PART II Wednesday, February 19, 2014



PART II Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Colonial & Revolutionary War The War Between The States Americana Presidents & Politicans Royalty and Heads of State Science, Aviation, Space & Business Authors, Artists & Composers
Entertainment & Sports Notables & the Notorious! Lots 810 - 835
Lots 836 - 1020
Lots 1021 - 1074
Lots 1075 - 1190
Lots 1191 - 1231
Lots 1232 - 1301
Lots 1302 - 1354
Lots 1355 - 1436
Lots 1437 - 1493
Colonial & Revoultionary War
810. JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793) American Revolutionary
politician and first signer of the Declaration of Independence,
President of the Continental Congress and two-time Governor of
Massachusetts. Fine partly-printed D.S. “John Hancock” as Governor
of Massachusetts, 1p. sm. folio, Boston, Sep. 25, 1789, being the
promotion of Hutchins Hapgood to the rank of: “Lieutenant of a
Company in the third Regiment, second Brigade...of the militia of this
Commonwealth comprehending the County of Worcester...”. Boldly
signed by Hancock at left beneath the blind-embossed paper seal.
Three tiny holes at fold junctions do not detract from this document
which is otherwise very good and beautifully matted in pale blue
velvet with gold trim and with a delicately carved gilt wood frame.
811. WILLIAM HOOPER (1742 - 1790) American Revolutionary leader, a signer of the Declaration
of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress (1774-77). D.S. “Will. Hooper” as
attorney, with substantial portions of the document filled-out in Hooper’s hand, 1p. legal folio,
Salisbury, NC, Sept. 5, 1768, the complaint of planter William Shenwillen [?] of Anson County
against James McNett, claiming that the latter: “...did Beat, Wound and ill treat [Shenwillen]
that his life was greatly impaired of and then and there did other his great Damage
and against the Peace of God and our Sovereign Lord...”. Slight showthrough at center affects a
few words of text, else very good.
Love-struck Wilkinson loses faith in his wife-to-be
812. JAMES WILKINSON (1757 - 1825) American general, served as a captain in Benedict
Arnold’s unsuccessful Quebec campaign. Later he was Gen. Horatio Gates’ deputy adjutant
general in the Saratoga campaign and was given the honor of bringing to Congress the
news of General Burgoyne’s defeat. Wilkinson was also involved in the Conway Cabal, in
scheming with Burr and in Spanish intrigues. Excellent content A.D.S. signed three times,
1p. 4to., Philadelphia, July 9, 1774 (with later amendments), a fancily-penned commitment
by an obviously love struck Wilkinson to Nancy Biddle, a Quaker and member of a wealthy
Pennsylvania family. This “contract”, probably meant for no one’s eyes but Wilkinson’s, is
written in three parts, each signed. The first: “...Witness Heaven, Earth and every Sacred
Power, that I am hereby held & firmly bound by every Tie & Honour and Affection, to make a
tender of my Heart, hand & the very dear and truly amiable Miss Nancy Biddle...
If I do not willingly, and with joy comply with this Obligation, may the divine his
most direful Vengeance...”. In the next entry, somewhat later, he tempers his promise: “
case the above pattern of Female excellence should shall be rendered Void and of no
Effect; but should she continue in the present unengaged state, it shall be of full Force...”. In the
short period which followed, their relationship must have taken a blow, as on Oct. 15, 1774
he angrily attests: “The Lady to whom this Obligation was given, has since fell a sacrifice to
the Joint diseases of Self-Conceit, Affectations and Coquetry; it is therefore Void...”. Folds and
a few trivial spots, else very good. Despite Wilkinson’s oath and his legendary bad temper,
four years later, on Nov. 12, 1778 he would marry Nancy Biddle...and thereby gain access to
her family’s very substantial wealth.
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817. MARIE JOSEPH DE LAFAYETTE (1757 - 1834) French statesman and
military officer who served as a major general under Washington and was
instrumental in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown. A.L.S. “Lafayette”, 1p.
4to., La Grange, Oct. 29, 1809 to “Monsieur Fontanes Grand Master of the
Imperial University”, in French. Largely untranslated, apparently referencing a
candidate for a position within the institution, possibly Lafayette himself. With
integral address leaf, very good.
818. THOMAS MIFFLIN (1744 - 1800) American Revolutionary officer,
President of the Continental Congress, major general, and member of the
Constitutional Convention. Good content partly-printed D.S. as Governor, 1p.
folio parchment, Philadelphia, June 7, 1789, a deed in which Michael Morgan
O’Brien is recognized as the lawful purchaser of a block of land in the City of
Philadelphia once owned by Loyalist Joseph Galloway, a delegate to the First
Continental Congress and friend of Benjamin Franklin, his land confiscated
at war’s end. O’Brein purchased a prime piece of land bounded by Lombard,
Front, Pine and Water Streets, next to a lot owned by printer John Dunlap as
shown on verso. A few tiny holes, signature just a bit light, else very good.
813. STEPHEN ABBOT (1749 - 1813) American soldier, captain of scouts
attached to Washington’s headquarters at Cambridge. After the war he
was appointed major general of the Second Division, Massachusetts Militia.
Partly-printed D.S. as Major General, 2nd Division, 1p. folio, [Massachusetts],
1797, a signed true copy for a return of a regiment commanded by Col.
Nathaniel Lovejoy listing officers, musicians, etc., boldly signed. Moderate
soiling, framed.
819. THOMAS PENN (1702 - 1775) Son of William Penn who managed
the Pennsylvania proprietorship in person, resolved boundary disputes and
eventually controlled 25 million acres of land. Manuscript D.S. “Tho Penn”1p.
oblong folio on vellum, Philadelphia, Apr. 25, 1741, a grant of 120 acres of
land to Jacob Marlin of Lancaster County “...Situate [on] Branch of Conestoga
Creek...” Holes surrounding signature where seal and ribbon were once
affixed, moderate toning at folds, light soiling, text light at folds, else very
good condition with a nice, large signature.
820. SPENCER PHIPS (1685 - 1757) Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts,
1749-53. Bold signature cut from a document. Very good.
821. JEAN-BAPTISTE DE ROCHAMBEAU (1725 - 1807) French Marshall
who commanded French forces sent to aid the Americans in the Revolutionary
War. With Washington, he was essential in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., [n.p., n.d.], ca. 1790, in French. Largely untranslated but
apparently setting forth instructions for a financial transaction.Boldly penned
and signed, and in fine condition: a fine example for display.
822. JONATHAN TRUMBULL (1710 - 1785) Governor of Connecticut during
the American Revolution who was critical in providing necessary supplies
to the Continental Army. Partly-printed D.S. as Governor, 1p. sm. folio,
Hartford, May 19, 1806, an appointment of William Randall to serve as Major
in the 30th Regiment of Militia. Co-signed by SAMUEL WYLLYS as Secretary.
Engrossment is a bit light but legible, Trumbull’s signature is very bold. Fold
814. MOSES CLEAVELAND (1754 - 1806) Revolutionary War officer
and founder of Cleveland, Ohio (1796) which was established on
land Cleavland purchased from local Indians. Rare war-date partlyprinted D.S., 1p. 12mo., Hartford, Dec. 1, 1779, a signed receipt for
$433.50 received by Cleaveland from the Connecticut Loan Office as
interest on two Continental Certificates issued in favor of Col. Aaron
Cleaveland, his father and partner in the purchase of the Ohio lands.
815. JAMES DUANE (1733 - 1797) Revolutionary patriot, member
of the Continental Congress (1774 - 1784), assisted in the drafting
of the Articles of Confederation. Partly-printed D.S., 12” x 3 1/2”,
New York, July 22, 1788, a summons of William Stimson on a charge
of trespass. Two intentional vertical slits in document not affecting
signature, in an old mat and frame. Very good.
823. RICHARD VARICK (1753 - 1831) Revolutionary War officer, aide to
Benedict Arnold, appointed by Washington to be Secretary for Continental
Army records. Partly-printed D.S. as Mayor, 1p. legal folio, New York, Mar.
4, 1795, a permit allowing grocer William Moores to sell “strong or spiritous
liquors in his Dwelling-House”, provided he permit no: “Cock-Fighting,
Gaming, or Playing with Cards or Dice…or Shuffle Board…”. Some clean fold
splits and wear at fold ends, else very good. $100-150
824. SAMUEL B. WEBB (1753 - 1807) Continental officer in the American
Revolution, secretary and aide to Washington and Israel Putnam, present
at Bunker Hill and Long Island, a founder of the Society of Cincinnati. Good
content A.D.S. as Colonel of the 3rd Conn. Regt., 1p. oblong 8vo., West
Point, June, 1783, his certification that John Mix had served under him as a
lieutenant from January, 1781 until the date of this document. Vertical 2” split
at center, else very good. Sold with a second document, 1p. 8vo., Hartford,
Apr. 2, 1783 in which Mix is paid his military wages, signed by him at bottom.
Two pieces.
825. OLIVER WOLCOTT (1726 - 1797) Signer of the Declaration of
Independence, member of the Continental Congress, major general in the
Continental Army. Partly-printed D.S. as Governor of Connecticut, 1p. small
folio, Hartford, May 15, 1797, the appointment of William Hillhouse of New
London to serve as Judge of the County Court.Co-signed by SAMUEL WYLLYS
as Secretary. Near fine, with an excellent wax and paper seal.
816. SAMUEL HOOD (1724 - 1816) British admiral, served with
distinction in the Seven Years War, fought in many engagements in
the American Revolution, including victory over the French fleet under
the Comte de Grasse (who had earlier defeated Hood) off Dominica.
Boldly penned and franked postal cover, Bath, Jan. 18, 1816, nine days
before his death, addressed to a lady in Portsmouth. Matted with a 826. OLIVER WOLCOTT JR. (1760 - 1833) American Revolution soldier and
color reproduction of a painting of the admiral. Very good. patriot, Secretary of the Treasury succeeding Hamilton. Interesting D.S., 1p.,
$150-200 4” x 7 3/4”, 1783, New Haven, a legal document prosecuting a Tory: “in a
prosecution against the estate of Charles McEvers who hath gone over to and
put himself under the protection of the enemy...”.
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extremely rare copy of Poor Job’s Country and Townsman’s Almanack,
printed by J. Franklin, Newport, Rhode Island, 1758. 16pp. 4” x 6 3/4”,
lightly toned else in very good condition. Publisher James Franklin, Jr. was
the nephew of Benjamin Franklin, who of course published the famous
Poor Richard’s Almanack. Benjamin and James Franklin, Sr. were brothers,
the latter choosing to remain in Boston to establish a printing business.
Following James’ death in 1735, the An extremely rare copy of Poor Job’s
Country and Townsman’s Almanack, printed by J. Franklin, Newport, Rhode
Island, 1758. 16pp. 4” x 6 3/4”, lightly toned else in very good condition.
Publisher James Franklin, Jr. was the nephew of Benjamin Franklin, who
of course published the famous Poor Richard’s Almanack. Benjamin and
James Franklin, Sr. were brothers, the latter choosing to remain in Boston to
establish a printing business. Following James’ death in 1735, the younger
Franklin was apprenticed to his uncle Benjamin, who had actually learned the
trade from the senior James Franklin. Following his apprenticeship, James,
Jr. returned to Massachusetts to print this almanac, as well as the first issues
of the Newport Mercury, books, and other imprints. The almanac opens
with Franklin’s prediction, no doubt brought about by the French and Indian
War: “Without a FIRM UNION among the English Provinces and Colonies in
North-America, for their mutual assistance, they will be obligated (in two
years) to submit to French Tyranny”. With typical astrological tables, and a
list of Quaker meetings.
828. 1790S VIEW OF NEW YORK CITY Original etching by Charles Balthazar
de Saint-Memin, “View of the City of New York taken from Long Island”, 21”
x 14 1/2” overall, a view of a once-rural Brooklyn Heights with sailing ships
and Manhattan in the background. Clean tears at lower-right and bottom
margin barely intrude on image which is well-suited for restoration. From
long-time New York print dealers Kennedy & Co. in New York, with their
separate frame backing board and label. Charles Balthazar de Saint-Mémin
(1770–1852) was a portraitist and museum director. He fled France during
the revolution, and worked as a portrait engraver in the United States in the
early 19th century creating portraits from life of Washington, Jefferson, and
WASHINGTON Superb hand-colored lithograph map “Attacks of Fort
Washington by His Majestys Forces under the command of General Sir
William Howe K. B. 16 Nov’r 1776”, 22” x 17 3/4” (sight), published for
David T. Valentine for “D. T. Valentine’s Manual, for 1861” by George
Hayward, New York. The images show American and British forces, Forts
Lee, Washington, Independence and Constitution, British vessels used for
landings from Long Island, roads, fields, forests and rivers. The map, with
light folds, is set in a period frame and is perfect for display. $400-600
de Philadelphie” by Ambroise-Louis Garneray (1783-1857), 15” x 20”
overall, a hand colored aquatint etching featuring a lovely harbor view of
Philadelphia. Sharp renderings of sailing ships, fishermen and women in a
small boat pulling in nets, a windmill, and church steeples and buildings in
the distance. Very fine.
A very good example of an early George III officers
spadroon - the first British Army regulation pattern
infantry officers sword. It appears to be a variation of
the 1786 pattern, 38 1/2” long overall, with the blade
etched with the cipher and monogram of King George
III, cannon, filigree, etc. The grip is ivory with a steel
band bisecting it, with steel pommel and guard. The
leather and steel scabbard is also present, though a
bit worn. The metal fitting at the top of the scabbard is
engraved: “Archer Kings Cutler Dublin” - this may have
been an Irish soldier’s sword. Much of the gilding and
bluing on the sword is gone, and there is a significant
chip to the ivory on the grip, but otherwise this piece is
in quite a good state. The blade bears the hallmark of
John Justus Runkel, a German immigrant who became
a British subject in 1796. He almost cornered the
market in the large-scale importation of sword blades
from Solingen, Germany and in the first years of the
nineteenth century he was said to be handling hundreds
of blades every month. He did not involve himself in the
actual manufacture of swords, but was purely an agent
for German blades entering into London. $700-900
Blue and red silk fragments that originated from a
Revolutionary War flag used at the battle of Saratoga,
each measuring about 1” x 1/4”. Double-matted in light
yellow and blue with an image of the British surrender
and printed explanatory text. A 1943 note states that
these fragments once hung in the lobby of the White
Sulphur Springs Hotel in Stillwater, NY near the site of
the battle. Provenance accompanying the piece includes
images of the original relics and notations which
accompanied them, including a notation dated July 11th,
1938 stating that these fragments hung in the lobby of
the hotel, and a 1943 note which remarks that of the
several Revolutionary War flags once hanging in the
lobby, only these relics had not been stolen by souvenir
hunters. These remaining pieces were kept by owner
Thomas Luther beside the reception desk for many years. Under the terms
of Burgoyne’s surrender the British were allowed to keep their colors so
these fragments either came from a captured British flag or an American
flag. These remnants were sold at auction by Butterfield & Butterfield of San
Francisco in Auction #16 March 19th, 1994. These are the only remnants of
a Revolutionary War flag we have ever seen offered for sale. Accompanied
by a certificate of provenance.
18th Century American gentleman’s waistcoat with linen sleeves and white
woven silk chest, finely embroidered at the neck, pocket flaps and front
seams with flowers and delicate vines, offset by sequin bows and ribbons.
The scalloped pockets each bear matching, non-functional embroidered
buttons. The shirt is unlined, and there is a single vent in the rear. Linen
sleeves were not seen in Continental or British garments, hence in all
likelihood this fine garment was sewn in the United States. The name “F.
GREGORY” has been penned in dark brown ink on the inside of the neck.
Silk moderately worn in places, esp. at the neck, underarms and beneath
pockets, light soiling and stains commensurate with age affect sleeves, yet
in overall very good condition.
834. BOSTON’S OLD NORTH CHURCH RELIC Relic said to have originated
from Boston’s Old North Church in whose steeple were suspended lanterns
which warned Paul Revere and other “watchers” of the impending invasion
of the British “by sea”. An approx. 1” x 1” x 1” section of wood “recovered
during maintenance and repair” has been affixed to the bottom of a 5” x 7”
colorful descriptive card which sets forth the famous Revolutionary War-era
history of the church.
835. U.S.S. CONSTITUTION RELIC Relic from “Old Ironsides”, the U.S.S.
Constitution which engaged Barbary pirates and fought the British
vessels Guerriere and Java in the War of 1812. The relic, a small section of
rectangular oak, was removed from the vessel during routine maintenance
and repair in 1973. It has been affixed to the bottom of a 5” x 7” card
bearing a photo of the restored warship and descriptive text. $150-200
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The War Between the States
A field order from Lee’s
first battle in the Civil War
“The crowds of idle Negroes who live here do
nothing but steal, they are
as bad as the Yankees...”
(1807 - 1870) Confederate
General and commander
of the Army of Northern
Virginia, arguably the most
brilliant commander of
field armies in American
history. Very early war-date
field order “R. E. Lee Gen’l
Com’d’g”, 1p. legal folio,
[n.d., ca. Sep. 20, 1861]
to Col. William A. Jackson,
Ordnance Officer of the
80th Virginia Militia. A rare
order penned immediately
after Lee’s very first field command of the war - an embarrassing loss - as
the general withdraws to the east. In part: “...All the surplus ammunition in
[?] at the church or Fraser for which you have no transportation, you had
better send by return wagons to your depot either at [?] or the White Sulpher.
All surplus ammunition now in wagons send back also to your depots. Let
the Army have such ammunition as is required, keep sufficient in wagons
for necessary supplies...”.At bottom, Jackson notes that the ordnance was
turned over to a superior officer of the Army of the Kanawha on Oct. 1,
1861. Faults include splits, marginal chips, folds, some offsetting, and a
small piece at center gone, yet still presentable. Tipped to a mat. Lee’s first
field assignment was commanding forces in western Virginia, where he was
defeated at the Battle of Cheat Mountain (Sep. 12-15, 1861) and was widely
blamed for Confederate setbacks. He removed to Sewell Mountain in the
Kanawha River valley with the troops of John B. Floyd and Henry Wise, but
he was forced to cancel the offensive operations he had planned because of
low supplies and bad weather.
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837. MARY CUSTIS LEE (1806-1873) Wife of Confederate Lt. Gen. Robert
E. Lee and the only daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, grandson
of Martha Washington. Superb content A.L.S. “M. C. Lee”, 2pp. 4to.,
Lexington, Apr. 23, 1866, just a little more than a year after her husband
surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Mrs. Lee writes a plaintive
letter on the persecution of her husband to her friend “Lettie”, most likely
Lettie Burwell (whose wartime journal has been published), wife of William
McCreery Burwell of Bedford, Va. In small part: “...I suppose you will...go to
Rosa [Lettie Burwell’s daughter]...[she] has one faithful servant with her...
Everyone must be amused with the impertinence of the questions put to
the Gen. [Lee] by the committee in Washington....they had not the slightest
desire for information but merely wished to catch him in something that
would implicate the south, but happily he was prepared for them and
truth will sometimes appear even now when I began to fear a lying spirit
had been let loose upon the earth, especially a portion of it I might name...
great accounts of the Baltimore Fair. I trust it will be the means of relieving
much suffering...but how much suffering it will not reach....the ladies...daily
receiving donations from England and France...I trust they will meet their
due reward from Heaven, for how can the poor South ever repay them.
Agnes and Fitzhugh arrived last night...if they [her chickens] live through
this weather I suppose they will be stolen as soon as they are large enough,
for the crowds of idle Negroes who live here do nothing but steal, they are
as bad as the Yankees...”. A period newspaper article about Mrs. Lee has
been affixed to a blank area on verso, else very good. Lee had travelled to
Washington to testify before the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. What
should have been a constructive interview was in fact a witch hunt in which
Lee was baited with questions about his loyalty to the South, secession, and
treason. At the same time, Lee’s family was suffering financial hardship they had lost Arlington, which the general had passed on his return. He
wrote: “I did not approach Arlington nearer than the railway. I know very
well how things are there”.
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“...I have heard that Pa has been made a Brigadier General of Artillery...”
(1840-1864) Stonewall Jackson’s youngest staff
member and aide whom it is said Jackson loved
like a son, killed a few days short of his 24th
birthday while trying to rally the troops at Fisher’s
Hill. Very rare fine content war-date A.L.S. “A. S.
Pendleton” signed twice, to his sister Nancy and
with a postscript to his mother, 4pp. 4to., “Rude’s
near Mt. Jackson”, Apr. 12, 1862. In small part:
“...I begin to feel as if the enemy were closing in
around us, and actually getting near my own dear
home...”. He describes his hopes to improve the
health of his horse, “the same big, ugly sorrel...
has carried me in many a dangerous place...”.
He continues: “...I have heard that Pa has been
made a Brigadier General of Artillery...I wrote to
him yesterday to ask if it were true...I am certain
no honor was better deserved. And how you all
will put on you are daughters of a
Genl.. We have been of a grand
victory gained by Beauregard over Buell - But the
joy was mingled with sorrow over the fate of Gen.
A. S. Johnston - and is now almost changed to
mourning at the news of the seconds days fight in
which our men seem to have been driven from the
field. However, we must still trust in God...I think I deserve a short furlough for I have been doing all the work of the office...I wish Col. Preston would come
on...The Yankees are about 7 miles from us just at Edenburg...They have about 15,000 but I don’t think they will advance shortly...” In his postscript to his
mother, much as sons do today, he asks for “drawers”, asks that his horse be well cared for, and promises to send money. In very good condition.
War-date signed document from the South’s most notorious spy
839. FRANK STRINGFELLOW, CONFEDERATE SPY (1840 - 1913) Confederate officer of the 4th Va. Cavalry, spy, and scout often in the service
of J.E.B. Stuart. Stringfellow nearly accomplished the capture of Gen. John Pope, and once evaded capture by hiding under a lady’s hoop skirt.
His favorite tactic was to dress as a lady and infiltrate Union offices and social functions! Very rare war-date A.D.S., 1p. 5” x 2 1/2”, [n.p.],
Nov. 19, 1862, in full: “This is to certify that Frank S. Eastman has been paroled by me. F. Stringfellow 4th Va. Cav.”. Sold with a related A.L.S.
of veteran Charles E. Frost of the 11th N.H. Vols, 3pp. legal folio, Brooklyn, Jan. 21, 1882. Frost describes how he was wounded and parolee
Eastman had remained with him to help tend to his wounds. The pair, along with a third soldier, were captured and soon paroled, but an
administrative error led to Eastman being charged for desertion. This letter apparently seeks to clear Eastman’s reputation. Both items are
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Gen. Napoleon J. T. Dana arranges the
liberation of Union prisoners and free
passage to Confederates
Union major general, a career officer severely wounded leading a brigade
at Antietam, led a corps in the Gulf, and headed the Department of
Mississippi. Historic signed document arranging the freedom of Union
prisoners and free passage of Confederate veterans following the end of
hostilities, Vicksburg, 3pp. 4to., Apr. 14, 1865 (the same day Lincoln was
assassinated), signed by Dana and by Confederate Colonel N. G. WATTS
as commissioner of exchange overseeing Federal prisoners, also by
Confederate Lt. Col. H. A. M. HENDERSON as assistant commissioner of
exchange. The document quotes Dana’s April 10th orders issued at Cairo:
“...the Confederate Agents of Exchange at this point, agree to permit the
prisoners now encamped near this city, to go to such places as the United
States may direct, upon parole of honor, not to serve against the Confederate
States in any Military or constabulary capacity until regularly exchanged...”
and further: “...That they have been induced to this action by the following
telegraphic dispatches from Lieut. Gen. Grant...and Col. Robert Ould Chief
of Exchange Bureau, C.S.A...”What follows is a copy of the telegraph from
Grant at Appomattox, dated April 9, the day of Lee’s surrender, to Gen.
Dana stating that: “...all settlements for exchanged prisoners were to be
made with Col Ould...and the agreement to receive them at various points
was for the accommodation of the South...Say to the officer who has our
prisoners for delivery, that any that are due to the South, will be delivered at
Vicksburg.” Directly below Grant’s telegraph appears a similar dispatch from
Col. Ould ordering the: “...Confederate officer having charge of Prisoners
Vicksburg...All Federal officers and men who are held as by the Confederate
authorities must be delivered at Vicksburg or any other point where the
Federal Military authorities are willing to receive them.” Dana adds a
final stipulation at conclusion: “...paroled prisoners under this agreement
furloughed home, while observing the terms upon which their paroles are
given, are not to be captured by the United States, or Confederate forces, so
long as the conform to the law.” $2,000-3,000
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AND RICHMOND JOHN C. TIDBALL (1825-1906) Colonel of the 4th N.Y.
Artillery, a brilliant leader of horse artillery brevetted five times for gallantry
and personally commended by Lincoln for his actions at Gettysburg. Fine
content war-date battle letter concerning the role played by his troops in
helping repulse the Confederate breakthrough at Fort Stedman on March
25, 1865, 4pp. 8vo., “Hd. Qrs. Arty. Brig., 9th Corps”, Apr. 3, 1865 to Sally
Satterlee the day after the evacuation of Petersburg. In part: “...We have had
considerable fighting for the past week. Yesterday morning, at 4 o’clock
a general assault was made along the whole line, and we broke through
and drove the enemy at many points.” Several days before, Tidball was
at the battle of Fort Stedman and gives an account: “...I got about thirty
pieces of artillery to concentrate upon them...our infantry reoccupied it [Fort
Stedman] without opposition. The cross fire in rear was so terrific as to
deter them from going back to their own lines.” Regarding the capture of
Richmond, he says: “The great object for which we have been fighting so
hard for the last four years has now been gained...and I suppose we may...
begin to look for a speedy conclusion of the war.” Six days after writing
this letter, Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox with all other
Confederate armies in the field following suit over the next eight weeks.
LEAVES” (1842 - 1864)
Union brevet brigadier general
(posthumous), received three
brevets for his courage at
the Wilderness where he was
K.I.A. leading the 20th Mass.
Brave, calm, and collected
at all major engagements
including Fredericksburg and
Gettysburg, he was killed while
ordering his prone men from
a standing position. Partlyprinted war-date D.S., 2pp.
sm. folio, Camp Benton, Md.,
Nov. 3, 1861. Just after the
battle of Ball’s Bluff where the
regiment had been decimated,
Abbott signs a list of 22 guards
and five officers present, with
the verso bearing a list of the
four prisoners being held for
insubordination and sleeping while on guard. At center, Abbott adds a
lengthy reminder for corporals to essentially behave when relieving guards.
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letterhead, Long Island Camp Wrightman, May 24, 1861, to “the Selectmen
of the town of Marlboro”. Cass seeks to supplement the regiment’s coffers
with support from the citizens of Marlboro. He writes, in part:”We have
now encamped upon this Island ten companies which compose the Irish
Regiment six of these companies consist of Boston men and receive their
rations and all of the necessaries from the city. The great drain on our
citizens and the large responsibilities under which we labor has done much
to cripple our resources and I have been greatly disappointed to learn that
it will be impossible for the city to do more than has already been done for
the soldiers from Marlboro. To wit: defraying all the expenses incurred for
their support for more than eleven days... I have determined to call upon
you for help and support in this emergency.” Cass asks that the citizens of
Marlboro donate $220 to meet the emergency. The second letter, 1p. 4to.
on the same letterhead, Long Island, Boston, June 5, 1861, is a follow up
letter to the above. Cass writes of the contributions of the towns of Salem
and Milford, laments Boston’s failure to contribute further, and again places
his hopes on the town of Marlboro to supply the lacking funds for the
administration of the various Irish Regiments. Both fine condition.
Signed three days before his death…
843. LAFAYETTE C. BAKER (1826 - 1868) Union spy and chief of the
Federal Secret Service who had an amazing career, including convincing
Jefferson Davis he would act as a double-agent, promoted to brigadier
general, and in charge of the pursuit of Booth and his co-conspirators. Wardate A.L.S. as Chief of Detective Police on very rare “National Detective Police
Department” letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, Aug. 21, 1862, to the Chief
of Gen. John Wool’s staff, in part: “...The bearer of this is the wife of Capt.
Green of the 2nd Cavalry (Regulars). Mrs. G desires to go to Fortress Monroe
to visit her husband. I would esteem it a particular favor if you would obtain
for her the Sequence pass. Your connections in relation to the Leesburg
matter has been promptly attended to...”. Folds, very good. $800-1,200
844. FRANCIS E. BROWNELL (d. 1894) Union soldier who avenged the
death of Elmer Ellsworth when he shot and killed hotel owner James
T. Jackson who had moments earlier killed Ellsworth for tearing down a
Confederate flag. Brownell was also the first soldier to earn a Medal of
Honor in the Civil War. Signature cut from a document: “Frank E. Brownell
1st Lt. N.Y.V.”. Expertly inlaid, very good.
845. EDWARD R. CANBY (1817 - 1873) Union major general who
commanded the Department of New Mexico stopping Sibley’s assault on
California. He later commanded the assault on Mobile and after the war
was killed by Modoc Indians. Partly-printed D.S. 2pp. oblong 4to., [n.p., c.
Jan. 1868], an “Abstract of Payments made by J. W. Nicholls, Paymaster...”.
Signed and endorsed by Canby at bottom: “Examined & approved Edw.
Canby M Genl”. Payments appear to be for a court martial as the entries
include judge advocates, “Clerk Mil. Com.”, Witness”, and the like. A few
marginal tears, expected folds, else very good.
846. HENRY B. CARRINGTON (1824 - 1912) Union brigadier general
placed in command of the Mountain District, a military department created
to include the Powder River country, through which the Bozeman Trail
had been forged. When Carrington arrived with the Second Battalion, 18th
Infantry, to garrison the new trail, he underestimated Lakota and Cheyenne
resistance to the incursion and invasion, and what became known as “Red
Cloud’s War” began on July 9, 1866 when Carrington marched north of Fort
Connor. He also oversaw the disastrous Fetterman massacre, and spent
much of the rest of his life trying to salvage his reputation in the wake of
that overwhelming defeat. Signed book written by Carrington, Washington
the Soldier, (Lamson, Wolffe & Co.: New York), 1898, first edition. On
the front flyleaf Carrington pens a lengthy inscription, adding: “Born at
Wallingford Ct. March 2nd 1824 Dated at Wallingford Ct. July 15, 1900”.
Light, scattered foxing on the first few pages, else very good. $100-150
847. THOMAS CASS (1821 - 1862) Union army colonel and commander
of the 9th Regiment Mass. Vol. Infantry (Cass’s Irish Regiment). His
regiment took heavy losses at Gaines Mill and fought with great distinction
at Malvern Hill, where Cass was mortally wounded. Lot of two war-date
A.L.S.s, “Head Quarters, Cass’s Irish Regiment”, seeking additional funding
for Massachusetts regiments. The first is 2pp. 4to. on Cass’s Irish Regiment
848. HOWELL COBB (1815 - 1868) James Buchanan’s Secretary of War
and one of the founders of the Confederate States of America who also
served in the field during the Peninsular Campaign and Antietam. War
date partly-printed D.S. signed four times, 1p.4to. on Confederate States
of America letterhead, Atlanta, 4 January 1864, a requisition form mostly
filled out in Cobb’s hand for $30 worth of “Fuel”, most likely cordwood.
Usual folds, moderate uneven toning, else very good.
849. JAMES CONNER (1829 - 1883) Confederate brigadier general who
led his 22nd North Carolina at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Signature
cut from a letter. Fine.
850. SAMUEL COOPER (1798 - 1876) Confederate major general who was
the highest ranking officer in the Confederate army. He served as Inspector
General in Richmond throughout the war and fled with Jefferson Davis
when the capitol fell. Lot of two signed general orders as Adjutant General,
Washington, 1853, the first ordering automatic promotions after a certain
numbers of years have passed, the second concerning courts martial. Very
851. SAMUEL COOPER A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Washington, Jan. 25, 1856 stating
that he has arranged a placement for a veteran at a military asylum. Glue
remnants along extreme left margin, else fine.
852. MICHAEL CORCORAN (1827 - 1863) Union brigadier general who
led the 69th N.Y. and Corcoran’s Irish Brigade, captured at Bull Run and
paroled, killed at Fairfax when his horse collapsed on him. War-date
manuscript L.S. on Corcoran’s Irish Legion” letterhead, 1p. 4to., New York,
Sep. 11, 1862. Corcoran asks that Michael McEvoy Co. E, 131st N.Y., be
transferred to his command so that he may serve as a lieutenant. McEvoy’s
colonel has already agreed to the move. Fine.
pair of war-date items related to Philadelphia business man, attorney,
publisher and politician Henry E. Wallace. The first is a pass boldly signed
by Joseph Rodman DRAKE DE KAY (1836-1886) as provost marshal of
Washington. This pass was issued by De Kay while he was an aide de camp
to Gen. Joseph K. Mansfield, 1p. oblong 8vo., “Head Qrs., Military Dept. of
Washington, May 30, 1861” issued to Henry E. Wallace (1814-1879) of
Philadelphia to pass “over the bridges. By order of Gen. Mansfield.” Wallace’s
“The Legal Intelligencer “ was designated in 1861 by William Seward to print
the 37th Congress’ acts and resolutions. Also included is an election ticket
promoting Wallace for alderman.
854. JOHN A. DIX (1798 - 1879) Union major general most remembered
for his threat to shoot anyone hauling down the American flag, and his
suppression of the bloody New York draft riots. Lot of two signed items,
includes: an A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., New York, Apr. 19, 1870 mentioning that
he had been appointed an escort to the remains of lawyer, legislator and
diplomat Anson Burlingame: “…for no one can entertain a more respectful
or grateful remembrance of the distinguished statesman, whose death I
regard as a calamity…”; with an 1866 A.L.S. in the third person “Genl. Dix”
New York, accepting an invitation. Very good. $100-150
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855. JOHN B. GORDON (1832 - 1904) Confederate major general who
led a brigade at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and crushed Grant’s line
at the Wilderness. Bold signature cut from a financial document, mounted.
Slightly brushed.
856. AMOS BEEBE EATON (1806 - 1877) Union brigadier general who
served as Purchasing Commissioner for armies in the field, and later as
Commissary General. Manuscript L.S. on Commissary General letterhead,
1p. 4to., Washington, Jan. 18, 1872 advising that he has referred a letter to
an Army auditor. Very good. $75-100
857. WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN (1823 - 1903) Union major general blamed for
the Union debacle at Fredericksburg. In 1864 while recovering from wounds
he was captured by Jubal Early, but escaped. Fine lot of five war-date A.L.S.s,
11P. total, Portland, Me. and York River, May 29 1863 to July 24, 1864, all to
Col. Frank J. Parker in Boston. Franklin, who had made an initially successful
attack at Fredericksburg, had complained to Lincoln about Burnside’s
competence and the lack of morale in the Army of the Potomac. He was
dismissed and Republican adversaries called him before the Committee on
the Conduct of the War, causing him to languish without a command for
over five months. This grouping mentions his case, and the fitting-out of
his new staff in Louisiana. In part: “…I thank you for the interest you have
taken in my case…Greene thinks the matter of enough interest to have
published…I sent it to the Post & Courier…I have received a copy of the
evidence taken by the C.O.W. Committee…they must have thought me a
person whom it was necessary to ruin…I am however better satisfied with
the result…you are desirous of going on to my Staff…when I go on duty
again…I am here on account of the wound in my leg…I do not object to the
invaliding…I am glad to hear of Sawtelle’s good luck…necessary for me to
leave here on Monday to make a visit with Gen. Grant…When in command
of a Corps I have heads of the Staff Dept…I see that Baldy Smith has been
displaced from his position, Brooks has resigned, the 19th Corps has been
placed under Butler, and I presume…I shall be placed under Butler…[I] shall
resign rather than serve under him…”. Very good.
858. RANDALL LEE GIBSON (1832 - 1892) Confederate brigadier general
who led a brigade at Chickamauga and Chattanooga. He also fought
under Hood at Atlanta and in Tennessee. Lot of two items, includes an
A.L.S. on his legal letterhead, 1p. 4to., New Orleans, Mar. 17, 1869, rather
cryptic content concerning his inability to assist his correspondent, and
mentioning that the subject discussed shall remain “strictly confidential”.
Sold with an A.D.S. also on his letterhead, 1p. 4to., New Orleans, [n.d.], a
statement of account concerning the sale of a lot of land in New Orleans,
showing a sum of $1,257.39 due to him. Nicely signed. Both items very
good to fine.
859. FITZHUGH LEE (1835 - 1905) Confederate major general and nephew
of Robert E. Lee who directed troops in Stuart’s ride around McClellan, and
fought at Antietam and Gettysburg. He also cut his way out of Appomattox
only to surrender two days later. Bold signature on a card, adding “Virginia”.
PRISONERS Important secretarial copy of a letter written by Robert E. Lee
to Union Gen. Joseph Hooker, 2pp.4to., “Head Quarters Army of Northern
Virginia”, May 11, 1863, likely in the hand of an aide, forwarded to the
Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac from Headquarters by
Asst. Adj. Gen. Gen. SETH WILLIAMS the next day. Lee writes to Hooker
on the treatment of Union wounded, in part: “...your wounded will avoid
inconvenience and suffering if taken directly from the different hospitals
in your own ambulances instead of being subjected to the changes of
conveyances incident to their removal to the river by my transportation...
your ambulances will be permitted to cross that Rappahannock at the
United States Mine Ford to remove the wounded from Chancellorsville, at
Banks Ford for those at Salem Church, and at Fredericksburg for those in
that vicinity. Instructions have been give free passage to your
trains...”. In fairly rough shape with toned and torn folds repaired with tape,
some spotting, but still overall good condition.
861. STEPHEN R. MALLORY (1813 - 1873) Confederate Secretary of the
Navy. A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Senate Chambers, Washington, Aug. 7, 1854 to Secretary
of the Navy James C. Dobbin suggesting that a portion of his department’s
printing needs be send to the “Ancient City”, a “sound administration paper” in
Florida which Mallory obviously supports. Fine.
