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  • 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

  • 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

  • KINSEY, ALFRED , et al

    Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1948

    FIRST EDITION of this classic, a book that helped usher in the sexual revolution.

    $3,500

  • 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