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  • (UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.) SCAGGS ,ISAAC

    Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber, living near Beltsville, Prince George’s County, Md., on Saturday, September 5th, 1857…. Baltimore, September 7th, 1857

    Adam Smith rescued his family from slavery with the help of the Underground Railroad, thereby earning a permanent place in the annals of American freedom.

    $60,000

  • TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE

    De la Democratie en Amerique. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840

    FIRST EDITIONS. The most influential commentary on America in the nineteenth century, Democracy in America was based on Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system on behalf of the French government. The book resulting from these investigations is generally considered the 19th century’s most insightful commentary on the development of our unique American culture and political system.

    $58,000

  • CAREY, MATHEW

    Carey’s American Atlas. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1795

    FIRST EDITION of the first true American atlas, the earliest atlas of the United States engraved and published in America. This important volume contains several important state maps including the first American map representing Virginia after statehood. In the preparation of this atlas, Carey drew primarily on existing sources including Guthrie’s Geography. Many of the maps were drawn by Samuel Lewis.

    $35,000

  • 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. 1930

    Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.

    $22,000

  • (PiERCE, FRANKLIN.) HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    The Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852

    FIRST EDITION.  AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: “For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853.”

    $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

    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