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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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“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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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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SIGNED BY JOHN HANCOCK

HANCOCK, John. Document signed. Philadelphia, January 1, 1776.

Exceedingly rare 1776 official congressional military commission appointing Charles Butter, Gentleman, as a second lieutenant, signed by Hancock. In 1776 Hancock, as President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, reportedly penning his name large so King George III could read it without glasses. As Founding Father, Hancock was “a key figure in securing independence and creating the republic.” Twice governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in 1788 he was named President of the Constitutional Convention debating the U.S. Constitution—urging its ratification in what many historians consider “Hancock’s finest moment.” Handsomely matted and framed. $16,500.

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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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“PRODUCED A GREAT EFFECT UPON THE MIND OF THE AMERICAN COLONISTS DURING THE REVOLUTION”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) BURGH, James. Political Disquisitions. Philadelphia, 1775. Three volumes.

Rare first American edition of this important political work, a significant influence on America's Founding Fathers. Washington, Jefferson, Hancock and other leaders of the Continental Congress were subscribers to this edition, and both The Federalist Papers and Common Sense refer to it. Edited by Burgh's close friend, Benjamin Franklin, exceedingly scarce in contemporary sheep. $15,000.

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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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