“the foundation of England’s knowledge of America during the early period of colonization” — Printing and the Mind of ManSMITH, JOHN
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning Ano: 1584 to this present 1626.. London: J. D.[awson] and I. H.[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, 1627
First edition, third issue. This is an outstanding copy of a foundational work of American history, from the library of the Calverts, the original Proprietors and colonial governors of Maryland.
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.
(BATTLE OF CONCORD.)
Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord, April 19, 1775. Concord, Massachusetts, October 1774,
AN ICONIC RELIC OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Minuteman Oliver Buttrick carried this historic powder horn at the Battle of Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.
ROCKEFELLER ,JOHN D
Ambrotype Portrait of John D. Rockefeller. Cleveland, Ohio: Wiliam C. North, c. 1857-1858
This famous portrait of John D. Rockefeller at age 18 is the earliest known photograph of the greatest titan of American business and industry.
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).