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"SO NEAR TO PERFECTION… I THINK IT WILL ASTONISH OUR ENEMIES"

(AMERICAN CONSTITUTION). Plan of the New Constitution for the United States of America. London, 1787.

Very rare first printing in England of the American Constitution, printed shortly after news arrived in London in early November 1787, an exceptional document in Anglo-American history, beautifully bound in full polished calf. $26,000.

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"A FORMATIVE INFLUENCE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND OF THE EARLY STATE CONSTITUTIONS"

LOCKE, John. Two Treatises of Government. London, 1698.

Third edition of Locke's classic Two Treatises of Government—"credited with great influence on American constitutionalism"—an excellent copy in contemporary paneled calf. $16,500.

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EXTRAORDINARY SELF-PORTRAIT CARICATURE DRAWN AND INSCRIBED BY KATHARINE HEPBURN TO THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, FRAMED WITH A BOLDLY SIGNED TYPED PRESENTATION LETTER BY HEPBURN TO THE MAN WHO PURCHASED THE CARICATURE AND A GLOSSY PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH

HEPBURN, Katharine. Self-portrait inscribed. FRAMED WITH: Typed letter signed. Stratford, Connecticut, Likely Old Saybrook, Connecticut, no place, 1957, 1970, circa 1990.

Most exceptional caricature-style self-portrait skillfully accomplished by Katharine Hepburn and inscribed "Landau" in the margin to the associate director of the American Shakespeare Theatre and additionally inscribed on the mat by Hepburn: "Jack from His Portia"; framed with a boldly signed typed presentation letter from Hepburn to the purchaser—presumably at a charity auction—of the caricature and a publicity photograph from Hepburn's later years. $13,500.

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SIGNED BY EINSTEIN

EINSTEIN, Albert. Out of My Later Years. New York, 1950.

First edition of Einstein's second collection of social science-related articles, addresses, speeches, letters and papers covering the period before, during and after the Second World War, an exceptionally scarce fine copy signed and dated by him in the year of his death, 1955. $13,500.

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"TRUTH IS FAR GREATER THAN FICTION… IT CHILLS THE BLOOD" (FREDERICK DOUGLASS): VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF SOLOMON NORTHUP'S TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, 1853

(NORTHUP, Solomon). Twelve Years a Slave. Auburn, 1853.

First edition, rare first printing, of Northup's powerful first-hand account—"one of the most authentic descriptions of slavery from the viewpoint of the slave"—documenting slavery's brutality and electrified by his resolve "to portray the institution of slavery as I have seen and known it," with engraved frontispiece and six full-page engravings of his torture in a slave pen, his near-escape from a lynching and much more, in original cloth. $13,200.

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"THE CLEAREST OF ALL EXPOSITIONS OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY"

PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man. BOUND WITH: Rights of Man. Part the Second. London, 1791, 1792.

Rare fourth edition of Part I and second edition of Part II of Rights of Man, each published shortly after the first editions by J.S. Jordan, who published Part I after the original edition was suppressed and was arrested for publishing Part II. One of Paine’s most important, influential, and bestselling works, Rights of Man resulted in the prosecution in England of Paine, his publishers, and booksellers, forcing Paine to flee to France. $12,500.

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“THAT MUSICAL CRYSTAL-CLEAR STYLE, BLOWN LIKE GLASS FROM THE WHITE-HEAT OF VIOLENCE”

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Farewell to Arms. New York, 1929.

First trade edition, first issue, of the novel that "placed Hemingway, early, among the American masters," in scarce unrestored first-issue dust jacket. A lovely copy. $12,000.

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“THE FIRST AND GREATEST CLASSIC OF MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT”

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London, 1786. Three volumes.

1786 edition (fourth edition overall) of Smith's landmark work on the individual's right to the free exercise of economic activity—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM)—this edition published only ten years after the very rare first edition, a beautiful copy in contemporary tree calf. $12,000.

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"NONE HAVE SURPASSED HIM"

REMINGTON, Frederic. Drawings. New York, 1897.

Signed limited first edition of Remington’s works, number 115 of only 250 copies, signed in pencil by Remington and in ink by R.H. Russell on the mounted limitation label, with 61 splendid full-page halftones of sketches, finished drawings and paintings. $12,000.

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THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN GEOLOGY

HUTTON, James. Theory of the Earth. Edinburgh, 1788.

First edition of Hutton's landmark paper, the foundation of modern geology, excerpted from the Transactions of the Edinburgh Royal Society, with two engraved plates. Bound with another Hutton paper from the same volume, "The Theory of Rain." $10,500.

