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  • 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

  • WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL

    The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. London: Macmillan, 1869

    First edition of “one of the finest scientific travel books ever written.”

    $11,000

  • 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

  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo

    Nature. Boston: James Munroe, 1836

    In this manifesto of Transcendentalism, Emerson called for a fresh new American approach to life, God, and nature, writing, “Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? . . . There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship.”

    $7,650

  • 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

  • Niyaz Ali Beg Nikhat Dihlavi

    Makhzan-i-Fawaid. Delhi, 1845

    This is a rare collection of Hindustani idioms and proverbs with commentary and quotations from Hindustani poets, printed in Urdu with lithography.

    $6,500

  • (WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]

    A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795

    Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.

    $6,000

  • GODWIN, WILLIAM

    Of Population. An Enquiry Concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind. Being an Answer to Mr. Malthus’s Essay on that Subject. London: Longman, 1820

    FIRST EDITION. In 1798 Thomas Robert Malthus published his Essay on the Principle of Population in response to William Godwin’s ideas about the “perfectibility of society” advanced in Political Justice (1793). This is Malthus’s reply.

    $4,500

  • (FILLMORE, MILLARD.) HUXLEY, THOMAS H

    On the Origin of Species: or, the causes of the phenomena of organic nature. New York: Appleton, 1863

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. From the library of Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States (1850-1853), with his signatures dated May 22, 1863 on the title and on the front pastedown.

    $4,500