“perhaps the greatest intellectual stride that it has ever been granted to any man to make”— Einstein on Newton’s PrincipiaNEWTON ,ISAAC
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. London: for the Royal Society by Joseph Streater, 1687
First edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia, “generally described as the greatest work in the history of science” (PMM). This is an excellent, entirely unrestored copy of the first state with the preferred two-line imprint.
(English) The President’s Speech to Both Houses of Congress in The Massachusetts Magazine: or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment. Vol. I. Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1789
This is George Washington’s own signed copy of his First Inaugural Address, from his library at Mount Vernon. This famous address, marking the beginning of a new era in American history, addresses the great themes and issues of the day including the American Revolution, the Constitution, the need for a Bill of Rights, republican government, balance of powers, federalism, the danger of faction, consent of the governed, and more.
“the foundation of England’s knowledge of America during the early period of colonization” — Printing and the Mind of ManSMITH, JOHN
(English) The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: with the names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning Ano: 1584 to this present 1626.. London: J. D.[awson] and I. H.[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, 1627
First edition, third issue. This is an outstanding copy of a foundational work of American history, from the library of the Calverts, the original Proprietors and colonial governors of Maryland.
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 4, 1776, was due more to Paine’s Common Sense than to any other single piece of writing” (Streeter).
(BATTLE OF CONCORD.)
(English) Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord, April 19, 1775. Concord, Massachusetts, October 1774,
AN ICONIC RELIC OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Minuteman Oliver Buttrick carried this historic powder horn at the Battle of Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.
(English) The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe … [and] The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner … [and] Serious Reflections …. London: Printed for W. Taylor, 1719, 1719, 1720
FIRST EDITIONS of all three parts. Defoe sold the rights to Robinson Crusoe to his publisher, William Taylor, who earned a “very large fortune by it and its successors.” Immortality, however, was reserved for the author. The book was an immediate success, and a second edition was called for just seventeen days after the appearance of this first edition.
(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.
ROCKEFELLER ,JOHN D
Ambrotype Portrait of John D. Rockefeller. Cleveland, Ohio: Wiliam C. North, c. 1857-1858
This famous portrait of John D. Rockefeller at age 18 is the earliest known photograph of the greatest titan of American business and industry.