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  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877]

    CHARLES DARWIN ON SEXUALITY AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS.

    $22,500

  • EMERSON ,RALPH WALDO

    Autograph Letter Signed to Abby Dwight Woodbridge.. Concord, 6 July 1841

    In this tremendous letter on his philosophy of the individual and on writing poetry, Emerson describes for a prospective contributor the workings of his fabled literary magazine, The Dial.

    $22,000

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    The Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852

    FIRST EDITION.  AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: “For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853.”

    $22,000

  • (HOLMES ,OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)

    American Mahogany Butler’s Desk from the Holmes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston. American, ca. 1930

    Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.

    $22,000

  • SAN FRANCISCO ,pre-earthquake

    Buildings of Fair [-Vanderbilt] Heirs in San Francisco. San Francisco, 1904-1905

    The Vanderbilt real estate portfolio in pre-earthquake San Francisco. This album documents approximately forty downtown San Francisco real estate holdings of the heirs of real estate, silver, and railroad magnate James Graham Fair. This album belonged to Fair’s daughter Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, first wife of William K. Vanderbilt II.

    $22,000

  • KIMBALL ,M. H

    Emancipated Slaves. New York: George Hanks, 1863

    One of the great American slavery photographs, this portrait was made “to raise money to educate former slaves in Louisiana, a state still partially held by the Confederacy. One group portrait, several cartes de visite of pairs of students, and numerous portraits of each student were made. This photograph is among the most famous and most influential images of American slaves.

    $22,000

  • HUME, DAVID

    Political Discourses. Edinburgh: Printed by R. Fleming, for A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson, 1752

    FIRST EDITION. This book contains all of Hume’s significant economic writings. The twelve essays include Commerce, Luxury, Money, Interest, Balance of Trade, Balance of Power, Taxes, and Public Credit. “These discourses turned the search light of rational and historical inquiry upon problems of vast interest to an age that was slowly sloughing itself out of the moribund skin of mercantilism” (Mossner).

    $22,000

  • LONGFELLOW ,HENRY WADSWORTH

    Early Draft Autograph Manuscript of “Excelsior,” incorporated into an Autograph Letter Signed to Samuel Cutler Ward (“My dear Excelsior”).. Cambridge, 30 September 1841

    In this outstanding literary letter, Longfellow writes in full and sends an early draft of his beloved poem “Excelsior,” commenting on its meaning and significance and writing out all thirty-six lines.

    $20,000

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    The Meaning of Relativity signed by Einstein. London: Methuen, 1922

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Signed and dated Oxford 1931 by Einstein.

    $20,000

  • (MAGNA CARTA.) Care, Henry, ed

    English Liberties, Or The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance: Containing Magna Charta . . . The Habeas Corpus Act, And Several Other Statutes. Boston: Printed by J. Franklin, for N. Buttolph, B. Eliot, and D. Henchman, 1721

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This volume, one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta has become “a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable ‘fundamental statute’ that England has ever had” (Pollock & Maitland)

    $20,000