Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2024 Issue

BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS FROM HISTORIC SOUTHERN ESTATES AT CASE’S JULY 6-7 AUCTION

Lot No. 472. 23 Cabinet Cars depicting the Canadian Pacific Railroad 1881-1885.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Case’s Summer Auction, happening July 6-7 at the company’s gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee, features 1,086 lots of books, documents and historical items, along with American and European art and antiques.

 

Highlighted in this sale is a collection of books from the historic Pinckney family of Runnymede plantation, outside Charleston, South Carolina, including a 5-volume group of J.J. Audubon’s Birds of America, Octavo Edition, and a 40 volume set of The British Essayists, 1823, both containing bookplates of South Carolina attorney general John Julius Pringle, Sr. (1753-1843) and a 2-volume set of American Ornithology by Wilson and Bonaparte, published 1871. There is also T-3 1861 $100 First Issue Confederate Montgomery Note (PCGS Very Fine 30); a Star Atlas, 1936, by D.F. Brocchi of Harvard University; a Colton’s 1856 world atlas; and a number of Charleston-related historical and art books.

 

Offerings from other consignors include a Cormac McCarthy signed first edition box set of The Passenger and Stella Maris; plus a very scarce first edition Mixology book, Barflies and Cocktails by Harry McElhone of the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, which served drinks to Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Bogart. There is also a signed first edition Helen Keller Journal (Association copy), a Francisco Madero signed copy of La Sucesion Presidencial en 1910 (2nd edition, 1909), and a Leon Trotsky signed copy of The Revolution Betrayed (1st American edition). History lovers will find a rare 1805 printing on silk of Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural speech, along with 2 John Overton signed early Tennessee statehood documents, slave trade documents, a rare 1861 U.S. Grant broadside proclamation to the citizens of Paducah, KY; Civil War era CDVs, and a 13 star Civil War era American Naval Flag. Dating from 1838 is a  Cherokee Land Lottery book, containing various maps and a list of citizens who, following a series of lotteries, were awarded land (in 160 acres lots) that had been appropriated by the state of Georgia after the forcible removal of the Cherokee in 1838. And there is a letter archive relating to the Thomas Lewis family of Boston, along with 4 Theodor de Bry early Florida and Virginia Native American prints.

 

Note that our collectible paper lots start at No. 471.

 

             The complete catalog for the auction, with full descriptions, price estimates, and photographs for items, in the order in which they will be sold, can be viewed online at www.caseauctions.com .  Case’s gallery is located at 4310 Papermill Drive in Knoxville. The live auction begins Saturday, July 6, at 9 am ET and Sunday, July 7 at 1 pm ET; online, absentee and phone bids will also be accepted. Preview appointments may be made on the company’s website through Friday, July 5. For more information, or to consign objects for a future auction, call the gallery in Knoxville at (865) 558-3033 or the company’s offices in Nashville (615) 812-6096 and Chattanooga (423) 251-1320 or email info@caseantiques.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.

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