• <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Albert Einstein, typed letter signed, explaining the nature of his personal atheism and belief in God. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> George Washington. Autograph letter signed to Bryan Fairfax, looking forward to the Treaty of Paris, 5 February 1783. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Alfred Swaine Taylor. Early “photogenic drawing,” photograph of a fern, dated 2 December 1839. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> "Departure of Mr. Lincoln—Parting Address" in the <i>Weekly Illinois State Journal,</i> Vol. XXX, No. 1541, Springfield, February 13, 1861. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Benjamin Harrison document signed certifying the service of Daniel Cumbo, a black Revolutionary soldier. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Front page printing of the Articles of Confederation in the <i>New-Jersey Gazette,</i> Vol. 1, No. 22. Trenton, April 29, 1778. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> George Washington Funeral Procession Broadside. Boston, January 6, 1800. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Philippe Laroque, printed score for “The Heroe of New Orleans Battle.” Philadelphia, 1815. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Report of the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle in the War of 1812, in <i>Supplement to the Quebec Gazette,</i> 24th October 1812. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> His Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, On Tuesday the Eighteenth Day of November, 1760. London, 1760. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Elegy on the Death of James Lawrence, Esq. late Commander of the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake. [Boston]: A. Bowen, 1813. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Benjamin Lincoln's Commission as Major General, signed by John Hancock, 19 February 1777. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>Great Blue Heron,</i> hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate, 1834. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson, <i>A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia,</i> Dalrymple edition, 1755. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America,</i> sign & inscribed to Brantz Mayer, 1840-44. $18,000 to $22,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Vincenzo Maria Coronelli & Jean Baptiste Nolin, Paris, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Henri Abraham Chatelain, <i>Atlas Historique,</i> 7 volumes, Amsterdam, 1705-1720. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Johann Baptist Homann, <i>Atlas Mapparum Geographicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, circa 1750s. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Lowell Mason, <i>Musical Exercises for Singing Schools,</i> Boston, 1838. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Alexander Wilson, <i>American Ornithology,</i> 9 volumes, Philadelphia, 1808-14. $6,000 to $9,000.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Very scarce autograph letter, signed, by Emily Tennessee Donelson, wife of Andrew Jackson Donelson, who served as First Lady / White House Hostess to President Andrew Jackson from 1828 to about 1834. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Thirteen Edward Wells maps plus title page from his rare atlas, A NEW SET OF MAPS BOTH OF ANCIENT AND PRESENT GEOGRAPHY. $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> L.B. Folger and C. Kallenback: MEMPHIS - BIRD'S EYE VIEW - SUPPLEMENT TO THE APPEAL. Scarce lithograph on paper. $800 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Large NASA-Space Race era archive of material related to Colonel Michael J. Vaccaro, director of administration of the Marshall Space Flight Center of Huntsville, Alabama. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> 1836 slavery related document signed by President Andrew Jackson, Andrew Jackson Jr., and Andrew Jackson Donelson. $800 to $1,100.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Roger Sherman Signed CT Land Grant, 1757. $600 to $700.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Letter archive related to the Randolph family of Virginia, including Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Lewis Meriwether Randolph – the grandson of President Jefferson. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Louisiana, as formerly claimed by France, now containing part of British America to the East in Spanish America to the West of Mississippi map, by Thomas Kitchin, 1765. $400 to $450.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Andrew Jackson manuscript document, unsigned, containing notes on several Tennessee legal cases, including one regarding a slave, circa 1790-96. $350 to $450.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> VA Civil War Photo, Alexander Gardner – Timothy O'Sullivan. $400 to $450.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Military Archive, WWI/WWII French Soldier Paul Didier. $400 to $450.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Early Virginia Map, B. Tanner, J. Reid, 1796. $300 to $400.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2017 Issue

Recent Acquisitions in Americana from the William Reese Company

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Recent Acquisitions in Americana.

