Printed & Manuscript Americana: <br>An Interesting Auction at Swann on December 4th.
- by Bruce E. McKinney
By Bruce McKinney
The Swann sale is very strong in interesting Americana.
On Thursday December 4th
Swann Galleries in New
, in two sessions, is offering 511 lots of
printed and manuscript Americana
collectors there is a great deal of worthwhile material to consider.
Marquee items include Samuel Colt’s copy of McKenny & Hall
the first appearance of the Book of
and a private collection of American
There is enough important
material that a 1524 Cortes Praeclara Fernandi
, printed in Nuremberg
in 1524, is not listed among the most important items.
On the auction catalogue cover is a Lincoln
assassination broadside dated April
, offering a $100,000 reward for the murderer of the late
Described as “America
most famous reward poster issued only days after the assassination,” it is
estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.
an important sale.For Americana
collectors of all descriptions there is a wide variety of less expensive
material as well. Here are some representative
This is the suppressed critique of New Yorkers, Gotham and the Gothamites;
And the description reads
on, “This was suppressed and the author and publisher... both imprisoned and
It is a satire on the New
The date is 1823 and the
estimate $500 to $750.
There are ten Mormon lots whose aggregate high estimate is
There is the aforementioned
first appearance of the Book of Mormon in the upstate New
dated January 2, 1830
On December 4th
it will be offered
with an estimate of $50,000 to $75,000.
There is also a copy of the first edition, in book form, of the Book of
It is estimated $50,000 to
And then there are American
almanacs from the 18th and 19th centuries
In the sale they comprise lots 445 to 511 and
include, in total, 903 copies.
with an interest in very local material these lots represent an unusual
opportunity to obtain, in some cases, large lots of relatively obscure
The estimates are modest but
this is desirable material that will go higher with complete justification.
Supporters of Ohio
will be interested in lot
280, Journal of the Proceedings of the
Convention...[concerning] the admission of Michigan into the Union. Columbus
history students may want to acquire this material to search for defects in the
process by which their football rivals gained admission to the Union
. If you can’t beat ‘em on the football field beat ‘em
Students of Spanish and residents of Mexico
will be interested in a bound volume containing 179 royal decrees, including broadsides issued in Mexico between 1811 and 1813
This is described as “an impressive
collection of Mexican government documents” issued during the movement for
It is estimated $5,000 to