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  • LIVINGSTONE, DAVID

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa; including a sketch of sixteen years’ residence in the interior of Africa. London: John Murray, 1857

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: “Mrs Clare with the kindest regards of David Livingstone.” Livingstone lived many years in South Africa and made three great expeditions, the first described in this book 1853-56, and the others in 1858-64 and 1865-73.

    $16,000

  • KIRCHER ,ATHANASIUS

    China Monumentis. illustrata.. Amsterdam: Jansson, 1667.

    FIRST EDITION. One of the grandest and most important works on China up to its time, Kircher’s China Illustrata (China, Illustrated Through Its Monuments, Both Sacred and Profane) inaugurated the late 17th-century age of European fascination with China.

    $15,000

  • ARMSTRONG, NEIL.

    “Leaving For The Moon” in LIFE Magazine. LIFE, July 25, 1969

    This issue of Life magazine is signed by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The cover photograph captures the dramatic scene of a self-assured Armstrong—dressed in his full space suit—waving to a crowd of on-lookers just prior to commencing the historic Apollo 11 mission. This issue of Life includes “Apollo’s Leap for the Moon” by reporter Loudon Wainwright, “Moon Shot—Spectacle at the Cape” and “Nixon’s First Six Months” as well as and photographs of the astronauts’ wives. The issue suggests the eagerness of the public for any news dealing with Apollo 11 and the moon landing. This is the issue of Life that was on the newsstands as the Apollo 11 astronauts hurtled through space toward the moon.

    $10,000

  • (D-DAY.) ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Teletype covering the Normandy landings on D-Day. Associated Press, 5 and 6 June 1944

    First announcement of the D-Day landings, perhaps the most important event of the 20th century.

    $9,500

  • NEW ZEALAND ,1860s

    An album of early New Zealand photographs, watercolors, manuscript verse, and ephemera assembled by Miss Flaxman. New Zealand, 1866-1870

    This delightful photograph and autograph album chronicles the world of young Miss Flaxman in New Zealand in the 1860s. This 1860s New Zealand album, with dozens of photographs, original watercolors, manuscript poems, and printed ephemera, is a rare survival and a valuable resource for women’s studies.

    $9,500

  • ISRAEL

    Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. Israel, 1948 -1949

    This splendid collection of dramatic photographs documents the activity of the IDF during the second stage of the War of Independence, following the second cease-fire.

    $8,500

  • (GREECE.) STILLMAN ,WILLIAM

    View of the Acropolis from the Musaeum Hill. London: S. F. Ellis, 1870

    This photograph is the first view from W. J. Stillman’s The Acropolis of Athens, a series of 25 photographs taken in 1869 and published the following year. Stillman has been called “an uncommonly gifted, innovative photographer whose unquestioned masterpiece is The Acropolis of Athens.”

    $6,500

  • STANLEY, HENRY M.

    In Darkest Africa. New York: Scribner's, 1890

    EDITION DE LUXE, one of 250 large paper copies signed by Stanley. This beautiful production is superior in every respect, including the quality of the binding, the paper, and the illustrations, to the ordinary trade edition.

    $6,500

  • BURTON ,RICHARD F.

    Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpoool to Fernando Po. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1863

    First edition. This is Burton’s first book on his years in West Africa including detailed accounts of his amazing adventures inland.

    $4,700

  • St. Peter's ,Rome

    View of Rome from the Tiber River with Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Rome, ca. 1870

    A fine 19th century photograph of landmarks of Rome.

    $4,500