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"THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT TRY MEN’S SOULS"

PAINE, Thomas. Writings of Thomas Paine. Albany, New York, 1792.

First edition of the collected Writings of Thomas Paine, printed in Albany in 1792, containing the important first collected American edition of The Crisis, with rarely found general title page and list of Subscriber's Names, including leaders such as James Madison, his future Vice-President, Elbridge Gerry, and Nathan Hale and notably this subscriber, Henry Quakenboss, this exceptional association copy signed and dated ("10/4") by him on the title page. $9800.

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COMPLETE 12-VOLUME COLLECTION OF FIRST EDITIONS OF CHURCHILL'S WWII AND POST-WAR SPEECHES, 1941-61, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS AND MATCHING CLAMSHELL BOXES

CHURCHILL, Winston S. War Speeches and Post-War Speeches. London, 1941-61. Together, 12 volumes.

First editions of Churchill's separately published World War II and post-war speeches, including his rare last book, in original dust jackets. Each volume housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $9500.

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MAGNIFICENT PANORAMA—NEARLY 10 FEET LONG—OF QUEEN VICTORIA'S ROYAL PROCESSION THROUGH THE CITY OF LONDON IN 1837

(QUEEN VICTORIA). Panoramic Representation of the Queen's Royal Progress. London, 1838.

First edition of this impressive hand-colored engraved panorama (measuring nearly 10 feet long) depicting the procession of Queen Victoria through the city of London on November 9, 1837, in original cloth. $8500.

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"ONE OF THE FINEST SPECIMENS OF JACOBEAN BOOK-PRODUCTION"

JAMES I. The Workes of the Most High and Mightie Prince, James. London, 1616.

First edition of the collected works of James I, judged to be "one of the finest specimens of Jacobean book-production," with splendid copper-engraved frontispiece portrait by Simon Pass of James enthroned in the robes of state and elaborately engraved additional title-page by Elstrack. Handsomely bound. $8200.

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"IT BRINGS CALAMITY UPON PRIVATE MEN, PERIL UPON THE STATE, AND CONTEMPT UPON THE LAW"

BACON, Francis. The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon… Touching Duels. London, 1614.

First edition of Bacon's essay against the practice of dueling, a custom that was gaining ground at the time and that Bacon, as newly appointed Attorney General, set out to eradicate. Handsomely bound by Aquarius. $8200.

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MATISSE’S FINAL ILLUSTRATED BOOK, SIGNED BY HIM

MATISSE, Henri. Poemes de Charles D'Orleans. Paris, 1950.

Signed limited edition of the last illustrated book by Matisse, a selection of medieval ballads chosen by the artist, number 1193 of only 1230 copies signed by Matisse in pencil on the limitation page, with 100 color lithographed pages completely designed, lettered, decorated, and illustrated by Matisse, including the frontispiece portrait of Charles d'Orléans signed and dated "Henri Matisse 3/43" on the stone. $8200.

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SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF AFRICAN GAME TRAILS, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES SIGNED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT

ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails. New York, 1910. Two volumes.

Signed limited first edition, number 495 of only 500 copies signed by Roosevelt, with 50 illustrations, including photographs, photogravures, drawings, and a map. $7500.

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ILLUSTRATED FOLIO EDITION OF TENNYSON’S IDYLLS OF THE KING, WITH 37 IMPRESSIVE STEEL ENGRAVINGS BY DORÉ

(DORE, Gustave) TENNYSON, Alfred. Idylls of the King. London, 1868.

First edition of Tennyson's Arthurian classic with illustrations by Doré, boasting 37 masterful full-page steel engravings by him printed on papier de chine and mounted, magnificently bound in full morocco-gilt. $6500.

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EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ALDINE EDITION OF WORDSWORTH'S POEMS, EXQUISITELY BOUND

WORDSWORTH, William. The Poetical Works. New York and London, 1892. Seven volumes.

Later Aldine edition of the poems of Wordsworth, with portrait of the poet, folding facsimile, and extra-illustrated with 35 window-mounted engravings, 15 hand-colored, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt with multi-colored morocco inlays in floral designs. $6500.

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INSCRIBED BY JACOB RIIS

RIIS, Jacob. The Making of an American. New York, 1901.

First edition of the pioneering photographer and reformer's autobiography, published the decade after his influential work, How the Other Half Lives, with frontispiece portrait and 83 photographic illustrations, many full-page, in original bright gilt cloth, inscribed to a prominent social reformer and close friend of Jane Addams mentioned in the text: "Mrs Emmons Blaine with the admiration and respect of the author Jacob A. Riis. New York, Dec 9, 1901." $6500.

