• Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
  • Finarte, July 4-5: FERMI, ENRICO. Letters, 1923. €30,000 to €40,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The comedy, 1477. €45,000 to €50,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The Comedy [Commentary by Christophorus Landinus]. Addition: Marsilius Ficinus, Ad Dantem gratulatio [in Latin and Italian], 1487. €40,000 to €60,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ASTRONOMIA - CALENDARIO - REGIOMONTANUS, JOHANNES (MÜLLER, JOHANN, OF KÖNIGSBERG) Kalendarium, 1483. €5,000 to €7,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: CATERINA II DI RUSSIA, Parchment diploma granted by Catherine II of Russia, 1778. €15,000 to €20,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: VICO, GIAMBATTISTA New Science Principles, 1725.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2017 Issue

Manuscripts from the William Reese Company

Manuscripts from the William Reese Company.

The William Reese Company has issued their Bulletin 46 of Manuscripts. It contains 34 items filled with handwritten notes. Many are historically significant and often fascinating to read. Most are of American origin or pertain to America. Not every one of those is from people beloved in America, such as the love letter from Benedict Arnold portrayed on the cover, but he was part of the country's history, good and bad. Here are a few selections.

 

That love letter from the lecherous old patriot soon-to-be traitor was written by the 36-year-old General to Lucy Knox, requesting she be a go-between to 16-year-old Betsy De Blois. Arnold had met Miss De Blois at the Knox home shortly before. In 1777, the recently widowed Arnold was still known for his victory at Saratoga, not the treachery that would later come. He sent Mrs. Knox a letter and trunk full of gowns to be delivered to the "beautiful...straight, tall, elegant...heavenly Miss Deblois." Miss De Blois rejected his advances and the following a year, the disappointed Arnold married Peggy Shippen of the Pennsylvania loyalist family. Item 1. Priced at $15,000.

 

How would you like an invitation to dine with the President? Before you answer, how about if it were President Thomas Jefferson? Here is such an invitation, but sadly, it wasn't written to you. Instead, it went to William Keteltas. It is a partially printed document, not all that personal. The printed part states, "Th: Jefferson requests the favour of _____ to dine with him ______ at half after three." The first blank is filled in with "W. Keteltas," the second with "on January 18th." Since the dining was to take place at the White House, it must have been some year from 1801-1808. Keteltas was an excitable, extremely pro-Republican (Jefferson's party) lawyer from New York with a reputation for always getting into battles with the other side. Either that, or attempts to secure appointments in the Jefferson administration, likely explain the invitation. As to what meal Jefferson had at 3:30 in the afternoon, I am uncertain – late lunch, early dinner, snacks? Perhaps he got a deal on an early bird special. Item 17. $3,250.

 

Johann (John) Sutter, a native of Switzerland, arrived in California in 1839. He obtained a land grant from Mexico for wilderness along the Sacramento River. He built a fort and created a settlement, which he called New Helvetia (now known as Sacramento). Despite the land grant, Sutter was evidently not pleased with Mexican rule as he supported the Bear Flag Revolt. However, Anglo Californians quickly joined the American side in the Mexican War. Sutter gave American forces under John Fremont access to his fort. On April 24, 1847, Sutter wrote this letter to his friend Fremont apologetically requesting compensation for the fort and the aid he provided to immigrant families (including survivors of the Donner Party). What no one knew at the time was that the following year, gold would be discovered at Sutter's mill, built to produce lumber for his settlement. That would be the end of attempts to create an agricultural settlement on the land. As a result of the find, the California Gold Rush was on, and the land would soon be overrun with prospectors. Item 30. $27,500.

 

Item 26 is a "spectacular" illustrated album from the British Challenger Expedition of 1872-1876. The Challenger Expedition was a scientific mission to discover information about the ocean, its depths, composition, temperatures, sea life, and more. Thousands of new species of plants and animals were discovered along the way. Eventually, 50 volumes worth of collected data would be published. The expedition crossed the Atlantic, dipped almost as far south as Antarctica as it rounded South America, crossed the Pacific to Australia, went as far east as Hong Kong, then to the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, and back around South America on its way home. Along the way, it stopped at numerous ocean islands, most of which you will not recognize. It's route was hardly direct, backtracking or circuitously reaching various destinations as it sought to gather many ocean readings. One of those who participated in the entire journey was Benjamin Shephard. He was not the official artist, but rather, a cooper (barrel maker). Nonetheless, the man was a talented artist. His album contains 36 leaves, an illustrated (but uncolored) title page, and 35 pen and watercolor colored illustrations on the remaining pages. There are many images of the Challenger and other ships at various islands, port and coastal views, forts, towns, lighthouses (in the background), dredging the seafloor, a storm in the Gulf of Mexico, and several of icebergs near Antarctica. $150,000.

