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  • BELLOW, SAUL

    (English) “By the St. Lawrence,” Autograph manuscript signed. No place, Prob. March 1995

    A MAJOR LATE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SHORT STORY. In this heavily revised manuscript story, Bellow revisits the scenes of his immigrant childhood and reflects on the nature of memory and loss. The story, with important changes from the present manuscript, was published in Esquire (1995) and then in Bellow’s Collected Stories (2001). A reviewer of the latter book observed, “the volume opens with the most recent piece, “By the St Lawrence,” which becomes a kind of retrospective manifesto for the characteristic forms and themes of Bellow’s stories as a whole” (Christopher Tayler, The Telegraph).

    $32,000

  • (GOLDFIELD ,NEVADA.)

    (English) Collection of 23 Photographs of Goldfield, Nevada. Goldfield, Nevada: Laura Titsworth et al., 1905-1906

    This spectacular photograph collection documents the height of the gold mining boomtown of Goldfield, Nevada. The images present the movement of gold from the solitary prospector and small claims to large industrial operations, from excavating, processing and shipping of ore to its sale, banking and stock trading, and ending with its expenditure on gambling and prostitutes.

    $28,000

  • 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

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    (English) Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844]

    VERY EARLY DARWIN INVESTIGATION OF THE RACES OF MAN. In 1834 Darwin heard that head lice vary among the races of man while on the voyage of the Beagle. In his Beagle zoological diary he wrote, “Mr Martial, a surgeon of an English Whaler assures me that the Lice of the Sandwich Islanders … if they strayed to the bodies of the English in 3 or 4 days died … If these facts were verified their interest would be great.— Man springing from one stock according his varieties having different species of parasites.— It leads one into many reflections.” Intrigued by the implications of this observation, Darwin began collecting specimens for further research.

    $27,500

  • (Astronomy.)

    (English) Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. Lyon, 1660s

    This fascinating 17th-century scientific manuscript documents the state of scientific knowledge and education in France in the years following Galileo’s trial and the Church’s prohibition of Copernican theory.

    $25,000

  • 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

  • ARMSTRONG ,NEIL

    (English) Typed letter signed to Dr. Joseph F. Rorke.. Houston, NASA, 15 January 1970.

    In this historic letter Armstrong details the history of the Apollo XI in-flight cancellation of the “First Man on the Moon” stamp and of the die famously carried to the moon by Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins

    $25,000

  • (Alabama.) Lalouette, Antoine Prudence (1777-1855)

    (English) An important manuscript collection including 16 long, closely written letters written from Alabama. Alabama, New Orleans, Paris, and elsewhere, mainly 1821-1823

    This tremendous manuscript collection documents in great detail a pioneering French settler’s ambitious struggles to establish a home in the new state of Alabama in the early 1820s.

    $25,000

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    (English) Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877]

    CHARLES DARWIN ON SEXUALITY AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS.

    $22,500

  • SAN FRANCISCO ,pre-earthquake

    Buildings of Fair [-Vanderbilt] Heirs in San Francisco. San Francisco, 1904-1905

    The Vanderbilt real estate portfolio in pre-earthquake San Francisco. This album documents approximately forty downtown San Francisco real estate holdings of the heirs of real estate, silver, and railroad magnate James Graham Fair. This album belonged to Fair’s daughter Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt, first wife of William K. Vanderbilt II.

    $22,000