Map of Beijing, painted on silk. [China, Daoguang Period], (1820-1850)
This splendid, enormous hand-painted map of Beijing shows and names the main streets, official residences of imperial family members, important buildings, temples, geographical features, fortifications and garrisons of the Forbidden, Imperial and Inner Cities.
Signed autograph manuscript drawing of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission. [Cincinnati], n.d.
ICONIC DRAWING OF AN EPOCHAL MOMENT IN HISTORY.
Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the Moon, illustrates key elements of the Apollo 11 moon landing in this rare drawing. He notes the rotation of the Earth, marks the “dark” side of the moon, and shows the direction of the Sun’s rays. A dashed line around the Moon indicates the command module’s path in orbit, and the curve at the lower left of the Moon shows the path of the lunar module approaching the landing site.
ASTOR, JOHN JACOB
An important collection of 14 letters and documents, 13 of them signed by Astor. New York, 1802-1827
John Jacob Astor, founder of the Astor business dynasty, was the first American multimillionaire. In his time he was “the richest and most powerful of American businessmen. He came to personify nineteenth-century American business leadership, and he became a favorite subject for both capitalism’s apologists and detractors” (Haeger).
(GRANT, U.S.) Mathew Brady
Ulysses S. Grant. Washington, c. 1865
GODDARD, ROBERT H
Autograph manuscript diagrams and text. [n.p., n.d.],
Goddard (1882-1945), the “father of modern rocket propulsion,” launched the world’s first liquid-propellant rocket on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, a “feat as epochal in history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk” (NASA). Goddard had a rare genius for invention and these notes suggest the endless refinement necessary to create a dependable, operational rocket engine.
VON BRAUN, WERNHER
Original drawing, “3-Stage Satellite Vehicle (pitch plane)” signed and dated 1952. [Huntsville, Alabama, 1952.]
This is an original signed drawing of a space ship by Wernher von Braun, the father of the American space program. He made this drawing for his landmark Colliers series “Man Will Conquer Space Soon” (1952-54), which played a central role in inspiring a generation of rocket scientists and convincing the public of the possibility of space exploration. These essays covered seemingly every aspect of manned space flight and anticipated many developments including the enormous multi-stage vertical launch vehicle (to become Saturn V), a horizontal landing space ferry (the Space Shuttle), an orbiting space station, a lunar landing, the establishment of a base on the moon, and ultimately a manned expedition to Mars.
TOLKIEN, J. R. R
The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1955
FIRST EDITIONS. This is a very attractive set of the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy. The size of the edition was small: The Fellowship of the Ring (3000 copies), The Two Towers (3250 copies), and The Return of the King (7000 copies).
(APOLLO 11.) ARMSTRONG, NEIL and BUZZ ALDRIN
Armstrong and Aldrin raising the U.S. flag on the Moon’s surface. NASA, 
Signed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first two men on the Moon. This image was taken by the Maurer Data Acquisition Camera (DAC, pronounced “dak”). The DAC made films through the Lunar Module Pilot’s window during the approach and landing of the LM and took stop motion photographs during the EVA at the rate of one frame per second.
Theory of Games and Economic Behavior - “one of the major scientific achievements of the first half of the twentieth century"VON NEUMANN, JOHN and OSKAR MORGENSTERN
Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Princeton: University Press, 1944
FIRST EDITION. Inscribed by Oskar Morgenstern: “To Dan Maxim, with esteem and warm regards Oskar Morgenstern July 1971 Have you found the set-theoretical hiding in this book?”
two fine Walt Whitman manuscripts - “The greatest achievement a man achieves in strengthening, purifying, completing himself – and a woman herself.”WHITMAN, WALT
Two autograph manuscripts signed: Autograph manuscript on the American individual beginning “Or are you one ambitious of great deeds” [and] Autograph manuscript poem fragment signed “Kentucky”. No place, c. 1862
This leaf contains two wonderful Whitman manuscripts. The first is an unpublished manuscript in which Whitman discusses two of the great themes of his writing: the work of strengthening, purifying, and completing oneself and the place of the individual in American democracy. The second, written on the verso of “Or are you ambitious” manuscript, is an unpublished working manuscript from Whitman’s Civil War poem “Kentucky.”