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.
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).
"The impact of his shining, energizing personality is still strong. Few Americans have been more picturesque; none holds a solider presence in the history of American life" (Mark Van Doren in DAB).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.”
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.