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AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN RARITY—JEFFERSON’S PERSONAL ANNOTATED COPY OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, (1803, 1805) 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 marginala 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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“THEY WILL WONDERFULLY MEND THE WORLD”

SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. London, 1726. Two volumes.

An exceptional copy of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in all of English literature, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, six plates (four maps and two plans), in beautiful, unrestored, full contemporary calf bindings. Exceptionally rare in first issue, and most rare and desirable in contemporary bindings. Almost never seen in such beautiful condition. $182,000.

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SPLENDID EARLY 17TH-CENTURY ETHIOPIAN ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT OF THE MIRACLES OF MARY, WITH THREE VIVID FULL-PAGE MINIATURES OF SAINT GEORGE, THE MADONNA AND CHILD AND THE HOLY TRINITY

(ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT). Miracles of Mary [Ethiopian illuminated religious manuscript]. Ethiopia, 1600. Beautiful and complete late 16th- or early 17th-century Ethiopian illuminated manuscript in Ge'ez on vellum of the Ta’amra Maryam (the Miracles of Mary), boasting three glorious full-page miniatures (depicting St. George, the Madonna and Christ Child, and the Holy Trinity), handsomely bound with contemporary blind-decorated morocco over wooden boards. $45,000.

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“A MAJOR OUTSTANDING ITEM, THE RARITY OF WHICH IS BY NO MEANS FULLY APPRECIATED”

(VIRGINIA) BEYER, Edward. Album of Virginia. Richmond, 1858.

First edition of one of the greatest American view books of the 19th century, with beautiful lithographic vignette title page and 40 extraordinary tinted lithographic plates of Virginia, handsomely bound. This copy from the prominent Wickham family of Virginia, with the contemporary owner signature of William Fanning Wickham on the title page. $45,000.

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“HER GREATEST NOVEL”

AUSTEN, Jane. Emma. London, 1816. Three volumes.

First 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,” a rare uncut copy with all half titles in contemporary three-quarter vellum and boards. $42,000.

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"TO THE NAVIGATOR OF AMERICAN WATERS IN THAT PERIOD, IT WAS HIS BIBLE"

MOUNT, John and PAGE, Thomas. The English Pilot. The Fourth Book. WITH: Original captains's logbook. No place, 1846-49.

1773 edition of the "the first significant collection of charts exclusively of the American coast to be published in England," with 25 (of 26) maps and charts (12 folding, 8 double-page, 1 single-page and 4 in-text) and more than 200 in-text coastline profiles. Together with a captain's logbook for 1846-49. $35,000.

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“IT IS POSSIBLE TO INVENT A SINGLE MACHINE WHICH CAN BE USED TO COMPUTE ANY COMPUTABLE SEQUENCE”

TURING, Alan Mathison. On Computable Numbers. London, November 30 and December 23, 1936 and April 22, 1937. Two volumes. First appearance of the concept of the universal computing machine, which would come to be known as a Turing machine: “it is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence.” Complete with the scarce “correction” or third part of this important paper, issued a year after the first two parts and often not present. $28,500.

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“EXPECTING YOU TO BECOME A MIDAS MULLIGAN WITH A (SPIRITUAL) GUN ON EACH HIP”

RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. New York, 1957.

First edition of one of the most popular and influential novels of the last 50 years, prepublication presentation-association copy inscribed by the author to Harry Kalberman, brother-in-law of Rand's romantic partner, "To Harry—expecting you to become a Midas Mulligan with a (spiritual) gun on each hip. Ayn, August 15, 1957"—the earliest possible inscription date—in scarce original dust jacket. $27,500.

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“ROBERT STACK’S SUPERLATIVE PORTRAYAL OF ELIOT NESS IS THE MOST INSPIRING IMAGE ON TODAY’S SCREEN”

RAND, Ayn. Autograph manuscript signed. New York, June 26, 1962.

Ten-page autograph manuscript signed, with additions and deletions in Rand's hand, of Rand's column "The New Enemies of 'The Untouchables," which appeared in the July 8, 1962 Los Angeles Times, extolling the virtues of popular television crime shows and condemning F.C.C. censorship. $27,500.

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INSCRIBED BY MUNRO LEAF WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING OF FERDINAND THE BULL

LEAF, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand. New York, 1936.

Rare first edition of one of the most popular and enduring children's books ever written, inscribed by the author: "For Howard Stewart with all the best from Ferdinand and Munro Leaf," with an original drawing of Ferdinand also by Leaf. $26,000.

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STRIKING ORIGINAL PAINTING, “WAR ORPHANS” BY ARTHUR SZYK

SZYK, Arthur. War Orphans. London, 1940.

Extraordinary signed original watercolor and gouache painting of two young Jewish refugees, huddled together, by anti-Nazi caricaturist Arthur Szyk, whose wartime portrayals of brutality, heroism and suffering strongly influenced American attitudes toward the war effort. $25,000.

