(U.S. CAPITOL.) John Wood
Marble column being carried on a cart to the Capitol. Washington, 1860
This rare salt print shows a colossal marble column being carried to the Capitol during its construction. The enormous cart is being drawn by team of twelve or more horses.
GOODSPEED’S BOOK SHOP
An enormous run of Goodspeed’s rare book and manuscript catalogues. Vols. 1-370 and 381-575. Boston: Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1899-1973
Founded in 1898, Goodspeed’s published its first catalogue in 1899. For decades to come the firm would be a dominant force in American bookselling. These catalogues are a witness to that golden age.
(WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]
A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795
Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.
(U.S. CAPITOL.) Photographer unidentified
East Front of the Capitol. Washington, August 31, 1864
This rare photograph shows the East Front of the U.S. Capitol during construction. Sawhorses and construction debris are visible in the foreground, while a number of figures, perhaps builders and the architect, stand at the head of the main stairs beneath Thomas Crawford’s pediment of The Progress of Civilization.
A Republic, If You Can Keep It. New York: New York Times, (1972)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Warren: “For Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, dear friend and colleague whose life has been dedicated to keeping the United States, the Republic the founding fathers envisioned. With affectionate regards. Earl Warren 5/4/72.”
(U.S. CAPITOL.) Alexander Gardner
East Front of the Capitol. Washington, c. 1864
This photograph by Alexander Gardner shows the Capitol as it was during Lincoln’s presidency. Scaffolding, cranes, ladders, and other construction equipment are visible. The East Front of the Capitol was the site of Lincoln’s inaugurations in 1861 and 1865.
A Fascinating Hawthorne Letter Promoting a Distinctively American Book and Reflecting on English Literary TasteHawthorne, Nathaniel
Autograph letter signed [to Henry Arthur Bright]. Brunswick, 7 January 1854