• <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> MIGUEL COSTANSO. 1741-1814. The suppressed report of the portala expidition. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> FELIPE DE NEVE. 1724-1784. FIRST LAWS OF CALIFORNIA. US$ 120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES O. PATTIE. c.1804-c.1850. The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie of Kentucky. US$ 30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>KARL BODMER. 1809-1893. Pehriska-Ruhpa, Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOEL PALMER. 1810-1881. Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains to the Mouth of the Columbia River. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOHANN AUGUSTUS SUTTER. 1803-1880. Letter Signed ("JA Sutter").<br>US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> J. ELY SHERWOOD. California: Her Wealth and Resources... US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> [JOHN LINVILLE HALL and GEORGE G. WEBSTER.] Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES A. READ and DONALD F. READ, illustrators. Journey to the Gold Diggins. By Jeremiah Saddlebags. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> WILLIAM BESCHKE. The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures of an Overland Party of Emigrants to California. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> LORENZO D. ALDRICH. 1818/1819-1851. A Journal of the Overland Route to California! US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JOHN WOODHOUSE AUDUBON. 1812-1862. Illustrated Notes of an Expedition Through Mexico and California. US$ 80,000-120,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b><br>Lot 19. John James Audubon. Grey Fox, Plate 21. Est. $20,000-22,000. Retail: $48,000
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 51. American Bison (female), Plate 57. Est. $15,000-20,000. Retail: $47,500
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b><br>Lot 54. John James Audubon. Silver Fox, Plate 116, the hardest to find of Audubon's Quadruped. Est. $25,000-30,000. Retail: $45,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 58. John James Audubon. Ocelot, Plate 86, one of Audubon's four great cats. Est. $12,000-18,000. Retail: $45,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 59. John James Audubon Jaguar, Plate 101, another of Audubon's four great cats. Est. $12,000-18,000.<br>Retail: $42,500.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 62. John James Audubon. Common Mouse, Plate 90, Audubon's Great Genre Scene. Est. $10,000-15,000.<br>Retail: $35,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 74. John James Audubon. Armadillo, Plate 146. Est. $7,000-10,000.<br>Retail: $17,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 86. John James Audubon. Grizzly Bear, Plate 131. Est. $8,000-10,000.<br>Retail: $18,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 89. John James Audubon. Cougar (Female and Young), Plate 97. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 95. John James Audubon. Common Deer, Plate 136, Audubon's Most Arresting Composition. Est. $20,000-30,000. Retail: $42,500.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 142. Karl Bodmer. Pehriska-Ruhpa, A Minatarre or Big-Bellied Indian. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $22,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 144. Karl Bodmer. Bison-Dance of the Mandan Indians. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $20,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 145. Karl Bodmer. shi-chida and maschi karehde, Mandan indians. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 156. Karl Bodmer. Fort Union on the Missouri. Est. $10,000-12,000.<br>Retail: $18,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 157. Karl Bodmer. Junction of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $18,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 159. Karl Bodmer. View of the rocky mountains. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $18,000.
  • <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 9. <i>Ortelius, Typus Orbis Terrarum</i>, 1598. Est. $7000-$9000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 11. Ritter, <i>[Sundial World Map]</i>, 1640. Est. $12000-$14000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 42. Doppelmayr/Homann, <i><br>[Lot of 6] Globi Coelestis in Tabulas Planas Redacti Pars I-VI</i>, 1730.<br>Est. $3500-$4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 56. Yaggy, <i>Yaggy's Geographical Portfolio</i>, 1893. Est. $2000-$3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 57. Waldseemuller/Fries, <i>E.<br>Tabula Terre Nova F.D.W.</i> Western Hemisphere, America, Atlantic Ocean, 1522. Est. $19500-$21000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 60. Jodocus Hondius/Joannes Jansson, <i>America Noviter Delineata</i>, 1632. Est. $10000-$12000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 198. John C. Russell, <i>Plan of the City of Washington, in the Territory of Columbia</i>, 1795. Est. $3000-$3750
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 386. John Speed, <i>A New Mappe<br>of the Romane Empire</i>, 1626.<br>Est. $1800-$2100
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 391. Blaeu, <i>Britannia Prout Divisa suit Temporibus Anglo-Saxonum</i>, 1645. Est. $3000-$4000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 598. Blaeu, <i>Asia Noviter Delineata</i>, 1631. Est. $4750-$6000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 754. Sanson, <i>L'Asie en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles</i>, 1658.<br>Est. $3500-$4250
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 755. Ptolemy/Mercator, <i>Orbis Antiqui Tabulae Geographicae Secundum Cl. Ptolemaeum</i>, 1730.<br>Est. $5500-$6500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 761. <i>Colton, Colton's General Atlas Containing One Hundred and Seventy Steel Plate Maps and Plans</i>, 1857.<br>Est. $2500-$3250
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 763. Everts, <i>The Official State Atlas of Kansas from Government Surveys</i>, 1887. Est. $4500-$6000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 765. U.S. War Department, <i>Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies</i>, 1891. Est. $2400-$3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 4-18): </b><br>Lot 773. Carver, <i>Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America</i>, 1779. Est. $2000-$2300

