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Nov. 4: Maps, Letters and More at Leland Little

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Highlight lots from Leland Little's Nov. 4 sale

Leland Little Auctions, the house based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, offers to your discerning eyes this month a single-owner sale of approximately 590 lots. The sale opens with 130 lots of material relevant to members of our site comprising an excellent selection of maps, autograph and manuscript documents and letters, images, and books. The material consigned for sale is from the collection of the late Keith and Caroline Gray, and the live auction will begin at 9 AM on Saturday, November 4th. Online bidding, however,  is already underway!

 

Though much of the material that appears at sales hosted by Leland Little is Americana, the highlight of this sale is an extremely rare British admiralty map surveyed during Darwin’s expedition: The Strait of Magalhaens commonly called Magellan Surveyed in His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle by Captain Phillip Parkerking, R. N. F. R. S., &c. and Captain Robert Fitz Roy, R. N. 1826-30, 1832-34 as lot 1019. The last bid on the map at the time of this writing was for $110.

 

Two Civil War images also warrant mentioning, one being an ambrotype of an armed Confederate 2nd Lieutenant (lot 1063) and the other a tintype of a Confederate First Lieutenant. Current bidding has lot 1063 at $825 and 1064 at $625.

 

A map by Abraham Ortelius, Septentrionalivm Regionvm Descript, is the first lot of the sale and dates from the 1570s or 1580s. Depicting the British Isles, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and the eastern edge of Canada, the map is from the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, and it features hand color and measurements of 15 3/8” by 20 3/8”. Current bidding for lot 1001 stands at $140.

 

Finally, a manuscript archive of twenty-two letters written to a young Confederate soldier from North Carolina will interest avid collectors of the Civil War. Often, Civil War letters coming to auction are from the combatants to their loved ones, but in this case, the situation is reversed, with updates from family and friends sent to the soldiers—it makes for a very interesting view into the period. Bidding for 1060 is currently $80.

 

The entire catalog of the Single-Owner Auction, The Collection of the late Keith and Caroline Gray is scheduled for 9 AM on Saturday, November 4th at Leland Little Auctions in Hillsborough, NC. The sale’s entire catalog can be viewed here.

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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