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  • STANLEY, HENRY M.

    In Darkest Africa. New York: Scribner's, 1890

    EDITION DE LUXE, one of 250 large paper copies signed by Stanley. This beautiful production is superior in every respect, including the quality of the binding, the paper, and the illustrations, to the ordinary trade edition.

    $6,500

  • SMITH, ADAM

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations … the third edition, with additions. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1784

    THIRD EDITION of the most important book in the history of economics. Only 1000 sets were printed.

    $6,200

  • HAWTHORNE ,NATHANIEL

    Twice-Told Tales. Boston: American Stationers, 1837

    FIRST EDITION of Hawthorne’s second published book, a classic of American literature. From the day of publication this collection of nineteen tales brought Hawthorne fame.

    $6,000

  • WELLS, H. G

    The War of the Worlds. London: Heinemann, 1898

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE, of “the great classic of interplanetary invasion” (Bleiler), ensured the author’s place as a “father of science fiction.” Wells’s “scientific romances (as they came to be called) remain unsurpassed for their imagination and visionary power” (ODNB).

    $6,000

  • (ZIONISM.) FRIEDLANSKY ,ARYEH

    A collection of manuscripts and typescripts written by a participant in the Revisionist Zionist movement. Palestine, 1930-43

    This collection of Zionist essays, letters, and other papers documents a crucial period during the British Mandate in Palestine.

    $5,500

  • TWAIN, MARK

    Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding.

    $5,500

  • HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, et al

    The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804

    FIRST EDITION.  Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.”  (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.)  Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history.  Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.”  In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.

    $5,500

  • WATSON, JAMES D

    The Double Helix. In Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January and February 1968

    FIRST EDITION of The Double Helix, preceding the publication in book form in late February 1968. Signed by James Watson on the front cover of each issue.

    $4,800

  • BURTON ,RICHARD F.

    Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpoool to Fernando Po. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863

    First edition. This is Burton’s first book on his years in West Africa including detailed accounts of his amazing adventures inland.

    $4,700

  • LAO-TZU

    Lao Tseu Tao Te King. Le Livre de la Voie et de la Vertu . . . traduit en Francais… par Stanislaus Julien. Paris: l’Imprimerie Royale, 1842

    FIRST EDITION of the complete Tao Te Ching to be published in a Western language.

    $4,500