• <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Announcing the Fall 2016 Auction Season
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 1:</b> Autographs
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  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WARREN, JOSEPH. Letter Signed ("Jos Warren") as Chairman of the Committee of Safety. Cambridge, MA, June 4, 1775.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, NY: [for the Author], 1855.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Printed Broadside Signed ("Th: Jefferson") as Secretary of State. Philadelphia, February 12, 1793.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> CELLINI, BENVENUTO. 1500-1571. Autograph Letter Signed ("Beto. Cellini"). [Florence, c.1566].
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. Sept. 21, 2016</b>
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> NAPOLEON BONAPARTE. Autograph Manuscript. [c.1795].
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London: Chapman and Hall, 1861.
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> REED, JOHN. To the Honourable House of Representatives of the Freemen of Pennsylvania this Map of the City and Liberties of Phiadelphia With the Catalog of Purchasers is Humbly Dedicated.... [Philadelphia]: engraved by James Smit
    <b>Bonhams Sept. 21:</b> ELIOT, THOMAS STEARNS. The Waste Land. New York: Boni and Liveright, 1922.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2005 Issue

Books From The Old West From Arthur H. Clark

Deseret

Brigham Young's Deseret alphabet was never accepted.


Oregon collectors will be interested in two congressional documents from 1846. Item 300 is Settlement and adjustment of the Oregon Question...transmitting a copy of the treaty entered into between the government of the United States and Great Britain. This is the House of Representatives document pertaining to this treaty. $85. Item 301, Message from the President of the United States, communicating a copy of a convention for the settlement of the Oregon question...is the senate equivalent. $75. In 1846, Great Britain still had claims on the Oregon territory dating back to Captain Cook's expeditions. Meanwhile, expansionist Americans had pushed for a U.S. Canada border at the 54-40 parallel, which would have relegated western Canada to the land of permafrost. The Oregon Treaty of 1846 concluded this dispute, placing the western Canadian border at latitude 49 while giving the Oregon territory to the United States. Perhaps even more importantly, ending the dispute with the British allowed President Polk to focus his forces on Mexico, where he would soon seize California and the Southwest in the Mexican War.

Here is a recent book about the participants in a 200-year-old journey. The title is, The Fate of the Corps: What became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers after the Expedition, by Larry E. Morris. Most people are aware that Lewis died just three years after the expedition returned, of gunshot wounds under mysterious circumstances. Clark went on to have a long career as an Indian agent, and his friendly and fair dealings with the tribes set a tone sadly not followed by others. He lived until 1833. What about the other 31 members? Simply order item 207 to find out. The last survivor died in 1870, meaning he lived to see the transcontinental railroad turn their incredible journey into unknown lands into a couple of days trip in the luxury of a railcar. $20.

Hello? Hello? Did they really have telephones in California's Owens Valley in 1914? Evidently they must have, as item 90 is their 1914 telephone book. The Owens Valley telephone book covered the communities of Bishop, Barstow, Victorville and more. Eighteen pages, including many advertisements, was sufficient to cover all of the area's telephones at that time. $27.50.

Independence Rock is a large outcropping along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming. It became known as the "register of the desert" as many who passed that way, including parties traveling to Oregon, California, and Mormons heading for Utah, carved and painted their names on the huge rock. It is estimated that close to half a million people passed by the rock during the great westward migration prior to the opening of the transcontinental railroad. The first name was carved in the rock in 1824, but most are from the middle of the century. The origin of the rock's name is unknown, theories including that early travelers celebrated Independence Day there, or that the name signifies the rock standing by itself, independent of all others. For a history, pictures, and map of the rock and its surroundings in 1930, Clark offers Independence Rock: The Great Record of The Desert. It was published by the Natrona County Historical Society. Item 257. $42.50.

You may find The Arthur H. Clark Company online at www.ahclark.com, or reach them by phone at 800-842-9286.

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  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.
  • <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.

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