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  • 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    In this fine unpublished letter, written just months before his death, Jefferson observes that he no longer reads books as demanding as those on political economy, adding, “I rejoice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.

    On hold

  • SLAVERY ,AMERICAN

    Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, c. 1853

    This striking pair of daguerreotypes evokes the complex relationships between slaves and slave owners in the American South, especially between white families and the trusted slaves who cared for their children.

    the pair: $25,000

  • 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

  • STITH, WILLIAM

    The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. Williamsburg: William Parks, 1747

    First edition, first issue. The later issues may have been printed as late as 1753. This is a lovely copy of Stith’s classic history of Virginia from its establishment in 1607 through the dissolution of the Virginia Company of London in 1624, written by the third president of the College of William & Mary.

    $22,000

  • (MAGNA CARTA.) Care, Henry, ed

    English Liberties, Or The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance: Containing Magna Charta . . . The Habeas Corpus Act, And Several Other Statutes. Boston: Printed by J. Franklin, for N. Buttolph, B. Eliot, and D. Henchman, 1721

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This volume, one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta has become “a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable ‘fundamental statute’ that England has ever had” (Pollock & Maitland)

    $20,000

  • (JEFFERSON, THOMAS--VAN BUREN, MARTIN.) Rayner, B.L

    Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson,… Selections of … Private Correspondence.. New York: Francis and Boardman, 1832

    FIRST EDITION. An outstanding Democratic Party association copy. Inscribed and signed as president by Martin Van Buren to Mr. & Mrs. O’Neil, dated Oct 30, 1838.

    $18,000

  • ADAMS, HENRY

    History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams:  “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”

    $17,500