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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. 1930

    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

  • ETHERIDGE, RICHARD H

    Autograph letter signed (“Richard H. Etheridge R.C.S. 36 U.S.C.T.”) to Bvt. Maj. Oren A. Hendrick. Brazos Santiago, Texas, 23 August 1866

    In this rare letter a distinguished African-American Civil War soldier writes to his old commanding officer and honors his sacrifice “for the rights and elevation of the Colored race.”

    $17,500

  • 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

  • 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

  • (TWAIN, MARK, ANDREW CARNEGIE, THOMAS EDISON, et al.)

    Engineers Club Inaugural Banquet Commemorative of the Opening of the New Club House on which occasion Mr. Andrew Carnegie will be the guest of honor Monday, the ninth of December 1907. [New York: Engineer's Club], [1907]

    Signed by Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie (who has signed twice), and others. This event commemorated the opening of the Engineers Club’s fabulous new home at 32 West 40th Street on Bryant Park in New York.

    $12,000