HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, JAMES MADISON, and JOHN JAY.
The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution. New York: John and Andrew M’Lean, 1788
First edition. This splendid example of The Federalist is one of a very small number of special deluxe copies printed on thick paper.
Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitaetstheorie. Leipzig: Barth, 1916
First separate edition, first printing (i.e. with the Metzger & Wittig imprints). A spectacular inscribed copy signed by Einstein and further inscribed by Einstein with a long note concerning gravitation, electromagnetic theory, and quantum theory.
A volume containing the first editions of all three of Spinoza’s principal works. Amsterdam, 1663-1677
Collections of all three Spinoza first editions bound together are virtually unobtainable in contemporary bindings.
the only known copy of a landmark work of Copernicanism, printed by the printer of De Revolutionibus(COPERNICUS.) GASSER, ACHILLES PIRMIN
Practica auff das M.D.XLvj. jar, durch Doctorem Achillem P. Gasser L. zu Feldkirch gemacht. Nuremberg, J. Petreius, 1545
First edition of the only known copy of a landmark work of Copernicanism. Gasser’s Practica contains the first account of Copernican heliocentrism printed in a vernacular language. It is “as concise and accessible a summary of heliocentrism as one could wish for” (Danielson). This “enthusiastic hymn of praise to Copernicus” (Burmeister) was printed by the printer of De Revolutionibus.
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 James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Raymond Gosling.
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”
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.
Autograph manuscript observations of her discovery of a comet. [Slough], 22 December 88
In this wonderful scientific manuscript Caroline Herschel records her observations of her newly-discovered comet, known today as 35P/Herschel-Rigollet.