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2009 Issue

Historic Printed and Manuscript Material from Bruce N. Johnson

Johnson21

Historic documents from Bruce N. Johnson.


By Michael Stillman

Bruce N. Johnson Historic Documents recently issued their Catalogue 21, and no further title is needed since the firm's name describes its contents. There are some books here, but the collection of almost 400 items is more heavily into pamphlets, personal letters, and other such documents. The material is overwhelmingly American in origin, and the great majority of it is from the 19th century. Much of the printed matter is political in nature, though wars, crime, celebrations, transportation, sports and various other topics are also well represented. From the handwritten material, we find many personal letters from individuals in challenging circumstances, some trying to make a living on the frontier or during hard times, others writing from the fields of battle or prison. This catalogue is filled with fascinating material, a few samples of which follow.

Item 74 recounts the painful effects of war. Charles Davis Jameson was a successful lumberman from Maine. A staunch Democrat, he was twice his party's candidate for governor, and he went to the Democratic convention of 1860 as a supporter of Stephen Douglas. However, when war came, Jameson was a "War Democrat," loyally supporting the Union cause. He entered the army as a Colonel and quickly rose to General for his bravery and wisdom under fire. He last fought at the Battle of Fair Oaks during the Peninsular Campaign. Unfortunately, soon after he came down with "camp fever," likely typhoid. This letter was written by someone with the initials C.G.R. to his sister. Evidently, C.G.R. was a friend or relative of Jameson who had come to Washington to visit the ill soldier. The writer was shocked by what he found. "Gen. Jameson is sicker than I anticipated finding him, quite delirious," he writes. The General did not recognize him. Rather, his mind was still at battle. "He is all the time away in Camp or on the battle field and it is painful to see his trouble. One moment calling for his horse, and then issuing orders to under officers, in the most dignified manner... So it was all night long, and he seemed to be suffering a thousand battles. The crisis has not passed him, and it is impossible to know what the result will be." The result was not good. The letter was written on June 26, 1862, and that November Jameson was finally able to make the journey back to Maine, but he died either shortly before or after arriving home. Priced at $250.

Item 335 is a Message of the Hon. Hardin R. Runnels Governor of Texas. Runnels was elected Governor of Texas in 1856, the only man to ever defeat Sam Houston is an election. Runnels was a pro-South candidate. In this 1859 proclamation, he says "equality and security in the Union or independence outside of it, should be the motto of every Southern State." Runnels lost his bid for reelection to Houston, who was pro-Union, but Runnels would go on to be a delegate to the state's secession convention, where his side overwhelmed Houston. $395.

Here is an attorney general's opinion nearly a century and a half old that speaks to an issue being debated today: Opinion of the Constitutional Power of the Military to Try and Execute the Assassins of the President. By Attorney General James Speed. Similar to today's debate over whether those accused of the 9/11 attacks should be tried in a civilian or military court, in 1865 they were debating whether those involved in the assassination of President Lincoln should be tried in a civilian or military court. The Secretary of State wanted a quick military trial, the Secretary of the Navy and Lincoln's first Attorney General believed this to be unconstitutional. President Andrew Johnson asked Attorney General Speed whether a military trial would be legal. This opinion was his response. Speed concluded that the assassination was part of the Civil War, and different standards may be used when a nation is under the threats that come with war. The defendants were brought before a military court. Item 154. $325.

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