“I am a person who would quit authorizing in a minute to go piloting, if the Madam would stand it. I would rather sink a steamboat than eat, any time” – Mark TwainTWAIN, MARK
Life on the Mississippi. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1883
FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE, in the original deluxe binding.
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The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804
FIRST EDITION. Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.” (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.) Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history. Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.” In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.
Autograph letter signed to Henry W. Dommett. Concord, February 4, 1864
Hawthorne writes, “I have copied the passage from the Threefold Destiny according to your request, and shall forward the package By express, tomorrow (Friday) morning.” Hawthorne adds in an initialed postscript that he was unsure whether to send the letter to Dommett in Boston or in New York and chose Boston. Dommett was the longtime art critic for the New York Mail and author of A History of the Bank of New York, 1784–1884 (1884).
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The Double Helix. In Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January and February 1968
FIRST EDITION of The Double Helix, preceding the publication in book form in late February 1968. Signed by James Watson on the front cover of each issue.
Lao Tseu Tao Te King. Le Livre de la Voie et de la Vertu . . . traduit en Francais… par Stanislaus Julien. Paris: l’Imprimerie Royale, 1842
FIRST EDITION of the complete Tao Te Ching to be published in a Western language.
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.
“The best book for young folks that ever was written” – Harriet Beecher Stowe on The Prince and the PauperTWAIN, MARK
The Prince and the Pauper. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1882
FIRST EDITION. A departure from Twain’s previous novels, this tale of sixteenth-century England was intended as a work for children and the family circle. The book is illustrated with nearly 200 wood engravings. Twain declared that the boys in those illustrations “look and dress exactly as I used to cast them in my mind … It is a vast pleasure to see them cast in the flesh, so to speak.”