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  • (MARSHALL, JOHN.) Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey

    The History and Practice of the High Court of Chancery. London: Printed by Henry Lintot for J. Worral and W. Owen, 1758

    FIRST EDITION of this law book from the library of John Marshall, signed twice (on the front free endpaper and on the front cover). The most important chief justice in the history of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall was one of the great figures in the establishment of our judicial, legal, and political system.

    $12,000

  • (HEBREW.)

    Women’s Manuscript Prayer Book in Hebrew. Scribe: Yechiel Menachem Ben Abraham Urbino. Italy, 1775

    This delicate and rare manuscript, prepared exclusively for women includes prayers for healthy and righteous children, a comfortable livelihood, the Mikveh, pregnancy, candle lightening, and the separation of Challah.

    $11,500

  • RAND, AYN

    Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House, 1957

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy of one of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century.

    $11,000

  • (WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]

    A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795

    Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.

    $6,000

  • (ZIONISM.) FRIEDLANSKY ,ARYEH

    A collection of manuscripts and typescripts written by a participant in the Revisionist Zionist movement. Palestine, 1930-43

    This collection of Zionist essays, letters, and other papers documents a crucial period during the British Mandate in Palestine.

    $5,500

  • LAO-TZU

    Lao Tseu Tao Te King. Le Livre de la Voie et de la Vertu . . . traduit en Francais… par Stanislaus Julien. Paris: l’Imprimerie Royale, 1842

    FIRST EDITION of the complete Tao-te Ching to be published in a Western language.

    $4,500

  • FRANKFURTER, FELIX

    Felix Frankfurter Reminisces. Edited by Harlan B. Phillips. New York: Reynal & Company, (c.1960)

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Frankfurter: “For Arthur J. Goldberg, who helps to vindicate the social function of the Anglo-American adversary system and to justify advocacy, with the appreciation of Felix Frankfurter June 18, 1960.” Frankfurter left the Court in 1962, and Goldberg took his seat.

    $3,200

  • FRANKFURTER, FELIX.

    Felix Frankfurter Reminisces. New York: Reynal & Company, (c.1960)

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Frankfurter “For Warren E. Burger, with the cordial regards of Felix Frankfurter April 17, 1961.”

    $3,200

  • BURKE ,EDMUND

    A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.. London: Dodsley, 1757.

    First edition. Burke’s Philosophical Enquiry into Sublime and Beautiful is a central text of 18th-century aesthetics and a key work in the transition from Neoclassicism to Romanticism.

    $3,000

  • (BLACK, HUGO.)

    Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black:  “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.

    $2,500