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Americana

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to the collecting fields known as Americana and USiana; that is, anything to do with the history, politics, or culture of the USA both before and after Independence.

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  1. 140861comp
    (EISENHOWER, Dwight D. & Mamie Doud Eisenhower) Good News for Modern Man.

    New York : 1974

    Third edition, first published in 1971, this the special Eisenhower edition with wraps featuring a portrait of Ike on the back panel with the quote beginning; "The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilisation is built upon its words", this copy inscribed on the half-title; "Merry Christmas to Dr. Hal Johnson from his friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140861

  2. Five-star Favorites.
    EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140863

  3. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.

    Garden City, New York : 1967

    First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140859

  4. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.

    Garden City, New York : 1963-5

    The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 140860

  5. Personal Memoirs.
    GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.

    New York : 1885-6

    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets and has remained in print... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138827

  6. Newark Hidden City Project: Rethinking the City.
    BISH, Tom & Hal Laessig. Newark Hidden City Project: Rethinking the City.

    Newark, NJ : 1992

    First and only edition of this uncommon, attractive and thought-provoking artist's book, sponsored in part by the Newark's acclaimed Aljira contemporary arts centre. The work of architect Tom Bish, still operating under the Metametrics banner, and architectural designer Hal Laessig, the project set out to present a holistic view of urbanism, grounded... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140453

  7. Police Register from Olympia City, state capital of Washington.
    (POLICING.) Police Register from Olympia City, state capital of Washington.

    Olympia, WA : 1895-1912

    A wonderful survival that pulls back the curtain on crime and police procedure in turn-of-the-century America: a substantial police register or desk sergeant's ledger from Olympia, Washington, giving a record of lawbreaking that spans nearly two decades (there is a break between 1898 and 1904 when presumably another ledger was in use). Olympia is situated... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 113387

  8. Dreams From My Father.
    OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.

    New York : 1995

    First edition, first printing, as stated on the copyright page with the row of numbers going from 9 to 2, as called for. The future president's first book, Dreams from My Father was published as Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate in July 1995, and helped to establish his reputation and image. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 136320

  9. Factories in the Field.
    MCWILLIAMS, Carey. Factories in the Field.

    Boston : 1939

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Miss Emma Jameson - with best wishes. - Carey McWilliams".
    A bitter exposition of the Californian agricultural labour market by the journalist Carey McWilliams (1905-1973), recently-appointed Commissioner of Immigration and Housing for the California State Government,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140428

  10. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and map. The first of Elizabeth B. Custer's trio of books written in support of the actions of her husband, General G. A. Custer. "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140136

  11. 139761
    BURKE, Edmund & William An Account of the European Settlements in America.

    London : 1757

    First edition. Described by Howes as the "best contemporary account" and attributed by him to William Burke, an "early companion at work and play" (ODNB) of Edmund while he was studying for the bar. Edmund always referred to him as his cousin, although no blood connection has ever been traced. Sabin for his part credits the work to Edmund, and Burke's... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139761

  12. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, And the Principles of Government.
    HEY, Richard. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, And the Principles of Government.

    London : 1776

    First edition of the first publication of the essayist and mathematician Richard Hey (1745-1835), a reply to Richard Price's own Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty (1776), a pamphlet written in defence of the American patriots, which led to various rebuttals and comments. Hey rejects the philosophical underpinnings of Price's support for the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140066

  13. Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.
    (AMERICAN REVOLUTION.) Acts of Parliament relating to the Revolutionary period and its aftermath, 1770-1807.

    London : [1770-1807]

    A remarkable collection of British Acts of Parliament relating to trade with the American colonies and subsequently with the fledgling republic. The collection documents the role of parliament in instigating the American Revolution through mercantilist policies, its continued assertion of its sovereignty during the War of Independence, and the ongoing... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 130669

  14. De la démocratie en Amérique.
    TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de. De la démocratie en Amérique.

    Brussels : 1840

    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume set in 1840, but this,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 125824

  15. A Commentary and Review of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws.
    [JEFFERSON, Thomas.] TRACY, Antonie Destutt de. A Commentary and Review of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws.

