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    Charles Robert Darwin [obituary notice]. In Proceedings of the Royal Society. Vol. XLIV, No. 269. London: Royal Society, 1888

    FIRST EDITION.  Huxley’s 25-page reminiscence of his friend Charles Darwin is the most famous contemporary notice of Darwin’s life and death. Huxley, “Darwin’s bulldog,” was the naturalist’s most important and most passionate defender.



    Portrait Miniature of George and Martha Washington. American, 19th century



    The Supreme Court. Washington, D.C.: Ed Clark, 1956

    Completed in 1935, the magnificent neoclassical Supreme Court Building features the motto “Equal Justice Under the Law” on the west facade. This splendid, enormous color photograph was taken by famed LIFE magazine photographer Ed Clark: “Black Church Leaders pray on the Supreme Court steps for integration to succeed” (Herrera, Frank, Ed Clark: Decades).


  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) Cameron, Julia Margaret

    Charles Darwin. London, London, [1893]

    THE GREAT DARWIN PORTRAIT, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 portrait of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.”


  • (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968)

    Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention. Various places, 1968

    The 1968 Democratic National Convention of 1968, held in Chicago, was a landmark event in American political history. John M. Bailey of Connecticut, who had helped to orchestrate Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964, oversaw the contentious presidential campaign of 1968, in which Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and others sought the Democratic nomination. This is a collection of papers to and by longtime Democratic National Committee Chairman John M. Bailey.



    Treasury Building. no publisher, 1870s

    “The architecture of the West Wing makes the Treasury building a national landmark and the leading classical revival structure in our nation’s capital as well as being an icon to the period of America’s Civil War” (Cote).



    An Explanation of the Observed Irregularities in the Motion of Uranus, on the Hypothesis of Disturbances caused by a more Distant Planet. London: Published by the Society, 1847.

    The discovery of Neptune is highlighted by two singular features: that its existence was correctly surmised on a theoretical prediction, and the contention between its contemporaneous discoverers, British astronomer John Adams and French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier.



    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman: Preface to the original edition. London: Trübner, 1881

    FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, Myerson’s “presumed” second printing. This cheaply made, thirty-one page book printed by Trübner and Co. had a limited first printing of twenty-five copies in 1881, expanded later that year to 500 copies. It seems that the release of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman: Preface to the Original Edition, 1855 coincided with Trübner’s distribution of the American 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass and served as a way to generate interest in the book.


  • (STATUE OF LIBERTY ,Central Park.)

    Liberty’s Torch in Madison Square Park. no publisher, negative ca. 1876, made from a print, late 19th century.

    The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue’s completion.  The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.



    Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass. Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass, 1891

    FIRST EDITION. This form of Good-Bye My Fancy is not in Myerson.