• <b>Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers: Fine Books & Manuscripts.<br>October 30, 2016</b>
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Cook’s <i>Voyages</i>, 1773-1785, complete set with Atlas volume. $40,000-60,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Henry Warre, <i>Sketches in North America</i>, 1848, first edition, hand-colored.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Catlin’s <i>North American Indian Portfolio</i>, 1875. $40,000-60,000
    <b>Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers: Fine Books & Manuscripts.<br>October 30, 2016</b>
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> John Torrey Morse’s <i>The American Statesman</i>, autograph edition, extra-illustrated with original signed documents.<br>$35,000-55,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> McKenney & Hall’s <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America</i>, folio, three volumes, 1837-1844. $35,000-55,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> John Webber’s <i>Views in the South Seas</i>, 1820, hand-colored plates. $30,000-50,000
    <b>Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers: Fine Books & Manuscripts.<br>October 30, 2016</b>
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> A Collection of Eight Signed Letters, Some Men of Fame Autograph Collection.<br>$35,000-40,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> George Washington Signed Letter inviting Senator John Laurance to John Adams’s Presidential swearing in ceremony. $30,000-40,000
    <b>Skinner Oct. 30:</b> Elizabeth, Empress of Russia Coronation Festival Book, St. Petersburg, 1744. $30,000-40,000
  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Civil War-era album with more than 130 signatures, including 18 presidents, 1864-2010.<br>$60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Claude Monet, Autograph Letter Signed, to friend and art critic Gustave Geffroy, 1891.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>George Washington, partly-printed Document Signed as Commander-in-Chief, a military discharge, 1783. $7,000 to 10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Clarence Darrow, Typed Letter Signed, inviting attorney Frank Spurlock to join him during the Scopes Trial, 1926. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>J.D. Salinger, Autograph Letter Signed, "Jerry," offering consolation, 1972. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Poster Signed by each member of The Beatles near the inkblot he most resembles, 1964. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Photograph Signed by The Three Stooges, additionally inscribed by Moe, 1930s. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Jules Verne, Photograph Signed and Inscribed, 1900. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Thomas Jefferson, Printed Document Signed as Secretary of State, admitting Vermont into the Union, 1791. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>George Washington, lottery ticket signed "G:Washington," 1768.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Muhammad Ali, Signed & Inscribed Photograph and Typed Letter Signed, 1967. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b><br>Lou Gehrig, Photograph Signed & Inscribed (lower signatures printed), 1931. $3,500 to $5,000.
  • <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Important Aviation Archive w/The Contract For First Trans-Pacific Flight. Est. $30,000-$50,000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Albert Einstein Signed Photo. Est. $2500-$3500.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Dodgson’s own copy of <i>The Hunting of the Snark</i>, signed and dated by the author the day after publication with original photo. Est. $10,000-$12,000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Abraham Lincoln Early Legal Brief. Est. $3500-$4000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> The Beatles: Autographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and more 60's Groups. Est. $3000-$2500.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Hector Berlioz Rare AMQS. Est. $4000-6000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Renoir, Autograph Letter Signed. Est. $2700-3500.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Ferdinand and Isabella, Manuscript Document Signed. Est. $6000-9000.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Lincoln-Douglas Debates Signed by William Howard Taft. Est. $1400-$1600.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through Oct. 27: Rare Autographs, Books, Sports and Art</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Stunning Vintage Amelia Earhart Signed Photo. Est. $2000-$2500
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Marilyn Monroe's Hair From her hair dresser. Est. $1200-$1800.
    <b>One of a Kind Collectibles<br>Now through 10/27:</b> Babe Ruth Signed Album with Others Sports and Entertainment Stars of the 20s. Est. $1800-2500.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2016 Issue

Americana and the American West from Michael Heaston Rare Books & Manuscripts


Americana from Michael Heaston, with Kit Carson on the cover.

Michael D. Heaston Rare Books & Manuscripts has issued a catalogue that will appeal to collectors of a wide range of Americana, particularly the American West: Americana. A Selection of Rare Books, Pamphlets & Broadsides Including a Fine Selection of Works Concerning the American West. There are some things that will appeal to those looking for the obscure, such as personal archives of unknown people, or the western book written by an author described as a "senile braggart." Then next, you may find a rare and very important piece of American history. They are all here together in a fascinating look at American history. Here are a few samples.


