Leaves of Grass.. Camden, 1876. [and]
This set of the privately-published author’s edition, is inscribed by Whitman in each volume: “Godfrey Lushington from the author.”
''Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" The Quran inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his trainer and cornerman Drew Bundini Brown(ALI, MUHAMMAD.)
The Holy Quran. Lahore, 1973
Presentation copy inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his friend, trainer, cornerman, adviser, inspiration, and phrase-coiner “To Drew Bundini Brown from Muhammad Ali Your Brother Make your life, for the work of Allah 20/6/75 Peace and Love Forever.”
Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years’ residence in the interior of Africa. London: John Murray, 1857
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: “Mrs Clare with the kindest regards of David Livingstone.” Livingstone lived many years in South Africa and made three great expeditions, the first described in this book 1853-56, and the others in 1858-64 and 1865-73.
The Country Builder’s Assistant. Boston: Spotswood & Etheridge, for the author, 1798
The enlarged second edition of Asher Benjamin’s rare first book. This cornerstone of American architecture is the earliest original American architectural book.
STOWE, HARRIET BEECHER
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, life among the lowly. Boston: Jewett, 1852
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. “These books are of such paramount historical importance that it is difficult to evaluate them as literature” (Merle Johnson). “Three thousand copies were sold on the day of publication, and before its first anniversary, over 300,000 copies were sold in America … More than twenty London editions appeared in 1852, so the English audience must have been as large as the American. No other American novel has been translated into so many foreign languages” (Grolier/American).
Women’s Manuscript Prayer Book in Hebrew. Scribe: Yechiel Menachem Ben Abraham Urbino. Italy, 1775
This delicate and rare manuscript, prepared exclusively for women includes prayers for healthy and righteous children, a comfortable livelihood, the Mikveh, pregnancy, candle lightening, and the separation of Challah.
Catch-22. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961
FIRST EDITION. Inscribed and signed by Heller: “To Jim Pepper: Who might be interested to know that if not for a novel by Leon Uris called Mila 18, this copy of Catch-22 would be Catch-18. Best wishes Joseph Heller 9/20/78.”
Moore, N. A. and R. A.
A collection of all six portraits of the last surviving veterans of the American Revolution. Hartford: Moore, 1864
These is a complete collection of original carte de visite photographs of all six Revolutionary War veterans still surviving in 1864: William Hutchings (aged 100), Samuel Downing (aged 102), Daniel Waldo (aged 102), Adam Link (aged 102), Alexander Millener (aka Muroney) (aged 104), and Lemuel Cook (aged 105). A seventh man, James Barham, was believed to be alive but could not be located for the series.