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Oroville, California: Butte College Press, 1999.
First edition of this work on the Bush administration. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Dan Ostrander and President George Bush on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Cover design by Patty Melron. Uncommon signed by President Bush.
Rare 1818 Map of the United States; based on the cartography of One of the earliest U.S. Mapmakers John Melish
Philadelphia: Murray Draper Fairman and Co, 1818.
Rare map of the United States of America based on the of one of the earliest U.S. mapmakers John Melish. The map displays a view extending west to the Rocky Mountains, including a detailed view of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers based on the expeditions of Lewis & Clark, Pike and Melish with hand-colored borders. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 24.5 inches by 21.25 inches.
1910 Unique Study of the Engineering and Design of Coal Mines, 19 pp. Blue Prints, Five Original Photographs.
This collection is on 13 inch by 8.5 inch blueprint sheets, riveted together at the top, 19 blue print sheets and 5 mounted and captioned photos. The sheets are surveys of different collieries and mines, with examples from existing places, which include: Pittston, PA, Georges Creek, MA, long wall mining at the Eileen Mine in Grundy County, IL, conveyor arrangements at Vintondale, PA, longwall at Grande Combe, France, square work at Staffordshire, engineering innovations at Serampore Colliery in Bengal India, longwall at Northumberland, “new method” of longwall mining using a Mickley conveyor (which was first introduced in 1908), Pewabic Mine at Iron Mountain, MI, the Baltic Mine in Baltic, MI, etc. Photographs are around 5 inches by 7 inches, which include ‘Conveying filling from culm dump,’ ‘Loading filling onto a conveyor,’ ‘Filling on its way to bore hole,’ ‘Bore hole receiving filling on surface,’ and ‘Pipes entering mine workings from bore hole.’ In very good condition.
"Mathematical science, which is the only real science that the entire civilized world has agreed upon, furnishes unmistakable proof of history repeating itself and shows that the cycle theory": First Edition of W.D. Ganns 45 Years in Wall Street
Miami, FL: W.D. Gann Publishing, 1949.
First edition of Gann’s classic 45 Years in Wall Street. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Gann. Fine in near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare in the original dust jacket.
A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions; Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage Between the Atlantic and Pacific.
London: John Murray, 1818.
First edition of the prolific author’s detailed account of the history of early voyages to the arctic, from the sixteenth century through 1818 and the voyages of Ross, Kotzebue, Buchan, Parry and Franklin. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, exquisite folding map of the arctic regions, appendix illustrated with engravings. In very good condition.
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between”: Rare First Editions of the Full Orchestral Scores of the Symphonies of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; Including the first appearance of of the full scores of Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Symphony no. 40
A Compleat Collection of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies, in Score, Most Respectfully Dedicated, by Permission, to H.R.H The Prince of Wales.
London: Lavenu, Cianchettini & Sperati, 1808-1810.
First editions of the first printings of the full orchestral scores of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Mozart, and Hadyn. Quarto, two volumes bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards wit gilt titles and tooling to the spine, including A Complete Collection of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies (Cianchettini and Sperati) and A Complete Collection of Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies. A Compleat Collection of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies contains the first appearance of the full scores of Mozart‘s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, Mozart‘s Symphony no. 40, and no. 41. (Fuld, The Book of World-Famous Music, 564-567). A Complete Collection of Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphonies (Lavenu) contains the first appearance of the full scores of Mozart‘s Symphony no. 39, no, 13, and no. 38. In very good condition with light toning to the text. An exceptional collection of the utmost rarity.
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, 1787.
First edition of John Adams’ landmark work. Octavo, original boards, minor wear. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Rare, especially in the original boards.
A Dictionary of Law Containing: Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern.
St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co, 1891.
First edition of this landmark work, the most widely cited law book in the world. Thick quarto, original cloth, red leather spine label. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing. A superior example, most scarce and desirable in the original cloth.
First edition of the first book published in English to include portions of the writings of German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
A General and Introductory View of Professor Kant’s Principles Concerning Man, the World and the Deity.
London: J. Downes, 1796.
First edition of the first book published in English to include portions of the writings of German philosopher Immanuel Kant including his Critique of Pure Reason. Octavo, bound in full contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. In very good condition with some light browning throughout and blank head of title page restored.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the Jimmy Carter.
"For it is this understanding which, in part, promotes a climate of freedom within which fruitful and genuinely new ideas- and the science of economics- can progress and prosper": First Edition of A History of Economic Theory and Method; Lengthily Inscribed by Robert Ekelund
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1975.
First edition of this classic work. Small quarto, original cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Robert Ekelund on the half-title page, “For John Rogers- For it is this understanding which, in part, promotes a climate of freedom within which fruitful and genuinely new ideas- and the science of economics- can progress and prosper. With all good regards and wishes Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. (Bob Ekelund) March 25, 2015.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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: William Blackwood, 1907.
First edition of “one of the most handsome books in the library of golf.” Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles an tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, illustrated with numerous plates from photographs and paintings, including some color plates. In near fine condition. A very sharp example.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1907.
First edition of “one of the most handsome books in the library of golf.” Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles an tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, illustrated with numerous plates from photographs and paintings, including some color plates. In near fine condition. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell box.
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.
"I HAVE FOUND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY THE HEAVY BURDEN": A KING'S STORY, ONE OF ONLY 385 COPIES SIGNED BY EDWARD, THE DUKE OF WINDSOR
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1951.
Signed limited first edition, number D (A-Z were gifted to publishers) of only 385 copies signed by Edward, a sumptuous edition bound in publisher’s full crimson morocco with gilt-stamped armorial insignias to front board. Large octavo, original full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, front cover gilt armorial devices, watered silk endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, original cloth slipcase. In fine condition. An exceptional example.