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The First Great American History Collection of the 21st Century

The Founding Fathers were able to transcend their personal flaws and political conflicts to lay the groundwork for our great nation. A simple glance at a phone or computer makes apparent the importance of preserving and sharing such invaluable guidance and insight. By looking back, we often can find the way forward.

Boasting many objects that had disappeared from the market for many decades, and more that had never been sold before, this collection is unique and complete in itself.

Highlights:

  • A very rare July 8, 1776 Declaration of Independence imprint bound with an early copy of Common Sense.
  • One of Hamilton’s most revealing love letters to Eliza.
  • George Washington’s letter transmitting Act Establishing the Treasury (Washington signed this on the same day he appointed Hamilton to head the department, and incredibly, the same day the Senate confirmed the nomination).
  • A document signed by Hamilton and Eliza and Angelica and a dozen other Schuyler sisters, brothers, cousins, in-laws, and even father General Philip Schuyler.
  • Hamilton’s financial plans, founding Acts of Congress, the Bill of Rights.
  • A rare first edition of the Reynolds Pamphlet, with a scarce second edition printed by Hamilton’s enemies.
  • Letters and documents of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Aaron Burr, the Schuyler Sisters & Brothers & patriarch, John Hancock, every signer of the U.S. Constitution, and more.
  • Hamilton’s bill for representing the government in the very first Supreme Court Judicial Review case, Hyland v. United States.
  • A lock of Hamilton’s hair, preserved in his family for generations, a unique ivory miniature, a stunning memorial painted and drawn by a student shortly after his death.

For a quick introduction to The Collection, see and download the 8-page Highlights Brochure (press the download icon in the upper left-hand corner of the page). Curl up with the complete Alexander Hamilton Collection, Part I, our 132-page doctorate-worthy catalog. And to embrace the depth of an expanded presentation, view The Alexander Hamilton Collection, Part II.

You can also view here on the website a selection of Alexander Hamilton and Founding Documents that are available individually.

Here is an article on Forbes.com talking about our Alexander Hamilton Collection.

Albert Einstein on the Search for Greater Meaning

Early in 1926, Michele Besso sent Einstein an early draft of a paper by Swiss chemist Gottfried Beck on quantum mechanics. Beck had initially submitted the paper to the Swiss scientific journal Helvetica Chemica Acta, which rejected it as too speculative. On April 25, 1926, Besso wrote to Einstein about Beck’s paper. After discussing the details, he writes, “This surely is an amusing thing; I was surprised that you didn’t write me anything about it. Here, too, reality is once again simpler than the theoretical conceptions would lead one to expect.”

Three months later, Einstein wrote to Besso regarding Beck’s paper: “it is obviously particularly painful to use the quantum condition together with the equations of motion here, because the validity of the latter appears to be irreconcilable with the validity of the former.” Einstein was skeptical that Beck’s equation “has any reality left within it in the face of quanta. I vigorously doubt it.” However, Einstein found the construction of the left side of the equation “surely contains a deeper truth.” Einstein declared to Besso, “I cannot make myself glue two things together (like the left- and right-hand sides of this equation) that have nothing to do with each other logico-mathematically.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN. Autograph Correspondence Card Signed, to Michele Besso, May 1, 1926, Berlin. In German. 1 p., 4¼ x 5⅞ in. Inventory #25045

Congress Establishes the Bank of the United States

First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton proposed a three-part financial system to stabilize and improve the nation’s credit and monetary supply. In addition to the assumption of state war debts, and the establishment of a federal mint and excise taxes, Hamilton proposed the creation of a national bank to handle the financial business of the United States government under the newly approved Constitution.

Hamilton’s idea was that the new bank could be funded by the sale of $10 million in stock, of which the U.S. government would purchase $2 million on loan to be paid back in ten annual installments. The remaining stock would be sold to individuals in the United States and abroad.

[ALEXANDER HAMILTON]. Newspaper. Gazette of the United States, March 2, 1791. Philadelphia: John Fenno. Includes full text of February 25 “Act to Incorporate the Subscribers to the Bank of the United States.” 4 pp., 10 x 16 in. Inventory #30050.01

History You Can Own

We can help you enjoy an inspirational connection to your favorite historic figure, event, or idea.

Important documents and artifacts can be loaned, placed on deposit, or donated to ensure their survival for generations to come. Seth Kaller, Inc. can coordinate all aspects of collection-building, including acquisition, authentication, appraisal, conservation, framing, insurance, and recognition for your family, your company, or your foundation.

Items presented here are drawn from our broad inventory. We have many more original documents and collections, ranging from $100 to millions of dollars, please contact us if you have specific interests.

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We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of our documents. We verify authenticity through our own expertise and archival research, as well as in consultation with independent experts and institutions. Client references furnished on request.


Seth Kaller is a leading expert in acquiring, authenticating, and appraising rare historic documents and artifacts. Kaller has built museum-quality collections for individuals and institutions, as well as legacy collections for philanthropists to donate. He has handled important manuscripts, documents and rare books relating to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; leaves from George Washington’s draft of his inaugural address; Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” manuscript and signed copies of the Thirteenth Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation; and Robert E. Lee’s farewell to his troops.

We are members of the Professional Autograph Dealers Association (PADA), Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the Manuscript Society.

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