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.”
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.
signed by Albert Einstein - “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Einstein, “The World As I See It”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.
(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.
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).
IRENAEUS, SAINT (Bishop of Lyon)
Opus eruditissimum Divi Irenaei …. Basel: Froben, 1526
FIRST EDITION of the works of Irenaeus, “the father of Christian theology,” as he is widely known.
A collection of The Liberator reporting on John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, his capture, imprisonment, trial, and execution. Boston: The Liberator, Oct 21, Nov 4, 11, and 18, Dec 2 and 9, 1859
This exceptional file of The Liberator contains detailed accounts of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry and his capture, imprisonment, trial, and execution. The Liberator, edited and published by William Lloyd Garrison, was a leading force in the abolition movement beginning in the 1830s.
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.
LISSITZKY, EL (Lazar)
[Poster.] Nuzhno usilit’ i ukrepit’ internatsional’nye proletarskie sviazi rabochego klassa SSSR a rabochim klassom burzhuaznykh stran [“We Must Reinforce and Consolidate the International Proletarian Links of the Working Class of the USSR with the Working Class of the Bourgeois Countries” – Stalin]. Moscow, Izostat, 20 October 1940
This dramatic poster, similar in style to the Socialist Realist graphics found in USSR In Construction, exhorts the people to support MOPL, the International Organization of Helpers of Fighters for the Revolution. The figures represent international workers united with the Soviets in the heroic struggle for the Revolution. The poster was printed during the last year of Lissitzky’s life while he worked for the Soviet state with the sure knowledge that his friends and colleagues were the victims of Stalin’s purges.