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AN AMERICAN RARITY—JEFFERSON'S PERSONAL COPY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) STEPHANO, Carolo (ESTIENNE, Charles). Dictionarium Historicum, Geographicum, Poeticum. Oxford, 1671.

A superb Presidential association copy—Thomas Jefferson's personal copy with his characteristic ownership markings of an important historical dictionary based on Estienne’s famous 16th-century Dictionarium, “the first French encyclopedia.” This is an early reissue of editor Nicholas Lloyd’s Oxford 1670 edition, in Latin, an updated and improved edition of Estienne’s work that was “superior to any of the previous editions.” From the renowned Americana collection of Mrs. Philip D. Sang, in contemporary calf. Rare and desirable.

$80,000.

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AN EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN RARITY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) DAUBENTON, Louis-Jean-Marie. Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks. Boston, 1811.

Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of this guide to sheep farming—one of Jefferson's primary agricultural interests—containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership mark, presented to Jefferson by the widow of the book's translator, James Bowdoin, Jefferson's minister to Spain, with the inscription: "President Jefferson with Mrs Bowdoin's respectful compliments. 24 May 1812." Second edition in English, with three illustrated plates appearing for the first time in this edition, in contemporary mottled calf.

$78,000.

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SIGNED BY TWO AMERICAN PRESIDENTS, THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THEN SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES MADISON, SHIP’S PAPERS FOR THE SCHOONER LYDIA

JEFFERSON, Thomas and MADISON, James. Document signed. Boston, 1803.

Rare official document, signed by both Thomas Jefferson as president and James Madison as secretary of state, as the nation’s first president and by Jefferson as America’s first Secretary of State, consisting of ship’s papers for the schooner Lydia. $20,000.

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"IF THE ABUSES OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD, AT ANY TIME, BE GREAT AND MANIFEST… I ASK, WHAT PRINCIPLES ARE THOSE WHICH OUGHT TO RESTRAIN AN INJURED AND INSULTED PEOPLE… FROM ALTERING THE WHOLE FORM OF THEIR GOVERNMENT?"

(CONSTITUTION) PRIESTLEY, Joseph. LL.D.F.R.S. An Essay on the First Principles of Government. London, 1768.

First edition of the profoundly influential work by Priestley, the English scientist and philosopher who defied his countrymen to support the American Revolution, a close friend of Franklin and Jefferson—who owned a copy of Priestley's Essay and considered "this one of the books which furnish the principles of our constitution"—a defining work of the Enlightenment that went beyond Locke in its argument for "political, civil and religious liberty." $12,500.

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“THE STATE OF OUR FINANCES CONTINUES TO FULFILL OUR EXPECTATIONS”

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Message from the President. New York, 1804.

Early separate printing of Jefferson’s fourth message to Congress, in which he assures the nation that “peace and intercourse with other powers continue on the footing on which they are established by treaty.” $5200.

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JEFFERSON’S DISCUSSION OF WESTWARD EXPANSION, SCARCE FIRST PUBLIC BROADSIDE PRINTING OF HIS FIFTH ANNUAL MESSAGE TO CONGRESS, 1805, WITH ALLUSION TO LEWIS AND CLARK

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Fifth Annual Message to Congress (National Intelligencer Extra). Washington, 1805.

First public broadside printing of Jefferson’s fifth State of the Union address, in which he addresses threats of coastal and border violation by Spain, Britain and France, with his promises to reorganize the militia and augment the navy. Relations with neighboring Native American tribes are also discussed, including several significant recent purchases, and he alludes to the explorations of the Lewis and Clark expedition. $4800.

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"THE FIRST AND THUS FAR ONLY IMPEACHMENT OF A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE… A TURNING POINT IN AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY"

CHASE, Samuel. Report of the Trial. Baltimore, 1805.

First edition of the authoritative Report of the Trial of Founding Father and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Chase, published same year as his "long, bitter, sensational" impeachment that featured testimony by Chief Justice John Marshall, with Chase's acquittal confirming "independence of the judiciary… Samuel Chase’s legacy," a fundamental work in "one of the few really great crises in American history,” very rare uncut in original boards. $3000.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIFTH VOLUME OF THE FIRST AMERICAN LEGAL PERIODICAL

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) HALL, John E. The American Law Journal, Vol. V. Baltimore, 1814.

First edition of the fifth volume of the first American law periodical, with this volume largely dedicated to the conflict between Jefferson and Edward Livingston over the openness of a coastal Louisiana area known as the Batture. $2600.

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