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  • MELVILLE, HERMAN

    Moby-Dick; or, the Whale. New York: Harper, 1851

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. “Moby Dick is a story of the sea … Moby-Dick is a portrait of the whale” (Lewis Mumford). As late as May of 1850 Melville described this first Moby-Dick as “the Whaling voyage” in a letter to Richard Henry Dana:  “It will be a strange sort of book, I fear, blubber is blubber you know; tho you may get oil out of it, the poetry runs as hard as sap from a frozen maple tree & to cook the thing up one needs throw in a little fancy. The descriptions are the finest, most accurate and entertaining of any narrative of sea life that has ever been published.” 

    $25,000

  • GODWIN, WILLIAM

    Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its influence on General Virtue and Happiness. London: Robinson, 1793

    FIRST EDITION. In Political Justice, his most famous work, Godwin responds to Burke’s attacks on the French Revolution and Thomas Paine. He applies the principles of the Revolution to inquire into the philosophical basis of government. Believing that political and social institutions are tyrannical and corrupt, Godwin calls for reason to guide human affairs and advocates individual liberty.

    $25,000

  • WATSON, JAMES D. & Andrew Berry

    DNA The Secret of Life. [New York: Knopf, 2003.]

    Presentation copy inscribed by James Watson to Francis Crick and his wife: “For Francis and Odile from Jim 27 November 2002.” This is the dedication copy, with the printed dedication stating “To Francis Crick.”

    $25,000

  • WATSON, JAMES D.

    Genes, Girls and Gamow. Oxford: University Press, 2001

    First edition. A tremendous presentation copy inscribed by James Watson to Francis Crick: “For Francis from Jim.”

    $25,000

  • SUE, EUGENE

    Le Juif Errant [The Wandering Jew]. Paris: Paulin, 1844-45

    First edition of Sue’s The Wandering Jew.

    $24,000

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Walt Whitman’s Books. [Washington, D.C., 1872]

    Whitman designed this rare broadside to promote his works in bookstores. The broadside advertises four of the author’s most recent publications, together with a biography of Whitman by his friend John Burroughs. Leaves of Grass was in its fifth edition by this date. Although the broadside was designed for bookstore displays, Whitman referred to it as a “show bill” in a note to W. D. O’Connor.

    $22,500

  • (HOLMES ,OLIVER WENDELL, Jr.)

    American Mahogany Butler’s Desk from the Holmes family home at 296 Beacon Street, Boston. American, ca. 1930

    Justice Holmes’s butler’s desk from the family home on Beacon Street.

    $22,000

  • (WHITMAN, EMERSON, MELVILLE, et al.)

    A superb American literary autograph album. Various dates, Mainly 1870s

    This magnificent album presents a who’s who of American literature featuring autographs, often with substantial quotations from poems, by American literary giants such as Emerson, Melville, Whitman, Whittier, Lowell, Longfellow, Bryant, and Holmes. The album’s owner had direct access to a wide array of literary figures and considerable powers of persuasion to convince them to write at length in this treasured album.

    $22,000

  • 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.

    $22,000

  • HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL

    The Life of Franklin Pierce. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1852

    FIRST EDITION.  AN ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE GREATEST INTEREST, inscribed and signed by the subject of the book, President-elect Franklin Pierce, lifelong friend of the author. Pierce has inscribed the book to the Ohio newspaper publisher Washington McLean: “For Washington McLean from Frank. Pierce Concord N.H. Feby. 5. 1853.”

    $22,000