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  • (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

  • (MAGNA CARTA.) Care, Henry, ed

    (English) 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

  • Anthony, Susan B., Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, et al

    (English) Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States by the National Woman Suffrage Association. [Philadelphia: National Woman Suffrage Association], 1876

    A landmark in the history of women’s rights. Signed in type by the giants of the American women’s rights movement including Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and twenty-one other leading activists.

    $18,500

  • (BIBLE IN ENGLISH)

    (English) The Holy Bible.. Oxford: John Baskett, 1717-1716

    First edition of the enormous Baskett Bible, a “magnificent edition, printed in large type” (DMH) and “one of the most beautiful Bibles ever produced” (Campbell, Bible: The Story of the King James Version).

    $15,000

  • GRAHAM, BENJAMIN and DAVID DODD

    (English) Security Analysis. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1934

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. The bible of value investing, Security Analysis is the most important investment and finance book of the twentieth century.

    $15,000

  • (MARSHALL, JOHN.) Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey

    (English) The History and Practice of the High Court of Chancery. London: Printed by Henry Lintot for J. Worral and W. Owen, 1758

    FIRST EDITION of this law book from the library of John Marshall, signed twice (on the front free endpaper and on the front cover). The most important chief justice in the history of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall was one of the great figures in the establishment of our judicial, legal, and political system.

    $12,000

  • (HEBREW.)

    (English) Women’s Manuscript Prayer Book in Hebrew. Scribe: Yechiel Menachem Ben Abraham Urbino. Italy, 1775

    This delicate and rare manuscript, prepared exclusively for women includes prayers for healthy and righteous children, a comfortable livelihood, the Mikveh, pregnancy, candle lightening, and the separation of Challah.

    $11,500

  • RAND, AYN

    (English) Atlas Shrugged. New York: Random House, 1957

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy of one of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century.

    $11,000

  • GEORGE, HENRY

    (English) Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry into the Cause of Industrial Depressions, and of Increase of Want with Increase of Wealth–the Remedy. San Francisco: Wm. M. Hinton & Co., Printers, 1879

    FIRST EDITION, styled the “Author’s Edition” on the spine and title-page.  Unable to find a publisher for his book, George self-published Progress and Poverty in an edition of only 200 copies (some sources say 500 copies).  The book met with such success that Appleton’s reprinted it in New York in 1880, and it became an instant American classic and best-seller.

    $6,500

  • (WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]

    (English) A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795

    Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.

    $6,000