Swann Galleries: Printed and Manuscript African Americana, 2471, New York

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Auction Report
Auction Date
03/29/2018 - 03/29/2018
Page Size: 384 items in 16 pages

Lot NumberAuthor NameBook TitlePlace PrintedYear PublishedEstimateActual Price

Plan of an African Ship's Lower Deck, with Negroes, in the Proportion of Not Quite One to a Ton.

Philadelphia1789USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00USD 16,250.00
2Rodrigues Rivera, Jacob.

Letter from a Newport slave trader to his veteran captain.

Newport, RI1785USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00USD 2,750.00
3Sartain, John, engraver.

Cinque, the Chief of the Amistad Captives.

Philadelphia1841USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00USD 4,320.00
4Beaufoy, Henry.

The Speech ... on a Bill for Regulating the Conveyance of Negroes from Africa to the West-Indies.

London1789USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 281.00
5Coughtry, Jay.

The Notorious Triangle: Rhode Island and the African Slave Trade, 1700-1807.

Philadelphia1981USD 200.00 - 300.00Not Sold
6Bibb, Henry.

Narrative of the Life and Adventures of ... an American Slave, Written by Himself.

New York1849USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00Not Sold
7Bradford, Sarah H.

Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman.

Auburn, NY1869USD 3,000.00 - 4,000.00USD 2,160.00
8Henson, Josiah.

Truth is Stranger than Fiction: An Autobiography of ... Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom."

Boston,1879USD 500.00 - 750.00USD 812.00
9Hall, Prince.

Petition against the kidnapping of African-American seamen, as published in the newspaper The Independent Gazetteer.

Philadelphia1788USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 608.00

Letters concerning Gabriel Johnson, an enslaved man at Mount Vernon--including his letter from Bruin's Slave Jail.

Vp,1842 and 1845USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00USD 21,250.00
11Walker, Moses.

Letter from an enslaved Georgia man to his mother at another plantation.

Hootenville, GA,1854USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00USD 17,550.00

A freedom affidavit issued to a Maryland free black man.

Frederick County, MD1838USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 1,000.00

Trial account of an enslaved New York man for arson, with the order to burn him at the stake.

Kingston, NY1730USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00USD 3,250.00
14Horsmanden, Daniel.

The New-York Conspiracy, or a History of the Negro Plot.

New York,1810USD 400.00 - 600.00USD 438.00

Issue of the Portland Advertiser with coverage of Nat Turner's Rebellion.

Portland, ME1831USD 400.00 - 600.00Not Sold
16Kimball, Myron H.; photographer.

Wilson Chinn, a Branded Slave from Louisiana.

New York1863USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00USD 11,875.00

Signed carte-de-visite portrait of escaped slave and accused murderer John Anderson.

Np, circa1863USD 500.00 - 750.00USD 1,500.00
18Thuss; photographer.

Cabinet card portrait of Alfred Jackson, former slave to Andrew Jackson.

Nashville, TN, circa 1890USD 1,200.00 - 1,800.00Not Sold

Runaway slave advertisement illustrated with "A Good Likeness of Sancho," in a full issue of the Columbian Centinel.

Boston1807USD 800.00 - 1,200.00USD 625.00
20Shepherd, Rezin D.

Letter ordering a ship captain to procure slaves in Virginia and bring them to New Orleans.

Boston1827USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 4,500.00

Pair of receipts for slaves purchased by William Ashley in South Carolina.

Barnwell District, SC,1823-30USD 250.00 - 350.00USD 562.00
22Stephen, Robert.

Runaway slave broadside: "Ranaway from the subscriber ... a negro man named Daniel."

Caldwell1829USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00USD 2,750.00

Group of 3 receipts for slaves owned by the Brown family of Culpeper County, Virginia.

Culpeper County, VA,1833-38USD 300.00 - 400.00USD 878.00

Group of 10 slavery documents from Mississippi, mostly from Hinds County.

Vp,1848-64USD 1,000.00 - 1,500.00USD 1,375.00

Pair of Mississippi slave deeds from the same family.

Marion County, MS,1852-60USD 300.00 - 400.00USD 219.00
  • <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
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