Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2020 Issue

Collecting is hit or miss


It’s been an interesting month to be collecting the history of the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State.  Random searches online found a variety of broadsides and ephemera that fit into a project I’m working on for 7 of the counties that border the Hudson River.


The first relates to the business history of Dutchess County.  It’s a small broadside, 9 ½” x 12 ½” for a Hemp Dressing Machine, now established at the Village of Rhinebeck in 1824.  In this period commerce was expanding unevenly.  Boats could carry cargo but rope was needed to secure them.  [David Lesser]


I also purchased 4 items from Bartleby Books of Washington, D.C.


Lake Minnewaska House, Minnewaska, Ulster County, New York.  A promotional piece advertising the 1886 season for the then 7 year old resort.  I was boatman at Wildmere in the summer of 1965 and lived at Cliff House where I was first a waiter before becoming Boatman.  A lovely memory, an incredibly beautiful place.


During the War of 1812 an act laying an embargo on all ships and vessels and requiring a permission from the Collector of the port of New York to ply the Hudson River.  This certificate was issued to the Fairplay on 24 December, 1813. 


Last Warning!  Look on these Facts.  Issued at Rochester in Ulster County by order of the Committee of Correspondence.  It is undated but appears to date to 1774.  It is a conspicuously local piece and needs to be thoroughly studied.


The fourth piece is “The Carrier’s Address, to the Patrons of the Poughkeepsie Journal”, January 1, 1802.  I have bound volumes of many of the early years of the Journal but I’ve never seen an example of their carrier address which was a plea/request for generosity for those who deliver the newspaper, then a weekly.  Most Carrier’s Addresses, then and later, were smaller.  This one is 17” x 10.5”.  It’s a lovely find.


And there is 1 more item.  It’s from another ABAA dealer, Jeffrey Marks, of Rochester, New York.  It is 9 issues of the Normal School Review which was published at New Paltz, New York for its nascent college community in the 1890s.  I’ve seen this printing before.  When a kid I cleaned attics and was hired by the Reisner family to clear out the very dusty attic of their very old home.  There I found early records of what was then “the normal school,” today the university.  Among them were copies of this same publication which Mrs. Reisner gave me and which I still have.  This additional group was $31.63.  It feels like a homecoming. 


All of these items come from established dealers, all members of the ABAA.


Intense collecting often, perhaps invariably, includes ephemera.  Local history relies on it.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> MITCHELL, John (1711-1768). A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. Copperplate engraving with original hand color. London, 1755. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $175,000 to $225,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: 1827-1838. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> GONZALES DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545 - 1618). <i>The Historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China…</i> London, 1588. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> VERBIEST, Ferdinand (1623-1688). [World Map] Kun-Yu Ch'uan-Tu. Engraved twelve sheet map with vertical sections joined to form six sheets. Korea, Seoul, c. 1860. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> SANGGI, Chong (1678-1752). Korean Atlas. Manuscript map on mulberry bark paper. C. 1750-1790. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Plate 66. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AKERMAN, Anders (1721-1778). & AKREL, Frederik (1779-1868). Pair of Celestial and Terrestrial Globes. Stockholm, c. 1800. 23 inch diameter, each. $60,000 to $100,000.

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