JAMES BOSWELL ~~ AN EXCESSIVELY RARE LETTER FROM THE SCOTTISH BIOGRAPHER OF DOCTOR JOHNSON
BOSWELL, JAMES. (1740-1795). Scottish lawyer and biographer of Samuel Johnson. Excessively Rare Autograph Letter Signed, “James Boswell”. Four very full pages, small quarto. London, March 14, 1792. Very fine condition. To “Andrew”, the overseer of Boswell’s estate.
PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND’S SUMMER WHITE HOUSE ~~ THE LAND DEED AND PURCHASE CONTRACT FOR: ”GRAY GABLES”
CLEVELAND, GROVER. (1837-1908). Twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States (1885-9, 1893-7). Manuscript Document Signed, “Grover Cleveland.” 4 full pages. Legal folio. August 1, 1890. The purchase contract for his summer White House on Cape Cod.
JOHN HANCOCK AND HIS WIFE, DOROTHY, ~~ SELL 32 ACRES OF LAND IN MASSACHUSETTS — AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF SIGNATURES
HANCOCK, JOHN. (1737-1793). American patriot and statesman, who was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Manuscript Document Signed, “John Hancock”, with his wife’s signature underneath his, “Dorothy Hancock”. Two full pages, legal folio. Boston, November 29, 1790.
NATHANIEL GORHAM, RUFUS KING, NATHAN DANE – AND THE CONGRESSMEN OF: “THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS ASSEMBLED” — PROBE THE OVERLAPPING JURISDICTIONS OF STATE AND FEDERAL LEGAL SYSTEMS IN THE ‘NEW’ UNITED STATES
GORHAM, NATHANIEL. (1738-1796). Signer of the US Constitution. Uncommon Manuscript Letter Signed, “Nath. Gorham,” and countersigned by RUFUS KING and NATHAN DANE. One page, folio. New York, October 10, 1787.
A DOCUMENT FROM LINCOLN’S DAYS ON THE ILLINOIS CIRCUIT COURT, ONCE OWNED BY BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. (1809-1865). Sixteenth President of the United States (1861-1865). Autograph Document Signed, “Lincoln & Herndon p.q.” One full page, folio.
A LAW BOOK FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON’S LIBRARY WITH HIS CLASSIC BOOK OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE — PURCHASED BY HIM IN 1775 FROM PEYTON RANDOLPH’S ESTATE AND ALMOST CERTAINLY REVIEWED BY HIM DURING HIS WRITING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
JEFFERSON, THOMAS. (1743-1826). Third President of the United States (1801-1809) and author of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson’s copy of Sir John Davies’”Le Premier Report des Cases & Matters en Ley resolves adiudges en les Cours del Roy en Ireland, DUBLIN, Printed by John Franckton Printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie. Anno.1615.” The first book on Irish case law.
SCARCE STATE OF OHIO INDEBTEDNESS BOND — SIGNED BY WILLIAM MCKINLEY
MCKINLEY, WILLIAM. (1843-1901). Twenty-fifth President of the United States (assassinated); Governor of Ohio; Congressman. Partially Printed (red and blue inks) Document Signed, “Wm McKinley,” as Governor of Ohio. One page, oblong large folio. Columbus, Ohio. May 12, 1894.