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Rare Books as Gifts

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world. ― Neil Gaiman During the holiday season and throughout the year, finding the perfect gift can be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Think of us as matchmakers, connecting people with rare books and with each other through the thoughtful selection of memorable and personal gifts that will be treasured for years to come. Rare books make very s...
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“THE MOST FAMOUS AND INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN POLITICAL WORK”

(HAMILTON, Alexander; MADISON, James; JAY, John). Federalist. New York, 1788. Two volumes.

First edition of The Federalist, one of the rarest and most significant books in American political history, which “exerted a powerful influence in procuring the adoption of the Federal Constitution,” this exceedingly rare association copy signed on the title page of each volume by ardent Federalist Samuel Boyd, a close colleague of Hamilton, a very handsome copy in rich gilt-tooled contemporary tree calf. $225,000.


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"THESE BOOKS ARE ALL SURVIVORS"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Sun Also Rises (German). Berlin, 1928.

First edition in German, Hemingway's own copy with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper, presentation copy additionally inscribed and signed by him on the title page, "For Frazer [sic] Bragg Drew wishing him good luck always, Ernest Hemingway. It's hard to keep books in decent condition in a country where they have hurricanes. These books are all survivors." $20,000.


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“NO OTHER WORK BEFORE HAD EVER ATTEMPTED… SUCH A GRAND SWEEP OF HUMAN RELIGIONS”

(PICART, Bernard) [Bernard, Jean Frédéric]. Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Several Nations. London, 1731-39. Seven volumes bound in six.

First edition in English of one of the most spectacular illustrated works of the 18th century, complete with 223 large folio copper engravings, 32 double-page or folding, depicting the religious ceremonies of numerous faiths and nations, including Jewish and North American Indian rites. “No other work before had ever attempted, in word and image, such a grand sweep of human religions” (The Book that Changed Europe, 1). $18,500.


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