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  • HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, JAMES MADISON & JOHN JAY

    (English) The Federalist: a collection of essays written in favor of the new constitution. New York: John and Andrew M’Lean, 1788

    First edition of The Federalist, the most sought-after of all American books. An exceptional copy in the original boards, with the edges untrimmed. A splendid association copy from the library of Major Roger Alden, whom George Washington entrusted with the original manuscript of the Constitution.

    $450,000

  • FREUD, SIGMUND

    (English) A Collection of nearly 500 volumes and more than 250 letters, prints, photographs, memoranda, ephemera, and other objects.. Various places, 1880s-1940s

    $350,000

  • BIBLE

    (English) The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated. London: by Robert Barker, 1613-1611

    The Great “She” Bible, the “authorized version” or King James Bible, one of the greatest monuments of English literature.

    $300,000

  • PAINE, THOMAS

    (English) Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America . . . the third edition [bound with:] Large Additions to Common Sense. Philadelphia: R. Bell, 1776

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING sheets of Common Sense, here with the third edition title page and prefatory leaf. “It is not too much to say that the Declaration of Independence of July 7, 1776, was due more to Paine’s Common Sense than to any other single piece of writing” (Streeter).

    $250,000

  • HUME, DAVID

    (English) A Treatise of Human Nature. London: John Noon, 1739 (vols. 1-2), Thomas Longman, 1740 (vol. 3)., 1739-40

    First edition of David Hume’s greatest work. Only one thousand copies of the first two volumes were published by John Noon in 1739, and there was almost no public notice. Hume wrote, “It fell dead born from the press, without reaching such distinction, as even to excite a murmur among the zealots.” As a result of poor sales, Hume changed publishers, and volume III was issued a year later by Thomas Longman in a reduced printing run. As a result, complete sets of all three volumes are rare.

    $175,000

  • MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLÒ

    (English) Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince. … Translated out of Italian into English; By E[dward]. D[acres].. London: R. Bishop for William Hils & Daniel Pakeman, 1640

    $80,000

  • MUN, THOMAS

    (English) A Discourse of Trade from England unto the East-Indies: answering the diverse objections which are usually made against the same. London: Nicholas Okes for John Pyper, 1621

    FIRST EDITION. Mun served on the board of the East India Company from 1615 until his death in 1641. This is his first publication. In the Discourse on Trade (1621), Mun defends the company against charges of depleting England’s bullion stock—and thus its wealth—by sending it to the East Indies in exchange for goods. Mun, also known for England’s Treasure by Foreign Trade, published in 1664, years after his death, was the leading theorist of mercantilism. In the Discourse, Mun argued that the temporary export of gold and silver resulted in a net expansion of wealth through the growth of international trade.

    $75,000

  • (HAMILTON, ALEXANDER.)

    (English) The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788. To deliberate and decide on the Form of Federal Government recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, on the 17th September, 1787. Taken in short hand. New York: Francis Childs, 1788

    $75,000

  • CANTILLON ,RICHARD

    (English) Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, traduit de l’Anglois.. “Londres [Paris]: Fletcher Gyles”, 1755

    First edition of the book that is, “more emphatically than any other single work, the cradle of political economy”

    $75,000

  • TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE

    (English) De la Democratie en Amerique. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840

    FIRST EDITIONS. The most influential commentary on America in the nineteenth century, Democracy in America was based on Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system on behalf of the French government. The book resulting from these investigations is generally considered the 19th century’s most insightful commentary on the development of our unique American culture and political system.

    $62,000