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862. ROBERT MILROY (1816 - 1890) Union Army major general, noted for
his defeat at the Second Battle of Winchester in 1863 but later somewhat
redeeming himself about Nashville. War-date A.L.S., 2pp. 4to., Washington,
Dec. 1, 1863 to Asst. Adj. Gen. Edward D. Townsend. Six months after the
debacle at Winchester, Milroy checks in: “...I am still on the loafer list. I have,
since the time I was relieved from duty...been constantly ready & anxious for
duty, and willing to take command of any of the numerous Divisions in the
army commanded by Brigadiers and Colonels. But I have been condemned
during all this period to inglorious exile from duty, to be an idle spectator
of glorious deeds of our armies that are rapidly bringing the Rebellion to a
close...It is hard after being constantly on be denied without cause
the privilege of being in at its death...”. Fine. Milroy’s “exile” would continue
another five months while a court of inquiry examined his performance at
863. GIDEON J. PILLOW (1806 - 1878) Confederate major general, who
fought at Belmont and was second-in-command at Fort Donelson from
which he fled to avoid capture by Grant. War-date A.E.S. cut from a
document, in full: “Montgomery May 17/64 Gid. J. Pillow Brig. Genl. Wishes
Capt. Chisolm’s Co. now in Fla. Ordered to report to him; being part of his
old Brigade. Closely cut at left, a bit brittle, else very good.
864. STERLING PRICE (1809 - 1867) Confederate major general who
captured Lexington, and fought at Iuka, Corinth and Red River as well.
The war left him a broken and impoverished man. Partly-printed D.S. as
Governor of Missouri, 1p. oblong 4to., Jefferson, Mo., April 15, 1853, a
bond for $1,000 signed by Price at bottom right. Punch cancellation affects
one letter in signature, otherwise very good. Mounted, with six coupons.
865. WINFIELD SCOTT (1786 - 1866) Soldier and military tactician
who gained prominance as a national hero during the War of 1812. He
succeeded to the command of the U.S. Army in 1841 and was hailed as the
greatest military leader of his time following his handling of the Mexican
War. Signature and closing penned on a small sheet, mounted. Very good.
866. JOHN SEDGWICK (1813 - 1864) Union major general wounded at
Antietam and Glendale, fought at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, killed
by a sharpshooter while claiming the Confederates wouldn’t be able to hit
an elephant at such a distance. Signature “J. Sedgwick” on a narrow slip of
paper closely-cut from a muster roll. Very good.
867. JAMES A. SEDDON (1815-1880) Confederate Secretary of War from
1862 until February 1865, when he was sacked because of his removal of
Johnston at Atlanta. War date partly-printed D.S. “J A Seddon” as Secretary
of War, 1p. legal folio on Confederate War Department letterhead, Sept. 26,
1864 being a pay warrant for $150,000 to be paid to Confederate Treasurer
E. C Elmore “ be placed to the credit of Capt. Z. S. Farland A.C. S. Newton
King & Queen Co. Va....”. The use of the vast sum, noted at the bottom, was
for “...Purchase of Sub Stores &c....”. In rather rough shape with marginal
tyears, heavy wear at top, and a clean fold split at bottom: just good.
868. PHILIP H. SHERIDAN (1831 - 1888) Union major general of cavalry
and famous Indian fighter. Sheridan’s fighting prowess was evident
throughout the war, from Booneville to Chickamauga and the elimination of
J.E.B. Stuart at Yellow Tavern. Very bold signature adding rank as lieutenant
general, penned on a small card. Fine.
869. WILLIAM T. SHERMAN (1820-1891) Union major general declared by
the press to be “insane”, he led his army in their March to the Sea, taking
Atlanta, Savannah and Columbia along the way. Excellent signature adding
rank, and “New York, March 24”. Fine condition, framed with an image of
Sherman. Ex. B. Altman’s
870. ALFRED H. TERRY (1827 - 1890) Union brigadier general at First Bull
Run, Petersburg and Richmond, he was also commander of the expedition
leading to George Custer’s death at the Little Big Horn. A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., Fort
Snelling, Mn. Mar. 6, 1886 to fellow Civil War Gen. Joseph H. Hawley, a very
warm and heartfelt letter of condolence upon the death of Hawley’s wife.
Toned at central vertical fold barely affecting text and last letter in signature,
else very good.
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A patent for a whaling lance
871. JACOB THOMPSON (1810 - 1885) Confederate politician who first
warned of the planned relief of Fort Sumter, served under Beauregard and
Pemberton, and later was sent by Davis to Canada to prepare subversive acts
such as the St. Albans Raid and the burning of New York. Fine content, partlyprinted D.S., 4pp. folio, Washington, Nov. 10, 1857, a patent submitted by
Henry Bates of New London, Conn., for an “Improvement in Projectiles”.
The patent, # 18,568, improves the bomb-lance then in use, a rifle-like
small artillery piece usually intended for killing whales; Bates’ invention
placed a coil of wire to the butt end, steadying it during flight. Document
has retained its seal and blue ribbon, as well as Bates’ original drawing of
his invention. Boldly signed, “Jacob Thompson” as Secretary of the Interior
and countersigned by future Union Gen. JOSEPH HOLT as Commissioner
of Patents. Heavily toned, with minor folds, very good.
Wheeler and Forrest correspond to create a
new Tennessee regimen
874. JOSEPH WHEELER (1836 - 1906) Confederate major general, “Fighting
Joe” was a brilliant cavalry officer who raided Rosecrans at Chattanooga and
harassed Sherman’s army through Georgia and the Carolinas. Fine content
war-date L.S. 2pp. 8vo., “Head Quarters Cavalry - Lavergne, Tenn.”, Nov.
26, 1862 to Gen. Braxton Bragg. In part: “ . . . I have 8 companies at this place
under Major Douglas, 7 of these companies are from Tennessee and one
from a border county in Kentucky . . . all of these could make a regiment for
which field officers would be appointed. I received the enclosed letter from
Gen. [Nathan Bedford] Forrest last night, I of course replied that I had no
power to make the regiment solely a Tennessee organization. Gen. Forrest
recommended Col. Carroll . . . “ With lengthy endorsement by G. W. BRENT,
Bragg’s A.A.G. who orders: “Make a full Tennessee Regiment if possible.
Major Thomas will be ordered to lead . . . “. Text of letter is a bit light, and
Wheeler’s signature is very light but distinguishable, endorsement is dark,
overall good condition.
875. AMEL W. WHIPPLE (1816 - 1863) Union major general who led a division
in the defense of Washington, at Fredericksburg, and at Chancellorsville
where he was mortally wounded. Scarce A.L.S. “A. W. Whipple” as Captain
of Topographical Engineers, 3pp. 4to., Detroit, June 10, 1858 to the Clerk of
Works at Sackets Harbor, N.Y. In part: “...I am glad you have succeeded so
satisfactorily with the work; and will shortly finish...I am desirous of seeing the
end of the jobs on Lake Ontario...I ought perhaps to caution you not to leave
any point until you see the works, placed under your charge, in such good
order as to require nothing further for some time to come...please execute
the work without awaiting orders. Enclosed are five hundred dollars Treasury
Notes...” A few foxed spots in text, folds, else very good.
Union solder’s letters, total 6pp., 8vo. and 4to., written by Orderly Sgt. Solon
G. Blaisdell [WIA Cold Harbor, Va., 6/03/64], Co. F, 12th New Hampshire
Vols., Point Lookout Prison, Md., Sep. 14 & 17, 1863 In small part: “…I
have seen as hard marching and hard fighting…we have nearly eighteen
hundred Reb prisoners here to guard and we find it’s pretty hard work to
keep them all. Some eight or ten have got away from us. Night before last
it was very rough weather...five of the ‘Grey Backs’ escaped by swimming
the creek. I was on guard…but the squad of men that I had charge of were
not guarding the point where they crossed...They fired at them but could
not stop them. The Cavalry are after them now. [Gen.] Marston will soon
have it so they will have to stay put. He is going to build a high fence…they
are a pretty smart lot of boys but they are traitors to the Government…we
have but few troops to guard them now but are expecting the 5th N. H…
with a full Regt…Gen. Marston is pretty strict with us…most of the 2nd N.
H. are regular devils…it is a pleasant place here, the Potomac on one side
and the Chesapeake Bay on the other…there is a creek that runs from the
river to the bay which makes it an island…which makes it a fine place to
keep prisoners…we are to have ten thousand here to guard…Most all of our
Officers were killed or wounded at Chancellorsville or Gettysburg….I am
death[?] on slavery and for emancipating of the slaves but I think it should
be a gradual process…about Copperheadism. I don’t think Wells does just
right to call you as such if you are opposed to some of Lincoln’s orders…I
am for arming the Negroes and letting them fight out their own freedom if it
must be done…I will send George a piece of the colors that have been through
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg…[Sept. 17th, 1863]…I intended Greeley on
writing you a history of the marches & battles I have been through…I will
send along what I have…the 5th which is now at Concord is going to the
front. If so…the 12th will get a furlough at present and I would much rather
stay here without a furlough…I am acting as Orderly Sergt. now…”. Also
included is the original stamped transmittal cover. Very good. $500-600
873. ALEXANDER WEBB (1835 - 1911) Union brigadier general who held
the “Bloody Angle” against Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg. D.S., 2pp. large
4to., New York, Oct. 15, 1876, a lengthy invoice for chemicals supplied to
City College of New York, approved by Webb at conclusion.
876. JOHN WITHERS Confederate Asst. Adjutant General, a U.S. Army
officer who resigned to serve the Confederacy.Good content war-date A.L.S.,
1p. 8vo., Richmond, Dec. 20, 1861 to Col. Campbell in Shepardsville, NC.
In part: “...We have nothing new here - everybody is in the same state of
expectancy of McClellan’s advance that has existed these three months. G.
W. Smith, Whiting, Beauregard and Joe Johnston are all anxious for him to
come to Richmond as fast as he can...”. Fine, sold with a D.S. on Adjuatant
and Inspector General’s Office letterhead, 1p. 4to., Jan. 26, 1865, an order.
Split at folds, light, with paper loss at one fold. Two pcs.
877. JOHN L. WORDEN (1818 1897) Union naval commander of the
Monitor during her historic clash with
the CSS Merrimac at Hampton Roads.
Fine signature on a card adding rank,
Washington, 1893. Sold with a carte de
visite image of the captain, backstamp
by Joseph Ward, Boston. Fine. $150-200
878. MARCUS J. WRIGHT (1831 1922) Confederate brigadier general
wounded at Shiloh, returning to fight
at Chickamauga and Atlanta. He later
compiled the Official Records of the Civil
War. A.L.S., 3pp., War Records Office, Washington, Oct. 18, 1894 to Mr. Rice
regarding the sale of property. In part: “We have to pay the owner ($40,000)
forty thousand dollars for the property. I have to divide with June...No my
dear fellow, see what you can do about it. I feel that everything said of it in
endorsed papers, is strictly can refer him to Hon. N.J. Whitehouse
Columbia Tennessee...”. Very good.
signatures of Union naval figures, most appearing with rank, some with
SELFRIDGE, SILAS STRINGHAM, and two unidentified. All of the signatures
are tipped to a mounting strip, overall very good.
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A 12” diameter war log from Chickamauga
section of the trunk of (most likely) a pine tree with the rear of a 3” Hotchkiss shell extending from the
center of the log, exactly where the shell impacted 150 years ago! The inerted shell, protruding 2 1/2”
from the trunk, is solidly embedded within the wood and obviously remained there for many decades
as the tree grew about it. The log section itself is 28” tall and is nearly 12” in diameter. According to our
consignor, this relic was recovered near Chickamauga. The pine bark has since fallen away (but a clever
woodworker could replace it), and the shell has been enhanced with black paint. A real head-turner!
An archive including 37 war-date letters and a diary
archive of material including 37 A.Ls.S and a diary written and kept by J. B. Coppenhaver of the 93rd
Campaign seeing action at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, and Malvern Hill. They were mercifully held
in reserve at Antietam, but saw action at Gettysburg. The regiment also served in the Shendoah Valley
fighting at the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. During his service with the 93rd our correspondent
was wounded at Fair Oaks
and again at the Wilderness.
Written primarily to his
mother and other family
accomplishes the majority
of the letters in ink with
several in pencil. In part:
“[Washington, March 3,
1862] …The brave ninety
third is now in the field
ready and willing there [sic]
rifles weld ]sic] against all
traitors and treacherous
foes whilst onward we
march to deal the death
blows. With colonel Johnston
at our head giving the
command we will march
defiantly down into dixie
land and there show them
what our relgium [sic] rifles
will do when handtled [sic]
by pennsylvanians who
always prove true… [“Near Richmond” June 3] …I think you have he[a]rd of
the great battle, we had on Satturday [sic] the 31 May [Seven Pines] I was in
the whole time and got safe out I stra[i[ned myself in the leg a little do doubt
you will see my name on the wound list… I am not in the hospital… [July
4] …our Army moved City Point they fought the last 6 days hard our regt.
was in a small fight but I was not along out we are now about 15 miles from
richmond on the James river the river so full of our gun boats to protict [sic]
us, yesterday the rebels throwed [sic] a shell in our camp a bout 50 yds from
us, but we are acquainted to it that we don’t mind it any more, on the field
were we laid yesterday there were about 50 thousand men and we got more
than 50 thousand fresh troop[s] again. I don’t no [sic] what the object was
of coming over hear [sic] but I think McClellan knows what he is doing… at 5
P.M. the guns were fired in honor of the forth July… [Yorktown, Aug. 27] Our
camp is near the place where Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington
… on the South bank of york River… [near Frederickbsurg, Dec. 28] …I
heard that we have Marching Orders again where to we move I dont no… we
can hear Canonading [sic] again to day in front… [Williamsport, Oct. 28] ….I am promoted to Serge[a]nt in our company… [Maryland, July 8 1863] …our
regt was in the fight [Gettysburg], but did not get a man killed 10 or 11 wounded only. The rebels got enough this time, and they will get it better before
they get out of Md. we had awful rain these few days, our regt is … g[u]arding Artillery the road is awful bad, the teams can hardly get through … we are
now near the old Antietam battle ground… July 9… God gave us one of the greatest victories of the war, I think you saw it in the paper, the rebels loss as
between 45 and 50 thousand men, the battle was fought at Gettysburg, the regt was in the fight on the 2… Vicksburg… our news are good … [Halltown,
Va., Feb. 23, 1864] …Last night we got marching Orders we got 2 days ration all the Cavalry went out in the front I heard that the rebs want to gross [sic,
cross] the Shanando [sic] river and come in this valley… [“In Hospital at Fredericksburg Va”, May 24 1864] …to day I feel very well my wounds are get[t]ing
along well… I heard Wm. Boeshar had One of his Arms taken off they are moveing [sic]… the wounded as fast as they can to Washington… [Alexandria,
Va., May 15, 1864] …I was wounded in both legs, at the knees but it was only [a] flesh wound do not trouble yourself about it… [Philadelphia, July 12,
1864] …I think there must have been a great excite[ment] up there again, but you need not be alarmed that the rebs are coming down there they are
advancing on Baltimore in force they send all the troops and the men out of the Hosp[i]t[al]s that were fit to go on to Baltimore the trains are running every
hour but we will soon of the old 6th corps or some other that will arrived [sic] at Baltimore you need not be alarmed that they will get up there… More fine
content. The letters bear the expected folds with some marginal wear and light soiling, very good condition overall. The correspondence is accompanied
by a journal/diary kept by Coppenhaver late in the war which includes three muster rolls for Company C of the 93rd (March, April & May 1864) as well as
diary entries (kept in pencil) chronicling his recovery from his knee wounds received at the Wilderness (July 3 to Oct 14, 1864). Diary bears the expected
wear to the leather covers, some pages loose, else very good.
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Four war-date letters and a charm made at
Libby Prison
“With determined courage...the gallant
Blythe...fell under my eye, pierced through
the heart...”
LATER MORTALLY WOUNDED Excellent war-date archive consisting
of four war-date letters from Green (1862), one letter from Green from
1860, and a poignant carved bone heart-shaped charm from Libby Prison.
William Green, Jr. was a young man of eighteen when he enlisted in the
Federal army five months after the beginning of the Civil War in the 25th
Mass. Infantry on Sep. 16, 1861. He was promoted to second lieutenant on
882. LEONIDAS POLK BATTLE Mar. 7, 1862, and transferred to the 102nd N.Y. Infantry. His regiment was
OF SHILOH REPORT War-date stationed at Fort Greble on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. on Apr. 27,
fair copy of his report on the 1862, when he wrote to his grandfather asking him and his grandmother
battle of Shiloh by Confederate to “...step for a few moments into ‘Adams Photographic Gallery’ and get a
Gen. Leonidas Polk (secretarially photograph of each of you separate for me..,” offering to “ the expense
penned), 12pp. folio, “Head of it, for $2 or $3.” He was still near Washington the following month, but
Quarters, Right Wing, Army of wrote that he anticipates a “...march soon for Aquia Creek...” Lt. Green
the Mississippi,” September ,1862, moved with his regiment into Dixie sometime in May. On Aug. 9, 1862, his
five months after the engagement. regiment met Stonewall Jackson at the Battle of Cedar Mountain and Green
One of the major battles of the was captured. May Pike, his cousin, wrote to Green’s father on Aug. 20,
Western Theater, Shiloh was 1862 regarding the capture of her brother and William’s son: “When I wrote
fought over two days, April 6 my last letter to you so long ago we little thought that the next one would
and 7, 1862. The Confederates be written as such a time as this. The miseries of our country have become
fought well the first day, but were vital & personal to us, & I fear also to you, for I think Lieut. W. N. Green
defeated by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant whose name is among the prisoners taken at Cedar Mountain must be your
and his Army of the Tennessee son. My dear brother who was aid to Gen. Prince...mentioned having found
the following day. Polk begins a new cousin in the 102 N.Y...We have heard nothing from my brother since
with a detailed breakdown of his that gallant but dreadful battle [Cedar Mountain] & the information that we
corps and the proposed plan of have received leads us to believe he was with Gen. Prince at the time he was
battle, mentioning the dispositions of Hardee, Cheatham, Clark, Bragg, taken prisoner...Of the agonies we have endured I say nothing, for if I am
Beauregard, etc. After maneuvering into position, he is given control of the correct in my surmise, your family has endured the same.” Of the battle,
general line, describing Sherman’s men as fighting: “...with determined she incorrectly observes that: “It was a great deed accomplished to foil the
courage...the gallant Blythe...fell under my eye, pierced through the wily [Gen. Stonewall] Jackson & turn him back...” Cedar Mountain was a
heart...Gen. Clark, too, while cheering his command...struck down & Confederate victory. Green spent the next forty-six days in Libby Prison in
so severely wounded...Brig. Gen. Johnson, while leading his Brigade, Richmond. Included in the archive is a memento, a heart-shaped charm
also fell, it was feared, mortally wounded...Captain Marshall T. Polk, of made of bone, approximately 1” x 3/4”, bearing an inscription: “Lt. Col.
Polk’s battery, who lost a reached me that the Commander in Wm. N. Green Aug. 9th 62 Libbie Prison 1862.” Floral decoration adorns
Chief, Gen. Johnston, had fallen...”. . The report is filled with accounts each side. By November 3, he was in Annapolis, Maryland, waiting to be
of the actions of his fellow commanders, as witnessed by him, as well exchanged. He wrote to his grandfather: “I go every day to the Library at the
as further description of the fate of those that fell. Polk’s report also State House and read, am reading the ‘History of the French Revolution’
offers direct quotes from his fellow generals. Of his own men he notes: is very interesting...I don’t have one word covering my exchange but hope
“...The enemy in our front was gradually & successively driven from his soon to get back to my Regt.” Green was exchanged and returned to active
position, & forced from the field back on the river bank. About five P.M. duty, receiving a promotion and transfer on June 13, 1863. As lieutenant
my line attacked the enemy’s an encampment on my right... colonel, he was placed on the field staff of the 173rd New York Infantry
the resistance was sharp but short. The enemy...hoisted a white flag and serving in Louisiana. On April 9, 1864, he was wounded at Pleasant Hill,
surrendered....” Polk concludes his narrative by thanking his commanders Louisiana, and had his left arm amputated. He received brevet promotions
and men. Incredible detail in this dramatic after-action report which has to colonel and brigadier general after his wounding. He lived another five
been marked as a true copy by an A.A.G. Folds, else very good. weeks, then died of his wounds in New Orleans at the age of twenty-one.
$1,000-1,500 Overall very good to fine. Five pcs.
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884. ARCHIVE OF PVT. EPHRAIM C. CAREY, 34TH MASS. A great grouping
of relics from Union Pvt. Ephraim C. Carey (also spelled “Carrey”), Co. I, 34th
Mass. Carey, who enlisted on July 23, 1862, served for the balance of the
war, seeing action at Piedmont, Opequan, Cedar Creek, Hatcher’s Run, and
in the run to Appomattox. Perhaps the most interesting item is a copy The
Great Rebellion, Vol. I, by J. T. Headley, Hurlbut, William & Co., Hartford,
1862, leather covers, showing much wear with spine loosened and first
few pages starting to separate. Incredibly, this book was captured by a
Confederate on the battlefield and then recaptured by Carey! On the page
opposite the front pastedown are three notations in two different hands, all
in very light but legible pencil. The one at center reads: “Captured by Dr.
W. A. Bickens Asst. Surg. 6th N.C. Regt. on the battlefield of Frederick City
July 9th, 1864”. Bickens apparently gave the volume to his superior, who
noted the fact that Bickens had captured the book, then adds his ownership
signature: “Richard Wat. York Capt. 6th N.C. Regt. Hokes Brigade Ramseurs
Division, Early’s Corps, Army of the Valley”. At bottom, the victorious Carey
exclaims: “Recaptured by Ephraim E. Carey at the battle of Cedar Creek
October 19th 1864”. At a later time, either Carrey or likely his namesake
son practiced signing his name across the page affecting York’s inscription.
On the verso of that page is a later penciled note, affixed with sealing wax,
transcribing the attribution penciled on the preceding page. Carey signs
again on the next page, again in pencil. York was wounded twice in the war,
at Gaines Mill and Fishers Hill. Also included are two of his G.A.R. badges
and three G.A.R. buttons, a button from his uniform, a belt buckle, musket
ball and coin he recovered during the war (the buckle appears to be quite
oxidized), a G.A.R. bookmark and invitation, and a watch fob. With the
twice-captured book, a fine grouping of items.
A good end of war Union officer’s 1865 diary kept by 2nd Lt. Amos Parker,
23rd New York (Rocket Battery) Light Artillery. The diary begins on March
31, 1865 and continues through the early summer 1865 with sporadic
entries of the negotiations between Johnson and Sherman and of their
marching through North Carolina at the end of hostilities. Standard leather
bound three dates per page style diary for 1863, but used by Parker in
1865. Loose binding with January and most of February missing from this
includes a war-date A.L.S. of John McArthur, Co. C, 41st Alabama, 4pp.
8vo., Feb. 9, 1862. The letter, which is very light in places, mentions going
on picket: “...there is three companies in this Regt volunteered for the
war...all that volunteered are paid a bounty of 50 dollars but I shall not
volunteer until I come home...”. Sold with a second A.L.S., 3pp. 8vo., [n.p.,
n.d. but undoubtedly war-date], McArthur to his father and sister providing
instruction on a uniform which he wants made for him and complaining
that all he has to eat is “peach pye” and beans, with a small tintype found in
the same grouping, likely an image of McArthur.
soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., by Pvt. Miles L. Smith Co. K, 10th Conn. Vols., St.
Helena Island, (SC), Mar. 25, 1862, in part: “…we are way down south in
dixie encamped in a cotton field on St. Helena’s Island. I have seen quite a
number of the 6th Conn. Vols…you spoke of the 15 [Conn.] reg. coming
down here…what do the folks think about the war at the north…they will
have to come yet…why don’t you go and fight like a man for the stars and
stripes and for your country…at home there is plenty of young men that
because they have got a sick father they can’t go…that shows what their
patriotism is…there is 7 monitors here. They are going to be something
done before long to Charleston…”. The original stamped transmittal cover
is included. A bit light else very good.
888. CLOTHING RETURN ENDORSED SIX TIMES War-date partly-printed
Confederate military document being a “Descriptive List and Account of
Pay and Clothing”, 6” x 16 1/2”, issued to Pvt. John C. Burns, Co. D, 65th
Georgia Infantry, “Near Dalton, Ga.”, Dec. 27, 1863, signed and made
official by his commander 1st Lt. James F. Morton. Burns is listed as a sixfoot tall farmer who was born in 1840 at Chattanooga. What really makes
this document interesting is that it was endorsed six times on the verso
by C.S.A. officers as Burns was issued clothing and paid throughout the
war. One such endorsement from Dec. 6, 1864 lists: “Macon, Ga…one
jacket valued $14.00; one shirt valued $3.00; one pr. socks $1.00…”, while
another reads: “Macon Ga., Dec. 15, 64, one pr pants $12.00;one pr shoes
$10.00…”. Some ink a bit light, else very good. Live Auction Part II • Wednesday, February 19, 2014
889. 23RD SOUTH CAROLINA SOLDIER’S LETTER A Confederate soldier’s
letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by “your friend, H.”, 23rd South Carolina, Camp
Van Dorn, Va., Feb. 7, 1862, in part: “…John C. Calhoun is right sick…
Lieut. McQueen & Alford are both at the hospital…Jim Mace’s Boy & John
Clarke are the Capts cooks now…we have hired a boy from Brooks McCole
$15 per month. There are only four shanties up in company K, two others
are commenced. Mess No. 4 has split and formed two messes…I do not
know the cause of the division. There have been two messes made of No.
6 also…D. Cohen is our mail carrier…Capt. Mac takes 100 copies of the
Dispatch which he sells to the four Regts or rather he has agents to sell
them for him. Cohen sells in the 8th. Jno. Jones in Kershaw’s [Brigade] etc…
Coit’s company is about to prove a failure…”. Very good.
“They find baskets necessary
to carry the money required…”
date A.L.S. “W.S.W.” 3pp. 4to., Richmond, Va., March 29, 1865. Identified
in pencil as William S. Wall, the correspondent was a recently released
Confederate P.O.W. who provides a good account of his return from
captivity as well as a superb and unusual account of life in the Confederate
capital just before the evacuation of the city. Wall writes two days after his
release, in part: “…Richmond is a gay place, and except in the high price
of every thing, I can see but little difference between it and other cities.
Every thing is plenty. The stores can furnish any article called for, and
the streets are full of gaily dressed ladies. For gold, or silver, a man can
live cheaper here than in New York, but for Confed. money it requires a
small fortune a day. It used to be, that persons carried baskets to market
to bring home their purchases, but now they find baskets necessary to
carry the money required. I have, but a few minutes since, had a plate of
very fine ice-cream in as fine and well furnished saloon, as can be found
in Cincinnati, or Louisville. The bill was only $5.00 (cheap). There is no
fighting, particularly going on, along our lines, now, nothing more serious
than an occasional skirmish. In the little affair near Petersburg the other
day, we trounced the Yankees finely… I have seen none of the dejection, and
scare, among the citizens of Richmond, which Northern accounts led me
to expect- on the contrary, business is just as brisk, and the people just as
lively, as if Grant’s Army was a hundred miles away. If there is any intention
to evacuate Richmond, it requires some one better posted than I am, to
see any of the indications. I can’t see anything that looks like it. I thought I
had seen fortifications and buns before, but I must acknowledge that until
I came here, I had seen but little. There are guns enough to fence in half
of Harrison County … Of my trip from Prison … but as my last letter had
to pass through the hands of an Inspector couldn’t say much more than
that we were well treated … The guards it is true did treat us, or rather
those of us who had a little money, better than we expected. The officer
(a little, excitable Dutch lieutenant…) put us to all the discomfort he dared
- closed car doors and windows when wherever we stopped at a station,
would not allow us to speak to citizens, and drove off all the pedlers &c. that
came near us - frequently refused to allow us to have water, when the men
were almost suffocating with thirst … It was almost as bad as remaining in
Prison. The Yankees would not generally allow us to buy bread & pies &c.
from the pedlers, but would buy it themselves, an let us have it, at double,
or treble cost. At night, when we would lie down in the heat to sleep, they
would steal the boys hats & blankest &c. and many poor boys came around
bare headed… “ Some toning along folds, else very good.
A good Confederate soldier’s letter, 2pp. 4to., written by Pvt. Pit C. Drake
[bvt. 2nd Lt.], Co. G, 23rd S.C. Vols., New Town, Cut Bridge, Nov. 1, 1861
to his father Zachariah. In part: “…we have moved about four miles from
Secessionville to a little bridge across a small creek. We had to march and
take our baggage. I got a free negro to bring my knapsack…if I had not
[I] do not believe I could have stood it…please send me a boy either hire a
free Negro or send one from home. Capt. Emanuel says we must have two
or we cannot stand it…he brought his through…we had to detail Ben with
our baggage…Capt. Emmanuel says please look after his business…he says
when he left his overseer was drunk and things were going on badly. There
has been great excitement here since our defeat at Beaufort. All the families
have left the island…the militia is ordered out…they can volunteer with the
privileges of hiring substitutes when they chose provided they will stay until
their substitutes are drilled…several of the Marion Blues have hired substitutes
and one of them only volunteered for three months by consent of Col. [Lewis
M.] Hatch…”. A couple tiny marginal holes, else very good.
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Confederate soldier’s letter, 3pp. 8vo., “On Picket...Camp Gregg”, Caroline
County (Va.), Jan. 28, 1863. John H. Munford writes his sister, in part: “...To
be on picket in such weather is perfectly awful, but we console ourselves by
knowing that the Yankees have the same as we, and I am sure that we can
stand it as long as they can...If the enemy should attempt to cross in our front I
think we should finish Mr. Burnsides this time to our own and entire satisfaction
of the entire South. We are as strong by nature & entrenchments as possible
and all we want is a good show...”. Very good. Written while Burnside was
undertaking his fruitless “Mud March” which would result in his dismissal.
KEITT Confederate Captain of the 19th SC Batt’n Cavalry and the 20th SC
Infantry. Fine content war-date A.L.S., 1p. legal folio, [South Carolina], Oct. 5,
1863 to South Carolina Gov. MILLEDGE LUKE BONHAM in Columbia. In part:
“...In my passage through Columbia I found all articles of provision selling at
enormous prices...I have learned possible the true cause. No one pretends to
send anything to market because the impressing officers block every avenue
to the city. If action is not taken in the matter you will soon find the People of
Columbia without provisions...the people will become careless about gathering
if all the highways are to be blockaded. Instead of the Government agents
receiving one tenth which all the planters are anxious to turn in, and more
if need be, they house themselves upon all the avenues to the cities and stop
and plunder all wagons they can. Sir, if some remedy is not applied we must
expect fearful results...”. Endorsed by Bonham on verso: “Cap. Ellison Keitt
Oct. 5/63 As to impressions &c.”. Slight toning, else very good. Impressment
agents were the bane of Southern farmers: at this point in the war, they were
rapidly depleting farms throughout South Carolina, offering worthless scrip in
exchange for provisions. $300-400
HIS MARRIAGE! A good war-date Confederate soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo.,
written by Pvt. J. W. Williams, Co. G, 6th South Carolina Cavalry [Hampton’s
Legion], “Camp Butler’s Brigade”, Dec. 15, 1864, in part: “…it is my intentions
to get married. That is if I can find a girl…I hope that god will permit me to
find one…I thought before old Abraham Lincoln’s time was out that I would
not try to get married but as he has been reelected…I am not a going to wait
any longer for the war to end. If I ever find the write one I am a going to ask
her to try and be assistance getting me a furlough…”. Stains, text is light - just
WHITE AND COLORED SOLDIERS A good war-date Confederate Colonel’s
letter, 2pp. 4to., written by Col. Lewis M. Hatch 23rd S.C. Vols., (as South
Carolina militia commander), Somerville, SC, Jan. 8, 1865 to his friend Capt.
Charles L. Davis of the 27th Virginia. In part: “…I went at once on by the line
of the Edesto & am now bound for…Santee & junction of the Congaree &
Wateree…I am told we have 21 guards in this region-yet every thing stands
still for want of leaders. I have told them that…I could raise 800 to 1000
men black & white, the last of our best men…they listen & that is all. The
work I am doing is important…but then I could do that &…have 100 men to
help in the reconnaissances…in spite of all this I think that we shall tarnish
Sherman’s barrels. No body has made anything out of So. Ca. and unless
there is contraband imbecile they will not [k]now...We are in the midst of
gloom, trouble & trial…now is just the time for every man to do his best…
the movement of the troops you are in the way of knowing as much as I for at
Headquarters…they did not know as much as the R. R. men & others in the
896. STONEWALL BRIGADE SOLDIER WRITES ON THE KILPATRICKDAHLGREN RAID A good war-date Confederate teamster/soldier’s letter,
2pp. 4to. by Pvt. Thomas Peyton [WIA First Bull; POW New Market, Va., June 4,
62; DOW 6/17/64], Co. E, 27th Va. (Stonewall Brigade), Camp near Orange C.
H., Mar. 11, 1864 to his former commander Lt. Charles L. Davis. He expresses
his outrage, in part: “…I have been able to learn a greater portion of this
army have reenlisted for the war…makes our prospect look more bright and
cheering than they did some 2 or 3 months ago…the German war in Europe
will make considerably in our favor as it will give thousands of Vile Bitches
employment at home who would otherwise come over to the North to fight
us. Kilpatrick and his picked band of cut throats didn’t make much by their late
raid on Richmond. Old Jeff and Lee weren’t quite ready to have their throats
cut, neither did the people of Richmond and vicinity seem to relish the joy of
having their city experience [?] with turpentine…gentlemen who are so fond of
destroying other people’s lives and property ought to be gently eased of their
own lives when they fall into the hands of our men…”. Very good.$300-400
897. STONEWALL BRIGADE TEAMSTERS A good war-date Confederate
teamster/soldier’s letter, 2pp. 4to. by Pvt. Thomas Peyton [WIA First Bull; POW
New Market, Va., June 4, 62; DOW 6/17/64], Co. E, 27th Virginia (Stonewall
Brigade), Camp Winder, Mar. 3, 1863 to former commander Lt. Charles L.
Davis of the 27th Va. In part: “…I had it from a pretty good authority that you
had been reported absent without leave and that there was charges of your
being a deserter…you remember that you left me here with the wagons the
next time I came up with the army was at camp 3 miles north of Leesburg.
The army took up its line of march…not feeling very well about that time I
remained behind. I didn’t attempt to [?]them until the next day when I went
down to the river but…owing to the presence of a large body of Yankee cavalry
on the opposite side of the river I had to retrace my steps and go across the
county a distance of 36 miles to Winchester. A trip I didn’t accomplish in a
hurry you may imagine…I staid in Winchester about a week was [?] off from
there with a squad of men towards Harpers Ferry…and took my time going
there…got the news the army had left and gone to Sharpsburg went around
by way of Shepardstown and came up with the army two days after Battle of
Sharpsburg [and] have been with the army ever since. Had pretty lively times
at Fredericksburg avoiding Yankee shells and grape but came out all right. If
you see any opening in [the] quartermaster’s service…let me know…”. A bit
and light and hard to read, else very good.
citizen’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Israel P. Hughes, “at Sally Blanton’s”,
[Cleveland, S. C.], Nov. 27, 1863, in part: “…James McMurry and sister Lanson
are in this county refugees from the [?] in Tennessee. James served a year
in the Confederate army…his health failed…but when he came [home] his
neighbors came in and took possession of his house and mill and every thing
they had and drove them out and would not even allow them to kill a chicken
to eat on their way. They however allowed them to bring their clothes and
house furniture with wagon and horses, but not a cow, pig, grain of corn,
wheat nor even a piece of meat. Cleveland is right on the subject of the war…
there [are] many desertions from the army, but the deserters are taken here
hand cuffed and sent off in irons…”. Very good.
soldier’s letter, 3pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Miles L. Smith Co. K, 10th Conn.
Vols., Camp Foster, New Bern, Dec. 9, 1862. In part: “…we have had marching
orders to be ready in 36 hours with 3 days rations…and boxes of ammunition
for each regiment…the Mass regiments come and see us drill…we freely make
the guns snap…”. The original regimentally marked and stamped transmittal
cover is included.
ARTILLERY LETTERHEAD War-date Union soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., written
by Pvt. Miles L. Smith Co. K, 10th Conn. Vols., on excellent patriotic stationery
bearing an image of horses drawing artillery, New Bern, Aug. 31, 1862. In
part: “…we went about 10 miles up the river a scouting and got a bushel of
potatoes…and 35 chickens, 2 ducks and one goose…we did not see a rebel but
they see us and run before we got there so the niggers said…I heard that the
15[th Conn.] regiment was coming to New Bern…”. The original regimentally
marked and stamped transmittal cover is included.
“Every able man in our Regt. was in the fight
and were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner...”
COMMANDER A rare manuscript Union regimental battle report for the battle
of Shiloh, 2pp. folio, written by Capt. JOHN G. FOWLER as commander of
the 12th Iowa Vols., Pittsburg, Tenn., April 22, 1862, to Nathaniel B. Baker,
Adjutant General State of Iowa. Captain Fowler’s report begins as a chronicle
of the ill-fated regiment’s actions in the war to date but ends as a plea for help
to Adjutant General Baker to allow the regiment time to regroup. Of its service
at Shiloh, he writes: “At the late Battle of Pitsburg the 12th, 14th Iowa fought
side by side till 4 o’ck P.M. on Sunday. Where the troops on their right and left
fell back in confusion they held their ground with heroic tenacity. While other
regiments on their right and left were falling back they actually gained eighty
rods on the enemy, actually mowing down the rebels. Col Tuttle said that in one
place the 12th alone could not have killed less than ninety of the enemy...While
thus bravely holding their ground thus preventing a general rout, the enemy
closed in on them and after desperate fighting were compelled to surrender...
