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.
“The best book for young folks that ever was written” – Harriet Beecher Stowe on The Prince and the PauperTWAIN, 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.”
The Monroe Doctrine: Message from the President of the United States, to Both Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the First Session of the Eighteenth Congress. December 2, 1823. Printed by order of the Senate. 15 pp. [with] Documents Accompanying the Message of the President …. Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1823
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM of the Monroe Doctrine, preceded only by the newspaper printings. The Monroe Doctrine marks the first American declaration of its place as a world power and has long been a cornerstone of American foreign policy.
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.
Felix Frankfurter Reminisces. New York: Reynal & Company, (c.1960)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed and signed by Frankfurter “For Warren E. Burger, with the cordial regards of Felix Frankfurter April 17, 1961.”
“Physikalischer Grundlagen einer Gravitationstheorie” [and] MARCEL GROSSMANN. “Mathematische Begriffsbildungen zur Gravitationstheorie.” Offprint from Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellchaft in Zürich. Zurich, 1913
FIRST EDITION, the rare offprint with “Überreicht von den Verfassern.” printed on the front wrapper. In 1912 Einstein moved back to Zürich from Prague. Aware of the analogy between Gauss’s surface theory and the space-time Einstein was introducing in his new theory of gravitation, he wished to find a four-dimensional version of Gauss’s theory. Einstein recalled,
Longfellow on Robert Burns “He sings of love, whose flame illumes the darkness of lone cottage rooms”LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH
“Robert Burns” Autograph Manuscript. no place, c. 1880
In this fine, partly unpublished manuscript, Longfellow celebrates the poet Robert Burns, beginning, “I see amid the fields of Ayr / A ploughman, who, in foul and fair / Sings at his task.”
Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black: “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.