    Philadelphia : 1811

    First edition. The French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) is best remembered for coining the word "ideology" in 1796. In summer 1809 he sent his critique of Montesquieu, which he had written in 1808, to his friend Thomas Jefferson, the former US President. Tracy requested Jefferson to translate and anonymously publish his work, fearing... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 124111

  16. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.
    (LINCOLN, Abraham) BEVERIDGE, Albert J. Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858.

    Boston and New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing, of "the first Lincoln biography to meet modern scholarly standards" (ANB).
    Beveridge (1862-1927) retired from politics in 1922 and, having already published a widely-acclaimed biography of the life of John Marshall, he dedicated his last few years to writing He had a horror of mistakes and would "work over his material... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139466

  17. Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.
    [BLODGET, Samuel.] Economica: a Statistical Manual for the United States of America.

    Washington : 1806

    First and only edition of one of the earliest systematic attempts to depict the entire American economy by means of statistical data. Tables are printed throughout, with accompanying essays that reveal Blodget to be a strong nationalist, a supporter of free trade, an abolitionist, and a promoter of paper money secured by land. Blodget's view of the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 130009

  18. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.
    MAIN, Jackson Turner. The Social Structure of Revolutionary America.

    Princeton, NJ : 1965

    First edition, first printing, of the American Revolution and colonial historian's pioneering work in quantitative social history. Main (1917-2003) published seven books during his lifetime, all of which drew extensively on thousands of archival documents and records. His grandfather, the American historian Frederick Jackson Turner, was best known for... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 117396

  19. Europa Libera:
    (WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION.) Europa Libera:

    London : 1703

    First edition (preceding the second edition of that year with an added postscript). Published in the third year of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the anonymous author proposes that in return for the support of Britain and the Netherlands for the claim of the Emperor of Austria to the Spanish crown, Spain's territories in America should... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 139168

  20. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.
    (WYETH, N. C.) FOX, John, Jr. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.

    New York : 1931

    Signed limited edition, number 323 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; 12 presentation copies were also issued. The trade issue was published the same year. Fox's classic Civil War tale was originally published by Scribner's Sons in 1903, with illustrations by F. C. Yohn. A handsomely illustrated copy, with the uncommon glassine jacket. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118697

  21. A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago 1933-1934 presents this Collection of Official Photographs to Orville J. Taylor.
    (ART DECO) KAUFMANN, Charles D. & Herman Fabry. A Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago 1933-1934 presents this Collection of Official Photographs to Orville J. Taylor.

    Chicago, IL. : 1933

    First and only edition of this spectacular, highly limited-issue souvenir album for the Century of Progress exposition, an event which was to have a profound influence on modernist architects for decades to come, and served more generally as an invaluable "repository" of Art Deco motifs. A small number of these presentation albums were created as gifts... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 134251

  22. Reflections on the Present State of the American War.
    HAMPSON, John. Reflections on the Present State of the American War.

    London : 1776

    First edition of this uncommon pamphlet, published in the early months of the American War of Independence, and firmly asserting that the Americans "can no more stand against the strength of this country than light chaff against the impetuous whirlwind". "Let them then," he adds, "lay down their arms. Let them abandon their leaders of the revolt to... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 132500

  23. Personal Memoirs.
    GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.

    New York : 1885-6

    First edition. Written by Grant as he was dying of cancer, the work served as a death bed justification for the war against the Confederacy and for Grant's own conduct. The autobiography was published by Mark Twain, who marketed the book by using military veterans in uniform to raise subscriptions. It sold over 300,000 sets and has remained in print... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 131912

  24. History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;
    ANDREWS, John History of the War with America, France, Spain, and Holland;

    London : 1785-6

    First edition. An attractive history, particularly prized in its day for the series of portraits which include the King, Franklin, Lafayette, and Washington, Admirals Howe, Keppel, Parker, Kempenfelt, Hood and Rodney, and Generals Greene, Clinton, Howe, Burgoyne, and Cornwallis. The first substantial, general history of the conflict by an Englishman,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131885

  25. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.
    DU PONT, Samuel Francis. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.

