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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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“A MAJOR OUTSTANDING ITEM, THE RARITY OF WHICH IS BY NO MEANS FULLY APPRECIATED”

(VIRGINIA) BEYER, Edward. Album of Virginia. Richmond, 1858.

First edition of one of the greatest American view books of the 19th century, with beautiful lithographic vignette title page and 40 extraordinary tinted lithographic plates of Virginia, handsomely bound. This copy from the prominent Wickham family of Virginia, with the contemporary owner signature of William Fanning Wickham on the title page. $45,000.

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“ONE OF THE BEST PORTRAIT-PAINTERS IN THE WORLD”

(HOLBEIN, Hans) CHAMBERLAINE, John. Imitations of Original Drawings. London, 1792-1800.

First edition of Chamberlaine’s magnificent volume of 84 color stipple-engraved plates, rarely found complete, an impressive collection of full-page engravings after Holbein’s legendary portraits of Jane Seymour, Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More, a young Edward VI, Anne of Cleves, and other court figures, with color frontispiece portraits of Holbein and his wife, with all but four portraits engraved by the great Bartolozzi. With the very rare extra suite of eight Holbein portraits of the court of Francis II, only included with some copies. Beautifully bound. $38,000.

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“THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER WRITTEN”

GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London, 1776. Six volumes.

First edition set, with portrait of Gibbon by Joseph Hall after Sir Joshua Reynolds and three engraved folding maps of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire and of Constantinople by Kitchin, in nicely restored contemporary calf. $37,500.

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"PENNSYLVANIA WAS A PORTENT OF THE AMERICA TO BE"

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Charters of the Province of Pensylvania. Philadelphia, 1742 [i.e. 1743]. One volume.

First edition of this folio volume of colonial Pennsylvania’s Charters and Laws, documents in which "English concepts of liberty and self-government had been planted," published by Franklin per order of the Pennsylvania Assembly, one of only 120 copies printed, an especially rare association copy signed by William Pidgeon, dated by him on the title page. The Trenton home of Pidgeon was "occupied by the Hessians" in the Battle of Trenton, and this copy's distinctive provenance is heightened by a separate inscription noting purchase by leading Revolutionary-era publisher Zachariah Poulson, a key "printer for the State Senate," whose Philadelphia print shop was around the corner from Franklin’s. $32,000.

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“THE VERY BEST AMERICAN BATTLE SCENES IN EXISTENCE”

KENDALL, George W. and NEBEL, Carl. War Between the United States and Mexico. New York and Philadelphia, 1851. First edition of one of the most important and impressive pictorial chronicles of the Mexican-American War, boasting 12 superb folio hand-finished full-color lithographic plates. $27,500.

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"SO NEAR TO PERFECTION… I THINK IT WILL ASTONISH OUR ENEMIES"

(AMERICAN CONSTITUTION). Plan of the New Constitution for the United States of America. London, 1787.

Very rare first printing in England of the American Constitution, printed shortly after news arrived in London in early November 1787, an exceptional document in Anglo-American history, beautifully bound in full polished calf. $26,000.

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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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BEAUTIFUL LARGE FOLIO, WITH 76 HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS OF SCENERY ALONG THE THAMES

(BOYDELL, John and Josiah). [COMBE, William]. An History of the River Thames (Principal Rivers of Great Britain). London, 1794-96. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of this wonderful visual record of the River Thames, with 76 lovely folio hand-colored aquatints by Stadler after Farrington of prospects along the banks—including three very large folding plates—and a large folding map by John Cooke of “The Course of the River Thames from Its Source to the Sea.” An excellent copy in contemporary calf. $23,000.

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"THE LAST MAJOR WESTERN WORK ON JAPAN BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE COUNTRY"

(JAPAN) TITSINGH, Isaac. Illustrations of Japan. London, 1822.

First English edition of this rare and important work, with a hand-colored line-engraved frontispiece and 12 hand-colored line-engraved and aquatint prints, including a folding panoramic strip of a funeral procession on three attached leaves, “faithfully copied from Japanese original designs,” and printed by Rudolph Ackermann. $22,000.

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