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  • SLAVERY ,AMERICAN

    Important Pair of Daguerreotypes: Black Nurse with White Baby and the Child’s Parents. Talbot County, Maryland or Texas, c. 1853

    This striking pair of daguerreotypes evokes the complex relationships between slaves and slave owners in the American South, especially between white families and the trusted slaves who cared for their children.

    the pair: $25,000

  • (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.

    $22,000

  • MADISON, JAMES

    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.

    $18,000

  • 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.”

    $17,000

  • BENJAMIN, ASHER

    The Country Builder’s Assistant. Boston: Spotswood & Etheridge, for the author, 1798

    This is a very handsome copy of the enlarged second edition of Asher Benjamin’s rare first book. This cornerstone of American architecture is the earliest original American architectural book.

    $15,000

  • (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

  • PERSHING, JOHN J.

    Final Report of Gen. John J. Pershing, Commander-in Chief, American Expeditionary Force. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920

    FIRST EDITION. An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Pershing: “To M. le Maréchal Joffre with sincere esteem and affectionate regards, and with gratitude for his friendship and wise counsel. John J. Pershing Washington D.C.”

    $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.

    $12,500

  • WASHINGTON, GEORGE

    First State of the Union Address, signed in type by Washington in Gazette of the United States. New York, January 9, 1790

    FIRST PRINTING of George Washington’s first State of the Union address.

    $12,000

  • 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.

    $12,000