Every able man in our Regt. was in the fight and were killed, wounded, or
taken prisoner.” To illustrate the regiment’s losses, Captain Fowler provides
the current morning’s report of able-bodied men which included four officers
and 181 men (138 of which were listed as sick). The last paragraph finds Capt.
Fowler entreating Baker to let the regiment get back to strength before being
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committed to battle again. He writes in part: “We were daily expecting that our
sick and worn out fragment of a Regt. would be sent to some healthy locality to
recuperate but to night the accompanying order was sent to us which speaks
too plainly for itself what an insult is offered us and through us our State. We
ask will the State of Iowa allow it? Or will she look after the welfare of her sons
who have stood or fallen by her flag on every Battle Field?” With some toning
to the paper and a few old taped repairs; but very legible and in very good
good war-date Union soldier’s battle letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Hiram
Ash, Co. F, 14th Indiana Vols., “On the Battle Field in Va.”, May 5, 1863, to
the father of Pvt. Edwin R. Wyeth, also of the 14th Indiana concerning his
son’s actions at Chancellorsville and his capturing two prisoners. In part:
“…we have had a very hard fight here. We have been fighting for 3 days
but aint done fighting…Ed [Edwin R. Wyeth, 14th Indiana] got throu safe.
He did not get shot but he hurt his back while running after the Rebs. We
got them to running and we run them about 3/4 of a mile when come to a
little branch and Ed went to jump over it and his foot catched in a branch
and he fell and hurt his back so that he had to leave the field…he is not
with the company today. He is at the hospital a helping take care of the
wounded. He fought like a wild cat while he was on the field. I didn’t think
that he could stand to run so far as he did for he was complaining of his
back before he went into the fight…you had orto seen our brigade go in
on the charge. We went up and fired one volley and then we give them the
bayonet and they just got up and skedaddled. Our brigade got the praise…
by all of the generals…Gen. Hooker was around to see us last evening and
he said that we done the best fighting that was done. Our men has got
Fredericksburg and all of the strong works there. We are 8 miles south
west of Fredericksburg in their rear…I took 2 prisoners yesterday…they
was pretending like they was wounded and I asked one of them were he was
hurt and he said he wasn’t hurt at all then I asked the other one if he was
wounded and he said that he wasn’t so I fetched them in…the pickets has
been firing all morning and they are only about 100 yards from us…”. The
original stamped transmittal cover is included. Very good.
A.L.S. by one Washington Hunt, 3pp. 4to., Lockport, NY, May 23, 1863 to
Maj. Gen. John E. Wool. Hunt writes Wool concerned that 1st Long Island
(67th N.Y. Infantry) soldier, then jailed at Fortress Monroe on a charge of
insubordination, is only 16 or 17 years old and the only son of a widow.
He continues: “He is rather a wild boy...his enlistment...was wholly illegal.
He ran away from his mother, and had no right to be in the army....”. Hunt
asks that the boy be sent home: “ family friends, to be reformed and
corrected....His mother is feeble, distracted with anxiety...”. A docket on the
verso indicates that Wool ordered the boy released but instead of being sent
home, to be put on duty with the 99th N.Y. Regiment “where he will continue
until he can be sent to his proper regiment” . With the 99th, young Cheney
must have served at Fortress Monroe and would have been heavily engaged
in the defense of Suffolk where the regiment suffered great losses. It fought
at New Bern and throughout Virginia, into North Carolina. In October, 1864
Cheney mustered into the 182nd Ohio where he was engaged in the battle
of Nashville. The “rather wild” Cheney survived the war, mustering out in
July, 1865. Fine.
904. 1ST PENNSYLVANIA BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG LETTER A rare wardate Union soldier’s battle letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. George Bender
[WIA 2nd Bull Run, Aug. 29, 1862], Battery B, (Cooper’s) 1st Penn. Light
Artillery, “Camp near Middle Burgh, Va., July 21, 1863 in pencil concerning
the battle of Gettysburg where the battery helped defend the Union lines near
the Lutheran Seminary on the first day’s fighting. In part: “…I got back to the
company last month…we have been on the move ever since and have done
some very hard fighting…it was in Old Penn. It was the hardest of the war.
It lasted the biggest part of 4 days. We wound it up on the fourth of July…
there was three killed and some wounded…it was hard sight to go over the
battle field…there was plenty of dead laying on the field for four or five days
and it may be that there is some there yet. There was a great many killed on
both sides. They rather beat us a little the first day. I commenced to think we
was all gone once, but we got away and fell back about half a mile and they
thought it wasn’t safe to come too close but the next day it commenced in
earnest. We paid them back for what they gave us the first day…we worked
away till we drove them away with a great man less than they fetch to Penn.
I don’t think they will want to come to Penn. We have been on the go for 30
or 40 days…we expect to have some more hard fighting before long…”. The
original stamped transmittal cover is included.
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letters of Union Capt. Fred Ranger of the 22nd New York Infantry, 12pp.
total, 8vo., Falmouth and Warrenton, Va., Apr. 22 and June 7, 1862, and
May 10, 1863. The 1862 letters are of routing content with optimistic hopes
of war’s end, family news, etc. On May 10, 1863 he sends a 5pp. letter from
the field four days after the battle of Chancellorsville. In part: “...Tuesday the
28th...we left our camp & took up our line of march...called up at 10 o’clock
and started for the river. Our regiment and the 24th were detailed to carry
the pontoons...picket fires burned on the other side....went energetically to
work launching the pontoons...Johnny Reb poured a ripping volley of rifle
balls into us wounding 8...The 8 mule teams hitched to the pontoon train
ran frantically away knocking down and running over two of my men...ran
through our stacks of guns...Truman Hall was hit...he was a goner as he
was spitting blood...4th Brigade of our division charged across the pontoon
& took the rifle pits at the point of the bayonet taking about 40 prisoners...
we threw up rifle pits...we were ordered to fall back behind the bluffs...the
Rebs opened their batteries...we were the last brigade to cross...they hit the
pontoon bridge 2 or 3 times...amid the roar and shrieks of shells...the 11th
Corps made their disgraceful skedaddle...nothing to eat but pork and hard
tack...Lord grant we may not have to go into another battle...”. Very good.
Union soldier’s letter, 3pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Charles G. Rector, Co. C,
31st Indiana Vols. [WIA Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., June 27, 1864], Bridgeport,
Ala., Nov. 7, 1863. In part: “…we have been so busy at work since the
fight...We worked night and day for two weeks…then our regiment was
detailed for train guards from Chattanooga to Bridgeport…Isaac
at Chattanooga yet, he was mending fast…John Malory died in the hospital
at Chattanooga. Our wounded had a hard time, them that was left in the
hands of the Rebels…a man…that had just come from the Rebel lines…said
our dead was not buried…when he left. Lt. [Joseph F.] Morris is going home
to recruit men for the service…there are some of the Potomac Boys here.
They say they never seen as bad times…since they have been soldiering…”.
Very good.
FACE RIDGE A good war-date Union soldier’s battle letter, 4pp. 8vo.,
written by Cpl. Silas Canton, Co. B, 31st Indiana Vols., “Camp near Kingston,
Geo., May 29, 1864. In part: “…since I wrote to you last we have done some
hard soldiering. We left Atawah on the 3rd. After traveling two days we
came to Catoose Springs…we come to Tunnel Hill where we expected to find
the rebels which we was disappointed with the expection of a few cavalry
when we took possession of the hill. We soon found out that the rebels were
on Rocky Face Mountain on the opposite side of the valley…we soon drove
the rebs out of the valley. They had the pass through the mountain so well
fortified that it was impossible [to] go through. Genl. Sherman left our corps
to guard the gap while he was going to get in the rear. The rebels knowing
his movement retreated to Resaca…we followed…passing through Buzzard
Roost and Dalton, the second day coming up to them about noon, our forces
engaging them all the afternoon about an hour…they made a charge on
us. After fighting a short time we had to retreat on account of them getting
nearly in our rear. Hooker coming to our help drove the rebels back with
great loss. The next day we was held in reserve. Hooker’s men drove them
back some distance taking some prisoners and artillery…that night the rebs
evacuated the place. We have been driving them ever since. We have passed
through Calhoun and Kingston…we had a fight at Rocky Faced mountain.
We had 17 killed and wounded. Acy [Asa S.] Palmer was killed and William
Larison wounded. We had about twenty five killed and wounded…and some
taken prisoners…I seen the 85th regt. They were in the fight…”. The letter
is signed only “Silas” and is from a 31st Indiana collection. The two soldiers
mentioned as casualties are 31st soldiers. The Civil War data base list two
Silas, but they are in fact one and the same soldier.
908. 46TH OHIO BATTLE OF SHILOH LETTER War-date Union soldier’s
battle letter, 3pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. George Prime [DOD Oct. 10, 62], Co.
B, 46th Ohio Vols., on patriotic stationery, Camp Shiloh, Tn., Apr. 18, 1862,
in part: “…we have had a big battle and got threw safe and sound. The
battle commenced on Sunday morning the 6th and lasted till Monday the
7th in the evening. I want you to send me some postage stamps for they are
5 cents a piece here and hard to be got at that price…”. Interestingly, Prime
is buried at the Mississippi River National Cemetery. Minor stains, else VG.
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909. 6TH NEW YORK GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN LETTER A good wardate Union cavalryman’s Gettysburg campaign letter, 4pp. 8vo., written
b y Sgt. Efner McNall (died 10/11/63 at Rapidan, Va.), Co. I, 6th N.Y.
Cavalry, “four miles from Bladensburg, Md.”, July 11, 1863, while still in
Maryland and eight days after he survived the battle of Gettysburg, A few
days earlier, his regiment skirmished with some rebels, then: “ day
we fought some and fell back.” The following day, “...we fought all day...
there was no infantry Engaged on our side but the Rebs had a division
we fought about 11 hours dismounted with our carbines...a minie ball
took a chunk out of my pants and just frayed my leg but did not draw
the blood.” McNall continues that his regiment, over the course of one
month, “...from the 9th of June to the 9th of July...have fought 6 different
battles...Lee is concentrating his force between Hagerstown and the old
Antietam battlefield and Meade is ready to give him battle so we expect
a heavy battle today or tomorrow.” He adds a short postscript stating
that he has: “...heard that the 154th was cut up very bad at the battle of
Gettysburg I have not seen any of them since the fight.” Parts of the letter
are quite light but remain legible, some stains, else very good.
A good war-date Union soldier’ battle letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by
a cavalryman in Col. Eli Long’s 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Div., Cavalry
Corps, Army of the Cumberland, “Georgia, May 22, 1864”, in pencil to
his family on their hard fighting. In small part: “…we are…encamped
about four miles from Kingston at a bridge that crosses the Hightower
river. The army was fighting hard to capture a bridge about twelve miles
above this but did not succeed in taking it…there was a great many
killed and wounded. Our division, that is a regiment of our division had
a skirmish with the rebels the other day killing seven and capturing nine
and another time [on May 18th at Kingston] they got badly whipped,
that is about a battalion of the Fourth Michigan, they had to skedaddle
leaving their major behind to be taken prisoner by the Johnny Rebs.
Tomorrow we start for the march with three days rations…it is a raid
our division is going on to destroy railroads and cut their telegraph
communications from Richmond…to prevent them from getting
reinforcements from other armies or supplies…we are successful…in
destroying Johnson’s army…it will be the winding up of the war for…
Grant has taken Richmond…we have driven them…over eighty miles…
in less than three weeks fighting pretty much all the time…we drove
them from the worst kind of entrenchment’s, strong enough to keep an
army five hundred thousand from taking them…they can’t stand the fire
of the Yankees…they are trying to make a stand now…”. Very good.
Union soldier’s battle letter, 3pp. 8vo., written by a soldier named Bird
in the 26th Missouri, Rienzi, Miss., Sept. 28, 1862, in pencil, describing
the capture of the 11th Ohio Battery. That unit fell in the charge of two
Texas regiments and suffered 19 killed and 35 wounded out of 80 men.
In part: “…we had…a fight at Iuka…we had a round with old Price…the
fight commenced about four o’clock in the evening on the nineteenth and
it lasted until dark. We had everything ready to renew the fight in the
morning but old Price left in the night. We had about six hundred killed
and wounded. The rebels lost about a thousand. They left all of their
dead and wounded in our possession. We only had five men wounded
and one killed. We were placed in a dangerous place if the rebels had
renewed the fight. The fourth Minnesota run and the forty eighth
Indiana had to give away so we were placed in the gap left by them but
by the time we drawed up in line it had became so dark that the rebels
retired. We lay down on the same place where we were formed…the
rebels formed their lines about two hundred yards in front of us. There
was a little field between us and them…would have been exposed to a
raking fire…the rebels commenced to left about two o’clock…we did not
have any artillery engaged except one battery [11th Ohio Light Artillery]
and the rebels captured it and spiked the guns. The ground was so hilly
and so much brush that we could not use artillery. The rebels had nearly
all of their guns planted on the north side of town to oppose Grant who
was coming…but Grant failed to attack them as…Rosecrans did. If he
had we would have captured all of Price’s army. We did not follow them
more than eight miles as we all know how good a runner Price is…”. Very
LABORERS An unusual civilian contractor’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., by George E.
Harvey, of the US Quartermaster’s Department, Warrenton Junction, Va., July
31, 1863. In small part: “…my health…is very good…without the exception
of a few days which was caused by being sun stroke…since I arrived on the
sacred soil of Va. which was twenty seven hours after I left Montpelier…I
arrived…at Alexandria where I found the Capt’s department in camp. Since
I arrived here we have moved six times…over a goodly share of Maryland
within two miles of Harpers Ferry & then back…we were at Frederick City
when the 13th [Vermont] Regt. started for home…I suppose the draft in
VT causes much excitement…it is decidedly necessary that we have more
men…I am among a gang of Darkies 45 in number toting grain, hay &
everything else a person can think of. They smell rather rank these hot
days to be amongst but the pay…takes the smell of some for…$50.00 per
month…can afford some strong scents. That is the pay I am now getting
&…a prospect of doing better…”. Very good.
913. ARTILLERY SCATTERS REBEL CAVALRY War-date Union soldier’s
letter, 3 1/4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Miles L. Smith Co. K, 10th Conn. Vols.,
Seabrook, S.C., May 29, 1862. In part: “…we stay on picket one week at a
time. We had one piece of artillery with us so if the rebels came…to the
plantation to fire on them and the rebels came down one afternoon…15 of
them. One was on a white horse, the leader…I got up in a tree so that I could
have a good sight at them…we fired the cannon and if you ever see a horse
go there was some…one man fell off his horse…they skedaddled pretty
quick…you say that the 27[th Connecticut] are taken prisoners [during the
battle of Chancellorsville]…Caleb [Smith, Co. C, 27th Conn.] I guess will see
Richmond before the rest of us…”. The original regimentally-marked and
stamped transmittal cover is included. Very good.
soldier’s battle letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. John H. Chadwick, Co. F,
12th Connecticut Vols. [KIA Cedar Creek, Va., 10/19/64], Brashear City, La.,
Aug. 7, 1863. In part: “…we got back from Port Hudson about two weeks
ago after an absence of nearly four months. We marched from this place
the 9th of…April and had a three days fight with the rebels some 200 miles
from here. Our brigade which is Weitzel’s brigade in the advance which
we have held in the four months campaign…we have marched between
5 and 6 hundred miles before we went to Port Hudson. Our brigade went
into the fight on the 20th of May and was in the charge on the 14th of June
on the breastworks of Port Hudson. On the 10th of June…our regiment
was ordered to charge on the rebels…it was at twelve o’clock at night. The
rebs was too much for us…we lost nearly 50 men…3 captains all wounded
but two and our colonel. Capt. Clark of our company was badly wounded
and has since gone home…we left Brashear City with over seven hundred
men and have come back with a little over two hundred…I was in the siege
of Port Hudson 43 days until it was surrendered on the 8th of July. On
the 9th we marched in. That night our brigade took transports and went
down the river to Donaldsonville and staid there a few days…while we was
at Port Hudson the rebels took this place. All of our regiment clothing and
knapsacks was left here which they got…while at Port Hudson one man was
lying down reading a paper sent from home [when] a ball from some rebel
killed him. He was a few rods from me. He supposed he was safe…”. Very
915. BATTLE OF JAMES ISLAND Fine content war-date Union soldier’s
battle letter, 4pp. 8vo. by Corp. George McKinley [died Jan. 4, 1864 at Camp
Nelson, Ky.], Co. K, 100th (Roundheads) Penn. Vols., James Island, S. C.,
July 3, 1862. In part: “…we got orders at 12 o’clock at night to be ready to
march at 2…we formed in line and marched to within one mile of the rebs
fort. We stopped there until day light…we got the order to drive in the rebel
pickets…charge on fort. We did charge…and then the rebels charged the
heads and legs off of a good many of our men…we fought for an hour and
forty minutes when we got the order to fall back. We fell back…and they
opened on them with 17 guns and shelled them a while…we lost about 700
killed, wounded and missing. There was only two in our company that was
hurt. Our first lieutenant [Joseph H. Gilliland] was wounded slightly in the
arm and one of the privates had his leg shot off below the knee and died
the next day…it was the hottest place that I ever was in…there was three
fellows that stood along side of me was all killed at one shot. They was all
tore to pieces. It was a chain shot that killed them. They shot chains, glass
bottles, horse shoes and spikes…we built batteries and mounted 34 large
siege guns…when we got them…ready for operation the order came to
evacuate the island…we are at work now hauling them back and loading
them on board the boats…”. Ink a tad light here and there, else very good.
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916. BATTLE OF NEW BERN Fine content Union soldier’s letter describing
events at the battle of New Bern, 4pp. 8vo., “Camp at the Read House”, Mar. 23
[1862]. H. C. Whitman writes a lady, in part: “…we have considerable duty to
do 12 privates and two noncom officers every night. We have got a company
of infantry with us…about a week ago the rebus came down drove in our
pickets in the Trent road. Foster sent two brigades of infantry two Batterys
of Artillery to meet the but the Rebs fell back…or forces lay on their arms
all night about 8 miles from New Bern…about 6 o’clock…the cannonading
commenced across the Neuse River…there was one of our regiments over
there building a small fort. The Rebs had come down there with the intention
of taking them all prisoners and destroy the earth works…they sent a flag
of truce ordering them to surrender in thirty minutes…they would fight a
spell first. The Rebs then commenced shelling then killing one and wounded
four captured one of our schooners that lay out in the river. The Rebs had 16
pieces at work…Some of our gun boats came along and threw a few shells…
leaving three of their guns and…150 men killed and wounded…the roads are
very bad between here and New Bern. We have heard heavy cannonading all
afternoon. I think some of the gun boats has gone up…”. Very good.
“A deserter from the Rebels say that we
killed over a hundred...”
A fine war-date Union sharpshooter’s battle letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by
Pvt. Charles P. Shepard, Co. E, 1st United States (Berdan’s) Sharpshooters,
“Camp No 5 near Yorktown Virginia, Apr. 12, 1862 following their first
engagement during at the siege of Yorktown. In pencil, a bit light in places.
In part: “...there has been times that one hard Cracker a day was all that I
could get but ...we manage to live in some shape….we are under the guns
of the rebels they could shell us out of this place when they are a mind too,
but we who can shell the most in a few days...soon as we can get a few
more bull dogs up here from fortress Monroe.” He goes on to describe the
Confederate positions saying: “...we came to Yorktown and made a stance
because we could not get any further the Rebels have got some tough holes
here...they say that it is the strongest position they have got left their forts
lay just about like a horse shoe between York and James River and we are
right in the middle exposed to all their fire.” During a recent skirmish “...
several were killed on both sides Our Regiment were between the fires so we
had a good chance to show the Rebels what sharp shooters were a deserter
from the Rebels say that we killed over a hundred the sharp shooters
alone while we lost only 3 killed and some more wounded…”. The siege
lasted a further three weeks. Gen. George B. McClellan planned a massive
cannonade for May 5, but the Confederate army retreated for Williamsburg
two days earlier. Very good
AT GETTYSBURG A good war-date Union soldier’s Gettysburg campaign
letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Abram Rhoades, Battery B, (Cooper’s) 1st
Pa. Light Artillery, “Camp Rappahannock Station”, Aug. 13, 1863 concerning
marching to and participating in the battle of Gettysburg where they helped
defend the Union lines near the Lutheran Seminary on the First Day’s fighting.
In part: “…John Duman was sun struck but he is over it now…the Southern
Confederacy is pretty well plaid out…all we want now is the drafted men to
come and help us to whip Lee’s army…his army was whipped at Gettysburg,
Pa on the 1st, 2nd 3rd of July…the men…are ready to fight the last battle…
we marched forty two miles while we were after Lee into Penna…sometimes
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we would march all night…we traveled about five hundred miles and
crossed five different mountains some of them very large…I have been in all
the battles that the battery…was in…I never was in as hard of battle as…
Gettysburg. I didn’t think the half of us would get through safe…we were very
lucky considering the heavy fire we were under all three days. We lost three
of our best men out of the old company [Alexander P. Alcorn and James H.
McCleary]…our wounded are doing well. Some of them are on duty again…
Asahel Shaffer is on duty again. He was struck on the right arm with a spent
musket ball. He had to [?] for a few weeks. Our little captain [James H. Cooper]
got through safe. He had his overcoat strapped on his saddle and there was
a musket ball passed through it while he was on the horse…”. The original
stamped transmittal cover is included. Very good.
Union sailor’s letter, 4pp. folio, written by Petty Officer John Hagerty, USS
Carondelet, East Port, Ala., Mar. 22, 1865, in part: “…Maggie I sent you another
picture of the Boat that was taken at Fort Pillow by an artist when we laid
there...on Sunday we were all a shore…the captain…put a guard of 8 men
with muskets to keep the men from going down to the transports…we had
fine fun playing all kinds of games but…7 of the men tied a new kind of a
game …run past the guard and went down to the boats and got good and
drunk…they were all put in the brogan double irons for 5 days on hard tack
and water…there was 18,000 soldiers left here yesterday...after the Rebel
General Forrest. There is 2 divisions of cavalry here…I think the war will be
over this summer…then I can say that I was a volunteer instead of a drafted
man…tell your friends…that is aching to enlist to go in the Gun Boat Service
for it is…the nicest place for if you se the soldier here in the wet weather. They
look like something that a cat would fetch in a wet day while the gun boat men
are nice and dry…if a man comes to quarters without his shoes blacked he will
be put on the black list…I was rated as a petty officer...I had them scrubbing
the Engine room. I made one of them go over his [for] the second time and he
says, ‘Massa Hagity I [do] not like you for a Massa…for you [will] kill de Naggar
a fore long’. Maggie, they are the real Southern Slave Niggers and they don’t
know any thing but pick Cotton…”. Very good.
920. DEAD AT ANTIETAM LAY FOUR DEEP A good war-date Union soldier’s
letter, 4pp. 8vo., written but not signed by Pvt. Henry G. Hoyer, Co. E, 46th
Penn. Vols., [WIA Winchester, Va., March 25, 1862], Camp near Sharpsburg,
M. D., Oct. 10, 1862. In part: “…we have been moving about so much within
the last two months…we traveled over a good part of Virginia and Maryland
and have had two hard fights and are now resting after the terrible battle…
on the hills which surround Sharpsburg…we met the hosts of the ‘traitors’,
completely routed and drove them from the soil of Maryland…we lost a great
many men but our loss could not be compared to that of the enemy. They
must have lost three to our one. I walked over the field after the fight. The sight
was terrible beyond description. The dead laying all over the field and in some
places piled up three and four deep. Men, horses, wagons, guns, provisions,
blankets, clothes and everything that goes to make up an army scattered in all
directions. The ‘Rebs’ had sent in a flag of truce to bury their dead but instead
of doing so took advantage of the favor [and] slipped over the River (Potomac).
Their dead were all left on the field. What a terrible scourge war is to any
country…ours is realizing it now…we are expecting another great battle in
a few days…”. An original stamped transmittal cover, signed by Hoyer, is
included. Some stains, else very good.
war-date letters concerning the death of Pvt. Cyrus Stockwell 77th Illinois Vols.
who was mortally wounded at the battle of Sabine Cross Roads, La., Apr. 8,
1864. The first letter chronicles his demise to his wife, 3pp. 8vo., by soldier aid
worker Mrs. N. Maria Taylor, New Orleans, May 11, 1864. In part: “...I have for
some weeks visited your husband who is in the St. Louis Hospital in this city,
and feel it is my duty to state to you that he is in a very critical condition - and
his physicians consider his recovery impossible. His wound was very severe
indeed…he has good care as he could possibly have…he has often spoken
to me of his family and with tears in his eyes asked me to write to them. He
has a strong desire to live…[at night May 12th]…I have just returned from
your husband’s bedside. He is much lower than yesterday…[May 13th]…still
alive but very much weaker than yesterday…[May 14th]…your husband died
at five this morning. I was going to get some of his hair…but the nurse told
me that the chaplain had already done so…may God give you strength to
bear this truly great affliction…”. The second war-date letter, 4 1/2pp. 8vo.,
was written by Chaplain Francis C. Williams 8th Vermont Vols. Brattleboro, Vt.,
July 1, 1864 to Stockwell’s father, in part: “…I write to say that your dear son
retained his senses fully till within a few minutes before his death, when he
quietly fell asleep…he suffered a good deal before he came to New Orleans…
he was so happy not to be a prisoner in their cruel hands…”. Both VG to near
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“A murderous fire of grape and canister and
minie for four hours and a half...”
SOLDIER/JOURNALIST Superb content war-date Union soldier’s battle
letter, 3 1/2pp. small folio, written by Pvt. Edwin R. Wyeth, Co. F, 14th
Indiana Vols., “H_d. Qrs. 14th Ind. Vols, Camp near Fredericksburg, Va.”,
Dec. 20, 1862. Using salvaged ledger book pages, Wyeth writes to a
publication, the “Express”, and follows with instructions to a friend in a
single letter, in part: “...what is left of us are all eager for another fight,
but not…one as the battle of Fredericksburg…which was fought on the
thirteenth. Our Regt was there and suffered heavy loss. On the eleventh
after filling our haversacks with three days rations…we marched for the
city…for the purpose of attacking the enemy which lay in heavy force in
the rear of the city…with plenty of heavy guns placed in such a manner
that they could give us a heavy cross fire with grape and canister…if we
attempted to approach close…on the twelfth we cross the Rappahannock
River by…pontoon Bridges which had been placed in the river under
cover of the night…we lay in the streets of the city all that day and on
the next morning…we was ordered to make a charge on the enemy’s
works…about a mile and a half from the city…Gen. Couch’s Corps (this
is the Corps that our Brigade is in) was ordered to attack the enemy’s
works…which we did and after losing nearly half of his men was relieved
by Gen. Hooker’s Corps…we then fell back…to rest having been under
a murderous fire of grape and canister and minie for four hours and a
half. The fourteenth fought bravely so did the 4th and 8th Ohio and the
7th Virginia. These four Regts constitute Gen. Kimball’s Brigade…they fell
thick and fast before the guns of the enemy which was well guarded with
rifle pits and deep cuts and they was well manned with plenty of infantry
and sharp shooters. Our Regt came out of the fight with a loss of seventy
nine men killed and wounded. Capt. Kelly of Co. A was killed on the field.
Gen. Kimball was wounded in the thigh by a grape shot. Our Regt looks
very small now. They report one hundred and forty men for duty…we are
the only Ind. Regt except the 20th under Gen. Burnside’s command…we
are amongst the eastern troops. If we do anything nothing is said about
it…when we get the Official Reports we find that the noble Penn. Reserves
and New York Vols done it all…Friend Low...I send an article…headed for
the Express…have it published…I was at the battle and I hope that it will
be the last one. Our Brigade was the first to make the charge. Was on the
battlefield from the time we made the charge till after dark. The dead
lay so thick that you could step from one to the other and not touch the
ground. I was not hurt…though I was knocked down by a cannon ball
passing by my head. I got up after a while and then went at it again.
This was worse than Winchester…was three to one…”. A chip or two at
margins, some light spots, but boldly penned and generally very good.
THEIR THUMBS A good war-date Union soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., by
musician Simon P. Fifield, Co. K, 2nd New Hampshire Vols., Point Lookout,
Md., Jan. 21, 1864 to his former 2nd N.H. comrade William H. Mix, now
an officer in the 19th USCT. In part: “…we have had a great time at Old
Point Look Out since you left. We have had 3 squads of subs from N. H.
and the 2 regts are now filled to 1,000 men each. They are nearly all…
from New York, Phil & a few from Mass. Carried to N. H. by the brokers,
promised bug bounties but the brokers have got the most of it. They are
the hardest set of men I ever saw. They are all the time fighting, gambling,
& getting drunk. Our boys have nearly all the guard duty…an extra guard
around the camp night and day. More than 20 of them have deserted…
from our regt, 48 from the 5th but most of them have been caught and
brought back. The guard house is crowded full, some of the poor fellows
will have to be shot…the Genl. won’t stand everything, from 2 to 5 daily
are strung up to the flag pole by their wrists & thumbs, to stand from 2 to
4 hours, just touching their toes…79 of the Old 2d have enlisted again…I
opened the enlisting for Old Comp. K and in less than one hours Sergt.
[James I.] Locke [WIA Cold Harbor], [James] Gammon [POW Gettysburg,
WIA Second Bull Run & Cold Harbor], [James W.] Taylor [WIA Cold Harbor],
the 2 Bly’s [Charles E.] Plaisted & [Michael E.] Long [MIA Second Bull Run]
were enlisted. Long refused to take the oath, and backed down…having
been assigned to Portsmouth. We receive nine hundred & 2 dollars…we
are now in the 18th Army Corps under Genl. Butler. The gen. is visiting
us today. 25,000 more prisoners are expected here soon. The rebels are
building another by yard like to other one…The original stamped cover is
included. Very good.
Union soldier’s, 2pp. 4to., letter written by Pvt. William Wallace Smith
[WIA Cold Harbor, Va., 6/03/64], Co. B, 22nd Mass. Vols., “Camp near
Rappahannock Station, Dec. 4, 1863, in pencil. In part: “…we are played
out, worn out army…the other day…the bugles began to blow pack up…
the 24th of Nov. we started to march…crossed the Rapidan and stopped
for the night within 5 miles of our old battleground of Chancellorsville…
marched to Orange Court House…about 100 Reb cavalry dashed in on
our wagons about 40 rods in our rear and run off between 20 and 30
you ought to have seen Co. B, E. K & sharpshooters of the 22nd double
quicking through the woods with knapsacks on chasing them….we
followed them up so close that they had to burn up a lot of the wagons.
We recaptured 4 and those we pulled out of the burning train…with the
ammunition burning on all sides of us…blowing up and shells exploding
on all sides and within 5 feet of us. The next morning…joined the 1st
Corps [and] found the Johnnys in good force and strongly posted o a
high hill with earthworks thrown up. The order was given to pile up our
knapsacks and extra baggage and prepare for a charge but they could
not get everything ready…so they put it off…at daylight we were ready
for the charge…in the woods [it was] awful cold and could not have any
fire…the generals arrived at the conclusion that they should lose too
many men for the purpose by charging so drew off…and…marched back
across the Rapidan…we are north side of the Rappahannock guarding
the railroad. Our corps is scattered from the Rappahannock to Centreville
guarding the railroad. All the rest of the army is on the other side of the
river…”. Also included is the original stamped cover.
Union sailor’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Petty Officer John Hagerty, USS
Carondelet, East Port, Ala., April 10, 1865, in part: “…I hope this cruel war
is very near over…there is many a person that thinks a done wrong by
leaving you when I did…if I had stayed at home and had been drafted…
then to leave you like many a poor man…without anything to keep you
and your poor children…but it is all over now very near…the army here is
in great hopes of peace…”. Very good.
good war-date Union soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Cpl. David
Service, 39th Pa. Vols. Co. H, Camp Tennally, Sept. 16, 1861, in part: “…
we passed in review…before Gov. Curtin, President Lincoln, Sec. Cameron,
Major Genl. McClellan and other distinguished officers. It was an imposing
scene…after a salute of 100 gun…the governor introduced…the
president. We were favored with an address from Gov. Curtin, after which
he presented each regt with a splendid stand of colors, 12 regiments
being here…Gen. McCall responded on our behalf in appropriate terms.
Their remarks were well received…we are ready to march at a moment’s
notice. We have two days rations…and 40 rounds of cartridges…there is
some fighting across the river…we can hear them firing frequently and
then hurrah boys! Three of four regiments were ordered to the Chain
Bridge a few evenings ago while a fight was going on at Munson’s Hill.
The rebels were driven back and our men returned to camp. Our regt was
out on picket…a great many men are engaged in the woods cutting down
the timber along the river to prevent the enemies approach without being
seen…Gen. Scott, McClellan are making extensive preparations and it is
hoped the war will be brought to a speedy termination…I am sorry to see
some of the journals try to create a bad feeling between the government
and Fremont…Fremont has gone a little beyond the line marked out by
Congress…Congress…is to blame for…Fremont’s proclamation covers
all the ground desirable…we had a sad accident…one of the sentinels
accidentally discharged his musket and killed himself. He was buried with
military honors…”. Also included is the original patriotic cover. Both very
927. PVT. SMITH REFUSES TO BE ENTICED... War-date Union soldier’s
letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Miles L. Smith Co. K, 10th Conn. Vols.,
New Bern, Apr. 22, 1862, in part: “…when I was in Annapolis I use to use
tobacco…we went onboard of the boat and there was so many a smoking
and chewing that t made me sick to pass by the old nasty pipes and now
I can’t bear the smell of tobacco…it makes me sick to stand beside a man
that is smoking…it cured me of using tobacco…it was ordered by the
doctor to give the soldiers quinine and whiskey for 14 days…the boys
asked me why I did not drink it. I told them that I was better without it…”.
The original stamped transmittal cover is included.
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soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., with 2pp. poem, written by Pvt. George H. Vandusen,
Co. K, 2nd N.Y. Veteran Cavalry, Talledega, Ala., July 9, 1865 to his wife. In part:
“…there was quite a tragedy occurred in town…between a rebel conscript who
was a Union man and the jailor of this place who chased him with hounds
and forced him into [CSA] service…they met, had a few words…the jailor
stabbed him three times. He then struck the jailor, knocked him down and
stove his head all to smash. He was buried a day or two ago…he died from
his wounds…our boys were down to the theater and a Confederate got to
quarreling with one of our boys who went off and left him but he followed and
commenced the fuss again when our fellow went in and whipped him so…he
was convinced of the supremacy of the North…we are not going to take any of
their lip…the rebs are pretty sure to give the sidewalk and if they insult any of
our boys they are sure to get a drubbing…Southern Chivalry is played out….I
know…that you are longing to have me where you can sleep on my arm as
you used to long ago…remember that signal, the long sharp whistle…it does
my heart good to think how we fooled the old folks and some of the young
ones…”. The original stamped transmittal cover is included.
929. SOLDIER IS SAVED FROM DROWNING IN ALLEGHANY RIVER Wardate Union soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. John F. Freeman [died as
POW, Richmond, Jan. 7/63], Co. F, 40th Penn. Vols., “Camp Wright”, Allegheny
Co., Pa., June 23, 1861, in part: “ I am writing they fired a cannon close
by which made me jump, whang again, I…stopped writing and went out to
see what the firing…was about and found the Eric Regiment had received
marching orders…yesterday we were mustered in…and took the oath. The
officer who swore us in before commencing said if there were any who was not
willing to step out. I looked…and seen one cowardly sneak out of our company,
John Rockwell. When Capt. Brierer said only one deserter thank god. Several
has left us and joined the Fayette Guards…we go to the river as much as we
please…I swam the Allegheny the other day, had just landed when I heard a
voice behind calling for help looking…I saw a man who was about to give out. I
swam to him and helped him to land. He said he had no idea of ever reaching
shore when he called for help…we will get our uniforms sometime next week.
There is about five thousand men in camp now…Capt. and one or two others
went to Uniontown this morning to recruit…”. Very good.
soldier’s letter, 1 1/2pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. John H. Chadwick, Co. F, 12th
Connecticut Vols. [KIA Cedar Creek, Va., 10/19/64], Carrolton, La., June 27,
1864. In part: “…I arrived in New Orleans the 17th of June and joined the
regiment…the regiment is under marching orders to go up the river. We have
started twice but have come back again. Yesterday we started and got aboard
the boat and went 20 miles up the river when the boat broke down…we are
now waiting for another boat…”. Very good.
content Union soldier’s letter, 1p. 4to., “Near Brandy Station”, Mar. 19, 1864
in which Capt. Patrick Nolan of the 71st N.Y. Vols. (KIA Spotsylvania) writes the
commander of the regiment, LT. COL. THOMAS RAFFERTY about members of
his “Excelsior Brigade” and a “disgraceful occurrence” on St. Patrick’s Day. In part:
“...the cause of my companies drunkenness I am unable to state, nor do I know
where they got the liquor and for me not taking any notice to keep them quiet,
I deny it. I done all that was in my power...”. On verso, Rafferty pens a lengthy
endorsement, in part: “...This explanation is neither respectful nor satisfactory...
It is a ‘disgraceful occurrence’, even for privates to become intoxicated, get into
a fist fight...and create an uproar...but when officers...permit enlisted men to
associate with them in their does not tend to promote ‘good order’...”.
Rafferty further demands that Nolan explain how he allowed the matter to remain
out of hand for nearly two hours. Fine.
rare letter from the battle of Spanish Fort, one day before Lee’s surrender
and arguably the last infantry battle of the Civil War. Samuel R. Moore, Co. G,
95th Ohio Infantry, writes a 4pp. 8vo. letter to a friend, “In Front of Spanish
Fort”, April 8, 1865. In part: “...we commenced advancing on the morning 27th
March. We only marched a short distance when we halted and formed in line
of battle and moved forward slow & cautiously driving the few scattered rebels
before us...several shells burst near us...That night works were thrown up...
and the skirmish line advanced pretty close to the rebel fort...we were moved
a little farther to the right where we built pretty strong works...we have a sap
dug which protects us...we sharp shoot the rebel gunners, they do too some
sharp shooting...We have a lot of siege guns planted...when they all open it
makes the Johnnys quite docile...we have cheering news from Sherman...
cannonading was heard on the right which was kept up two hours...There are
a great many rumors about...”. Fine.
