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  • BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM

    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.

    $68,000

  • FITZGERALD, EDWARD

    Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the astronomer- poet of Persia translated into English verse. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1859

    First edition of one of the most celebrated poetical rarities of 19th-century English literature. Only a handful of the 250 copies printed sold at first, so the publisher consigned the balance to the bargain bin, with the price reduced from five shillings to one penny. Many copies were discarded or lost. Swinburne found a copy, passed it on to Rossetti, and the book’s fame spread rapidly. Scores of editions followed, and FitzGerald’s translation of the Rubaiyat remains one of the best-loved and most often printed poems in the English language.

    $68,000

  • JOHNSON, SAMUEL

    A Dictionary of the English Language. London: W. Strahan for J. & P. Knapton, 1755

    First edition of this enduring classic of English literature. This is Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue … combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings).

    $65,000

  • TOCQUEVILLE, 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.

    $62,000

  • CARROLL, LEWIS

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: D. Appleton, 1866

    FIRST EDITION, second (i.e., American) issue, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with new title-page.

    $48,000

  • 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.”

    $48,000

  • SZYK, ARTHUR

    The Haggadah. London: Beaconsfield Press, [1940]

    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.

    $48,000

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    “Eine neue Bestimmung der Molekueldimensionen” (pp. 289-306) and “Zur Theorie der Brownschen Bewegung” (pp. 371-381) in Annalen der Physik 4th series, vol. 19, no. 2.. Leipzig, 1906

    First journal edition of Einstein’s doctoral thesis, revised, and first edition of his second paper on Brownian motion. Signed and dated 1950 by Einstein on p. 289 at the beginning of his thesis.

    $45,000

  • WRIGHT, WILBUR

    Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Offprint from: Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8 [misprinted “III” on front wrapper], no. 4 (August, 1903). [Chicago], [1903]

    FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. Presentation copy with the stamp of the Wrights’ advisor, mentor, and chief promoter, aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Chanute was the most important figure in aviation from 1890 to 1910

    $44,000

  • ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES

    Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762

    FIRST EDITION, type B, the definitive authorized version. Observing in his opening words that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” Rousseau offered this work as a yardstick with which to judge existing governments. He argued that the central problem is to “find a form of association which can defend and protect with all the power of the community the person and possessions of each associate, and by which each person unites himself with all, but only obeys himself and thereby remains as free as before.”

    $42,000