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  • CELLARIUS, ANDREAS

    Harmonia Macrocosmica Sev Atlas Universalis Et Novus. Amsterdam: J. Jannson, 1661

    First edition, second issue of the greatest 17th-century celestial atlas. Cellarius’s Harmonia Macrocosmica is one of the most beautiful books of the Golden Age of Dutch cartography and a visual landmark in the history of man’s understanding of the cosmos. This 1661 issue is a variant of the edition of 1660, which is otherwise identical. The edition of 1708 omits text found in this edition.

    $275,000

  • BIBLE

    The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated. London: by Robert Barker, 1613-1611

    The Great “She” Bible, the “authorized version” or King James Bible, one of the greatest monuments of English literature.

    $270,000

  • CANTILLON ,RICHARD

    Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, traduit de l’Anglois.. “Londres [Paris]: Fletcher Gyles”, 1755

    First edition of the book that is, “more emphatically than any other single work, the cradle of political economy”

    $75,000

  • BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM

    Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765-1769

    First edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries, a monument of the Anglo-American legal and political system and one of the key influences on the thought of the Founding Fathers and the shaping of the Constitution.

    $68,000

  • GIBBON, EDWARD

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1776-1788

    First editions of all six volumes of the most celebrated historical work in English literature. Gibbon’s Decline and Fall covers the thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the fall of Constantinople with unmatched erudition, clarity, and organization. “Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equaled to this day; and the result was clothed in an inimitable prose” (PMM).

    $28,000

  • GUICCIARDINI, FRANCESCO

    La Historia di Italia. Florence: Lorenzo Torrentino, 1561

    FIRST EDITION. A “masterpiece of scientific history,” Guicciardini’s History of Italy was “undoubtedly the greatest historical work that had appeared since the beginning of the modern era. It remains the most solid monument of Italian reason in the 16th century, the final triumph of that Florentine school of philosophical historians which included Machiavelli …” (Britannica, 11th ed.).

    $28,000

  • GODWIN, WILLIAM

    Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its influence on General Virtue and Happiness. London: Robinson, 1793

    FIRST EDITION. In Political Justice, his most famous work, Godwin responds to Burke’s attacks on the French Revolution and Thomas Paine. He applies the principles of the Revolution to inquire into the philosophical basis of government. Believing that political and social institutions are tyrannical and corrupt, Godwin calls for reason to guide human affairs and advocates individual liberty.

    $25,000

  • (HOLMES ,OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)

    American Mahogany Butler’s Desk from the Holmes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston. American, ca. 1830

    Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.

    $22,000

  • ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES

    Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762

    FIRST EDITION, type B, the definitive authorized version. Observing in his opening words that “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” Rousseau offered this work as a yardstick with which to judge existing governments. He argued that the central problem is to “find a form of association which can defend and protect with all the power of the community the person and possessions of each associate, and by which each person unites himself with all, but only obeys himself and thereby remains as free as before.”

    $20,000

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949

    FIRST EDITION. One of 760 numbered copies signed and dated by Einstein.

    $18,500