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  • Lyford, William G

    The Western Address Directory containing the cards of merchants, manufacturers, and other businessmen . . . together with historical, topographical & statistical sketches of those cities, and towns in the Mississippi Valley, intended as a guide. . .. Baltimore: Robinson, 1837

    One of the earliest commercial directories for the west, this unusual book covers towns from Pittsburgh to St. Louis, emphasizing those on the Ohio River including Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Zanesville, and Wheeling.

    $3,800

  • (THAILAND)

    Revised draft of the proposed Penal Code for the Kingdom of Siam, April, R.S. 126. [Bangkok], [1907]

    FIRST EDITION. This volume is heavily revised with manuscript changes in at least two hands, some in red ink and others in pencil, and with pasted-on slips. The text has been extensively reworked, with considerable additions, deletions, corrections, revisions, and reorganization.

    $3,800

  • Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas, Marquis de

    Esquisse d’un Tableau Historique des Progres de L’Esprit Humain. Paris: Agasse, 1795

    A distinguished mathematician and friend of Voltaire, d Alembert, and Turgot, Condorcet played a major role in promoting the Revolution s democratic principles. In the Esquisse (An Historical Outline of the Progress of the Human Mind), he traces the history of man through ten epochs.

    $2,800

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    “Über einen der Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtpunkt” in Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, 17 Band, No. 6. Leipzig, 1905

    FIRST EDITION. This Nobel prize award winning paper on the photon and the photoelectric effect is one of the three great papers from 1905, Einstein annus mirabilis.

    $2,800

  • (BLACK, HUGO.)

    Hugo Black and the Supreme Court: A Symposium. Edited by Stephen Parks Strickland. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, (c.1967)

    FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Black:  “To our friend, Arthur Goldberg, on this his forty ninth birthday, with our warm and affectionate good wishes to him and to Dorothy, Hugo L. Black August 8, 1967” and further signed by his wife Elizabeth. Black, once a member of the KKK and later one of the greatest defenders of civil liberties, inscribes this volume to fellow Supreme Court Justice Goldberg. Black, Warren, Douglas, Brennan, and Goldberg were key members of the liberal wing of the court in the 1960s.

    $2,500

  • DARWINISM

    Collection of books from the debates over Darwinism. Various places, 1861-1897

    $2,200

  • (MAGRITTE, RENÉ.) Mesens, E. L. T

    Troisième front poèmes de guerre suivi de pièces detachés. Third front & detached pieces. London Gallery Editions, 1944

    FIRST EDITION. Copy number 18 of 500 signed and numbered by Mesens. Inscribed to René Magritte and his wife: “A Georgette Magritte A René Magritte, l’exemplaire réservé pour lui, sa Femme, Noukels et Barfoot, depuis 1944. E. M.”

    $2,000

  • (MAGRITTE, RENÉ.) [Mesens, E. L. T. and Jacques Brunius

    Idolatry & Confusion. London Gallery Editions, [1944]

    Inscribed to René Magritte: “A René Magritte, ces textes mal informés en 1944, écrit en hâte, mais prophétiques. E. L. T. Mesens.” This scarce English Surrealist tract attacks the so-called resistance poetry of Paul Eluard and Aragon as “conformist.”

    $1,700

  • WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL

    Studies Scientific and Social. London: Macmillan, 1900

    First edition. In the preface Wallace states that these essays represent his “more important” articles published in periodicals from 1865 to 1899. He notes, “Many of these are connected with the modern theory of evolution, others with important geological and physical questions … I have, whenever possible, introduced copious illustrations, and this has led me in many cases so to modify and enlarge the original article as to render it a new piece of work. Those which did not lend themselves to illustration have received a careful revision.”

    $1,200

  • KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD

    A Treatise of Money. London: Macmillan, 1930

    FIRST EDITION of “Keynes’s most ambitious and weighty work” (New Palgrave). The ensuing criticism of A Treatise On Money spurred Keynes to create his major theoretical work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, in which he more fully developed concepts he first expressed in A Treatise. “Nevertheless, [A Treatise on Money] was the outstanding performance in its field and day” (Schumpeter).

    $950