(HOLMES ,OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)
American Mahogany Butler’s Desk from the Holmes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston. American, ca. 1830
Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.
Autograph manuscript on Elias Hicks. No place, [ca. 1880]
In this fine working manuscript Whitman reflects on the life of Elias Hicks, a major spiritual influence on the poet. The spellbinding Quaker preacher was a key source of Whitman’s prophetic style and poetic vision. “Hicks’s presence persisted in Whitman’s passions of oratory and ‘natural eloquence’ in the loosely cadenced verse of Leaves of Grass. … In the making of a poet’s vision of reality and identity Hicks preceded Emerson and outlasted him” (Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman).
The Papers of James Madison purchased by order of Congress; being his correspondence and reports of debates during the congress of the confederation and his reports of debates in the federal convention . . . [edited by Henry Gilpin]. Washington: Langtree & O’Sullivan, 1840
FIRST EDITION of Madison’s papers, consisting of his correspondence relating to the Constitution and his journal of the Federal Convention. A very rare presentation copy from Dolley Madison, with a letter by her and inscriptions from the recipient, a friend and leading American diplomat.
Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital; From its First Rise, to the Beginning of the Fifth Month, called May, 1754. Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1754
FIRST EDITION of Benjamin Franklin’s account of the Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital established in the British colonies, co-founded by Franklin with his friend Dr. Thomas Bond. It remains a leading medical institution in Philadelphia.
KENNEDY, JOHN F
Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper, (c.1956)
Presentation copy inscribed by Kennedy: “For Alfred Eisenstaedt with every good wish John Kennedy.”
(ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN NEW YORK.)
A collection of four printed and manuscript items relating to the end of slavery in New York. New York, 1816-1840
This collection documents the struggle to end slavery in New York in the early nineteenth century.
4 items: $12,500
(GEORGE WASHINGTON & MOUNT VERNON.) Israel & Riddle, photographers
The Home of Washington, as it appeared May 14th 1859. Baltimore, H.E. Hoyt & Co., 1859
The earliest dated photograph of Mount Vernon, this is one of the very earliest known photographs of George Washington’s home.
Moore, N. A. and R. A.
A collection of all six portraits of the last surviving veterans of the American Revolution. Hartford: Moore, 1864
These is a complete collection of original carte de visite photographs of all six Revolutionary War veterans still surviving in 1864: William Hutchings (aged 100), Samuel Downing (aged 102), Daniel Waldo (aged 102), Adam Link (aged 102), Alexander Millener (aka Muroney) (aged 104), and Lemuel Cook (aged 105). A seventh man, James Barham, was believed to be alive but could not be located for the series.
The American Builder’s Companion; or, a new system of architecture particularly adapted to the present style of building in the United States of America. Boston: Etheridge and Bliss, 1806
First edition of the second book by Asher Benjamin, America’s first great writer on architecture.
“Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.”(D-DAY.) ASSOCIATED PRESS
Teletype covering the Normandy landings on D-Day. Associated Press, 5 and 6 June 1944
First announcement of the D-Day landings, perhaps the most important event of the 20th century.