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soldier’s battle letter, 4pp. 8vo. by Corp. George McKinley [died Jan. 4, 1864
at Camp Nelson, Ky.], Co. K, 100th (Roundheads) Penn. Vols., Hilton Head,
S. C., Nov. 22, [1861], in part: “…we…was 21 days on the ocean…on the
night of the first of this month…we was very near all being drowned. We
arrived at Port Royal inlet the morning of the fourth and laid in sight of the
enemy until the morning of the seventh. The fight commenced at half past
nine…and lasted until half past three when the devils had to run. They left
there negroes to fire the last round. There was one old chap told us that he
did not fire at us, but he fired at the rebels as they ware a running…it was
a hard sight to see the poor devils a laying over the ground. I saw one that
had his head shot off and one with his leg shot off above the knee. There
was some of us out the other day cutting wood and found one that was
all most rotten. There was twenty six dug up in the forest…they had their
blankets raped around them and was all pilled in one grave. It is impossible
to tell how many they had killed. The negroes say they hauled them off in
cart loads. We had only eleven killed and five wounded. We have taken 97
large cannon. There was sixty men took Beaufort a town of nine thousand
inhabitants and did not lose a man. We have got to work…throwing up
entrenchments…we get a gill of whiskey every day…direct…Company K,
Colonel [Daniel] Leasure’s regiment…”. Very good.
CAMPAIGN A good war-date Union soldier’s letter, 3pp. 8vo., written by
Pvt. Alonzo Ash, Co. C, 31st Indiana Vols., Manchester, Tenn., July 18, 1863.
In part: “…we left the camp at Cripple Creek a few days after I wrote…
we started on the morning of the 22nd of June…for Tulahoma, Tenn…
our corps had to go on the left wing and we had to go a very narrow road
through the woods…it rained continually for fifteen days…our company
are detailed from the Regt as provost Guards in town…this place has been a
very nice town of near one thousand inhabitants…the houses are decaying
and falling down and all the men are going in the Rebel army and the women
here look very much distressed and little children are ragged and dirty…
you have not the least idea of the troubles the citizens have where the Rebs
and our army has been. The Rebels has destroyed every thing belonging to
Union men and our army takes from the Secesh so…the country is stripped
of everything…their army is badly demoralized and a great portion of it
are prisoners and they are continually deserting and coming into our lines
for protection…”. The original stamped transmittal cover is included. Some
minor mouse chews, else very good.
MOUNTAIN A good war-date Union soldier’s letter, 4pp. 8vo., written by
Pvt. George W. Gove, Co. A, 33rd Mass. Vols., Lookout Valley, Tenn., Nov.
18, 1863, in pencil. In part: “…I am well but feel very sleepy for I was on
picket last night…we have to keep awake most all the time. Our line is about
80 rods from the Rebs just across a creek and we talk and trade together…
it is against orders. I swapped my knife…for a piece of tobacco…I sold it to
one of the boys. They want to get all the papers…they can. Most of them say
that they are sick of the war…many of them desert and come in our lines…
some of them say that they want to fight it out. They threw a shell down in
our reserve picket yesterday and it struck right where one of our men had
sat not one minute before…the powder was not good. It did not explode. It
was a cap shot…there was heavy firing down on the left this morning…I
have been at work on the Road over by Howard’s Head Quarters. Thair was
84 deserters from the Rebel army past all in a squad. There has been some
fighting down on the right…”.. Very good.
CAVALRY A good war-date Union soldier’s letter, 2pp. 4to., written by
Pvt. Alonzo Ash, Co. C, 31st Indiana Vols., “Camp 31st Ind. Vols.”, May
18, 1863. In part: “…we are in the same camp on Cripple Creek, Tenn…
yesterday morning Gen. Palmer and a squad of the first Tennessee Cavalry
went out to see if they could see any rebs and they found some infantry
and got in their rear…they shot one of our Quartermasters and took some
of our men prisoners and then our men turned on them and took 18 of
them…killing some of them. News came to camp that he General was taken
prisoner and you ought to see our old Regt and the 2nd Ky. fall in and go
out double quick. They went out to the picket line and met Gen. Palmer
and escort coming in with the prisoners. He had an old musket strapped
to his back like a private would hang. He told the 2 Regts to go back and
keep the Sabbath…send my respects to all friends but not the Butternuts or
Copperheads…”. Very good.
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Union sutler’s letter, 3pp. 4to., T. B. Rice, Brooklyn, Dec. 3, 1863, in part:
“The Argo came to port yesterday…keep me posted up on matters in South
Carolina…I have got my arrangements made to go to Hilton Head…the sale
of Dec. was postponed…the January sale at Beaufort will be likely to be put
over…I hear from Newbern every few days, trade remains very dull there…
the Government are shipping supplies there…which looks as though they
designed to send more men there soon. Should this be the case…trade will
revive there & it may be an object to turn our attention in that direction…
as you are on the ground…put in your best licks & find a chance yourself
& your humble servant to make some money…we have had some hard
fighting at Chattanooga…the Potomac army have fallen back towards
Washington…people…had began to hope that Gen. Mead would be able to
rout Gen. Lee Army…but in this we are…disappointed…Lieut. Folk of the
3rd N. Y. Artillery is on Morris Island. If you see him just collect his bill…
the amount is $6.00. Mr. Caryell has a list of the a/c against the other men
in that vicinity. If you can aid him in collecting them please do so…”. Near
938. VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN LETTER, 81ST ILLINOIS Fine content wardate Union soldier’s battle letter, 8pp. 8vo., written by Sgt. Jordan C. Harriss
[POW Guntown, Miss., June 10, 1864], Co. A, 81st Illinois Vols., Vicksburg,
May 26, 1863, in pencil. Harriss gives thanks for his good fortune and
recounts the recent battles during Grant’s attacks upon Vicksburg. In part:
“…on the 11th inst we completely routed the enemy at Port Gibson on the
12th at Raymond Champion’s Hill 17th Black River & here at
Vicksburg the fighting commenced 19th & the cannon is still roaring...” After
receiving orders to charge, the unit advanced and “...within 40 or 50 yards
of the fort...the order...was given by the Brigade commander to lie down &
not fire a gun we obeyed - & lay there a long while before receiving the word
to charge & let the Rebels take...aim at our heads...” Shortly after standing,
he is struck “...on the shoulder by a large a minute or two another
bullet came and passed left arm above the elbow...I don’t
think our Regt will be called on to make another charge on the fortification.
I expect as we have them surrounded that we will only shell them and keep
off supplies until they surrender…”. The city of Vicksburg surrendered on
July 4. Much more interesting content. The original stamped transmittal
cover is included. Very good.
939. WITNESS TO AN AMPUTATION War-date Union soldier’s letter,
3pp. 8vo., written by Pvt. Miles L. Smith Co. K, 10th Conn. Vols., on yellow
patriotic stationery, Seabrook, S. C., April 12, 1862. In part: “…the day that
we landed…we marched about 4 miles…we came to a plantation…we
stacked our arms and put out our pickets…some of the boys went up to the
house to get some oranges and while there 5 or 6 rebel cavalry came and
fired at them, wounded 2 and took one prisoner. The 2 wounded Ed. Brooks
and William E. Whittlesey of New Haven…we was on picket one week and
saw the rebels everyday. They came down today and we captured one of
the rebels. The rebels shot one [1st Sgt. George S. Peach] of the 24 Mass.
yesterday and they had to amputate his leg. I saw the doctor take it off…we
have traitors in the army…I believe Hunter is one for Hunter and DuPont
has had a [?] while at Charleston…it is discouraging to us soldiers to fight
under such officers. The men on the Ironsides raised [rioted] because the
officers would not let them fight…”. The original regimentally marked and
stamped transmittal cover is included. Very good.
M. E. Givern, possibly a soldier, Juniata, Pa., Nov. 6, 1862 relaying news of a
friend having visited the South Mountain battlefield. In part: “…they overtook
a lame man…He said he was what we called a rebel, that he was going to
the battlefield to see where he was wounded. He was taken prisoner. He
showed them the place where he fell and where his two comrades were
shot…They saw the blood on the stones…J.L. saw caps lying all over the
ground, blood on them…he showed him where his Col. was shot. His horse
was lying there. The trees were scarred with bullets very much. The coats
and shirts were lying in every direction. They came to a rebel grave and
his feet were sticking out and another his sides but the Union soldiers were
buried nicely…The rebels had buried a hundred in a grave…J.L. is under
Whipple…”. Very good.
STRAIGHT” A good Reconstruction era Southern land claim letter, 6pp. 8vo.,
written by a certain J. T. Peyton, Memphis, Mar. 5, 1866 to ex-Confederate
quartermaster Charles L. Davis, in part: “…These lands as yet are miserable
but must ultimately become valuable as they lie in the finest cotton growing
county in Miss…Bridges, before the war, was unpunctual…I doubt…the
war has much improved either his punctuality or credit…the Fort Pickering
lots are in status quo. They are in the Fort used by the garrison of the ‘U.S.
Colored Artillery’ stationed here to keep ex-rebels straight and are likely to
remain as they are until the garrison is withdrawn and the fort dismantled…
tell her the Platner family are totally broken up-have nothing left and are
boarding in Charleston, Tallahatchie County, Miss…”. The original stamped
transmittal cover is included.
document penned from the veterans’ perspective, recalls Confederate
Memorial Day in Savannah, Georgia, April 26, 1900, 2pp., 4to, likely a draft
for publication. The unsigned text praises organizers such as the United
Daughters of the Confederacy, Children of the Confederacy and various
Savannah militia units. In small part: “Whereas the observance of Memorial
Day, April 26th, 1900 in the city of Savannah was more general than
usual…resolved, that the sincerest thanks of the Confederate Veteran’s
Association…are due…to Colonel Alexander R. Lawton for his chaste,
eloquent…address delivered in the evening; to the Savannah Volunteer
Guards…to the Charleston chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy…
for the loving care…of preparing wreaths and decorating the graves and
monuments of our honored dead…”. Light browning, fine condition. $150-200
943. PAT CLEBURNE U.C.V. POST HONORS ITS FOUNDER A great TransMississippi UCV letter, 1p. 4to., written, on printed “PAT CLEBURNE CAMP
NO. 222, United Confederate Veterans” stationery, Waco, Texas in 1907
honoring that post’s organizer, in part: “...Once upon a time…a Darky
starred between 2 stacks of hay. He could not decide which one to commence
on. Thus it is with the Texas Heroes, so many are worthy of honorable
mention…the Confederate army was the equal…of any other. The soldiers
of the Trans Mississippi…and the Army of Tennessee are generally willing
to give first place to the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by the
Immortal Lee. In that command most every brigade thought theirs was
the best and Hood’s next. The 4th Texas was a favorite regiment of that
brigade. The color bearer’s place was considered one of…greatest danger
and highest honor. On a headstone in the Confederate lot, in Oakwood
[Cemetery], is marked, ‘Color bearer of the 4th Texas. The bravest of the
brave.’ This honor belongs to the organizer and first commander of the
Pat Cleburne camp-Fred MaKeag [actually, 1st Lt. Frederick McKaig]…”.
Minor paper loss from insects, else very good.
944. CIVIL WAR REUNION AT MOUNT VERNON Large mounted albumen
photograph 12 1/2” x 10” titled on mount “Home of Washington, Mount
Vernon, VA” showing a large group of Union veterans and their families
seated on the side of the mansion. One veteran has been identified in ink
on the mount as “Grandmother & grandfather Amelia Philips Albert” Soiling
and foxing to albumen and mount, small part of albumen worn where
fingers had pointed to ‘Grandmother and Grandfather’, some cracks and
marginal faults, else good condition.
945. “KINGDOM COMING” A good war-date, 2pp. 8vo., tinted song sheet entitled:
“Kingdom Coming”, published by Charles Magnus, New York and Washington
showing two well-dressed contraband slaves strolling towards a fleet of Union
gunboats, reading, in small part: “Say, darkies, hab you seen de massa…he seen
a smoke way up de ribber. He took his hat, an’ let’ berry sudden…de massa
run? ha, ha!. De darkey say? ho, ho! It must be now de kingdom common’…”.
Verso with printed price list and purchasing facts.
946. “WHY DON’T YOU TAKE IT?” PATRIOTIC CARD Printed war-date
Union patriotic card, 2 1/4” x 3 1/4”, on white glazed card stock, entitled:
“Why Don’t You Take [It.]” A side of prime beef is used as bait by a large
bull dog intended to be Union General Winfield Scott who taunts Jeff Davis’
character with his request. Scott’s success through money, supply and the
backing of a well-established government cannot be lost to the viewer
while Jeff Davis’ plan looks bleak with only cotton and a palmetto tree for
cover if stealing the food fails. Folds and well-worn.
947. 102ND PENNSYLVANIA CLOTHING RETURNS Good lot of about 50
clothing returns signed by various members of A Company of the 102nd
Pennsylvania Regiment, each 1p. sm. folio, August, 1861 to the end of each
soldier’s service, a listing of the value of clothing issued to each soldier
during the duration of his service with the regiment. Each entry has been
signed by the soldier in question, with some entries witnessed by others.
Overall very good. This was a hard-fighting regiment, serving in the Army
of the Potomac from August, 1861 to war’s end and present at all major
engagements including Gettysburg. Five of the returns are signed by
Gettysburg veterans.
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broadside, 3 1/4” x 10 3/4”, “Head Quarters, Wheeler’s Cavalry Corps”,
[Mar. 1, 1863], General Order No. 4 issued by cavalry Gen. Joseph Wheeler
setting forth ten rules for commanders concerning roll calls and guidelines
for determination of whether a soldier has deserted. In part: “...All men who
are considered deserters will be arrested...Any enlisted man, found one
mile from camp...will be considered a deserter...Any officer...who absents
himself...for three roll calls in one day...will be arrested...”. Light toning,
else very good. Desertion was a constant problem for both sides during the
949. BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG 15TH MASS. HANDBILL A great wardate printed handbill poem (likely field printed), 1p. 4” x 9 1/2”, boldly titled:
“On The BATTLE near FREDERICKSBURG. Fought Dec. 13, 1862”, reading, in
small part: “You gallant sons of Freedom…round Fredericksburg of late;
where thousands of fine volunteers…did lie. Uncared for, unattended,
Beneath a Southern sky…McClellan left their side, Gave his command to
Burnside, Unskillfully to guide…the enemy being fortified…by rifle-pits
our men destroyed…in mad conflict were found…the dead and wounded
falling. By thousands here and there…a finer army never stood…Alas! for
our fine volunteers…”. Much more stirring content. Signed in type: “O. L.
& A. K., 15th Mass.”. Research shows that the authors of this poem were
mostly musicians Thomas O. Lucas and Albert W. Kelley of the 15th Mass.
band. Light stains, else VG to near fine.
950. BROADSIDE NOTICE TO DRAFTEES Broadside notice to draftees
called in Pennsylvania’s 16th District, west of Philadelphia, 7” x 10 1/4”,
headed: “THE DRAFTED MEN!”, issued by Capt. and Provost Marshal Geo.
Eyster from his headquarters, Aug. 22, 1863. In part: “...Drafted Men, are
requested, whether expecting to enter the Service, pay three hundred dollars,
furnish a substitute, or obtain report at the time indicated...
AND NOT BEFORE. Nothing will be gained by coming in advance...Drafted
Men...are entitled, by law, to travelling pay...”. Moderate stains and some
marginal chipping, in a simple wood frame. $300-400
951. C.S.A. SUBSISTENCE DEPT. NOTICE Late C.S.A. Subsistence Dept.
notice, 1p. 8vo., Richmond, Feb. 20, 1865. As food for the struggling
Confederate Army becomes scarce, Commissary Gen. J. M. St. John
advises all commissary officers: “...Embarrassed finances and interrupted
communications do not take from the military difficulties...effort must be
made, and with redoubled defiance of present public sentiment...
Let all resolve that our armies must and shall be fed...”. A bit toned, else
very good.
952. CIVIL WAR “WAR LOG” A better than usually seen relic, a 16 1/2” tall,
6” wide section of a pine tree with a minie ball firmly embedded within. The
tree has been carefully cross-sectioned to actually show the trajectory of
the bullet into the wood. Nicely varnished, set on a lighter varnished pine
base. Location unknown.
953. CIVIL WAR NEWSPAPERS Good group of eleven war-date newspaper
offering significant Civil War news, includes the Boston Weekly Journal, Mar.
13, 1862 with a fine account of the battle between the Monitor and the
Merrimac; The New York Tribune, Dec. 16, 1862, Battle of Fredericksburg
(worn); The New York Times, Oct. 22, 1861, McClellan’s raid into Virginia;
New York Tribune, July 22, 23 & 25, Morgan’s Raid into Ohio; New York
Tribune, Dec. 29, 1862, news on CSS Alabama capturing Union vessel,
Banks Expedition; New York Tribune, Nov. 20, 1862, Gen. Fitz-John Porter
investigation; New York Herald, Dec. 18, 1864 victory at Nashville and
Sherman at Savannah (foxed), and one other paper. Except as noted above,
very good.
954. CONFEDERATE CURRENCY Lot of two Confederate banknotes,
includes a State of Georgia $50.00 note issued at Milledgeville, Apr. 6,
1864, and a Virginia $5.00 Treasury note, no. 37534, Richmond, Mar. 13,
1862. Both very good.
Confederate paper money and bonds, includes: CSA loan bond for $100.00
with 15 maturity coupons, 13” x 13” mounted, issued on June 13, 1862,
boldly signed by Robert Tyler as Register of the Treasury; a CSA $100.00
note printed by Hoyer and Ludwig, Richmond, Virginia depicting slaves
loading up a wagon with cotton bales. Issued on Sept. 2, 1861 with a
printing of 607,227 of which this bill is No. 1489. Paper is clean on both
sides with no ink erosion to the signatures. There is however, one small
chip at the lower left hand corner and mounting remnants at the corners
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on verso; CSA $10.00 note printed by Keating and Allen, Columbia, SC,
depicting horses pulling cannons into battle. Issued on Feb. 17, 1864 with
a printing of 1,333,239 of which this bill is No. 26007 - Series 3 - Plate A.
Details remaining clean, very good with one light fold and a verso stain that
has some show through; very scarce CSA $50.00 note issued on Sept. 2,
1861, Richmond, Virginia with very little rag - a tell tale sign that it is not
genuine. Our example is war date and countersigned “COUNTERFEIT” three
times! Also, a Bank of the State of South Carolina bearer note for 15 cents
issued of Feb. 1, 1863. This note is mounted and has a chip that detracts
from the signature which disqualifies it from being assigned a grade. Five
pamphlet, 26pp. 8vo., Richmond, Oct. 3, 1863, issued as General
Orders No. 131 from the office of Adjutant and Inspector General
Samuel Cooper. Due to “Difficulties in procuring the medals and badges
of distinction, having delayed their presentation by the President...
to the officers, non-commissioned officers and privates of the armies
of the Confederate States...” this order was issued to further “...avoid
postponing the grateful recognition of their valor until it can be made
in the enduring form...” The order further provides that the “...names
of all those who have been or may hereafter be reported as worthy
of this distinction, be inscribed on a Roll of Honor...the Roll of Honor...
be appended to this Order, and read at the head of every regiment in
the service of the Confederate States...and be published in at least one
newspaper in each state...”. The Roll of Honor follows in the remaining
25 pages and is first divided by battle, first Murfreesboro, followed by
Chancellorsville, and finally Gettysburg. Under each battle, the names
are further divided by state and then by regiment. Under regiment
are found the names of the Roll inductees followed by their respective
companies. Those with asterisks following their names designate “...
those killed in action.” A small erratum is tipped into the final page. Front
and rear covers are heavily toned with spots of lightening due to water
damage. Moderate foxing throughout, else very good.
prayer book entitled: “The Soldier’s Prayer Book”, in soft board wraps,
oblong 12mo., 64pp., published by the Protestant Episcopal Book
Society, Philadelphia, 1861. Owned by two separate Union soldiers as
evidenced by their inscriptions inside including one identified as being
in the 95th Penn. Vols. while the other gives his name as Miller G. Bell in
the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry. From Bell’s effects.
great war-date manuscript Union document, 2pp. folio, a complaint
brought by 1st Sergeant Francis H. Snider, Rickett’s 1st Pennsylvania
Light Artillery Battery, “In Camp near Markham Station, Va.”, July 24,
1863 against Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays who struck him and swore at
him while on the march. In small part: “Feeling myself abused while
in the actual discharge of my duty…while on the march…as a noncommissioned officer of your battery carrying out your orders…whilst
the battery was at a halt…General Hays commanding the 2nd Army
Corps…came from the rear of the column…and in a loud tone…said,
‘There are some more of those damned wagons’…I had just…taken
my place alongside of it…the general crossed from the left…swearing
and talking in a loud manner…that we had stolen property with us…
he ordered both carts to be taken…I spoke to him and said…’that is
government property…he instantly turned in his saddle…and…struck
me a violent blow…and said, ‘You damned son of a bitch how dare
you interfere with me…I said, ‘General have you a right to strike me.’
He answered, ‘Yes…when you dispute my orders.’ I said…I have not
done so…and I shall test the matter…one of the officers who was…
in his rear…attracted my attention…saying…’For Gods sake say no
more…I then rode forward and reported to you…”. Endorsed on the
verso by Capt. R. Bruce Ricketts commander of Batteries G & F, 1st
Penn. Light Artillery which had just fought hand to hand (less than
three weeks earlier) with Confederate soldiers among the headstones
in Gettysburg’s Cemetery on July 2, 1863. The endorsement reads,
in part: “…back to Capt. Hazard who again sent it up saying he could
not send it as it was addressed to Hd. Qrs, Army of the Potomac. Then
the order was issued placing me & Sgt. Snyder under arrest to answer
charges for disobedience of orders…”. Worthy of further research to
see if Sgt. Snyder or Ricketts every regretted bringing the complaint.
Very good. 112
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CEMETARY MONUMENT Partly printed invitation card, 12mo., addressed
to Gen. Thomas H. Ruger (1833-1907), who led troops at Gettysburg
and was brevetted brigadier general for his actions there. In part: “…
you are respectfully invited to attend the ceremony of the dedication of
the monument in the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg, July 1st
1869.” Signed in print by five members of the Committee of the Board of
Commissioners. Line of toning extending vertically through the middle, else
fine. With a printed letter, 4pp., 5 1/2” x 9 1/4” a finely illustrate Gettysburg
Springs Hotel vignette, addressed to Ruger inviting him to a: “...reunion of
the officers of your Brigade, Division, Corps and Army...[by the]Gettysburg
Battle-field Memorial perpetuate the history of the Battle in
its simple truth and to that end to make the Battle-field its own interpreter.
It seeks to preserve this an enduring historical memorial...and
an ever eloquent though silent exponent...of the Battle of Gettysburg.”
Each page shows similar vertical strips of toning. With original transmittal
propaganda item, a broadside, 8 1/2” x 14”, signed in type by one Wesley
Bradshaw and printed by Alexander & Co., Philadelphia. The broadside
ON THE DEAD BODY OF A REBEL!”. The text opens explaining that a letter
had been found on the body of a Confederate courier, sent by a personal
secretary to Davis to a relative in Cincinnati. The letter, addressed to
Americans on both sides of the conflict, was contained within an envelope
marked: “To be opened after my death. Jefferson Davis”, with contents
reading, in small part: “...The terrible game, which I have been playing for
a lifetime, has gone against me...Had I won, I would, within five years from
now, have made myself Emperor of America...”. The broadside then goes
into great detail, with Davis explaining how after reading of the exploits of
Napoleon as a youth, he was determined to control the country through
political machinations and alignment with the Democratic Party. He notes:
“...the division of the Democratic Party was really accomplished by my
influence...the election of Abraham Lincoln was insured by my money, as
well as my influence...”. Davis’ letter ends with the hopes that despite his
evil intentions and now that he has gone to the great beyond, he prays that
Americans will embrace the Constitution and reunite for the benefit of all. A
terrific fantasy!
manuscript Army of Northern Virginia document, 1p. 4to., being General
Orders No. 50, [n.p. but Fredericksburg, Va.], Mar. 29, 1863 concerning
the promotion of officers within Lee’s command. In small part: “…in
the examination of an officer for promotion by seniority…the board will
consider…the reasonable probability of improvement in his part…as many
vacancies may be created by the result of these examinations. It is desired
that the names of subalterns and enlisted men deserving promotion should
be furnished by the board, that the vacancies may be filled by those who are
most entitled…”. Secretarially signed by Lee’s AAG Major Walter H. Taylor
and chief of staff Col. Robert Hall Chilton. Very good.
WAGNER Excellent newspaper account of the 54th Massachusetts attack on
Fort Wagner, South Carolina as reported in the New York Tribune, July 27,
1863 in a front page article. The headlines declare: “THE WORK STORMED
OF THE UNIONISTS...”. The entire front page is occupied with the account of
the battle, along with reports from Southern newspapers and a very lengthy
list of the hundreds of wounded, including dozens from the 54th Mass. In
excellent condition.
GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN Attractive partly-printed D.S. signed by two
Union major generals, 1p. sm. folio, [Harrisburg], Jan. 1, 1873, a payment
made to attorney William McClellan in trust for a citizen who suffered:
“…damages sustained…during the late rebellion…”, boldly signed at
bottom by Union major generals JOHN W. GEARY as Governor and JOHN
F. HARTRANFT as Auditor General. Marginal wear, else very good. These
certificates were issued with the caveat that they were payable only when
the federal government paid the claims…it never did. Geary commanded
a division at Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Lookout Mountain, and in
Sherman’s March to the Sea, while Hartranft received a Medal of Honor for
his bravery at Bull Run.
GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN Attractive partly-printed D.S. signed by two
Union major generals, 1p. sm. folio, [Harrisburg], Jan. 1, 1873, a payment
made to attorney William McClellan in trust for a citizen who suffered:
“…damages sustained…during the late rebellion…”, boldly signed at
bottom by Union major generals JOHN W. GEARY as Governor and JOHN
F. HARTRANFT as Auditor General. Marginal wear, else very good. These
certificates were issued with the caveat that they were payable only when
the federal government paid the claims…it never did. Geary commanded
a division at Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Lookout Mountain, and in
Sherman’s March to the Sea, while Hartranft received a Medal of Honor for
his bravery at Bull Run. $100-150
965. SHEET OF SOUTH CAROLINA CURRENCY Scarce sheet of The Bank
of the State of South Carolina state currency, twelve notes in denominations
of fifty, twenty-five, fifteen and five cents, each note bearing a Palmetto tree
on the recto and denomination printed in red on verso, issued Feb. 1 1863.
Each note has been hand-signed. Folds, else in very good condition.
966. UNION DOCUMENT GROUPING Five blank Pennsylvania recruiting
claims forms used to pay commissions to those who recruited officers or
sutlers into the state’s service, an 1862 Treasury Dept. document paying
wages to the father of deceased soldier George Schweiter of the 2nd Maine
(damaged), similar document, Aug. 2, 1865 paying 2nd Lt. George Dauchey
of the 2nd Ky. Vols., and three post-war requisitions from Fort Williams, Va.
Very good.
967. ZOUAVE SONG SHEET Hand-colored Zouave song sheet, “Billy
Wilson’s Zouaves”, 1p. 8vo., shows a Zouave in uniform and a shackled
slave. Small edge tears, else very good. Wilson’s Zouaves were the 6th N.Y.
Infantry which fought largely in Florida and Louisiana.
GETTYSBURG Albumen photograph, 9 x 7 1/4, sepia, a excellent image by
Alexander Gardner of the gatehouse taken only days after the battle in July
1863 (note the broken out windows along the right side). The earthworks
erected by by Lt. James Stewart’s Battery B of the 4th U.S. Artillery are still
visible in the foreground. Nominal surface creases, else very good with good
contrast. Matted and framed. Not examined out of frame.
photographs including three cartes-de-visite and three cabinet card
photographs of JAMES M. YOUNG (1843 - 1913), Union solider and a
recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Young, as a member of
120th New York, was cited for his bravery at the Wilderness on May 6, 1864
when, while out reconnoitering rebel positions he was fired upon, and one of
his comrades was gravely wounded. Ignoring the enemy fire, Young risked
his own life to carry his wounded comrade on his back to the safety of Union
lines. The collection includes one carte de viosite of Young in uniform. The
three cabinet cards depict Young later in life including a portrait of him
wearing his medal and another as a policeman in Jamestown, N.Y. The
cartes (one of which is signed on the verso) bear a good deal of surface
wear (one is heavily damaged), some abrasions on versos, the cabinet cards
are in overall fine condition. Together, six pieces.
970. (AMBROSE P. HILL) (1825 - 1865) Confederate lieutenant general who
led Hill’s Light Division through the battles of cedar Mountain, Antietam and
Chancellorsville, led the III Corps at Gettysburg, killed in the final defense of
Petersburg. Carte de visite photograph showing Hill chest, up. Backstamp
by Anthony. Corners clipped, else very good.
971. (GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN) (1826 - 1885) Union major general and
general-in-chief of the army whose hesitation in attacking Confederate
forces caused him to be sacked by Lincoln. Post war CDV showing the exgeneral as Governor of New Jersey. No photographer’s imprint. Near fine.
972. (JEFF DAVIS SATIRIZED) Late Civil War CDV showing Davis and his
entourage fleeing southward after the fall of Richmond on April 2, 1865.
The one-eyed ousted president tramps away from Richmond on a rocky
road while leading a harnessed mule on which sits a female refugee. The
caption at the bottom of the card reads, Yours in haste, J. Davis” Published
by Joseph Ward, Boston. Near fine.
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973. (JEFFERSON DAVIS) (1808 - 1889) President of the Confederacy who
led his armies beyond the surrender at Appomattox. A postwar cabinet card
showing an aged ex-president of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis seated in
a mid chest pose. Titled in faded gold print: “Hon. Jefferson Davis”, published
by Collins, New York on brown mount. A bit light, else VG. $150-200
content letter, 8pp. 8vo., by Class of 1865 Harvard graduate George Homer
Smith, [New York], Aug. 25, [1865] to his father concerning his visit to the
Brooklyn Navy Yard. Smith sneaked into the facility and describes the sights,
including a sketch and description of seeing “two Rebel Infernal machines”,
one of which is a David class Confederate submarine called the “Midget”.
974. ALFRED STRATTON DOUBLE AMPUTEE PHOTO New York State She was built at Charleston in 1864 and was captured by the Union navy
native Alfred A. Stratton (1845-1874) enlisted in Co. G, 147th N.Y. Vols when that city fell on Feb. 17, 1865. His letter, reads, in very small part: “…I
on Aug. 19, 1863, as a substitute for August Lass who had been drafted. started for Fort Greene, a high hill in the Western part of the city overlooking
Severely wounded by cannon fire during the battle of Petersburg on June N. Y. and the entrance to the Sound…I came to the Navy Yard…went in and
18, 1864, he lost both arms by amputation. He was promoted sergeant and all over it…there were vessels on the docks in all stages of building…there
discharged later that summer. He subsequently moved to Washington, D. were the guns, perfectly enormous, some of these were at least 4 or 5 feet
C., married and started a family. War-date oval view CDV showing Stratton in diameter…guns taken from the Rebels at Gosport…also cannon balls,
in uniform, missing his arms, while wearing an ornate Fifth Corps badge shells and all the usual accomplishments belonging to the Navy Yards…
on his chest. This image is no doubt one of the many Stratton sold to help was an iron ram which was on the Rebel steamer Mississippi which was
support himself after his wounding. No photographer’s imprint. Near fine. burnt at N. Orleans in ‘62. [there is a drawing of the ram.] Ram shaped
$150-200 like this and made to fasten on the bow of this ship. There were also 2
torpedoes & their anchors. [Here are drawings of the torpedo and chain]…
975. CARTE DE VISITE OF MAN WITH HOOK HAND A superb carte-de- there were two Rebel Infernal machines or rather…submarine boats for
vsite by Charles Pierce, of Bath, Maine of a man, seated, with a prosthetic using torpedoes. One was the ‘Midge’…they were like a cigar in shape and
hook on one arm. Corners clipped, else very fine. $200-300 quite small perhaps as long as…our old house…and a pole 40 ft. long out
in front on which was the torpedo…[a drawing of the submarine]…there
976. CONFEDERATE SOLDIER PHOTO Carte de visite photo of an was a cannon ball that went clear through the Brooklyn & stuck…the
unidentified Confederate soldier, shown standing full-length in uniform, Tuscarora…I tried to get on the Monitor…I came to the Monitor Roanoke
pencil note on verso indicates he served under Gen. Gustavus W. Smith. No I walked straight on…behind the turrets…looking into the turrets, down
$100-150 below…the turrets like the dome of the observatory at Camb[ridge], turned
on cannon balls in a groove. The cartridges were laid in a row round the
977. FIRING ON FORT SUMTER A good war-date CDV depicting the firing
sides of the turret. There were two guns in each turret both facing the same
upon Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, entitled: “Sumter, April 13, 1861”
way. The guns…slide backwards & forward…the sides [of the turret] were
Wind, waves, artillery shells and fire pummel the beleaguered fort in this
wadded & as much ventilation was made as was possible…”. Also included
artist’s depiction. Copyright 1864 by G. Douglas & Brewerton, New York,
is the original stamped cover. $500-600
backstamp by A.A. Turner.
token from the Marshall House hotel in Alexandria, Va., a token “cent”
issued by the hotel as a promotion and, like many such tokens of the era,
actually circulated. The brass token bears a period cent’s capped Liberty
surrounded by stars, while the verso bears “MARSHALL HOUSE 1859” in
relief. Sold with a C.D.V. photo of Elmer Ellsworth standing in uniform, lower
corners clipped, backstop by Silsbee, Case & Co., Boston. On May 24, 1861
Ellsworth saw a Rebel flag flying on the roof of the Marshall House hotel.
He entered the building and sprinted up the stairs to remove the offending
banner. On his way down the stairs, Ellsworth was met by the proprietor of
the hotel, James T. Jackson, who shot Ellsworth dead, and was himself killed
by Ellsworth’s fellow Zouave, Frank Brownell. $200-300
979. UNION SOLDIER DAGUERROTYPE Ninth plate (2” x 2 1/2”)
daguerrotype of a Union soldier or militiaman showing him in a great coat
with dark kepi, somewhat silvered at margins, set into an ornate gutta
percha case. Overall very good.
980. CIVIL WAR SOLDIER’S ART A fine example of soldier art, an original
pen and ink drawing, 7 1/2” x 5”, depicting a thatched structure with a
soldier entering an extended entryway. A four-man tent is situated at left.
Obtained from the correspondence of Union Maj. L. Curtiss Brackett, an
aide to Geb. Orlando B. Willcox who may have inhabited this structure.
Mounted with trivial light marginal stains, else very good. $300-400
981. CURRIER & IVES BATTLE OF ANTIETAM A colorful war-date handcolored Currier & Ives print captioned: “The Battle of Antietam, MD., Sept.
17th 1862. This splendid victory was achieved by the ‘Army of the Potomac,’
commanded by their Great General Geo. B. McClellan over the Rebel Army
under Lee, Jackson and a host of others…”. 13 1/4” x 9 1/2”, housed in
larger gold frame. Bright white paper, near excellent and ready to hang on
the office wall.
985. UNION NAVAL ENSIGN Scarce Civil War era two-sided naval ensign,
65” x 136”, fine cotton bearing thirteen stars sewn to both sides of the flag.
The flag bears two period brass grommets along its canvas hoist, which
also has an inked name: “Mrs. N. B. Abbott” near the top grommet. During
the Civil War, it was customary for those who donated flags to, or sewed
flags for military units to mark their names upon those items. A second
name, “E. Brand” has also been penned on the fly, probably at a later date.
Some holes, a few fairly large, but the flag remains a beautiful item for
display and one that is not commonly found.
commemorative print commissioned by his daughter on the centennial of
his birth, 1908, 17 3/4” x 24 3/4”, a youthful portrait of Davis by Brandon,
Nashville, with facsimile of a hand-written endorsement by his daughter, M.
H. J. D. Davis. Light toning at margins, a very slight damp stain at left, else
very good.
Boston chromolithograph depicting The Battle of Kenesaw Mountain”, 23
1/2” x 17”, with two nominal 1/2” tears in margins, a few tiny brown spots
which are virtually invisible, else very good. $100-150
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AMERICAN FLAG Large and thus very
rare Civil War-era 36-star American
flag, two-sided, approx 104” along
the fly and 180” wide, comprised of
separately sewn stars, stripes, and
blue field. A metal grommet is fixed
at the top of the fly, and a hemp cord
is fixed at the bottom. The flag shows
some moderate stains and a few tears
and holes, but much less damage
than one would expect from a flag of
its age - now 150 years. An attractive
display piece to accent a collection or
for creative framing. $1,500-2,000
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987. RELIC OF THE MERRIMACK (C.S.S. VIRGINIA) Small section of wood
believed to have come from the hull of the Merrimack, or the CSS Virginia,
the vessel which famously dueled with the USS Monitor at Hampton Roads
on March 9, 1862. This relic is enclosed in a small plastic case, doublematted in gray and red with a copy of an artist’s depiction of the vessel
underway and printed descriptive text. On verso is a signed letter of
authenticity picturing the original section of wood which emanated from a
ca. 1920 collection. A very nice piece for display, and framable!$150-200
very early relic undoubtedly made from bronze recovered from the wreck
of the C.S.S. VIRGINIA, commonly called the Merrimack. The vessel, which
famously battled the USS MONITOR at Hampton Roads on Mar. 9, 1862,
was later scuttled to prevent her capture. This fine souvenir, a ring, bears
a period engraved inscription within: “Merrimac May 11th 1862” (the date
the vessel was destroyed), and it remains in fine condition. It has tested
negatively for gold content leading us to conclude that it had been made
from some component of the original warship. It is entirely possible the ring
was made for an ex-crewman as after the battle, both sides referred to the
vessel as the “Merrimac”.