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BEAUTIFUL LARGE FOLIO, WITH 76 HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS OF SCENERY ALONG THE THAMES

(BOYDELL, John and Josiah). [COMBE, William]. An History of the River Thames (Principal Rivers of Great Britain). London, 1794-96. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of this wonderful visual record of the River Thames, with 76 lovely folio hand-colored aquatints by Stadler after Farrington of prospects along the banks—including three very large folding plates—and a large folding map by John Cooke of “The Course of the River Thames from Its Source to the Sea.” An excellent copy in contemporary calf. $23,000.

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“THE SPOKESMAN BEFORE GOD OF A VIRILE, UNCONQUERABLE HUMANITY”

DONNE, John. LXXX Sermons. WITH: Fifty Sermons. London, 1640, 1649. Two volumes bound as one.

Extremely rare first editions of the first two separately published collections of sermons by "the outstanding preacher of his day" and one of the greatest poets in the language (Baugh, et al., 613), two landmarks of English literature and piety bound together in contemporary calf, with engraved additional title page by Merian featuring a portrait of Donne. $22,000.

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FULL FIRST EDITION OF TRISTRAM SHANDY: THRICE SIGNED BY STERNE—THE HUTH COPY

STERNE, Laurence. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy. London, 1760-67. Nine volumes.

First editions of all nine volumes of Tristram Shandy, signed by Laurence Sterne in three volumes, handsomely bound in polished calf-gilt by Bedford. From the esteemed Huth collection, with its morocco-gilt bookplate, begun by Henry Huth in the 19th century and continued by his son Alfred H. Huth. $22,000.

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"MISS MARY SAID I WAS HER PULITZER PRIZE WINNING HUSBAND AND HAD THEY GIVEN IT TO ME FOR BEING A GOOD BOY FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS OR WHAT?"

HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Typed letter signed. Finca Vigia, Cuba, May 21, 1953.

Extraordinary 1953 typed letter by Ernest Hemingway at Finca Vigia in Cuba to New York Times literary critic Charles Poore regarding his reaction to the Pulitzer Prize; his decision to send the award check to his son, Bumby, who inspired The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms; the details of why he hates the West (hostility to dogs and hunting regulations); his relationships with numerous famous personalities from F. Scott Fitzgerald to three World War II generals; his opinions on the Mau-Mau in Africa, and mentioning a number of his books, signed and with two corrections and three autograph insertions by Hemingway. $18,500.

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“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON ALL SUBSEQUENT THOUGHT ON MAN’S PLACE IN NATURE”

TYSON, Edward M.D. Orang-Outang: or the Anatomy of a Pygmie. London, 1699.

First edition of Tyson's "epoch-making" anatomical study that laid a foundation for the theory of evolution, "the first work to demonstrate scientifically the structural relationships between man and anthropoid ape" (Norman), heralded as a "forerunner of Blumenbach, Buffon, Huxley and Darwin" (PMM), with eight striking copper-engraved folding plates. A handsome wide-margined volume in contemporary paneled calf boards. $18,500.

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LENGTHY 1887 AUTOGRAPH LETTER, WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY WALT WHITMAN

WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph letter signed. Camden, 1887.

Exceptional 1887 autograph letter concerning the health of Whitman's friend, William O'Connor; his own health and recent publications; updates on his friends; and his summer retreat plans, written and signed by Walt Whitman. $17,500.

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"IN MEMORY OF THE MAD FEMALE NEIGHBOR OVER MINETTA'S"

GINSBERG, Allen. Howl. San Francisco, 1956.

First edition, first printing, one of only 1000 copies, of Ginsberg's definitive anthem of the Beat generation, inscribed on the title page to his longtime friend, Helen Elliott, a member of the New York literati and an ex-girlfriend of Lucien Carr, on of the dedicatees of the volume: "For Helen in memory of the mad female neighbor over Minettas—Alan." $17,500.

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"THE LARGEST SLAVE REVOLT IN U.S. HISTORY": A GREAT RARITY, FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK ACCOUNT OF THE NAT TURNER REBELLION, WITH WOODCUT-ENGRAVED FOLDING FRONTISPIECE

(SLAVERY) (TURNER, Nat) (WARNER, Samuel). Authentic and Impartial Narrative. (New York), 1831.

First edition of the dramatic contemporary account of the Nat Turner rebellion, the first book "to come off the press… before Turner was even captured," with author Warner describing Turner and his rebels as "blood-thirsty monsters" who left behind a "spectacle of horror," this exceptional work complete with rarely found woodcut-engraved folding frontispiece including caption descriptions such as, "A Mother intreating [sic] for the lives of her children" and "Travis, cruelly murdered by his own slaves." $16,000.

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“FOR 160 DAYS WE MARCHED THROUGH THE FOREST, BUSH AND JUNGLE”

STANLEY, Henry M. In Darkest Africa. New York, 1890. Two volumes.

Deluxe signed limited first edition, American issue, number 39 of only 250 copies signed by Stanley, of the classic 19th-century account of African exploration. Profusely illustrated with engraved frontispieces, 38 mounted plates on India paper, six additional full-page etchings (each signed by the artist), three color folding maps (two backed in cloth), a folding table of comparative vocabularies, and numerous mounted, in-text India-prints. $15,000.

