(EMERSON, R. W.) CARLYLE, THOMAS
The French Revolution, a History. Boston: Little & Brown, 1838
First American edition. A splendid presentation copy inscribed by Ralph Waldo Emerson to his brother: “Wm. Emerson from his brother Waldo.” The inscription is in pencil in the second volume. Emerson used this intimate signature only with his immediate family. Page 270 of the first volume bears a pencil correction apparently in Emerson’s hand.
Apollo 11 Philatelic Cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. [Houston], 1969
Signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot). From the collection of Neil Armstrong.
Photograph of the Lunar Module and Buzz Aldrin deploying a scientific experiment on the moon, signed by all three crew members: Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins and by NASA Administrator Thomas Paine. NASA, 1969
A RARELY SIGNED SPACE PHOTOGRAPH, signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot) and by NASA Administrator Thomas Paine.
TENNENT, LAETITIA EMERSON
“Poetry of Flowers” autograph manuscript watercolor album. No place, ca. 1820s
This splendid album of botanical watercolors and the “poetry of flowers,” the product of years of reading, writing, and painting, was created by Lady Laetitia Emerson Tennent. She collected several hundred poems and lines of verse concerning flowers and the language of flowers written by poets from Shakespeare and Spenser to Wordsworth and other Romantics, the famous and the obscure.
Autograph manuscript on Elias Hicks. No place, [ca. 1880]
In this fine working manuscript Whitman reflects on the life of Elias Hicks, a major spiritual influence on the poet. The spellbinding Quaker preacher was a key source of Whitman’s prophetic style and poetic vision. “Hicks’s presence persisted in Whitman’s passions of oratory and ‘natural eloquence’ in the loosely cadenced verse of Leaves of Grass. … In the making of a poet’s vision of reality and identity Hicks preceded Emerson and outlasted him” (Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman).
Poems. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1882
Presentation copy inscribed by the author and artist Celia Thaxter: “Mary Mapes Dodge with much love. Illustrated by Celia Thaxter 1882.”
Autograph letter signed to [Fanny Kellogg]. Down, Beckenham, Kent, April 13, 1879
Darwin discusses the hereditary transmission of behavior and a vivid example of the phenomenon from the opening chapter of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949
FIRST EDITION. One of 760 numbered copies signed and dated by Einstein.
The Papers of James Madison purchased by order of Congress; being his correspondence and reports of debates during the congress of the confederation and his reports of debates in the federal convention . . . [edited by Henry Gilpin]. Washington: Langtree & O’Sullivan, 1840
FIRST EDITION of Madison’s papers, consisting of his correspondence relating to the Constitution and his journal of the Federal Convention. A very rare presentation copy from Dolley Madison, with a letter by her and inscriptions from the recipient, a friend and leading American diplomat.
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L
Autograph note signed to Robert Watt with original albumen print photograph. No place, July 16, 1874
Mark Twain the humorist. Samuel Clemens sent this delightful humorous note with the accompanying half- length standing portrait of the debonair author.