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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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PUBLISHER GEORGE HARRAP'S COPY OF MARLBOROUGH, TOGETHER WITH SIX LETTERS SIGNED BY CHURCHILL TO HARRAP REGARDING THE WORK'S COMPOSITION AND PUBLICATION

CHURCHILL, Winston. Marlborough: His Life and Times. London, (1933-38). Four volumes, plus portfolio of letters.

Signed limited first edition, number 18 of 155 sets signed by Churchill in Volume I, with hundreds of maps and plans (many folding), plates and document facsimiles, in handsome publisher’s deluxe morocco—the only signed edition of all Churchill’s works. The copy of publisher George Harrap, with his bookplate in Volume I and II, and with a trove of six signed letters from Churchill to Harrap regarding the composition and publication of Marlborough. $55,000.

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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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AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION: VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF RAND’S FIRST NOVEL, INSCRIBED TO ARCHITECT ELY JACQUES KAHN, HER ADVISOR FOR THE FOUNTAINHEAD

RAND, Ayn. We The Living. New York, 1936.

Scarce first edition of Rand’s first novel, one of only 3000 copies printed, a wonderful presentation association copy, inscribed by the author to architect Ely Jacques Kahn, for whom Rand worked as an unpaid assistant in 1937, while researching the profession for the book that was to become The Fountainhead: “To Ely Jacques Kahn—gratefully—Ayn Rand.” $42,000.

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“A SAGA OF HARD PHYSICAL WORK IN CONFLICT WITH NATURAL FORCES”

KIPLING, Rudyard. Captains Courageous. London, 1897.

First English edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing and faith in hard work, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber, signed by Kipling on the title page with his name crossed out and dated "1922" by Kipling on the last page of text. One of the few copies of this work signed by Kipling that we are aware of. $38,000.

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“I AM ELOISE. I AM SIX” : UNIQUE ARCHIVE INCLUDING AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS FOR KAY THOMPSON’S CLASSIC, ELOISE

THOMPSON, Kay. WELLS, Robert. Eloise manuscript archive. New York, 1955-59.

Extraordinary archive collection of manuscripts and typescripts for Kay Thompson’s famous first Eloise book, with materials from the collection of Eloise songwriter Robert Wells. The extensive archive includes 26 pages in Thompson’s large distinctive hand and many other pages with her handwritten notes. The only known manuscript draft for Eloise, containing in Thompson’s hand the immortal lines, “I am Eloise. I am six.” $35,000.

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SIGNED BY BOTH JAMES JOYCE AND HENRI MATISSE

JOYCE, James (MATISSE, Henri, illustrator). Ulysses. New York, 1935.

First illustrated edition of Joyce’s landmark Ulysses, number 353 of only 250 copies (from a total edition of 1500) signed by both James Joyce and Henri Matisse. One of the 20th-century’s most desirable illustrated books, combining the work of two great modern artists. A fine copy. $35,000.

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"I HAVE HAD MY COFFEE & BREAD, & SHAN'T GET OUT OF BED TILL IT IS TIME TO DRESS FOR MRS. LAFFAN'S XMAS DINNER THIS EVENING—WHERE I SHALL MEET BRAM STOKER & MUST MAKE SURE ABOUT THAT PHOTO WITH IRVING'S AUTOGRAPH"

TWAIN, Mark. Autograph letter signed. The Players, New York, 1893.

Splendid 26-page signed autograph letter, written entirely in Mark Twain's hand, from Twain to his wife, Livy, regarding Twain's plans for Christmas including meeting Bram Stoker; his meetings in Chicago over Paige's automatic typesetting machine (which would eventually bankrupt him); and his train trip back to Chicago in a luxury train car, with original hand-addressed envelope to "Mrs. S.L. Clemens." $29,500.

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