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Articles - August - 2017 Issue

Aug. 5: Baseball, Almanacs, Historical Documents and more at Case Antiques

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Highlights from Case Antiques' Historic Summer Auction on August 5th

Case Antiques, the Knoxville, Tennessee based auction house has since 2015 included their relevant auction records in Rare Book Hub’s Transaction History database. The category of collectible works on paper, including historical documents, books, and maps, is becoming an increasingly significant portion of their business, and this month, as part of their Historic Summer Auction, a high-quality and varied selection of material will come to the rooms on August 5th.

 

Many Americans love the game of baseball, and there are undoubtedly many collectors of its history. Two rare books will definitely appeal: a signed first edition of Albert Goodwill Spalding’s America’s National Game and A History of the Boston Base Ball Club 1871-1897, compiled by George V. Tuohey. Spalding’s work is particularly attractive, with cartoons, illustrations, and photographs; it’s estimated $3,000 to $4,000 as lot 459. Tuohey’s History, as lot lot 458, is estimated $800 to $1,200.

 

Revolutionary War era and pre-Revolution almanacs are also a strong category in the sale. Samuel Stearns’ The North-American’s Almanack, and Gentleman’s and Lady’s Diary, For the Year of Our Lord Christ 1776, features “An Account of the Commencement of Ho[s]tilities between Great Britain and America, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay,” written by Rev. William Gordon who wrote his account based off interviews with people present at the Battle of Lexington. Nathanael Low’s An Astronomical Diary; or, Almanack for the Year of Christian Aera 1775 includes an interesting argument by the author against the tyranny of the British government. Sandwiched between Stearn’s and Low’s almanacs are two group lots, one being eleven Revolutionary War era almanacs spanning the years 1777 to 1784, and the other being fourteen pre-Revolution almanacs, from the years 1752-1774. All four almanac lots, nos. 441 to 444, top out in estimates at $1,500 or less.

 

With Case Antiques being based in Tennessee, they are naturally strong in material of Southern nature. Andrew Jackson, born in the Carolinas, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives for the State of Tennessee, and Military Governor of Florida, was a true Southerner. The man enjoys a strong representation in the sale, starting with lot 421, with several lots of portraits, engravings, images, and portraits. Major Arsene Lacarriere’s Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-1815, published in Philadelphia in 1816, is a translation of the original French and covers much of Jackson’s actions in the southern theater of the War of 1812. Lacarriere’s Memoir features a detailed atlas and is estimated $1,200 to $1,500. One last interesting Jackson lot is an early signed letter from 1821 pre-dating his appointment as Military Governor of Florida and election as President. Within the letter, Jackson expresses approval of John C. Calhoun’s proposal for what became the Reduction Act as well as his opinions on the Missouri Compromise. Jackson’s letter is estimated $5,000 to $7,000 as lot 424.

 

Collectors of the Civil War will find an important Vidette camp newspaper broadsidesigned by “The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy,” General John Hunt Morgan (lot 203, est. $1,200 to $1,400), ambrotype and tintype images of Civil War soldiers (lots 196 to 199), as well as a Mississippi Runaway Slave Broadside from 1844 (lot 200, est. $1,400 to $1,800).

 

Other historical documents in the sale include military appointments signed by Presidents Abraham Lincoln (lot 210, est. $4,000 to $4,500) and Andrew Johnson (lot 229, est. $900 to $1,000) and a lot containing a signed letter by Sam Houston and James Buchanan as well as two prints.

 

Case Antiques’ Historic Summer Auction will take place at 9 AM eastern time at their Knoxville gallery. It is a sale of 897 lots that also includes art, antiques, jewelry, coins, paintings and folk art, and furniture. The entire catalog can be browsed online, with material most likely of interest to Rare Book Monthly readers beginning at lot 196.

 

Bidding is available live, over the phone, by absentee bid, and online through LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. Please note: Phone/absentee bid requests must be submitted by 12 PM eastern time on August 4th.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>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
  • <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>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.

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