    Wilmington, DE : 1885

    First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress and preservationist, was... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 131483

  26. A List of All the Officers of the Army,
    (MILITARY.) A List of All the Officers of the Army,

    London : 1783

    First edition. List compiled just a few months before the conclusion of the War of Independence. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming increasingly elusive, those with relevance to the American Wars being particularly desirable, and especially so when, as here, they are printed on thick paper, and presented in the style of binding which seems... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124569

  27. Life Studies of the Great Army.
    FORBES, Edwin. Life Studies of the Great Army.

    New York : 1876

    First edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy from the library of a Union army veteran: bookplate of William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), who served as a first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment") and was later a member of the Military... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 114470

  28. Traité de Fortification Souterraine,
    MOUZÉ, M. Traité de Fortification Souterraine,

    Paris : 1804

    First edition of this influential work of practical military engineering, this copy with the pencilled ownership inscription of Joseph Gardner Swift, the first graduate of West Point and its second superintendent, to the title page. Swift was appointed a cadet in the Corps of Artillerists at Newport, RI on 12 May 1800, transferring to West Point in... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 83053

  29. Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.
    (GATLING, Richard J.) Report of the Board of Officers … on Gatling Guns of Large Caliber for Flank-Defence - with two autograph letters signed to Edgar T. Welles.

    Washington : 1874

    First edition. Engraved bookplate; "Compliments of the Acting Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army" to the front pastedown. Two 2-page autograph letters signed on Gatling Gun Company stationery from Richard J. Gatling to Edgar T. Welles, son of Gideon Welles Civil War Secretary of the Navy, and secretary and treasurer of the Gatling Gun Co. In the first, dated... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 82902

  30. Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,
    BEATSON, Robert. Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,

    London : 1804

    Second edition, the first, published in 1790, was in three volumes, this continues the account down to the conclusion of the War of Independence, "Particularly useful for the army's campaigns in America" (Bruce). Beatson saw early service at Rochefort in 1758, and at Martinique and Guadeloupe. On his father's death he came into an inheritance and concentrated... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 70850

  31. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    FRANCIS, Joseph. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    No place : 1887

    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC records just 4 copies - US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis's name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life to the invention of maritime life-saving devices, his most famous... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 68595

  32. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,
    LAMB, Roger. An Original and Authentic Journal of Occurrences during the Late American War,

    Dublin : 1809

    First edition. "Originally published in eleven parts" (Sabin). Lamb enlisted in the 9th regiment of foot in 1773; three years later he embarked for Canada and served initially in the operations at the siege of Quebec. Subsequently he "joined in General John Burgoyne's successful operations against Fort Ticonderoga, and was with the British army as... Learn More
    £795.00

    Stock Code: 65838

  33. North American Indians.
    CATLIN, George. North American Indians.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery," an enormous collection of artefacts as well as more than four hundred... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 126141

  34. Complete Collection of Voyages made into North and South America,
    BELLEGARDE, Jean-Baptiste Morvan de. Complete Collection of Voyages made into North and South America,

    London : 1711

    Second edition in English, following the first of 1708 - the year following the French first, Histoire Universelle des Voyages - attributed to Du Perier and published under the title A General History of all Voyages and Travels throughout the Old and New World, as per the banderolle in the frontis. A collection "devoted entirely to the early voyages... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137453

  35. The American Book-Keeper; part the first.
    SHEYS, Bryant. The American Book-Keeper; part the first.

    New York : 1815

    First edition of this early American primer in bookkeeping, mostly single-entry. Though entitled "part the first" no second part appeared, but an expanded edition was published in 1818, from which Nathaniel Hawthorne learnt the system when serving as a bookkeeper for his uncle's stage coach business in the 1820s. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134329

  36. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.
    GEORGE, Henry. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.

    San Francisco : 1871

    First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136978

  37. The Wallaces of Alabama.
    (WALLACE, George C.) WALLACE, George Jr. The Wallaces of Alabama.

    Chicago : 1975

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author's father, George C. Wallace, on the front free endpaper "To my friend Herbert B. Jaynson George C Wallace". Wallace's "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" speech, his infamous stand in the schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama to block the entry of two African American... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 137165

  38. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.
    IRWIN, Godfrey & Eric Partridge. American Tramp and Underworld Slang.

    London : 1931

    First UK edition following the US of the same year. This edition was limited to 1000 copies this being one of 45 on "Imitation H.M. Paper, specially bound, and signed by Godfrey Irwin and Eric Partridge" on the half-title. "Mr. Irwin, whose share in this book is a glossary of 1600 words and phrases and a selection of favorite hobo songs, is a native... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 136118

  39. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.
    DEW, Thomas R. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.

