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  • "The greatest and finest atlas ever published": Willem and Joan Blaeu's magnificent Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, or, Le Theatre du Monde

    BLAEU, Willem and Joan.

    Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. [Le Theatre du Monde].

    Amsterdam: Chez Jean Blaeu/Apud Guiljelmum et Johannem Blaeu, 1643-1645.

    One of the “greatest and finest atlas ever published” (Koeman). Folio, 4 volumes, original full vellum with gilt tooling to the spine in eight compartments within gilt bands, central gilt arabesques and fleuron corner pieces within double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt. Gilt presentation inscription to the front panel of vol. I dated July 3, 1646 dedicating the set to Omer Talon, avocat-général to the French Parliament with the compliments of François du Monstier, rector of the University of Paris. Illustrated with 335 magnificent hand-colored engraved maps of the world and four continents including, in particular, sixty devoted to Great Britain (Volume IV), the map of the environs of Frankfurt (Volume I), a fine map of China and Japan (Volume III), and a series of thirteen maps of America (Volume III) that includes early and important maps of New England and the Chesapeake Bay. The set is comprised of: Volume I: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Sive Atlas Novus; in Quo Tabulae et Descriptiones omnium Regionum, Editae a Guiljel: et Joanne Blaeu. [Amsterdami: Apud Guiljelmum et Johannem Blaeu, 1643]. Folio, 120 engraved maps in two parts. Part I: World map, plus 83 maps of Germany, Scandinavia, the Arctic and eastern Europe, several oversized and folding. Part II: 36 maps of the Lowlands. Volume II: Le Theatre Du Monde, ou Novvel Altas, Mis en lumiere par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu. Second Partie [A Amsterdam: Chez Jean Blaeu, 1643-1644]. Folio, contains 92 engraved maps in two parts (one folding): Part I: 48 maps of France; Part II: 14 maps of Spain and Portugal, 12 maps of Asia, 5 maps of Africa, 13 maps of America, including the appendix of the British Isles, map number 15 entitled “Le Duche de Mantove” on recto of leaf and “Mantua Ducatus” on map, without leaf 22 as listed in Van der Krogt. Volume III: Le Theatre Du Monde, ou Novvel Atlas, Mis en lumiere par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu. Troiseme Partie [A Amsterdam: Chez Jean Blaeu, 1643]. Folio, contains 66 engraved maps: 58 maps of Italy and 4 maps of Greece, with maps 2 and 3 supplied from another copy. Volume IV: Le Theatre Du Monde, ou Novvel Altas, Mis en lumiere par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu. Quatriesme Partie. [Amsterdami: Apud Johannem Blaeu, 1645]. Folio, contains 57 engraved maps detailing the British Isles with the maps “Britannia prout divisa” and “Anglia Regnum” supplied. Lacking the map of Wales. [Van der Krogt 2:212.1F, 2:212.2F, 2:212.3F,  and 2:211.3C; Koeman BL 42A]. In near fine condition. Exceptionally clean internally with some maps numbered in a contemporary hand. Armorial bookplates. Exceptionally rare and desirable. Containing some of the most beautiful maps ever produced during the golden age of cartography.

    Price: $350,000.00     Item Number: 126307

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  • "THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE" First edition of Charles Darwin's Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Captain Richard Charles Mayne Copy and used on board the HMS Nassau during his survey expedition

    DARWIN, Charles.

    Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle, Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle’s Circumnavigation of the Globe.

    London: Henry Colburn, 1839.

    First edition of the account of the most famous voyage in the history of biological science and modern thought, volume III being the first issue of Darwin’s Journal, his first published book, containing the observations and fieldwork that form the basis for On the Origin of Species. Octavo, four volumes (including Vol. II of the Appendix) bound in three quarter morocco over marbled boards with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, half-titles present, 7 engraved folding maps and charts, 48 plates and charts and 6 in-text illustrations. From the library of the British Royal Navy’s Office of the Admiralty, this copy was borrowed by Captain Richard Charles Mayne and used on board the HMS Nassau during his survey expedition to the Straits of Magellan, 1866-1869. With an annotated typed note laid in signed by Lieutenant Commander Andrew David of the Admiralty’s Hydrographic Department which reads: The voyages of Adventure and Beagle was apparently used by Captain Richard Maybe of H.M.S. Nassau for his surveys of Magellan Strait which commenced in 1866. The corrections given in the Errata et Corrigenda were inserted in 1866. Some of the amendments to positions given in the appendix to volume II agree with those given in the Hydrographic archives from Nassau’s observations and they both seem to be in the same handwriting. “ACF David” (A.C.F. David) Lieutenant Commander Hydrographic Department 28th July 1974 Other marginalia eg Vol II page 594 by G.H. Richards, later Hydrographer. David has also added a later annotation to the note: “The pencil notation on page 325 of the Appendix to Vol 2 stating that Morrice Pocket Chronometer 6144 was also on the Nassau confirms my supposition below ACF David 25th August 1989.” Upon learning of Mayne’s planned for a survey expedition to the Straits of Magellan, Darwin requested the Lords of the Admiralty to ask Capt. Mayne to collect several boatloads of fossil bones of extinct species of quadrupeds. Admiral Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan had previously discovered an astonishingly rich accumulation of fossil bones not far from the Straits which were found to have belonged to a more ancient period than the fossils collected by Darwin on HMS Beagle, and therefore of great interest to science. In near fine condition. With the British Royal Navy’s Office of the Admiralty Library stamp, the Hydrographer’s Office stamp , and ACF David’s bookplate to each volume. In very good condition. An exceptional example of this landmark work with noted provenance.

