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  • PURCHAS, SAMUEL

    Purchas his Pilgrimes in five bookes [with:] Purchas his Pilgrimage.. London: Stansby for Fetherstone, 1624-26

    FIRST EDITION of this celebrated collection of travels accounts in English, “one of the fullest and most important collections  of early voyages and travels in the English language” (Church). This is the rare first issue of volume I with the engraved title page dated 1624 (usually it is dated 1625) and with the offending passages concerning the Dutch (easily recognized by the presence of the p. 704 headline ‘Hollanders lying devices, to disgrace the English,” which was then changed to ‘Amboyna taken by the Dutch. Ingratitude. Boasting’).

    $135,000

  • SWIFT, JONATHAN

    Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (Gulliver’s Travels)… by Lemuel Gulliver. London: Benj. Motte, 1726

    FIRST EDITION. This is an outstanding untouched example of Gulliver’s Travels, Teerink’s A edition, the true first edition,

    $135,000

  • MCKENNEY, THOMAS L. AND JAMES HALL

    History of the Indian Tribes of North America. With biographical sketches and anecdotes of the principal chiefs. Philadelphia: Greenough [and] Rice & Clark, [1838-1844]

    A handsome set, with original wrappers, of this landmark of American publishing history, “one of the most costly and important ever published on the American Indians”

    $125,000

  • 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

  • RAMUSIO ,GIOVANNI BATTISTA

    Delle Navigationi et Viaggi.. Venice: Giunta, 1563, 1556, and 1559

    First editions of volumes II and II, third edition of volume I. This classic in the history of exploration includes: the first printings of the description of present-day New York by Verrazzano, the first European to see the harbor; Cartier’s account of his pioneering inland exploration of the continent; numerous maps and views of fundamental importance in the cartography of the New World; and most important, the most complete and most influential text of Marco Polo’s book of his travels.

    $95,000

  • MACHIAVELLI, NICCOLÒ

    Nicholas Machiavel’s Prince. … Translated out of Italian into English; By E[dward]. D[acres].. London: R. Bishop for William Hils & Daniel Pakeman, 1640

    First edition in English of one of the great books of the Renaissance and a classic of political philosophy.

    $80,000

  • 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

  • FITZGERALD, EDWARD

    Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the astronomer- poet of Persia translated into English verse. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1859

    First edition of one of the most celebrated poetical rarities of 19th-century English literature. Only a handful of the 250 copies printed sold at first, so the publisher consigned the balance to the bargain bin, with the price reduced from five shillings to one penny. Many copies were discarded or lost. Swinburne found a copy, passed it on to Rossetti, and the book’s fame spread rapidly. Scores of editions followed, and FitzGerald’s translation of the Rubaiyat remains one of the best-loved and most often printed poems in the English language.

    $68,000

  • 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