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  • HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, JAMES MADISON, and JOHN JAY.

    The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution. New York: John and Andrew M’Lean, 1788

    First edition. This splendid example of The Federalist is one of a very small number of special deluxe copies printed on thick paper.

     

    $450,000

  • GALILEI, GALILEO

    Discorsi e Dimostrazioni Matematiche, Intorno a Due Nuoue Scienze attenenti alla mecanica & movimenti locali …. Leiden: Elzevir, 1638

    First edition, the rare first issue, of the Two New Sciences, Galileo’s greatest work. Galileo’s “Mathematical Discourses and Demonstrations … is now considered by most scientists as Galileo’s greatest work. … It was upon his foundations that Huygens, Newton and others were able to erect the frame of the science of dynamics, and to extend its range (with the concept of universal gravitation) to the heavenly bodies” (PMM).

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  • BIBLE

    The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated. London: by Robert Barker, 1613-1611

    The Great “She” Bible, the “authorized version” or King James Bible, one of the greatest monuments of English literature.

    $300,000

  • DESCARTES, RENE

    Discours de la Méthode pour bien Conduire sa Raison & Chercher la Vérité dans les Sciences. Leiden: Jan Maire, 1637

    First edition of Descartes’s first published work, one of the most  influential  volumes  in  the  history  of  science  and  philosophy.

    $150,000

  • MALTHUS, THOMAS ROBERT

    A collection of four autograph letters signed to Francis Horner. East India College, Hertford, 1811-1813

    In this outstanding series of unpublished letters, Thomas Robert Malthus discusses many of his principal interests including population, demography, gold bullion and the bullion controversy, controversies with David Ricardo, the prices of precious metals in world markets, and international trade.

    $125,000

  • MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLÒ

    Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince. … Translated out of Italian into English; By E[dward]. D[acres].. London: R. Bishop for William Hils & Daniel Pakeman, 1640

    $80,000

  • (HAMILTON, ALEXANDER.)

    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

    $75,000

  • MUN, THOMAS

    A Discourse of Trade from England unto the East-Indies: answering the diverse objections which are usually made against the same. London: Nicholas Okes for John Pyper, 1621

    FIRST EDITION. Mun served on the board of the East India Company from 1615 until his death in 1641. This is his first publication. In the Discourse on Trade (1621), Mun defends the company against charges of depleting England’s bullion stock—and thus its wealth—by sending it to the East Indies in exchange for goods. Mun, also known for England’s Treasure by Foreign Trade, published in 1664, years after his death, was the leading theorist of mercantilism. In the Discourse, Mun argued that the temporary export of gold and silver resulted in a net expansion of wealth through the growth of international trade.

    $75,000

  • CANTILLON ,RICHARD

    Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, traduit de l’Anglois.. “Londres [Paris]: Fletcher Gyles”, 1755

    First edition of the book that is, “more emphatically than any other single work, the cradle of political economy”

    $75,000

  • BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM

    Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765-1769

    First edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries, a monument of the Anglo-American legal and political system and one of the key influences on the thought of the Founding Fathers and the shaping of the Constitution.

    $68,000