• <center><b>Morphy Auctions</b><br>Founders & Patriots: Arms, Militaria, Documents, Artwork & Rare Imprints from the Era of the American Revolution & the War of 1812<br><b>May 27, 2020</b>
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> Extremely rare, signature of Patrick Ferguson, famed rifle inventor and British officer. $20,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> 1776 Battle of Sullivan's Island watercolor, attributed to James Peale. 11 1/2 x 17 3/16. $10,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> John Hancock-signed commission of Ensign Aaron Butler, 1777. $8,000 to $16,000.
    <center><b>Morphy Auctions</b><br>Founders & Patriots: Arms, Militaria, Documents, Artwork & Rare Imprints from the Era of the American Revolution & the War of 1812<br><b>May 27, 2020</b>
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston, Perpetrated in the Evening of the Fifth Day of March 1770… London, [1770]. $7,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> Original manuscript of 1761 Massachusetts Bay Tax Act. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> Wine receipt for Washington's Council of War, May 24, 1778, leading to Monmouth Battle. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Morphy Auctions</b><br>Founders & Patriots: Arms, Militaria, Documents, Artwork & Rare Imprints from the Era of the American Revolution & the War of 1812<br><b>May 27, 2020</b>
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> [Siege of Boston]. “A Muster Roll of The Company Under the Command of Captain Josiah King in Colonel David Brewer’s Regiment, to the First of August, 1775.” $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> Congressman Brigham describes George Washington's Mount Vernon estate and its slaves. $3,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> [British Army. Uniforms and Organizaton] "Gen[era]l. Disposition of The King’s Troops with the Number, Uniform and Colonel [of Each Regiment, 1763]. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Morphy Auctions</b><br>Founders & Patriots: Arms, Militaria, Documents, Artwork & Rare Imprints from the Era of the American Revolution & the War of 1812<br><b>May 27, 2020</b>
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> Revolutionary era paper money, continental and state (lot of 55). $2,500 to $5,500.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> Rare 1782 loyalist military passport from Charleston, SC. $1,500 to $3,000.
    <b>Morphy Auctions, May 27:</b> [Stamp Act.] Rare 1765 stamp for 2 shillings and 6 pence. $1,250 to $2,500.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States, pamphlet, 1862. Sold May 7 for $11,875.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. Sold May 7 for $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> E. Simms Campbell, A Night-Club Map of Harlem, in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. Sold May 7 for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. Sold May 7 for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. Sold May 7 for $5,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> The Black Panther: Black Community News Service, 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. Sold May 7 for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike, silver print, 1968. Sold May 7 for $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> March For Freedom Now!, poster for a protest on the 1960 Republican Convention. Sold May 7 for $17,500.
  • <b>Gonnelli:</b> Books & Graphics 26th – 27th – 28th May 2020.
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> May 27th, Travel and exploration.
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> May 27th, Musical books, autographs & printed music.
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> May 26th, A collection of Piranesi’s etchings. € 50 to € 16000.
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> May 28th, Books from XV to XX Century.
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> May 28th, Hansel and Gretel and other stories by the brothers Grimm illustrated by Kay Nielsen. € 1000.
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> May 28th, Artists’ books from Dalì, Marini & others.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [SUPREME COURT JUSTICES]. A very extensive collection of 203 letters, documents and signatures. A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, JOHN JAY THROUGH WILLIAM REHNQUIST. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> ZATTA, Antonio. <i>Atlante Novissimo.</i> Venice: Antonio Zatta, 1775-1785. ONE OF THE FINEST WORLD ATLASES issued in Italy in the 18th century. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [CHICAGO HISTORY] -- [COLUMBUS, Christopher]. Monumental historiated and embroidered panel of the MADE FOR THE 1893 COLUMBIAN EXHIBITION IN CHICAGO. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [MONASTERY HILL BINDING]. AINSWORTH, William Harrison. <i>Historical Romances.</i> Philadelphia, n.d. A fine early exhibition binding by the Monastery Hill Bindery. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM]. New York: Tiber Press, [1960]. 4 volumes. LIMITED EDITION, number 119 of 200 COPIES, EACH SIGNED BY THE POET AND ARTIST. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> GRATIANUS, the Canonist. <i>Decretum.</i> Venedig: Petrus de Plasiis, 25 January 1483. Second quarto edition. FIRST PAGE ILLUMINATED BY A CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [ABOLITIONISTS]. <i>William Lloyd Garrison. The Story of his Life.</i> New York, 1885. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS FROM SEVERAL NOTABLE ABOLITIONISTS neatly bound in throughout. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740... 1744.</i> London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. FIRST EDITION. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> Blank railroad ledger, "Compagnie des Chemins de fer de l'Ouest" (spine title). N.p., 1909. A MONUMENTAL 20th-CENTURY ART NOUVEAU BINDING. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>June 23, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [MINIATURE ROOM] -- [FLEMING, John (1910-1987)]. Miniature of his 57th Street Library and Gallery. JOHN F. FLEMING'S BARONIAL 57TH STREET GALLERY. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE BINDING]. CHESTERTON, G.K. <i>Five Types: A Book of Essays.</i> London, 1910. LIMITED EDITION, number 3 of 30 copies on vellum SIGNED BY GEORGE SUTCLIFFE. $400 to $500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Jun. 23:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. <i>When Adam Delved and Eve Span....</i> [Ancoats Brotherhood, 1894-5]. LIMITED EDITION, one of 250 copies printed. $500 to $700.

