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“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: First American Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population; with a clipping from an original manuscript signed by him laid in
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occasions.
Washington: Printed and Published by Roger Chew Weightman, 1809.
First American edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Octavo, 2 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, red and black morocco spine labels, gilt titles. Previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper, “An application was made to Bishop Watson to answer this book on the grounds that it discouraged benevolence. He declined, excusing himself, however unfavorably saying that he saw its object was to prove that population could not increase beyond the level of rules of self-evident truth. A much better employment would have been to discover means of resistance that might supply the increasing wants of the population.” Bishop Richard Watson served as the Bishop of Llandaff from 1782 to 1816 and published a number of political pamphlets contributing to the Revolution Controversy regarding the fundamental politics of the French Revolution. Watson corresponded with and published several counterarguments to the works of Thomas Paine and Thomas Robert Malthus among others. In very good condition with some browning to the text as usual, sporadic foxing. Laid in is a clipping from an original manuscript signed by Malthus and entirely in his hand which reads in part, “If at one time such a given product would make an effectual demand for certain commodities the conditions of the supply of which are supposed to remain the same, it would immediately cease to make such effectual.” Signed by Malthus in the lower right corner. The verso features two further partial lines of text relating to supply and demand. The clipping is in near fine condition. Rare and desirable.
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: Rare Second Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occassions.
London: J. Johnson by J. Bensley, 1803.
Second edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Quarto, bound in period-style three-quarter speckled calf, red morocco spine label, marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
"No one should be entirely judged by their past": Signed Limited Edition of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899.
First edition, signed limited edition. Octavo, original lavender publisher’s cloth. One of 100 large paper copies signed by Oscar Wilde. In very good condition with some light rubbing and darkening to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance": Signed Limited Edition of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899.
First signed limited edition of Wilde’s classic comedic stage play. Octavo, original lavender publisher’s cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt flourishes to the spine and front panel. One of 100 large paper copies signed by Oscar Wilde, this is number 85. In near fine condition with a touch of toning. A superior example.
London: Bloomsbury, 1996.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
"First and greatest classic of modern economic thought": Second Edition of Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, In the Strand, 1778.
Rare second edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, one of only 500 copies. Quarto, 2 volumes. Bound in full brown contemporary calf, gilt-decorated spines, red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Remarkably clean throughout with some light toning, name to the title page of volume one, name to the half-title page in volume two. An exceptional example of this landmark work.
London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1791.
Sixth edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels. In near fine condition. An exceptional set of this classic work.
Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1789.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Small octavo, 3 volumes, contemporary calf, rebacked. In near fine condition. From the library of Malcolm Forbes. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1805.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, finely bound by Bayntun Bindery. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, morocco spine labels, top edge gilt. In near fine condition, small stamp to volume one. An exceptional set of this classic work.
Easton Press, 1991.
First Easton press edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, original full leather, with raised bands and titles to the spine and front panel in gilt, all edges gilt. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul A. Samuelson on the title page. Samuelson contributed the introduction to this volume. In fine condition.
“Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another": Finely Bound Set of Adam Smiths Masterpiece The Wealth of Nations
London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1799.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full contemporary tree calf, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition, with the text clean, From the library of explorer and parliamentarian Alexander Forrest with his nameplate to the pastedown. An exceptional set of this classic work.
"Reader if thou wilt do the fame, thy profit will be as great as mine": Exceptionally rare printing of Benjamin Franklin's An Old Man's Experience, or Poor Richard's Maxims Improved
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Rare printing of Benjamin Franklin’s An Old Man’s Experience, or Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved, published under the pseudonym Richard Saunders in full, “An Old Man’s Experience, or, Poor Richard’s Maxims Improved. Reader, if you buy this Book, and seriously consider its contents, though it cost thee but a Trifle, it may save thee Many Pounds.” Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. No publisher or date listed. In very good condition with tape repair to the spine and rear panel. Exceptionally rare, no other copies matching this title and pagination have come to auction.
"To-day belongs to me, To-morrow who can tell. Ah, cruel 'tis to love, And cruel not to love, But cruelest of all To love and love in vain": First Nonesuch Press Edition of the Anacreon
Soho: Nonesuch Press, 1923.
First Nonesuch Press limited edition of the Odes of Anacreon. Octavo, bound in three quarters vellum over gold paper-covered boards with gilt titles to the spine, illustrated with four full-page tissue-guarded copperplate engravings of Cupid, Bathyllus, Europa, & Venus, headpieces, and tailpieces by Stephen Gooden. One of only 725 copies produced, this is number 680. In very good condition.
“Only the refusal to listen guarantees one against being ensnared by the truth": Rare First Edition of Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia; Signed by Him
New York: Basic Books, 1974.
First edition of the author’s foundational text in classic liberalism thought. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Robert Nozick on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are exceptionally rare; this is the first example we have seen or handled.
Amsterdam: Joannes Janssonius, 1617.
Rare edition of the Epitome of Vesalius, first published in 1543 as an abbreviated dissection room manual to accompany his masterpiece De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). Folio, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles and elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, red spine label, raised tooled bands, marbled endpapers, engraved pictorial title page. Engraved portrait of Vesalius, engraved folding plate of Adam and Eve after that in the epitome before the main text. Containing 39 full-page anatomically illustrated plates, woodcut headpieces and initials. In near fine condition. Captions in both Latin and German, having been otherwise taken directly from Thomas Geminus’ first copy of 1545, Compendiosa Toitus Anatomie Delineato Aere Exarata. German text taken from Baumann’s German edition of 1551 (Keynes, 171; Krivatsy, 12321; Waller, 9919).
Venice: Giovanni Antonio & Giacomo de Franceschi, 1604.
Fifth and final edition of the most important and influential book in the study of human anatomy utilizing the same woodblocks as the 1568 edition (Senensis and Creigher, Venice), the fourth published in folio format. Folio, bound in period vellum-backed wrappers, elaborate woodcut title page with Vesalius performing a dissection, with over 200 woodcut anatomical illustrations including 21 full-page, woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and initials. The fifth edition was prompted by a student demand for a less costly edition than the elaborate second Opernius edition of 1555. Additions included a simpler title page handsomely engraved on copper, and an additional series of anatomical tables at the end of the text containing its own title page where is provided the date of publication which is absent from the true title page. Laid in is a period manuscript titled “Tratto de la Miologia” containing a list of the muscles of the human body and corresponding page numbers within the text (Cushing, VI. A-5). In good condition. Housed in a custom folding chemise case. Scarce and desirable. A superior example of Vesalius’ masterpiece, one of the most monumental achievements in the history of both medical education and printing.
"SURGICAL ANATOMY IS, TO THE STUDENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, THE MOST ESSENTIAL BRANCH OF ANATOMICAL SCIENCE": Rare First Edition of Gray's Anatomy
Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1859.
First edition of this influential work on Anatomy. Quarto, original calf, illustrated with 363 wood-engravings after the drawings by H. V. Carter. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear. A rare first edition of this immensely influential work, scarce in the original binding.
Cleveland & New York: World Publishing, 1955.
First edition of the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by MacKinley Kantor for members of the Civil War Book Club. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light wear to the extremities. Uncommon signed.
December 6, 1830.
Rare Presidential Land Grant signed by Andrew Jackson as President and countersigned by Commissioner of the General Land Office Elijah Hayward. One page partially printed on vellum the document is dated November 11, 1830 and officially grants Scott Riggs a 72-acre land parcel in Springfield, Illinois. Signed at the conclusion “Andrew Jackson” and “Elijah Hayward” with the white paper paper seal to the lower left corner. In very good condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 by 13.5 inches.