• <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> MIGUEL COSTANSO. 1741-1814. The suppressed report of the portala expidition. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> FELIPE DE NEVE. 1724-1784. FIRST LAWS OF CALIFORNIA. US$ 120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES O. PATTIE. c.1804-c.1850. The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie of Kentucky. US$ 30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>KARL BODMER. 1809-1893. Pehriska-Ruhpa, Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOEL PALMER. 1810-1881. Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains to the Mouth of the Columbia River. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOHANN AUGUSTUS SUTTER. 1803-1880. Letter Signed ("JA Sutter").<br>US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> J. ELY SHERWOOD. California: Her Wealth and Resources... US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> [JOHN LINVILLE HALL and GEORGE G. WEBSTER.] Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES A. READ and DONALD F. READ, illustrators. Journey to the Gold Diggins. By Jeremiah Saddlebags. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> WILLIAM BESCHKE. The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures of an Overland Party of Emigrants to California. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> LORENZO D. ALDRICH. 1818/1819-1851. A Journal of the Overland Route to California! US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JOHN WOODHOUSE AUDUBON. 1812-1862. Illustrated Notes of an Expedition Through Mexico and California. US$ 80,000-120,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Feb 26th Auction Bidding Now Open!</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Early 8"x10" Vintage John F Kennedy SP. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> A New Era in World Affairs, Speeches and Statements of Harry S. Truman, Signed. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Abraham Lincoln Partially engraved military appointment. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Fantastic Signed Image of Albert Einstein. BID NOW!
    <b>Feb 26th Auction Bidding Now Open!</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Thomas Edison Signed Photograph. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> <i>Howard Carter lectures about 'The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen.'</i> BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Front-Cover Signed Beatles on Broadway Fan Book. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Extremely Rare Johns Hopkins ALS (Love letter to Cousin). BID NOW!
    <b>Feb 26th Auction Bidding Now Open!</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Charlotte Bronte extremely rare signature. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Pablo Picasso Incredible Signed Etching.<br>BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Henry Deringer Jr. Gun Maker Twice Signed Indenture. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Muhammad Ali's Signed Gloves (3 Times) Auctioned in Sports Section. BID NOW!
    <b>Feb 26th Auction Bidding Now Open!</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Photograph of the Three Stooges in tuxedos signed on Shirts. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Winston Churchill. <i>1941 Agreement Freeing Poland of Soviet Control.</i><br>BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States 1817 Inscribed to Commodore Bainbridge. BID NOW!
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b><br>Lot 19. John James Audubon. Grey Fox, Plate 21. Est. $20,000-22,000. Retail: $48,000
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 51. American Bison (female), Plate 57. Est. $15,000-20,000. Retail: $47,500
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b><br>Lot 54. John James Audubon. Silver Fox, Plate 116, the hardest to find of Audubon's Quadruped. Est. $25,000-30,000. Retail: $45,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 58. John James Audubon. Ocelot, Plate 86, one of Audubon's four great cats. Est. $12,000-18,000. Retail: $45,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 59. John James Audubon Jaguar, Plate 101, another of Audubon's four great cats. Est. $12,000-18,000.<br>Retail: $42,500.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 62. John James Audubon. Common Mouse, Plate 90, Audubon's Great Genre Scene. Est. $10,000-15,000.<br>Retail: $35,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 74. John James Audubon. Armadillo, Plate 146. Est. $7,000-10,000.<br>Retail: $17,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 86. John James Audubon. Grizzly Bear, Plate 131. Est. $8,000-10,000.<br>Retail: $18,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 89. John James Audubon. Cougar (Female and Young), Plate 97. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 95. John James Audubon. Common Deer, Plate 136, Audubon's Most Arresting Composition. Est. $20,000-30,000. Retail: $42,500.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 142. Karl Bodmer. Pehriska-Ruhpa, A Minatarre or Big-Bellied Indian. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $22,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 144. Karl Bodmer. Bison-Dance of the Mandan Indians. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $20,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 145. Karl Bodmer. shi-chida and maschi karehde, Mandan indians. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 156. Karl Bodmer. Fort Union on the Missouri. Est. $10,000-12,000.<br>Retail: $18,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 157. Karl Bodmer. Junction of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $18,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 159. Karl Bodmer. View of the rocky mountains. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $18,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2012 Issue

American Signed Documents from Joe Rubinfine

Rubinfine170

Letter from Charles Carroll on cover of Joe Rubinfine's latest catalogue.

