Voyages to the New World by Columbus, Vespucci and Others: A Contemporary Manuscript from the Age of Discovery with contributions by Columbus’s shipmate Michele de Cuneo[COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, AMERIGO VESPUCCI, & OTHERS.] BERNARDUS ALBINGAUNENSIS.
“Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512. Contiene sotto Compendio: De tutti li circuli: et sphere celeste …. Nota: quo Modo: et Personis: versus Mare indicum: repetra fuerit Navigatio. Et que Insule alias Incognite inuente fuerint a Genuensi Columbo. Necnon et Terra firma nostcrorum Antecessorum Nemini Cognita.”. Autograph manuscript. Monastery of St. Mary Magdalene at Monterossa al Mare, dated February 10 to April 15, 1512This IMPORTANT CODEX OF THE AGE OF DISCOVERY is an unpublished source for the history of exploration in the New World. The author, the Benedictine monk Bernardus of Albenga, consulted Columbus’s friend and shipmate Michele de Cuneo in the preparation of this manuscript.
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.
(English) A Collection of nearly 500 volumes and more than 250 letters, prints, photographs, memoranda, ephemera, and other objects.. Various places, 1880s-1940s
Leaves of Grass: “It is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political; this of 1855 intellectual.” – PMMWHITMAN, WALT
(English) Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, 1855
First edition, one of only 200 copies of the first issue of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
(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).
(English) Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies. The second impression. London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632
SECOND FOLIO, FIRST ISSUE, FIRST STATE OF THE IMPRINT [Todd 1a]. This is the second edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays, “incomparably the greatest work in the English language” (Jackson, Pforzheimer Catalogue).
(English) Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books. London: [Samuel Simmons for] Peter Parker, Robert Boulter & Mathias Walker, 1667
First edition. This is a very rare example of Paradise Lost with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page. This volume has been signed by women who owned it in the 17th and 18th centuries.
“Treatise of Human Nature ... is in every respect the most complete exposition of Hume’s philosophical conception” – BritannicaHUME, 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.
RAMUSIO ,GIOVANNI BATTISTA
(English) Delle Navigationi et Viaggi.. Venice: Giunta, 1563, 1556, and 1559
First editions of volumes II and II, third edition of volume I. This classic in the history of exploration includes: the first printings of the description of present-day New York by Verrazzano, the first European to see the harbor; Cartier’s account of his pioneering inland exploration of the continent; numerous maps and views of fundamental importance in the cartography of the New World; and most important, the most complete and most influential text of Marco Polo’s book of his travels.