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August 5th: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers presents Fine Books & Manuscripts

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This month Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to present a sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts. Taking place in Chicago on August 5th, the auction includes 276 lots of books, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera from a wide range of locales on numerous topics. Americana is a particular strength, and several very significant items are on offer. The following is a brief rundown of said lots.

First editions of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s History of the Expedition… do not come to auction every day, and the copy included as lot 3 of Fine Books and Manuscripts also includes the folding map. Wagner-Camp describes the narrative as “the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American Continent.” Estimated at $50,000 – 70,000, this item would be the centerpiece of many an Americana collection, and is certain to draw worthy attention.

John James Audubon is not a rare appearance at auction in this day and age, but he is most often sold as single engravings. Lot 90 is the first edition octavo edition of The Birds of America… printed in 1839, which added 65 new plates to the double-elephant folio edition making a total of 500 plates. Audubon’s prints, as always, are considered the gold standard of natural history engravings, and this copy is estimated $30,000 – 50,000.

For collectors of American maps, lot 19 may be of interest, being Thomas Hutchins and George Louis Le Rouge’s Partie Occidentale de la Virginie, Pensylvanie, Maryland et Caroline, a proof state double-page engraved map with later hand-coloring depicting the American Midwest between the Great Lakes and the Ohio River, west to the Mississippi. At the time of its publication (1781), this map was the largest and most accurate of the Midwest. It is estimated $8,000 – 12,000.

Coming forward quite a bit from the previous three items, lot 88 is a signed Presidential Proclamation from Harry S. Truman announcing the surrender of Germany at the end of World War II. The document states in part, “"The Allied Armies, through sacrifice and devotion and with God's help have wrung from Germany a final and unconditional surrender. The Western World has been freed of the evil forces which for five years and longer have imprisoned the bodies and broken the lives of millions upon millions of free-born men [...] Now, therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, do hereby appoint Sunday, May 13, 1945, to be a day of prayer. I call upon the people of the United States, whatever their faith, to unite in offering joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that he will support us to the end of our present struggle and guide us into the ways of peace." This piece of 20th century history is estimated $6,000 – 8,000.

Other items in the sale include autograph items signed by various important historical figures, a large amount of maps and atlases, significant contemporary literature, and books by well-known artists. The sale is well-worth your consideration and the online catalog can be viewed here. The process of bidding can be started here at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers website user registration, whether it be to bid in-person, over the phone, or online on their website.

The lots included in the slideshow are as follows:

  • Lot 3. LEWIS, MERIWETHER AND WILLIAM CLARK. History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri .... Philadelphia, 1814. 2 vols. First edition, with original folding map. $50,000-$70,000
  • Lot 90. AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. NY & Philadelphia, [1839], 1840-1844. 7 vols. First octavo edition. Complete. $30,000-$50,000
  • Lot 19. HUTCHINS, THOMAS AND GEORGE LOUIS LE ROUGE. Partie Occidentale de la Virginie, Pensylvanie, Maryland et Caroline.. Paris, 1781. Proof state $8,000-$12,000
  • Lot 88. TRUMAN, HARRY S. Signed Presidential Proclamation issued upon the Unconditional Surrender of Germany. Washington, D.C., May 8, 1945. $6,000-$8,000
  • Lot 15The American Military Pocket Atlas; Being an approved Collection of Correct Maps, both General and Particular, of The British Colonies... London, [1776] First edition, complete with six maps. $4,000-$6,000
  • Lot 124. BRACCIOLINI, POGGIO. Poggii Florentini Oratoris Clarissimi ... Argentinae, 1513. 2 parts in one. $3,000-$5,000
  • Lot 85. HOOVER, HERBERT. Autographed book signed by Hoover and over 190 members of his administration, 1929-1933. 48pp. $3,000-$5,000
  • Lot 252. (BAYNTUN) CARROLL, LEWIS. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. London, 1872. 2 vols. Mixed issues, bound by Bayntun.$3,000-$5,000
  • Lot 78. CURRIER AND IVES. A Midnight Race on the Mississippi. New York, 1860. Large folio lithograph, hand-colored. $3,000-$5,000
  • Lot 268. (THE BEATLES) Autographed note card signed in pen by all four members. Framed and matted with repro photo. $3,000-$5,000

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000

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