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  • (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968)

    Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention. Various places, 1968

    The 1968 Democratic National Convention of 1968, held in Chicago, was a landmark event in American political history. John M. Bailey of Connecticut, who had helped to orchestrate Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964, oversaw the contentious presidential campaign of 1968, in which Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and others sought the Democratic nomination. This is a collection of papers to and by longtime Democratic National Committee Chairman John M. Bailey.



    A Compendium of Physic and Surgery. For the use of young practitioners. London: Nourse, 1769

    FIRST EDITION, the only edition published. Thomas Jefferson owned a copy which he is known to have loaned to Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence.



    The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States… compiled by Joseph Gale. Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1834

    FIRST EDITION. These volumes provide the best single record up to their time of the activities of the First Congress (3 March 1789 through 3 March 3 1791). Debates covered in this volume: public debt, public credit, the establishment of the seat of government, the Bank of the United States, duties, public lands, the militia, the mint, slavery, the navy, the seat of government, among others.


  • (STATUE OF LIBERTY ,Central Park.)

    Liberty’s Torch in Madison Square Park. no publisher, negative ca. 1876, made from a print, late 19th century.

    The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue’s completion.  The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.



    The Constitution of the United States of America … 6th ed. Philadelphia, 1853

    This lovely volume contains essential documents of American history including the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of independence, the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents, and much more.



    The Life of John Jay: with selections from his correspondence and miscellaneous papers. New York: Harper, 1833

    FIRST EDITION. Jay was a member of both Continental Congresses, first Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, governor of New York, and author of five Federalist Papers. Edited by Jay’s son, this biography is also the first important publication of Jay’s papers. Jay died in 1829.



    An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans called Africans. New York: Taylor, 1836

    SECOND EDITION of Child’s Appeal, the landmark in American abolitionist literature.



    Horse-Hoeing Husbandry: or, An Essay on the Principles of Vegetation and Tillage. Designed to Introduce A New Method of Culture; whereby The Produce of Land will be Increased, and the Usual Expense Lessened. Together with Accurate Descriptions and Cuts of the Instruments Employed in it … fourth edition, very carefully corrected. London: Millar, 1762

    The edition that Thomas Jefferson owned.  Jefferson wrote from Monticello in 1817, “While I was an amateur in Agricultural science (for practical knowledge my course of life never permitted me) I was very partial to the drilled husbandry of Tull.”



    Collection of more than 50 invoices by a wide range of American businesses, engraved and pictorial letterheads. Various places, especially Philadelphia and Baltimore, mainly 1860s-1880s

    Businesses represented in the collection include bakeries, dry goods merchants, tobacco shops, patent medicine dealers, railroads, carpet sellers, hardware stores, lumber dealers, iron works, etc. The collection includes an 1870 invoice from Godfrey Keebler, Steam Biscuit and Cracker Baker. Keebler’s name lives on through the many cookies and crackers still marketed under that brand.


  • Stiles, Henry R

    A History of the City of Brooklyn Including the Old Town and Village of Brooklyn, the Town of Brunswick, and the Village and City of Williamsburgh. Brooklyn: Published by Subscription, 1867, 1869, and 1870

    FIRST EDITION. It is very difficult to find fine, complete sets of first editions of this work, published individually by subscription over the span of three years.

    This is the best history of Brooklyn up to its time. Stiles was an indefatigable author, historian, and genealogist, in addition to his day job as a physician.

    A lovely set.