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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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“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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RARE, EXTRAORDINARY DOCUMENT SIGNED BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Manuscript document signed. Philadelphia, October 13, 1787.

Exceptional original manuscript document in a secretarial hand, a deed conveying a "Tract of Land called 'Tinsley's Fortune'" to William Tinsley, boldly signed by Benjamin Franklin as President of Pennsylvania, and with the fragile paper seals of Pennsylvania present and intact. This rare official document is dated less than a month after the Constitutional Convention, at which Franklin played a key role: "His closing speech supporting the Constitution was the most effective propaganda for its ratification. Franklin's presence and argument contributed more than any other element to harmonize the delegates and to persuade 39 of the 42 members present to sign the formal document" (ANB). $22,000.

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“THEY FOUGHT FOR THEIR KING, THEIR LAWS AND CONSTITUTION”

REVOLUTION. Contemporary description of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Boston, 1775.

Scarce and important original 1775 broadside offering a Loyalist account of the Battle of Bunker Hill, printed a week after the fighting. $21,000.

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"I'LL SINK, BUT I'LL BE DAMNED IF I STRIKE!"

BOWLES, Carington, engraver and publisher. COLLETT, John, artist. Paul Jones Shooting a Sailor who had attempted to strike his Colours in an Engagement. London, circa 1779.

Stirring large hand-colored engraved print of the great American naval commander in action during his famous and heated engagement with the HMS Serapis, firing a pistol point-blank at a sailor attempting to strike the American flag, with two wounded men nearby; Jones is stepping on the body of a dead man, with his cutlass under his left arm and four pistols stuck in his belt. Engraved by Carington Bowles after a painting by John Collett. $16,000.

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“FIRST IMPORTANT HISTORICAL WORK BY AN AMERICAN WOMAN”

WARREN, Mercy. History of the Rise, Progress and Termination. Boston, 1805. Three volumes.

First edition of Mercy Warren’s pioneering three-volume history, offering a rare “insider’s view of the Revolution,” begun in the earliest days of America’s struggle for independence, very scarce in contemporary tree sheep boards. $13,500.

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“ONE OF THE SOURCES OF JEFFERSONIAN THOUGHT”

BURLAMAQUI, Jean Jacques. Principles of Natural Law. WITH: Principles of Politic Law. London, 1748, 1752. Together, two volumes.

First editions in English of Burlamaqui’s Principles of Natural Law and his Principles of Politic Law, two seminal works with a profound influence on America’s Founders, in particular on Alexander Hamilton and on Thomas Jefferson’s use of “pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. $12,500.

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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, in original marbled boards. $9700.

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SIGNED BY 11 MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN IN 1775

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION). Minutemen document signed. Newbury [Massachusetts], April 11, 1775.

Very scarce and desirable receipt signed by 11 minutemen in Newbury, Massachusetts, on April 11, 1775, an intriguing artifact of the Revolutionary War era. $9200.

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MASSACHUSETTS-BAY IS "IN DANGER OF BEING DRENCHED WITH BLOOD AND CARNAGE": EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE TRUE FIRST EDITION OF DANIEL LEONARD'S LOYALIST DEFENSE OF THE STAMP ACT AND BRITISH RULE IN ORIGIN OF THE AMERICAN CONTEST WITH GREAT-BRITAIN, 1775

(REVOLUTION) (LEONARD, Daniel). Origin of the American Contest with Great-Britain. New-York, 1775.

First edition of the first publication in book form of the Boston loyalist’s controversial defense of Britain following the Stamp Act and Britain’s punishment for the Boston Tea Party, issued under the name of Massachusettensis—“one of the first accounts of the pre-revolutionary controversy to examine the complex interaction of struggles between patriots and loyalists… Leonard's major claim to a place of prominence among the leading loyalists in revolutionary America” (ODNB)—prompting John Adams, writing as Novanglus, to defend the colonial cause in his own series of letters. $9000.

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