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  • 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

  • HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, et al

    The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804

    FIRST EDITION.  Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.”  (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.)  Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history.  Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.”  In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.

    $5,500

  • 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

  • (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

  • 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