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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2006 Issue

Western and Other Americana from Arthur Clark

Weichmann

Louis Weichmann testified against the conspirators in the Lincoln assassination trials.


Here is the second Geary item. Edward, the brother of Governor Geary, and the man who signed the preceding volume thrice, was Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Oregon. Item 436 contains two items, Depredations and Massacre by the Snake River Indians, a publication by the House of Representatives, and the Memorial of Edward R. Geary D.D. late of Eugene City, Oregon, published in 1887. Edward Geary was not only a man of the government, but a man of the cloth. Purchase these two publications and you have the start of a collection. $125.

Here is a work as unusual as its title is long: An Humble Address and Earnest Appeal to Those Respectable Personages in Great-Britain and Ireland, Who, by Their Great and Permanent Interest in Landed Property, Their Liberal Education, Elevated Rank, and Enlarged Views, Are the Ablest to Judge, and the Fittest to Decide, Whether a Connection with, or a Separation from the Continental Colonies of America, Be Most for the National Advantage, and the Lasting Benefit for These Kingdoms. This is a 1775 second edition of a work by Josiah Tucker, who urged his British compatriots to allow the Americans to separate themselves from the motherland. However, this position was not based on any respect for the colonists or issues of freedom and independence. Tucker believed the separation would be no loss to the British, but that the Americans would soon terribly miss the privileges of being British subjects. He went on to say that the British should not allow the independent Americans to return to the fold until they exhibited sufficient humility and repentance. Things didn't quite turn out as Tucker expected. Item 55. $275.

You would not expect a first edition of the story of the Lincoln assassination trials by a participant to come cheaply, but here is one for just $42. Perhaps that is because it was not published until 1975. Nevertheless, it is essential to a Lincoln assassination collection. The author is Louis Weichmann, and the title is, A True History of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Conspiracy of 1865. Weichmann was a friend of John Surratt, who participated in an earlier unsuccessful attempt to kidnap Lincoln, but was found not guilty in the assassination conspiracy. This led Weichmann to board at the home of John's mother, Mary Surratt. It was at this boarding house that the conspirators in the assassination, including John Wilkes Booth, plotted their act. Weichmann was himself under suspicion, a suspicion that remained with him the rest of his life despite repeated denials. He may have saved himself by providing testimony against the others at their trials. His testimony was crucial in convicting Mary Surratt, who became the first woman executed for a crime by the federal government, as well as being harmful to the defense of Dr. Samuel (his name is "Mudd") Mudd. Item 70 is this 1975 book, taken from the unpublished manuscript Weichmann left his family after he died in 1902. $42.

We did say Clark has a few items totally outside of the field of Americana, so here's a sample: From Lenin to Malenkov: The History of World Communism. Of course, Communism was on the minds, and in the fears, of most Americans when Hugh Seton-Watson had his book published in 1953. This was shortly after the death of Stalin, and at the height of the Red Scare and McCarthy eras. The book was certainly topical at the time. Item 34. $19.

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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
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