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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2007 Issue

Indians and the West from George S. MacManus Co.

Mac398

Indians and the West (A-C) from George S. MacManus Co.


By Michael Stillman

We have received the 398th catalogue from George S. MacManus Co. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. This one will interest anyone who collects the American frontier – Indians and the West (A-C). This catalogue includes 463 items, and as the title notes, it only covers those items categorized under the letters A-C. Evidently, MacManus has much more to go, and I imagine we will be seeing future catalogues in the field. For now, we can say that while this edition will be of interest to anyone who collects Indians or the West, it will be of particular note to those who collect Arizona or California, Indian historian George Catlin, Black man turned adopted Indian Chief James Beckwourth, or anything else associated with the A-B-Cs.

Item 9 is the History of the American Indians...by James Adair, published on the eve of the Revolution in 1775. Adair was an Englishman who came to America and traded with the Indians, particularly those of the South, for forty years. There are extensive sections on the Chickasaw, Cherokee and Catawba tribes, including their customs and beliefs. However, Adair's greatest focus is on his 23 arguments in which he attempts to prove that the Indians were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. Adair returned to London in 1768, in time to write his book while avoiding the explosion that would soon rock the colonies. Priced at $4,750.

Item 418 is The Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation: Passed at Tah-Le-Quah, Cherokee Nation, 1839, published in 1840. This came at the end of the most difficult time in Cherokee history. The first Cherokee constitution, patterned on that of the United States, was published in 1828, while the Cherokees were still living on their ancestral homeland in Georgia. In the intervening years, settlers and the State of Georgia would work to remove them from their land, and when President Jackson took the state's side, their fate was sealed. Some Cherokees removed "voluntarily" to Oklahoma, but many were forced on the infamous "Trail of Tears." The split between those who accepted and those who resisted tore the tribe apart, but once all were reunited in Oklahoma, they managed to come back together. This constitution represents that reunion. $2,250.

Here is an account of a journey into the valley of death, quite literally. Item 320 is Death Valley '49. Important Chapter of California Pioneer History... This 1894 title was written by William L. Manly, survivor of a horrific journey when a group seeking wealth in the California Gold Rush decided to take a short cut across the desert to the riches beyond. Exhaustion and starvation were major threats, but none more than thirst. The party, including women and children, found itself hopelessly lost in the unchanging desert. The families began to split up to seek escape on their own. Finally, Manly and another man decided to strike out to find help, successfully making it to the green fields of southern California. Bravely, they returned to the valley, and while expecting all must have perished, they did find two surviving families they escorted to safety. It was this party that gave the region its unforgettable name, "Death Valley." $600.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <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>

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