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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2007 Issue

Indians and the West from George S. MacManus Co.

Mac398

Indians and the West (A-C) from George S. MacManus Co.


By Michael Stillman

We have received the 398th catalogue from George S. MacManus Co. of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. This one will interest anyone who collects the American frontier – Indians and the West (A-C). This catalogue includes 463 items, and as the title notes, it only covers those items categorized under the letters A-C. Evidently, MacManus has much more to go, and I imagine we will be seeing future catalogues in the field. For now, we can say that while this edition will be of interest to anyone who collects Indians or the West, it will be of particular note to those who collect Arizona or California, Indian historian George Catlin, Black man turned adopted Indian Chief James Beckwourth, or anything else associated with the A-B-Cs.

Item 9 is the History of the American Indians...by James Adair, published on the eve of the Revolution in 1775. Adair was an Englishman who came to America and traded with the Indians, particularly those of the South, for forty years. There are extensive sections on the Chickasaw, Cherokee and Catawba tribes, including their customs and beliefs. However, Adair's greatest focus is on his 23 arguments in which he attempts to prove that the Indians were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. Adair returned to London in 1768, in time to write his book while avoiding the explosion that would soon rock the colonies. Priced at $4,750.

Item 418 is The Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation: Passed at Tah-Le-Quah, Cherokee Nation, 1839, published in 1840. This came at the end of the most difficult time in Cherokee history. The first Cherokee constitution, patterned on that of the United States, was published in 1828, while the Cherokees were still living on their ancestral homeland in Georgia. In the intervening years, settlers and the State of Georgia would work to remove them from their land, and when President Jackson took the state's side, their fate was sealed. Some Cherokees removed "voluntarily" to Oklahoma, but many were forced on the infamous "Trail of Tears." The split between those who accepted and those who resisted tore the tribe apart, but once all were reunited in Oklahoma, they managed to come back together. This constitution represents that reunion. $2,250.

Here is an account of a journey into the valley of death, quite literally. Item 320 is Death Valley '49. Important Chapter of California Pioneer History... This 1894 title was written by William L. Manly, survivor of a horrific journey when a group seeking wealth in the California Gold Rush decided to take a short cut across the desert to the riches beyond. Exhaustion and starvation were major threats, but none more than thirst. The party, including women and children, found itself hopelessly lost in the unchanging desert. The families began to split up to seek escape on their own. Finally, Manly and another man decided to strike out to find help, successfully making it to the green fields of southern California. Bravely, they returned to the valley, and while expecting all must have perished, they did find two surviving families they escorted to safety. It was this party that gave the region its unforgettable name, "Death Valley." $600.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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