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  • 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

  • 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

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    Tales. London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845

    FIRST EDITION, ENGLISH ISSUE with the cancel London title page. This is an excellent copy of one of the rarest forms of Poe’s tales, issued in the original cloth from the American sheets with a London title page.

    $35,000

  • TWAIN ,MARK

    Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing, 1876

    A splendid copy  of the first American edition of Tom Sawyer, one of the first great American boy’s books.

    $35,000

  • JOYCE, JAMES

    Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922

    FIRST EDITION. This is one of 750 numbered copies (from an edition of 1000) of the most sought-after book of 20th-century literature.

    $35,000

  • SOPHOCLES

    Tragediae Septem cum commentariis. (Edited by Aldus Manutius and John Gregoropoulos). Venice: Aldus Manutius, August, 1502

    Editio princeps of the seven surviving complete plays of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians. This volume contains the first printing of Oedipus Rex, generally considered the greatest Greek tragedy.

    $28,000