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  • SMITH ,JOSEPH

    The Book of Mormon. An account written by the Hand of Mormon, upon plates taken from the Plates of Nephi…by Joseph Smith Junior, Author and Proprietor. Palmyra, New York: Printed by E. B. Grandin, for the Author, 1830

    First edition of The Book of Mormon, the most important original book in the history of American religion. This book was published just two weeks before the formal founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints on April 6, 1830.

    $110,000

  • JOYCE, JAMES

    (English) Autograph Manuscript Signed from the Anna Livia Plurabelle Section of Finnegans Wake. Paris, October 6, 1930

    JAMES JOYCE EXPERIMENTS WITH FINNEGANS WAKE. In this splendid manuscript Joyce improvises on key lines from the melodic “Anna Livia Plurabelle” chapter of what became Finnegans Wake. ALP, as he called it, was the author’s favorite chapter and the most-published and best-loved section of the book. Joyce selected this passage to begin his famous 1929 recording.

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  • 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

  • (WASHINGTON, GEORGE.) MARSHALL, JOHN

    (English) The Life of George Washington. Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1832

    This is John Marshall’s own revised copy of his Life of George Washington, signed by Marshall in volume two, and further inscribed by him in volume one: “For Mr. James K. Marshall from his affectionate Father / The Author.”

    $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

  • HOBBES ,THOMAS

    (English) Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill.. London: for Andrew Crooke, 1651

    First edition of Hobbes’s Leviathan, a classic of political philosophy and social contract theory. “This book produced a fermentation in English thought not surpassed until the advent of Darwinism.

    $60,000

  • CARROLL, LEWIS

    (English) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: D. Appleton, 1866

    FIRST EDITION, second (i.e., American) issue, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with new title-page.

    $48,000

  • WRIGHT, WILBUR

    (English) Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Offprint from: Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8 [misprinted “III” on front wrapper], no. 4 (August, 1903). [Chicago], [1903]

    FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. Presentation copy with the stamp of the Wrights’ advisor, mentor, and chief promoter, aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Chanute was the most important figure in aviation from 1890 to 1910

    $44,000

  • ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES

    (English) Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762

    FIRST EDITION, type B, the definitive authorized version. Observing in his opening words that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” Rousseau offered this work as a yardstick with which to judge existing governments. He argued that the central problem is to “find a form of association which can defend and protect with all the power of the community the person and possessions of each associate, and by which each person unites himself with all, but only obeys himself and thereby remains as free as before.”

    $42,000

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    (English) Tales. London: Wiley and Putnam, 1845

    FIRST EDITION, ENGLISH ISSUE with the cancel London title page. This is an excellent copy of one of the rarest forms of Poe’s tales, issued in the original cloth from the American sheets with a London title page.

    $35,000