“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 ,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”
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Written by Himself. Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, 1845
FIRST EDITION of one of the great American autobiographies. Extremely rare presentation copy inscribed by Douglass: “To Miss Adeline Henshaw from her Friend Frederick Douglass, 11th July, 1845.”
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.
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.
“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.
Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill.. London: for Andrew Crooke, 1651
First edition of Hobbes’s Leviathan, a classic of political philosophy and social contract theory. “This book produced a fermentation in English thought not surpassed until the advent of Darwinism.
“worthy to be placed among the most beautiful books that the hand of man has produced” – London Times on the Szyk HaggadahSZYK, ARTHUR
The Haggadah. London: Beaconsfield Press, 
FIRST EDITION of the greatest Haggadah of the 20th century, finely printed in color on vellum, one of only 250 numbered signed copies. The entire edition of the celebrated Szyk Haggadah, was printed on vellum and signed by both Szyk and Roth. The trade edition did not appear until 1956.