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  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, one of 1500 copies. “Survival of the fittest” appears here for the first time in any of Darwin’s works.

    $5,500

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    Autograph letter signed to Henry W. Dommett. Concord, February 4, 1864

    Hawthorne writes, “I have copied the passage from the Threefold Destiny according to your request, and shall forward the package By express, tomorrow (Friday) morning.” Hawthorne adds in an initialed postscript that he was unsure whether to send the letter to Dommett in Boston or in New York and chose Boston. Dommett was the longtime art critic for the New York Mail and author of A History of the Bank of New York, 1784–1884 (1884).

    $5,200

  • LINDBERGH, CHARLES

    “We.” The Famous Flier’s Own Story of His Life and his Transatlantic Flight. New York: Putnam’s, 1927

    FIRST EDITION. An important presentation copy inscribed and signed by Lindbergh on the portrait frontispiece to Donald E. Keyhoe, who managed the flyer’s triumphant tour of America following his return home.

    $5,000

  • 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

  • St. Peter's ,Rome

    View of Rome from the Tiber River with Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Rome, ca. 1870

    A fine 19th century photograph of landmarks of Rome.

    $4,500

  • 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

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Democratic Vistas. Washington, D.C: [Printed for J. S. Redfield, New York], 1871

    FIRST EDITION. One of about 500 copies.

    $4,200

  • TWAIN, MARK

    The Prince and the Pauper. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882

    FIRST EDITION. A departure from Twain’s previous novels, this tale of sixteenth-century England was intended as a work for children and the family circle. The book is illustrated with nearly 200 wood engravings. Twain declared that the boys in those illustrations “look and dress exactly as I used to cast them in my mind … It is a vast pleasure to see them cast in the flesh, so to speak.”

    $3,800

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Leaves of Grass. New York: [for Walt Whitman], 1867

    This is the fourth Leaves of Grass. The failure of Thayer & Eldridge, publisher of the third edition (Boston, 1860), left Whitman in search of a publisher. The poet decided that the events of the Civil War called for another reimagining of Leaves of Grass. Whitman returned to his earlier practice and financed the publication himself, engaging the New York printer William E. Chapin. For the first time, the 1867 Leaves opened with the poem “Inscription,” which introduced the book in subsequent editions.

    $3,500