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Feb. 11: Assorted Americana at Carlsen Gallery

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Highlights from Carlsen Gallery's Feb. 11 sale

Based in Freehold, NY, Carlsen Gallery specializes in 18th and 19th century American furniture and other antiques such as oil paintings, porcelain and rugs. This month, their Mid-Winter Antique Auction on February 11, 2018, also includes a selection of rare books, autograph documents, posters, and etchings that members of Rare Book Hub may be interested in. Four hundred and two lots make up the sale, with a majority of the items falling under the Gallery’s focus of collectible antiques. So what falls under the umbrella of Rare Book Hub interest?

 

The highlight of the sale is a handwritten, autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson, dated September 10, 1821 and addressed to Graven Peyton, Esq., in which the former President tells Mr. Peyton that he will be paying him soon. As lot 15, Jefferson’s letter is estimated $2,000 to $4,000. Another Jefferson item precedes the letter, and this is a third edition of his Notes on the State of Virginia, estimated $100 to $300.

 

An 1837 edition of The Federalist is perhaps, on its own, not a particularly impressive item, but the copy being auctioned here was owned by the sons of one of the writers: Alexander Hamilton, Jr. Signed and annotated by Hamilton, Jr., this Federalist stands out from other copies. It is estimated $100 to $300 as lot 14.

 

Another interesting item is a framed set of autographs containing the signatures of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe (best known as the writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”), Lucy Stone (a U.S. orator, abolitionist, and suffragist), Mary Livermore (also an abolitionist and suffragist), and Julia Marlowe (an English-born, American actress of the 19th and early 20th centuries). The autographs are framed together and are available as lot 11 for an estimated $300 to $500.

 

Vintage posters are a strong suit of the sale, with circus posters being auctioned in abundance. Lots 71 through 78 are groups of circus posters with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey included. Groups of five posters are estimated $300 to $900 while the final lot, #78 contains nine posters and is estimated $200 to $400. A vintage “Tim McCoy’s real Wild West” poster is a gem in its own right and is estimated $500 to $1,500. Lastly, a group of six American WWII posters are being offered as lot 68 for an estimated $100 to $300.

 

Finally, we have a Nathaniel Currier lithograph print of the “Loss of the Steamboat Swallow,” printed in Athens, NY in 1845 in its original frame and glass. As lot 183, it is estimated $200 to $500.

 

The catalog for Carlsen Gallery’s Mid-Winter Antique Auction is available on their website here, and I recommend using the “Groups and Categories” filter for efficient browsing. They are accepting online bids now. Live bidding will take place on Sunday, February 11 beginning at 10:30am EST.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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