The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. Williamsburg: William Parks, 1747
First edition, first issue. The later issues may have been printed as late as 1753. This is a lovely copy of Stith’s classic history of Virginia from its establishment in 1607 through the dissolution of the Virginia Company of London in 1624, written by the third president of the College of William & Mary.
(INDIA.) [GANTZ, JOHN.
Descriptive Letter Press to the Indian Microcosm.. Madras: J. Gantz & Son, [c. 1827]
First edition of this Indian color plate rarity. John Gantz was a draftsman and architect employed by the East India Company. By 1827 he had set up the first lithographic press in Madras, one of the first such presses in India.
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.
(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)
Finnegans Wake. London: Faber, 1939
FIRST EDITION, the deluxe issue, one of only 425 numbered copies signed by James Joyce. The notoriously difficult Finnegans Wake is probably the most ambitious work of literature of the twentieth century. The writing of Finnegans Wake occupied Joyce’s life from 1922, the year of the publication of Ulysses, until 1939, two years before the author’s death.
(JEFFERSON, THOMAS--VAN BUREN, MARTIN.) Rayner, B.L
Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson,… Selections of … Private Correspondence.. New York: Francis and Boardman, 1832
FIRST EDITION. An outstanding Democratic Party association copy. Inscribed and signed as president by Martin Van Buren to Mr. & Mrs. O’Neil, dated Oct 30, 1838.
History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams: “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”