The William Reese Company has issued a catalogue of Recent Acquisitions in Americana. There is a range of material related to America to be found, including some collections of photographs of architecture and important early atlases. However, we find a particularly notable number of items related to the Civil War and the trying times leading up to it. It was our most difficult of times, and we still haven't completely gotten over it, witness still ongoing disputes over the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate generals. That is not to mention we seem more divided now than at any time since... Here are a few selections from these recent acquisitions.

 

It took John James Audubon 11 years to complete (in sections) his massive first edition of the Birds of America. While he was busy observing and painting his birds in America, the printing was being undertaken in London. In 1833, midway through his work, Audubon wrote this letter to his son, Victor Gifford Audubon, who was overseeing publishing in England. Audubon must have had many ups and downs through this long process, but at the time of this letter, he was most upbeat. He was in Boston and had just made some sales. Audubon was excited, noting that although he had written Victor twice already in the previous four days, he had more good news to tell – the Massachusetts legislature had just passed an act to purchase a copy of his Birds. Harvard University and the Society of Natural History had already subscribed, and along with private buyers, that brought the number of Boston area sales to 17. That may not sound like a lot, but a complete set cost around $1,000, an enormous sum at the time. Today, 17 copies in new condition are worth more like $200 million. Still, the costs of production were so great that Audubon made very little profit until he later reduced the size from double-elephant folio to octavo and was able to sell the book in large quantities at a more affordable price. Item 5. Priced at $13,500.

 

A little while back, President Trump raised some eyebrows when he said that President Andrew Jackson was not happy about the Civil War and would have put a stop to it. The history was a bit mangled as Jackson had been dead 16 years when the war started, but the President was likely thinking of this event when he made that statement. Item 73 is a broadside headed Proclamation, By Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, dated December 10, 1832. South Carolina had recently passed its nullification ordinance, claiming that the state had a right to ignore any federal laws of which it did not approve. Jackson was not a compromising man, and he was not going to wait around for secessionist sympathies to set in, or give in to the South with compromises as the Presidents of the 1850's did. This broadside repeats part of the South Carolina resolution and Jackson's response. The President denounced nullification as rebellion and treason, and made it clear he would use whatever force was necessary to enforce federal laws. Unlike in 1860, South Carolina was unable to elicit support from other southern states and was forced to back down. As to whether Jackson's approach would have worked to head off the Civil War is unknown. Slavery was a more contentious issue and had greater support across the South. It is unlikely to have mattered by the time Lincoln took office, but if such an approach had been applied ten years earlier, we can't say, though it certainly couldn't have worked out any worse than the compromises of the 1850's at preventing the war. $2,250.

 

The series of compromises and conflicts of the 1850's, Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, etc., were important events leading to the Civil War. Perhaps the one thing that was more responsible than any other was the part of the Compromise of 1850 satirized in this cartoon. It is captioned, Practical Illustration of the Fugitive Slave Law, a lithograph circa 1850 created by an unknown artist. It shows abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison pointing a gun at a slave-catcher as he defends a black woman. In the most biting of satire, the well-dressed slave-catcher rides on the back of Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster, who's on all fours like a horse. A bow to the South in the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Law demanded that northerners cooperate in apprehending escaped slaves in their midst. Since black people had no legal power to defend themselves, its practical application enabled slave catchers to claim free northern blacks were actually escaped southern slaves and drag them off to servitude as well. While most northerners were not abolitionists, and were willing to let the South do as it pleased at home, they were incensed at being forced to be a part of enforcing slavery themselves, as the law demanded. It created a divide between the South and those in the North who might otherwise have been more willing to compromise. The humiliating depiction of Daniel Webster refers to his support of the Compromise of 1850, which made a problem he thought it would resolve even worse. It destroyed the reputation of the great orator who had long been beloved in the North. Item 54. $4,500.

 

Fast forward ten years and all hope of a peaceful resolution came to an end. In December of 1860, South Carolina passed a resolution of secession, and in the following months the remaining southern states joined in. Shortly after the vote to secede, the South Carolina secession convention authorized a facsimile printing of the resolution, which was produced in March or April 1861. Two hundred copies were printed for its members and various other public officials. Most have been lost, with only 11 copies known in institutional collections. This copy was found among the possessions of William Dunlap Simpson, who had been a state legislator and after the war Governor and Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. This facsimile exactly reproduces the resolution and the signatures of the 169 delegates to the convention who unanimously voted for secession. The reproduction is so perfect that even ink blots on the original can be seen. Item 31. $60,000.