    Price: $80,000.00     Item Number: 125508

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  • Fine pair of rare early 19th century Newton family celestial and terrestrial table globes

    NEWTON, John and William; Miles Berry.

    Newton’s New Terrestrial and Celestial Globes.

    London: Newton, Son & Berry, c. 1830-1836.

    Fine pair of rare early 19th century celestial and terrestrial table globes published by Newton, Son & Berry. Both the celestial and terrestrial globe measure 12 inches in diameter with a calibrated brass meridian ring and 19 inch mahogany horizon ring decorated with mounted hand colored decorations. Mounted on ebonized oak stands. Each globe is comprised of 12 richly detailed hand-colored gores with polar calottes, the terrestrial globe detailing the earth’s landmasses, major countries and cities and the celestial showing the major stars in various sizes related to their brightness, displayed with a table of magnitudes. Major constellations and all twelve zodiac signs are illustrated with detailed hand-colored drawings. The cartouche on the celestial globe is inscribed, “Newton’s New & Improved Celestial Globe On which all the Stars, Nebulae & Clusters contained in the extensive Catalogue of the late E. Wollaston E.R.S. are accurately laid down their Right Ascensions and Declinations having been recalculated for the Year 1830 by W. Newton. Manufactured by Newton, Son & Berry Chancery Lane London Published 1836.” In near fine condition with some light restoration. Each globe measures 19 inches tall.

    Price: $38,000.00     Item Number: 124608

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  • "I would advise anyone who wants to get to the kernel of the life of a Polar explorer to read the book": Edition De Luxe of Antarctic Days; Signed by Shackleton, Murray and Marston

    SHACKLETON, Ernest; James Murray and George Marston.

    Antarctic Days. Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life by Two of Shackleton’s Men: Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    London: Andrew Melrose, 1913.

    Limited edition de luxe, numbered 85 of 280 copies signed on the recto of the limitation leaf by E.H. Shackleton, James Murray and George Marston. Octavo, original blue cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel with a mounted color illustration, top edge gilt, 4 mounted color plates after watercolors by C. Day, 34 photo illustrations on 28 plates. In near fine condition with a light rubbing. A very nice example, as most copies have been rebound. Introduced by Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 103746

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  • First Edition of Burney's Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean

    BURNEY, Capt. James.

    A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean. Illustrated with Charts.

    London: Printed by Luke Hansard, 1803.

    Rare first edition of “the most important general history of early South Seas discoveries, containing practically everything of importance on the subject; collected from all sources, with the most important remarks concerning them. Many of the early voyages to California would be inaccessible were they not collected herein” (Hill). Quarto, 5 volumes bound in full calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, botanical ruling stamped in blind to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. Containing 28 engraved maps (15 folding), 13 plates (1 folding), woodcut illustrations throughout text. In near fine condition. Perforated library stamps to the title pages. Rare and desirable, published in a format intended to complement Cook’s Voyages on the library shelf.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 117105

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  • First Edition of The Astronauts; Signed by All of the Mercury Seven

    CAIDIN, Martin; Scott Carpenter.

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-In-Space Program.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.

    First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr, Donald K. Slayton, Alan B Shepard Jr, Virgil I. Grissom, John H. Glenn, Jr., M. Scott Carpenter and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. It is inscribed above by Alan Shepard: “To Lewis S. Baer with warm regards The Astronauts.” Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $13,500.00     Item Number: 18045

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  • First Edition of The Astronauts; Signed by All of the Mercury Seven and twice by Gus Grissom

    CAIDIN, Martin; Scott Carpenter.

