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  • ELSHOLTZ ,JOHANN SIGISMUND

    (English) The Curious Distillatory. London: Printed by J. D. for Robert Boulter, 1677

    First edition in English. Elsholtz (1623-1688), who studied at Padua, was physician to Elector Friedrich Wilhelm and director of the botanical garden at Brandenburg.

    $6,800

  • (GREECE.) STILLMAN ,WILLIAM

    View of the Acropolis from the Musaeum Hill. London: S. F. Ellis, 1870

    This photograph is the first view from W. J. Stillman’s The Acropolis of Athens, a series of 25 photographs taken in 1869 and published the following year. Stillman has been called “an uncommonly gifted, innovative photographer whose unquestioned masterpiece is The Acropolis of Athens.”

    $6,500

  • VIGUIER ,S. A.

    Table for Transmitting Chinese Despatches by Telegraph, containing all characters employed in official, commercial, or private correspondence of Chinese, and their translation in numbers. Shanghai: Printed at the American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1871

    FIRST EDITION. The Great Northern Telegraph Company introduced the telegraph in China in 1871. This rare volume enabled its use in Chinese, marking an epoch in the history of commerce.

    $6,500

  • STANLEY, HENRY M.

    (English) In Darkest Africa. New York: Scribner's, 1890

    EDITION DE LUXE, one of 250 large paper copies signed by Stanley. This beautiful production is superior in every respect, including the quality of the binding, the paper, and the illustrations, to the ordinary trade edition.

    $6,500

  • HAWTHORNE ,NATHANIEL

    Twice-Told Tales. Boston: American Stationers, 1837

    FIRST EDITION of Hawthorne’s second published book, a classic of American literature. From the day of publication this collection of nineteen tales brought Hawthorne fame.

    $6,000

  • (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

  • TWAIN, MARK

    (English) Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding.

    $5,500

  • (ZIONISM.) FRIEDLANSKY ,ARYEH

    A collection of manuscripts and typescripts written by a participant in the Revisionist Zionist movement. Palestine, 1930-43

    This collection of Zionist essays, letters, and other papers documents a crucial period during the British Mandate in Palestine.

    $5,500

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    (English) The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication. London: John Murray, 1868

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, one of 1500 copies. “Survival of the fittest” appears here for the first time in any of Darwin’s works.

    $5,500

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    (English) Autograph letter signed to Henry W. Dommett. Concord, February 4, 1864

    Hawthorne writes, “I have copied the passage from the Threefold Destiny according to your request, and shall forward the package By express, tomorrow (Friday) morning.” Hawthorne adds in an initialed postscript that he was unsure whether to send the letter to Dommett in Boston or in New York and chose Boston. Dommett was the longtime art critic for the New York Mail and author of A History of the Bank of New York, 1784–1884 (1884).

    $5,200