Voyages to the New World by Columbus, Vespucci and Others: A Contemporary Manuscript from the Age of Discovery with contributions by Columbus’s shipmate Michele de Cuneo[COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, AMERIGO VESPUCCI, & OTHERS.] BERNARDUS ALBINGAUNENSIS.
“Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512. Contiene sotto Compendio: De tutti li circuli: et sphere celeste …. Nota: quo Modo: et Personis: versus Mare indicum: repetra fuerit Navigatio. Et que Insule alias Incognite inuente fuerint a Genuensi Columbo. Necnon et Terra firma nostcrorum Antecessorum Nemini Cognita.”. Autograph manuscript. Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene at Monterossa al Mare, dated February 10 to April 15, 1512This IMPORTANT CODEX OF THE AGE OF DISCOVERY is an unpublished source for the history of exploration in the New World. The author, the Benedictine monk Bernardus of Albenga, consulted Columbus’s friend and shipmate Michele de Cuneo in the preparation of this manuscript.
“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.
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).
Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. The second impression. London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632
SECOND FOLIO, FIRST ISSUE, FIRST STATE OF THE IMPRINT [Todd 1a]. This is the second edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays, “incomparably the greatest work in the English language” (Jackson, Pforzheimer Catalogue).
RAMUSIO ,GIOVANNI BATTISTA
Delle Navigationi et Viaggi.. Venice: Giunta, 1563, 1556, and 1559
First editions of volumes II and II, third edition of volume I. This classic in the history of exploration includes: the first printings of the description of present-day New York by Verrazzano, the first European to see the harbor; Cartier’s account of his pioneering inland exploration of the continent; numerous maps and views of fundamental importance in the cartography of the New World; and most important, the most complete and most influential text of Marco Polo’s book of his travels.
The Only Contemporary Published Account of the Secret Debates in the Federal Constitutional ConventionMARTIN ,LUTHER
The Genuine Information, Delivered to the Legislature of the State of Maryland, Relative to the Proceedings of the General Convention, Lately Held in Philadelphia.. Philadelphia: Eleazar Oswald, 1788
First edition of Martin’s Genuine Information, a classic Anti- Federalist work and the only contemporary published source to describe the secret debates in the Federal Constitutional Convention.
KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT
A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner. Written (during the Bombardment of Fort McHenry, on the 12th & 13th Septr. 1814) by B. [sic] Key Esqr.. Baltimore: Carrs Music Store, [1814 or early 1815]
FIRST EDITION of the printed words with music of the American national anthem, one of the most celebrated rarities of printed Americana.
“one of the fullest and most important collections of early voyages and travels in the English language”PURCHAS, SAMUEL
Purchas his Pilgrimes in five bookes [with:] Purchas his Pilgrimage.. London: Stansby for Fetherstone, 1624-26
FIRST EDITION of this celebrated collection of travels accounts in English, “one of the fullest and most important collections of early voyages and travels in the English language” (Church). This is the rare first issue of volume I with the engraved title page dated 1624 (usually it is dated 1625) and with the offending passages concerning the Dutch (easily recognized by the presence of the p. 704 headline ‘Hollanders lying devices, to disgrace the English,” which was then changed to ‘Amboyna taken by the Dutch. Ingratitude. Boasting’).
MCKENNEY ,THOMAS L. AND JAMES HALL
History of the Indian Tribes of North America. With biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Philadelphia: Greenough [and] Rice & Clark, [1838-1844]
A handsome set, with original wrappers, of this landmark of American publishing history, “one of the most costly and important ever published on the American Indians”
The Book of Mormon. An account written by the Hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the Plates of Nephi…by Joseph Smith Junior, Author and Proprietor. Palmyra, New York: Printed by E. B. Grandin, for the Author, 1830
First edition of The Book of Mormon, the most important original book in the history of American religion. This book was published just two weeks before the formal founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints on April 6, 1830.