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"The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven": exceptionally rare 18th Century Map of the holy city of jerusalem
18th century etching depicting the ancient city of Jerusalem, “Capital city of the Holy Land and of the Kingdom of Judah.” Annotated in French with various numbered landmarks including the Tower and Palace of David, Temple of Solomon, Church of Saint Sepulchre of Jesus Christ, and Cavern of Saint Pierre. A remarkable piece of history.
First Edition of A Critical Essay on Modern Macroeconomic Theory; Signed by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Robert Solow
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1995.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Solow on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“a portrait of the Kennedy family as it looked then” : First Edition of Jim Bishop's A Day in the Life of President Kennedy; Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy
New York: Random House, 1964.
First edition of this Bishop’s account of a day in the life of President Kennedy. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Jacqueline Kennedy.
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever”: First Edition of John Adams' A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America; In the Rare Original Boards
London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1797.
First edition of John Adams’ landmark work. Octavo, original boards, minor wear. In very good condition. Rare, especially in the original boards.
A Dictionary of South African English On Historical Principles: South African Words and Their Origins.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Limited edition of the first dictionary of South African English. This project that took 25 years to complete. Quarto, original blue morocco with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Marbled endpapers. One of 100 copies signed by Nelson Mandela. Fine in a fine slipcase.
"THE MOST AMAZING, ENDURING AND ENDEARING ONE-MAN FEAT": FIRST EDITION OF JOHNSONS LANDMARK DICTIONARY
A Dictionary of the English Language: In Which The Words are deduced from their Originals, And Illustrated in their Different Significations By Examples from the best Writers. To Which Are Prefixed, A History of the Language, And An English Grammar.
London: : Printed by W. Strahan, for J. & P. Knapton, et al., 1755.
First edition of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary of the English language. Folio, 2 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles, black spine labels. In very good condition with owner inscription on title head, title of volume one conserved, occasional light toning.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.
First edition of this “beautiful, extraordinary book” (The Wall Street Journal). Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. Signed by Barbara Tuchman on the title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the Jimmy Carter.
“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today": Rare Ten Volume Set of Wilson's The History of the American People; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1918.
First edition. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in the publisher’s three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, contains numerous plates and illustrations. One of 400 copies, signed by President Wilson on the limitation page. An excellent set of this scarce edition of Wilson‘s history of the American people, first published in 1902, this expanded edition was published at the start of his second term as President of the United States. Rare.
"It is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in": First Edition Set of Winston Churchills Classic A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Signed by Him in Volumes Two and Three
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set of Churchill’s classic history. Octavo, original cloth, 4 volumes. Volumes two and three are signed by Winston Churchill on the title page. Each are near fine in the original dust jackets that show light toning. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, original cloth. Fine in near fine dust jackets with a touch of wear. Housed in a custom clamshell chemise case by Asprey. An exceptional presentation.
London: Cassell and Company, 1956-1958.
First British editions of each of the four volumes of this set. Octavo, 4 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In near fine condition.
First Editions of Allan Meltzer's A History of the Federal Reserve Volumes 1 & 2; Each Signed by Him
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
First editions of this seminal work on the Federal Reserve. Octavo, original cloth, 2 volumes. Both volumes one and two are inscribed by Allan Meltzer. Fine in a near fine dust jackets.
London: George Allen and Unwin, 1946.
First edition of this classic work that is universally acclaimed as the most outstanding work on the subject of Western philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Signed copies are exceptionally rare, none have appeared at auction in 60 years.
First Editions of Frederick Law Olmsted's A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country
New York: Dixon & Edwards, 1856-1860, 1860.
First edition, Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. A Journey In The Seaboard Slave states is inscribed by the author to his cousin Charles Olmsted. The cloth has been sympathetically rebacked. The remaining two volumes are in very good condition. Books inscribed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American Landscape Architecture, are rare.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America and of the Several States of the American Union, with Reference to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law.
Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson, 1839.
First edition of this cornerstone of American law. Quarto, 2 volumes bound in period style calf, gilt titles and tooling. First editions are rare, with no examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry and Nancy Kissinger, “For Nancy & Henry as a guide to those K volumes yet to come! With all good wishes J.K.G. 1981.” Galbraith and Kissinger were close friends, both civil servants and Harvard University professors, who played a vital role in the development of United States foreign policies in the 1960s-70s and beyond. Galbraith, working as United States ambassador to India in the Kennedy administration and Kissinger in the Nixon administration as Secretary of State. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An outstanding association copy linking these two giants of American history.
First Edition of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.; Signed by Alvin Felzenberg
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.
First edition of this “gracefully written and richly informative book” (Damon Linker, New York Times). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Alvin Felzenberg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co, 1912.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original blue cloth with portrait of Henson to the front panel, frontispiece, 3 double-sided leaves of plates. Foreword by Peary and an introduction by Booker T. Washington. In fine condition. Rare in this condition.