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  • (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

  • JEFFERSON, THOMAS

    (English) The Writings of Thomas Jefferson … [edited by] Henry A. Washington. Washington: Taylor & Maury, 1853-54

    FIRST EDITION of Jefferson’s writings to attempt to be comprehensive, including his principal essays, papers, and correspondence. This standard edition supersedes the four-volume edition of 1829. Includes a folding facsimile of Jefferson’s original four-page draft of the Declaration of Independence.

    $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

  • (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

  • WELLS, H. G

    (English) The War of the Worlds. London: Heinemann, 1898

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE, of “the great classic of interplanetary invasion” (Bleiler), ensured the author’s place as a “father of science fiction.” Wells’s “scientific romances (as they came to be called) remain unsurpassed for their imagination and visionary power” (ODNB).

    $6,000

  • 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

  • TWAIN, MARK

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

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

    $5,500

  • HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, et al

    (English) The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804

    FIRST EDITION.  Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.”  (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.)  Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history.  Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.”  In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.

    $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