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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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"BY THE KING": FINE MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT BOLDLY SIGNED BY KING HENRY VIII

HENRY VIII. Manuscript document signed. Greenwich, May 12, 1514.

Lovely 1514 manuscript document, an order for 25 pounds to be paid to Henry Smythe for the loss of his vessel, boldly signed by Henry VIII as King of England. With original paper seal. $45,000.

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STAUNTON’S “REMARKABLE ACCOUNT OF CHINESE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS AT THE CLOSE OF THE 18TH CENTURY” (HILL)

STAUNTON, George Leonard. Authentic Account of an Embassy… to China. London, 1797. Three volumes altogether.

First edition of this splendidly detailed description of 18th-century China, with engraved frontispiece portraits of the Emperor Tchien Lung and Lord Macartney, a wonderful full-page engraving of the Camellia and 25 additional in-text engravings, together with the Atlas plate volume containing nine large folding charts—among the earliest accurate charts of the interior of China—and 35 folio engravings by William Alexander. A beautiful copy in splendid calf-gilt. $27,000.

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MAGNIFICENT COPPER HALF-RELIEF OF NELSON, THE HERO OF TRAFALGAR, FABRICATED FROM THE COPPER HULL SHEATHING OF THE H.M.S. VICTORY, HANDSOMELY FRAMED

NELSON, Horatio. Copper half-relief of Horatio Nelson. Society for Nautical Research, circa 1910.

Striking copper half-relief bust portrait of Horatio Nelson in military uniform, fashioned out of copper hull sheathing from the flagship where he fell, the H.M.S. Victory, captioned "Nelson" in the relief, handsomely framed in simple birdseye maple. $25,000.

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"REVOLUTIONARIES, TERRORISM ACTS, MURDER ATTEMPTS… TO INTERFERE WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY PROCESS"

CASTRO, Fidel. Autograph manuscript. No place, circa 1960.

Rare two-page autograph manuscript, circa 1960, written entirely in the hand of Castro soon after the Bay of Pigs, possibly containing his notes for a speech at the United Nations, expressing—often passionately—his reaction to what he describes, in part, as "our solid activity and the victorious and uncontrollable development of our revolution" against "expatriates and gringos," two pages in Spanish on a single original leaf. $25,000.

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1753 FOLIO EDITION OF CAESAR’S COMMENTARIES, “BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED AND RICHLY ADORNED,” WITH FAMOUS BULL PLATE

(CAESAR, Julius). DUNCAN, William. The Commentaries. London, 1753.

First edition of Duncan’s famous translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, sumptuously illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Caesar, six double-page maps, and 78 splendid plans and plates (most double-page). This copy with the famed double-page bull plate, often not present. An excellent, wide-margined copy, beautifully bound. $18,500.

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“AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALL THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD”

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Caius. The Historie of the World. London: 1601. Two volumes bound in one.

First edition in English, translated by Philemon Holland, of Pliny's Natural History—"of exceptional importance in the tradition and diffusion of Western culture"—with Shakespeare "clearly drawing upon Pliny's History as translated by Holland," a splendid folio volume with woodcut-engraved title pages and engraved initials and borders throughout, beautifully bound. $18,500.

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“AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ALL THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD”

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Caius. The Historie of the World. London: 1601. Two volumes bound in one.

First edition in English, translated by Philemon Holland, of Pliny's Natural History—"of exceptional importance in the tradition and diffusion of Western culture"—with Shakespeare "clearly drawing upon Pliny's History as translated by Holland." $15,000.

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"TO DEAR MARK TWAIN WHO CHEERED MANY A HEAVY HEART BEFORE HE REACHED MINE"

(TWAIN, Mark) HAMMOND, Mrs. John Hays. A Woman's Part in the Revolution. London, 1897.

First edition, presentation copy, of this inside account of the Jameson raid—an important precursor to the Boer War—written by the wife of John Hays Hammond, a leading member of the Johannesburg Reform Committee who was implicated in the plot and jailed, inscribed by the author on the verso of the title page, "To dear Mark Twain who cheered many a heavy heart before he reached mine. From the Author, April 1897." With Twain's copious annotations throughout in both ink and pencil, amounting to almost 150 words on 18 different pages, the book was cited by Twain repeatedly in Following the Equator. $15,000.

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“NO NATION IN EUROPE… HAS… PLUNGED SO DEEPLY INTO THIS GUILT AS GREAT BRITAIN” (WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER)

(SLAVE TRADE). The Assiento, or Contract. London, 1713.

First edition of the extremely rare 1713 Assiento that stands at the heart of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, granting Britain a highly coveted 30-year monopoly contract for trafficking in slaves—“the greatest prize, the El Dorado of commerce”—that shifted European power and firmly established British rule over the 18th-century slave trade. Bound in contemporary calf with five other treaties from the time related to the Peace of Utrecht, establishing the maritime, commercial, and financial supremacy of Great Britain. $12,000.

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