“I believe the high value of well-bred males is due to their transmitting their good qualities to a far greater number of offspring than can the female.”DARWIN, CHARLES
Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January 
CHARLES DARWIN ON SEXUALITY AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HEREDITARY CHARACTERISTICS.
The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. Williamsburg: William Parks, 1747
First edition, first issue. The later issues may have been printed as late as 1753. This is a lovely copy of Stith’s classic history of Virginia from its establishment in 1607 through the dissolution of the Virginia Company of London in 1624, written by the third president of the College of William & Mary.
EMERSON ,RALPH WALDO
Autograph Letter Signed to Abby Dwight Woodbridge.. Concord, 6 July 1841
In this tremendous letter on his philosophy of the individual and on writing poetry, Emerson describes for a prospective contributor the workings of his fabled literary magazine, The Dial.
(MAGNA CARTA.) Care, Henry, ed
English Liberties, Or The Free-Born Subject’s Inheritance: Containing Magna Charta . . . The Habeas Corpus Act, And Several Other Statutes. Boston: Printed by J. Franklin, for N. Buttolph, B. Eliot, and D. Henchman, 1721
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This volume, one of the very first law books printed in colonial America, contains the first American printing of Magna Carta and other fundamental documents of individual liberty in Anglo-American law. Magna Carta has become “a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable ‘fundamental statute’ that England has ever had” (Pollock & Maitland)
LONGFELLOW ,HENRY WADSWORTH
Early Draft Autograph Manuscript of “Excelsior,” incorporated into an Autograph Letter Signed to Samuel Cutler Ward (“My dear Excelsior”).. Cambridge, 30 September 1841
In this outstanding literary letter, Longfellow writes in full and sends an early draft of his beloved poem “Excelsior,” commenting on its meaning and significance and writing out all thirty-six lines.
Finnegans Wake. London: Faber, 1939
FIRST EDITION, the deluxe issue, one of only 425 numbered copies signed by James Joyce. The notoriously difficult Finnegans Wake is probably the most ambitious work of literature of the twentieth century. The writing of Finnegans Wake occupied Joyce’s life from 1922, the year of the publication of Ulysses, until 1939, two years before the author’s death.
History of the United States of America during the first administration of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Scribner’s, 1889
FIRST EDITION. Presentation copy inscribed by Adams: “For Aunt Eunice with the warmest regards of Henry Adams 1889.”