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AN EXTRAORDINARY AND UNIQUE CIVIL WAR COLLECTION:MONUMENTAL BIOGRAPHY OF LINCOLN, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH MORE THAN 140 CIVIL WAR ERA PHOTOGRAPHS AND MORE THAN 60 SIGNATURES, INSCRIPTIONS, LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICIANS, MILITARY LEADERS, AND CULTURAL FIGURES OF THE CIVIL WAR, INCLUDING LINCOLN TWICE, SHERMAN, STONEWALL JACKSON, GRANT, LEE, FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AND JOHN WILKES BOOTH, WITH ADDITIONAL EPHEMERA, IN 20 FINELY BOUND VOLUMES

LINCOLN, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln: A History. New York, 1890. Ten volumes bound in twenty. First edition of this magisterial biography, with ten frontispiece portraits of Lincoln, numerous maps and diagrams and over 300 wood-engraved illustrations, mostly portraits of dignitaries—many produced from Mathew Brady photographs—handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. This copy extra-illustrated with over 140 original, Civil-War era albumen photographs, including several of Lincoln from cartes-de-visite; engravings (several in color); maps; Civil War ephemera, a handbill from Lincoln’s first presidential election; and with tipped-in signatures, inscriptions, letters and documents of more than 60 important figures in Civil War history, including: an autograph note signed by Lincoln and an autograph document signed by Lincoln; inscriptions of Stephen Douglas, Daniel Webster, Stonewall Jackson, Frederick Douglass, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant (one signature, one inscription), Robert E. Lee, John Wilkes Booth, Ralph Waldo Emerson; signatures of Horace Greeley, Andrew Johnson, and many others. $135,000.

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EXTRAORDINARILY RARE AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENT IN THE HISTORY OF LIBERTY AND THE UNITED STATES: ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTINGS OF THE 1789 BILL OF RIGHTS, ONE OF ONLY 700 COPIES PRINTED

(BILL OF RIGHTS) UNITED STATES SENATE. Journal of the First Session of the Senate. New-York, 1789.

The exceptionally rare and important first edition of the 1789 Journal of the Senate, the record of the crucial start of our new government under the Constitution, containing one of the earliest official printings of the proposed Bill of Rights—the original twelve amendments to the Constitution proposed by Congress, of which only ten were later ratified by the states. This is the official account of the daily proceedings of the first session of the United States Senate from March 4, 1789 to September 27, 1789, one of only 700 copies printed for members of government—an uncut copy. $95,000.

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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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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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“A BOOK OF THE GREATEST RARITY”

(CONTINENTAL CONGRESS). Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress. Philadelphia, 1774. First edition, first issue, of the first official journal of the Continental Congress, one of the earliest publications of the American government, “a book of the greatest rarity.” Also presenting for the first time an attempt to design a seal to “represent emblematically a united nation” in America. An excellent copy in contemporary calf with half title. $65,000.

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“BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT AMERICA, AND THE MOST PENETRATING BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT DEMOCRACY”

TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Democratie en Amerique. Paris, 1835. Two volumes.

First edition presentation copy in the original French of the first two volumes of Tocqueville's classic work, one of no more than 500 copies published, inscribed by Tocqueville in Volume I "Donne par l'Auteur, 1836." "One of the most important texts in political literature" (PMM 358). Accompanied by the two volumes of the second edition of Part II in a contemporary binding. $62,000.

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"THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN ABOUT AMERICA"

TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. Democracy in America. London, 1835, 1840. Four volumes.

First editions in English of both parts of Tocqueville's important and influential analysis of American democracy, one of the most outstanding intellectual achievements of the 19th century—"one of the most important texts in political literature" (PMM)—with very scarce folding map colored in outline, handsomely housed in half morocco clamshell boxes. $60,000.

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“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT”

FORCE, Peter. Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America. Washington, 1848.

The Peter Force engraving of the Declaration of Independence, with remarkably exact renditions of the signers’ hands. One of the best representations of the original manuscript Declaration, perhaps as few as 500 copies issued. A beautiful copy. $45,000.

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EXCEPTIONAL PRESIDENTIAL PARDON SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN

LINCOLN, Abraham. Manuscript pardon signed. Washington, June 18, 1861.

Manuscript pardon boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln and countersigned by Secretary of State William H. Seward, granting clemency to Benjamin Ogle, who had served three years of an eight-year prison term for manslaughter, after shooting to death a ten-year-old boy named John Webb of Georgetown in 1858. Webb was one of a group of young boys that had been harassing and throwing stones at a sole African American boy; Ogle, whose house stood nearby, emerged with his gun, warned the white boys away, and then shot once, hitting Webb in the back of his head and killing him. The pardon notes that "this was the first criminal charge ever brought against the said Benjamin Ogle… the wife and children… have been brought to great distress by reason of his conviction and imprisonment… and are in extreme need of his care and assistance." $35,000.

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