 

At the other end of the war we find this proclamation By The President of The United States of America, dated April 11, 1865. It was President Lincoln's last proclamation, issued just three days before he was assassinated. It orders most ports in the South closed. Just two days earlier, Lee had surrendered at Appomattox, and while people usually think that ended the war, it didn't quite. Lee's surrender only applied to his army, and while that turned the Confederate cause from dire to hopeless, various other troops continued to fight on for a few more weeks, as late as May for some in the distant west. So, for Lincoln, the war was not over, and part of the reason for attempting to seal the ports was to prevent Confederate leaders from fleeing the country. Item 88. $25,000.

 

In the days before films there was the 19th century version of "movies," giant scrolling panoramas that would be displayed as a person spoke. Here is a broadside announcement of such an appearance, headed Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley! Now Exhibiting for a Short Time Only, with Scientific Lectures on American Ærchiology. The panorama was produced around 1850 and this broadside would be from roughly the same time. The talk was given by Montroville W. Dickson, an amateur archaeologist who said he had spent 12 years examining Indian mounds. The panorama was the work of John J. Egan, and it depicts 25 "fanciful" historic and cultural scenes of Mississippi Valley Indians. The 387-foot panorama would be scrolled as Dickson spoke to reveal the scenes he was describing. Six large Mississippi Valley panoramas were produced at this time, but Dickson and Egan's is the only one that survives, now located in the St. Louis Museum. Item 100. $2,500.

 

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  • <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>Latin Book of Hours, around 1480.<br>Est: € 30,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>Northern journeys - Collection of around 120 works, 17th-19th century.
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>J. Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> 1922. Est: € 8,000
    <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>Florilegium, <i>Fleurs du Printemps et de l‘Este,</i> around 1630. Est: € 35,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>T. R. Malthus, <i>An essay on the principle of population,</i> 1798. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>E. Cerillo, <i>Dipinti murali di Pompei,</i> 1886. Est: € 2,000
    <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br><i>Bulla aurea,</i> 1485. Est: € 40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>A. Verschaffelt, <i>Iconographie des Camellias,</i> 1848-60. Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>M. Duchamp & A. Breton, <i>Le surréalisme en 1947,</i> 1947.<br>Est: € 16,000
    <center><b> Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on July 6th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>H. Schedel, <i>Liber chronicarum,</i> 1493.<br>Est: € 25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>M. E. Chevreul, <i>De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs,</i> 1839.<br>Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, July 6:</b><br>F. Léger & P. Éluard, <i>Liberté j‘écris ton nom,</i> 1953. Est: € 15,000
  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> BRUNUS ARETINUS, LEONARDUS. <i>De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto.</i> Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1471. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> HILL, JOHN. <i>Compleat Body of Gardening.</i> London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> GASPAR DE PORTOLA. Document Signed Twice ("Gaspar de Portola," & "M. Portola"), 29 pp, Puebla, Mexico, December 10, 1780. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> VINGTIEME SIECLE. A complete set of the second series of <i>Vingtieme Siecle (XXe Siecle),</i> together with all fourteen special numbers. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. Autograph Letter Signed ("F.D.R.") as President, Washington, [1941], to Norman Davis, on White House stationery. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> HAYEK, FRIEDRICH AUGUST. Autograph Manuscript, "Discipline of Civilisation." $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ADAMS, HANNAH; ADAMS, THOMAS "BOOK". Daubuz, Charles. <i>A Perpetual Commentary On The Revelation Of St. John.</i> London: Printed for Benj. Tooke, 1720. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> EMPEROR NORTON. Photograph signed ("Norton I"), albumen print carte-de-visite. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ROBERTS, DAVID. <i>Egypt and Nubia from Drawings Made on the Spot ... with Historical Descriptions by William Brockendon.</i> London: F.G. Moon, 1846-9. $4,000 to $6,000.

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