Fine pair of nearly-matching sterling silver dining utensils owned by
Lieutenant Commander WILLIAM E. FITZHUGH (d. 1889). The tablespoon
bearing a ridge and vine design, is 8 1/4” long and the reverse is marked
“PATENT 1847. T. C. GARRETT” followed by three hallmarks. The 7 1/2”
salad fork is virtually identical in design, marked: “PATENT 1847 C. BARD
& SON” beneath. Both bear identical engraved handles: “William E. Fitzhugh
U.S. Navy”. Very good. Of course, officers took their possessions with
them to every posting. Fitzhugh had a 40-year naval career, retiring as a
commodore. During the Civil War, he received the surrender of Confederate
naval forces on the Red River, fought at Fort Morgan, and served aboard or
990. 2ND CORPS CLOTH INSIGNIA Civil War 2nd Corps cloth insignia, a
red felt “clover” emblem 2” wide, 1 7/8” tall, red and representing the First
Division. Worn as one would expect, still very good.
991. 2ND CORPS CLOTH INSIGNIA Civil War 2nd Corps cloth insignia, a
white cloth felt “clover” emblem 1 3/4” wide, 2 1/8” tall (non-regulation),
white, and representing the Second Division. Worn as one would expect,
still very good.
992. ARMOR PLATE RELIC OF THE C.S.S. VIRGINIA A neat relic of the
C.S.A. VIRGINIA (often called the MERRIMACK or MARRIMAC owing to her
having been a U.S. vessel prior to her capture and battle against the U.S.S.
MONITOR at Hampton Roads), a 2” x 2 1/2” x 1/16” section of iron plate,
likely a portion of her armor, bearing period embossed letters “MERRIMAC
1862”. Likely sold as a souvenir or fund-raising item after the vessel was
scuttled, this is a heretofore unseen souvenir example
relic from Fort Sumter, the site of the start of the Civil War, a 8 1/2” wood
pulley once used to maneuver a Union artillery piece undoubtedly used
during the April 12, 1861 Confederate shelling of the island. The wood
pulley bears a grooved outer rim, and a smaller pulley is fitted within the
larger wheel itself. A faded G.A.R. card was affixed to the wheel many
decades ago - it bears the name of Franklin B. Gregory, late corporal of
Battery G, 1st N.Y. Light Artillery, later a member of Richards Post 367,
Mexico, Oswego Co., New York. At the top of his card is written in a period
hand: “Ft. Sumter”. This is obviously a memento picked up by Gregory
during a visit to Sumter and brought back for later display at his G.A.R. hall.
With a later (but still old) catalog description taped to the relic, and further
from a collection of relics said to have been dug at Manassas, Va., the site
of the battles of Bull Run, includes a U.S. cartridge box plate, lead-filled,
and an eagle breast plate, two rings on verso, both in excellent condition.
Also included is a lot of five dropped rifle and musket projectiles, place of
recovery unknown.
995. CIVIL WAR AMPUTEE’S CRUTCH Rare Civil War medical item, a
Civil War hospital-use adjustable amputee’s crutch. The crutch, 43” long
overall, bears a 6” diameter support pad with wool lining within a cup into
which the amputee’s appendage would fit. This padded fixture has an iron
pin at bottom which fits into any one of about twenty adjustment holes
depending upon the length of the remaining appendage. The reverse of
the crutch bears a long length of leather which once held a leather strap
which would wrap about the leg to fix it to the crutch. The device also has a
worn leather-covered padding affixed at top. This crutch was intended for
temporary use by patients while still recovering in the hospital. Overall very
996. CIVIL WAR BULLET DISPLAY Attractive display of 15 different
“dropped” bullets used by both northern and southern forces during the
Civil War, all mounted to a laminated card with identification. Included is a
Spencer cartridge, .31 Colt pistol, .36 Colt pistol, .50 Smith, .36 Remington
teardrop, .54 Joselyn carbine, .58 Williams II and III, .50 Maynard, and
997. CIVIL WAR BULLET DISPLAY Attractive display of 15 different
“dropped” bullets used by both northern and southern forces during the
Civil War, all mounted to a laminated card with identification. Included is a
Spencer cartridge, .31 Colt pistol, .36 Colt pistol, .50 Smith, .36 Remington
teardrop, .54 Joselyn carbine, .58 Williams II and III, .50 Maynard, and
998. CIVIL WAR CARTRIDGE DISPLAY Stained wood plaque, 9 1/2” x
5 1/2”, bears ten “dug” Civil War cartridges recovered from battle sites
in northern Virginia, as well as a mangled bullet embedded in a section
of wood claimed by the consignor to have been part of a fence post at
Antietam. A nice home-made relic board.
999. CIVIL WAR FIELD GLASSES Civil War era field glasses, 6 3/4” long,
5 1/4” wide, brass body, japanned, focus smoothly operable, optics
unscratched and clear. With reproduction case, ready for your next artillery
1000. CIVIL WAR GUN PARTS DISPLAY Display bearing nine parts (some
“dug”) from Civil War long guns, includes a CSA bullet worm, musket
sling swivel band, stock sling swivel, cleaning bullet removal tool, bayonet
scabbard tip, bronze musket butt plate, lock plate, and two other parts.
Very good.
1001. CIVIL WAR HAT INSIGNIA Good lot of six pieces of authentic Civil
War hat insignia, includes an eagle, bugle, and crossed cannon, each about
3” long, as well as company letters “A”, “H”, and “O”. Overall fine. $150-200
War paper-wrapped cartridges, the paper wrapped with thin twine, each
containing powder, a .58 caliber ball, and smaller shot. These cartridges
would be torn open (often with one’s teeth), and the powder, shot, and
ball poured down the muzzle of a musket in one movement. Very good, in
display box.
1003. CIVIL WAR RELIC DISPLAY PLAQUE Walnut plaque bearing twenty
“dug” relics, all recovered from northern Virginia and Gettysburg vicinity
battlefields. Included Williams cleaner bullets, a “pulled” minie ball, shrapnel
(from Gettysburg), artillery fuse, bullet made into a nipple protector, bayonet
scabbard tip, Spencer cartridge, canteen spout and stopper, bronze musket
butt plate, clay pipe, harmonica part, U.S. belt buckle and breast eagle, bullet
lodged in a section of a tree, bullet worm, musket tool, etc.
1004. CIVIL WAR RELICS DISPLAY BOARD Large framed grouping of
“dug” relics recovered at Civil War battle sites in northern Virginia, all handwired to a red felt background, ca. 1940s. The 14” x 20” display includes
a shoulder scale, harmonica part, musician’s kepi insignia, musket trigger
guard, stencil, bayonet, cartridge casing, butt plate, dropped minie ball and
William cleaner, fired minie, small ball in wood, coattail weight, pipe bowl,
artillery fuse, bayonet scabbard tip, spur part, uniform button, and other
1005. CIVIL WAR TWO-BULLET DISPLAY A nice grouping of three
displays, each 5” x 7” colorful laminated descriptions of Civil War bullets and
their production during the war, with both a “dropped” ball and a fired ball
attached to the bottom of the card.A nice gift for the Civil War enthusiast.
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DRUM* Civil War -era bass drum,
31” dia., bird’s eye maple with red
painted trim, new ropes, skins and
fittings but original leather tabs,
some paint-touched-up. The
drum bears a re-painted eagle,
stars and shield motif on a 16” x
12” panel, likely painted 1890’s.
No maker’s label visible. A nice
display piece. Requires thirdparty shipping. Please see Terms
and Conditions of Sale. $500-700
MEDALLIONS Lot of six Civil War-era
religious medallions and tokens, all brass
or bronze and about an inch long or smaller. Includes a cross “dug” in a
battle area in the vicinity of Vicksburg, a small figure of the Virgin mary
in brass carrying case commonly carried by soldiers, a chaplain’s hat
or chest cross, and three other tokens, one bearing a Virgin Mary with
Japanese writing! Most tokens appear to have been dug.
U.S.S. JAMESTOWN CHARLES GREEN (1812-1888) Union naval officer,
captain of the distinguished armed sloop USS JAMESTOWN from July 16,
1862 and as such captured six Confederate prizes, and destroyed the
blockade runner ALVARADO, running the vessel ashore and burning her
under the guns at Fernandina, Florida. Green was appointed Commodore
on Mar. 12, 1867. A fine relic from Green’s service aboard the
JAMESTOWN, Green’s personal sterling silver teaspoon from his service
aboard the JAMESTOWN, 5” long with an ornate oak leaf and acorn design,
engraved “C. Green” on the top, and “U.S.S. Jamestown” on the reverse.
Appropriately hallmarked. Fine, with a repro image of the vessel.
1009. CONFEDERATE RAINS TORPEDO FUSE Very rare fuse from
a Rains torpedo (by definition, a mine), a 4 1/4” long iron fitting with
threads and a stop nut fitted for insertion into the body of a powder-filled
barrel, with a 2 1/2” extension which supported a contact plunger’s shaft.
This example was recovered from off the South Carolina coast. The Rains
barrel or keg torpedo was designed to protect Confederate harbors and
waterways. Barrels were coated inside and out with pitch, tar, or resin for
waterproofing. The two conical ends were rough-cut pine for flotation,
and the barrels themselves were filled with powder which was ignited
by any one of the multiple percussion fuses fitted to the mine. These
“torpedoes” sent more vessels to the bottom than all other Confederate
weapons and ships combined.
1010. EAGLE BREASTPLATE Union soldier’s “eagle breastplate in “dug”
condition, 2 1/2” diameter, lead-filled back, prongs gone, edges a bit
bent but still retaining good detail.
Original Union 1861 pattern leather cartridge box complete except for the
leather shoulder strap, originally manufactured to accommodate forty .58
caliber minie ball cartridges. Bears fine original oval brass plate with the letters
“US” embossed thereon, affixed to the box’s flap with a strip of leather through
the plate’s loops. All straps, flaps and tabs are intact and strong, save one buckle
at bottom separated but loops of leather and original buckle still present. The
interior pouch tab is also strong and intact, as is the tin compartment within.
The pouch flap is maker marked “E. A. CORBET ST. LOUIS”. This cartridge box
has been reconditioned and oiled and some of the preservative has coalesced
to form some white residue. Sold as-is.
1012. GETTYSBURG DRUM RELICS Collection of relics said to have originated
from a drum recovered on the Gettysburg battlefield as a “pick-up” just after
the battle. Included is a long section of cording used to secure the drum
heads, as well as eight sections of leather trim which once covered the drum
head fasteners. All are displayed in a “Riker” box with a printed note: “...These
rope pulls and rope came from a drum found in the Patterson Farm barn,
Gettysburg, Pa. in the early 1950’s. It is believed to have been a battlefield
pickup long forgotten and in such bad shape that this is all that was saveable
[sic], the wood being termite ridden and the head totally decayed”. The William
Patterson farm was the site of a field hospital and remained untouched by the
Park Service until 1968.
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Gettysburg battlefield relic, a 34” knobby wood cane with brass tip
bearing a red wood inlaid Army of the Potomac corps badge and
hand-carved scrollwork and lettering: “Gettysburg July 1st - 3d W.
Scott K 141 PV”. Varnished, two short splits, else fine condition. Daniel
W. Scott enlisted as a private in 1862 Co. K, 141st Pa. Vol. Inf’y. and
on Apr. 2, 1864 was transferred into the U.S. Colored Troop 23rd
Infantry and promoted to captain. Captured on Sep. 30th of that
year, he was imprisoned at Macon. The 141st was heavily engaged at
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where Scott carved
this cane, likely at a reunion.
Relic from the Gettysburg battlefield, a portion of a 3” Hotchkiss shell
which appears to have struck a solid object and failed to explode, as
the front of the shell obviously fractured into several pieces, while
the rear remains entirely intact. The shell bears painted description:
“Gettysburg 1863”. Fine.
1015. RELIC OF THE C.S.S. VIRGINIA A scarce relic recovered from the
wreck of the C.S.S. VIRGINIA, commonly called the Merrimack, which
famously battled the USS MONITOR at Hampton Roads on Mar. 9,
1862. The 2 1/2” long relic, in the shape of a horseshoe, is composed
of iron recovered from the vessel’s metal plating and was given as
a token to patrons of the Tredegar Company of Richmond. One side
bears the description: “MERRIMAC 1862” with the verso reading: “OLD
DOMINION I. & N. W. CO.”. Very good.
1016. RELIC OF THE MERRIMACK (C.S.S. VIRGINIA) Small section of
wood from the hull of the Merrimack, or the CSS Virginia, the vessel
which famously dueled with the USS Monitor at Hampton Roads on
March 9, 1862. This relic is enclosed in a small plastic case, doublematted in gray and red with a copy of an artist’s depiction of the
vessel underway and printed descriptive text. On verso is a signed
letter of authenticity picturing the original section of wood which
emanated from a ca. 1920 collection. A very nice piece for display, and
(C.S.S. VIRGINIA) Two fine relics, includes a small section of wood
from the hull of the Merrimack, or the CSS Virginia, the vessel which
famously dueled with the USS Monitor at Hampton Roads on March
9, 1862, accompanied by a section of wood taken from the U.S.S.
Cumberland, sunk when she was rammed by the Merrimac a day
earlier. Both relics are enclosed in small plastic cases, double-matted
in gray and burgundy with a copy of an artist’s depiction of the vessels
locked in combat and with printed descriptive text. On verso is a signed
letter of authenticity picturing the original sections of wood with their
provenance. A very nice piece for display, and framable! $300-400
1018. UNCOMMON CIVIL WAR BULLET DISPLAY Nice display of four
less commonly seen Civil War bullets, each set onto a laminated 5” x
7” color card with description of each example. Included is a .69 cal.
“buck and ball” load, a “pain” bullet from which it is said the expression
“bite the bullet” was derived, a “pulled” bullet from a misfire, and a
carved bullet, this one used as a nipple protector. Very good.
less commonly seen Civil War bullets, each set onto a laminated 8” x
10” color card with description of each example. Included is a .69 cal.
“buck and ball” load, a “pain” bullet from which it is said the expression
“bite the bullet” was derived, a “pulled” bullet from a misfire, a carved
bullet, this one used as a nipple protector, a second carved bullet used
as a game chip, and a flattened bullet with a hole in the center, possibly
used as a fishing sinker by a distracted soldier. Very good.$200-300
1020. UNION/INDIAN WARS CANTEEN Civil War-period soldered tin
canteen, brown wool cover stitched to body, three loops for carrying
strap (not present), with cork stopper. Near fine.
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A historic account of the arrest and murder of Joseph Smith
written by a Mormon at Nauvoo . . . the son of church leader Sidney Rigdon
BODYGUARD Extraordinary and historic
letter describing the jailing and murder
of Mormon prophet and leader Joseph
Smith, written by the son-in-law of
pioneering church leader Sidney Rigdon.
The author of the letter, EDWARD B.
“BIG NED” WINGATE, was a devoted
Mormon and is believed to have been
a Danite bodyguard and peace-keeper
in Missouri (although some believe
that the Danites also were tasked with
ferreting-out treason and heresy in the
Mormon ranks). Wingate’s 3pp. 8vo.
letter was penned in Nauvoo and dated
“July 1844”, but the date is tied down by
the postmark: “Quincy July 10 [1844]”,
placing the writing of this letter less than
two weeks after Joseph Smith’s murder
at the Carthage jail, about 70 miles
away. Edward writes his brother John
F. Wingate in Brunswick, Me., in small
part [phonetic spelling corrected]: “...
We arrived safe to this City the 2nd of
June after a journey of 25 days...we had
a very pleasant journey...the Canal Boat struck a rock on the side of the River Which stove a hole
in her Bottom which caused about 8 inches to come into her hole...Coming up the Mississippi our
steam boat broke her shaft and she had to [?]...with one wheel against a 10 knot current...we
arrived safe and was glad[?] by the Prophet and all of our old Friends that went from Boston...
instead of finding a small town with log houses I found a beautiful city that is five miles square...
most pleasantly situated place...I will try to give you a few of the incidents which has happened.
Our whole troubles originated from a few Apostates from this Church because Joseph would not
uphold them in these Hellish deeds they have said all manner of evil against Joseph they could not
say & do enough...But they had to go to work and publish all manner of lies that could be thought
of therefore the City Council came together for the purpose of taking into consideration the above
named press whether it was a nuisance or not which they had the power to do according to the
Charter granted to them by the United States...ordered the Police to go to the Office and take
the press and burn it which they did do...they went to Carthage and the surrounding towns
and got the Devil in the people and they waged war against us there was at one time about a
thousand...passed resolution that they would exterminate all the Latter Day Saints in Nauvoo but
thank God they could not raise force enough...General Smith called out Legion which numbered
about 5 thousand...they would have fought until the last drop of blood...the Governor ordered
out the State troops but could not control them
he therefore sent a letter to Joseph stating the
circumstances...and issued a writ fro Joseph &
his brother Hyrum Smith to Appear at Carthage
to answer to the charge of Treason...they
complied with all that was put upon and was
willing to go to justice...the Governor pledged his
word and honor that he would protect them...
they therefore started for Carthage with about
30 men and I had the pleasure of being one of [the me]n. Joseph & Hyrum were confined in prison...the
Governor with about 50 horse came to Nauvoo for the purpose of making peace...whilst they [were] at
Nauvoo those ungodly wretches the Mobercrats came out from their hiding place there was about 200
of them all armed with faces painted they rushed to the jail knocked down the guard at the door 8 in
number ...they went up in the jail to the room where Joseph & Hyrum was and killed them both on the spot and wounded two others 4 shots each...We are
at peace now and I am satisfied with my lot Let come what will...”. Small seal tear hole costs perhaps three letters of text, one or two tiny edge tears, else
near fine condition. Wingate’s father-in-law, Sidney Rigdon (1793-1876) was a powerful force in the L.D.S. church. Formerly a Baptist pastor, after reading
the Book of Mormon (which some purport he authored), he and many of his followers joined the faith. Being a powerful orator, Rigdon was made church
spokesman by Smith with whom it is said he also received visions. The pair suffered unending trials and tribulations, including being jailed and tarred
and feathered, though Rigdon remained steadfast and ran as Smith’s vice presidential candidate. Following Smith’s death, a power struggle for control of
the church ensued, with Brigham Young succeeding to the leadership and Rigdon being excommunicated. Rigdon formed his own faction of Latter Day
Saints called the “Church of Christ” (or “Rigdonites”) and forever clung to his belief that he was rightful leader of the Mormons. An historic letter from one
of those closest to Joseph Smith in his final hours.
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of letters addressed to John F. Wingate, a teacher in Maine, from various
family members, largely concerning the involvement in the faith and life
at Nauvoo of his brothers, Joseph and Edward Wingate. Edward, believed
to be a “Danite” or church policeman/body guard, was married to the
daughter of church leader Sidney Rigdon and would escort Joseph Smith
to the scene of his murder at the Carthage Jail. The Wingates were clearly
a very spiritual family, with every member deeply involved in religion or
religious contemplation. There are six content letters present: JAMES H.
WINGATE A.L.S. 3pp. 4to., Boston, Mar. 26, 1844: “…the spirit of God
directs me…come into the new and everlasting covenant…You had best
come in to the Church , and go to Zion…Elder Tukesberry is cut off…we
are getting read as fast as we can to get off…”; REBECCA WINGATE A.L.S.
2pp. 4to., Cambridgeport, May 21, 1844: “…I have not seen Edward of
Joseph for somehow E is very steady but Joseph I am afraid is not…I think
he drinks as much intoxicating liquor as he did before he went to sea…”;
JAMES H. WINGATE A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Charlestown, June 11, 1844: “…we
are witting for that money and nothing else…is the cause of the delay…we
should like to see you before we go. We expect a letter from Edward every
day…” JAMES H. WINGATE A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Charlestown, July 8, 1844: “…I
have been ready to go west this 6 weeks and am still waiting…answer this
as soon as you get it…Rebecca arrived here Saturday she is agoing to work
at her truth…We have heard from Edward he was 24 days aging, all work,
and he likes [it] first rate. The storys that you hear the largest part are lies.
He is waiting for me as he is running out of money…”; REBECCA WINGATE
A.L.S. 2pp. 4to., Cambridgeport, Jan. 26, 1845: “…Joseph has returned
he was very sick indeed…he does not look like the same person…Edward
has also returned from Nauvoo. He says he likes the place better than he
does the people. He says that old Massachusetts is the best place for him…
James is in Nauvoo to work on the Temple. Joseph feels very bad about
Cora’s being away so far he thinks he shall go after her in the Spring…”; M.
M. WINGATE (a sister), 3pp. 4to., Boston, July 15, 1845:”…I have not seen
Joseph since you went away. I saw Edward last Wednesday the day General
Jackson was buried…he was very sorry he went to the palace…Joseph…
has got sick of the Mormons and thinks Edward had better let them alone
and I think so too. I am very sorry he ever went out there, but it may all
be for the best…”; EDWARD B. WINGATE A.L.S 2pp. 4to., Boston, July 13,
1846: “…money is very scarce with me…it always went like chaff before
the wind…I am sorry I cannot do better for you in temporal matters…My
prayer[?] to God is that you receive strength…& be a useful instrument in
the hands of God…”. Fourteen other letters and documents are present,
several of which are written to Wingate after he had asked for spiritual
advice. Other letters concern teaching, business affairs, a land transfer,
etc. Overall very good condition. Edward Wingate would remain with Sidney
Rigdon and his church until Rigdon’s final days. Records indicate that James
Wingate finally made the journey to Nauvoo and thereafter travelled west
with his fellow Mormons under Brigham Young.
Early bronze Charleston slave tag, approx.
1 1/2” x 1 1/2”, engraved “CHARLESTON
2201 SERVANT 1854”, with a small
hole through which a leather lace
was once threaded. By law,
slaves in Charleston were
obliged to be registered for
purposes of taxation, with
their profession and registry
number to be stated on the tag.
This example is described on p.
117 of “Slave Badges and the SlaveHire System in Charleston, South Carolina,
1783-1865” by Greene, Hutchins, Jr. and
Hutchins. Excavated condition, good condition
and a very decent, early strike.
1025. 1836 VIEWS OF A SLAVE SHIP Rare, early printing of seven crosssections of a Slave Ship”, 17 3/4” x 13”, published by author James S. Taylor
in New York, 1836, lithography by J. H. Bufford. The images are frightening,
showing semi-naked slaves occupying nearly every inch of cargo space
available on four separate decks of a slave ship, literally placed head to toe. This
image, possibly the first printed in the United States, was modeled on British
abolitionist Thomas Clarkson’s sketch which appeared in his anti-slavery
study. The image offered here likely appeared in an edition of “Slavery in the
United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, a Black
Man, Who Lived Forty Years in Maryland, South Carolina and Georgia, as a
Slave Under Various Masters, and was One Year in the Navy with Commodore
Barney, During the Late War”, by John S. Taylor, 1837. Relatively clean fold
splits with virtually no loss, but a 4” x 3” chip at upper-right is lost.$600-800
1026. “I’M ON MY WAY TO CANADA...” Contemporary handwritten copy of
Joshua McCarter Simpson’s anti-slavery poem “Away to Canada”, this copy
entitled “I’m On My Way to Canada”, 1p. 4to., [n.p., n.d. ca. 1860]. In part: “I’m
on my way to Canada, That cold and dreary land; The dire effects of slavery,
I can no longer stand. My soul is vexed within me so, To think that I’m a slave;
I’ve now resolved to strike the blow For freedom or the grave. O righteous
Father, Wilt thou not pity me? And aid me on to Canada, Where colored
men are free....”. The entire text of the poem is present. Joshua McCarter
Simpson was a well-known abolitionist songwriter and Underground Railroad
1027. 1852 MISSISSIPPI SLAVE TAX Partly-printed D.S. 1p. 8vo., Vicksburg,
MI, Mar. 1, 1853, in which S. Edwards, the Sheriff and Tax Collector, bills the
heir of one Silas Hilson for taxes on two plantations, 49 slaves, and 50 “head of
cattle” in the amount of $45.48. A single fold, in near fine condition.
LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY! A good antebellum Southern lawyer’s letter, 2pp.
4to., penned on an unusual printed advertising circular, 2pp. 4to., Eufaula,
Ala., Feb. 12, 1853 from Eli S. Shorter concerning the settlement of an
estate in which slaves were involved. In part: “…the negroes belonging to Mr.
Dickerson’s estate have all been hired out for the year & the…property sold by
order of the court…the estate’s interest in the cotton crop will not be sufficient
to pay Mr. Dickerson’s note…for the land…I am of the opinion, that reliable
counsel in S. C. will tell them that the property…will be distributed in S. C. by
the Law of Alabama…the widow will be entitled to one half of the negroes...”.
Very good.
1029. BRONZE MANILLAS, “SLAVE TRADE MONEY” Lot of three bronze
manillas, armlets used as currency among certain West African peoples and which
also became known as “slave trade money” after the Europeans started using them
to acquire slaves for the slave trade into the Americas. The three manillas vary in
size, their widths being 2 1/4”, 2 3/4” and 3 1/2” (the scarcest size). $150-200
1030. HAMBURG MASSACRE OF BLACKS IMPRINT Rare imprint, 166p. 8vo.
(uncut), [n.p.], 1876, headed: “A CENTENNIAL FOURTH OF JULY DEMOCRATIC
CELEBRATION The Massacre of Six Colored Citizens of the United States at
Hamburgh, S.C., on July 4, 1876 Debate of the Hamburg Massacre, in the
U.S. House of Representatives, July 15th and 16th, 1876”. This document,
obviously published by a pro-Republican organization, prints the text of the
angry debate between representatives of South Carolina, Georgia, New York
and other states concerning the “Hamburgh Massacre”. Heated accusations
flew thick, with ex-CSA Gen. Mathew C. Butler being accused of an affiliation
with the KKK, the New York delegation compared with the Tammany bosses,
accusations of mistreatment of black voters, etc. Also included in the printing
is an eyewitness account of the attack, various reports, etc. The Hamburg
Massacre (or Hamburg Riot) was a key event of South Carolina Reconstruction.
Beginning with a dispute over free passage on a public road, this racially
motivated incident concluded with the death of seven men. It launched the
furious 1876 Democratic campaign for South Carolina’s redemption, leading
to nearly a century of “Jim Crow” denial of civil rights to Blacks.
1024. MIDDLE PASSAGE SLAVE SHACKLES Rare pair of “Middle Passage”
slave shackles, wrought iron, 13” long overall with small cuffs, each 4”
wide at their widest point indicating that this restraint was used on a small
woman or a child. The flat tab and ring and drawn shaft are indicative of
restraints used in the slave trade. This particular example was acquired by
a collector in West Africa within a grouping of slave trade relics. Typical
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NEW ORLEANS Fine content antebellum slave dealer’s letter, 3pp. 8vo.,
written by a certain “H. Minson”, New Orleans, Sep. 23, 1860, to his friend
William H. Sanford of Statesville, N. C., in part: “…Mr. C. M. Vaughan of
Arkansas is worth over $150,000…and one of Winston Morrison & Co.’s
customers…about prices of negroes. I don’t think it will do to buy at this
time…the traders are…afraid to buy…in Texas a No. 1 boy was sold
a few weeks ago at $1125. He was sold for cash and there is but little
cash in Texas…a man who is buying in Tennessee…told me that he was
buying at…$250-$300 less than he did last year. In case Lincoln is elected
president it is thought that Negroes will be flat…our cities still remain
healthy…I will have to go to Virginia Springs…cotton is coming in…brisk
but the crop will be short. At a fire Friday night a wall fell and killed 14
persons and injured quite a number of others…”. Also included is the
original stamped cover. Very good.
1037. JOHN ROSS (1790
- 1866) American Indian
chief of the Cherokees who
served with Jackson against
the Creeks, later resisting
the forced displacement of
his tribe to Oklahoma, finally
relenting and commenced
his journey on the “Trail
of Tears”. Rare A.D.S. as
“John Ross Prin[cipa]l Chief
Cherokee Nation”, 1p. legal
folio, “Cherokee Nation”,
Tahlequah, Ok., Sep. 18,
1857. In part: “…This is to
certify that Thomas Davis
whose signature is attached
to the above letters of
administration granted to
James Ross, was…Judge
of the District Court of
Talequah…credit is due to
this official act as such Given
under my hand and private seal [hand-drawn seal added]…”. Expertly
inlaid, fine condition. $800-1,200
1032. MISSISSIPPI SLAVE DISPUTE Early Mississippi manuscript legal
document evidencing a dispute over the title to several slaves, 3pp. 4to.,
Oct. 2, 1830. A deed to two slaves had apparently been canceled and the
slaves remained in the possession of a man’s widow. The deceased’s son
claimed title to the slaves and secretly stole tem and removed them from
the state. Some toning, else very good.
(1785 - 1859) Commissioner of
Indian Affairs who recommended
the removal of the Cherokee and
other major Southern Indian tribes to
locations west of the Mississippi, thus
instigating the “Trail of Tears”. Scarce
A.L.S. as Superintendent of Indian
Trade, 2pp. 4to., “Office Indian Trade”,
May 22, 1820 to Henry Thompson. In
part: “…I direct that if 25 Cents cannot
be gore for the shaved skins, that 24
Cents be taken…with no deduction
for damage…for the grey in hair, 15
cents, and for the Red 20 cents…Credit
ninety days…The change in the Agency
in New Orleans will not affect your
agency in Baltimore…”. McKenney’s
post was abolished in 1822 due to
extensive corruption.
1033. SLAVE HIRE RECEIPT Southern slave receipt, 1p. 12 mo., [n.p.] Jan.
1, 1816, concerns the hire of two slaves in which Lewis P. Duke and J. C.
Green: “…promise to pay Louis Y. Christmas sixty six dollars and seventy five
cents for the hire of the negroes Peter & Arthur. We further bind ourselves
to furnish said negroes with two suits of clothes, a blanket & hat…”.
\1039. 1856 CHEROKEE BIBLE LEAF Single leaf from the 1856 Mission
1034. SOUTH CAROLINA PRINTED SLAVE BILL OF SALE Scarce South Press printing of S. A. Worcester and S. Foreman’s translation of Genesis
Carolina partly-printyed slave bill of sale, 1p. legal folio, Charleston, Oct. into the Cherokee language, only the second printing of any part of the Old
5, 1840 in which Martha Robertson sells: “...a negro girl named Hannah Testament into any Indian language (the first being Exodus into Cherokee
with her future increase and issue...being about seventeen years of age...” in 1853). The leaf, 1p. 8vo., is in fine condition, sold with a descriptive text
to Stephen Thomas Jr. for the sum of $450.00. Clean fold splits, else very and arrowhead from Cherokee Co., Oklahoma.
1040. 1856 CHEROKEE BIBLE LEAF Single leaf from the 1856 Mission
1035. SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN REPORTS ON CAPTURED SLAVE Press printing of S. A. Worcester and S. Foreman’s translation of Genesis
VESSEL IN 1860 A copy of the Springfield Republican, Springfield, Mass., into the Cherokee language, only the second printing of any part of the Old
Nov. 1, 1860, 8pp. folio, which reports among other things, “...Another Testament into any Indian language (the first being Exodus into Cherokee
slaver captured: Steamer Star of the West, from Havana, reports that a in 1853). The leaf, 1p. 8vo., is in fine condition, sold with a descriptive text
slaver vessel with four hundred negroes had been brought into Havana and arrowhead from Cherokee Co., Oklahoma.
by a Spanish war vessel”. Tear on front page, tape repair at central fold,
1041. TREATY WITH SAC AND FOX INDIANS Scarce printed treaty,
somewhat fragile, good. Balance of content mostly advertisements and
“Treaty Between the United States and the Sac and Fox Indians”, 8pp. legal
local New England news. Sold with an 1806 copy of The New York Evening
folio, Washington, May 18, 1854, signed in type by Franklin Pierce, William
Post, miscellaneous content, mostly ads. All folds split with a few archival
L. Marcy, and five Sac and Fox Indian delegates. In the treaty, the Indians
tears thereon, otherwise very good. Two pieces.
agree to cede to the U.S. all lands granted to them under the Sept. 17, 1836
1036. “COLORED” DRINKING FOUNTAIN SIGN Cast iron sign, 10 1/2” treaty, reserving 32,000 acres for their own reservation, in exchange for
x 5 1/2” x 1/4”, a wall sign reading: “DRINKING FOUNTAIN” with arrows $48,000 plus a tract of 160 acres for a Presbyterian church and $57,000
directing the reader to fountains for “WHITE” and “COLORED”. Beneath are to be invested for the good of the Indians, to be spent at the President’s
production markings: “MONTGOMERY, ALA” and “14 JULY 31”. Very likely a discretion. The treaty notes: “...All roads and highways...shall have right of
reproduction piece, but evocative nonetheless.
$75-100 way through the reservation...The Indians promise to use their best efforts to
prevent the introduction and use of ardent spirits [alcohol] in their country...
commit no depredation or wrong upon either Indians or citizens...”. Slightly
dampstained, with a marginal chip to one page, still very good. $75-100
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1042. JOHN MUIR (1838 - 1914) American naturalist who helped make
Yosemite a national park, worked with Theodore Roosevelt to set aside
tracts of land for posterity. Very fine subscription and signature removed
from a letter. Perfect for framing. $200-300
1043. LUCRETIA MOTT A great ca. 1860 unmounted albumen, 3” x 3
3/4”, photograph of Lucretia C. Mott (1793-1880) American Quaker,
abolitionist, social reformer and women’s rights activist. As an abolitionist
she refused to use any goods produced through slave labor while in 1848
she helped organize the world’s first women’s right convention at Seneca
Falls, New York. Near fine.
1044. PHINEAS T. BARNUM (1810 - 1891) American showman who
opened his circus, “The Greatest Show On Earth”, merged with James
Bailey to form Barnum and Bailey Circus. Rare full signature D.S. “Phineas
T. Barnum”, 1p. legal folio, Bridgeport, May 21, 1890, a warranty deed in
which Barnum sells a tract of land in Bridgeport to Bradford D. Pierce for the
sum of $1.00. Folds, else fine.
1047. WHITE STAR LINE Ephemera from the British shipping company,
today most famous for their ground-breaking vessel Oceanic of 1870, and
their ill-fated vessel RMS Titanic. Includes a 6pp. 8vo. saloon passenger list
from the Aug. 21, 1889 voyage of the RMS BRITANNIC from Liverpool to
New York, also mentioning facilities on the vessel, also a 17” x 9” fold-out
map of the North Atlantic upon which a passenger has traced a White Star
ship’s route from New York to London. Very good.
grouping of material, includes a fine hand-colored ambrotype of a
handsome gentleman, 2 3/4” X 3 1/4” in a broken leather case, a member
of the long-established Van Wyck family of Poughkeepsie, New York. Also
present are seven letters from various family members sent from various
locations, all ca. mid to late-1800’s, mercantile and personal content with
an 1883 Roscoe, Ks. letter from David Van Wyck describing his hardships
and herds of sheep dying dues to heavy snowfall.
ROBERT HAVELL, JR. Rare and attractive aquatint engraving drawn, etched
and published by Robert Havell Jr. (English-born American), a view of New
York as seen from Brooklyn Heights, ca. 1844, print size 11” x 29 3/4”,
image size 28 1/4” x 8”, shows the East and Hudson rivers, New York
Harbor, and much of Manhattan, with about fifty sailing vessels and a steam
ferry in the foreground. Much of the original printing has faded to near
obscurity, but paint remains quite vivid. Railing and flag on steamboat may
have been retouched, and there is a stray black mark at center 2” from left
margin, period pencil enhancement to title and some foxing and laid down,
still very good. It should be noted that the original print is listed as having
an image size of 8 7/8” x 31 3/8”. Should be viewed.
CAPTURE BY THE BRITISH Scarce and desirable early shipping papers
from the noted whaling vessel Sally of New Bedford, 2pp. (front and verso),
partially printed, New Bedford, Nov. 14, 1810. An agreement between the
Sally’s master, Obed Clark, and the ship’s crew apportioning the future
proceeds from their whaling expedition to “the South Pacific Ocean.” Each
of the 19 crewmen has signed their name, two with a “mark”, with shares in
the voyage ranging from one-sixteenth for the vessel’s master to 1/100th
for the “boy”, who was possibly Japanese. The verso bears a docket signed
by an official in Valparaiso on May 13, 1811. Very good. Sally was built in
Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1803. The ship was 222 tons, 85 1/2’ long,
25’ 5” wide and 12’ 1/2” deep. After being harassed by an armed British
merchantman the previous year, the Sally sailed for the Pacific and for a
while had a very successful whale hunt. However, the ship was intercepted
by the British privateer <BRecruit on 16 July 1812 on the way back to New
Bedford with 1,230 barrels of oil. Along with other seized vessels, the ships,
crews, and cargoes were taken to Bermuda where the crews were eventually
placed aboard other ships for return to New Bedford. The Sally remained
a prize, and apparently continued in the trade under new British owners.
Ship’s cooper John Briggs and the Sally are well documented and much
information is available.
1046. 1800S GOLD SCALE A small scale for gold manufactured by W. &.
T. Avery of Birmingham, housed within a wooden. The scale appears to be
intact with plates, cord and weights. The box is 7 1/2” wide x 4 1/2” tall by
1 1/4” deep. W. & T. Avery is a British company that still makes weighing
machines today. Possibly used during the Gold Rush - it’s anyone’s guess!
A bit oxidized, overall very good condition.
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1050. “THE HEATHEN CHINEE” Rare group of nine plates and original
lithographed mailing envelope (worn at edges with mailing address
on verso), the complete set of nine printed plates comprising author
Bret Harte’s The Heathen Chinee”, published by The Western News Co.,
Chicago, 1870. First appearing in September 1870 in Overland Monthly,
the poem was written as a parody of Swinburne’s Atalanta in Calydon and
satirized anti-Chinese sentiment by Irish laborers in northern California. Six
of the nine plates depict a caricature of a Chinese man who is punished
for cheating in a card game. Harte, who opposed racial discrimination,
intended the poem to be a satire of the prevalent prejudice against Chinese
immigrants. However, the public interpreted and embraced the poem as
mockery and it was recited in public by opponents to Chinese immigration.
