Leaves of Grass: “It is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political; this of 1855 intellectual.” – PMMWHITMAN, WALT
Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, 1855
First edition, one of only 200 copies of the first issue of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
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 4, 1776, was due more to Paine’s Common Sense than to any other single piece of writing” (Streeter).
The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections. (Eleventh thousand.). London: John Murray, 1872
Sixth and final edition, first issue. A splendid and rare presentation copy inscribed by Darwin on the half-title: “From the author with best regards.”
The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe … [and] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner … [and] Serious Reflections …. London: Printed for W. Taylor, 1719, 1719, 1720
FIRST EDITIONS of all three parts. Defoe sold the rights to Robinson Crusoe to his publisher, William Taylor, who earned a “very large fortune by it and its successors.” Immortality, however, was reserved for the author. The book was an immediate success, and a second edition was called for just seventeen days after the appearance of this first edition.
Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books. London: [Samuel Simmons for] Peter Parker, Robert Boulter & Mathias Walker, 1667
First edition. This is a very rare example of Paradise Lost with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page. This volume has been signed by women who owned it in the 17th and 18th centuries.
LEWIS, MERIWETHER & WILLIAM CLARK
History of the Expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the years 1804-5-6. Philadelphia: Bradford & Inskeep, 1814
FIRST EDITION of “the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent” (Wagner-Camp-Becker). This is “the most important of all overland narratives. . . . American explorers had for the first time spanned the continental United States and driven the first wedge in the settlement of our new far western frontier” (Grolier 100 American Books).
EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D
Typed Letter Signed as President to Lewis L. Strauss, Chairman, United States Atomic Energy Commission. The White House, Washington, DC, 7 June 1955
This is the document by which Eisenhower and the United States allowed Israel to become a nuclear power. Through Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative, the United States shared atomic energy material and technology with several countries. One of the first of these agreements was the one sharing the secrets of atomic energy with Israel, as authorized by Eisenhower in this letter. This document laid the foundation for Israel’s ultimate deterrence against destruction by its enemies. It was perhaps the greatest gift possible to the new Jewish state from its greatest ally, the American people.
“Gulliver’s Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond temporary fame” --Printing and the Mind of ManSWIFT, JONATHAN
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (Gulliver’s Travels)… by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benj. Motte, 1726
FIRST EDITION. This is an outstanding untouched example of Gulliver’s Travels, Teerink’s A edition, the true first edition,
“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’).