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2004 Issue



The Golden Gates, in 1850 entrance to the goldfields

Our subscribers are requested to consider this first number as an almost unpremeditated effort, in earnest only of what it is intended to become, and of what we are fully confident that we shall be presently able to effect. For the plan of it was both conceived and executed within a few days. It was agreed to by the projectors on the 22d of August, and it was at the same time determined, that, by way of keeping pace with the times, and exemplifying Californian rapidity of action, which, to the eye of a stranger, conveys the impression of legerdemain rather than of actual performance, it should be ready, in spite of every obstacle, by this 1st day of September, for the steamer to Panama. That no real occasion existed for such rail-way speed, must be confessed; not being hurried by the terrors of rivalry in this peculiar field, another fortnight's preparation might have been easily allowed; the undertaking was in fact a mere trial of strength, un tour de force, something resembling that well known match against time, in which the sheep was sheared, the wool was woven, the cloth made up, and the coat on the better's back, all within a limited number of hours. By dint of adding night work to day, the feat has been accomplished; while we flatter ourselves that no signs of haste, on the part of the artist, will be detected by the most practised eye.

It is intended to give priority of illustration to scenes in the more immediate vicinity of San Francisco, the metropolitan town de facto; gradually extending the range, in concentric circles, until the scenery of the remotest diggings shall have been depicted. With regard to those out-posts of colonization, we had anticipated some difficulty, expecting to find Californian adventurers more conversant with the use of the pick and rocker than of the pencil, and having somewhat hastily taken for granted that, for original drawings, our engraver would have to depend entirely upon himself. We were, however, undeceived on that point, and agreeably surprised to find so much talent at our disposal. Let us mention that, among other works of art, we have been especially pleased with some very spirited and characteristic sketches in the studio of Mr. MARTIN, at Sacramento city, one of which, "A Miner prospecting," we shall request permission to re-produce in these columns.

The Editorial department, owing to the shortness of notice, has labored, as yet, under some disadvantage, but it is trusted that the coming number will atone in some measure for the deficiencies of the present. A corps of correspondents has been organized, from some of whom information of the most interesting nature may be expected; but as the promised communications have yet to be received, we are thrown, for the moment, entirely upon our own resources.

As this periodical must take class among the steamer papers, a concise abstract of the semi-monthly news will be brought up to the date of its publication, a portion of our columns which will offer but little attraction to home subscribers, but without which the circle of information which they are intended to comprise would be incomplete. It must be remembered that we have a double object in view; not only to contribute to the amusement of residents, but to offer a true and perfect picture of the country, which may be forwarded to absent friends.

In order to enable those subscribers who are not denizens of San Francisco, to post the Illustrated California News for the States immediately after having perused it themselves, we shall publish, for the future, not on the day of the steamer's departure, but three days earlier, which will bring back the date of our second issue from the 15th to the 12th of this month.

Speculative Excitements.

Since the discovery of the mines contiguous to the Bays of Humboldt and Trinidad, and the determination of land speculators to the various settlements that were so rapidly projected in those harbors, a general tranquility has prevailed among that usually restless class to whose efforts so many strange infatuations owe their origin, and the temporary importance which they have at times maintained. A new fever, however, seems to have broken out in our community within the last few days, springing up so spontaneously that we have failed in tracing it to the usual source of similar infections.