 

Declaration of Independence signer Dr. Benjamin Rush had to be brave enough to take some major risks in his life. Signing his name to that document put him in obvious danger during the Revolution. Then, during the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, he stayed in the city to minster to the sick despite the grave personal risk. However, we see he still worried about rather mundane perils. In 1803, he wrote to his wife, Julia, who was away, recounting news from Philadelphia and work on her "little farm." He then goes on to say, "John unkindly took my umbrella with him & left me a note to buy another for myself. I have not time to do so, nor do I know where to borrow one. From the want of it I have suffered from the rain this evening. To him it was an article of dress; to me it was a necessity of health." Having been tough enough to survive the epidemic, Rush survived the rain, living another ten years. We aren't sure who John was, other than a nervy guy, but Rush had 13 children, one with that name (and others with just about every other imaginable name), so he seems a possible culprit. Item 25. $3,750.

 

The William Reese Company may be reached at 203-789-8081 or amorder@reeseco.com. Their website is www.williamreesecompany.com.

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  • Bonhams, June 25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. $200,000 - $300,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Gersdorff, Hans Von. 1455-1529. Feldtbuch der wundartzney. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Pare, Ambroise. C.1509-1590. La Methode Curative des Playes, et Fractures de la Teste humaine. Avec les pourtraits des Instruments necessaires pour la curation d'icelles. $25,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Reisch, Gregor. 1470-1525. Margarita Philosophica. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bright, Richard. 1789-1858. Reports of Medical Cases, Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Berengario da Carpi, Giacomo. C. 1460-1530. Tractatus de fractura calve sive cranei. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Vicq D'Azyr, Felix. 1748-1794. Traite d'antomie et de physiologie. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Croce, Giovanni Andrea Della. 1509?-1775. Chirurgia libri septem... $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bruno Da Longburgo. 1200-1286. La cyrogia di Maistro Bruno: Expertissimo in quella. Tradutta in vulgare. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Schwann, Theodor. 1810-1882. Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Ubereinstimmung in der Struktur und dem Wachsthum der Thiere und Pflanzen. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Cowper, William. 1666-1709. The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with Figures Drawn after the Life… $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bidloo, Govard. 1649-1713. Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. $6,000 - $9,000
  • Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Audubon Birds of America, 1st Octavo Edition; 5 vols plus Journals, ex. J.J. Pringle. $4,000 to $4,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: American Ornithology Plates Folio in 2 Vols, A. Wilson and C. Bonaparte. $3,400 to $3,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 23 CP Railroad Photographs c. 1883 by O.B. Buell. $1,800 to $2,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Cormac McCarthy, Signed 1st Editions, The Passenger & Stella Maris Box Set. $1,700 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Oliver Buell Cabinet Photograph, Chief Crowfoot. $1,400 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Colton's Atlas of the World, 1856, in Two Volumes; plus Africa / Mahdist War Map. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1805 Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Speech. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Barflies and Cocktails, Harry McElhone, First Edition Mixology Book. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1861 U. S. Grant Broadside Proclamation, Paducah, KY. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 2 John Overton Signed Letters, 1803, re: TN Statehood. $800 to $900.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Simon Wastell "Microbiblion or The Bibles Epitome: in Verse" 1629. $600 to $700.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Thomas Lewis Family Letter Archive; Boston, Massachusetts. $400 to $500.
  • Bonhams, June 15-25: 18th Century American Sea Captain's Journals of Voyages to Hawaii, China, and South America. $35,000 - $45,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Autograph Diary from Bolling Advance Base, Winter 1934. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Cellarius, Andreas. Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Nobelist George Stigler's Copy of Ricardo's Classic on the Science of Economics. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris: F. L. Schmied, 1927. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Fine Copy of Walras's Classic on the Theory of Marginal Utility. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Arion Press Moby Dick. Melville, Herman. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Venegas, Miguel. Noticia de la California, y desu conquista temporal, y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. $7,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Carelton Watkins, Yosemite and the West. Portfolio of 21 imperial albumen prints. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. Suorum de humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. $100,000 - $150,000

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