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  • GODDARD, ROBERT H

    Autograph manuscript diagrams and text. [n.p., n.d.],

    Goddard (1882-1945), the “father of modern rocket propulsion,” launched the world’s first liquid-propellant rocket on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, a “feat as epochal in history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk” (NASA). Goddard had a rare genius for invention and these notes suggest the endless refinement necessary to create a dependable, operational rocket engine.

    $45,000

  • DAGUERRE ,LOUIS JACQUES MANDÉ

    Ink and wash drawings of Jewish subjects and of musical instruments, Signed by Daguerre. “Dessiné le 12 Novembre 1822 LJM Daguerre.”, 1822

    A series of twenty-four fine drawings on a sheet signed by L. J. M. Daguerre, the inventor of photography.

    $40,000

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    In this fine unpublished letter, written just months before his death, Jefferson observes that he no longer reads books as demanding as those on political economy, adding, “I rejoice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

  • (APOLLO 11.) Armstrong, Neil

    Photograph of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon with the American flag and the lunar module, signed on the mount by all three crew members: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins and additionally inscribed “For Peggy and Bill Burden with Best Wishes from Apollo Eleven.”. NASA, July 20, 1969

    This classic space photograph is signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot) and further inscribed to William A. M. and Peggy Burden. This famous Armstrong photograph of Aldrin, standing on the moon’s surface with the United States flag, is NASA AS11-40-5875.

    $30,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Two autograph manuscripts: Autograph manuscript on the American individual beginning “Or are you one ambitious of great deeds” [and] Autograph manuscript poem fragment signed “Kentucky”. No place, c. 1862

    This leaf contains two wonderful Whitman manuscripts. The first is an unpublished manuscript in which Whitman discusses two of the great themes of his writing: the work of strengthening, purifying, and completing oneself and the place of the individual in American democracy. The second, written on the verso of “Or are you ambitious” manuscript, is an unpublished working manuscript from Whitman’s Civil War poem “Kentucky.”

    $28,000

  • ARMSTRONG ,NEIL

    Typed letter signed to Dr. Joseph F. Rorke.. Houston, NASA, 15 January 1970.

    In this historic letter Armstrong details the history of the Apollo XI in-flight cancellation of the “First Man on the Moon” stamp and of the die famously carried to the moon by Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins

    $27,000

  • (Astronomy.)

    Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. Lyon, 1660s

    This fascinating 17th-century scientific manuscript documents the state of scientific knowledge and education in France in the years following Galileo’s trial and the Church’s prohibition of Copernican theory.

    $25,000

  • (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

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877]

    CHARLES DARWIN ON SEXUALITY AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS.

    $22,500

  • 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