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A Busy Fall for Swann Galleries and Rare Americana in September

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Swann Auction Galleries has released their Fall 2017 Auction Schedule, and it is quite the lineup! Starting mid-September and running through mid-December, sales that may interest readers of Rare Book Monthly include the following:

 

September 19: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings

September 28: Printed & Manuscript Americana

October 17: Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books

October 19: Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks

October 26: Rare & Important Travel Posters

November 2: Old Master Through Modern Prints

November 7: Autographs

November 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature

December 5: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books

 

September’s sales include 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings and Printed & Manuscript Americana. Prints is an art sale, with high profile and highly valued work from Picasso, Dalí, Whistler, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec to name but a few. Artwork is best appreciated with one’s own eyes, so I will simply leave a link to the online catalog here.

 

From Printed & Manuscript Americana, we have 325 lots coming to the rooms, and by the looks of the top 10 lots by valuation, I’m immediately reminded of how much of an umbrella term “Americana” is. Minnesota carries the highest estimate, being a large archive (245 autograph letters signed) of Indian missionary letters written by the Pond family while they resided on the frontier. Truly a one of a kind lot, an archive of this volume offers a rare perspective into life in the mid 19th century in Minnesota. As lot 166, it is estimated $30,000 to $40,000.

 

The American Revolution, as it often is in Americana sales, is represented here too. Lots 26 and 27 carry the same estimate of $20,000 and $30,000, and though they both date to the same era, they are of very different natures. The first is a medical journal kept by surgeons aboard the Continental frigate Deane and other vessels. Of the journal, Swann writes, “Primary source material relating to the Continental Navy is scarce. While lists of the army’s officers and enlisted men are readily available, there is no comparable resource for the navy. Ship’s records often sank with their ships, or were cast overboard if in danger of capture.” The lot following the medical journal is a New Hampshire broadside proclamation on the cessation of hostilities. This is the official New Hampshire printing of the act of Congress which ended the war, and it marks a momentous occasion indeed.

 

Moving to the corner opposite the Revolution, two lots from Baja California make up the top 10 items. Both are signed manuscript documents from the late 17th century. Lot 317 is a signed Jesuit profession of faith by Father Eusebio Kino, and Swann notes that no other Kino manuscripts have appeared at auction since a sale at Swann in 1998. This declaration of faith is estimated $10,000 to $15,000. Lot 318 also comes from the Jesuits, but this one is a report on the first 16 months of the California missions written by Father Juan de Ugarte, a man given charge over the first effort to establish a chain of missions on the Baja peninsula. The report was written in 1699, fifteen years after the preceding Kino document, and is estimated $12,000 to $18,000.

 

The remaining five lots of the top 10 are:

-       A first edition of The Book of Mormon (lot 167, est. $10,000 to $15,000)

-       James McClees’ Gallery of Photographic Portraits of the Senators, Representatives & Delegates of the Thirty-Fifth Congress (lot 214, est. $10,000 to $15,000)

-       Manuscript notes on 40 sermons attended at Boston’s First Church and Old South Church (lot 156, est. $8,000 to $12,000).

-       John Taber’s Captain’s journal of a mutinous whaling journey in the South Pacific (lot 292, est. $8,000 to $12,000)

-       The First American Reform Haggadah (lot 138, est. $7,000 to $10,000)

 

A sale of 325 lots doesn’t require much time to skim and browse through, and Swann’s estimates, as they have come to be known for, are always on the reasonable and low side. For collectors of Americana, this is must see material. You can do so right here.

 

Printed & Manuscript Americana is scheduled for 1:30pm Eastern Time on Thursday, September 28th. Previews of the sale will be taking place in New York on the 23rd from 12 to 5pm, on the 25th through 27th from 10am to 6pm, and immediately before the sale from 10am-12pm. Bidding is available live, and through absentee, phone, and internet avenues.

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.
  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books<br>August 17, 2022</b>
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> George Washington ADS, One of the Earliest in His Hand, A Survey from 1752, the Same Year He Inherited Mount Vernon.
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Rare JFK Signed Check & Transmittal Letter During Campaign for 1956 VP Nomination, Both BAS Slabbed; Possibly A Unique Combo!
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Daniel Boone Signed Receipt as VA Delegate; During His 1st of 3 Terms, Boone Was Kidnapped by British Forces Gunning for Gov. T. Jefferson & Other Legislators.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books<br>August 17, 2022</b>
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Benjamin Franklin Signed Receipt for “Pennsylvania Gazette,” Important & Beautifully Displayed
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Lincoln & His Civil War Cabinet: 8 Signatures, Beautifully Presented!
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> G.A. Custer ALS from Fort Lincoln, Dakota Territory to Capt. Yates, Who Also Died at Little Bighorn, Re: Acquiring “good horses” from Kentucky for 7th Cavalry.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books<br>August 17, 2022</b>
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Jefferson Davis ALS: “the negroes are humble and generally inclined to cling to their masters…neither crop or stock could be protected from their thieving” – Incredible!
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Lee Harvey Oswald Signed Letter: “if we finally get back to the states…maybe we’ll…settle in Texas,” Warren Commission Exhibit.
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Babe Ruth First Edition Biography Signed Just Months Before His Death, Excellent Signature!
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books<br>August 17, 2022</b>
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> “B Arnold” ANS on Pre-Revolutionary War Promissory Note Dating From His Days as a New Haven Merchant
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Bob Dylan Signed LP “Blonde on Blonde” with Jeff Rosen COA.
    <b>University Archives, Aug. 17:</b> Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio Signed Checks, Handsomely Displayed.

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