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  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Autograph Manuscript beginning “The Spirit’s Hour.”. n.p., 1882

    This wonderful manuscript reflects Whitman’s mysticism, connecting self and the cosmos.

    $42,000

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    In this fine unpublished letter, written just months before his death, Jefferson observes that he no longer reads books as demanding as those on political economy, adding, “I rejoice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

    The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascending from the moon and approaching the Command Service Module, signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr. NASA, 21 July 1969

    A spectacular mammoth print of this iconic image. Signed and inscribed 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).

    $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

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844]

    VERY EARLY DARWIN INVESTIGATION OF THE RACES OF MAN. In 1834 Darwin heard that head lice vary among the races of man while on the voyage of the Beagle. In his Beagle zoological diary he wrote, “Mr Martial, a surgeon of an English Whaler assures me that the Lice of the Sandwich Islanders … if they strayed to the bodies of the English in 3 or 4 days died … If these facts were verified their interest would be great.— Man springing from one stock according his varieties having different species of parasites.— It leads one into many reflections.” Intrigued by the implications of this observation, Darwin began collecting specimens for further research.

    $27,500

  • 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

  • (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

  • (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

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

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

    CHARLES DARWIN ON SEXUALITY AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS.

    $22,500

  • (VALLEY FORGE.) FISH, NICHOLAS, Major

    Autograph letter signed with initials to Lt. Col. Richard Varick. Camp Valley Forge, 9 May 1778

    In this splendid Valley Forge letter Major Fish here describes the soldiers’ reaction to the news of the alliance with France, detailing the day’s events celebrating the glorious news of what would prove to be one of the war’s decisive events

    $22,000