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  • (BEIJING)

    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.

    $250,000

  • (WILD WEST.) MARKHAM, ALBERT HASTINGS, Capt.

    Illustrated autograph manuscript journal of his tour of the United States, including the Indian Territories and Dodge City. England to the United States and back, 22 September 1877 to 8 March 1878

    This tremendous illustrated manuscript journal details Markham’s adventures in the Old West. His journey takes him from Liverpool to New York by Cunard steamer, then to Wisconsin to see his mother, who had emigrated there, and on to St Louis. He continues into Indian Territory, travelling by rail and then stage to Fort Sill. For four weeks, accompanied by two Indians, he hunts buffalo and cougar, wolves and turkeys. His journal is filled with fascinating stories of his interactions with Indians and his adventures and misadventures on the prairie. He then makes his way, with the assistance of the Caddoc Indians, to Camp Supply, from which he took the stagecoach to Dodge City. Approaching Dodge he was joined by a party of “cow boys” armed with “six shooters,” and he stayed with them at the camping site outside Dodge City known as Soldiers’ Graves, or Bear Creek, Station.

    $150,000

  • EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D

    Typed Letter Signed as President to Lewis L. Strauss, Chairman, United States Atomic Energy Commission. The White House, Washington, DC, 7 June 1955

    This is the document by which Eisenhower and the United States allowed Israel to become a nuclear power. Through Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative, the United States shared atomic energy material and technology with several countries. One of the first of these agreements was the one sharing the secrets of atomic energy with Israel, as authorized by Eisenhower in this letter. This document laid the foundation for Israel’s ultimate deterrence against destruction by its enemies. It was perhaps the greatest gift possible to the new Jewish state from its greatest ally, the American people.

    $150,000

  • ARMSTRONG, NEIL

    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.

    $140,000

  • (EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Suse Byk

    Photograph inscribed and signed by Albert Einstein. [Berlin], 1927

    Albert Einstein on the Jewish people: “we Jews are not a chosen people, but one that has been strained and steeled by millennia of pressure.” On this dramatic portrait of Einstein at age 48, made at the height of his fame, the scientist writes:

    $110,000

  • WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK

    “Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid.” Offprint from: Nature Vol. 171 (April 25, 1953). London, 1953

    FIRST EDITION, THE RARE OFFPRINT. Signed by Watson and Crick. This volume is also inscribed and signed by Maurice Wilkins and Alec R. Stokes, co-authors of the second paper with H R. Wilson. Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Watson and Crick.

    $95,000

  • SMITH, ADAM

    a fine long autograph letter signed on money and education. Glasgow, 3 December 1759

    In this outstanding  letter Adam Smith writes about the economics of bills of exchange and other matters relating to money. Smith discusses at length financial matters relating to the education of his student and charge, the son of the Earl of Shelburne.

    $75,000

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    Typed letter signed to Michele Besso. Princeton, 14 December 1946

    In this fine letter Einstein reminisces with his lifelong friend Michele Besso about their days at the Swiss Patent Office where together they developed the theory of special relativity. He likens their scientific conversations at the office to the work of God creating the world.

    $55,000

  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET

    Portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Darwin and by Cameron. Cameron, [1868]

    THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF CHARLES DARWIN, boldly signed by Charles Darwin and by Julia Margaret Cameron.

    $52,000

  • BRADY, MATHEW

    Ulysses S. Grant. Washington, 1865

    Albumen print (6 1⁄2 x 4 1⁄4 in.), cabinet card mount. Some minor wear to bottom edge. Fine condition. .

    $52,000