The departure of the splendid steamer Northener on the evening of 31st August, marks the first definite epoch in the history of this movement, which promises to be of more magnitude than any of its predecessors. It appears that about fifty passengers by this vessel were attracted by the lately developed importance of the port of Realejo, which is concluded to be the terminus on the Pacific side of the Nicaragua route, one party of four or five having taken the sum of $100,000 for operations in that quarter; and our information leads us to believe that this is but a small proportion of the capital which will be brought to operate upon the new locality. The attention of the public on the Atlantic side seems to be turned in this direction, and the two interests will probably be together in the field. The rapid accumulation of steamers upon the Pacific coast will cause the most speedy developement [sp] of the new enterprise when its merits are thoroughly ascertained. The Republic leaves on the first September, stopping at the same port, and the Equador sails on the 8th inst., making a landing there also.

It had been our intention to have given a portrait of Mayor Bigelow, who played so prominent a part in the Sacramento city disturbances. A daguerreotype likeness had been promised, which was to be taken as soon as his health would allow of the interruption. We have therefore doubly to regret its non-arrival, being obliged in consequence to infer that his state is more precarious than had been supposed when the application was made.

PROSPECTS OF THE ADMISSION OF CALIFORNIA.— A gentleman in this city received a letter from a friend in Washington by the last mail, which casts a gloom to the hopes of California. The writer says, that the Compromise bill will not be passed, nor will California be admitted very soon at this session of Congress. He thinks the bill for a mint in San Francisco may pass the House, and that will be the only legislation for California before another year. The author of the letter containing the above opinions, had the best opportunity of judging correctly; and could we use his name, his predictions would certainly be received with much consideration. We are not yet ready to give up all hope of being admitted this session. The news by every steamer looks more and more inauspicious, and the time for hope is already almost past. Still we will trust to the justice of our country, and never despair till we are cast off beyond a doubt.

RESIGNATION.—Attorney General Kewen's resignation has been accepted by the Governor, to take place on the election of a successor in October next. He will therefore continue to exercise the duties of his office, during the trial of the prisoners arrested for participating in the late riots. Some idea of the communication between New York and San Francisco, may be formed from the fact that the postage collected at New York, on mails sent to and received from San Francisco, via Chagres, during the period commencing in December, 1848, and ending in March, 1850, amounted to $139,379 12.

THE GOLDEN GATES! if we may put faith in Geology, opened by Nature but a short while previously to the first exploration of the Western Coast, as if to invite appropriation of treasures to be had for the gathering within; and then, as though she repented of her generosity, veiled from sight during the greater portion of the year by dense fogs, a source of much vexation and delay to the impatient Mariner. But the curtain seems to rise when within a short distance of the coast; his vessel glides forth from the mist, and the long expected heads are presented to the view, bleak and dreary enough outside, giving little promise of the fertile country that lies behind.

It is a grand scene after a favorable slant of wind. Wealth pouring in towards greater wealth, by what may be called attraction of reciprocity :—

Quis pauper scribitur haeres?

vessels laden with the produce of every clime, sometimes numbering fifty or more in a single day, all. bound alike upon a gambling venture, the consigners having shipped whatever they could lay hands upon, in perfect ignorance of the requirements of the country, or of any thing appertaining to the country, save only that there is gold in plenty, for those who can get it. Some laden down to the very bulwarks; others, looming large, high out of the water, as if in ballast, their stores, which constituted the greater portion of the burden when leaving port, having been consumed by the living cargoes which crowd their decks. The most wonderful and varied assortment, perhaps, that was ever before raked together from the corners of the earth. In they pour, a resistless tide; some led on by an unquiet spirit, and a love of adventure,
All the unsettled spirits of the land,
Rash, inconsiderate, fiery, voluntaries,
Have sold their fortunes at their native homes,
Bearing their birth-rights proudly on their backs,
To make a trial of new fortunes here;
some, already well enough to do in the world, migrating, they hardly know why, but following, like sheep through the same, gap in the hedge, because every one is away for California; while over many are such as Falstaff would have been ashamed to march through Coventry with, 'discarded unjust serving men, younger sons to younger brothers, revolted tapsters, and ostlers trade-fallen, the cankers of a calm world and a long peace:" all having sacrificed home and country to the lust of lucre, save only the American, who boasts of having completed possibly a five months' voyage, and of still being able to set foot upon his own domain.

The bar is crossed; a heavy toll is levied under the specious name of pilotage, the foretaste of heavier exactions to come.