We begin with one of those items of great significance. There are many names from the Old West that are still familiar today, cowboys, gunfighters, buffalo hunters and the like. Those were from the second half of the 19th century. Fewer names are remembered from the even older West, the first half of that century. Here is the best known of them all – Kit Carson. The early days were ones of exploration and living off the land, rather than settling it. The first to explore were the trappers, beaver pelts being in high demand for fashion hats in Europe. At the age of 17, Kit Carson ran away from home and headed west. He hooked up with fur traders, and spent most of his time from 1826-1840 as a mountain man, trapping, trading, and at times fighting Indians. Carson could be both brutal and uncaring in his relations with the country's natives, and at other times friendly and concerned (he twice married Indian women). By 1840, fashions in Europe had changed, and the beaver had been to a large extent hunted out anyway. Carson turned to hunting to supply food for soldiers. In 1842, he got his biggest break, the one that turned this unknown trapper/hunter into a household name across America. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide on his western explorations. Fremont undertook three expeditions, the final one ending up with his securing California for the United States during the Mexican War. In his accounts, Fremont wrote up Carson's exploits. He became an American hero, the subject of numerous dime novels. He would next be appointed an Indian Agent, and come the Civil War, he joined the Union Army and received a command, fighting in New Mexico (yes, there were Civil War battles as far west as New Mexico). After the war, he was placed in charge of a fort in Colorado, but that lasted only briefly. Carson's health was declining and he died in 1868. That leads us to item 25, a remarkable document. It is the official conferring of the rank of Brigadier General by Brevet on Christopher Carson. It was made on April 9, 1866, by President Andrew Johnson. Johnson's signature was made via his rubber stamp, but that of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was made by hand. Carson's appointment is accompanied by a photograph of him, an enlargement of one by Matthew Brady by G. Grelling of Detroit. The picture was both taken and printed sometime in the early 1860's. That photograph of Carson, likely at the age of 53-55, is seen on the cover of this catalogue. The appointment and photograph are priced at $35,000.


One of the most collectible of subjects is Mormon history. This is a major document in that history, a turning point in the life of the community. Driven by unfriendly neighbors in Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois, the welcome was no friendlier there. In 1844, church founder Joseph Smith and his brother were killed by a mob, and by 1846, the Mormon community found the local hostility to be untenable. New leader Brigham Young made a decision of monumental consequence to the community. Item 12 is the first printing of the announcement, a broadside headed A Circular of the High Council. To the Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, published on January 20, 1846. In it, the Council of Twelve announces for the first time that they will all move west. It had previously been announced that they would leave, but no specificity of where they would go was given. In this proclamation, they reveal, "Our pioneers are instructed to proceed West until they find a good place to make a crop, in some good valley in the neighborhood of the Rocky Mountains, where they will infringe on no one, and be not likely to be infringed upon." This is one of only four copies of this proclamation known. Item 12. $20,000.


America has seen three notable declarations of independence. There was, of course, the one in 1776, the Texas Declaration, and then this one. Item 19 is a broadside declaration headed En El Puerto de Monterrey de la Alta California, published in 1836. This is the California Declaration of Independence. The revolution of sorts was spearheaded by Juan Alvarado, one of the local officials displeased by interference in their affairs by officials in Mexico City. In time, the disputes were resolved and Alvarado officially appointed as Governor, but the desire for independence would arise again a decade later with the Bear Flag Revolt. This time, with immigrants from the United States rather than from Mexico leading the way, with the force of the U. S. Army in the Mexican War behind them, California would be separated from Mexico, to become a territory and then a state of the U. S. A. This copy of the extremely rare document was once part of the great Americana collection of Thomas Streeter. $65,000.


The Mexican government was struggling with both rebellious American settlers and finances in their northern lands in this era. Item 149 is a document from the Ministerio De Hacienda, adopted in 1837, printed in 1839. It provides security for loans from London bankers. In it, the Mexican government agrees to secure debts with lands in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua. Each pound of debt is secured by four acres of land, with an extra 100 million acres held as security. It is interesting that Texas lands are included as security as by 1837, Texas had secured its independence from Mexico, even if the latter had attempted to go back on Santa Anna's granting of independence, obtained under the barrel of a gun. $850.


For a look at life in the West, particularly Montana, during the 19th century, here is an account: Thirty-One Years on the Plains and in the Mountains; Or, the Last Voice from the Plains. Authentic Records of a Lifetime of Hunting, Scouting, and Indian Fighting, by Captain Wm. F. Drannan, who went to the Plains when 15 years old, published in 1899. Be careful about taking everything Drannan says too literally. He evidently had a different meaning for the word "authentic" than do most of us. This is the book Howes described in his USiana as, "Reminiscences—chiefly of adventures that never happened—by a senile braggart." In a later catalogue, Howes elaborated, "Old Cap Drannan was, he claims, associated with Fremont, Carson, Beckwith and Bridges and served as Chief of Scouts under Crook, Connor and Elliot. To write out all of his deeds and enumerate all the Redskins he slaughtered would fill a catalog page, so it can only be said here that if truth is stranger than fiction, this narrative is true." Still, Howes gave it a rating of "aa," not for accuracy, but rarity, meaning it is an uncommon title. Item 43. $375.


Michael D. Heaston Rare Books & Manuscripts can be reached at 512-417-8045 or mdheaston@cox.net.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (AMERICAN WEST.), Watkins, Taber, Savage, and others. <i>Magnificent Album of Mammoth Photographs of the American West, with other subjects various,</i> ca. 1865-1880s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity,</i> signed by Einstein. London: Methuen, 1922
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> CARTER, SUSANNAH. <i>The Frugal Housewife</i> (1772) 2d cookbook printed in America.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.</i> The second impression. London: by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BROOKLYN). <i>An Act to Incorporate and Vest Certain Powers in the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Village of Brooklyn, in the County of Kings.</i> Brooklyn: Printed by A. Spooner, 1816
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> PAINE, THOMAS. <i>Common Sense</i> (1776) first edition sheets.
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