    Shellbanks : 1834

    First edition in book form, presentation copy, inscribed on the rear wrapper "From the Author to Wm Short". The recipient was the American ambassador William Short (1759-1849), who served as US Minister to France from June 1790 to May 1792, to the Netherlands from June to December 1792, and to Spain from 1794 to 1795; he was later a successful Kentucky... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 123171

  40. Puti amerikanskoi muziki [The ways of American music].
    KONEN, Valentina. Puti amerikanskoi muziki [The ways of American music].

    Moscow : 1961

    First edition, first impression, print-run of 5000. Detailed overview of American jazz. Soviet musicologist Valentina Konen (1909-1991) was one of the leading authorities on jazz culture in USSR. Born in Baku she left Russia after the October Revolution and spent 10 years in USA, studying at Juilliard (1924-9) specialising in piano. During her time... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 135739

  41. Congressional Government.
    WILSON, Woodrow. Congressional Government.

    Boston : 1885

    First edition of Wilson's first book, his doctoral dissertation. "Congressional Government would be the best book that Wilson ever wrote. Some people thought that this first book by an unknown twenty-eight-year-old was the feat of a prodigy, but it was not. Wilson had been working on this subject for more than five years, and he had found his voice... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 130690

  42. The American Criminal.
    HOOTON, Earnest Albert. The American Criminal.

    Cambridge,Massachusetts : 1939

    First edition, first printing. The American anthropologist Earnest Albert Hooton (1887-1954) is best known for his anthropometric studies in criminology in the 1930s, which followed in the tradition established by Cesare Lombroso and the so-called Positivist School in criminology in Italy during the 1870s. "In 1927 Hooton began a massive project that... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 127791

  43. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…
    ELLIOTT, Henry Wood, & Andrew F. Gallagher. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…

    Washington : 1913

    First and only edition. Seemingly the author's copy, with added documentation and his own original illustrated wrappers, subsequently inscribed on the title page, "For Judge Cooper with the warm personal regards of the author, Henry W. Elliott, Oct. 25, 1913." Laid in is a memorandum in Elliott's hand, on Department of Commerce stationery, denouncing... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131367

  44. Anarchism and American Traditions.
    DE CLEYRE, Voltairine. Anarchism and American Traditions.

    Chicago : 1932

    First edition thus, a posthumous printing of Voltairine de Cleyre's most often cited essay, with an additional hagiographic introduction. De Cleyre's influential essay was first published in fellow activist Emma Goldman's anarchist journal Mother Earth in 1909; de Cleyre was a regular contributor to the journal from its foundation in 1905.... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 135133

  45. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York and London : 1910

    A family copy, specially bound for presentation to Elliott Roosevelt by the American artist Pilides Tino Costa, with Costa's presentation inscription on the front free endpaper dated 24 December 1938 and with Elliott's name emblazoned in gilt on the front cover. Elliott Roosevelt was the son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and consequently grandnephew... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 132029

  46. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-8

    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 128999

  47. The Private Correspondence.
    WEBSTER, Daniel. The Private Correspondence.

    Boston : 1857

    First edition of Webster's correspondence, in an attractive binding. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served as Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tylor and Millard Fillmore, one of only two individuals to serve under three presidents. He was the chief negotiator for the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which established the boundary... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 128754

  48. A Treatise on Political Economy;
    (JEFFERSON, Thomas.) TRACY, Antonie Destutt de. A Treatise on Political Economy;

    Georgetown : 1817

    First edition in English, revised and edited by Thomas Jefferson. The French text was first published in 1815 as the fourth volume of Tracy's Traité d'Idéologie (the first separate edition in French was in 1823). The French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836), renowned for coining the word "ideology" in 1796, was a friend and correspondent... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 127328

  49. The Works.
    FRANKLIN, Benjamin. The Works.

    London : [1882]

    An attractive library set of this important edition, edited by the "pioneering documentary editor" (ANB) Jared Sparks (1789-1866), originally published between 1833 and 1840. Sparks was known to take liberties with original texts and "corrected ... where he thought Franklin guilty of bad taste or vulgarity" (DAB). The publisher, American Benjamin Franklin... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126630

  50. Tales and Sketches.
    [LEGGETT, William.] Tales and Sketches.

    New York : 1829

    First edition of the author's second collection of short stories. The collection is particularly notable as the first printing in book-form of "The Rifle", first published in the Atlantic Souvenir in 1827. The story is cited by Queen's Quorum's: A History of Detective Fiction as an early example of detective fiction. Legget was highly influential in... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 126352

  51. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America.
    SABIN, Joseph. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America.

