• <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.

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Freeman's Begins Third Century with Celebration

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An irreplaceable first map of Pittsburgh


* Post's Second Journal published under the auspices of Benjamin Franklin, describes the successful attempt of the Moravian missionary to win over Indians on the Ohio from France to British interests. * Walton's Narrative of Captivity is of special interest for its account of Indian life. * Read's Letter to John Ladd decries the massacre of Indians in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by the Paxton Boys. * Franklin's scathing condemnation of the Paxton Boys' murderous attack apparently deterred the further killing of unarmed Native Americans. * Samuel Hopkins' work is represented by Franklin's first Philadelphia printing of the conclusion of Hopkins' History of New England's Housatunnuk Indians. Pemberton, John (1727-1795). Prominent Philadelphia born Quaker preacher, opposing armed resistance to Britain, he was imprisoned by the Continental Congress in 1777 but received an official pardon from Washington in 1778, he kept a journal throughout his incarceration.
$3,000-5,000

Lot 3. 2 vols. [Franklin, Benjamin]: Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital. Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1754. 4to, old sheep; worn & defective, covers detached. Some dampstaining along bottom & fore-edges of title page, some dampstaining to bottom fore-edge corners throughout, very minor scattered foxing. Leaf size: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches; 229 x 190 mm. * Continuation of the Account of Pennsylvania Hospital. Philadelphia: B. Franklin & D. Hall, 1761. 4to, orig. blue wrappers; chipped, blistered, creased & worn. Dampstaining along bottom 1/2 of fore-edge of title page. Some chipping at bottom of last signature - no loss of printing. Leaf size: 9 1/2 x 7 inches; 241 x 178 mm.

Franklin was a prime force in founding the institution, was its first secretary, and later chairman of its trustees; in his Autobiography, he wrote that he could remember no maneuver the success of which gave him at the time more pleasure than that of persuading the citizens and assembly to contribute matching funds to start the hospital (1750-1751). By 1754 the trustees felt they owed their supporters some accounting of their activities before seeking more contributions and asked Franklin to write a history of the hospital. Miller 587 & 764; Evans 7197 & 8972
$3,000-5,000

Lot 4. 1 piece. (American Revolution.) Printed Broadside. [Restraining Acts]: "A Bill for the impartial administration of justice in the cases of persons, questioned for any acts done them in the execution of the law, or for the suppression of riots and tumults in the province of Massachusetts-Bay, in New England" [and] "A Bill for the better regulating the government of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, in North America" [caption titles]. [Philadelphia: Hall and Sellers], [June 15, 1774]. [Postscript to the Pennsylvania Gazette No. 2374]. First Philadelphia printing. Broadside folio (16 1/2 x 10 inches), text printed in three columns. Light creasing (where once folded), small chips at three corners (in blank margins), small surface abrasion in lower portion of third column (approx. 1/2 x 1/2 inch - with loss of a few words).

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    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WARREN, JOSEPH. Letter Signed ("Jos Warren") as Chairman of the Committee of Safety. Cambridge, MA, June 4, 1775.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, NY: [for the Author], 1855.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Printed Broadside Signed ("Th: Jefferson") as Secretary of State. Philadelphia, February 12, 1793.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> CELLINI, BENVENUTO. 1500-1571. Autograph Letter Signed ("Beto. Cellini"). [Florence, c.1566].
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    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Autograph Manuscript. [c.1795].
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
    <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
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNS. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922.

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