China Monumentis. illustrata.. Amsterdam: Jansson, 1667.
FIRST EDITION. One of the grandest and most important works on China up to its time, Kircher’s China Illustrata (China, Illustrated Through Its Monuments, Both Sacred and Profane) inaugurated the late 17th-century age of European fascination with China.
Early Photographs of New Zealand in a charming Victorian young lady's album with a wealth of manuscript and printed materialNEW ZEALAND ,1860s
An album of early New Zealand photographs, watercolors, manuscript verse, and ephemera assembled by Miss Flaxman. New Zealand, 1866-1870This delightful photograph and autograph album chronicles the world of young Miss Flaxman in New Zealand in the 1860s. This 1860s New Zealand album, with dozens of photographs, original watercolors, manuscript poems, and printed ephemera, is a rare survival and a valuable resource for women’s studies.
PERSHING, JOHN J.
Final Report of Gen. John J. Pershing, Commander-in Chief, American Expeditionary Force. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920
FIRST EDITION. An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Pershing: “To M. le Maréchal Joffre with sincere esteem and affectionate regards, and with gratitude for his friendship and wise counsel. John J. Pershing Washington D.C.”
“Leaving For The Moon” in LIFE Magazine. LIFE, July 25, 1969
This issue of Life magazine is signed by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The cover photograph captures the dramatic scene of a self-assured Armstrong—dressed in his full space suit—waving to a crowd of on-lookers just prior to commencing the historic Apollo 11 mission. This issue of Life includes “Apollo’s Leap for the Moon” by reporter Loudon Wainwright, “Moon Shot—Spectacle at the Cape” and “Nixon’s First Six Months” as well as and photographs of the astronauts’ wives. The issue suggests the eagerness of the public for any news dealing with Apollo 11 and the moon landing. This is the issue of Life that was on the newsstands as the Apollo 11 astronauts hurtled through space toward the moon.
“Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.”(D-DAY.) ASSOCIATED PRESS
Teletype covering the Normandy landings on D-Day. Associated Press, 5 and 6 June 1944
First announcement of the D-Day landings, perhaps the most important event of the 20th century.
The History Of The Great And Renowned Monarchy Of China. London: E. Tyler for John Crook, 1655
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THIS FAMOUS HISTORY OF CHINA. A splendid Jewish-American association copy from the library of Joseph Solomon Ottolenghe.
KNIGHTS OF MALTA
Statuta Hospitalis Hierusalem. Rome: Tipografia del Popolo Romano, 1588
FIRST EDITION of this revision of the Statutes of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Established in 1085 to care for the sick at the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, the order became a military order, defending crusader territory in the Holy Land and protecting pilgrim routes. The Knights, drawn from the great families of Europe, became immensely wealthy. They relocated to Malta in 1530, where they were ruled by a Grand Master answerable only to the Pope. The engraved map of Malta shows the great siege of 1565 in which knights under John de Valetta defeated a great Turkish fleet. This event led to the alliance of the kings of Europe against the Ottomans, previously thought nearly invincible.
“An uncommonly gifted, innovative photographer whose unquestioned masterpiece is The Acropolis of Athens.”(GREECE.) STILLMAN ,WILLIAM
View of the Acropolis from the Musaeum Hill. London: S. F. Ellis, 1870
This photograph is the first view from W. J. Stillman’s The Acropolis of Athens, a series of 25 photographs taken in 1869 and published the following year. Stillman has been called “an uncommonly gifted, innovative photographer whose unquestioned masterpiece is The Acropolis of Athens.”