HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, et al
The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804
FIRST EDITION. Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.” (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.) Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history. Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.” In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.
Letters to the Evening Post written at home and abroad. New York: [Agnes Haswell Osgood, the Waldstein Press], 1890
FIRST EDITION. One of only 25 copies, copy number 13. Presentation copy inscribed by the author’s daughter: “Miss Graham from her friend Agnes H. Osgood New York March 9th 1891.” Agnes H. Osgood printed this volume on her own hand press, seen in the frontispiece in volume 2. This is the only edition, and this is evidently the only production of the Waldstein Press.
“the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms” - presentation copy with annotationsBARTLETT, JOHN RUSSELL
Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases, Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States. New York: Bartlett & Welford, 1848
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Bartlett to S. A. Hammett in the year of publication, with a presentation letter and with Hammett’s copious annotations.
This is one of the first great books devoted to American English. Mencken called it “the first attempt at a comprehensive dictionary of Americanisms.” This fascinating dictionary incudes a very early entry on the game of poker (“a favorite game of cards among Southern gamblers.”
Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black: “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.
Washington Irving. Mr. Bryant’s address on his life and genius. Addresses by Everett, Bancroft, Longfellow, Felton, Aspinwall, King, Francis, Greene. Mr. Allibone’s sketch of his life and works. With eight photographs. New York: Putnam, 1860
First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the published to S. Austin Allibone, who contributed the sketch of Irving’s life and works. Allibone ewas a leading American editor, author, and bibliographer who is best known for his Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors. Other contributors include Longfellow, Bryant, Everett, and Bancroft.
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The Supreme Court. Washington, D.C.: Ed Clark, 1956
Completed in 1935, the magnificent neoclassical Supreme Court Building features the motto “Equal Justice Under the Law” on the west facade. This splendid, enormous color photograph was taken by famed LIFE magazine photographer Ed Clark: “Black Church Leaders pray on the Supreme Court steps for integration to succeed” (Herrera, Frank, Ed Clark: Decades).
A Compendious Exercise for the Garrison and Field Ordnance, as Practised in the United States. Washington City: Weightman, 1810
FIRST EDITION of “the first official drill manual for either the American regular or militia artillery” (Graves). This manual constrains detailed instructions on procedures in firing and handling artillery and training soldiers in its use.