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April 26: A Unique Civil War Archive, Presidential Autographs, and more Rare Books, Autographs & Maps at Doyle New York

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On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The auction showcases a diverse range of material from early illuminated manuscripts to modern first editions. Standouts feature landmark works in Americana, science, literature, including finely bound library sets, and original illustration art.

 

Shining brightest among the various highlights of the sale is the personal archive of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard, which offers an important chronicle of the Civil War. Barnard was Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac, responsible for the defenses of Washington, DC. This comprehensive and career-spanning collection includes hundreds of letters, maps, diaries, manuscripts, photographs and more, commencing with Barnard’s service in the Mexican War as Superintendent of West Point, his retained papers from the Civil War, and the conclusion of his career with the Army Corp of Engineers in 1881. Material from the Civil War is particularly impressive, with signed material from many of the important men of the period, including Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, William Tecumseh Sherman, and others. The archive has remained in Barnard’s family until now and is a rare opportunity to own a one of a kind archive. It is estimated $75,000 to 100,000.

 

One excellent example of autograph material coming to sale at Doyle this month is a finely bound collection of Presidential autographs from George Washington to Franklin Roosevelt, with additional letters of Truman and Eisenhower laid-in. As someone who has written about presidential autographs from time to time in Rare Book Monthly, the first thing I did was check for two names on the list: William Henry Harrison, and James Garfield. These are two of the rarest Presidents to find autographs for because of their small amount of time spent in office—Harrison just 30 days, and Garfield about 7 months. While the autographs of these two Presidents are not specifically listed as “Signed as President,” which are the rarest of the rare, the set is impressive nonetheless and is a collection unto itself. Estimated $20,000 to 30,000, both the existing and new collector of American Presidents would be hard-pressed to find a better addition or foundation for a collection.

 

A 1778 Paris printing of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and several state constitutions is one of the earliest collected of these editions, published during the height of the American Revolution. There was much interest in the language of these documents by the French, our earliest ally. This book also prints a letter to Benjamin Franklin, the American ambassador in Paris during the war. The lot is estimated $500 to 800.

 

Doyle New York’s auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps will take place Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 am eastern time. The catalog is not currently available online but a preview of highlight lots may be viewed here. Consignments are still being accepted for the auction, and Doyle offers a complimentary auction evaluation. Their specialists are available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact Edward Ripley-Duggan at 212-427-4141, ext 234, or Peter Costanzo at ext. 248, or email Books@Doyle.com.

 

An exhibition of the sale will be available at Doyle New York, 175 East 87th Street, NY, NY, on these dates:

Sat, Apr 22: 10am-5pm

Sun, Apr 23: 12pm-5pm

Mon, Apr 24: 10am-5pm

Tue, Apr 25: 10am-2pm

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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