“perhaps the greatest intellectual stride that it has ever been granted to any man to make”— Einstein on Newton’s PrincipiaNEWTON ,ISAAC
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. London: for the Royal Society by Joseph Streater, 1687
First edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia, “generally described as the greatest work in the history of science” (PMM). This is an excellent, entirely unrestored copy of the first state with the preferred two-line imprint.
HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, JAMES MADISON & JOHN JAY
The Federalist: a collection of essays written in favor of the new constitution. New York: John and Andrew M’Lean, 1788
First edition of The Federalist, the most sought-after of all American books. An exceptional copy in the original boards, with the edges untrimmed. A splendid association copy from the library of Major Roger Alden, whom George Washington entrusted with the original manuscript of the Constitution.
A Collection of nearly 500 volumes and more than 250 letters, prints, photographs, memoranda, ephemera, and other objects.. Various places, 1880s-1940s
Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America . . . the third edition [bound with:] Large Additions to Common Sense. Philadelphia: R. Bell, 1776
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING sheets of Common Sense, here with the third edition title page and prefatory leaf. “It is not too much to say that the Declaration of Independence of July 7, 1776, was due more to Paine’s Common Sense than to any other single piece of writing” (Streeter).
“Treatise of Human Nature ... is in every respect the most complete exposition of Hume’s philosophical conception” – BritannicaHUME, DAVID
A Treatise of Human Nature. London: John Noon, 1739 (vols. 1-2), Thomas Longman, 1740 (vol. 3)., 1739-40
First edition of David Hume’s greatest work. Only one thousand copies of the first two volumes were published by John Noon in 1739, and there was almost no public notice. Hume wrote, “It fell dead born from the press, without reaching such distinction, as even to excite a murmur among the zealots.” As a result of poor sales, Hume changed publishers, and volume III was issued a year later by Thomas Longman in a reduced printing run. As a result, complete sets of all three volumes are rare.
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.
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