• <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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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Important Signed Documents and Autographs from The Raab Collection

Roose

Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Christmas 1941.


It has been forgotten by most people, but Herbert Hoover was a great humanitarian during and after the First World War. Before America's entrance into that war, Hoover led a program to bring relief to the civilians of Belgium, recently overrun by Germany. Once America entered the war, Hoover was appointed by President Wilson to run a massive program to conserve and distribute food in the U.S. and abroad. It was this outstanding effort by Hoover that made him a revered figure, and ultimately led to his nomination and election as president. Sadly, Hoover is remembered for the disaster of his presidency, the Great Depression, whose seeds were sown long before he entered office, and his anemic response to this tragedy, which left many believing this humanitarian was uncaring. Item 35 is a 1918 letter from Hoover to the Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization, asking their help in his wartime effort to distribute food to those in need. $1,200.

Item 31 is a most interesting letter from President Theodore Roosevelt to mystery writer Melville Post. Post had written a story where one of the elements concerned whether Confederate currency was counterfeit, since at the time it was printed, it was intended to be real money. Roosevelt wrote that he had faced a similar situation as president. Two men had been convicted of passing counterfeit money for using Confederate currency. One appealed, the other did not. The man who appealed was successful in his argument before the Supreme Court and was released; the other was left to languish in prison. Attorney General Philander Knox petitioned Roosevelt to release the second man, since the Supreme Court had ruled the act he committed was not a crime. According to Roosevelt, they argued over the point. As Roosevelt says, "he [Knox] standing for the law and I for rude and primitive justice." The President goes on to say, "My position was that he was undoubtedly a scoundrel and a swindler and morally a criminal, I certainly would not let him out of prison; and that as for saying that I could not keep him in, why, he was in, and that was all there was about it. I think Knox had the best of the argument as regards the law, but I had the final say-so as to the facts and the man stayed for nearly a year longer. I was sorry I could not punish both scoundrels but at least I was able to punish one." Raab notes that this is not only interesting for the view it gives of Roosevelt and his sense that justice should prevail over legal technicalities, but also for his willingness to tolerate cabinet officers who differed with and even argued against his positions. T.R. was secure in his beliefs. $3,700.

We close with two more Roosevelts. Item 38 is a photograph, dated Christmas 1941, of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, signed by both. They were a couple of more Roosevelts equally secure in their beliefs. $5,000.

The Raab Collection may be found online at www.raabcollection.com, phone number 800-977-8333.

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    <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.
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    <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.

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