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SPLENDID ARCHIVE OF RARE SHIP’S PAPERS SIGNED BY THE FIRST THROUGH FIFTEENTH PRESIDENTS, WASHINGTON THROUGH BUCHANAN, 1795-1857 (EXCEPTING ONLY WILLIAM HARRISON), WITH EXCELLENT PROVENANCE AND ALL PAPER AND WAX SEALS INTACT

WASHINGTON, George; ADAMS, John; JEFFERSON, Thomas; MADISON, James; MONROE, James; ADAMS, John Quincy, et al. Archive of 14 ship's papers signed by 14 of the first 15 Presidents of the United States. New York, 1795-1857. Together, 14 printed documents engrossed in manuscript.

Fantastic archive of 14 rare original ship's papers each signed by one of the first 15 Presidents of the United States, from George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison through James Buchanan, compiled over the course of 62 years (with the only exception of the ninth president, William Harrison, who was only president for one month), with Washington's signature particularly bold, rare and desirable. As each is also countersigned by the Secretary of State, the signatures of three presidents who served as Secretary of State under previous administrations—James Madison, John Quincy Adams and James Buchanan—appear twice in this archive; along with the signatures of such notables as Edmund Randolph, Timothy Pickering, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. These documents are in excellent condition, each with the fragile affixed paper seals of the United States present. $85,000.

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“OF THE GREATEST RARITY”

(CONTINENTAL CONGRESS). Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress. Philadelphia, 1774.


First edition, exceedingly rare first expanded issue of the first official Journal of the Continental Congress—the first to contain the Petition to the King and Gage's October 20, 1774 letter—published in Philadelphia by the Bradfords soon after their virtually unobtainable first issue, one of the earliest publications of the American government—"of the greatest rarity"—containing the seminal "Declaration of Rights and Resolves" to the King and Parliament on colonial rights, and featuring the famous woodcut design on the title page that represents the first attempt to create a seal to "represent emblematically a united nation" in America, one of the most fundamental documents of the American Revolution.


$60,000.

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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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SIGNED BY JOHN BROWN

(BROWN, John) COOLEY, Timothy Mather. Sketches of the life… of Rev. Lemuel Haynes. New York, 1839.

First edition of Timothy Mather Cooley's important biography of Reverend Lemuel Haynes, who fought in the American Revolution as a Minuteman, penned one of the earliest attacks on slavery by an African American, is considered the "first black person to lead a white church," and was a minister in Torrington, Connecticut, where John Brown was born and his parents were in Hayne's congregation, an exceedingly rare association copy—John Brown's personal copy, signed by him—in original cloth. $38,000.

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RARE ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI, BOLDLY SIGNED BY GEORGE WASHINGTON, THE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT, ALONG WITH THE SIGNATURE OF ITS FOUNDER, GENERAL HENRY KNOX, INDUCTING INTO MEMBERSHIP THE SON OF REVOLUTIONARY GENERAL HENRY DEARBORN

WASHINGTON, George; KNOX, Henry. Document signed. Certificate of Membership in the Society of the Cincinnati. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1797.

Rare original ornately engraved vellum Society of Cincinnati membership certificate, boldly signed by George Washington, the Society’s first president, and Henry Knox, Revolutionary War General and Secretary of War, founder of the Society, issued in 1833 to Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn, the first hereditary member to serve as President General. This example has an exceptionally dark and bold signature of Washington, which is most unusual.

$35,000.

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"HER ELDEST SON, FRANCIS… IS A VERY INGENIOUS YOUNG MAN, AND IS DAILY GROWING IN ESTEEM FOR HIS GOOD MORALS & OBLIGING DISPOSITION"

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Autograph letter signed. London, May 10, 1765.

Remarkable signed autograph personal copy (marked with the notation "Copy") of a lengthy letter written entirely in Benjamin Franklin's hand in May 1765 to James Burrows, a prominent lawyer and close friend, responding to a memorandum found in papers returned to Franklin and offering details on the Philadelphia relations of the Bishop of Worcester, including the future Declaration of Independence signer, Francis Hopkinson ("an ingenious young man"), and the first chaplain of the Continental Congress, Rev. Jacob Duché ("admir'd for his singular Eloquence in the Pulpit"). $35,000.

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“TRULY A LANDMARK IN AMERICAN CULTURE”

MCKENNEY, Thomas and HALL, James. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia, 1855. Three volumes.

Early octavo edition of one of the most recognized and desirable American color plate books produced in the 19th century, illustrated with 120 splendid fully hand-colored lithographic plates by J.T. Bowen after Charles Bird King’s original oil paintings, “the most colorful portraits of Indians ever executed” (Howes). Handsome in publisher’s deluxe morocco. $32,000.

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“TRULY A LANDMARK IN AMERICAN CULTURE”

MCKENNEY, Thomas and HALL, James. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Philadelphia, 1855. Three volumes.

Early octavo edition of one of the most recognized and desirable American color plate books produced in the 19th century, illustrated with 120 splendid fully hand-colored lithographic plates by J.T. Bowen after Charles Bird King's original oil paintings, "the most colorful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes). Handsome in publisher's deluxe morocco. $32,000.

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“AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION”

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Experiments and Observations on Electricity. London, 1769.

First complete edition of "the most important scientific book of 18th-century America" and "America's first great scientific contribution" (PMM), with seven engraved plates (two folding). An exceptional, wide-margined copy. An important edition, edited and revised by Franklin himself, and with material and footnotes appearing here for the first time, especially scarce in contemporary marbled boards. $30,000.

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“ALL WE WANT TO KNOW IN AMERICA IS SIMPLY THIS, WHO IS FOR INDEPENDENCE, AND WHO IS NOT?”

(PAINE, Thomas). The American Crisis. Number III. Philadelphia, 1777.

Rare first edition, second issue, of the third number of Paine’s vital American Crisis series. Paine wrote 13 American Crisis essays between 1776 and 1783, but only Numbers I through V (published between 1776 and 1778) were first printed as separate pamphlets (and later reprinted in newspapers); the rest were given directly to newspapers for publication. These earliest American Crisis pamphlets are all of the utmost rarity. An excellent unbound, uncut copy. $27,500.

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