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  • (ALI, MUHAMMAD.)

    (English) The Holy Quran. Lahore, 1973

    Presentation copy inscribed by Muhammad Ali to his friend, trainer, cornerman, adviser, inspiration, and phrase-coiner “To Drew Bundini Brown from Muhammad Ali Your Brother Make your life, for the work of Allah 20/6/75 Peace and Love Forever.”

    $16,500

  • BENJAMIN, ASHER

    The Country Builder’s Assistant. Boston: Spotswood & Etheridge, for the author, 1798

    The enlarged second edition of Asher Benjamin’s rare first book. This cornerstone of American architecture is the earliest original American architectural book.

    $15,000

  • Moore, N. A. and R. A.

    (English) A collection of all six portraits of the last surviving veterans of the American Revolution. Hartford: Moore, 1864

    These is a complete collection of original carte de visite photographs of all six Revolutionary War veterans still surviving in 1864: William Hutchings (aged 100), Samuel Downing (aged 102), Daniel Waldo (aged 102), Adam Link (aged 102), Alexander Millener (aka Muroney) (aged 104), and Lemuel Cook (aged 105). A seventh man, James Barham, was believed to be alive but could not be located for the series.

    $12,000

  • (TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.)

    (English) Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907. [New York: Engineer's Club], [1907]

    Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York.

    $12,000

  • BENJAMIN, ASHER

    The American Builder’s Companion; or, a new system of architecture particularly adapted to the present style of building in the United States of America. Boston: Etheridge and Bliss, 1806

    First edition of the second book by Asher Benjamin, America’s first great writer on architecture.

    $10,000

  • (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES

    (English) A Trip to the Moon. New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893

    Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. This classic of science fiction, turned into scientific fact by Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission, was first published as De la Terre à la Lune in 1865.

    $10,000

  • (D-DAY.) ASSOCIATED PRESS

    (English) 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

  • LINCOLN, ABRAHAM

    (English) Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas in the celebrated campaign of 1858, in Illinois. Columbus: Follett, Foster & Co., 1860

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with no rule on copyright page, no advertisements, and with sig. 2 on p. 17). There were many issues of this widely reprinted and highly influential book. This is the first.

    $7,000

  • VERMONT

    The Vermont State House. Vermont, [c. 1859]

    A fine salt print of the Vermont State House.

    $7,000

  • JEFFERSON, THOMAS

    (English) The Writings of Thomas Jefferson … [edited by] Henry A. Washington. Washington: Taylor & Maury, 1853-54

    FIRST EDITION of Jefferson’s writings to attempt to be comprehensive, including his principal essays, papers, and correspondence. This standard edition supersedes the four-volume edition of 1829. Includes a folding facsimile of Jefferson’s original four-page draft of the Declaration of Independence.

    $6,500