Harte’s career skyrocketed, yet he would always refer to the work as “trash”.
1051. 1860S MERCHANT SHIP EXPENSE BOOK Expense book of the “Ship
Jonas Waern & owners in account with Charles P. Washburn Commander”,
7” x 14 1/2”, about 200pp. of which 20pp. bear entries, begins: “On
Tuesday Dec 13th 1853, took charge of said ship at Wiscasset, State of
Maine. Said ship was built at Alney 4 miles above...Length of keel 139
feet, straight rabbit, length on deck 145...Breadth of beam 33 feet 9 1/2
inches...” including expenses for crew, repairs of storm damage, wages,
stores, etc. on voyages to Leghorn and Genoa until February, 1860. Owner
Washburn would command the USS NASHUA during the Civil War. Very
1052. 1874 MAP OF WASHINGTON, DC A nicely illustrated and hand
tinted 1874 map, entitled: “Georgetown and the City of Washington. The
Capitol of the United States”, 16 1/2” x 14”, published by C. B. Colton &
Company, New York City for J. Shillington, Books, Stationery, Newspaper,
etc., Washington D. C. Three of the four corners of the map have finely
engraved scenes of the Capitol Building, Smithsonian and the newly
completed Washington monument. Folds, with a chip and stain at left
margin, very good.
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8vo., Danforth, Il., June 23, 1895, with a brief entry on attending: “the greatest
show on earth”. In part: “ was immense but they were pretty careful to get
.75 or a $1.00 from a person for admission in one way and another, to make
money. The collection of wild animals was very fine, and their ‘Midway’ was
fairly good. But they do not give the play entitled ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’
that I saw the other time, it was worth the admission price alone...”. A damp
stain, else very good. $75-100
1061. COCOANUT GROVE FIRE A ironic relic of the disastrous 1942 fire
at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, a 7” x 6” fragment of the club’s
SHERBET” which was recovered from the ashes following the fire. The fire,
which killed 492 people, stands as the deadliest nightclub fire in history and
for a short time replaced headlines on World War II in American newspapers.
The catastrophic fire prompted numerous revisions in fire codes and safety
standards across the country. The owner, Barney Welansnsky, who had
boasted of his mob ties, was found guilty of manslaughter. This permit, signed
1054. 1910 RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS CLOWN PHOTOGRAPH Fine original by the health commissioner, “B R Walts”, is heavily singed and chipped on
photograph, 14” x 11”, depicts a Ringling Brothers clown close-up, smiling both right and left margin, else good condition considering the circumstances.
and calling to the crowd, ca. 1930. Mounted. From the noted collection of Offered together with a blank piece of torn 4to. letterhead from the John F.
Roland Butler, press agent for the circus, with his stamp imprinted on the verso Fitz Supply Co. of Roxbury who apparently supplied fresh linens (and other
of the mount. Fine condition, and suitable for scaring heck out of the kids. potentially flammable material) to the club. Together, two pieces. $200-300
1062. EARLY AMPUTEE’S PEG LEG Early hollow pine peg leg, ca. early
1055. 1970S POP POSTERS Group of three posters marketed ca. 1970, 1800s, 28 1/2” long overall. The prosthesis bears a black leather cushioning
includes a pill-shaped anti-drug poster, 36” x 14”, bears images of Jimi pad nailed beneath two wooden supports with straps mounted to them for
Hendrix and Janis Joplin with the imprint: “WINNER?”; a 22” x 34” poster fixing to the wearer’s leg. The lower part of the peg leg is reinforced with
bearing a close-up photo of Yippie leader Jerry Rubin with the title of his book two iron bands to prevent splitting, and the bottom bears an iron cap affixed
“DO IT!” and noting that proceeds would be donated to the Youth International with worn hobnails. There is an approx. 2” circular hole in the inside of the
Party (“Yippies”); and a rather bizarre 22” x 28” poster printed in Tahiti and lower part of the leg: according to a copy of the seller’s letter to consignor,
labeled “VIOLENCE” with scenes ranging from a gunshot murder to a football tradition is that this was a ship captain’s leg and his pet mouse resided within
game. Fine.
$100-150 the leg. Regardless, a fascinating piece for those in the medical field...or pirate
issued by the Order of United Americans, 18 1/2” x 24”, printed by Geo. F. 1063. EARLY DAKOTA SETTLER’S LETTER A good ca. 1860’s Dakota
Nesbitt & Co., New York, ca. 1850, promotes their journal “The Republic” and Territory settler’s letter, 4pp. 4to., written by C. S. Rose, Sept. 2, [n. y.], Elk
decorated with patriotic vignettes, a portrait of Washington, etc. Margins slightly Point, Union County, Dakota Territory, with a hand-drawn map on the last
frayed, else very good. The Order of United Americans, formed in New York in page showing the layout of Elks Point in relation to the Missouri River and
1844, was a nativistic benevolent association that quickly attained nationwide locations of family members in the newly settled town. In part: “…we are living
membership. The society was principally an agency for the dissemination of in Dakota Territory. We moved here last spring…we are right on the Missouri
anti-Catholic and anti-foreign propaganda. Members’ xenophobia stemmed River bank where we see river boats go up and down and if we got anything to
from the conviction that most immigrants, especially Catholics, were not sell they will come a shore and get it…I have got 14 acres broke this summer.
worthy of American freedoms and would corrupt the American way of life. We cant…brake up a piece and put in a crop the same year. We half to brake
up a piece and let it lay…to let it rot for the next year…we don’t half to plough
among rocks and stones…I live 25 miles from Sioux City. We are whare we
1057. ANTI-IMPERIALISM PUBLICATIONS Pair of anti-Imperialist can go into Nebraska in a few minutes…I like it best out in the west…we can
publications, produced in the wake of the Spanish-American War. Includes a harvest till frost comes…”. Also included is an 1859 2pp. folio letter written
copy of “The Anti-Imperialist”, a privately-printed pamphlet edited by Edward from Chickasaw, Iowa giving details about farming at that town plus more.
Atkinson, 36pp. 8vo., Brookline, Mass., Aug. 20, 1899. The fourth of a series, Light soiling.
the issue uses Treasury and War dept. statistics to argue claims of: “A National
Crime...Hell of War and its Penalties...Criminal Aggression Committed Upon 1064. EARLY HYPNOTISM LETTER A.L.S. by “Thomas Stevens”, 2pp. 8vo.,
the Inhabitants of the Philippine Islands...”. Sold with the printed text of a New York, July 10, 1894, in part: “... Hudson’s ‘Law ‘-- is a capital book, and its
speech given by politician George S. Boutwell before at a “Conference of Anti- theory of hypnotic suggestion has within it evidently, tremendous possibilities.
Imperialists” in Boston on May 16, 1899, published by the Anti-Imperialist Mr. Steads’s criticism of it was, however, I think a just one. He said Hudson
League, 22p. 8vo. Both good to very good. The aim of the league appears was wrong in thinking that all the mysteries of occultism were to be unlocked
to be independence for the Philippines...which would not be recognized until with his one [key] of hypnotic suggestion. I hope by lecturing throughout the
$100-150 country by and by to awaken a serious interest in these matters. Western
peoples have I think been mistaken in not treating these Oriental mysteries
1058. ANTIQUE MAPS Three antique maps, all by mapmaker Jedidiah Morse, sufficiently serious. I would like to satisfy your curiosity by enclosing a Yogi
copperplate-engraved by Amos Doolittle and published by [Isaiah] Thomas photograph, but you will understand why I cannot let them go out of my own
& Andrews, Boston, 1796. The maps, each about 10” x 8 1/2”, depict North possession...”. Very good. $75-100
America, Asia, and the World as known at the time. Some browning yet entirely
presentable and fine for display.
$400-600 1065. HARVARD CLASS OF 1808 Scarce broadside, 1p. folio, Cambridge,
Aug. 31, 1808, (printed by Hillard & Metcalf, 1808) “Illustrissimo Jacobo
1059. CA. 1812 SHIP OWNER PATRIOTIC PITCHER Delightful ca. 1812 Sullivan, armigero, LL.D. Gubernatori...Caeterisque, qui in Rebus Universitatis
pitcher, 11” tall and about 6 1/2” wide at center, pictures a three-master administrandis versantur; Vereandis Ecclesiarum passium Pastoribus;
commercial vessel with a 16-star flag identified as “SHIP PRESIDENT” on one Universis denique, ubicunque terrarum, Humaanitits Cultoribus, Reique
side, with an oval pastoral scene on the reverse. Beneath the spout is the name Publicae nostrae literariae Fautoribus...”. The broadside then lists the forty
“JACOB BARKER” surrounded by wheat and grapes, with an early Seal of the Harvard students receiving their bachelors’ degrees together with selected
United States below. The pitcher bears some very early and interesting repairs, theses recited by the students noted below. OCLC identifies one institutional
namely iron “staples” driven into the porcelain on either side of cracks. An example at the American Antiquarian Society (OCLC 83760373). Not in Shaw
interesting and attractive piece. Jacob Barker (1779-1892) was a large period & Shoemaker, but similar to an 1807 example (Shaw & Shoemaker, 12728).
ship owner and during the War of 1812 was the second largest American fleet Marginal chips with losses affecting text especially at right and bottom
owner. He had the contract to supply oil to all American light houses, which margins, moderate uneven toning, creases, else very good.
was supplied by his own fleet of whalers. He also arranged the importation on
behalf of Fulton of the first steam engine used to propel a vessel. $300-400 1066. JAIL RECORDS OF QUAY COUNTY, NEW MEXICO Partly-printed
document, 2pp. folio, Quay County, N.M., June 30, 1905 to Dec. 24, 1907 and
1060. CALIFORNIA AND OREGON STAGECOACH MAIL LINE WAYBILL July 24, 1926 to July 25, 1926 to Jan 4, 1930. Each ledger sheet lists the name
Partly printed “WAY-BILL” from the “California and Oregon United States Mail of the prisoner, the date committed (and by whom), the nature of the offence,
Line”, operated by the H. W. Corbett & Company, 15 1/2” x 19”, Marysville and jail term, date of discharge and miscellaneous remarks. Offences in the 1905Sacramento, June 17, 1867. The document bears two partly-printed columned 07 sheet include adultery, fighting in public, carrying a deadly weapon, drunk
pages showing the passengers accompanying the stage from Marysville to and disorderly, murder, “Hobo”, forgery, vagrancy, and larceny. The sheet for
Sacramento and passengers being carried on the return trip from Sacramento. 1926 - 30 includes transport of liquor, car theft, bad checks, “Booze”, illegal
Fares for each passage are also indicated. Interestingly, only six people went to stills, illegal immigration, “Insanity” and of course, numerous drunk and
Sacramento while 25 returned the next day. Near fine.
$250-350 disorderly individuals. A fascinating look into the darker side of small town life
in rural New Mexico.
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Massachusetts soldier’s bounty circular on Commonwealth of
Massachusetts letterhead, 1p. 4to., Head Quarters, Boston,
Mass., Nov. 21, 1863 announcing: “The Act of the Legislature
of Massachusetts…for the payment of Bounties to Volunteers…
approved November 18, 1863 is hereby promulgated to
all Massachusetts regiments…in the field…every citizen of
Massachusetts serving in the force of any other State, and any
person being a member…of Massachusetts volunteers…have the
privilege…to receive the $325 down and $20 additional monthly
pay instead…” Very good.
A dog bite leads to an international incident
with the French…
Brunet “ as secretary to the French Legation to the U.S., 3 pp. small
folio, Philadelphia, (Aug. 25, 1796) to Gov. Thomas Mifflin. Writing
on behalf of the French Ambassador, Pierre Adet (1767-1848),
notorious for his vocal support of Jefferson in the 1796 election,
Brunel relates an incident in which John Pollard, a Philadelphia
man, allegedly discharged his pistol into the residence of the
ambassador following an altercation with Adet’s dog on the street.
Brunet writes, in French (and loosely translated here): “The rights
of the minister of the French Republic have been violated by the
name of Pollock [sic, Pollard] and who lives in an isolated house
at the corner of Chestnut Street and 12th Street. This particular
incident happened yesterday at 1/2 past ten in front of the
minister’s house, when an old and tame hunting dog tried[?] to
bite him...” Pollard apparently responded to the attack by throwing
a stone at the dog that instead hit a house servant who tried to
bring the dog in from the street. “Some strong words followed but
no violence was committed by the Servant... Within 2 minutes....
Pollock [returned], armed with two pistols, approached the door
of the garden of the Minister and fired a ball into the door of the
house, frightening the servants. The coachman looked out of the
window...and Pollock aimed the top of his second pistol at him
saying ‘There another for you.’” It is unclear what happened after
this, but the minister’s younger brother rushed in and put an
end to the violence. Bruenet concluded, “I wait for justice from
Your Excellency, which you will serve against an individual, whose
guilty in violation of the immunity... of the Minister. I
would be flattered, M. the Governor, that you would let me know
the measures that you will take against this man...” Docketed on
verso: “From Monsr. Brunet Secy of the French Legation in the case
of John Pollard for a violation of the law of Nations.” Pierre Adet
landed in Philadelphia in 1795 with instructions from the Directory
to foment ‘the right kind of revolution in the United States’ by
‘Campaigning’ in the 1796 election against Washington, prompting
Washington, in his Farewell Address against ‘the insidious wiles of
foreign influence’ and permanent alliances. Adet’s campaigning
for Jefferson embarrassed the Democratic-Republicans. With the
campaign in full swing (and France announcing it would search
neutral ships bound for Great Britain), anti-French passions among
the Federalists of Philadelphia ran high that summer. Whether
this attack was politically motivated is unclear. The Pennsylvania
Archives of 1796 (9th Series) includes this telling entry for October
1796 from Mifflin, a staunch Federalist, who noted he: “Instructed
Attorney General to enter a Noli Proseque in favor of John Pollard
of Philadelphia who has been charged with assault committed at
the house of the Minister Plenipotentiary of the French Republic.”
In other words, the state dropped the charges. Usual folds, lightly
toned at margins, else fine.
EAGLE SHIELD ROBERT TREAT PAINE (1731-1841) American jurist,
member of the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of
Independence. Scarce printed pamphlet: “AN ORATION WRITTEN AT
AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, printed by John Russell,
1799, 30pp. bound in (scuffed) quarter-leather boards with gilt
lettered spine. A speech composed by Robert Treat Paine, Jr., who
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in 1799 was still using his given name of “Thomas Paine”. The
speech was delivered to the Young Men of Boston one year into
the Quasi-War with France. On July 7, 1798, Congress dissolved
treaties with France in response to the continuing depredations
against American vessels by French privateers. Paine declares that
while the “FOURTH OF JULY will be celebrated by our latest posterity
as the splendid era of our national glory...the SEVENTH will be
venerated as the dignified epoch of our American character.... The
one annihilated our colonial submission to a powerful, avowed and
determined foe; - the other emancipated us from the oppressive
friendship of an ambitious, malignant, treacherous ally”. Page
five features what is believed to be the first printed appearance
of the Stars and Stripes surrounding the Great Seal. The present
issue includes the errata note on page 30. Gift inscription at top of
title page, small library stamp at top of next page, else very good.
EVANS 36030. SABIN 58200.
“There has been a man hung and two men
murdered since you left…”
1070. TRAGEDY AND MURDER IN 1860 DENVER A.L.S., 3pp. 4to.,
Denver, June 23, 1860 in which C. D. Ronk and her daughters write
to her husband, D. T. Ronk. In part: “...our babe is dead he died
May the 30 he suffered more than I can tell his last sickness was
digestion on the brain...I had to lay the darling little one out and
put him in the coffin myself there was no men to bury him till the
minister went out and got some men...we are very unpleasantly
situated here...I have three borders they pay seven dollars a week.
I expect to buy a cow in the morning...”. The daughter adds: “...little
David has left us he has gone home where no pane nor sorrow can
enter in...”. Finally, the second daughter writes: “...Susie Anderson
is sick they think she has the measles...there has been a man hung
and two men murdered since you left and they think that they will
hang that man that killed that man this week...the man that was
hung was a dutch man he had a wife and a child...the man’s wife
that was killed was kinived in with him to kill her husband...So
good bye come home...”. Very good. $100-150
BIRTHDAY Printed illustrated Pennsylvania militia broadside, 8”
x 6 1/2”, boldly announcing: “ATTENTION LANCASTER COUNTY
ARTILLERISTS!! You will meet for parade at the house of Col. Adams
Innkeeper, in Adamstown, East Cocalico township, Lancaster
county, on Friday the 22nd day of February 1839…in winter
uniform; prepared with 13 rounds of blank cartridges. By order of
Captain A. Baker. ELI S. KULP Orderly Sergeant.”. Obviously, these
minutemen were called out to fire thirteen rounds in honor of our
founding father. Mounted with period notation that it was sent to
John Zook. Several fold splits, else good.
1072. MASONIC CHEST OF DRAWERS Interesting handcrafted
miniature chest of drawers, 10” high (from base) x 8” deep,
constructed from plywood c. 1930’s. Chest features four drawers,
including one with a secret compartment designed to hold
Masonic Bible and by-law books, and is very ornate, with hand
carved Masonic symbols on top and with several floral design
patterns adorning front and side panels. Top also appears to be
inlaid with a checkerboard pattern, with alternate squares stained
with different shades of brown. Item weighs approximately nine
pounds. Fine condition, an interesting relic.
1073. MIS-STRUCK AMERICAN COINS Two pairs of clearly misstruck American coins, includes a Lincoln penny and Jefferson
nickel, each very far off center. These coins escaped mint quality
control inspections, and are in clear pouches affixed to a 5” x 7”
descriptive card. Fine. Two sets.
1074. SNAKE OIL! Yes, there is such a thing as snake oil,and it
contains...snake oil! We offer proof of that in this commercially
made and labeled bottle reading: “ACEITE CULEBRA SNAKE OIL
Cont.: Snake Oil FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY...”. The truth-inmarketing manufacturer was “San Casildo Prod.” of “New Jersey”.
Perfect gift for the doctor in your life.
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Presidents & Politicians
1075. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767 - 1848) Sixth President of the United States, Secretary of State under Monroe who principally formulated the Monroe
Doctrine. Partly-printed D.S. “J. Q. Adams” as President, 1p. sm. folio parchment, Washington, May 10, 1826, a grant of a parcel of 80 acres of land near
what is now Bellville, Ohio to Thomas Durbin. Boldly signed, in better condition than most with only the lightest foxing and slight folds. $400-500
1076. NO LOT
1077. 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION “CHAD” Two small displays bearing groupings of “chad” from the disputed 2000 presidential election which
pitted George W. Bush against Al Gore. The election came down to counting Florida ballots which used punch-type cards. “Chad” were the small pieces
punched out of ballots, and a huge dispute arose over whether a “hanging chad” counted as a cast ballot. This resulted in a new, ridiculous low in American
politics. Buy the pair, and give one each to your favorite Democrat and Republican.
Three signed books
1078. JAMES E. CARTER (b. 1924) Thirty-ninth President of the United States who engineered a break-through in Arab-Israeli relations. Lot of three
signed book, includes his books: Always a Reckoning, (New York: Times Book), 1995, first edition w/dust jacket, and Turning Point, (New York: Times
Book), 1992, WITH Electing Jimmy Carter, by Patrick Anderson (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press), 1994. First edition, first printing, w/dust
jacket. All three books signed on front flyleaf and in fine condition.
The Clintons settle a scandalous lawsuit alleging illegal fundraising practices
DISASTROUS LAWSUIT Fascinating signed document witnessing the end of the
only civil case ever brought against an ex-President and First Lady, a notorious and
embarrassing series of events that involved alleged campaign
donation fraud, ex-cons, the actor Fabio, movie stars, and a huge
embarrassment and the potential for criminal or civil trial of Hillary
Clinton and her campaign staff. Some background is needed prior
to describing the document. PETER F. PAUL (b. 1948) is a former
lawyer and entrepreneur. In the 1970s, he devised a plot to defraud
the Cuban government of $8.5 million through the sale of nonexistent coffee, and supposedly scuttling the vessel upon which
it was carried. The plan fell apart, and when Paul was arrested,
cocaine was discovered in his garage. After heading California’s
Bicentennial Commission (and referring to the founding fathers of
the United States as “39 sweaty old men arguing in Philadelphia”),
he for a time managed the career of Fabio. Paul emerged in 2000
as the largest contributor to Senatorial candidate Hillary Clinton in
an attempt to attract Bill Clinton to the board of Stan Lee Media and
to obtain a pardon for his crimes. Paul produced and underwrote
what he described as the largest fund raising event ever held for a
federal candidate in Los Angeles, days before the 2000 Democratic
Convention began. The Hollywood Farewell Gala Salute to President
William Jefferson Clinton featured prominent entertainers singing
for the President, while raising over $1 million for Hillary Clinton’s
Senate campaign. Those attending included Michael Bolton, Cher,
Toni Braxton, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, John Travolta, Brad Pitt,
Jennifer Aniston, and Muhammad Ali. Two days after the gala,
the Washington Post publicized Paul’s criminal record, and Hillary
Clinton denied knowing Paul and later promised to return $2,000
he had given her. Paul alleged that Clinton was deceitful in this
and brought a series of civil and criminal lawsuits against the
Clintons, the Clinton campaign, and ultimately the Federal Election
Commission (which he charged was negligent in failing to convict
Mrs. Clinton). Ultimately, the F.E.C. found that no illegal campaign
funds had been received by Mrs. Clinton, though the campaign
was asked to pay $35,000 in fines for having under-reported the
cost of the party. His
other charges against the Clintons and the F.E.C. were thrown out,
and Mrs. Clinton was allowed to recoup her legal fees from Paul. In 2008, Paul refiled his charges against the F.E.C. and his $41.9 million lawsuit remained
in play. Many believe the Clintons responsible for many of the crimes and torts alleged by Paul, others believe them to be innocent. We offer the final
chapter in this twelve year old saga, a “SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE” essentially ending all claims between the parties to all of the lawsuits,
8pp. 4to., [Los Angeles], June 4, 2010, signed at the conclusion “William J. Clinton” and “Hillary Rodham Clinton” in bold black marker. Also signed by
the Clinton’s attorney Jan B. Norman. The document, stamped “ORIGINAL” and headed “CONFIDENTIAL”, involves all mutual outstanding litigation and
decisions brought forth in the State of California. It declares that the Defendants continue to deny any liability; cites all previous decisions made in favor
of the Defendants; the parties mutually release each other; Mrs. Clinton waives $118,000 in legal fees due to her by Paul and co-plaintiffs; Paul waives
$532.70 in costs on appeal and agrees not to seek any other recovery of fees, costs, etc.; and most interestingly, Paul waives his right to; “...attempt to
depose, call as a witness, or otherwise seek the testimony of the Clintons or any of their family members...”. Fine condition. A copy of an email from Paul
is included, noting: “...the Clintons were required to PERSONALLY sign the settlement agreement...Their lawyer certified to my lawyer that they personally
signed the agreement. Failure to personally sign the agreement would leave them open to my withdrawing settlement and proceeding to deposing them
as witnesses which they attempted to avoid by settling...”.
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1080. WILLIAM J. CLINTON (b. 1946) Forty-second President of the United
States, the first elected president to be impeached. Fine signed campaign
poster measuring 19” x 10”, announcing “Bill Clinton for President” in red,
white and blue. Signed in black ink at right, very good.
engraved 11” crystal vase with a dramatic image of the American eagle
in flight while clutching a wreath and arrows, a beautiful item typically
presented by President Bill Clinton to leaders of less significant countries. A
beautiful item, fit for prominent display.
1082. CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) Thirtieth President of the United
States who succeeded to the presidency upon the death of Harding. B.E.P.
engraving of the White House, 6 1/2” x 4”, signed by Coolidge as President.
Very good.
1083. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890 - 1969) 34th President of the
United States, Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe during World
War II, largely responsible for the successful D-Day invasion. Partly-printed
D.S. “Dwight D. Eisenhower” as President, 1p. 14 3/4” x 11 3/4” (sight),
Washington, Dec. 16, 1954, the appointment of Jerome C. Hunsaker as a
member of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics ” for a term of
five years. Co-signed by HERBERT HOOVER, JR. (1903-1969), son of the
president of the same name, successful engineer and businessman; and
a special envoy of the American government. He served Under Secretary
of State from 1954-57. Signature a tad light, document possibly mounted
- not examined out of frame. The National Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics (NACA) was founded on Mar. 3, 1915, to undertake, promote,
and institutionalize aeronautical research. In 1958 it was dissolved with
personnel and assets transferred to the newly created NASA. Hunsaker, an
aviation pioneer, designed the first aircraft to fly the Atlantic Ocean (the
NC-4), developed the first modern wind tunnel in the U.S., and worked with
Donald Douglas to design the first torpedo planes.
1090. RUTHERFORD B. HAYES (1822-1893) Nineteenth President of the
United States and Union brigadier general. Excessively rare S.P. likely as
President, 4 1/4” x 6 1/2” b/w, a cabinet photograph showing Hayes in
an oval image at center with his seven cabinet members surrounding him,
a vignette of the White House at top. Inscribed on the verso: “To Sarah
C. Foote With compliments of the ‘victim’ - RBH”. Backstamp by Brady,
Washington. Marginal toning on verso, else very good to fine. Hayes’ signed
photos, especially as President, are quite rare.
1091. RUTHERFORD B. HAYES Fine partly-printed D.S. “R. B. Hayes” as
President, 1p. 4to., Washington, Aug. 24, 1880, an order to the Secretary of
State to affix the Seal of the United States to conditional pardons for Daniel
Risinger, George Kisinger, and Herman Kickler. Fine condition, framed with
an image of Hayes. Ex. B. Altman’s.
1092. HERBERT HOOVER (1874-1964) Thirty-first President of the United
States whose attempts to reverse the course of the Great Depression led to
his defeat at the polls by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bold signature as President
on a White House card. Fine.
1093. HERBERT HOOVER T.L.S on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4top., New
York, Oct. 30, 1941 sending thanks to an admirer for his encouraging
letter. Fine.
1084. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Good content T.L.S. “Ike Eisenhower”
on his “Headquarters U.S. Forces” letterhead, 1p. 8vo., [n.p.]. Sep. 11,
1945, to Gen. Geoffrey Keyes who had been Gen. George Patton’s deputy
commander in North Africa, commanded the Second Corps in Italy, and had
just been given command of the 7th Army. In part: “...It is a nice feeling to
have you back with us again. I have no slightest doubt about your ability to
turn in a brilliant job. Drop in to see me when you are up my way...”. File
holes at top, else fine.
1085. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Good content T.L.S. “Eisenhower” on
his “Headquarters U.S. Forces” letterhead, 1p. 8vo., [n.p.]. Sep. 11, 1945,
to Gen. Geoffrey Keyes who had been Gen. George Patton’s deputy
commander in North Africa, commanded the Second Corps in Italy, and
had just been given command of the 7th Army. In part: “...I appreciate such
informal reports and I hope that from time to time you will forward similar
ones to me. I am especially pleased with progress you are making in the
subjects that seem to me so important...”. File holes at top, else fine.
1086. GERALD R. FORD (1913 - 2006) 38th President of the United States
who assumed office upon the resignation of Richard Nixon, who Ford later
pardoned for any involvement in the Watergate scandal. Bold signature on
a white index card, along with that of his wife, BETTY FORD on a second
card. Fine.
ribbons mourning the death of President James A. Garfield at the hands
of an assassin on Sep. 19, 1881. Each ribbon is about 6” long and they
vary between 1 1/2” and 3 1/4” wide. An especially rare ribbon is included,
issued at his memorial service in Hiram on Sep. 25, 1881. Overall very
ribbons mourning the death of President James A. Garfield at the hands of
an assassin on Sep. 19, 1881. Each ribbon is about 6” long and 2 1/2” wide
and shows the late president in a bust portrait. Two bear stains at bottom,
else very good.
ribbons mourning the death of President James A. Garfield at the hands of
an assassin on Sep. 19, 1881. Each ribbon is about 6” long and 2 1/4” wide
and shows the late president in a bust portrait. Overall very good. $200-300
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TRIAL Pass to attend the impeachment trial of President Johnson, March
13, 1868, to sit in the “Gallery”. The pass, which has been used, is missing
the stub. The pass has a tiny chip at the top left corner, else fine. This pass
was used on the very first day of the trial.
Lyndon Johnson presents a bill-signing pen
1095. LYNDON B. JOHNSON (1908-1973) Thirty-sixth President of the
United States and creator of the “Great Society” social welfare programs.
America’s growing involvement in Vietnam led to his declining a
renomination as president. T.L.S., 8vo., White House, Washington, D.C., July
21, 1964, 1p., 4to., President Johnson presents a pen used in signing a
law. In full: “Dear General Duke, I am pleased to send you, as a token of my
appreciation of your efforts, the pen with which I have signed into law H.R.
10392, authorizing the location of the Center Leg of the Inner Loop across
the Mall. Sincerely, Lyndon B. Johnson”. Brig. General Charles M. Duke was
the Engineer Commissioner for the District of Columbia, involved in civil
engineering projects in the Capital area. The letter and the actual pen used,
an “Esterbrook Pen”, have been elegantly framed to an overall size of 20” x
23”. A wonderful presentation.
1096. LYNDON B. JOHNSON I.S.P. as President, 8” x 10” color, a chest, up
pose inscribed and dated by an aide, legitimately signed by Johnson.Minor
flaws above Johnson’s head do not detract. Framed.
1097. LYNDON B. JOHNSON His memoirs, The Vantage Point, (New York:
Holt, Rinehart & Winston), first edition, 1971. 636pp. 8vo, in torn dust
jacket. A boldly inscribed and signed bookplate has been affixed to the
half-title page. Very good.
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1098. LYNDON B. JOHNSON T.L.S. as President on White House letterhead,
1p. 8vo., Washington, Mar. 18, 1964 to Judge Sam Whitaker of the Court
of Claims. Johnson acknowledges receipt of Whitaker’s request to retain
his office but retire from regular active service. He further congratulates
the judge on his many years of public service and sends: “…best wishes for
full enjoyment of your new service as Senior Judge”. Mounting paste very
slightly shows through at top and bottom, else very good. $200-300
Kennedy thanks World War II hero
Gen. Omar Bradley
1100. JOHN F. KENNEDY Important S.P. “With best wishes, John F.
Kennedy”, as President, 8” x 10” b/w, showing Kennedy three-quarter
length before a microphone as he gives a speech at the University of
Michigan on Oct. 14, 1960. Beside Kennedy, with a rather stern expression
stands Michigan Gov. G. Mennen Williams, who also has inscribed and
signed the photo. Kennedy’s speech is credited as being his first statement
on forming the Peace Corps: “How many of you are going to be doctors, are
willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, are willing
to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the
world? On your willingness to do that…will depend the answer whether a
free society can compete. I think it can! And I think Americans are willing
to contribute. But the effort must be far greater than we have ever made in
the past…”. Contrast fair against darker background but entirely legible,
mounted, otherwise near fine condition. With a second image of the same
speech, trimmed, unsigned. A great piece from a defining moment in
American foreign affairs.
1100A. Signature as senator on a blank sheet 5” x 4” “ Senator John
Kennedy Washington D.C.”
nicely framed with a print
of Kennedy surrounded by
female admirers. Ready for
display. $400-600
1099. JONH F. KENNEDY (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the United
States. Kennedy faced-down the Kruschev during the Cuban Missile Crisis,
re-invigorated NASA, and signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Assassinated
November 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. Superb content and association
T.L.S. as President, 1p. 8vo., Washington, June 28, 1961, to General Omar
Bradley, thanking the five-star general for his services and for the report
sent to him while serving as chairman of the board of visitors to the United
States Military Academy. In part: “...I would like to thank you as the elected
Chairman of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy
for your services and the fine Report that has been forwarded to me by
the Superintendent. I have instructed the Secretary of the Army to study
the Report with a view to initiating such action in carrying out the Board’s
recommendations as may be feasible. As you are one of the Academy’s most
distinguished graduates, I am sure that your appraisal included the devoted
interest of an alumnus, as well as a careful evaluation of the Academy’s
future contribution to the needs of our nation. I sincerely appreciate the
time and effort you gave to this mission...”. Central fold, else very good
condition. Bradley, the “G.I.’s General” and George Patton’s superior, was a
leading commander in North Africa and Europe. Some (erroneously) claim
that it was Bradley who first declared “Ask not what your country can do for
you…”, when in actuality Kennedy most likely “borrowed” the phrase from
Cicero or Juvenal.
two items from Kennedy’s
includes a 2 1/4” gilt tie clasp picturing PT 109 and so labeled on the hull
of the vessel, sold with 1 3/4” gilt pin of the vessel reading: “KENNEDY 60”.
With two repro photos of JFK with his crew.
A signed letter and franked envelope
assassinated five weeks earlier.
(1929 - 1994) First Lady and wife of
John F. Kennedy, 35th President of
the United States. A.L.S. “love Jackie”
on her personal letterhead, 1p.,
8vo., [Hyannisport, July 15, 1968] to
Jack Warnecke, architect and a close
friend. In part: “...Thank you for your
most touching letter - for all you said
- and for all you understand - and
for the terrible stricken look in your
eyes when I saw you on the train. You
know all I wish for you - and how I
am comforted by your care for me...
With the blue air mail envelope with
her franking signature “Jacqueline
Kennedy” with her handwritten
address “Hyannis Port Mass.” on
verso. Near fine. Her brother-inlaw, Robert Kennedy, had been
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1103. JACQUELINE KENNEDY T.L.S. “Jacqueline Kennedy” on her personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., [n.p.], June 3, 1968 to a lady at the “Royal Academy of
Dancing” [sic]. Kennedy has been asked to chair a benefit for the academy, but before accepting she advises that she must determine if the upcoming
centennial of the Metropolitan Museum will cause a conflict. She adds: “...I will always do anything close to the heart of Dame Margot [Fonteyn] and the
Royal ballet...”. Staple at top, else very good.
1104. (PT 109 GROUPING) A superb grouping of items all related to John F. Kennedy
and his service aboard PT-109.Most impressive is a signed book PT 109 John F.
Kennedy in World War II, by Robert J. Donovan (New York: McGraw-Hill), 1961, first
edition, 248pp. 8vo., with dust jacket. The book is inscribed on the half-title page
by actor CLIFF ROBERTSON, who portrayed Kennedy in the film of the same name:
“Jack - It’s all true! Cliff Robertson 7/17/2010”, also inscribed and signed on the same
page by the author, ROBERT DONOVAN. Ownership signature on a previous page,
else fine. Also included: a 14” x 11” color lobby card for the film PT 109, tack holes in
the corners, framed; T.Ms.S. of crewman CHARLES A. HARRIS , an excerpt from the
book; crewman WILLIAM JOHNSTON, signed copy of a Kennedy letter asking for a
raise; MAURICE KOWAL, crewman, signed typed excerpt from the book; crewman
JOHN E. MAGUIRE signed excerpt from the book, adding that his life vest failed to
inflate as a crewman had used the CO2 cartridge to chill booze; crewman EDWARD
DREWITCH signed Apollo 11 commemorative sheet; crewman GERARD ZINSER
signed postal cover; a rare 3 1/2” x 4 3/4” mass card from Kennedy’s funeral,
pictures the slain president; 1961 Inauguration Day commemorative cover, two
silver pins resembling PT boats, one reading “JK 60”, the other KENNEDY 60, Robert
Ballard’s book Collision With History detailing the search for PT-109, with a postal
cover signed by crewman JOHN MAGUIRE tipped in, and a John F. Kennedy G.I. Joe
doll made by Hasbro in 2000, boxed, with accessories, history, and a plastic coconut
bearing JFK’s message asking for help.
1105. PT-109 Lot of seven commemorative postal covers signed by veterans of John F Kennedy’s last command, PT-109. Included are MAURICE
Harris and Kowal. Six other signed covers are present, signed by others associated with the vessel or books about it. Very good. $100-150
1106. PT-109 NOTABLES Lot of three items signed by
PT-109 notables, includes PATRICK MCMAHON, the
wounded sailor whom Kennedy towed to shore following
the sinking of the vessel, signed postal cover; GERARD
ZINSER, last surviving PT-109 crewman, signed typescript
describing the sinking; and KOHEI HANAMI, captain of
the Japanese destroyer AMAGIRI which rammed PT-109,
commemorative postal cover signed in Japanese and
English. Unrelated but also included is a signed commercial
printed photo of JAMES LEAVELLE, the Dallas detective
handcuffed to Lee Oswald when the latter was shot by Jack
Ruby. Fine.
1107. JACK RUBY (1911 - 1967) Dallas nightclub owner
who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald following Oswald’s
assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November
22, 1963. Partly-printed check from, Ruby’s notorious
Silver Spur club in Dallas, [April, 1951], made out by him to
“Dallas Power & Light Co.” and signed in full at bottom, Tint
chip at one corner, else fine.
1108. JACK RUBY Partly-printed check made out on
Ruby’s account at the Republic National Bank, Dallas, July
18, 1956, making a $13.45 payment to “Gardner Hotel
Supply”. Marginal wrinkles, else very good.
1109. ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865) Sixteenth
President of the United States who led the Union through the
Civil War and emancipated the slaves, assassinated. Partlyprinted D.S. “Abraham Lincoln”, 1p. folio, Washington,
Aug. 7, 1861, the commission of Alvin V. Elliot to serve as
“Additional Paymaster” in the Union Army. Boldly signed
by Lincoln at lower-right, also signed by Secretary of War
SIMON CAMERON. Folds, slight soiling, and Cameron’s
signature has been bisected by a fold, but Lincoln’s
signature is quite bold and attractive. Engrossment a tad
light, document slightly trimmed to fit in the existing frame.
