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.
Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America.. London: Printed for David Henry, and sold by Francis Newbery, 1769
A very rare inscribed presentation copy of “the most important scientific book of eighteenth-century America” (PMM), inscribed by Benjamin Franklin: “To Mr. Livesy from his obliged Friend & humble Servant The Author.”
Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitaetstheorie. Leipzig: Barth, 1916
First separate edition, first printing (i.e. with the Metzger & Wittig imprints). A spectacular inscribed copy signed by Einstein and further inscribed by Einstein with a long note concerning gravitation, electromagnetic theory, and quantum theory.
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.
A volume containing the first editions of all three of Spinoza’s principal works. Amsterdam, 1663-1677
Collections of all three Spinoza first editions bound together are virtually unobtainable in contemporary bindings.
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.