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Cowans Auctions: American Historical Ephemera and Photography

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Auction Name American Historical Ephemera and Photography Total Sales (USD) 698,925.00
Auction Date 06/25/2021 - 06/25/2021 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 372,300.00
Sale Number #62521 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 565,050.00
Total Lots 408
Sold Lots 348 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 470,300.00
% of Lots Sold 85.29% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 712,350.00
Unsold Lots 60 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 98.12%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
10 [HOLTEN, Dr. Samuel (1738-1816)].

An archive of letters related to Danvers, Massachusetts, physician and statesman Dr. Samuel Holten, comprising:

USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 46,875.00
226 [CIVIL WAR] -- [SHERIDAN, Philip Henry (1831-1888)].

Personal headquarters flag of Philip Henry Sheridan used when he led the 2nd Michigan Cavalry.

1862 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 40,625.00
245

Half plate daguerreotype of firefighter Walter Van Erven Dorens.

ca 1854-1856. USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 31,250.00
376 CARBUTT, John (1832-1905), photographer.

Exceptional collection of 27 stereoviews from the series, "Excursion to the 100th Meridian, October 1866." Chicago: J.

1866 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 17,500.00
386 HAYDEN, Ferdinand V. (1829-1887).

Sun Pictures of Rocky Mountain Scenery.

1870 USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 16,640.00
241 [TAYLOR, Zachary (1784-1850)].

Quarter plate daguerreotype featuring the 12th President of the United States.

ca 1845. USD 8,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 16,250.00
308 [ROOSEVELT, Theodore (1858-1919].

Presidential "Standard" Flag, Navy Yard, New York.

USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 15,000.00
157

Union Forever! Lockwood Legion! Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, [Ca 1861].

USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 12,500.00
225

13-Star American flag descended in the Custer and Begeal Families.

Ca early-mid 19th century. USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,500.00
296 [LINCOLNIANA].

Abraham Lincoln banner possibly made for the 1864 presidential campaign.

USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 11,250.00
242 TURNER, Amasa (1800-1877).

Previously unknown sixth plate daguerreotype of the Texas pioneer and military hero.

n.d. USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 10,000.00
315

A collection of New Jersey suffragette "Votes for Women" sash and buttons, comprising:

USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD 10,000.00
283 [WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)].

Signed Society of the Cincinnati document.

USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD 9,675.00
129 RICHARDSON, Brigadier General William P. (1824-1886).

An archive of materials related to Richardson's service in the 25th Ohio Infantry and as commander of the military prison at Camp Chase, including:

USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 8,750.00
139 LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865).

Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President.

1862 USD 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 USD 8,385.00
7

Archive of 8 documents regarding British Forces during the American Revolution, comprising:

USD 800.00 - 1,200.00 USD 8,125.00
289 JEFFERSON, Thomas (1743-1826).

Autograph letter signed ("Th. Jefferson"), as United States President, to Robert Patterson.

1805 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 8,125.00
146 SHERMAN, William Tecumseh (1820-1891).

Autograph letter signed ("W.T. Sherman Maj. Gen."), as Major General, to Admiral David Dixon Porter (1813-1891).

1863 USD 2,000.00 - 4,000.00 USD 6,875.00
341

Large grouping of early Kentucky documents including a plat of Craig's Station and signatures of prominent settlers, judges, and politicians.

USD 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD 6,875.00
408 [JAMES-YOUNGER GANG].

A group of 3 cabinet cards of Bob, Cole, and Jim Younger.

1889 USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 5,805.00
137

27th Precinct Police Blotter, New York City, 1864.

USD 700.00 - 900.00 USD 5,625.00
11

Collection of 14 autographs of signers of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution.

USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 5,483.00
104

Sixth plate tintype of member of 5th Company, Washington Artillery of New Orleans, holding Colt Model 1849 Pocket revolver.

1860s. USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 5,313.00
340

Manuscript Shaker hymn book from Whitewater Village, Ohio.

Ca 1840s. USD 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 USD 5,120.00
103

Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of CSA Private John D. Fly, 1st Battalion Mississippi Sharpshooters.

1860s. USD 2,000.00 - 3,000.00 USD 5,000.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.
  • <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Athanasius. <i>Illustrium Virorum Opuscula,</i> Paris, 1500. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated Faithfully into English,</i> Rheims, John Fogny, 1582. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stith, William. <i>The First History of Virginia printed in America,</i> [Williamsburg, 1747]. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b><br>S. Bonaventure. <i>Commentarius in Secundum Librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi,</i> Venice, 1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Juvenalis, Junii. <i>Satyrae,</i> with the commentary of Domitius Calderinus, Venice, 1475. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. <i>Opera.</i> Ed. with commentary of Christophorus Landinus, Florence, 1482. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Scotus, Duns. <i>Quaestiones in Quattuor Libros Sententiarum,</i> 1476-1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Polidori, John. <i>The Vampyre, A Tale,</i> Paris, 1819. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom's Cabin,</i> Vol. I and II, 1852, and a Later Edition, 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Book of Hours, Illuminated Vellum, Calendar of Months, 15th century. $600 to $900.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>Picturesque,</i> America, Europe, Palestine, and Russia, 1872-1885. $400 to $600.
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