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-In-Space Program.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.

    First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the front free endpaper, using their full signatures. Signed by John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter M Schirra Jr, M. Scott Carpenter, Virgil I. Grissom, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, and Alan B Shepard Jr. It is inscribed above: “To Pearl Salvick with best wishes from Mercury Astronauts.” Additionally signed by Virgil Grissom on the half-title page. Laid in is an original first day issue card from Cape Canaveral dated February 20, 1962. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.

    Price: $12,800.00     Item Number: 95986

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  • Rare Scientific Pamphlet Collection compiled during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1938 Smithsonian-sponsored scientific expedition to the Galapagos islands; six signed and inscribed by him

    [FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT],.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Cruise Pamphlet Collection.

    City of Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1939-1942.

    First editions of ten botanical and zoological pamphlets published as a result of collections and investigations made during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Cruise of 1938 to the Galapo, six being presentation copies inscribed and signed “FDR” on the front wrapper. Octavo, ten pamphlets, original brown printed paper wrappers, illustrated. Presentation copies, 6 pamphlets are signed and inscribed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 5 to his friend and long-time colleague in combating polio, Basil “Doc” O’Connor. The pamphlets include: Flowering Plants Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Ellsworth P. Killip, May 27, 1939), inscribed. “R.T. McI From F.D.R.”;  Two New Gobioid Fishes Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Isaac Ginsburg, May 31, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; Echinoderms (Other than Holothurians) Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Austin H. Clark, June 2, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; A New Dicrocoeliid Trematode Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Allen McIntosh, June 8, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; The Polychaetous Annelids Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Olga Hartman, June 9, 1939), inscribed “Doc O’Connor from F.D.R.”; Amphipod Crustaceans Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Clarence R. Shoemaker, March 5, 1942), inscribed “for Basil from F.D.R.”; Coelenterates Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Elisabeth Deichann, January 27, 1941); Recent Foraminifera From Old Providence Island Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Joseph A. Cushman, January 24, 1941); A New Cephalopod Mollusk Collected on the Presidential Cruise of 1938 (Helen C. Stuart, February 4, 1941). The recipient of five of the pamphlets, Basil “Doc” O’Connor (1892-1972) was a lawyer by training; in co-operation with FDR he started two foundations for the rehabilitation of polio patients and the research on polio prevention and treatment. From 1944 to 1949 he was Chairman and President of the American Red Cross and from 1945 to 1950 he was Chairman of the League of Red Cross Societies. In fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Scarce and desirable.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 123500

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  • "Here the lilies were higher than my head, and the sunshine was warm enough for palms": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir

    MUIR, John.

    The Writings of John Muir: The Manuscript Edition.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.

    The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in contemporary gilt paneled and gilt floral full crushed brown niger morocco, gilt floral spine compartments, top edges gilt, green and brown gilt morocco doublures with the coat of arms of Anna W. S. Keator, green silked free endpapers, raised bands. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from The Mountains of California. Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. With a manuscript leaf from John Muir in volume one. In fine condition. An exceptional example.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 73083

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  • First Edition of The Astronauts; Signed by All of the Mercury Seven

    CAIDIN, Martin; M. Scott Carpenter.

    The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America’s Man-In-Space Program.

    New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1960.

    First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with drawings by Fred L. Wolf and photographs. Signed by all seven of NASA’s original Project Mercury astronauts on the half-title page, using their full signatures. Signed by Walter M Schirra Jr. (signed twice), Virgil I. Grissom, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and Leroy G. Cooper Jr. and Alan B Shepard Jr. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Books with all of the Project Mercury’s signatures are rare, especially with full signatures.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 116879

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  • "Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir; With Eight Original Photographs

    MUIR, John.

    The Writings of John Muir: The Manuscript Edition.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.

    The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in original special deluxe three quarters morocco over marbled boards, leather edges ruled in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, matching endpapers, top edges gilt. With Volumes 1 through 8 of this set each containing an original gelatin silver photograph at the front, each with a printed tissue guard. Kimes does not describe an edition with these additional real photo frontispieces. The binding matches that of Kimes 342. The scenes depicted in the inserted photographs are: The House of John Muir, Martinez, California; The Cathedral Spires, Yosemite National Park; Eucalyptus on Muir’s Ranch, Martinez, California; An Orange Tree in Front of Muir’s House, Martinez, California; The Lower Fall of the Yosemite (Telephoto view); A Cabin in the Muir Woods, on Mt. Tamalpais, California, used by John Muir, Joaquin Miller, and others; Arctic Ptarmigan; Crater Lake, Oregon. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from Chapter 4 of The Mountains of California. The holograph text is written in brown ink with additional pencil emendations. The edited text begins: “I found a good camp-ground on the rim of a glacier.” Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. In fine condition. An exceptional example, rare with the original silver gelatin prints.

