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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2003 Issue

Catalogue Reviews - An Exceptional Group


Oak Knoll Books Catalogue 240

DEALER’S CATALOGUES AND WEBSITE REVIEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: AE Monthly reviews recent catalogues and website presentations of Americana dealers. This feature is an open one in that we invite submissions of online or printed catalogues or website citations from any Americana dealer, and give preference to he or she who is signed up as a subscriber to AE’s services. Any dealer who wishes to pursue having their catalogues or websites reviewed by AE simply needs to send two copies of said catalogue or, in the case of a website, the url address, to us. To obtain the proper addresses to which to send your catalogues, please simply drop a line to AE Monthly’s Managing Editor Abby Tallmer at atallmer@americanaexchange.com. Please remember that we publish on a monthly schedule and that we’d like to have your catalogues (again: two copies of each catalogue to be reviewed) in hand or viewable online approximately one month before our next issue goes to press at the first of the month.

Catalogue Reviews - An Exceptional Group

By Bruce McKinney

This month we’re looking at a very interesting group of catalogues. We know from interviews conducted at the recent ABAA show in San Francisco than many collectors lament the lessening flow of catalogues. For collectors who love the bibliography and history imbedded in the best catalogues this month’s reviews provide excellent examples of artful book catalogue presentation. You may contact these dealers to receive these and future catalogues. They will expect you, in time, to become a client. Most catalogues are also viewable online.

Bibliography and Reference Books issued as Catalogues 240, 242, and 244 by Oak Knoll Books, New Castle, Delaware. Tel: (302) 328-7232. Web address:www.oakknoll.com.

This month I’ve been looking through three recent catalogues from Oak Knoll Books of New Castle, Delaware. They are three volumes of Bibliography and Reference Books, issued as Catalogues 240, 242, and 244 covering 4,890 items with 240 covering A-D, 242 E-N and 244 O-Z. Catalogue presentations of this sort are almost never seen anymore. Book catalogue aficionados will recognize this presentation as a welcome echo of the extraordinary catalogues of the first half of the 20th century.

Amid the multitude of offerings is absolutely something for everyone. Said another way, if there is nothing here for you, you are not a book collector. These catalogues are complex enough to demand a third party index, but because Oak Knoll prices their material to sell, the shelves will be emptied before the index is up and running.

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  • <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.

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