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.
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.
(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.
Two long autograph letters signed on money and education. Glasgow, 29 October 1759 and 3 December 1759
In this outstanding pair of letters Adam Smith writes about the economics of bills of exchange, the inculcation of financial and moral responsibility, 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.
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.
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.
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. .
Iconic signed Darwin photograph “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.”(DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET
Portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Darwin and by Cameron. Cameron, 
THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF CHARLES DARWIN, boldly signed by Charles Darwin and by Julia Margaret Cameron.
Manuscript Document Signed “Will: Harvey” and by his father-in-law Lancelot Browne, an indenture between “Thomas Harvey of Ffolkestone in the County of Kent … Launcelot Browne of London Doctor of Phisick … and William Harvey Doctor of Phisick.”. London, 24 November 1604
WILLIAM HARVEY’S WEDDING GIFT. This magnificent document, signed by Harvey, conveys the dowry for William Harvey’s marriage to the daughter of Lancelot Browne, Physician to Elizabeth I and James I.
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.