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Articles - January - 2017 Issue

Jan. 21: Antiquarian Books, Maps, Documents, and Autographs at Case Antiques


Items from Case Antiques' Winter Art and Antiques Auction

Case Antiques, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based auction house specializing in art and antiques, began having their rare books, maps, manuscripts, and ephemera lots added to the Rare Book Transaction History last year. Not all lots in their sales will appeal to members of Rare Book Hub, but with a little research, reasonably estimated and rare items are waiting to be bid on. January 21st marks one such occasion. Case Antiques’ Winter Art and Antiques Auction contains 949 lots, of which about 120 fall under the category of works on paper. These items hail from the collections of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Caldwell, Charles and Ann Harwell Wells, as well as several other fine Tennessee estates and collections. Dr. Caldwell’s contributions to the sale include a collection of medical books and early Tennessee imprints, and Ann Wells, a retired map dealer with a passion for Southern maps, has consigned material reflecting her interest.

The highest estimated print/paper lot is in fact a painting, though it also includes a signed document which qualifies it for Rare Book Hub’s focus. Cassily Adams was an American painter who served during the Civil War, though he is best known for his depictions of the post-war West. Lot 224 is a rare painting (in terms of subject) by him harkening back to his war experience during which he served on the USS Osage, one of the first river-going ironclad warships. The document included with the painting is a framed Civil War order for G.M. Rogers to detach from the USS Osage and report to the USS Ouichita, signed by Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, commander of the Mississippi Squadron, and co-signed by Adams as Acting Ensign. Estimated at $3,000 – 5,000, Adams’ work fits in the home of any Civil War collector.

Another highlight of the sale is an 1854 three octavo volume printing of John Audubon and John Bachman’s The Quadrupeds of North America, Audubon’s second monumental natural history work. Edition is not stated in the lot’s description, and it’s unclear whether this is a first or second edition as the printings overlapped and these copies are printed by J.T. Bowen & Co. of Philadelphia. If it is a first edition, then it’s one of the last printed as the first edition run ended in 1854 (the second edition was printed between 1852 and 1855). With an estimate of $2,400 – 3,400, I assume this is a second edition. Have a look for yourself under lot 555. 

It wouldn’t be right to cover a sale by a Tennessee-based auction house without referencing some items close to home, and stand outs are numerous and difficult to choose. Lot 198 is an 1803 imprint entitled Laws of the State of Tennessee by George Roulstone, which is the first such compilation for the state and also one of, if not the first book printed in Tennessee. The copy being auctioned also has a significant amount of genealogical information written in hand about the Gambill family with many births recorded from 1786 to 1805. It carries an estimate of $2,000 – 3,000. Another item that’s somewhat more photogenic is lot 191, being a first edition of Art Work of Chattanooga, Tennessee printed in 1906. The book, which was published in nine parts and is protected by a clamshell case, contains 69 leaves of photogravure prints depicting various scenes in and around Chattanooga. It is a superb view of the area during a much different time. Art Work of Chattanooga is estimated at $1,800 – 2,200. And returning to Civil War-era material, there are several lots of letters from Confederate Generals to Nashville educator and author John Berrien Lindsley whose contributions helped Lindsley to write his book The Military Annals of Tennessee. Lots 219 through 222 cover these letters, with high estimates not exceeding $700. Lot 219 is a letter from Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Lastly, it was mentioned in the introduction that the sale includes consignments from retired map dealer Ann Wells. One such map is an 1804 copper plate engraving of Tennessee, which depicts the state in its early setting, with towns and roads, county as well as Native American lines, rivers, and mountains included in detail. Tennessee was drawn by Samuel Lewis, engraved by Alexander Lawson, and published in Philadelphia by John Conrad and Company. It is estimated at $500 – 700 as lot 210.

The final category of note in the sale is that of autographs of prominent Americans, especially Presidents. A signed copy of JFK’s Profiles in Courage (lot 566, est. $1,200 – 1,500) and FDR’s personal and signed copy of Laura Thornborough’s The Great Smoky Mountains (lot 192, est. $1,500 – 1,800) are two books bearing presidential signatures. And as for autograph documents, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Johnson, James Polk, Sam Houston and the previously mentioned Jefferson Davis may all be had.

The full catalog of Case Antiques’ Winter Art and Antiques Auction is available online. Printed material and works on paper for sale are grouped into 3 separate runs, with items appearing from lots 191-236, 514-578, and 849-863. The sale takes place Saturday, January 21, 2017, and a preview is available the preceding day, Friday, January 20 from noon to 6pm eastern. Other preview appointments can be made by contacting Case Antiques directly at info@caseantiques.com or (865) 558-3033. Bidding will be available through all expected formats—live, absentee, phone, and internet. Bidding details can be viewed here.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 7. Ritter's unusual sun-dial world map, 1607. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 16. Fascinating Japanese satirical map published prior to WWII, 1932. Est. $1400 to $2000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 30. Newton's 2" miniature terrestrial globe, 1833. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 318. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow in contemporary color, 1575. Est. $2750 to $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 346. One of the most decorative 18th century maps of Malta, 1680. Est. $1200 to $1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 412. The first printed map devoted to the Pacific in full contemporary color, 1589. Est. $8000 to $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 425. Rare set of celebrated explorers of the New World, 1592. Est. $1900 to $2300
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 436. Two superb miniature atlases bound in one volume with 98 maps, 1682. Est. $5500 to $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 445. Part IV of de Bry's "Grand Voyages" by Girolamo Benzoni, 1613. Est. $2000 to $2500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 447. Tallis' "History of the United States of America" in six volumes, 1850. Est. $1500 to $1800
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 448. Mallet's miniature military masterpiece, 1672. Est. $1400 to $1700
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Malcolm X, Autograph Letter Signed, from prison, 1950. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother at another plantation, 1854. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Signed cabinet card of Frederick Douglass, albumen photograph, Boston, circa 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Placard from the Memphis Sanitation Worker's strike, 1968. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b><br><i>The North Star,</i> volume 1, issue 27, Rochester, NY, 1848. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Hand-tinted tintype of John Brown, circa 1860. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster signed & inscribed by Huey Newton, circa 1967. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Album of aerial views of the march on Montgomery, taken by federal troops, 1965. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster for the SNCC, photograph by Danny Lyon featuring John Lewis, circa 1962. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000

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