The “SF Post” is going to end up costing me $5,200 plus mailing.
Last Friday, my monthly “Bauman Rare Books” catalog arrived. Upon rare occasion I collect mint First Editions—e.g., Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, from which I read to Susan at our wedding. Item 25 in the current issue, priced $5,200: “ADAMS, John, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1797).” This is a First Edition of, per the catalog, “Adams’ important work on the separation of powers in the Federal government.” NB: Adams, our first “conservative,” was, as the word “conservative” suggests, maniacal on the abiding importance of separation of powers.
I’ll order it this morning.