Lot 1: ADAMS, John Quincy (1767-1848). Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Mortier de Lafayette... Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1835.
Description: ADAMS, John Quincy (1767-1848). Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Mortier de Lafayette... Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1835.8υo (218 x 137 mm). Printed on heavy paper. CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN RED MOROCCO, covers with single gilt fillet border, flat spine in five compartments, gilt lettered in second, pale green endpapers.FIRST EDITION, IN A PRESENTATION BINDING. The former President of the United States and Harvard professor of rhetoric delivered this great oration to Congress to commemorate Lafayette's important contribution to American Liberty. Adams' oration was read before both Houses of Congress on 31 December 1834. The Appendix prints the proceedings initiated by Adams on 21 June 1834 "to consider and report by what token of respect and affection it may be proper for the Congress of the United States to express the deep sensibility of the Nation to the event of the decease of General Lafayette." The resolution was passed unanimously. American Imprints 29946; Sabin 295. A VERY FINE COPY.View additional info »
Lot 2: ALAMÁN, Lucas (1792-1853). Memoria presentada a las dos Camaras del Congreso General de la Federacion, por el Secretario de Estado y del despacho de relaciones esteriores interiores al abrirse las sesiones del ao de 1825. Sobre el estado de los
Description: ALAMÁN, Lucas (1792-1853). Memoria presentada a las dos Camaras del Congreso General de la Federacion, por el Secretario de Estado y del despacho de relaciones esteriores interiores al abrirse las sesiones del ao de 1825. Sobre el estado de los negocios de su ramo. [Mexico City]: Imprenta del Supremo Gobierno de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en Palacio, 1825.8υo (194 x 130 mm). 51 pages. Contemporary tree calf gilt, gilt-lettered on spine. Provenance: contemporary ink inscription "departe del autor" on verso of title; Carlos R. Linga, bibliographer (book label).FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on verso of title in an unknown hand: "departe del autor." Written by the Mexican Secretary of State and Commerce, this is the official report of the state of Mexico, then in disarray after the War of Independence and wreck of the Iturbide regime. Alamán analyzes the economy of Mexico in the first years of independence from Spain. Early mention is made of Austin's 300 family settlement in Texas and of its success. Bancroft (California, III, pp. 2-3) says that after Alta California became a territory of Mexico, "but [only] slight attention was paid to this distant frontier." Alamán advises reforms and a quick resolution to stop the demoralization of the area, which has the potential of being "one of the richest and most productive of the federation" (pp. 28-29). He also reports on colonization of the town of San Felipe de Austin in Texas (p. 47) and colonization in California (p. 48). Considerable attention is spent describing the recent economic decline of New Mexico, and the lack of development of the California missions. Alamán would later become a major historian of Mexico and a leading statesman. Cowan, p. 827; Howes A-97 ("Contains information on the missions in California and Texas"); Palau 4579 & 16087; Sabin 48552 (note). Not in Streeter Texas.View additional info »
Lot 3: [ALFONSO XI, King of Castile and Leon (1311-1350)]. Chronica del muy esclarecido Principe e Rey don Alfonso el Onzeno deste nombre de los reyes que reynaronen en Castilla y en Leon. Valladolid: Sebastian Martinez for Pedro de Espinosa and
Description: [ALFONSO XI, King of Castile and Leon (1311-1350)]. Chronica del muy esclarecido Principe e Rey don Alfonso el Onzeno deste nombre de los reyes que reynaronen en Castilla y en Leon. Valladolid: Sebastian Martinez for Pedro de Espinosa and Antonio Zamora, 1551.2υo (292 x 198 mm). Text in two columns, Gothic type. Title in red and black with large woodcut of the King on horseback, opening prayer within elaborate woodcut border, woodcut initials, many historiated. (Some light browning and spotting.) Early limp vellum with leather fastenings (some light staining).FIRST EDITION. A biography of King Alfonso (1311-1350) and a chronicle of his time, probably written by Juán Núñez de Villasán, Constable of Castille and favorite of Henry II, although he may merely have been the copyist. Sebastian Martinez printed and published three other chronicles (of Alfonso X, Sancho IV and Fernando IV), which at one time were also believed to have been written by Juán Núñez, but which have now been reattributed. In 1551 Prince Philip was called back to Spain from the Netherlands and assigned by Charles V to administer the country's government. Booksellers Pedro Espinosa in Medina del Campo and Antonio Zamora in the court city of Valladolid took this opportunity to issue this laudatory chronicle of King Alfonso XI (1311-1350). The book is also a resource for women's studies and military history regarding the Spanish kingdoms. Adams A-737; Brunet I:1879; Palau 64896; Sabin 56336.View additional info »
Lot 4: [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. -- OLIVIER DE SAINT GEORGES, Charles, Marquis de Verac. Memoirs pour Servir d'instructions au Marqis de Verac... Five manuscript journals of the noted French general and diplomat. Cassel, 1773-74; Copenhagen, 1775-77; St.
