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”
Unique Finnegans Wake Manuscript with unrecorded variant text “His writing is not about something; it is that something itself” — Samuel Beckett on Joyce’s Finnegans WakeJOYCE, JAMES
Autograph Manuscript Signed from the Anna Livia Plurabelle Section of Finnegans Wake. Paris, October 6, 1930
JAMES JOYCE EXPERIMENTS WITH FINNEGANS WAKE. In this splendid manuscript Joyce improvises on key lines from the melodic “Anna Livia Plurabelle” chapter of what became Finnegans Wake. ALP, as he called it, was the author’s favorite chapter and the most-published and best-loved section of the book. Joyce selected this passage to begin his famous 1929 recording.
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.
“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 . . . by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benj. Motte, 1726
FIRST EDITION. This is a handsome set of Teerink’s A edition, the true first edition.
TANNER, [HENRY SCHENK]
A New American Atlas containing maps of the several states of the North American union … Projected and Drawn on a Uniform Scale …. Philadelphia: H. S. Tanner, 1823
First edition of “the most distinguished atlas published in the United States during the engraving period” (Ristow). Tanner’s greatest work, A New American Atlas was painstakingly produced and issued in installments between 1818 and 1823. Few complete sets have survived. Tanner’s use of a uniform scale of 15 geographical miles to the inch and his careful selection of sources resulted in a comprehensive American atlas of unprecedented detail and reliability which was the standard by which American atlases were measured until the modern era. This was by a considerable margin the greatest American atlas up to its time.
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.
“at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America.” - Harvey Mansfield on Democracy in AmericaTOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE
De la Democratie en Amerique. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840
FIRST EDITIONS. The most influential commentary on America in the nineteenth century, Democracy in America was based on Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system on behalf of the French government. The book resulting from these investigations is generally considered the 19th century’s most insightful commentary on the development of our unique American culture and political system.
POE, EDGAR ALLAN
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840
FIRST EDITION, one of only 750 sets printed. Poe’s first collection of prose, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque contains many of Poe’s finest tales including “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “MS. Found in a Bottle.”