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Aug. 5: Baseball, Almanacs, Historical Documents and more at Case Antiques

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Highlights from Case Antiques' Historic Summer Auction on August 5th

Case Antiques, the Knoxville, Tennessee based auction house has since 2015 included their relevant auction records in Rare Book Hub’s Transaction History database. The category of collectible works on paper, including historical documents, books, and maps, is becoming an increasingly significant portion of their business, and this month, as part of their Historic Summer Auction, a high-quality and varied selection of material will come to the rooms on August 5th.

 

Many Americans love the game of baseball, and there are undoubtedly many collectors of its history. Two rare books will definitely appeal: a signed first edition of Albert Goodwill Spalding’s America’s National Game and A History of the Boston Base Ball Club 1871-1897, compiled by George V. Tuohey. Spalding’s work is particularly attractive, with cartoons, illustrations, and photographs; it’s estimated $3,000 to $4,000 as lot 459. Tuohey’s History, as lot lot 458, is estimated $800 to $1,200.

 

Revolutionary War era and pre-Revolution almanacs are also a strong category in the sale. Samuel Stearns’ The North-American’s Almanack, and Gentleman’s and Lady’s Diary, For the Year of Our Lord Christ 1776, features “An Account of the Commencement of Ho[s]tilities between Great Britain and America, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay,” written by Rev. William Gordon who wrote his account based off interviews with people present at the Battle of Lexington. Nathanael Low’s An Astronomical Diary; or, Almanack for the Year of Christian Aera 1775 includes an interesting argument by the author against the tyranny of the British government. Sandwiched between Stearn’s and Low’s almanacs are two group lots, one being eleven Revolutionary War era almanacs spanning the years 1777 to 1784, and the other being fourteen pre-Revolution almanacs, from the years 1752-1774. All four almanac lots, nos. 441 to 444, top out in estimates at $1,500 or less.

 

With Case Antiques being based in Tennessee, they are naturally strong in material of Southern nature. Andrew Jackson, born in the Carolinas, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives for the State of Tennessee, and Military Governor of Florida, was a true Southerner. The man enjoys a strong representation in the sale, starting with lot 421, with several lots of portraits, engravings, images, and portraits. Major Arsene Lacarriere’s Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-1815, published in Philadelphia in 1816, is a translation of the original French and covers much of Jackson’s actions in the southern theater of the War of 1812. Lacarriere’s Memoir features a detailed atlas and is estimated $1,200 to $1,500. One last interesting Jackson lot is an early signed letter from 1821 pre-dating his appointment as Military Governor of Florida and election as President. Within the letter, Jackson expresses approval of John C. Calhoun’s proposal for what became the Reduction Act as well as his opinions on the Missouri Compromise. Jackson’s letter is estimated $5,000 to $7,000 as lot 424.

 

Collectors of the Civil War will find an important Vidette camp newspaper broadsidesigned by “The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy,” General John Hunt Morgan (lot 203, est. $1,200 to $1,400), ambrotype and tintype images of Civil War soldiers (lots 196 to 199), as well as a Mississippi Runaway Slave Broadside from 1844 (lot 200, est. $1,400 to $1,800).

 

Other historical documents in the sale include military appointments signed by Presidents Abraham Lincoln (lot 210, est. $4,000 to $4,500) and Andrew Johnson (lot 229, est. $900 to $1,000) and a lot containing a signed letter by Sam Houston and James Buchanan as well as two prints.

 

Case Antiques’ Historic Summer Auction will take place at 9 AM eastern time at their Knoxville gallery. It is a sale of 897 lots that also includes art, antiques, jewelry, coins, paintings and folk art, and furniture. The entire catalog can be browsed online, with material most likely of interest to Rare Book Monthly readers beginning at lot 196.

 

Bidding is available live, over the phone, by absentee bid, and online through LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. Please note: Phone/absentee bid requests must be submitted by 12 PM eastern time on August 4th.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 14. [CRIMEAN WAR] HAMLEY. <i>The Story of the Campaign of Sebastopol.</i> 1855. £150 to £200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 17. JONGH & D'ALMEIDA. <i>L’armee Russe...</i> c.1898. Colour plates and many illustrations. £500 to £600
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 18. [RUSSIA] LE PRINCE. <i>Oeuvres. 1782.</i> Rare folio format with 80 etchings and 74 aquatints. £4000 to £6000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 21. [RUSSIA] MORNAY. Set of 8 hand-coloured aquatints of carriages, sleighs and occupants. c.1825. £1200 to £1800
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 33. BOWDICH. <i>Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo.</i> 1825. A fine copy. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 37. QUIN. <i>An Historical Atlas.</i> 1836. 2nd edn, 21 hand-coloured maps revealing civilisation. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 39. LE BRUN. <i>Voyages [...] par la Moscovie, en Perse...</i> 1718. 300+ engravings, panorama. £4500 to £5500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 48. BRIERLY. <i>The English and French fleets in the Baltic.</i> 1855. Colour lithographs. £7000 to £9000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 60. DELLA VALLE. <i>Reise Beschreibung... in Turckey, Egypten, Palestina[...].</i> 1674. £1500 to £2000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 77. MURRAY, Mrs. Watercolour Album of Heaths. c.1860. 55 original watercolours. £750 to £1000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 91. ADDISON. <i>Works...</i> 1721. 4 vols, large paper copy, English red morocco. £2500 to £3500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 96. HOLBEIN. Imitations of original drawings. 1792-1800. Exceptional copy. £4000 to £6000

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