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THOMAS JEFFERSON

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AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN RARITY—JEFFERSON’S PERSONAL ANNOTATED COPY OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, FROM JEFFERSON’S LIBRARY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Laws of the United States. Vols. VI-VII. Washington City, 1803, 1805. One volume.

Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of Volumes VI and VII of the Laws of the United States, together in one most rare and remarkable volume from his library, containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership marks, together with his annotations and marginalia in his manuscript hand, featuring the Acts of the 7th and 8th Congresses, and early printings of key laws passed from 1802-1805 (while Jefferson was President), notably containing a printing of the text of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that is said to have been Jefferson's primary source for the treaty, also with printings of laws resulting from the Treaty, and major legislation establishing a governmental structure for the newly-acquired territory, in contemporary calf. $245,000.

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"I AM SINCERELY CONCERNED FOR THE DEATH OF JUPITER, WHICH I AM PERSUADED MIGHT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED COULD I HAVE PREVAILED ON HIM TO GIVE UP GOING WITH ME TO FREDERICKSBURG"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, February 10, 1800. Fascinating 1800 autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson to Monticello overseer Richard Richardson concerning the death of Jupiter (1743-1800), Jefferson's longtime servant and friend. Jefferson also gives instructions to Richardson as to several management issues, asking that two of the nephews of Sally Hemings stay in the main house in order to guard it from intruders; recommending tasks for several other slaves, as well as proposing an efficient means of communication while he attended to his Vice Presidential duties in Philadelphia; and also forwards a bag of "a particular kind of nut, called the Paccan," asking that they be planted in the nursery. $150,000.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN RARITY: JEFFERSON'S PERSONAL COPY OF DE PRADT'S EUROPE, PRESENTED TO JEFFERSON BY THE TRANSLATOR, HIS FRIEND GEORGE ALEXANDER OTIS

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) DE PRADT, (Dominique-Dufour) OTIS, George Alexander, translator. Europe after the Congress of Aix-La-Chapelle [Jefferson's copy]. Philadelphia, 1820.

Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of the first edition in English of De Pradt's Europe, presented to him by the translator, George Alexander Otis. A most rare and remarkable volume from President Jefferson's working library, containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership marks (at signatures "I" and "T"), and with the ownership signature of his grandson Benjamin F. Randolph, son of Jefferson's daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph. A most desirable presidential association copy in unrestored contemporary binding. Offered together with a fascinating 1820 John Adams letter expressing gratitude to Otis for sending his translation of De Pradt's Europe, lauding the elegance and accuracy of the translation, and arguing for a friendly yet isolationist stance toward Europe and its affairs, written in a secretarial hand and boldly signed by Adams. $125,000.

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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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"OUR CAUSE IS JUST: OUR UNION IS PERFECT … BEING WITH ONE MIND RESOLVED TO DIE FREEMEN, RATHER THAN TO LIVE SLAVES"

(JEFFERSON, Thomas and DICKINSON, John). Declaration… [on] Taking Up Arms. [Newspaper printing]. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vol. VII. Numb. 365., July 21 – July 27, 1775.

An extraordinarily rare July 1775 Massachusetts newspaper printing (occupying the entire front page) of one of the greatest state papers of the American Revolution and the most important forerunner to the Declaration of Independence: the July 6, 1775 "Declaration… Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms," written by Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson for the Second Continental Congress. $28,000.

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“NO OTHER AMERICAN PUBLIC MAN LEFT SO ENDURING A MARK ON LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE”

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Washington City, 1801.

Influential 1801 edition of Jefferson's Parliamentary Manual, containing "the foundations of some of the most important parts of the House's practice" (Malone, 456). the earliest extant edition, this is arguably the first edition, since the earlier listed by Sabin apparently never existed. This especially distinctive association copy with a presentation inscription by Alexander J. Dallas, President Madison's Secretary of the Treasury and Acting Secretary of War, inscribed entirely in Dallas' hand and signed by him, "Presented by A. J. Dallas to [unclear] Levy in 1815." $18,000.

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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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"AGAINST EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies. Boston: Gray and Bowen, New York, 1830. Four volumes.

Second edition of Jefferson’s writings (issued one year after the Charlotteville edition), compiled and edited by his grandson, with frontispiece portrait and folding facsimile of the original draft of the Declaration, uncut and largely unopened in original boards. $4500.

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TRANSLATED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON

(JEFFERSON, Thomas, translator, with BARLOW, Joel) VOLNEY, [Comte de]. [Constantin François de Chasseboeuf]. A New Translation of Volney's Ruins. Paris, 1817. Two volumes.

Second edition of Jefferson’s translation of Volney’s treatise on the origin, growth and decay of the social, political and religious institutions of ancient civilizations, scarce and desirable in original boards. This edition, issued in France, precedes the first American edition, which did not appear until 1828. $2900.

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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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