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  • WATSON, JAMES D.

    Genes, Girls and Gamow. Oxford: University Press, 2001

    First edition. A tremendous presentation copy inscribed by James Watson to Francis Crick: “For Francis from Jim.”

    $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

  • 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

  • MADISON, JAMES

    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.

    $18,000

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    The World as I See It. New York: Philosophical Library, (c.1949)

    Signed and dated 1950 by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper.

    $13,500

  • KRAFFT-EBING, RICHARD von

    Psychopathia Sexualis. Eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1886

    FIRST EDITION of the founding work of sexology. “Austrian psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing is primarily known as the founding father of sexology. His Psychopathia Sexualis is widely accepted to be the foundational work for the scientific study of human sexuality, a field still in its infancy at the end of the nineteenth century. Psychopathia Sexualis offers an overview of both sexological physiology and psychology and is of groundbreaking importance for the origin of the modern scientific research domain of sexological pathology as an autonomous discipline.”

    $12,500

  • (PHOTOGRAPHS) Christie, Manson & Woods

    Catalogue of the celebrated collection of works of art and vertu known as “The Vienna Museum,” the property of Messrs. Lowenstein Brothers, of Frankfort-on-the-Main. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1860

    This important volume is “the earliest photographically illustrated auction catalogue” (Gernsheim, Incunabula, 122). It contains 36 photographs on salted paper by Hermann Emden of Frankfurt.

    $12,000

  • SAMUELSON, PAUL

    Economics: An Introductory Analysis.. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948

    First edition of the greatest and most influential modern economics text-book. Inscribed by Samuelson for Eric Roll. Roll, professor of economics and later chairman of S. G. Warburg & Co., wrote the classic History of Economic Thought (1938, 4th ed., 1973).

    $8,500

  • KNIGHTS OF MALTA

    Statuta Hospitalis Hierusalem. Rome: Tipografia del Popolo Romano, 1588

    FIRST EDITION of this revision of the Statutes of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Established in 1085 to care for the sick at the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, the order became a military order, defending crusader territory in the Holy Land and protecting pilgrim routes. The Knights, drawn from the great families of Europe, became immensely  wealthy. They relocated to Malta in 1530, where they were ruled by a Grand Master answerable only to the Pope. The engraved map of Malta shows the great siege of 1565 in which knights under John de Valetta defeated a great Turkish fleet. This event led to the alliance of the kings of Europe against the Ottomans, previously thought nearly invincible.

    $7,500

  • SMITH, ADAM

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1791

    SIXTH EDITION of the most important book in the history of economics. One of 2000 sets. The sixth edition is the first to have been published after Smith’s death in 1790.

    $6,800