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“NOT SUCH A HOUND AS MORTAL EYES HAVE EVER SEEN”

CONAN DOYLE, Arthur. Hound of the Baskervilles. London, 1902.

First edition, first issue, of the third Sherlock Holmes novel, widely regarded as the best of the series and "one of the most gripping stories in the English language," wth 16 illustrations by Sidney Paget. A beautiful copy. $15,000.

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"THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE FAMOUS PIRATE"

KIDD, William (MITCHELL, John). Full Account of the Proceedings in Relation to Capt. Kidd. London, 1701.

First edition of one of the earliest works to tell the legendary story of Captain Kidd, published the same year the notorious pirate was hanged for murder. $15,000.

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“MAN STILL BEARS… THE INDELIBLE STAMP OF HIS LOWLY ORIGIN”

DARWIN, Charles. Descent of Man. London, 1871. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of Darwin’s landmark treatise, in which the word “evolution” is used to describe his theory for the first time in any of his works, in original cloth. $13,500.

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LASARD'S MONTMARTRE, WITH 12 LOVELY LARGE FOLIO LITHOGRAPHS OF PARISIAN SOCIETY IN THE 1920S, EACH SIGNED BY THE ARTIST

LASARD, Lou-Lou Albert. Montmartre. Potsdam, 1925.

Rare first edition of this lovely portfolio of large original lithographs of Montmartre society in the 1920s, each one matted and signed in pencil by the artist, Lou-Lou Albert Lasard. $12,500.

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“ALL THE EXCELLENCIES THAT NARRATION CAN ADMIT” (DR. JOHNSON)

KNOLLES, Richard. Generall Historie of the Turkes. London, 1603.

First edition of Knolles great history, with engraved historiated title page, 28 in-text engraved medallion portraits by Lawrence Johnson and one battle scene, and wood-engraved headpieces, tailpieces and initial letters throughout. $12,500.

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“O, GOD, COME TO MY ASSISTANCE!”

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Rouen, France, late 15th century.

Exquisite illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, an exceptional, unusually large, hand-colored image depicting the Flight into Egypt, with three lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Virgin in Gothic script and a three-line initial beneath the image, beautifully bordered with two beasts, flowers, and acanthus leaves on three sides. $11,500.

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“I INVENTED THE MOST HORRIFIC TALE I COULD IMAGINE”

FAULKNER, William. Sanctuary. New York, (1931).

First American edition, in first-state binding, the exceptionally scarce preferred edition of Faulkner’s most controversial novel, the work that assured his status as “one of a handful of promising young novelists who commanded the attention of critics,” in rarely found dust jacket. $11,500.

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"A LANDMARK TEXT… A VIRTUAL BIBLE" IN THE FIELD OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, WITH TESLA'S CLIPPED SIGNATURE

(TESLA, Nikola) MARTIN, Thomas Commerford. Inventions, Researches, and Writings of Nikola Tesla. New York, 1894. First edition of the first book to collect Tesla's three seminal lectures on high frequency lighting, with Tesla's clipped signature tipped onto the front pastedown. $9200.

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"MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Likely Rouen, France, circa 1475.

Lovely illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a beautiful hand-colored image depicting the Visitation, with four lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Virgin in Gothic script, a three-line initial, a one-line initial, and two line extenders beneath the image, beautifully bordered with flowers and acanthus leaves. $8800.

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18 ORIGINAL MIRÓ LITHOGRAPHS: LIMITED EDITION OF GOLL’S BOUQUET, SIGNED BY MIRÓ

(MIRÓ, Joan) GOLL, Yvan. Bouquet de Reves pour Neila. Paris, 1967.

Signed limited edition of Goll's poems, number 115 of only 150 copies on velin de rives (from a total edition of only 200 copies), signed by Miró in pencil, with cover design and 18 original color lithographs. $8500.

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EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PRE-PUBLICATION COPY OF THE FRUIT OF THE TREE, INSCRIBED BY EDITH WARTON IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO HER CLOSE FRIEND AND FELLOW NOVELIST ROBERT GRANT

WHARTON, Edith. The Fruit of the Tree. New York, 1907.

Rare pre-publication copy of Wharton's classic novel about the tragic results of unregulated industry and the need for labor reform, inscribed to Wharton's close friend and fellow author in the year of publication: "Robert Grant from Edith Wharton. Oct. 1907." $8500.

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"ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAVEL NARRATIVES EVER WRITTEN"

HEARNE, Samuel. Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort. London, 1795.

First edition of Hearne's dramatic record of his historic overland expedition in which "he was the first European to cross the Barren Lands to the Arctic Ocean, and in so doing he disproved the existence of the Strait of Anian, a rumored northwest passage to China. He was also the first to see and cross Great Slave Lake" (ODNB), with five folding maps (including large color-outlined map) and four engraved plates (three folding). $8200.

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ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES WITH WONDERFUL ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPH BY FELLINI, SIGNED BY HIM

FELLINI, Federico. I Clowns. Bologna, 1970.

Limited first edition of this richly illustrated companion to Fellini's film I Clowns, number 120 of only 150 copies issued with an original color lithograph of a clown by Fellini, numbered and signed by him. $6800.

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