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"EVERY HISTORY THAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN SINCE HAS DERIVED ALL ITS LIGHT FROM THIS"

BACON, Francis, Lord Verulam. The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh. London, 1622.

First edition, first issue, of Bacon's influential history, with elaborate woodcut title page and engraved frontispiece portrait of Henry VII by John Payne, handsomely bound. $6200.

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BYRON’S THE GIAOUR, WITH IMPORTANT VAMPIRE REFERENCES

BYRON, George Gordon, Lord. The Giaour. London, 1813.

First edition, scarce first issue on heavy watermarked paper, one of 12 copies requested of the publisher by Byron for personal distribution (second variant with Byron's name on the title page). The first of Byron's "Oriental romances," including an early Westernized version of the vampire myth, in original wrappers. $6000.

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HANDSOMELY BOUND EARLY SET OF BYRON’S COMPLETE WORKS

BYRON, George Gordon. The Works. London, 1832. Seventeen volumes.

Lovely early collected edition, edited by Byron’s friend and fellow poet, Thomas Moore, with frontispieces and engraved title pages by Edward Finden. Handsomely bound by Morrell. $5500.

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DAVID BEN-GURION’S MEMOIRS, EXCEEDINGLY RARE PRESENTATION-ASSOCIATION COPY, EACH VOLUME INSCRIBED BY HIM TO THE IDF'S CHIEF OF STAFF IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION

BEN-GURION, David. Zikhronot (Memoirs). Tel Aviv, 1971-72. Two volumes.

First editions of the first two volumes (of four) of Ben-Gurion’s Memoirs, presentation-association copies, each volume inscribed by him in Hebrew in the year of publication to the Israel Defense Forces' Chief of Staff, General Zvi Tsur. $5500.

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“MUCH VALUABLE MATERIAL… NOT TO BE FOUND ELSEWHERE”

(SCOTLAND) STRICKLAND, Agnes. Lives of the Queens of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1850-59. Eight volumes.

First edition set of Strickland’s impressive and engaging eight-volume history of Scotland's queens, with steel-engraved frontispiece portraits and vignette title pages in each volume, in fine contemporary calf-gilt. $5500.

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EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ALDINE EDITION OF SPENSER'S POEMS, EXQUISITELY BOUND

SPENSER, Edmund. The Poetical Works. New York and London, 1891. Five volumes.

Later Aldine edition of the poems of Spenser, including The Faerie Queene, with portrait of the poet and extra-illustrated with 25 window-mounted engravings, ten hand-colored, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt with multi-colored morocco inlays in floral designs. $4800.

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"LOVED LIBERTY AS WELL AS DID PATRICK HENRY… DESERVED IT AS MUCH AS THOMAS JEFFERSON"

(DOUGLASS, Frederick) (GRIFFITHS, Julia). Autographs for Freedom. Boston / Cleveland / London, 1853.

First edition of a powerful volume of nearly 40 works by leading abolitionists, together in print for the first time, co-edited by Frederick Douglass and Julia Griffiths, containing the first publication in book form of Douglass' novella, The Heroic Slave, his only work of fiction, invoking the defining leadership of fugitive slave Madison Washington in the 1841 successful slave rebellion on the Creole, a core event in the history of the "revolutionary Black Atlantic," very elusive in original cloth. $4500.

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ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND IN PUBLISHER’S ORNATELY GILT-DECORATED MOROCCO

(ENGLAND) (SCOTLAND) ARCHER, Thomas. Pictures and Royal Portraits. London, 1880. Two volumes.

Early edition of this comprehensive illustrated history, with 69 fine full-page sepia-toned steel engravings, very handsome in publisher’s deluxe morocco-gilt. $4500.

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"HER GREATEST NOVEL"

AUSTEN, Jane. Emma. London, 1836.

Third edition of the last novel Austen published in her lifetime, her exquisitely comedic and unerringly insightful social satire—"artistry… as elaborate as any novelist has ever achieved," with engraved frontispiece illustration and engraved vignette title page, in contemporary morocco. $4000.

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EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED ALDINE EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE'S POEMS, EXQUISITELY BOUND

SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poetical Works. New York and London, 1892.

Later Aldine edition of the Bard's poems, with portrait of the poet and extra-illustrated with five window-mounted engravings, two hand-colored, splendidly bound in full morocco-gilt with multi-colored morocco inlays in floral designs. $3800.

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