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  • 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

  • TWAIN ,MARK

    Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Hartford: American Publishing, 1876

    A splendid copy  of the first American edition of Tom Sawyer, one of the first great American boy’s books.

    $35,000

  • BABBAGE, CHARLES

    (English) On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. London: R. Clay for Charles Knight, 1832

    First edition. LARGE-PAPER COPY, presentation copy inscribed by Babbage to Sir Robert Peel, one of the leading British politicians of the day.

    $30,000

  • SOPHOCLES

    Tragediae Septem cum commentariis. (Edited by Aldus Manutius and John Gregoropoulos). Venice: Aldus Manutius, August, 1502

    Editio princeps of the seven surviving complete plays of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians. This volume contains the first printing of Oedipus Rex, generally considered the greatest Greek tragedy.

    $28,000

  • GODWIN, WILLIAM

    (English) Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its influence on General Virtue and Happiness. London: Robinson, 1793

    FIRST EDITION. In Political Justice, his most famous work, Godwin responds to Burke’s attacks on the French Revolution and Thomas Paine. He applies the principles of the Revolution to inquire into the philosophical basis of government. Believing that political and social institutions are tyrannical and corrupt, Godwin calls for reason to guide human affairs and advocates individual liberty.

    $25,000

  • THOREAU ,HENRY DAVID

    Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854

    FIRST EDITION. A handsome copy of Walden, published in an edition of 2000 copies.

    $17,500

  • TWAIN ,MARK

    (English) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade).. New York: Webster, 1885

    A lovely copy of Huckleberry Finn.

    $15,000