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  • LOCKE, JOHN

    An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. London: Printed by Eliz. Holt, for Thomas Basset, 1690

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (with the integral Eliz. Holt title-page). An excellent, fresh copy of this classic of philosophy, the first modern attempt to analyze knowledge. “Few books in the literature of philosophy have so widely represented the spirit of the age and country in which they have appeared, or have so influenced opinion afterwards” (Fraser).

    $120,000

  • KEROUAC, JACK

    On the Road. New York: The Viking Press, 1957

    FIRST EDITION. With a long inscription from Kerouac to William Targ, noted bookman, editor, and publisher: “To William Targ From Jack Kerouac 12/9/68. How about a first edition of Compleat Visions of Cody to be published by Putnams 1969??? — or, maybe A Nest of Ninnies be better??? Regards, JK.”

    $110,000

  • MCKENNEY, THOMAS L. AND JAMES HALL

    History of the Indian Tribes of North America. With biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Philadelphia: Rice & Clark; London: Gilpin, [1842-1844]

    This is a gorgeous copy of this landmark of American publishing history, “one of the most costly and important ever published on the American Indians” (Field).

    $110,000

  • SWIFT, JONATHAN

    Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World . . . by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benj. Motte, 1726

    FIRST EDITION. This is a handsome set of Teerink’s A edition, the true first edition.

    $95,000

  • 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.

    $75,000

  • BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM

    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.

    $68,000

  • JOHNSON, SAMUEL

    A Dictionary of the English Language. London: W. Strahan for J. & P. Knapton, 1755

    First edition of this enduring classic of English literature. This is Johnson’s “audacious attempt to tame his unruly native tongue … combining huge erudition with a steely wit and remarkable clarity of thought” (Hitchings).

    $65,000

  • HOBBES, THOMAS

    Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill. London: for Andrew Crooke, 1651

    FIRST EDITION. The first edition has the head ornament on the title-page. The bear and triangle ornaments are found on the later editions, which are sometimes mistakenly referred to as later issues.

    $60,000

  • TOCQUEVILLE, ALEXIS DE

    De la Democratie en Amerique. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840

    FIRST EDITIONS. The most influential commentary on America in the nineteenth century, Democracy in America was based on Tocqueville’s travels in the United States in 1831 and 1832. Tocqueville came to America to study the American prison system on behalf of the French government. The book resulting from these investigations is generally considered the 19th century’s most insightful commentary on the development of our unique American culture and political system.

    $58,000

  • POE, EDGAR ALLAN

    Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1840

    FIRST EDITION, one of only 750 sets printed. Poe’s first collection of prose, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque contains many of Poe’s finest tales including “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “MS. Found in a Bottle.”

    $48,000