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Postal History and Manuscripts
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07/18/2014 - 07/18/2014
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Top twenty by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price

1454 (12 November) indenture in Latin on vellum being a grant (300x135mm) by Ralph Couper and William Couper of Hawstead (just south of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk).

1454 USD 500.00 - 600.00 Unknown
3003 Henry Courtenay, first Marquis of Exeter,

1534 (29 December) a neat indenture signed at foot, “H Exetar” by Henry Courtenay, the first marquis of Exeter.

1534 USD 400.00 - 500.00 Unknown
3004 William Paulet, 3rd Marquess of Winchester (1532-98).

1558 (16 July) letter with address panel to “to my dearye good L: the Lord Northe and to my lovynge friends the Sherefs & other Justyees of peace of the Counteys of Camb.”

1558 USD 400.00 - 500.00 Unknown

1608 (25 June) large indenture in Latin on vellum featuring a large and elaborate initial “J”, to John Weston from William Cole and Richard Cole.

1608 USD 300.00 - 400.00 Unknown

1631 (23 May) large and elaborate indenture being an exeplification of common recovery by John Paule from John Allen

1631 USD 300.00 - 400.00 Unknown
3007 Sir Thomas, Lord Fairfax (1612-1671)

1647, a small bound volume of printed letters from Sir Thomas Fairfax

1647 USD 300.00 - 400.00 Unknown

1648 (16 November) A remonstrance of this Excellency, Thomas Lord Fairfax, Lord Generall of the Parliaments Forces and of the Generall Councell of Officers Held at St Albans...

1648 USD 250.00 - 300.00 Unknown

1653 (28 July) An Act for Constituting Commissioners for Ordering and Managing the Affairs of the Admiralty and Navy;

1653 USD 100.00 - 120.00 Unknown

1654 (September) printed pamphlet of His Highness the Lord Protector’s Speeches to the Parliament in the painted chamber.

1654 USD 150.00 - 200.00 Unknown

1657 “AN ACT FOR THE SETLING OF THE POSTAGE OF ENGLAND SCOTLAND AND IRELAND at the Parliament at Westminster the 17th Day of September, Anno Domini 1656”,

1657 USD 1,000.00 - 1,200.00 Unknown

1662, 1663 and 1683 indentures in Latin on vellum, exemplifications of common recovery from the reign of Charles II 1662 (18 June) by Francis Oldfield and John Crowth(er) from Edward Godfrey

1662 USD 600.00 - 800.00 Unknown

1689 (19 June) large indenture in Latin being exemplification of common recovery by Samuel Dodd from Bernard Whalley of the manor of Billesley,

1689 USD 400.00 - 600.00 Unknown

1668 (9 May) A Proclamation Against those Rebels that have not accepted the Act of Indempnity;

1668 USD 200.00 - 250.00 Unknown
3015 Sir John Trevor (1637-1717)

1693 (28 February) entire letter with full address panel to The High Sheriff of the County of Devon from the Speaker of the House, John Trevor,

1693 USD 500.00 - 600.00 Unknown

1700 (28 November) large indenture in Latin being an exemplification of common recovery by George Buckley from William Chase and Roger Poston

1700 USD 350.00 - 450.00 Unknown

1697 (29 November) large indenture in Latin being an exemplification of common recovery by William Davy from Sir Thomas Lee Bart.

1697 USD 350.00 - 450.00 Unknown
3019 John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Prince of Mindelheim, Prince of Mellenburg, (1650-1722).

1703 (1 February) warrant signed “Marlborough” employing Alexander Fforts to be a joiner and countersigned by “Ja Craggs”;

1703 USD 120.00 - 150.00 Unknown
3020 Nicolas Tindal (1687-1774)

Plan map of the Plan of the Lines of Brabant in 1705, showing the armies commanded by the Duke of Marlborough and Field-Marshal D’Averqueque,

1705 USD 60.00 - 80.00 Unknown

1702 (12 June) Act For a National Fast, extracted from the records of Parliament by Jo. Mackenzie.

1702 USD 80.00 - 100.00 Unknown
3021 Sir Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland (1675-1722).

1706 (17 April) Exchequer receipt being a receipt for interest on a loan of £7000 from the Earl to the government, made in 1704 on the security of duties on wines, etc.; signed “Sunderland” and witnessed.

1706 USD 100.00 - 120.00 Unknown
  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
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