Joe Rubinfine recently published his List 170. Rubinfine specializes in American historical autographs. Much of the material is entirely in hand, generally personal letters. Other items are partially filled-in forms, including stock certificates or photographs. These too contain personal signatures. Some are as familiar as John Hancock, Abe Lincoln and George Washington, others less familiar names who nonetheless played some notable role in American history. Like real estate, they won't be making any more of these autographs. None of these personalities is with us any more, their last signatures written years ago. Fortunately, Joe Rubinfine has gathered up a bunch made long ago, and they are available to collectors in the pages of this catalogue.

Item 29 comes from the man whose autograph is more famous than that of any other – John Hancock. In the days after the American colonies declared their independence, Hancock was serving as President of the Continental Congress. The revolution was off to less than a sterling beginning, and the Congress wished to see more support from the states. On October 2, 1776, Hancock sent around a letter to the states, noting that Congress was “at present deeply engaged in Matters of the utmost Importance to the Welfare of America,” and therefore it was “absolutely necessary that there should be a full representation of the several states as soon as possible.” Hancock goes on to cajole them to send sufficient representatives so that “the Sentiments of America be the better known upon the interesting Subjects that lie before them. I shall therefore only once more request your compliance with this Requisition of Congress...” It is not known to which state's officials this copy was sent. Some of these letters had an opening paragraph requesting physicians be appointed to the military, others, such as this one, did not. The reason is not clear. The letter concludes with Hancock's unmistakable signature. Priced at $22,500.

The most hated post-Revolution practice of the British, in American eyes, was the impressment of American seamen. The British would force seamen from American merchant ships, on the claim that they were British subjects, into the Royal Navy, on the spot. After a couple of decades, it finally was a major factor leading to war. Item 41 is a letter from Secretary of State (soon to be Supreme Court Chief Justice) John Marshall from January 1801. It includes proof that a couple of impressed Americans were American citizens. The British would relent and free a few American seamen on proof of citizenship from the government. The two nations would go to war in 1812, and while the British did not officially agree to stop the practice as part of the peace treaty in 1814, they discontinued the practice. $7,000.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton was the last of a most illustrious group of Americans. When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was approved, Carroll became the last surviving signer of the Declaration. Carroll, a delegate from Maryland, was also the only Catholic signer. Item 9 is a letter signed by Carroll as the last living signer, it being dated July 16, 1826. In it, he accepts an invitation to ceremonies in Baltimore honoring the recently passed Jefferson and Adams, “to commemorate the veneration & respect so justly due to the memories of the illustrious Signers of the declaration of our Independence who bore so conspicuous a part in that great event.” Carroll lived until 1832, when he died at age 95. $20,000.

Item 45 is another letter from a last survivor. Rembrandt Peale was one of America's most noted early artists. He painted from the late 18th century to the mid-19th, a prolific artist noted primarily for his portraits. He painted many of America's leading figures, including the most notable of all, George Washington. His father, Charles Willson Peale, was also an artist and had painted Washington in 1787. His father introduced young Rembrandt to the American general at the time, leading to Rembrandt's opportunity to paint Washington too, in 1795 when he was just 17 years old. He would paint many more portraits of Washington over the years, using his own painting and those of others as models after his subject died. This letter was written by Peale in 1857 to an autograph seeker. By then Peale was the last man living who had painted Washington in person, and Peale acknowledges his position “as the Oldest Artist in America & the last surviving Painter of Washington...” Peale was 79 at the time, and lived to be 82. $1,000.

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