    Price: $12,000.00     Item Number: 76020

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  • John F. Kennedy Inscribed Photograph to Mercy 8 Astronaut Wally Schirra

    KENNEDY, John F. (Wally Schirra).

    John F. Kennedy Signed Photograph to Astronaut Wally Schirra.

    Color photograph of President Kennedy meeting with astronaut Wally Schirra and his family in the Oval Office, affixed to its original mount. Boldly inscribed, “To Commander Walter Schirra—and his family—with esteem and best wishes, John Kennedy.” Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.75 inches by 16.5 inches. An exceptional piece linking these two great American icons.

    Price: $12,000.00     Item Number: 80092

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  • "THE GREATEST BRITISH GLOBE MAKERS OF THE LATE GEORGIAN PERIOD": RARE JOHN AND WILLIAM CARY TERRESTIAL TABLE GLOBE

    CARY, John and William.

    Cary’s New Terrestrial Globe. [Nineteenth Century English Terrestrial Globe].

    J. & W. Cary: London, 1820.

    Rare early Regency period celestial table globe published by John and William Cary, generally regarded as the greatest British globe makers of the late Georgian period. The terrestrial table globe dates 1820 and measures 9 inches in diameter and is comprised of 12 hand-colored engraved gores with a calibrated brass meridian ring and 13 inch maple hand-colored zodiacal horizon ring. Mounted on a Regency style turned maple stand, the globe depicts the major continents, countries, oceans, and seas “which are laid down by the discoveries of Captain Cook, Vancouver, de Lapérouse.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 127015

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  • "Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir; With Eight Original Photographs

    MUIR, John.

    The Writings of John Muir: The Manuscript Edition.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.

    The Manuscript edition of The Writings of John Muir. One of only 750 numbered copies, this is number 461. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in the original green with morocco spine labels with gilt titles, containing the original gelatin silver photographic frontispiece to each volume with tissue guards present, illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. The scenes depicted in the inserted photographs are: The House of John Muir, Martinez, California; The Cathedral Spires, Yosemite National Park; Eucalyptus on Muir’s Ranch, Martinez, California; An Orange Tree in Front of Muir’s House, Martinez, California; The Lower Fall of the Yosemite (Telephoto view); A Cabin in the Muir Woods, on Mt. Tamalpais, California, used by John Muir, Joaquin Miller, and others; Arctic Ptarmigan; Crater Lake, Oregon. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one, the text begins, “…are more & more ancient, & more & more obscured by vegetation & all kinds of post-glacial weathering. These studies invariably show, that the soils on which the forests are growing were not produced by the…” In near fine condition. An exceptional example, rare with the original silver gelatin prints.

    Price: $7,200.00     Item Number: 96258

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  • FIRST EDITION OF WE SEVEN, SIGNED BY John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez

    CARPENTER, M. Scott; Gordon L. Cooper; John H. Glenn; Virgil I. Grissom; Walter M. Schirra; Alan Shepard; Donald K. Slayton .

    We Seven. By the Astronauts Themselves.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.

    First edition of this first-hand account of the genesis of America’s manned space program. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed on the half-title page by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and comedian Bill Dana aka Jose Jimenez. Jiménez was a fictional character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana on The Steve Allen Show in 1959 and who became increasingly popular during the 1960s, and is cited in this volume on several occasions. This character introduced himself with the catch phrase: “My name… José Jiménez”. The character of José Jiménez caught on with the seven real Mercury astronauts, and Dana became good friends with them: “Okay, José, you’re on your way!” Deke Slayton quipped as Alan Shepard’s famous first flight launched. José became the program’s unofficial mascot, and Dana was even made an honorary Mercury astronaut. (Coincidentally, there was a real test pilot named Bill Dana, who flew as high as 59 miles up and qualified for NASA’s Astronaut Badge. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique signed example.

    Price: $5,500.00     Item Number: 102763

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  • Rare First Edition of Des Ballons Aérostatiques, de la maniere de les construire, de les faire elever

    Des Ballons Aérostatiques, de la maniere de les construire, de les faire elever [Of Balloons aerostatic, the way to build them, elevate them].

    Lausanne: J.P. Heubach & Cie, 1784.

