Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies … the Second Impression. London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632
This is an excellent example of the Second Folio, the second edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays. This is “incomparably the most important work in the English language” (Jackson, Pforzheimer Catalogue).
HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, JAMES MADISON, and JOHN JAY.
The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution. New York: John and Andrew M’Lean, 1788
First edition. This splendid example of The Federalist is one of a very small number of special deluxe copies printed on thick paper.
Leaves of Grass [with] Whitman’s own copy of his 1860 portrait. Brooklyn, New York, 1855
First edition, first issue, one of only 337 copies of the first issue, distinguished by its elaborately gilt-stamped cloth binding prepared in June/July 1855. Whitman reported that only 800 copies were printed; this copy is from the first group to be bound. The copies bound later did not have the extensive gilt stamping. Whitman paid for the book, supervised its production, and even set a number of pages in type.
two items: $160,000
(APOLLO 11) Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,and Michael Collins
United States flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11. NASA, July 16-24, 1969
This American flag, flown to the Moon on Apollo 11, is one of the most sought-after relics of space exploration.
LEWIS, MERIWETHER & WILLIAM CLARK
History of the Expedition under the command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the years 1804-5-6. Philadelphia: Bradford & Inskeep, 1814
FIRST EDITION of “the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent” (Wagner-Camp-Becker). This is “the most important of all overland narratives. . . . American explorers had for the first time spanned the continental United States and driven the first wedge in the settlement of our new far western frontier” (Grolier 100 American Books).
the only known copy of a landmark work of Copernicanism, printed by the printer of De Revolutionibus(COPERNICUS.) GASSER, ACHILLES PIRMIN
Practica auff das M.D.XLvj. jar, durch Doctorem Achillem P. Gasser L. zu Feldkirch gemacht. Nuremberg, J. Petreius, 1545
First edition of the only known copy of a landmark work of Copernicanism. Gasser’s Practica contains the first account of Copernican heliocentrism printed in a vernacular language. It is “as concise and accessible a summary of heliocentrism as one could wish for” (Danielson). This “enthusiastic hymn of praise to Copernicus” (Burmeister) was printed by the printer of De Revolutionibus.
WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK
“Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid.” Offprint from: Nature Vol. 171 (April 25, 1953). London, 1953
FIRST EDITION, THE RARE OFFPRINT signed by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Raymond Gosling.
Commentaries on the Laws of England. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765-1769
First edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries, a monument of the Anglo-American legal and political system and one of the key influences on the thought of the Founding Fathers and the shaping of the Constitution.
TANNER, [HENRY SCHENK]
A New American Atlas containing maps of the several states of the North American union … Projected and Drawn on a Uniform Scale …. Philadelphia: H. S. Tanner, 1823
First edition of “the most distinguished atlas published in the United States during the engraving period” (Ristow). Tanner’s greatest work, A New American Atlas was painstakingly produced and issued in installments between 1818 and 1823. Few complete sets have survived. Tanner’s use of a uniform scale of 15 geographical miles to the inch and his careful selection of sources resulted in a comprehensive American atlas of unprecedented detail and reliability which was the standard by which American atlases were measured until the modern era. This was by a considerable margin the greatest American atlas up to its time.