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THE DANGER OF A DEMAGOGUE

WEBSTER, Noah. Autograph manuscript, signed "A Federalist" No place, circa 1799.

Intriguing, lengthy autograph manuscript by Noah Webster—signed "A Federalist"—a complete draft of an open letter on opposition to the Constitution and the potential rise of demagogues in America, likely written for publication in his Federalist newspaper, The Commercial Advertiser. From the renowned Philip D. Sang collection of important Americana. $17,500.

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"GREAT GLORY NECESSARILY PROCEEDED FROM PROJECTS THAT WERE CONCEIVED WITH PROFOUND WISDOM"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) TARLETON, Sir Banastre. History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781. London, 1787.

First edition of Tarleton's significant account of the southern campaigns in the American Revolution, illustrated with five detailed maps (three large folding) with hand-colored outlines of routes and positions, desirable in contemporary tree calf. $12,500.

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"A CANCER GROWING ON THE PRESIDENCY"

(WATERGATE) (NIXON, Richard M.) UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Hearings before the Select Committee: Watergate and Related Activities. Washington, D.C, 1973-74. Thirty-one volumes.

First edition of the landmark 31-volume report of the Watergate hearings, with nine volumes covering hearings on the "Watergate Investigation," four volumes on "Campaign Practices" and "Financing," four on the "Milk Fund Investigation," two on the "Use of Incumbency—Responsiveness Program," six on the 'Hughes-Rebozo Investigation," the volume of "Supplemental Material on Campaign Practices and Finances," the volume on "Election Reform: Basic References," the two-volume Appendix of "Legal Documents," the one-volume of Indices, and the 1974 "Final Report," rare complete in original wrappers, a fine set. $4200.

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“THE STANDARD HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD”

ROBERTSON, William. The History of America. London, 1777. Two volumes.

First edition of this important history of America—"often regarded as Robertson's most interesting, original, and even Romantic work"—with four large engraved folding maps by Thomas Kitchin. $4200.

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“IN THESE LANDS, THE HORSE-THIEF IS THE GREAT ENEMY OF MANKIND”

BURTON, Richard F. City of the Saints. London, 1861.

First edition of this important travel narrative exploring 19th-century America from the civilized East to the Wild West, with an extensive look at the early Mormon community including an interview with Brigham Young, illustrated with a folding plan of Salt Lake City, a folding chart, frontispiece, and eight plates. $3800.

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"THE LEGAL CONSTITUTION OF SLAVERY HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN CHARACTERS OF BLOOD": FIRST EDITION OF ABOLITIONIST MACAULAY'S NEGRO SLAVERY, 1823, A RARE PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED "FROM THE AUTHOR"

(MACAULAY, Zachary). Negro Slavery… As It Exists in the United States of America and… Jamaica. London… Liverpool, 1823.

First edition of a foundational work by preeminent British abolitionist Macaulay, condemning slavery and the slave trade in America and Britain—"where the makers of the laws are also the masters of slaves"— inscribed on the title page by him, "From the author." $3200.

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"AN IMPACT ON THE COURSE OF NATIONAL EVENTS MATCHED BY FEW IN AMERICAN HISTORY"

(BROWN, John) REDPATH, James. Public Life of Capt. John Brown. Boston, 1860.

First edition of the profoundly influential first biography of John Brown, authored by his close friend, leading journalist and abolitionist James Redpath, who produced this biography 40 days after Brown's death while evading arrest for his own suspected participation in the Harpers Ferry raid, with engraved frontispiece of Brown and two engraved plates featuring scenes from Harpers Ferry and Brown's trial. $950.

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"A MONUMENTAL HISTORY": AND THE BAND PLAYED ON, INSCRIBED BY RANDY SHILTS

SHILTS, Randy. And the Band Played On. New York, 1987.

First edition of Shilts' brilliant investigative work that declares "AIDS did not just happen to America—it was allowed to happen," inscribed on the half title in the year of publication by him, "To R— D— the gutsy mother of a gusty guy. Warmly Randy Shilts, October 5, 1987 San Francisco." $500.

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