On the same day Lincoln signed this commission, John
Bankhead Magruder burned the village of Hampton, near
Fort Monroe. Gen. Benjamin Butler had been planning to
use it to house “contraband” slaves.
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The most disputed photo ofLincoln...
and his personal favorite!
election handbill from San Francisco, 3” x 6 1/4” (top trimmed), promotes
the slate of Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, along with local electors and
Donald McRuer for Congress. The verso bears and image of the Kearsarge
sinking the Confederate raider Alabama. Weak fold reinforced on verso,
trimmed with some white spots, else quite good.
1112. ABRAHAM LINCOLN HAIR DISPLAY A fine Lincoln relic, three
strands of hair contained within a small magnifying case and matted along
with a reproduction image of the President. An identifying note mounted
beneath hair reads, in part: “...Several strands of Abraham Lincoln’s hair,
given by the President to Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of Governor Joseph A.
Wright of Indiana, as a token of their friendship. This hair relic remained
in the family until offered for sale by Christie’s in 1992. Ex: Forbes
Collection 2002”. Along with a COA from Cary Delery and the original
Christie’s listing from this famous auction. Fine condition.
CONFEDERATE NEWSPAPER Confederate newspaper account of
Lincoln’s renomination, folio sheet from the “Daily Dispatch, Richmond,
June 14, 1864”. Two columns dedicated to the Baltimore Convention that
renominated Lincoln. In part: “After further debate...the convention then
proceeded to ballot for the President...The first resolution...demands the
suppression of the rebellion by force of arms...Why Hannibal Hamlin was
set aside, and why Andrew Johnson of all men regarded as the man for
Vice President, we do not pretend to know...It may have been supposed
that his name would give strength to Old Abe among the old line War
Democracy...”. There is much more excellent content, including “Why
Grant did not get the nomination...”. Fine.
photograph of Abraham Lincoln said to have been taken of Abraham Lincoln
on July 4, 1856, before the Lincoln-Douglass debates would make him a
nationally-recognized political figure. The well-retouched sepia image,
7” x 9” (sight), appears to be an albumen silverprint, though we have not
disassembled the frame to determine its exact composition. This photo,
attributed to William H. Masters, was reprinted by his son, photographer
C. H. Masters from the long-lost original ambrotype ca. 1909. Very fine
condition, set in a period frame. William H. Masters allegedly photographed
former Lincoln while he was in Princeton, Illinois, to give a speech at Bryant’s
Woods on July 4, 1856. It has been speculated that his photograph is actually
a retouched version of a previously existing portrait, the “tousled hair”
portrait by Alexander Hesler. The merits of the Masters portrait of Lincoln as
compared to the Hesler photograph taken in Chicago are discussed on page
258 of “Lincoln in Photographs, an Album of Every Known Pose”, published
in 1964 by Charles Hamilton and Lloyd Ostendorf . Masters claimed his
portrait was taken seven months earlier than Hesler’s although the Masters
portrait appears to be a reversed and retouched version of the Hesler
photo. Another source, “The Lincoln Family Album” published in 2006 by
Southern Illinois University Press and written by Mark E. Neely Jr. and Harold
Holzer, page 25 mentions the Lincoln Family having a Masters portrait and
Lincoln’s opinion of it: “This is Abraham Lincoln in 1857, two weeks after
his forty-eighth birthday...The photograph is the family’s own 2 x 3 inch, or
sixth-plate, mirror-image tintype copy of the original taken on February 28,
1857, by Chicago photographer Alexander Hesler. The portrait is enclosed
in a decorative brass mat and framed in a book-style morocco case. It was
produced not by Hesler but by William Haven Masters of Princeton, Illinois,
who probably re-photographed it on tin from a surviving Helser paper print;
Hesler’s original negative had perished in the Chicago fire...Lincoln himself
admired the likeness, pronouncing it ‘a very true one,’ but his wife Mary, a
stickler for dignity, did not. Lincoln explained that her ‘objection arises from
the disordered condition of the hair.’ The tintype was presented to Robert
T. Lincoln in 1885 by a local widow in whose home his father had stayed
in 1856. The old lady was convinced, along with many of her Princeton
neighbors that Lincoln had sat for Masters in Princeton that day, with this
image as a result.” The photo offered here is framed with the transcript
of a letter from one “A. D. Currier” who adds further to the legend of the
Masters “original”, and the letter bears an unrelated 1932 gift inscription.
Whether original or a retouched period “mirror” of Hessler’s work, this is
nonetheless a rare image kept by the Lincoln Family itself and admired by
the late president. With research material .
relic from Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield law office, an approx. 1” x 1” x
1/4” section of wood lathing removed from the wall when the office was
restored in the early 1980s. Lincoln and partner Stephen T. Logan moved
into the third floor of the Tinsley Building at Sixth and Adams in 1843, and
a year later he partnered with William Herndon. The two would maintain
their practice there, even through Lincoln’s terms in office. The relic is set
to the bottom of a laminated 5” x 7” descriptive text
RELICS A terrific relic display, a very small lock of two strands of Abraham
Lincoln’s hair, a section of wood from the gallows upon which his assassins
and their fellow conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865, along with a
third relic, a 4” x 1 1/2” piece of lath and nail taken from the home of Dr.
Samuel Mudd who treated John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg and was jailed
and later pardoned by Andrew Johnson. All three relics are double-matted
in burgundy and gold with images of Lincoln, Booth and Mudd. The hair
was obtained from a larger lock given by Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Caroline
Wright, the wife of former Indiana Gov. Joseph Wright, sold at Christie’s
in 1992. The gallows relic was obtained by a guard at the hanging who
removed a large section of wood immediately after the proceedings, just
as souvenir hunters descended upon the scene. The section of lath was
obtained from the Dr. Samuel Mudd Society, and it bears an ink descriptive
stamp. Signed provenance for all three relics accompanies. $600-800
RELICS A relic display, a very small lock of two strands of Abraham
Lincoln’s hair, a section of wood from the gallows upon which his assassins
and their fellow conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865, along with a
third relic, a 4” x 1 1/2” piece of lath and nail taken from the home of Dr.
Samuel Mudd who treated John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg, was jailed and
later pardoned by Andrew Johnson. All three relics are double-matted in
burgundy and gold with images of Lincoln, Booth and Mudd. The hair was
obtained from a larger lock given by Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Caroline Wright,
the wife of former Indiana Gov. Joseph Wright, sold at Christie’s in 1992.
The gallows relic was obtained by a guard at the hanging who removed a
large section of wood immediately after the proceedings, just as souvenir
hunters descended upon the scene. The section of lath was obtained from
the Dr. Samuel Mudd Society, bearing an ink descriptive stamp. Signed
provenance for all three relics accompanies.
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newspaper, The Evening Bulletin, Providence, Rhode Island, April 15, 1865, Vol.
III, No. 69, 4pp. folio, five columns edged in black throughout. The lead story
describes Lincoln’s final decline and death: “THE NATION’S SORROW HOUR...
wounding is reported with headlines that are at odds with one another. His
condition is variously described as “Reviving,” “Just Alive” and “Injuries Probably
Fatal.”Another report has assassin Booth captured at Fort Hastings, and
Seward’s son dead. Typical fold creases and small marginal splits. Very good.
black crepe, about 1/2” x 1/2”, worn by Admiral C. H. Eldredge as a Guard
of Honor while Abraham Lincoln lay in state in New York City en route to
his final resting place in Springfield. Eldredge guarded Lincoln’s body from
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at City Hall on Apr. 26, 1865. Included is documentation
from a Connecticut autograph dealer concerning the relic, as well as copies
of documents appointing Eldredge to the position. $100-150
matted display of a chip of wood from the gallows upon which the Lincoln
assassination conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865. The gallows relic
was obtained by a guard at the hanging who removed a large section
of wood immediately after the proceedings, just as souvenir hunters
descended upon the scene. The relic is double-matted in gold and red
felt with an images of the conspirators just after they were hanged and a
printed description. Provenance accompanies.
display, a matted display of a chip of wood from the gallows upon which
the Lincoln assassination conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865. The
gallows relic was obtained by a guard at the hanging who removed a large
section of wood immediately after the proceedings, just as souvenir hunters
descended upon the scene. The relic is double-matted in gold and red
felt with an images of the conspirators just after they were hanged and a
printed description. Provenance accompanies.
display, a very small lock of two strands of Abraham Lincoln’s hair, matted
with a section of wood from the gallows upon which his assassins and their
fellow conspirators were hanged on July 7, 1865. The hair was obtained
from a larger lock given by Mrs. Lincoln to Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of
former Indiana Gov. Joseph Wright, sold at Christie’s in 1992. The gallows
relic was obtained by a guard at the hanging who removed from a large
section of wood immediately after the proceedings, just as souvenir hunters
descended upon the scene. The relics are triple-matted in gold, white and
red felt with images of Lincoln, a reward poster seeking Lincoln’s killers,
the conspirators just after they were hanged, and a printed description.
Provenance for both relics accompanies. $400-600
1122. WILLIAM MCKINLEY (1843 - 1901) Twenty-fifth President of the
United States, acquired Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and Hawaii, assassinated.
Partly-printed D.S. “William McKinley” as President, 1p folio, Washington,
July 12, 1898, the military appointment of James E. Bunting to serve as
Second Lieutenant in the Third Volunteer Infantry. Co-signed by Secretary
of War RUSSELL A. ALGER. Spotting at margins, with horizontal toning at
middle and marginal tears also thereat, still generally quite good. Attractively
double-matted and set into a linen and elaborate gilt wood frame, ready for
1123. IDA S. MCKINLEY (1848 - 1907) First Lady, wife of William McKinley,
25th U.S. President. A.L.S. on her monogrammed mourning letterhead,
Canton, Mar. 12, 1906, to her niece Katherine “Kittie” Endsley Mathews.
In part: “...I am as well as usual but still as unhappy. Last week I went to
the theater on Monday evening I saw ‘The Man on the Box’ and on Friday
evening, ‘The Virginian’. I do not take interest in anything anymore but
going to the theater occasionally takes my mind off my trouble for a little
while...” Sold with four stereoscopic slides concerning McKinley’s death, two
showing the late president and his wife surrounded by flowers, the others a
portrait of McKinley and a view of his cortege. Latter two images just good.
Along with commemorative postcards, invitation to a memorial service,
statue unveiling, etc. Mrs. McKinley did not have any surviving children, as
both daughters died in infancy. Their deaths greatly impacted her health,
and she developed epilepsy. She relied on her nieces and extended family
members for support; her relationship to niece “Kittie” was particularly
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1124. IDA S. MCKINLEY A.L.S. on her monogrammed mourning
stationery, 3pp. 8vo., Canton, Sep. 22, 1903, to her niece Katherine
“Kittie” Endsley Mathews being an affectionate letter with family news, and
inquiring about her next visit: “I am looking forward to your visit here with
much pleasure and you will be able to rest and make up for sleep lost.”
Very good.
MEDAL Scarce example of the official March 4, 1901 Presidential
inaugural medal honoring the election of William McKinley and Theodore
Roosevelt. This is only the second official medal issued in commemoration
of an inauguration and according to Richard A. Dusterberg, author of The
Official Inaugural Medals of the Presidents of the United States: “...the
medal was distributed only to members of the Inaugural Committee. It
received no publicity. Even the sculptor’s name was never recorded. It was
intended as a pocket piece - a souvenir - nothing more”. Harry J. Foreman,
the great numismatist, was very adamant when he stated: “without doubt
it would be highly unlikely more than 50 examples have survived the test
of time”. This example, regrettably, has faults: unnatural patina, and slight
pitting with oxidation to the surfaces (especially on the obverse). We also
note unevenness and pitting on the rim. Possibly it is a dug relic discovered
by a metal detecting enthusiast. On the good side: all lettering is still bold
and clear, especially strong on the raised surfaces on the reverse. The bust
of McKinley is highly defined despite the roughness of the surface. There
is no loss of detail whatsoever to the Capital building, in fact, amazingly,
it still has full steps! Estimated accordingly.
1126. RICHARD M. NIXON (1913 - 1994) Thirty-seventh President of
the United States who led during the Vietnam War, re-opened diplomatic
ties with China and the U.S.S.R., resigned his office due to the Watergate
scandal. Fine signed book, his volume Seize the Moment (New York:
Simon & Schuster, 1992), inscribed on the first free endpaper to Nixon’s
Chief of Protocol, Emil “Bus” Mosbacher. In full: “To Bus & Pat Mosbacher
Jr. with warm regards from Richard Nixon”. Mosbacher (1922-1997),
perhaps better remembered as an award-winning yachtsman before his
tenure as Chief of Protocol of the United States, advised Nixon of matters
of national and international diplomatic protocol. With dustjacket, very
good condition.
1127. RICHARD M. NIXON T.L.S. with encircled initials “R N” as President
on White House letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Washington, July 15, 1970 to Sen.
George Murphy. At the height of the anti-war movement, Nixon writes a
supportive senator, in part: “...Thank you for forwarding the petitions in
support of the policy I am following in Southeast Asia...This evidence of
support from the citizens of Santa Clara County is most meaningful as I
pursue a course I am confident will achieve the just and honorable peace
in Vietnam which we all desire...”. With transmittal envelope, fine.
1128. RICHARD M. NIXON Inscribed and signed bookplate from his
memoirs, given to “Norma Helms”, dated July 9, 1978. Mounted to a gold
backing, double-matted in marbled paper and navy blue mat, ready to
1129. RICHARD M. NIXON Signature on the face of his Woodcliff Lake,
New Jersey business card, along with a blank sheet of his personal note
paper. Very good. $100-150
1130. RICHARD M. NIXON Special signed edition of Nixon’s In the
Arena, (New York: Simon and Schuster), 1990. Blue leather covers with
gily lettered spine and blue leather slip case, satin lined, limited signed
edition no. 279/500. Fine condition.
1131. RICHARD M. NIXON T.L.S. with initials “R N” on his personal
letterhead, 1p. 4to., New York, Oct. 10, 1983 to Hon. John Duncan. Nixon
sends an advanced limited edition of his book “Real Peace”, adding: “I
trust it may contribute to a better understanding of where we have been...
and where we should go in our relations with the Soviet Union, China,
Japan, Europe, and the Third World...”. Receiving stamp, else very good. $100-150
1132. RICHARD NIXON Full signature as Vice President on his official
calling card, sold with a B.E.P. engraving of the White House. Very good.
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1133. BARACK OBAMA (b. 1961) The 44th and current President of the
United States, and the first African American to hold the office. A fantastic
typed manuscript of his speech from his 2008 campaign entitled “We the
People, in order to form a more perfect union...”. The speech, 8pp. 4to.,
[n.p., n.d. but originally given in Philadelphia, March 18, 2008] is printed on
Obama’s official campaign letterhead, and boldly signed on the first page
in his typical black marker. Written on the heels of the controversy around
racial remarks made by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor,
the speech reads in very small part: “...Two hundred and twenty one years
ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered
and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in
democracy...And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver
slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed
their full rights and obligations as citizens...I chose to run for the Presidency
at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the
challenges of our time unless we solve them together....I am the son of a
black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. I was raised with
the help of a white grandfather who survived the Depression to serve in
Patton’s Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked
on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth...It’s a story that hasn’t
made me the most conventional candidate...Race is an issue that I believe
this nation cannot afford to ignore right now...A lack of opportunity among
black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to
provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families...What
is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s
great religions demand, that we do unto others as we would have them do
unto us...”. Much more. Fine condition.
AFTERMATH Rare reporting of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and its
aftermath as reported in six consecutive issues of the military newspaper
Stars and Stripes, Pacific Edition. The Nov. 24, 1963 edition pictures the
slain president with the headline: “KENNEDY SLAIN Shot by Sniper in Dallas;
Johnson Becomes President”, with extensive coverage. The Nov. 25 edition
declares: “OSWALD CASE ‘AIRTIGHT’”, and the following day, Nov. 26, the
paper features the famous photo of Jack Ruby shooting Oswald with the
headline: “OSWALD MURDERED, CLUB OWNER HELD”. The Nov. 27 issue
covers Kennedy’s funeral and picture young John Kennedy saluting the
motorcade, with the following two issues covering Johnson’s reassuring of
Congress and the American people, accolades for Kennedy, grieving, Ruby’s
arrest, investigations, etc. A unique perspective.
1135. RONALD REAGAN (1911 - 2004) Fortieth President of the United
States who served for two terms (1981-1989) and contributed to the fall of
European Communism. Great I.S.P. 10” x 8” b/w, a still from his 1951 film
“Bedtime for Bonzo” showing Regan scolding the future president scolding
Bonzo (a chimpanzee) for sloppy dining behavior, boldly inscribed: “To Sam
- A trip down ‘memory lane’. With heart felt thanks & Best Wishes Ronal
Reagan”. Fine.
1136. RONALD REAGAN Candid I.S.P. 4 1/2” x 3 1/2” color, an informal
shot of Reagan and NANCY REAGAN at an event, inscribed at top by
Reagan: “To Lorraine & Wag with friendship & warm regard...Ron”, while
Nancy signs “Nancy”. Fine condition. Accompanied by an original invitation
to Reagan’s inauguration, two membership cards for the Ronald Reagan
Fan Club (secretarial signatures); a membership card for the Jane Wyman
fan club; a small image of Reagan from a film, signed secretarially, and
another unsigned candid image.
1137. RONALD REAGAN T.L.S. “Ron” on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4to.,
Los Angeles, Sep. 30, 1976 to AP reporter, spy and intelligence expert John
Koeller. In part: “...Thanks for sending me the letter from Ray Gibbons. Will
you please convey my thanks and tell him how proud I was to read his kind
and generous word...”. Light soiling, else very good.
1138. NANCY REAGAN First Lady, wife of Ronald Reagan, 40th President
of the United States. A.L.S. as First Lady on a 16mo. White House card, 2pp.,
Washington {n.d.], to a lady thanking where for a contribution to Foster
Grandparents and making mention of the death of Princess Grace Kelly.
Fine, with an autopen-signed I.S.P. to Maxwell showing Ronald and Nancy
1139. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (1882 - 1945) Thirty-second President
of the United States who instituted the “New Deal” programs and who led
the United States through most of World War II. T.L.S. as President on mint
green White House letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Hyde Park, Nov. 6, 1940 to Court
of Claims Judge Sam Whitaker thanking him for his letter and “generous
expressions [which] touched me very deeply…”. Roosevelt had just been
re-elected to his third term as president. Fine.
1140. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Partly-printed D.S. as President, 1p. folio,
Washington, July 13, 1939, the appointment of Sam E. Whitaker to serve as
Judge on the U.S. Court of Claims. Co-signed by Attorney General FRANK
MURPHY, who would also serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court. Boldly signed.
1141. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Typed D.S. as Governor, 1p. legal folio,
Albany, June 11, 1930 appointing labor leader and aviator Peter J. Brady to
serve as New York representative to the National Legislative Air Conference
in New York. Folds, paperclip stain at top, else very good. $200-300
1142. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT T.L.S. as President on mint green White
House letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Washington, July 10, 1939 to Asst. Attorney
General Sam Whitaker acknowledging his departure from the Department
of Justice for his new position on the Federal Court of Claims: “…It was
a please, indeed, to send your name to the Senate…your tenure on the
Federal Bench will be but a continuation of the loyal and devoted service…”.
File holes at top, else very good.
1143. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT T.L.S. as President on mint green White
House letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Washington, July 27, 1939 to Asst. Attorney
General Sam Whitaker accepting his resignation so that Whitaker may
assume his new duties as Judge of the Court of Claims the same day. File
holes at top, else fine.
1144. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Typed D.S. as Governor, 1p. legal folio,
Albany, appointing labor leader and aviator Peter J. Brady to serve as New
York representative to the National Conference on Uniform Aeronautic Laws
in New York. Folds, paperclip stain at top, else very good.
1145. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT T.L.S. “F. D. R.” as Governor on official
letterhead, 1p. 4to., Albany, Jan.7, 1931 to labor leader Peter J. Brady
sending thanks for a photo and mentioning that Brady looks and deserves
to be “happy”. Tiny spot at top, else fine.
1146. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT T.L.S. “F. D. R.” as Governor on official
letterhead, 1p. 4to., Warm Springs, Ga., Dec. 6, 1930 approving a list sent
to him, adding: “I am having a fine time but leave here next week”. Receiving
docket at bottom, light soiling.
1147. F.D.R. CABINET Lot of two letters, includes Treasurer of thew United
States M. A. JULIAN, T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p 8vo., Washington, June
24, 1939, and JAMES A. FARLEY, Postmaster General, on D.N.C. letterhead,
1p. 4to., Washington, June 30, 1939, both letters of congratulations. File
holes at top, else fine.
WAR’S END Rare invitation to a memorial service in honor of deceased
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1p. 8 1/4” x 5 3/4” with black borders,
printed in Czech and English, sets forth (with misspellings) the date of
Roosevelt’s death, April 12, 1945, and the date of the memorial service,
May 6, to be held at the “Liberated House of Correction” in St. GeorgeBayreuth. Tiny tear at top, writing on verso, else very good. Undoubtedly,
those attending were anti-Nazi Czech prisoners still residing in the prison
in which they were held. Germany would not officially surrender until the
following day.
1149. FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT CAMPOBELLO PILLOW CASE An extralarge white linen pillowcase owned and used by Roosevelt at the family
retreat on Campobello Island. The pillow case measures 31” x 21” and
bears his initials “F.D.R.” very neatly penned in calligraphic style in indelible
ink at one corner. Overall in very good condition with minimal wear.
Now you can not only live and breathe history, you can sleep on it too!
From the estate of Edgar and Anna McGowan, both of whom served the
Roosevelt family at Campobello Island until the mid-Fifties, Edgar serving
as groundskeeper at the compound, and Anna as head of the household
staff. After Anna’s death at Campobello in 1955, the items remained with
her family until sold at auction in early 2000. Included is a copy of a Notice
of Probate issued by the law firm of [Basil] O’Conner & Farber, New York,
May 17, 1945 concerning F.D.R.’s estate and mentioning Anna McGowan
as a beneficiary.
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Comparing Sen. Joseph McCarthy
to Hitler and Stalin
1150. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884 - 1962) First Lady, wife of Franklin
D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. Eleanor was active in
a wide range of liberal and humanitarian projects. Superb content T.L.S.
on her personal letterhead blasting Sen. Joseph McCarthy, 2pp. 8vo., New
York, Aug. 31, 1953. In part: “...The A.P. dispatch was only partly quoted
correctly. I said ‘He has made the great mass of people blindly afraid of
communism. People in government circles are afraid to be different
because of the unfair methods Senator McCarthy used.’ ...I am anxious that
every one of the citizens of the US wakes up to the harm he has done our
prestige...Everywhere they ask if he is destroying our freedom. In Europe
they have seen a Hitler and a Stalin come to power and they recognize the
methods used by Senator McCarthy as being very similar...”. Fine.
1156. HARRY S. TRUMAN Fine content T.L.S. on his personal letterhead,
1p. 4to., Independence, Nov. 24, 1959 to Court of Claims Judge Sam
Whitaker. In part: “…General [George] Marshall was one of my great
favorites and the statement I made about him when I was in Washington for
his funeral was not half as good as it should have been but it was the best
I could do…”. Fine. Actually, Truman idolized his Secretary of State, calling
him “the greatest military man this country has ever produced”. Marshall
had died about five weeks earlier. $400-600
1157. HARRY S. TRUMAN Fine oversize I.S.P. 11” x 13 1/2” sepia, a
standing portrait showing Truman with WALTER POP BINNS, President
of William Jewell College and HUBERT EATON, President of Forest Lawn
Memorial Park. Signed by each in white ink, with Truman signing in black
ink at bottom. Mounted, light wear to edges, overall very good condition.
1158. HARRY S. TRUMAN T.L.S. on his Senate letterhead, 1p. 4to.,
Washington, Jan. 6, 1942 sending a copy of a letter from a Navy district.
Folds else very good.
1151. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT T.L.S. on her Val-Kill Cottage letterhead, 1p.
8vo., July 12, 1955 to the Mayor of Salisbury, Md. thanking the man: “...for
your expressions of loyalty to my husband’s memory...”. Affixed to an old
Veteran Harry Truman in his WWI uniform
photo album page, possibly could be steamed off. With envelope.
$75-100 1159. HARRY S. TRUMAN Rare S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a photo of ex
artilleryman Harry Truman full length in World War I uniform standing
1152. (THEODORE ROOSEVELT) Oversize photograph, 17” x 14” b/w, outside his tent and grinned broadly, inscribed and signed in the white
two poses of Roosevelt later in life during a visit to Portugal. Significant red margin. Slightly brushed, else very good.
stain at bottom and moderate soiling.
1160. HARRY S. TRUMAN Lot of two T.L.S.s on his Kansas City business
1153. THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858 - 1919) Twenty-sixth President letterhead, each 1p. 4to., Mar. 31 ans May 16, 1955, both to Elmer Ruark,
of the United States who started the Panama Canal, settled the Russo- Mayor of Salisbury, Md. Routine content sending thanks for Ruark’s birthday
Japanese War, broke up Standard Oil and encouraged conservation. Bold, wishes, the second thanking the mayor for sending a radio address on: “...
full signature as president cut from a military commission. Last two letters the history and romance of the Eastern Shore...”. Both letters are affixed
$150-200 to an old photo album page but possibly could be steamed off, one has a
a tad light, else fine.
marginal tear. With envelopes.
ribbon issued upon the death of President Zachary Taylor, ca. July 9, 1850. 1161. HARRY S. TRUMAN Lot of two T.L.S.s on his Kansas City business
The ribbon bears an oval printed image of Taylor and reads “GENERAL letterhead, each 1p. 4to., May 2, 1958 and Mar. 5, 1959, both to Elmer
TAYLOR” at top with a black border about the edge and is mounted upon a Ruark, Mayor of Salisbury, Md. Routine content politely declining invitations
circuler piece of black crepe. No fixing attachment on verso. $600-700 to events, including a Baptist church centennial. Both letters are affixed to
an old photo album page but possibly could be steamed off, else fine. With
envelopes. $200-300
Truman discusses his family geneaology...
and Missouri girls!
TRUMAN (1884-1972)
33rd President of the
led the country in the
closing days of World
War II and through the
re-building of Europe
under the Marshall Plan
and the Korean War.
Good content T.L.S. on
his Kansas City business
letterhead, 1p. 4to., Mar.
15, 1955 to Elmer Ruark,
Mayor of Salisbury, Md.
In part: “..a family of
Trumans came over with
Lord Baltimore in 1634,
when the settlement was
made in Maryland, but I
have never been able to
establish a connection as
my early relatives came
from South Carolina and
Virginia to Tennessee
and then to Kentucky although there may be
some connection. I am
glad to hear that you
married a Missouri girl. They are all mighty fine girls. I am also happy to
know that you were a member of that old Baptist Church, which I have been
in when I was in Wilmington...”. Affixed to an old photo album page but
possibly could be steamed off. With envelope.
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1162. HARRY S. TRUMAN Lot of two T.L.S.s, each 1p. 4to., Mar. 26,
1957 and Mar. 20, 1958, both to Elmer Ruark, Mayor of Salisbury, Md.
Routine content declining to attend a church centennial, citing “the 1958
political campaign”, and thanking the mayor for his comments about the
Truman Library which Truman declares: “...will provide a valuable source of
information to history students...”. Both letters are affixed to an old photo
album page but possibly could be steamed off, else fine. With envelopes.
1163. HARRY S. TRUMAN T.L.S.s on his Independence, Mo. letterhead, 1p.
4to., Aug. 13, 1959 to Elmer Ruark, Mayor of Salisbury, Md. Truman offers
congratulations on the 10tth anniversary of the Allen Memorial Baptist
Church and regrets he cannot attend the celebration. The verso bears a
1975 T.L.S. from President Gerald Ford discussing a housing act, bears an
autopen signature. Both letters are affixed to an old photo album page but
possibly could be steamed off, one has a marginale tear. With envelopes.
1164. HARRY S. TRUMAN S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2 b/w, a fine chest, up portrait,
likely signed just after leaving office. Fine. $150-200
1165. HARRY S. TRUMAN T.L.S. as President on White House letterhead,
1p. 8vo., Washington, Oct. 1, 1946 to Hon. Alexander Chambliss of the
Tennessee Supreme Court thanking him for sending along a note from his
son, Judge Sam Whittaker, and for adding his own: “expression of confidence
in my leadership”. File holes at top, else fine.
Large pencil signature, likely as president,
penned on a small white sheet affixed to a photo of Truman and another
man standing before a new Cadillac outside the White House. Fine.
1167. HARRY TRUMAN T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4to.,
Independence, May 27, 1970, a thank you letter following congratulations
sent to him, likely for his birthday a few weeks earlier. Matted with the
transmittal envelope. Very good
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1168. (HARRY TRUMAN) Souvenir sterling silver card tray from President
Harry Truman’s March, 1947 trip to Mexico, 5 1/2” x 4”, engraved in
Spanish: “Souvenir Trip of President Truman to Mexico March 1947
American Airline”. With letter from the airline presenting it to Truman’s
Director of the Secret Service. Fine. In March, 1947, while visiting Mexico
City, Truman made an unscheduled stop at Chapultepec Castle where
100 years before American troops had stormed the heights. Against the
hysterical warnings of his aides and protocol experts, the President went to
the monument to Los Ninos Heroes, placed a wreath on it, and bowed his
head in tribute. The cadets in the color guard burst into tears. $150-200
1169. PRESIDENTS Lot of two signatures, includes GERALD R. FORD and
JIMMY CARTER (on a self-adhesive bookplate), both suitable for framing.
A fine ensemble of relics from our two most influential presidents, tiny
locks of four strands of George Washington’s hair and three strands of
Abraham Lincoln’s hair, each contained within a small magnifying case
and matted beneath color image of their respective owners. Lincoln’s hair
originated from the famous sale of the collection of Malcolm Forbes in
2002, having originally been sold by Christie’s in 1992. It was described
as: “...Several strands of Abraham Lincoln’s hair, given by the President to
Mrs. Caroline Wright, wife of Governor Joseph A. Wright of Indiana, as a
token of their friendship. This hair relic remained in the family until offered
for sale by Christie’s...”. The Washington lock descended in the family of
nephew George Steptoe Washington to his great granddaughter Martha
Washington of Philadelphia, great-great-grandniece of President George
Washington. Both locks are accompanied by full provenance. $600-800
1171. A SMALL LOCK OF WASHINGTON’S HAIR A small lock of George
Washington’s white hair, five tiny strands, double-matted in navy blue and
gold matted with a color copy of a Stuart portrait of the president and
printed explanatory text, ready to frame. Also present is a copy of a letter of
authenticity picturing and describing the history of the original lock of hair
and 1924 letter of provenance: its descent in the family of nephew George
Steptoe Washington to his great granddaughter Martha Washington of
Philadelphia, great-great-grandniece of President George Washington. A
nice souvenir of our first president.
1172. GEORGE WASHINGTON BRONZE PLAQUE Ca. 1900 bronze plaque
bearing a profile of George Washington, 11 1/2” tall overall, hollow back
with no foundry marks, good patination.
1173. INAUGURAL INVITATIONS A group of four pieces, including an
invitation to the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy, 1p. 4to. Offered
together with a 1969 inauguration of Richard Nixon, as well one for Jimmy
Carter’s 1977 inaugural together with a program from the same. Kennedy
invitation bears toned dampstain at top right, the others are in overall fine
condition. Together four pieces.
1174. PRESIDENTIAL “MARTYRS” C.D.V. A good ca. 1881 CDV entitled:
“Our Martyrs.”, depicting America’s first two assassinated presidents,
Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield. A black border surrounds each
president with the date of their assassination respectively beneath. Very
INVITES Grouping of invitations sent to Judge Sam Whitaker of the Federal
Court of Claims. Includes two invitations to receptions at the Kennedy White
House, one on Nov. 20, 1963 (two days before Kennedy’s assassination),
Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941 inaugural items including invitation, Eisenhower
inaugural invitation and program, and invitations for Truman and Johnson
inaugurations. Overall very good. $100-150
1176. U.S. SECRET SERVICE CHIEF’S FILE A terrific archive of material from
the estate of JAMES J. MALONEY (1908-1992). Maloney served as Director
of the Secret Service under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and
joined the organization in 1938 soon becoming a part of the president’s
detail. Most interesting is Maloney’s 1933 retained correspondence file
while a regular Secret Service agent. It contains approx. 80 signed carbons
of his reports, interviews, etc. on Treasury check thieves, counterfeiters,
threats to the President, and so on. Also included is: a printed map with
colored routes showing the path and itinerary of George V’s tour of the
1939 World’s Fair; a list of passengers on a 1943 train trip to Washington,
including Churchill; several photos of Secret Service agents guarding
Truman and dignitaries, invitation to Truman’s inauguration; Treasury
and Secret Service publications issued when Maloney became Director and
when he retired; several of Maloney’s efficiency ratings, and much more.
1177. ELLSWORTH BUNKER (1894 - 1984) American businessman and
diplomat, a hawk on the war in Vietnam (where he served as ambassador)
and Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s. Lot of four very early A.L.S.
“Ellsworth” and “Elly”, 25pp. 8vo., 1923-26, various locations to family
and friends. Routine content and a sojourn in Havana. Sold with a signed
draft T.L.S. “Ellsworth”, 1p. 4to., Putney, calling the Vietnam War a “tragic
episode in our history”, and with four T.L.S.s sent to him, 1979-82, from
and WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY. Very good.
1178. GEORGE CORTELYOU (1862 - 1940) American lawyer and
statesman, first Secretary of Commerce & Labor (1904). New York State
bond in the amount of $1,800, Feb. 28, 1861, issued to the Harvard Bank
of Cambridge, signed by Cortelyou as Cashier. Canceled, very good.
1179. WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS (1898 - 1980) Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court known for his consistently liberal rulings. Lot of two
signed items, includes a T.L.S. as Associate Justice on Supreme Court
letterhead, 1p. large 8vo., Washington, Feb. 2, 1955 sending thanks that
his correspondent enjoyed reading Douglas’ An Almanac of Liberty and
sending a pamphlet about the Supreme Court. Matted and framed with a
7” x 8 1/2” I.S.P. of Douglas in judicial robes, set into a simple wood frame.
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1180. CORDELL HULL (1871 - 1955) American statesman, Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt, awarded the Nobel Prize (1945). T.L.S. as
Secretary of State on official letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, Aug. 31, 1939 to Judge Sam Whitaker grudgingly sending him a signed photo (not included)
and congratulating him on his appointment to the bench. File holes at top, else very good.
1181. CORDELL HULL T.L.S. as Secretary of State on official letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, Mar. 25, 1940 to Judge Sam Whitaker stating that he:
“prized your personal friendship...I think you know that I am not in any sense in politics. I am just as grateful, however...”. File holes and docket at top, else
very good.
1182. ROBERT F. KENNEDY (1925 - 1968) American politician who successfully managed his brother John’s presidential campaign and was later
appointed Attorney General. He was assassinated in 1968 while running for president. Fine black ink signature on a slip of paper, sold with two 3 1/3” x
5” candid photos of RFK in 1967.
1183. FRANK MURPHY (1890 - 1949) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, also
served as Governor of Michigan, Attorney Generals and first High Commissioner of
the Philippines. Scarce A.L.S. at Attorney General on official letterhead, 1p. 4to.,
Washington, July 5, 1939 to Sam Whitaker, judge on the Court of Claims who served
under Murphy as Assistant Attorney General. In part: “…We are not happy with your
departure from this law office but we rejoice that honor [?] won will keep you laboring
in this vineyard. For the best interests of our people, as well as that personal satisfaction
that only the public servant knows…I trust you will carry to the branch the same choice
qualities…that have marked your labors here…”. File holes at top, else very good.
Southern men are more violent than ever...
1184. FRANCIS E. SPINNER (1802 - 1890) Treasurer of the United States under
three presidents, commencing with Abraham Lincoln. Fine content A.L.S., 1p. 4to.,
Washington, Dec. 21, 1859 to N.Y. Gov. Edwin D. Morgan. In part: “ had the
kindness to assist me in getting a loan...Col. Burton will pay the larger of the certificates
if you will advise him to do so...’. His postscript belies his true feelings about the
simmering tensions between North and South: “Southern men are more violent than
ever. We will not yield and inch - Sherman or nobody...”. Docketed by Morgan on verso.
Very good.
1185. WILLIAM MARCY “BOSS” TWEED (1823 -1878) Mayor of New York and political
boss. His construction of the New York Court House and the graft associated with it
nearly bankrupted New York and led to his ultimate jailing. Partly-printed D.S. “W. M.
Tweed” as Deputy Street Commissioner, 1p. folio, Jan.2, 1869, a payment of ten percent
of the $10,416.66 billed by John L. Brown for “Repaving and Repairing of Streets of New
York”, boldly signed at bottom. Vertical split from top margin to horizontal center fold,
else boldly signed and good.
1186. EARL WARREN (1891 - 1974) Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, instrumental
in the Brown and Miranda civil rights cases. T.L.S. on Supreme Court letterhead, 1p.
4to., Washington, Mar. 6, 1964 to Court of Claims Judge Sam Whitaker. Warren has
learned of the former’s intention to retire from the bench and hoopoes he will now: “…find time to do many of the things that are denied to busy judges…”.
Paste remnants on verso, else very good.
1187. DANIEL WEBSTER (1782 - 1852) American lawyer and statesman who verbally
jousted with Calhoun in the Senate and later supported Clay’s compromise measures
on slavery. A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Washington, Feb. 8, 1830 to William B. Laurence in New
York. In part: “...I feel an interest in preserving your character from any reproach...”
and promising to protect the man from any “injustice”. Multiple holes at top due to age,
wrinkled margins and a bit brittle, else good.
1188. CONGRESSMEN Group of eight items signed by various congressmen, includes
T.L.S.’s of ABE RIBICOFF (4), OGDEN R. REID, JACOB JAVITS, signed photos of JESSE
HELMS and STROM THURMOND, as well as an unrelated T.L.S. of TED KOPPEL. Routine
content. Fine.
