“A lot of these books are what we would call ‘PMM books,’ or books listed in Printing and the Mind of Man, a catalogue published in 1967 that developed from a 1963 exhibit which explored the history of printing as it influenced the development of Western civilization and thought,” Hause said. “Many collectors specifically seek out PMM books, so this promises to be an exciting sale.”
Though it’s hard to choose a few items to showcase in a sale made up almost entirely of what would be highlights of any other sale, a few touchstones do stand out, including a first edition two-volume copy of The Federalist: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution from 1788 (estimated at $60,000–80,000). Written anonymously by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, PMM calls The Federalist “One of the new nation’s most important contributions to the theory of government.”
Another item included in the sale is a 1687, first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (estimated at $150,000–250,000), which PMM called, “The greatest work in the history of science,” and Albert Einstein called, “The greatest intellectual stride that it has ever been granted to any man to make.” A 1776 two-volume set of Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (estimated at $70,000–90,000) is another notable find. It was called, “The first and greatest classic of modern economy thought,” by PMM.