The Fort, los Angelos, los Alcatrazas, Yerba Buena, successively open into view, and then appears such a forest of masts as not ten other ports in the world can shew. A glorious sight, to all but the master of the ship, whose professional eye perceives with a glance that this mighty fleet is by no means indicative of a corresponding trade, here and away again in obedience to the legitimate calls of commerce, but an accumulation of ancient date, still gathering like drift wood at the mouth of a river, floating idly on the water. Some contrive, by dint of enormous outlay, to effect an escape; but by far the greater number are doomed to lie in idleness for some indefinite time, possibly till they fall to pieces with age. For the port is, in truth, a gigantic ship trap; the Golden Gates, so easy of entry, seeming to close behind the unsuspecting vessel so soon as she shall have passed between. On them might fairly be inscribed the words which Plautus wrote for the portal of an edifice dedicated to Paphian Venus, at Rome:—
Pandite, atque aperite propere januam hanc Orci,
Nam equidem haud aliter esse duco; quippe quo nemo advenit
Nisi quem spes reliquere omnes.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Koller International Auctions: Books [and] Manuscripts & Autographs. June 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> INCUNABULA -Fridolin, Stephan. <i>Schatzbehalter.</i> With 96 (including 5 repeated) full-page text woodcuts. Nürnberg, 1491.<br>€ 39 470 / 57 020
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Kokoschka, Oskar. <i>Die Träumenden Knaben (The Dreaming Boys).</i> With 11 original lithographs. Vienne, 1908.<br>€ 35 090 / 52 630
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Third Bessarion Master (active in Lombard in the third quarter of the 15th century). Leaf from a gradual, 1455-60.<br>€ 21 930 / 30 700
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Picasso, Pablo - Delgado, José alias Pepe Illo. <i>La Tauromaquia o arte de torear.</i> With 26 original aquatints and 1 original etching by Picasso.<br>€ 21 930 / 35 090
    <b>Koller International Auctions: Books [and] Manuscripts & Autographs. June 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Linschoten, Jan Huygen van. <i>Itinerario, Voyage ofte Schipvaert naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien…</i> Amsterdam, 1595.<br>€ 17 540 / 26 320
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> CHILDREN’S BOOKS - Meggendorfer, Lothar. <i>Nah und Fern. Ein Tierbilderbuch zum Ziehen.</i> With 8 coloured, lithographed plates.<br>€ 530 / 790
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> DANSE MACABRE - Bille, Edmond. <i>Une Danse macabre.</i> With 20 coloured woodcuts. Lausanne, 1919. Large folio.<br>€ 610 / 880
    <b>Koller, Jun. 15:</b> Dexel, Walter. A collection of 7 invitation cards from the Kunstverein Jena, each typographically designed by W. Dexel. Jena, 1924-1928. Each 10.5 x 14.8 cm.<br>€ 530 / 790
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs<br>May 27 & 28, 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>On the Origin of Species,</i> 1st edition, London, 1859. Original cloth, one of 1,250 copies. £15,000 to £25,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> The Gentleman’s Magazine, or Monthly Intelligencer, 276 volumes, 1731-1894. With all the America maps, and the first British publication of the US Declaration of Independence. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Washington (John). <i>Eskimaux and English Vocabulary, for the Use of the Arctic Expedition,</i> 1st edition, London, 1850. Sabin 101906. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs<br>May 27 & 28, 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Churchill (Winston S.). <i>Ian Hamilton’s March [and] London to Ladysmith,</i> 1st editions, 1900. Signed by the author. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Wallace (Alfred Russel). <i>Is Mars Habitable?,</i> 1st edition, London, 1907. Extremely rare in the dust jacket. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Montes de Oca (Rafael). <i>Ensayo ornitologico de los Troquilideos o Colibries de Mexico,</i> 1st edition, Mexico City, 1875. With 12 hand-coloured lithographs of hummingbirds. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs<br>May 27 & 28, 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Agrippa (Camillo). <i>Trattato di scienza d’arme,</i> Venice, 1568. One of 50 lots from the Leon Paul Library of Fencing. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Clarke (Sir Alured, 1744-1832). Manuscript document signed as commander of British forces in Georgia during the American War of Independence, Savannah, 18 June 1782. £300 to £500.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> [Slave Narrative]. <i>The Life and Sufferings of Leonard Black, a Fugitive from Slavery,</i> 1st edition, New Bedford MA, 1847. £300 to £500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Autographs<br>May 27 & 28, 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Finaughty (William). <i>The Recollections of William Finaughty, Elephant Hunter 1864-1875,</i> 1st edition, Philadelphia, [1916]. One of 250 copies. £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> Gold (Charles). <i>Oriental Drawings: Sketched between the Years 1791 and 1798,</i> 1st edition, 1806. With 48 fine hand-coloured aquatints. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers 27/28 May 2020:</b> George II (1683-1760) & William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire (1720-1764). Manuscript exchequer document signed, 1757. £700 to £1,000.

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