• <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - January - 2013 Issue

The Curiosity Sale: Drouot, December 19, 2012

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pic.3* - fit for a (almost) King.

A Masterpiece

Mr. Chamonal called Mr Forgeot : “ Let’s show him the Missale Romanum...” A few seconds later, the expert dropped a heavy and luxurious book case on the table, taking a huge in-folio volume from it. Bound in full blue morocco, this 1781 missal is one of a kind (pic 3). “ Please, notice the sharpness of the gildings on the back, said Mr. Forgeot, and the fleur-de-lis, directly embroidered on the leather of the boards, which is quite unusual !” A sleeping iron sheep, laid on a cross and surrounded by golden rays also graces the first board - the result might appear somehow overloaded. “ Well, it was bound during the Restoration, said Mr. Chamonal, which is not known as the best period for French Arts. Nevertheless, this book is definitely a masterpiece of this period. Take a look inside...” This religious book is special, it was done for the Duke of Bordeaux, later known as Henri V. He was from the Bourbon family and could have been King of France had not history decided otherwise. An extraordinary man (or considered as such by some), deserved an extraordinary book. The regular black and white engravings of the original edition have been here covered by very special ones. “Look at the shimmering play of light on the plates, they have been printed on silk, then partly painted with oil painting. These incredible colors on the characters ? They come from the fact that these engravings are... embroidered !” Both men looked at each other in a maze, as if hardly believing it.

“There is another book of the same period that features exactly the same kind of engravings. It was made for the Duchess of Berry, the mother of the Duke of Bordeaux”, says Mr. Forgeot. Mr. Chamonal shook his head in front of the glittering pages : “ Sometimes, not too often, you come across one embroidered plate in a book. But I had never seen such a thing before. This is the most expensive book of the sale, of course – but beyond that, this really is the book of the sale.” The author of this incredibly delicate work has remained unknown, though credited in the copy of the Duchess as one Miss Pierre. The catalogue of the Duchess’ library reads : “ The embroiderings render the grace and the naive expression of the drawings as successfully as the most expert brush.” Benoît Forgeot wanted to attract my attention to a particular plate, showing the “ King ” putting down his crown at the foot of the Cross. “This is the Duke of Bordeaux, he said. Of course, he was just a child at the time, so this is the projection of him as a King. This book is a book of dedication, to God of course, as it is a missal, but also to the Duke.” Mr. Chamonal was impressed : “The amount of work this book required is incredible. Overloaded ? Well, a true masterpiece of the period, no matter what.” It went for 60,000 euros, the lower appraisal.

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    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, NY: [for the Author], 1855.
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    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> REED, JOHN. To the Honourable House of Representatives of the Freemen of Pennsylvania this Map of the City and Liberties of Phiadelphia With the Catalog of Purchasers is Humbly Dedicated.... [Philadelphia]: engraved by James Smit
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