Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2020 Issue

Taking Bids: One of a Kind Collectibles offers autographs and books until September 10

Accepting bids now, One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions is hosting an online sale of Rare Autographs, Books and Sports until September 10thTwo hundred and eighty-two lots are included, covering a wide variety of subjects. The online catalog’s “category” feature makes navigation a breeze, so whether you collect U.S. Presidents, baseball, the World Wars, or other subjects, you’ll be able to quickly find material relevant to your tastes.

 

Letters signed by George Washington are evidently desirable, and wartime correspondence checks multiple boxes. The first lot of the sale is an autograph letter signed, dated 8 September [1776], written in the hand of Tench Tilghman, Washington’s aide-de-camp and signed by the General. The letter is addressed to Abraham Yates, Jr., a delegate for New York, bearing Washington’s request for boats to transport wounded soldiers off Long Island. Lot 1 is estimated $15,000 to $20,000 and at the time of writing (2:30pm eastern on August 30), the current bid is $11,150.

 

If a more modern future-President appeals to your collection, the following lot might suit, being a Theodore Roosevelt typed signed article/press release for police recruitment during his tenure as New York’s Police Commissioner. Intended for publication in the New York Times during the summer of 1895, the article lays out what Roosevelt looked for in police officers: “No weakling no man of bad moral character and imperfect physical development need apply we need men of intelligence and sobriety.” The press release is estimated $1,200 to $1,500.

 

As someone who had the pleasure of seeing Hamilton live in London, I have to include lot 4, a first edition of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” AKA Observations on Certain Documents Contained in No. V & VI of ''The History tf the United States for the Year 1796,'' in which the Charge of Speculation Against Alexander Hamilton, Late Secretary of The Treasury, is Fully Refuted. This is the famous response from Hamilton in which he admitted to having an affair with Maria Reynolds while disproving the charge he considered more serious (that of illegal speculation while Secretary of the Treasury). One of a Kind describes this first edition as “very uncommon since Hamilton's family attempted to find and destroy as many copies as they could.” This infamous piece of American history is estimated $10,000 to $12,000.

 

One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions places an emphasis on rare and valuable autographs, and there are many more in the current online sale. Figures such as Lincoln, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Alan Turing, and Albert Einstein are represented. The online catalog for the sale is available here. Bidding is currently underway, and ends at 8:30pm Eastern time on Thursday, September 10.

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Potter & Potter Auctions
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    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [RUTH, George Herman “Babe” (1895-1948)]. Signed photograph. Circa 1930s. 191 x 248 mm. $1,500 to $2,500.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: HARRISON, Benjamin. Document signed (“Benj Harrison”) as governor of Virginia, certifying the service of Daniel Cumbo, a Black Revolutionary soldier. $6,000 to $9,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: ONE OF THE FIRST PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
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    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: FIRST PRINTING OF LINCOLN’S IMMORTAL GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: HIGHLY IMPORTANT MORMON ARCHIVE. ALLEY, George. Archive of 23 Autograph Letters Signed by Mormon Convert George Alley to His Brother Joseph Alley. $10,000 to $20,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [AVIATION]. [ARMSTRONG, Neil A.] Aviation Hall of Fame Gold Medal MS64 NGC, Awarded to Neil Armstrong in 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
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    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: NEWLY DISCOVERED FIRST PRINTING OF "WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE... " FROM THE ONLY NEWSPAPER ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN LINCOLN’S SECOND INAUGURAL PROCESSION. $4,000 to $8,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: THE MOST IMPORTANT GEORGE WASHINGTON DOCUMENT IN PRIVATE HANDS; GEORGE WASHINGTON’S COMMISSION AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, 1775, ONE OF ONLY TWO ORIGINALS. $150,000 to $250,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: A VERY RARE ACCOUNT OF BLACKBEARD’S DEATH AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIRATE ITEMS EXTANT. $3,000 to $5,000.
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    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: EDISON, Thomas. Patent for Edison’s Improvements on the Electric-Light, No. 219,628. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent Office], 16 September 1879. $2,000 to $3,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [VIETNAM WAR]. The original pen used by Secretary of State William P. Rogers to sign the Vietnam Peace Agreement, Paris, 27 January 1973. $10,000 to $15,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: SONS OF LIBERTY FOUNDER COLONEL BARRÉ ANNOTATED TITLE-PAGE, “WHICH OUGHT TO ROUSE UP BRITISH ATTENTION”. $4,000 to $6,000.

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