, and reprinted in London for John Dunmow, 1693

    FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of this famous history of the Salem witch trials, a classic of colonial American history.

    $35,000

  • JEFFERSON, THOMAS

    Autograph letter signed to Reverend John McVickar of Columbia University. Monticello, 30 March 1826

    Jefferson and the study of political economy: “No country on earth requires a sound intelligence of it more than ours …”

    In this fine unpublished letter, written just months before his death, Jefferson observes that he no longer reads books as demanding as those on political economy, adding, “I rejoice nonetheless to see that it is beginning to be cultivated in our schools.”

    $35,000

  • (South.) Lalouette, Antoine Prudence (1777-1855)

    An important manuscript collection including 16 long, closely written letters written from Alabama. Alabama, New Orleans, Paris, and elsewhere, mainly 1821-1823

    This tremendous manuscript collection documents in great detail a pioneering French settler’s ambitious struggles to establish a home in the new state of Alabama in the early 1820s.

    $25,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Memoranda During the War. Camden, New Jersey [for Whitman], 1875-’76

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Whitman on the “Remembrance Copy” leaf: “Miss E. N. Morris [from] Walt Whitman.” This copy is also noteworthy for Whitman’s handwritten correction in the account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre (p. 47).

    $22,000

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    The Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852

    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.”

    $22,000

  • (HOLMES ,OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)

    American Mahogany Butler’s Desk from the Holmes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston. American, ca. 1930

    Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.

    $22,000