• <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 14. Darwin, Charles. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection... 1859.</i>. US$ 60,000-80,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 46. Smith, Adam. 1723-1790. <i>An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth ...</i> US$ 70,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 224. CIVIL WAR. Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War [1865-1866]. US$ 120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 255. McKenney, Thomas L. and James Hall. <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America</i>. First Edition, Subscriber’s Copy. US$ 60,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 270. Serra, Junipero. 1713-1774, ET AL. Pangua, Francisco. Letter in Spanish, 1775. US$ 60,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 77. APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Apple 1 Motherboard, with label "Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976." US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 46.<br>The 1934 Nobel Prize Medal for Physiology or Medicine. Presented to George Minot. US$ 200,000-300,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 39. Darwin, Charles. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch. Darwin"). US$ 70,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 4. Lubieniecki, Stanislaw. 1623-1675. <i>[Theatri Cometici pars posterior] ...</i> <br>US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams September 21:</b> Lot 3.<br>Very rare George III mahogany and engraved brass orrery. Signed... " <br>US$ 200,000-250,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Catalogue 160: Magnificent Books, Manuscripts, & Photographs
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Charles Darwin family photograph album
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Spectacular album of mammoth photos of the American West by Watkins & others
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Washington family copy of The Federalist (1788)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Underground Railroad runaway broadside (1857)
  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 3. Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition under the Command</i>... 1814. $50,000-$70,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 90. Audubon, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States</i>... $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 19. Hutchins, Thomas and George Louis le Rouge. <i>Partie Occidentale de la Virginie,</i> ... $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 88. Truman, Harry. Signed Presidential Proclamation ... Surrender of Germany. 1945. $6,000-$8,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 15. <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas ... Maps, both General and Particular, of The British Colonies</i>... $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 95. Buller, Walter Lawry. <i>A History of the Birds of New Zealand</i>. London, 1873. First edition. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 89. Audubon, John Hames and John Bachman.<i>The Quadrupeds of North America</i>. New York, 1852-1854. 3 vols. Complete. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 124. Bracciolini, Poggio. <i>Poggii Florentini Oratoris Clarissimi</i> ... Argentinae, 1513. 2 parts in one. $3,000-$5,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 85. Book signed by H. Hoover and over 190 members of his administration, 1929-1933. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 252. Carroll, Lewis. <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass</i>. 2 vols. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 78.<br>Currier and Ives. <i>A Midnight Race on the Mississippi</i>. New York, 1860. Large folio lithograph, hand-colored. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 268. <br>(The Beatles) Autographed note card signed in pen by all four members. Framed and matted with repro photo. $3,000-$5,000

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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2009 Issue

A Catalogue of and for the Ages from the 19th Century Shop

Washschematic

Washington's hand-drawn schematic chain of command.


Gregor Mendel's foundation work for the science of genetics. A monk with evidently ample time to work in his garden, Mendel undertook numerous experiments in crossbreeding plants whereby he was able to establish the manner in which various traits were handed down among generations. His large number of tests enabled him to determine mathematical formulas of probability in the passing of traits. Mendel's pioneering work was first printed in the journal Verhandlungen des Naturforschenden Vereins in Brunn with the title Versuche uber Pflanzen-Hybriden... published in 1866. Only 134 copies were printed, to be distributed to various scientific institutions. $150,000.

The first printing of the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine was issued by President Monroe in 1823 as a warning to European nations who might seek to replace the crumbling Spanish empire in the Americas with one of their own. The doctrine stated that the United States would tolerate no such colonization of the western hemisphere. Though the United States had limited enforcement powers at the time, the warning essentially has held ever since, with the Doctrine most recently employed at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Offered is one of only four copies extant of the first printing of the Monroe Doctrine, from the December 2, 1823, issue of the National Intelligencer. There are only four known copies of this first printing, in two separate states (priority unknown). This one is the same as the Streeter copy. $100,000.

Slave auctions and runaways. Perhaps the most chilling reminders of slavery are the auction and runaway notices. On February 27, 1855, an auction of 60 Very Choice Sugar Plantation Hands was held in New Orleans. Most came from the estate of a recently deceased plantation owner. A few were sold as families, either husband and wife, or mother and very young children. However, separation of children must have come early. Children were sold individually as young as 9 years of age, and while the 9-year-old was described as an "orphan," several in the 10-12 age group were not. An 8-year-old was sold with her mother, so perhaps that was the cut off. Older children are generally described as "good field hand," while younger ones are more often labeled as "useful in field." Prices have been entered by hand, with the lowest being $250 for Fanny, who was 11 years old and did not even get a "useful" description, and $125 for Richard, who was a 50-year-old gardener with "sore legs." The highest price paid was $2,300 for Bob Jackson, one of only two slaves with a listed last name, both good in the field and with machinery, and his wife Hannah, a good field hand. Their ages of 27 and 31 would have made them ideal workers, strong yet experienced. Of course, the buyers would have expected many decades of free labor ahead from their purchases, but emancipation was just eight years away. $17,500.

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