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AN EXTRAORDINARY AMERICAN RARITY—JEFFERSON’S PERSONAL ANNOTATED COPY OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, 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 marginalia 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.

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"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.

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AN AMERICAN RARITY—JEFFERSON'S PERSONAL COPY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) STEPHANO, Carolo (ESTIENNE, Charles). Dictionarium Historicum, Geographicum, Poeticum. Oxford, 1671.

A superb Presidential association copy—Thomas Jefferson's personal copy with his characteristic ownership markings of an important historical dictionary based on Estienne’s famous 16th-century Dictionarium, “the first French encyclopedia.” This is an early reissue of editor Nicholas Lloyd’s Oxford 1670 edition, in Latin, an updated and improved edition of Estienne’s work that was “superior to any of the previous editions.” From the renowned Americana collection of Mrs. Philip D. Sang, in contemporary calf. Rare and desirable.

$80,000.

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AN EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN RARITY

(JEFFERSON, Thomas) DAUBENTON, Louis-Jean-Marie. Advice to Shepherds and Owners of Flocks. Boston, 1811.

Thomas Jefferson's personal copy of this guide to sheep farming—one of Jefferson's primary agricultural interests—containing Jefferson's characteristic and distinctive ownership mark, presented to Jefferson by the widow of the book's translator, James Bowdoin, Jefferson's minister to Spain, with the inscription: "President Jefferson with Mrs Bowdoin's respectful compliments. 24 May 1812." Second edition in English, with three illustrated plates appearing for the first time in this edition, in contemporary mottled calf.

$78,000.

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"FROM HIS AFFECTIONATE FATHER"

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Addresses of the President of the United States. Washington, 1937.

Rare limited first edition, presentation copy, of Roosevelt's speeches at the Inter-American Peace Conference in 1936, one of only seven known copies produced in full pigskin (from a total edition of approximately 27 copies), with a special bound-in presentation leaf printed: "To Lieutenant Colonel James Roosevelt United States Marine Corps Reserve," additionally inscribed on that page: "from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt." Text in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. $32,000.

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"FOR SOME TIME I HAVE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO PERPETUATE JOE'S MEMORY…"

KENNEDY, John F. Typed letter signed with autograph postscript. WITH: As We Remember Joe. Hyannisport and Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 6, 1944 / 1945.

Exceptional typed letter by John F. Kennedy to a close family friend, Richard Flood, requesting that Flood write a short essay on Joe Kennedy for the tribute book, We Remember Joe, signed by JFK and with signed autograph postscript reading: "If you have any ideas on this—give me a call—Best Jack—Did [illegible] come through?" Together with a first edition, first issue copy of the book. $25,000.

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“A FINAL TESTAMENT TO THE HUMAN VALUES HE CHERISHED MOST”

WASHINGTON, George. The Will of General George Washington. Alexandria, 1800.

First edition of Washington's will, "one of the most historically significant and personally revealing documents he ever wrote," exceedingly rare in original wrappers. $22,500.

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FINE 1793 THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED WHILE SECRETARY OF STATE

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, PA, December 8, 1793.

Fine Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter, written near the end of his tenure as Secretary of State, addressed to James Brown, a merchant from Richmond who handled many of Jefferson's financial dealings, including his extensive imports from Europe. The letter records the status of a Mr. Short's endeavor to convert his property into stock, and mentions Monticello, Richmond, and "TM Randolph"—Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr., Jefferson's son-in-law, who was living at Monticello at the time. $22,500.

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"THANK YOU FOR COMING FOR THE LAST THING WE ALL DO TOGETHER FOR JACK"

(KENNEDY, Jacqueline) KENNEDY, John F. Archive from the Inauguration of the British Memorial to President John F. Kennedy, including program inscribed and typed letter signed with envelope free frank. New York and Runnymede, London, 1965-66.

Extraordinary archive from the Inauguration of the British Memorial to President John F. Kennedy, compiled by his fellow PT-109 survivor and campaign aide, Barney Ross, featuring a commemorative program—one of only 100 copies printed and specially bound for Jackie Kennedy—with a tipped-in order of service wonderfully inscribed by Jackie Kennedy, an album of original photographs with 21 images by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, and a signed typed letter from Jackie Kennedy thanking Ross for a special silver-gilt box and for attending the ceremony, as well as assorted original correspondence and documents related to the event. $19,500.

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“THEREIN LIES OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND OUR OPPORTUNITY”

KENNEDY, John F. Typescript speech. No place, delivered 1 October 1959. Important political address by Senator John F. Kennedy quoting FDR, T.S. Eliot, Nikita Khrushchev, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Queen Elizabeth I, and comparing President Eisenhower to Shakespeare’s King Lear—also with a boat doodle and over 50 words in Kennedy’s hand. The Kennedy Library has a typescript of this speech, but without the corrections. $18,500.

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