search results

click here to use our advanced search
Found 192 books(s). Showing results 1 thru 10.
  • results per page
  • sort by
Click to View Full Book Details

AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN RARITY—JEFFERSON’S PERSONAL ANNOTATED COPY OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, (1803, 1805) FROM JEFFERSON’S LIBRARY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Laws of the United States. Vols. VI-VII. Washington City, 1803, 1805. One volume.

Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of Volumes VI and VII of the Laws of the United States, together in one most rare and remarkable volume from his library, containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership marks, together with his annotations and marginala in his manuscript hand, featuring the Acts of the 7th and 8th Congresses, and early printings of key laws passed from 1802-1805 (while Jefferson was President), notably containing a printing of the text of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that is said to have been Jefferson's primary source for the treaty, also with printings of laws resulting from the Treaty, and major legislation establishing a governmental structure for the newly-acquired territory, in contemporary calf. $245,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"I AM SINCERELY CONCERNED FOR THE DEATH OF JUPITER, WHICH I AM PERSUADED MIGHT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED COULD I HAVE PREVAILED ON HIM TO GIVE UP GOING WITH ME TO FREDERICKSBURG"

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, February 10, 1800. Fascinating 1800 autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson to Monticello overseer Richard Richardson concerning the death of Jupiter (1743-1800), Jefferson's longtime servant and friend. Jefferson also gives instructions to Richardson as to several management issues, asking that two of the nephews of Sally Hemings stay in the main house in order to guard it from intruders; recommending tasks for several other slaves, as well as proposing an efficient means of communication while he attended to his Vice Presidential duties in Philadelphia; and also forwards a bag of "a particular kind of nut, called the Paccan," asking that they be planted in the nursery. $150,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"YOU MUST EITHER HAVE BEEN MISINFORMED… OR YOU MUST HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD"

WASHINGTON, George. Letter signed. Head Quarters, New Windsor, 11th May 1781.

Important 1781 letter signed by George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, accomplished in the hand of aide Tench Tilghman and written to the German Major General Baron de Riedesel regarding the sensitive matter of prisoner exchanges, mentioning his senior aide, Alexander Hamilton, as well as British General John Burgoyne. Boldly signed, beautifully framed with a portrait of Washington. $55,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"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.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

RARE SHIP’S PAPERS SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM SEWARD

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed (ship's papers). Washington, DC, December 7, 1863.

A remarkable ship’s passport signed by President Lincoln and his Secretary of State William Seward, authorizing passage for the ship Martha, "lying at present in the port of New Bedford bound for Pacific Ocean, and laden with provisions, stores, and utensils for a whaling voyage." A fine signed document dating from the Civil War. $25,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE WESTERN WORLD HAS BEEN FREED OF EVIL FORCES”

TRUMAN, Harry. Proclamation. Washington, D.C. May 8, 1945.

Large elaborate signed three-color broadside of President Truman’s proclamation upon the Nazi surrender to the allied forces, praising the armed forces and designating a day of prayer to offer “joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will… guide us into the ways of peace.” Handsomely set in Gothic type and boldly signed in ink “Harry Truman.” $25,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"ONE OF THE GREAT, ENDURING DOCUMENTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION"

(ADAMS, Samuel). Constitution… BOUND WITH (Adams, Samuel) Address. Boston, 1780.

First editions of rare constitutional works by Founding Fathers John Adams and his cousin, Revolutionary leader Samuel Adams, featuring John Adams’ Constitution or Frame of Government for Massachusetts—“the oldest functioning written constitution in the world”—with Samuel Adams’ eloquent Address in support of his cousin’s Constitution and calling for strong measures “to prevent the Governor from abusing the Power which is necessary to be put into his hand,” containing the Revolutionary provenance of Ephraim Fairbanks, a Massachusetts Minuteman who responded to the Lexington alarm and Paul Revere's warning to Samuel Adams and John Hancock about British troops descending on the towns of Lexington and Concord. Exceedingly rare with each work entirely uncut in original wrappers. $22,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

EXCEPTIONAL LINCOLN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM

(LINCOLN, Abraham) MESERVE, Frederick Hill. Photograph album. WITH: Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. No place; New York, no date; 1944.

Extraordinary album comprising over 191 photographs, primarily silver and platinum prints, of Abraham Lincoln, his family, and contemporaries assembled by Frederick Meserve. Accompanied by the first trade edition of Meserve's landmark work, accomplished in collaboration with Carl Sandburg, Photographs of Abraham Lincoln, featuring 100 images of the 16th President, in daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visite, stereoviews, and more by photographers including Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Alexander Hesler. $22,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

(KENNEDY, Jacqueline) BOUVIER, Jacqueline Lee. Collection of Eight Autograph Letters Signed. 1942-1944.

Splendid collection of eight autograph letters from a teenage Jackie Bouvier to her maternal grandfather, James T. Lee, each in its original mailed envelope, sent from her boarding schools and the Auchincloss estates. $21,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

PRESENTATION COPY OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON'S DEFENSE OF HIS ACTIONS IN COLOMBIA, INSCRIBED TO AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL SUPPORTER

HARRISON, William Henry. Remarks of General Harrison. Washington, 1830.

First edition, presentation copy, of General (later President) William Henry Harrison's defense of his actions while serving as American ambassador to the Republic of Colombia in 1829, inscribed and signed by Harrison to an important political supporter, J.S. Skinner of Baltimore: “Mr. Skinner Postmaster [Bal]timore with the respects of W.H. Harri[son].” Harrison autographs are scare, and presentation copies of his few published writings are quite rare. To our knowledge only one other presentation copy has ever been offered for sale. $19,500.

Read More
Search and refine these results Click here