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"I HAVE LONG EARNESTLY WISHED FOR A NEW EDITION OF THE ORIGIN IN THE UNITED STATES"

DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed. WITH: On the Origin of Species. Kent, United Kingdom and New York, 1869-70.

Very rare and desirable signed autograph letter from Charles Darwin to American publisher D. Appleton's London agent, Charles Layton, agreeing to a second American edition of the Origin of Species, with a slightly raised price, but requiring that Appleton also commit to an American edition of The Descent of Man. Accompanied by the second American edition of Origin of Species in original cloth. $125,000.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY OFFERING OF ARGUABLY SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS IN WORLD WAR II HISTORY

WORLD WAR II. Original battle maps for the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach. No place, 1944. Four extraordinary annotated original battle maps for the American landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, with pencil notations of actual landing sites (as opposed to planned sites), and the latest strategic intelligence on targeted German strong-holds (in red pencil), made by Roosevelt’s senior Map Room officer stationed on the U.S.S. Ancon off Normandy Beach. $68,000.

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EXTRAORDINARY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED AND EXQUISITELY BOUND 24-VOLUME SET OF LINCOLN’S WORKS, WITH ONE VOLUME COMPLETELY DEVOTED TO ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS AND SIGNATURES, INCLUDING A RARE SIGNED SET OF LINCOLN SHIP'S PAPERS FOR A WHALING VESSEL AND SIGNATURES, LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS BY VAN BUREN, BUCHANAN, PIERCE AND OTHERS

LINCOLN, Abraham. The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln. New York, 1905. Twenty-four volumes.

“New and Enlarged” edition of the Presidential Edition of Nicolay and Hay’s monumental collection of Lincoln’s works: a stated “unique extra-illustrated copy,” expanded from 12 volumes to 24 with more than four hundred plates—engraved and mounted portraits of Lincoln, his contemporaries and rivals; maps and views of Civil War battles; and printed manuscript facsimiles—beautifully and sumptuously bound in full morocco-gilt with inlaid morocco, Art Nouveau floral decorations, and a watercolor miniature of Lincoln’s log cabin home in every volume. With final volume containing a cut signature and a rare and desirable set of ship's papers for a whaling ship signed by Lincoln, a clipped signature of Martin Van Buren, ship's papers signed by James Buchanan, and over 30 additional document and signatures from such notable Americans as Charles Sumner, William Seward, Hannibal Hamlin and Robert Todd Lincoln. An altogether splendid, impressive and desirable production. $67,500.

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“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”

MILNE, A. A. Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes. Large paper signed, limited first editions on handmade paper of A. A. Milne’s four wonderful Pooh books, each signed by both Milne and Shepard, in original dust jackets. All lovely copies. The exceptionally rare first volume limited to only 100 copies, the others from 200 to 300 copies. $60,000.

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SIGNED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN

(EINSTEIN, Albert). Annalen der Physik. Leipzig, 1906.

First printing of two early and important Einstein papers: a revised edition of his doctoral dissertation, and his paper on Brownian motion, signed by Einstein in 1950 ("A. Einstein (50)") on page 289, the first page of his dissertation. $52,000.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY:INSCRIBED BY GERSHWIN TO HIS LOVER AND COLLABORATORIN THIS PIECE, KAY SWIFT, IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION PORGY AND BESS, SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION,ALSO SIGNED BY GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN AND DUBOSE HEYWARD

GERSHWIN, George. Porgy and Bess. New York, 1935.

Deluxe limited edition of the piano-vocal score of Porgy and Bess, number 103 of only 250 copies signed by George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and director Rouben Mamoulian, additionally inscribed by Gershwin to his lover Kay Swift, who was intimately involved in the composition of the piece: “For Kay —/ Best —/ George / Nov. 1 1935.” According to Ohl, “best,” their code word for “love,” allowed them to be discreet. $48,500.

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"WHAT WAS LOANED BY OUR PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR GOVERNMENT MUST BE REPAID BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO OUR PEOPLE"

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Hand-corrected manuscript for Looking Forward. No place, 1933.

Manuscript draft of Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1933 book Looking Forward, his clarion call for a “new deal” that was published in the month of his inauguration, with Roosevelt's handwritten corrections in ink on 22 pages. $48,500.

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A MAGNIFICENT ASSOCIATION

(MILNE, A.A.) GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. London, 1931.

An exceptional association copy of the signed limited first illustrated edition of this wonderful children's classic, presented to A.A. Milne, one of only 200 copies signed by both Kenneth Grahame and Ernest Shepard, author and illustrator. This copy an out-of-series association copy, with presentation inscription from the publisher to Winnie-the-Pooh author Milne on the limitation leaf above Grahame and Shepard’s signatures: "This is a presentation copy for A.A. Milne." $45,000.

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FIRST EDITION OF STUART LITTLE, EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SIGNED BY E.B. WHITE

WHITE, E.B. Stuart Little. New York and London, 1945.

First edition in original dust jacket of White’s “outstandingly funny and sometimes touching” (Carpenter & Prichard, 568) first book for children, signed on the pictorial endpaper by E.B. White. Exceptionally rare signed—the first copy we have offered. $38,000.

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OSCAR WILDE’S OWN COPY OF SALOMÉ, SIGNED BY HIM

WILDE, Oscar. Salome. Drame en un Acte. Paris and London, 1893.

First deluxe edition of the controversial play, Salomé, Wilde's own copy from his personal library, number 10 of only 50 copies printed on Van Gelder handmade paper and numbered and signed by Oscar Wilde, in original purple paper wrappers. With a laid-in signed autograph letter of provenance from Caroline Morse, daughter of Colonel W.F. Morse, British talent agent Richard D’Oyly Carte’s representative in the U.S., and friend to Wilde. Also with two hand-stitched purple ribbon bookmarks, presumably Wilde’s own. $37,500.

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