    New York : [1967]

    An attractively bound set of Sabin's monumental bibliography, compressing the original 29 volumes into two through fitting eight of the original pages onto each page. The bibliography, originally printed from 1868 to 1939, was begun by Sabin, continued by Wilberforce Eames, and finished by Robert Vail. It is the most extensive bibliography of Americana... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 123947

  52. Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle.
    EDEN, William. Four Letters to the Earl of Carlisle.

    London : 1779

    First edition. William Eden (1744-1814) had been appointed by Lord North as part of the five-man commission for conciliation with America, led by Eden's friend the fifth earl of Carlisle. The commission failed, unable to conciliate the rebellious colonists. Eden's Four Letters provided a defence of the ministry's policy of negotiating with the Americans,... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 123562

  53. The Constitution of the Washington Society of Maryland.
    WASHINGTON SOCIETY OF MARYLAND. The Constitution of the Washington Society of Maryland.

    Maryland : 1810

    First edition of the rules and constitution of the Washington Society of Maryland, established to "support, extend and carry into effect the political principles and system of Washington, as disclosed in his farewell address to the people of the United States, and exemplified in his administration of the federal government; this being, in the opinion... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 122445

  54. North American Indians.
    CATLIN, George. North American Indians.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    A handsomely produced edition, scarce in the dust jackets. A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery," an enormous... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 121781

  55. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.
    PERKINS, Edward T. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.

    New York : 1854

    First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing: "Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride them. The former appears for the first time apparently in Edward... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121426

  56. "Boots and Saddles"
    CUSTER, Elizabeth B. "Boots and Saddles"

    New York : 1885,

    First edition, second state with portrait and frontispiece, title page does not, however, state "With Portrait and Map". "The warm, loving reminiscences of Custer's devoted wife Libbie during their three years in Dakota Territory, detailing the good times as well as the hardships and heartaches of western frontier life" (O'Keefe). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 121295

  57. A Defence of Negro Slavery, as it exists in the United States.
    ESTES, Matthew. A Defence of Negro Slavery, as it exists in the United States.

    Montgomery : 1846

    First edition of the Mississippi anti-abolitionist's work summarising pro-slavery arguments supported by religion and new racial science. The eleven chapters consider the biblical foundations of slavery within early Judaism and Christianity, the history of African slavery, the abolitionist position of England on the topic, the dangers and ineffectuality... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 120624

  58. History of Labour in the United States.
    COMMONS, John R., & others. History of Labour in the United States.

    New York : 1918

    First edition, first printing, of this history of the labour movement as a social and political force with distinct conditions and philosophies. "The work of John R. Commons and his colleagues dominated research in labor history and inquiries about working-class formation in the United States until very recently. Insisting that by the Civil War workers... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 119900

  59. A System of Penal Law for the United States of America:
    LIVINGSTON, Edward. A System of Penal Law for the United States of America:

    Washington : 1828

    First and only edition of the American jurist's proposal for a national code of criminal procedure, presentation copy from the author to Judge Gershom Powers, who developed the "Auburn System" mode of prison discipline, with an accompanying hand-written note "Presented by Mr. Livingston to Mr. Powers, H. Reps" (House of Representatives). Livingston... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 118857

  60. "To the voters of Oxford" [the Beer Broadside].
    FAULKNER, William. "To the voters of Oxford" [the Beer Broadside].

    [Oxford, Mississippi : 1950]

    Faulkner's infamous and extremely uncommon "beer broadside" was distributed in his home town of Oxford prior to a referendum on the repeal of a local ban on the sale of beer, implemented in 1944. Faulkner refuted four of the claims made by clergymen in favour of the ban, after they had printed an advertisement in the local paper, the Oxford Eagle, "proclaiming... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 118387

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