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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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"I GIVE YOU THIS HINT IN CONFIDENCE TO ENABLE YOU THE BETTER TO FORM AN ESTIMATE OF THE TRUE NATURE OF THE OFFICE"

HAMILTON, Alexander. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, March 20, 1791.

Excellent, unpublished Alexander Hamilton autograph letter signed, with extraordinary content, written to his friend, confidant, and long-time correspondent Edward Carrington regarding his recent appointment to Supervisor of the Revenue for the District of Virginia, newly discovered after 200 years, having been bound into a book sometime in the 1870s. $58,000.

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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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"TO PROHIBIT US FROM THE BENEFIT OF FOREIGN LIGHT, IS TO CONSIGN US TO LONG DARKNESS"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Letter signed. Monticello, Virginia, September 28, 1821.

Fantastic Thomas Jefferson signed letter, with four corrections also in his hand, a circular letter addressed to Dr. Samuel Brown, the first professor of medicine west of the Alleghenies at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, with wonderful content regarding the effect of high import tariffs on books on American education and scholars. "Science is more important in a republican than in any other government… Of many important books of reference there is not perhaps a single copy in the United States; of others but a few, and these too distant often to be accessible to scholars generally." $40,000.

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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 Haynes' congregation, an exceedingly rare association copy—John Brown's personal copy, signed by him—in original cloth. $38,000.

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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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“POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE… IS INTERESTING TO US IN A HIGH DEGREE”

(FOREIGN SERVICE ACT). Foreign Service Act. Act providing the Means of Intercourse between the United States. [New York], [1790].

First edition, association copy of the pivotal Foreign Service Act, an exceptional broadside printing of the first law to formally establish diplomatic offices overseas, passed during the Second Session of the First Congress, initiated by Secretary of State Jefferson and signed into law by Washington on July 1, 1790. From the library of Stephen Row Bradley, the influential U.S. senator from Vermont and “a strong supporter of both Jefferson and Madison.” $32,000.

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EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE 1794 CARRIAGE ACT, RARE FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST AMERICAN LAW WHOSE CONSTITUTIONALITY WAS CHALLENGED AND THE FIRST TO TEST THE CONCEPT OF “JUDICIAL REVIEW”

(UNITED STATES CONGRESS). Carriage Act. Act Laying Duties Upon Carriages for the Conveyance of Persons. [Philadelphia, 1794].

First edition of Hamilton’s 1794 Carriage Act, the very first law to involve “judicial review,” defended by Alexander Hamilton in his only appearance before the Court in a momentous decision that “represented the first time the Supreme Court ever ruled on the constitutionality of an act of Congress,” a rare association copy from the library of early U.S. Senator Stephen Row Bradley, the drafter of the 12th amendment. $28,500.

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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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“TO JIM BARNES CHRISTMASTIDE 1944 FROM FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT”

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. D-Day Prayer. Washington, D.C. December, 1944.

Limited edition, number 60 of only 100 copies, President Roosevelt's final Christmas Book, inscribed by FDR for presentation to close friends: "To Jim Barnes Christmastide 1944 from Franklin D. Roosevelt" with his penned "60" on the colophon page. Roosevelt died in office less than four months later. Especially "difficult to obtain today… FDR's Christmas Books are prime collector's items… nearly all of them were distributed exclusively to close friends of the family" (Halter, 194). $26,000.

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