Autograph note signed, concerning abolitionist and first African American officer Martin Delany, to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. [Washington], February 21, 1865
Abraham Lincoln promotes black Americans’ efforts to fight for their own freedom with this important note leading to Martin Delany’s appointment as the first African American military field officer. Lincoln writes in full: “Hon. Sec. of War, please see this very intelligent colored man, Mr. Delany – who wants to assist in raising colored troops. A. Lincoln. Feb. 21, 1865.”
George Washington purchases his personal valet and aide William Lee, the only person freed immediately in Washington’s willWASHINGTON, GEORGE
Document signed, a promissory note for the purchase of William “Billy” Lee, the enslaved man who became Washington’s longtime valet, huntsman, and military aide. No place, October 15, 1767.
George Washington and his most valued slave, William Lee. With this document George Washington purchases Will (or Billy) Lee, who went on to serve in bondage for decades at Washington’s side during the Revolutionary War and at Mount Vernon. Because of his intimate association with Washington, “Billy Lee was undoubtedly the most widely publicized slave in eighteenth-century America” (Hirschfeld, George Washington and Slavery: A Documentary History).
(APOLLO 11.) NEIL ARMSTRONG
United States flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11. NASA, July 16-24, 1969
This extra-large American flag, flown to the Moon on the Apollo 11 mission, is from Neil Armstrong’s personal collection.
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.
(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.
On the Road. New York: The Viking Press, 1957
FIRST EDITION. With a long inscription from Kerouac to William Targ, noted bookman, editor, and publisher: “To William Targ From Jack Kerouac 12/9/68. How about a first edition of Compleat Visions of Cody to be published by Putnams 1969??? — or, maybe A Nest of Ninnies be better??? Regards, JK.”
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.
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).
Typed letter signed to Sam Moskowitz. Princeton: Institute for Advanced Study, April 4, 1951
In this fascinating letter Einstein writes that “According to the special theory of relativity the velocity of light relatively to an inertial system is something clearly defined and this speed of light is a limit for the speed of any object.”