Description: [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. -- OLIVIER DE SAINT GEORGES, Charles, Marquis de Verac. Memoirs pour Servir d'instructions au Marqis de Verac... Five manuscript journals of the noted French general and diplomat. Cassel, 1773-74; Copenhagen, 1775-77; St. Petersburg, 1780-83.5 volumes, folio, manuscript in calligraphic chancellery hand, margins ruled in red, uniformly bound in contemporary red morocco with gilt triple fillet borders; spines, edges and inner dentelles elaborately gold-tooled; gilt arms of Marquis de Verac on spine, gilt edges, blue endpapers with shelf ticket of library Chateau du Tremblay.THE BALTIC THEATRE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. A fascinating diplomatic record from the Revolutionary era. Verac served in the French legation at Cassel and Copenhagen from 1773 to 1777 (his correspondence from these posts comprise the first two volumes of the set). At Copenhagen he was the successor to Vergennes, to whom he addressed the detailed reports copied here, on the impact of the American Revolution on the imperial courts of Europe. He reports on English plans to raid ports in the Baltic suspected of harboring American sympathizers. Hoping to gain Russian support for the American cause, Verac cultivated the friendship of Count Nikolai Panin, Czarina Catherine's senior foreign minister. He recounts his conversations with Panin for Vergennes. These overtures bore fruit as Catherine issued her famous Declaration of Armed Neutrality protecting the right to free trade on the open seas. The American Congress then sent Francis Dana as ambassador to the Court of St. Petersburg (with young John Quincy Adams as his assistant). Verac was likewise named French ambassador from 1780-1783 (volumes 3-5), and he records his impressions of Dana, his discussions of the prospects for trade with Russia, the hopes for a Russian-mediated peace to the Anglo-American war, and the bribery and intrigues that unfolded among the rival diplomatic corps in the Russian capital. The volumes for 1782 and 1783 also contain the various drafts of the articles for peace being negotiated by the belligerent powers. A REMARKABLE HISTORICAL SOURCE FOR THE "BALTIC THEATRE" OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, an important window into Russo-American relations, and a fascinating glimpse of the American struggle for independence through European eyes. (5)View additional info »
Lot 5: [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. Recueil d'Estampes Representant les Differents Evenemens de la Guerre qui a Procure l'independence aux Etats Unis de l'Amerique . Paris: Ponce and Godefroy, .
Description: [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. Recueil d'Estampes Representant les Differents Evenemens de la Guerre qui a Procure l'independence aux Etats Unis de l'Amerique. Paris: Ponce and Godefroy, .Broadsheets (275 x 230 mm). Engraved title and 16 engraved plates (some occasional spotting). Contemporary French calf-backed boards, morocco lettering-piece (rubbed); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929), Durdans Library (inkstamp on front free endpaper, armorial bookplate).FIRST EDITION of a work often cited as the first French book with a title-page mentioning the United States. The plates include depictions of the tarring and feathering of British customs official John Malcolm, the battle of Lexington, the surrender at Saratoga, the attack of French forces on the island of Dominica, the surrender of Senegal, the capture of Grenada, the capture of Pensacola, the capture of Tobago, the surrender of Cornwallis, and three plates of heroic French activity on Guadeloupe. Two maps show the newly-formed United States and four territories ceded to France by Britain after the war, and a series of vignettes commemorate the Treaty of Versailles in 1783. Howes C-576; Sabin 68421; Winsor VI:185n.View additional info »