• <b>Bonhams History of Science and Technology. September 21. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts. September 22. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Catalogue 160: Magnificent Books, Manuscripts, & Photographs
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Charles Darwin family photograph album
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Spectacular album of mammoth photos of the American West by Watkins & others
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Washington family copy of The Federalist (1788)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Underground Railroad runaway broadside (1857)
  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 3. Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition under the Command</i>... 1814. $50,000-$70,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 90. Audubon, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States</i>... $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 19. Hutchins, Thomas and George Louis le Rouge. <i>Partie Occidentale de la Virginie,</i> ... $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 88. Truman, Harry. Signed Presidential Proclamation ... Surrender of Germany. 1945. $6,000-$8,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 15. <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas ... Maps, both General and Particular, of The British Colonies</i>... $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 95. Buller, Walter Lawry. <i>A History of the Birds of New Zealand</i>. London, 1873. First edition. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 89. Audubon, John Hames and John Bachman.<i>The Quadrupeds of North America</i>. New York, 1852-1854. 3 vols. Complete. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 124. Bracciolini, Poggio. <i>Poggii Florentini Oratoris Clarissimi</i> ... Argentinae, 1513. 2 parts in one. $3,000-$5,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 85. Book signed by H. Hoover and over 190 members of his administration, 1929-1933. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 252. Carroll, Lewis. <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass</i>. 2 vols. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 78.<br>Currier and Ives. <i>A Midnight Race on the Mississippi</i>. New York, 1860. Large folio lithograph, hand-colored. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 268. <br>(The Beatles) Autographed note card signed in pen by all four members. Framed and matted with repro photo. $3,000-$5,000

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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2012 Issue

Western Americana from the William Reese Company

Troyfrancis

A trip to Montana in 1888. Charles Francis is likely the one in dark clothing.

Item 52 is a fascinating, first-hand unpublished manuscript account of events leading up to the Battle of Little Bighorn, or “Custer's Last Stand,” written by General John Gibbon, one of Custer's superior officers in the field. Gibbon writes of meeting with Custer and General Alfred Terry, the supervising commander, to discuss plans for the attack. Basically, Gibbon wrote that a more cautious plan was in the works, but that Custer had advanced more rapidly and without keeping in expected contact with the other units. The more cautious operation was the expressed “desires” of General Terry, but Gibbon notes that “the wishes of the commander are always when possible to be construed as orders.” “His [Custer's] reasons for not conforming to the 'desires' of his Dept. Comdr. as expressed in the letter of instructions can never be known...” Perhaps, “his mind may have been so engrossed by his preparations for the conflict as to cause him to overlook it for the time.” Gibbon, like Custer, had served in the Civil War, participated in the Battle of Gettysburg and at Appomattox, being one of those present for Lee's surrender. After the Civil War, he participated in the Indian Wars in the West, serving for another 15 years after the Battle of Little Big Horn. $42,500.

Item 48 offers an extremely rare look at Montana in the late 19th century: Sport Among the Rockies. The Record of a Fishing and Hunting Trip in Northwest Montana. By the Scribe. The author was Charles Spencer Francis, publisher of the Troy (New York) Times. The occasion was a trip to Montana with a few friends in the summer of 1888. The following year, Francis privately published this work, which consisted of 25 letters he wrote for the Troy Times, and 48 mounted photographs, displaying towns, ranches, Indians, portraits, landscapes and other views that caught the eye of his camera. Only 15 copies, for private distribution, of this book were made, and this is sort of the dedication copy, as the book was dedicated to Francis' “manly little son,” John M. Francis Jr. This was his son's copy. Charles Francis would be appointed Ambassador to Austria by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, died in 1912, and was succeeded as publisher by John, Jr. The Troy Times merged with the Troy Record in 1935, which survives today as simply The Record. $35,000.

The William Reese Company may be reached at 203-789-8081 or amorder@reeseco.com. Their website is www.reeseco.com.

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