    First edition of this work, translated as, Of Balloons Aerostatic, the Way to Build Them, Elevate Them. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine and gilt balloon tooling in 4 compartments, marbled endpapers. This work is often wrongly attributed to Faujas de Saint-Fond, as it reprints his “Discours preliminaire” and the first chapter of Description des Experiences de la Machine Aerostatique… (1783), with plates re-engraved from or similar to those printed in 1783. However, the remainder of the work is made up reports of the most recent experiments and findings on aerial flight, and are not contained in other contemporary works. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Rare with no copies recorded in libraries in the United States or in Great Britain. Brockett 1263.

    Price: $5,500.00     Item Number: 111835

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  • Rare first edition in English of A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars

    EBÜLGÂZÎ BAHADIR HAN, Khan of Khorezm.

    A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars. Together With a Description of the Countries They Inhabit.

    London: Printed for J. and J. Knapton, J. Darby, A. Bettesworth, et. al., 1729-1730.

    Rare first edition in English of one of the earliest sources on the Turks, Moguls, and Tartars. Octavos, two volumes. Bound in full polished calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, all edges speckled red, engraved headpieces and tailpieces, folding map to each volume. From the library of Reginald C.L. Powys-Lybbe with his bookplates to the pastedowns. In very good condition.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 109632

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  • Rare Portrait of the first man to walk on the moon Neil Armstrong; boldly signed by him

    ARMSTRONG, Neil.

    Neil Armstrong Signed Portrait.

    Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.

    Price: $4,800.00     Item Number: 117764

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  • Rare first edition H.E. Mehren's The Dawining Space Age; signed by him and legendary aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun

    MEHRENS, H.E. [Wernher von Braun].

    The Dawning Space Age.

    Ellington Air Force Base, Texas: Civil Air Patrol, n.d..

    First edition of this Civil Air Patrol educational booklet containing a concise history of space flight. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, illustrated. Forewords by Wernher von Braun and Kraft A. Ehricke. Signed by the author on the title page and Wernher von Braun at his Foreword. German-born American aerospace engineer and space architect Wernher von Braun was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States. He helped design and co-developed the V-2 rocket at Peenemünde during World War II and, following the war, he was secretly moved to the United States, along with about 1,600 other German scientists, engineers, and technicians, as part of Operation Paperclip. In 1960, his group was assimilated into NASA, where he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V super heavy-lift launch vehicle that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. From the library of Lt. Col. Marie C. Lepore with her ownership signature to the verso of the front panel. Marie Camille Lepore was an early Massachusetts aviator and one of the first female pilots to serve with the Civil Air Patrol. In the 1940s she was a commanding officer of the CAP Worcester Squadron and in 1957 she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to the Massachusetts Wing Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford as deputy for education and training. She was a member of the International Organization of Woman Pilots – the Ninety-Nines, founded by Amelia Earhart, which named her Woman Pilot of the Year in 1960 and 1975 (Massachusetts Air and Space Museum). Exceptionally rare signed by Wernher von Braun and with fine provenance. Design, layout and art by W.E. Rowland and C.J. Wood.

    Price: $4,500.00     Item Number: 128204

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  • Rare collection of Soviet Space Program books; signed by over 20 Russian Cosmonauts

    BEREZOVOY, Anatoly; Vladimir Dzhanibekov; Vladimir Kovalyonok; Leonid Popov; Pavel Popovich; Gennadi Strekalov; Vyacheslav Zudov et al.

    Small Stories About Big Destiny and The Star: Russian Cosmonauts Signed Collection.

    Moscow: Various publishers, 1976-1982.

    Rare collection of two books documenting the Soviet  Space Program, signed by over 20 Russian Cosmonauts. Octavo, two volumes, illustrated with photographs and drawings. The Star, published in 1982, is signed on the title page by Russian cosmonauts Kovalyonok, Strekalov, Berezovoy, Zudov, Popovich, Malyshev, Demin, Rozhdestvensy, Artyukhin, Gorbatko, Popov, Savynikh, Kizim, Bykovsky, Sarafanov, Serebrov, Lyakov Glazkov, Dzhanibekov, and Lazatev. Small Stories about Big Destiny, published in 1976, is signed on the front free endpaper by Popovich, Leonox, Volynov, Filipchenko, Lazarev, Klimuk, Gorbatko, Zholobov, Gubarev, Zudor, Bykovsky, Shonin, and Demin. In fine condition, with a description affixed to the front pastedown of Small Stories about Big Destiny. Both volumes are in near fine condition. An exceptional collection of historic signatures.

    Price: $4,000.00     Item Number: 117176

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