Walt Whitman on Self and Cosmos: “the visible suggestion of God in space and time … The Milky Way, as if some superhuman symphony, some ode of universal vagueness, disdaining syllable and sound—a flashing glance of Deity, address'd to the soul”WHITMAN, WALT
Autograph Manuscript beginning “The Spirit’s Hour.”. n.p., 1882
This wonderful manuscript reflects Whitman’s mysticism, connecting self and the cosmos.
Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
FIRST EDITION, type B, the definitive authorized version. Observing in his opening words that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” Rousseau offered this work as a yardstick with which to judge existing governments. He argued that the central problem is to “find a form of association which can defend and protect with all the power of the community the person and possessions of each associate, and by which each person unites himself with all, but only obeys himself and thereby remains as free as before.”
GRAHAM, BENJAMIN and DAVID DODD
Security Analysis. New York: Whittlesey House McGraw-Hill, 1934
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. The bible of value investing, Security Analysis is the most important investment and finance book of the twentieth century.
TOLKIEN, J. R. R
The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955
FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST PRINTINGS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies).
The Frugal Housewife, or Complete Woman Cook: Wherein the art of dressing all sorts of viands, with cleanliness, decency, and elegance, is explained in five hundred approved receipts … to which are prefixed various bills of fare, for dinners and suppers in every month of the year; and a copious index to the whole. Boston: re-printed and sold by Edes and Gill, in Queen Street, 
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This is the second cookbook printed in America, preceded only by the similarly rare The Compleat Housewife printed in Williamsburg in 1742. It contains an unrecorded woman’s book label dated 1774 and two Paul Revere engravings.
Ulysses. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922
FIRST EDITION. This is one of 750 numbered copies (from an edition of 1000) of the most sought-after book of 20th-century literature.
A Tale of Two Cities. London: Chapman and Hall, 1859
FIRST EDITION, FIRST BINDING, FIRST PRINTING (with page 213 mis-numbered 113 and sig. b present on the list of illustrations, points that were corrected in later copies of this edition).
Autograph letter signed to Reverend John McVickar of Columbia University. Monticello, 30 March 1826
Jefferson and the study of political economy: “No country on earth requires a sound intelligence of it more than ours …”
In this fine unpublished letter, written just months before his death, Jefferson observes that he no longer reads books as demanding as those on political economy, adding, “I rejoice nonetheless to see that it is beginning to be cultivated in our schools.”
The Wonders of the Invisible World. Being an account of the tryals of several witches, lately executed in New England. Printed first, at Boston in New England, and reprinted in London for John Dunmow, 1693
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of this famous history of the Salem witch trials, a classic of colonial American history.
“the first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying” - land as private property, a new era in capitalismBENESE, RICHARD
This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande, as Well of Woodlande, as of Lande in the Felde and Comptynge the True Nombre of Acres of the Same. [edited by Thomas Paynell.]. Southwark: James Nicolson, [1537 or 1538?]
FIRST EDITION of “the first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying” (Buisseret, Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps). The book focused on practical methods calculating everything from the amount of stone needed to pave a chamber floor to the size of a pasture or field” marking “the beginning of a new interest in measuring not just the assets of the land, but the land itself” (D. K. Smith, Cartographic Imagination in Early Modern England).