Source : Howes US IANA

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A SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY IN WHICH ARE DESCRIBED 11,620 UNCOMMON AND SIGNIFICANT BOOKS RELATING TO THE CONTINENTAL PORTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

The use of this text by the Americana Exchange, Inc. is licensed from the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.

Scope of Text

Books confined to the history of the United States as collecting U.S.IANA. This book is to satisfy curiosity concerning bibliographical essentials, relative uncommonness and commercial value of every included entry.

Further specific exclusions in a carefully worded title-page—are here recapitulated for emphasis and clarification:

  1. From an avowed "bibliography of books" pamphlets might technically have been omitted in toto; that being manifestly undesirable, those containing as many as twenty-four pages are, by compromise, arbitrarily considered "books" and entered as such. Except for a few items of transcendent importance, tracts and brochures of fewer pages— along with circulars, broad-sheets and broad-sides—are excluded. The absence of such fragile and seldom-seen ephemera should not too often prove a source of disappointment to information-seekers.
  2. A blanket exclusion applies to all books printed prior to 1650. In a work aimed at contributing the greatest good to the greatest number, space devoted to the dread complexities of De Bry, Hulsius and other contemporary annalists of that shadowy era of our remote antiquity, can be alloted more profitably to material on later periods, holding today far wider popular appeal. One is forced to recognize that present-day interest is—for some unknown reason—far more centered on comparatively recent exploits and events, within our interior valleys and along the shifting rim of a far-flung Western frontier, than it is, or ever will be, in activities—equally heroic and noteworthy —confined to the Atlantic seaboard, in a long-gone and forgotten yesterday.
  3. Another blanket exclusion—of books relating to our insular possessions, including, of course, Hawaii—is mildly regrettable; but the inclusion of these subjects (and the voluminous maritime literature they involve) would mean a sacrifice of space unjustifiably disproportionate to the benefits afforded a comparatively small portion of our population.
  4. No reasonable man, if such exists, can regret a further blanket exclusion: that of the innumerable "common" or "insignificant" books whose original editions command current prices of less than ten dollars each. Man's brief life permits all too little time for consequential books; why, then, waste it on trivia? No mature collector buys material in that category; and books unfit for purchase are surely unfit for admittance into a selective bibliography. An unweeded garden is close kin to a jungle! This work, then, is highly selective; aside from its rejection of common items, entirely too much so for that majestic coterie of the chosen few—the advanced collectors, specialty experts and hypercritical pedants—who, for the highly uncommon books in which alone they delight, demand a relatively unlimited inclusiveness. It should, however, prove sufficiently ample to meet, in some real measure, the needs of the less exacting group for which it is designed: that large group composed of the average collector, the average historical student, the average library-worker, the average antiquarian bookseller.
Total Records in AED 11600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
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