1189. ANTI-WINFIELD SCOT 1852 ELECTION PAMPHLET 1852 election booklet, “THE
WHIG-ABOLITIONIST ATTACK! Whigs and Abolitionists Against General Pierce”, disband,
8pp. 4to., [n.p., n.d., but 1852]. An attempt to tar the Whigs’ candidate for president,
Winfield Scott, as an abolitionist while promoting Franklin Pierce as one who was devoted
to maintaining the laws of the constitution. Not in Sabin, Miles, Eberstadt or Decker. Minor
stains, else very good.
printed on blue glazed card stock anti-McClellan 1864 salt river election ticket, 2 3/16”
x 3 1/2”, showing the failed candidate as a jester seated upon a crate while his hands
have turned into the heads of storks pecking at his head over lost election returns. Along
the margins, the card reads, in full: “No use feeling there for the Majority LITTLE MAC.
You will find it up the SALT RIVER; PEN has gone up.” Slight crease at top, else very good.
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Heads of State
1191. WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (1874 - 1965) British Prime Minister who
led England through the Blitz and orchestrated the British liberation of
occupied Europe and Germany. Churchill is today considered perhaps the
greatest statesman of this century. T.L.S. “Winston S. Churchill”with holograph
subscription and addition in the text, 2pp. 4to., Chartwell, May 5, 1955 MP John
Harvey who a year before had caused an uproar when he hinted that Churchill’s
health was in decline. In part: “...I am most grateful to Sir Stuart Mallinson for
his kind invitation. Lady Churchill and I will be very glad to dine with him...I am
sending a letter to Alderman Forbes tomorrow asking him to take over from
you after our meeting on Monday next...I am very glad to speak in your support
at East Walthamstow, and am most obliged to you for all the help you have
given in the Constituency...”. File hole at left margin, mailing folds, else fine.
Churchill remained an MP representing Woodford until the constituency was
abolished in 1964. Sold with: CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL T.L.S. 1p. 8vo. on 10
Downing Street letterhead, London, Oct. 5, 1954 to Harvey inviting him to “...a
small party for the Woodford representatives...”. Also included is a 7” x 9”
photo of Churchill conferring with Harvey. Three pieces.
1192. DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES (1961 - 1997) Princess of Wales and
wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, the immensely-popular princess was
tragically killed in a car accident while attempting to avoid reporters. Superb
grouping of Diana relics, her Christmas gift of a rare bottle of cognac to
her hairdresser and confidante, Richard Dalton, with inscribed note. The
lot consists of three items. The first is a rare, unopened bottle of 1904
Armagnac de Montal in original wrapping and box; the second is Diana’s
attached A.N.S, 1p., 12mo., [n.p., n.d.], in full: “Richard, Happy Christmas!
Love, Diana.”; the third is a signed letter of provenance from RICHARD
DALTON, T.L.S., 1p., 4to., [n.p.], March 4, 2006, “This letter is to state that
the Armagnac was in fact a gift from Diana, Princess of Wales. The card
is hand signed by her.”. Dalton served as Diana’s hairdresser for over a
decade, during which time the relationship blossomed into a very close
friendship. Diana’s note was written on a folding card attached to the bottle,
and so has a moderate vertical fold, and a slight tear at the top where the
card was tied to the bottle, else fine.
1193. ANNE (1665 - 1714) Queen of England and Ireland heavily influenced by the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, involved in the War of Spanish
Succession, and oversaw the Act of Union with Scotland. Manuscript D.S. “Anne R” as Queen, 1p. folio vellum, Hampton Court, Nov. 2, 1710, the
appointment of George Smith to serve as Procurator General in the Admiralty. Signed at the head of the document, also signed by WILLIAM LEGGE, 1ST
EARL OF DARTMOUTH as Lord Privy Seal Accompanied by a L.S. from Dartmouth to Smith, 1p. 8vo., Whitehall, Nov. 3, 1710 reminding him not to neglect
his duties in his new position. Very good. Two pieces.
1194. QUEEN ANNE ORNATELY-ENGRAVED DOCUMENT ANNE (1665 - 1714) Queen of England and Ireland heavily influenced by the Duke and
Duchess of Marlborough, involved in the War of Spanish Succession, and oversaw the Act of Union with Scotland. Manuscript document, 1p. folio
parchment, [n.p., n.d.], an ornate engraved document bearing a portrait of the queen, gargoyles, a satyr, and the English royal seal. Wax seal gone, folds,
else fine and great for framing.
1195. JOHN CHURCHILL, 1ST DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH (1650 - 1722) English soldier and statesman whose career spanned the reigns of five
monarchs. Rising from a lowly page at the court of the House of Stuart, he served James, Duke of York, through the 1670s and early 1680s. Churchill’s role
in defeating the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 helped secure James on the throne. Fine content manuscript D.S. “Marlborough”, 1p. folio, [London], Feb.
2, 1719, the appointment of military surgeons John Gardiner and John Bamber to be “Master Cure all such Officers, Clerks, Fireworkers,
Gunners, Labourers...” attached to the British artillery. Boldly signed at bottom, also signed by Master General of the Ordnance THOMAS FRANKLAND, in
fine condition. Double-matted with a portrait in green and gold mats, framed.
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English soldier and statesman whose career spanned the reigns of five
monarchs. Rising from a lowly page at the court of the House of Stuart, he
served James, Duke of York, through the 1670s and early 1680s. Churchill’s
role in defeating the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 helped secure James on
the throne. Manuscript D.S., 1p. 4to., [London], Sep. 20, 1698, an order
that Parliament pay unto Henry Killegrew the sum of two hundred pounds,
and making reference to a “Royall Bounty”. Also signed by HENRY SIDNEY,
DORSET, and two others. Laid down with a water stain making some text
difficult to discern, soiling at right also affecting some text, overall good.
English soldier and statesman whose career spanned the reigns of five
monarchs. Rising from a lowly page at the court of the House of Stuart,
he served James, Duke of York, through the 1670s and early 1680s.
Churchill’s role in defeating the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685 helped secure
James on the throne. Manuscript D.S., 1p. folio, [London], Feb. 1, 1702/3,
the appointment of William Weedon as a storekeeper with his pay set at 25
pounds per annum. Boldly signed. Also signed by JAMES CRAGGS (16571721), Postmaster General notoriously involved in the South Seas Bubble
scheme. Right margin chipped costing a few letters of a few words in the
text, a short repaired tear on verso causing some show-through, some
smaller marginal chips, else generally very good.
1203. CORONATION OF QUEEN VICTORIA Scarce numbered invitation to
attend the coronation of Queen Victoria at Westminster Abbey, 1p. 8 3/4” x
6 1/2”, green paper imprinted with her cipher and bearing the name of the
invitee and blind embossed stamp. Light vertical folds, else very good. On
June 20, 1837, King William IV died and his niece, Princess Victoria, became
Queen at the age of 18. Her coronation was held a year later on June 28,
1838 and four hundred thousand visitors went to London to witness the
1204. BRITISH ROYALTY Ephemera grouping includes a 16pp.small folio
publication with artist’s color images of George V at his coronation, Queen
Mary, and other participants in the ceremony, a 12pp. supplement to The
Daily Telegraph, June 23, 1991, covering the coronation of George V, and
The Illustrated London News, Feb. 23, 1952 covering the lying-in-state and
funeral of George VI. Some tears in places, a few repairs, overall very good.
1205. BRITISH POLITICAL LEADERS Fine lot of nine items signed by
British political leaders and royalty, includes signatures of PRINCESS ANNE,
S. CHURCHILL, SIDNEY GODOLPHIN (along with a partial document,
signed), and a 1968 program signed by EDWARD HEATH. Overall very
1198. JAMES SCOTT, 1ST DUKE OF MONMOUTH (1649 - 1685) English
nobleman, the eldest illegitimate son of Charles II and his mistress, Lucy
Walter. Served in the Anglo-Dutch Wars and the Franco-Dutch War. In
1685 he led the unsuccessful Monmouth Rebellion, an attempt to depose
his uncle, King James II. He declared himself the legitimate King, but the
rebellion failed, and Monmouth was beheaded for treason. Rare signed
document, 1p. 4to. with red wax seal, July 21, 1673/4, a power of attorney
given to Sir Stephen Fox to receive his annuities of eight thousand pounds
per annum under His Majesty’s Letters Patent. Witnessed by JAMES
VERNON (1646-1727), Monmouth’s secretary who lobbied heavily to have
Monmouth decreed king. Signature a tad light due to Monmouth’s use of a
fine-nibbed pen, else near fine.
1199. JAMES BUTLER, SECOND DUKE OF ORMONDE (1665 - 1745) Irish
statesman and soldier, served in the campaign to put down the Monmouth
Rebellion, in the Williamite War in Ireland, in the Nine Years’ War and in the
War of the Spanish Succession but was accused of treason and went into
exile after the Jacobite rising of 1715. Bold signature “Ormonde” cut from a
letter, mounted.
English politician, a leader of the Tories who supported the Jacobite
rebellion of 1715 which sought to overthrow the new king George I.
Escaping to France he became foreign minister for the Pretender. He was
accused of treason, but was allowed to return to England in 1723. Good
content L.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., Whitehall, June 25, 1714. Bolingbroke orders
the payment of 200 pounds in reimbursements to “Mr. Pulteney”, recalling
that the former’s secretary had traveled to Copenhagen to negotiate the
release of several British ships seized by the Danes. Mounted, with three
words partially lost due to a large loss at lower-left corner, else very good.
1201. EDWARD VIII EXAMINES A MESSERSCHMITT EDWARD VIII(18941972) King of England whose abdication of the throne in order to marry
American divorcee Wallis Simpson rocked Great Britain and led to his
spending the balance of his life in self-imposed exile. Startling original
photo, 3 1/2” x 2 1/2” b/w showing the rather sheepish-looking Duke of
Windsor with Wallis Windsor beside him, both standing at the swastikaemblazoned tail of a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The photo, probably
taken at a German airfield, is in fine condition, with the original negative. In
October 1937, the Duke and Duchess visited Germany, against the advice
of the British government, and met Adolf Hitler at his Obersalzberg retreat.
The visit was much publicized by the German media, especially as during
the visit the Duke gave full Nazi salutes. The Me-109 would more than do
its share in nearly destroying the RAF during the Battle of Britain a few years
1202. MARGARET THATCHER (1925 - 2013) “The Iron Lady”, Prime
Minister of Great Britain. Fine lot of two signed books, her 1993 The
Downing Street Years, and 1995 The Path to Power, both published in
New York by Harper Collins, first editions, and nicely signed in blue ink on
the title page. With dust jackets, fine condition.
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PORCELAIN PLATE A rare green bordered gold speckled decorated
plaque, 7 1/2” X 8 1/2”, bears at center a transfer image of Father Michael
Murphy captioned: “1798. THE DEATH OF FATHER MICHAEL MURPHY”. It
shows the radical priest standing before a group of Irish freedom-fighters
at the time he was shot and killed defending artillery at the Battle of Arklow
(although in actuality he was on horseback at the time he was shot). Made
in Staffordshire circa 1890 to 1910. Murphy joined the Irish Rebellion and
fellow priest John Murphy following the ransacking of his church by Crown
early American song sheet, “Rights of Man”, ca. early 1800s. 3 1/2” x 11
1/4” (sight) with an image at top of a man wearing a scarf and top hat
standing at a doorway. Nine verses of lyrics, each eight lines, reference Irish
nationalism. a political ballad in support of the Irish Home Rule Movement.
The writer makes repeated references to a female character called Granua
(also spelt Grainne). The daughter of the mythical Irish warrior and folk
hero, Finn McCool, Granua is also used as a symbol for Ireland - much
like the figure of Britannia is employed as a symbol for Great Britain.
Another interesting reference is the inclusion of the famous phrase, “The
Rights of Man”, which suggests that the writer was familiar with the anti$200-300
establishment works of Thomas Paine. Fine.
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8vo., Dublin, [n.d. but with ink note “Febuary 1841”], urging the Irish to not
enlist in the British military, noting: “...Let no Irishman be shot at
himself...or to shoot at other people...Every soldier is a slave...Don’t Enlist!”.
Quite worn with offset soiling to verso, still good.
1209. “FENIAN WAR ECHOES” Extremely rare, colorful sheet music
titled: “FENIAN WAR ECHOES”, issue No. 1 containing the song “The Green
Above the Red”, 6pp. 10 1/4” x 13”, published by John J. Daly, New York,
1866. The lyrics, by Thomas Davis, are fiercely anti-British and pro-Irish
Independence, the music is attributed to “A Fenian”. The cover by J. M. Nevin
depicts Poseidon with a spear slaying a lion (symbolic of Great Britain), with
a harp and American and Irish flags at bottom. Marginal tears to cover, a
light damp stain to the last few pages, overall very good. $150-200
1210. LOUIS XIV (1638 - 1715) “The Sun King”, King of France who
undertook a series of wars with neighboring countries, most remembered
for impoverishing the masses as he reigned at the height of France’s
“Golden Age”. Fine manuscript D.S. “Louis” as King, 1p. sm. folio vellum,
Versailles, Oct. 20, 1683, in French. Largely untranslated, apparently a
transfer or promotion of lieutenant in the cavalry. Folds, else nicely signed
and very good. Light pencil notes at bottom easily erased.
1211. (NAPOLEON BONAPARTE) Two period engravings of Bonaparte,
includes a chest, up portrait as Emperor, 6 3/4” x 10”, the image by Benoist,
engraved by Boulard, Paris, along with a smaller engraving, 4 1/2” x 6 1/4”,
“Napoleon et la Famille Moltrecht” . Fine. $100-150
Lieutenant-General and Grand Cross of the Order of St. Louis, appointed
seneschal and governor of Rouergue. Led an army to seek out a wolf-like
creature which the populace feared had killed upwards of 100 people, and
which led to the Grimms’ “Little Red Riding Hood” creation, the “Big, Bad,
Wolf”. D.S. 1p. sm. folio, Montpellier, July 20, 1753, an order that troops be
lodged and fed at Meze. Fine.
1214. LOUIS PHILIPPE (1773 - 1850) King of France, the “Citizen King”
who favored the revolution, and was restored to the throne upon the
deposition of Charles X (1830), only to be deposed himself in the 1848
revolution. Manuscript L.S. as king, 1p. 8vo., Paris, July, 1831 to the Count
de Boissy d’Anglar asking if the opening of the last session of Chamber
had gone well. Some flaws include scattered foxing, trimmed at top and a
few chips at margins, still very good.
1215. ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND (1863 - 1914) Archduke of
Austria-Este, Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and of
Bohemia. Assassinated by Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914,
his death ignited World War I. Rare A.L.S. on both sides of his personal
correspondence card with gold crown, 12mo., [n.p., n.d.] Captain
Lieutenant Ignatz Jechl, in German. Ferdinand addresses the recipient as
“Lieber Jechl!”, but the balance of the letter is not translated. Toned stripe
at extreme left margin of first page, else fine.
1216. PAUL VON HINDENBURG (1847 - 1934) German general and
politician, crushed the Russians at Tannenburg and in Poland, forced to
yield the Chancellor’s office to Hitler in 1933. Scarce S.P. 7” x 5” (overall)
photograph of Hindenburg seated at his desk examining a map. Boldly
signed at upper left, dated Dec. 24, 1918. Top of signature slightly
trimmed, two water spots on mount, else very good condition.
1217. PAUL VON HINDENBURG Early manuscript D.S. as head of the
Infantry Bureau in the War Department, 1p. legal folio, Oldenburg, Nov.
24, 1893, routine military beaureaucratic matters, boldly signed. Fine. $150-200
1218. PAUL VON HINDENBURG Partly-printed D.S., 1p. large 4to.,
Berlin, July 16, 1927, official permission for veteran surgeon Dr. Seedorf
to continue to wear his military uniform. Co-signed by Minister of War
WILHELM GROENER and Army Commander WILHELM HEYE (18691947). Very good.
1219. KURT WALDHEIM (1918 - 2007) Austrian diplomat and politician,
Secretary-General of the UN. Served as an intelligence officer in the
Wehrmacht during World War II, member of the Hitler Youth. S.P. 4” x 7”
b/w, a chest up portrait signed in the white bottom margin as SecretaryGeneral. Accompanied by a 1977 letter from his assistant on U.N.
letterhead sending the photo and mentioning that while Waldheim had
never been a Boy Scout, he supported its goals. Fine. $100-150
1220. BENITO MUSSOLINI (1883 - 1945) Italian dictator whose fascist
supporters marched on Rome, securing his power; allied with Hitler, after
many military and political setbacks he was captured and executed at war’s
end by partisans. Partly-printed D.S. “Mussolini”, 1p. folio, Rome, Sep. 20,
1928, in Italian. Untranslated, apparently a promotion of four individuals.
Boldly signed at bottom, also signed by by VICTOR EMMANUEL III
(1869 - 1947) King of Italy who essentially served as a figurehead during
Mussolini’s administration, abdicating the throne following the end of
World War II. Very slight show-through of stamp at bottom affecting the
king’s signature, some water staining here and there, still very good.
1221. PIETRO BADOGLIO (1871 - 1956) Italian field marshal who
conspired with King Victor Emmanuel to depose Mussolini, succeeded
Mussolini as Premier and surrendered Italian forces to the Allies. Scarce
A.D.S. on High Commissioner for Eastern Africa letterhead, 1p. legal folio,
Rome, [n.d.], in Italian. Untranslated, relaying two military orders from
Mussolini. Folds, light edge wear, else boldly written and very good.
of composer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle’s anthem, “La Marseillaise”,
headed: “Marche des Marseillois. Chantée sur diferans Theatres. Chez
Frere Passage du Saumon”, London: William Holland, November 10, 1792.
This rare broadside bears a hand-colored engraved head-piece of soldiers
marching and singing by Richard Newton. It includes the first stanza of
what would become France’s national anthem, with the bottom section of
the music regrettably lost to time. A small hole and light damp stain appear
at lower-right, yet this item remains ideal for framing and display. Only one
example of this broadside has appeared at auction, at Christie’s in 2001,
and at the time was believed to be unique.
1222. (GUSTAV V) (1858 - 1950) King of Sweden (1907-50)
who maintained Sweden’s neutrality during World War II. Ornate
commemorative book: “Var Konung Och Hans Garning” (“The King and
his Works”), (Lindfors Bokforlag: Stockholm), 1933, no. 1779/2500 to
a named owner, 396pp., 35.5 x 26 cm., illustrated. Blue leather covers
with gilt trim including Gustav’s royal seal, crowns, borders, etc., spine
bearing raised hubs, pages fore edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A lavish
tribute to King Gustav V on his 75th birthday and the 25th year of his
reign describing his life and achievements. Spine slightly faded, else very
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1223. EUROPEAN ROYALTY Superb S.P. signed by the three daughters
of Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, PRINCESSES
OLGA, ELIZABETH and MARINA as young girls in 1914, an oval image set
to a 12” x 10” mount. Each signed their names in Cyrillic letters. The three
princesses would all marry into royalty: Princess Olga of Greece married
Prince Paul of Yugoslavia; Princess Elizabeth of Greece married Count Karl
Theodor zu Toerring-Jettenbach, son of Duchess Sophie in Bavaria and
scion of a rich Bavarian family; and Princess Marina of Greece married the
Prince George, Duke of Kent in November 1934. Sold with an S.P. of their
mother, Grand Duchess HELEN VLADIMIROVNA (1882-1957), wife of
Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and a benefactor of Russians who
fled the Revolution, S.P. 8” x 12” b/w, a chest up portrait signed in Greek
at bottom. Both photos in fine condition.
1224. HAAKON VII (1872-1957)
King of Norway for nearly 52 years,
remembered for his courage in
the face of the German attack and
invasion during World War II. T.L.S.
“Haakon R”, 1p. legal folio, Oslo,
Dec. 11, 1933, in French to Oscar
Benacvides, President of Peru,
sending congratulations upon
his election and assuring him of
continued friendship. Mounted,
very good.
Photograph album containing
approx. 100 3 1/2” x 4 1/2”
captioned photos of members
of the Greek royal family ca.
1915. Prince Christopher, Prince
Nicholas, his wife, Grand Duchess
Elena, Princess Marina, and others.
Also shown is the Greek royal
palace, Tatoi, and soldiers in
formation, possibly Italian. Worth researching.
Inscribed by eight Sandanista
leaders to their benefactor,
a top Bulgarian political leader
1228. SANDINISTA LEADERS OF THE 1980S A rare book signed by eight
Nicaraguan leaders of the Sandanista movement: Daniel Ortega, Umberto
Ortega, Carlos Nunez Teles, Bogardo Heres, Thomas Borja, Louis Carrion,
Jaime Wilok, and Viktor Tirade, a Bulgarian government publication
apparently reprinting speeches, writings, or declarations, 414pp. 8vo.,
Sofia, 1983, boldly signed by all beneath an inscription (in Spanish) to
Bulgarian government leader Milko Balev: “With SandInista brotherhood,
our close revolutionary and comrade, Milko Balev, Bulgarian leader
with a Nicaraguan spirit”. Bulgarians were provided crucial arms and
training to the Sandanistas throughout the Eighties, and to communist
revolutionaries in all of South America.
1229. COLOMBIA CENTENNIAL PENNANT Pennant celebrating the
centennial of Colombia’s declaration of Independence under the influence
of Simon Bolivar, approx. 53” long, 4” wide, red, white and (originally)
yellow, printed with large black letters: “VIVA EL 20 DE JULIO DE 1910!”.
Colors have faded significantly, marginal tears, a few other faults. Set in a
wood frame.
1226. VASILY STALIN (1921 - 1962) Son of Joseph Stalin and his second
wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, colonel in the Soviet Air Force during World War
II. Following his father’s death, he was accused of disclosing state secrets,
jailed, and died an alcoholic. Rehabilitated in 1999. Partly-printed D.S., 4pp.
4to., Jan. 21, 1948, an attestation of what appears to be a military report or
commendation. Fine. $300-400
revolutionary who led the
guerilla campaign against
Batista, overthrowing the
dictator and replacing him
with the first communist
Typed D.S. as Prime
Minister, 1p. legal folio,
Havana, June 19, 1959,
four months after his
seizure of power. In
Spanish and untranslated
but apparently a law
funding public works.
Also signed by President
and Minister of Housing
Left margin wrinkled with
a tear affecting three
words in text, repaired on
verso with cello tape.
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1230. CHIANG KAI SHEK (1887 - 1975) Chinese general and politician
who led Chinese forces against the Japanese in World War II. His Nationalist
forces resisted the communists under Mao Tse Tung, but were eventually
defeated and established a new government on Formosa (Taiwan). Fine,
bold black ink signature on a 12mo. card as President. Accompanied by
a 1959 letter on his letterhead, 1p. 4to., Taipei, in which counselor Y. Z.
Chang offers an explanation of the characters Chiang’s signature, with
other interesting information.
1231. AFRICAN LEADERS A group of nine pieces signed by prominent
African leaders, in various formats, includes: DESMOND TUTU (two S.P. 4”
x 6” color, signed “God Bless, Desmond Tutu, Sept. ‘92”); ROY WELENSKY
(Rhodesia, signed card); PAUL VICTOR OBENG (Ghana, S.P.); BAKILI
MULUZI (Malawi, two signed U.N. FDCs); O. K. J. MASIIS (Botswana, signed
U.N. FDC); CYRILLE ADOULA (South Africa, signed sheet as PM), and
EDMUND BRUCKNER (German diplomat and colonial governor of Togo
until his capture by the British at the start of WWI, scarce A.L.S. sending
autograph). Overall very good condition, nine pieces.
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Science, Aviation, Space & Business
Hofmann’s sketches of L.S.D. and psilocybin
1234. LEE DE FOREST (1873-1961) American inventor with over 180
patents to his credit. De Forest invented the Audion, a vacuum tube that
takes relatively weak electrical signals and amplifies them. Considered one
of the fathers of the “electronic age”, as the Audion helped to usher in the
widespread use of electronics. Partly printed D.S. “Lee de Forest”, 1p., 4to.,
[n.p.] May 15, 1943, a certificate of merit to James Tiong for outstanding
achievement in mathmatics for service to the United States as a Technical
Radio Specialist. Simply framed and in fine condition. $100-150
1235. WILLIAM T. KELVIN (1824 - 1907) Scottish mathematician and
physicist who contributed to many branches of physics who calculated
“absolute zero”, the temperature at which molecular movement ceases.
A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., Netherhall, Feb. 19, 1907 to Dr. Macalister agreeing to meet
him but for one day only and promising to send someone to fetch him from
his train. Fine. $200-300
1232. ALBERT HOFMANN (1906 - 2008) Swiss chemist employed by
Sandoz Pharmaceuticals whose experiments synthesizing lysergic acid
resulted in his creation of LSD. Hofmann accidentally dosed himself
and described his experience as: “an uninterrupted stream of fantastic
images of extraordinary plasticity and vividness and accompanied by
an intense kaleidoscopic play of colors.” Hofmann later synthesized the
psychoactive components of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Extraordinary
original drawing and inscription signed on an oblong 8vo. card, [n.p., n.d.,
likely Switzerland, 1970s]. At the top of the card, Hofmann inscribes the
drawing beneath to a lady in Switzerland, then signs his full name and
title: “Dr. phil. Dr. pharm. Dr. science”. Beneath he draws the chemical
composition of the notorious drug he first synthesized, lysergic acid
diethylamide (L.S.D.) and labels it, and to the right he draws the chemical
composition of psilocybin, the active components of which he first
isolated…and ingested. Fine condition.
Presented to his brilliant student, Paul
1233. IVAN PAVLOV (1849 - 1936) Russian physiologist known for his
momentous studies of reflex behavior, specifically the conditioned and
unconditioned reflexes in dogs which greatly influenced the development
of behavioral psychology in the early twentieth century. His book Study
of Nervous Activity of Animals, Moscow, 1925, signed “The author” on
the title page. Toned a bit within, rebound. This particular copy was
presented to Pavlov’s pupil, PAUL YAKOVLEV. Yakovlev (1894-1983)
was a pioneer neurologist born in Russia who then emigrated to the U.S.
A brilliant brain pathologist, Yakovlev taught at Yale and Harvard, and
accumulated over 250,000 sample slides. The front flyleaf bears a later
signature in Cyrillic by Yakovlev, back-dated to 1924, with a note that
indicates that Pavlov sent him the book from Paris in 1924, a year before
its publication date - a fact which he cannot explain. Opposite, on the
pastedown of the front cover, Yakovlev taped a photo of himself seated
with the aged Pavlov and quotes Pavlov’s discussion with him in English
and Russian: “Subcortive ganglia actuate the cerebral cortex”. There is a
second copy of this photo loosely laid in the book, and yet another second
generation photo of Pavlov taped on a blank page within. Two Yakovlev
library stamps appear within the book, one on the title page. Overall very
good. SOLD WITH: PAUL YAKOVLEV, Collected Lectures”, First, Second
and Third Semesters, privately printed, Waltham Mass., 1942, the third
semester volume bearing an ownership signature on the front flyleaf. A
fine association. Four pieces.
1236. SAMUEL P. LANGLEY (1834 - 1906) American aviation pioneer who
explored the possibility of flight by heavier-than-air machines and actually
succeeded in inventing such a machine which flew over the Potomac for
3,000 feet. T.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., Washington, Dec. 20, 1901, to the wife of Otho
Michaelis, a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer attached to Langley’s 1891
expedition to Mt. Whitney. In part: “...I get your letter and George’s this
morning. I write in the midst of the most pressing business, so dictate this
letter. I will not forget your son. I am afraid I cannot bring his name directly
to the President, but whatever I can do, I will...”. With original envelope, very
1237. SAMUEL P. LANGLEY A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., [n.p.], July 7, 1894, on
letterhead of St. Botolph Club in Boston. Langley writes a social letter to
the wife of Otho Michaelis, a captain in the US Army Signal Corps who was
attached to Langley’s 1881 expedition to Mount Whitney, in part: “...My
hoped-for visit has been delayed but I trust not for a great while. If I sail for
Europe as I now expect on the 21st, I shall hope to see you all, after my early
return, and if not then I shall make a special pilgrimage to Augusta before
I go back to Washington for the winter. I would very much like to see you
all...”. Fine. $300-400
1238. MARY LEAKEY (b. 1913) British anthropologist who’s discoveries
of zinjanthropus and fossils in Tanzania helped push back the dates of the
first true man to four million years ago. Bold signature on a 12mo. card.
1239. NEVILL MOTT (1905 - 1996) English physicist who won the Nobel
Prize for Physics for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and
disordered systems. Exceptional A.Ms.S., 9pp. legal folio, [n.p., n.d.], his
draft of an autobiographical speech delivered by him in 1988 on the study
and development of “solid state physics”. He mentions Rutherford, Max
Born, Bohr, and other pioneers, his involvement in “solid state” during World
War II, and what he sees for the future of the science. Sold with a signed
presentation on a separate sheet, in German. Very good to fine.$150-200
1240. JACOB PERKINS (1766-1849) Inventor and engineer, developed the
use of steel plates for engraving enabling complicated printed designs for
bank notes. In 1840, printed the first English penny stamps and perfected
the first steam-pressure printing presses and firearms. Also invented the
bathometer for measuring the depth of water and the pleometer, to mark
the speed vessels travel in water. Fine black ink signature on a small slip,
expertly inlaid. Sold with a second freehand copy (not authentic). Fine.
1241. ALBERT SCHWEITZER (1875 - 1965) French physician and
theologian, a specialist in tropical medicine. A.L.S. boldly penned at the
conclusion of a letter sent by a nurse also at Lambarene to an admirer
in the U.S., 2pp. oblong 8vo., Lambarene, Mar. 15, 1965. In German and
largely untranslated, but the physician thanks the man, a public servant in
Nebraska, for sending a contribution for Schweitzer’s hospital and further
mentions gorillas - probably the lack thereof near his facility. Fine.
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One of the finest military aviation albums
ever to come to market
1242. FRITZ STRASSMAN (1902 - 1980) German chemist who, with Otto
Hahn in 1938, identified barium in the residue after bombarding uranium
with neutrons, confirming the previously unknown phenomenon of nuclear
fission. Bold signature on a card, 1952. Fine.
1243. KONSTANTIN TSIOLKOVSKY (1857 - 1935) Pioneering Russian
scientist and rocket designer who laid out the basic principles of modern
space flight. Lengthy A.D.S. on the front pastedown of what once served
as Tsiolkovsky’s notebook, 14 lines in his hand which no doubt describe
the contents of the notebook, dated 1931 at bottom and signed. Certainly
worthy of a full translation. Binding holes at right margin, else very good
1244. SURGEONS Lot of seven items signed by prominent physicians and
scientists, includes DR. W. CARLETON GAJDUSEK, Nobel Prize recipient, a
copy of his paper on the transmission of kudu, signed on cover; CHARLES
W. MAYO, signature; DR. JAMES GARDNER, and neurosurgeon DR.
WILLIAM SCOVILLE, signed diagnosis, signed pamphlet for a symposium,
two signed small sheets. Very good. $60-80
EXPERIMENTERS A good ca. 1920
paper stock photograph of famed
inventors Thomas A. Edison and
Charles P. Steinmetz working
together on an experiment upon a
cluttered table. approx. 6 3/4” x 8”,
mounted on larger board and in a
period frame. With paper label on
the verso, reading, in part: “Shoulder
To Shoulder - For Mankind…
overcoming appalling handicaps,
Dr. Steinmetz advanced into
unknown fields and brought back
light for all. Fortunate are those who
live in his light and privileged were
they who worked with him, shoulder
to shoulder-for mankind…”. . Very
from the Trinity Test Site at Alamogordo, New Mexico, a small dime-sized
piece of trinitite which was created as a result of the intense heat and flash
created at the site when the first atomic bomb was exploded there on July
16, 1945. Some nuclear material has actually fused into this specimen,
although by this time it is harmless. The trinitite is mounted on a 5” x 7”
colorful descriptive card, along with a soil sample taken from near ground
zero at Nagasaki. Trinity Test Site has been closed to the public since the
early 1970s.
from the Trinity Test Site at Alamogordo, New Mexico, a small dime-sized
piece of trinitite which was created as a result of the intense heat and flash
created at the site when the first atomic bomb was exploded there on July
16, 1945. Some nuclear material has actually fused into this specimen,
although by this time it is harmless. The trinitite is mounted on a 5” x 7”
colorful descriptive card, along with a soil sample taken from near ground
zero at Nagasaki. Trinity Test Site has been closed to the public since the
early 1970s.
1248. RICHARD HALLIBURTON (1900 - 1939) American explorer and
writer, lost at sea in a typhoon while sailing a junk to San Francisco. Scarce
S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a profile signed and dated 1936. File holes at left would
easily mat-out.
1249. WILFRED GRENFELL (1865 - 1940) English physician and missionary,
built hospitals, schools and industrial centers throughout Labrador. I.S.P. 5”
x 8” on heavy stock, a printed image boldly signed showing the explorer in
civilian garb. Corners slightly dinged, else very good.
1250. GEORGE S. NARES (1831 - 1915) British admiral and polar explorer,
commanded the ALERT and DISCOVERY in the 1875-76 British Arctic
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Kenneth Behr, ca. 19161920 who was involved
in training and recruiting
new pilots for the
service. There are over
370 photos in this fantastic grouping, and virtually every image is aviationrelated, including: aerial views of cities, military fortifications and airfields,
wrecked airplanes, some with the hapless pilot sitting beside his machine,
planes in flight, photos taken from the air of other planes undertaking loops
and other maneuvers, gun sight photographs, take-offs, engine close-ups,
a close-up of a plane’s camera apparatus and wireless, various aircraft,
including seaplanes and multi-winged contraptions, crewmen, and officers,
and much more. Over 70 of the photos were taken in flight, and nearly
50 depict wrecked aircraft - a common occurrence as Behr and his fellow
pilots often landed in unfamiliar territory, ran out of gas, or had equipment
failures. Behr flew to military and commercial airstrips throughout the
South, including Camden and Columbia, SC, Texas, Pensacola, Fl., Langley
Field, and to Mexico. The photos, held by photo corner mounts to black
album pages, average about 3” x 4”, although their sizes vary widely and
some are loose. The vast majority are in very good condition. One of the
finest aviation photo groupings we’ve seen anywhere.
Lot of about 125 first day covers, flown covers, signed covers, etc. collected
by Ken Behr, Manager of Operations at Floyd Bennet Field in New York,
and continuing in that position when the field was renamed LaGuardia
Airport. Not extensively examined by us, but most originate from 19401950 and includes multiple examples of the first Constellation flight from
New York to Paris, first Jet Clipper air mail, first flight from the first heliport
in New York, Vampire Mk. III carried covers, first commercial 747 flight
New York/London, maiden voyage of the SS UNITED STATES, signed by
captain and chief engineer, Mayflower II covers signed by the builder, ALAN
VILLIERS, and others, a brief A.L.S. by DOUGLAS CORRIGAN. A great many
of the covers are signed and should be researched. Also included are two
American Bureau of Shipping class certificates for the New York ferries
JOHN A. LYNCH and JOHN H. MCCOOEY, both dated 1925, the former now
a hulk resting peacefully in New Jersey. Overall very good. $300-400
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1253. HERMANN KOHL (1888-1938) Pioneering German aviator, the pilot
of the first trans-Atlantic flight in the East-West direction. Rare S.P. 4” x 6”
sepia printed (7” x 9” overall), shows Kohl in head and shoulders, boldly
signed beneath. Scattered foxing, very good.
1259. JAMES A. MOLLISON (1905 - 1959) British aviator and aviation
record holder who made the first east-west solo flight across the Atlantic
(1932). Typed D.S. with initialed holograph postscript on Floyd Bennett Field
letterhead, 1p. 4to., New York, Jan. 16, 1938, notice that he had received 23
envelopes carried by him on an Oct. 30, 1936 trans-Atlantic flight. In the
postscript he mentions he will arrive in New York and sends thanks. Folds,
else fine.
1254. IVAN KOZHEDUB (1920 - 1991) Soviet Ukrainian military aviator
and fighter ace with 66 victories, including an Me-262. 1981 greeting card
sent by the three-time hero of the Soviet Union, boldly signed within.
$200-300 1260. EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER (1890 - 1973) American aviator and
World War I ace credited with 26 “kills”, later president of Eastern Air Lines.
1255. SAMUEL P. LANGLEY A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., Washington, Apr. 1, [n.y.], on Nice grouping of items, some signed, all concerning Rickenbacker and his
Smithsonian Institute letterhead to Mrs. Michaelis, wife of his godson Capt. career. Includes: fabulous 7 1/4” x 10” photo showing Rickenbacker in
Otho Michaelis of the U. S. Signal Corps., sending congratulations on Otho’s flight gear seated in a military biplane with two machine guns pointed at the
appointment (not noted). Very good.
$200-300 viewer, boldly inscribed and signed; a 7 1/2” x 9 1/2” reprint of a photo of
him standing by his plane, 1918; 1942 6” x 8” press photo released when
1256. SAMUEL P. LANGLEY T.L.S. 2pp. 12mo. on Smithsonian letterhead, Rickenbacker was believed lost at sea; signature “Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker”
Washington, Nov. 8, 1894 to Mrs. Michaelis concering a talk he had with on a small card; six 3” x 5” candid photos late in life; and various newspaper
a family friend: “... We had a long talk, without getting quite to any final photos, clippings, etc. Very good.
decision, but I have told him that I think George is such a good brother, that
he ought to look to his opinion, rather than to mine...” Usual folds, else very 1261. EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER Excellent signed print, 16 1/4” x 11
$200-300 1/2”, a sepia-toned artist’s impression of Rickenbacker successfully engaging
a German fighter and sending him down in flames, boldly signed in black ink
and dated “1918/1985”. The print, part of a historical aviation series issued by
Signed and presented by Lindbergh to his
Phillips Petroleum, is double matted with a “Captain Rickenbacker Prayer Ban
godfather before the date of publication!
Dec. 20, 1942” button and ribbon, and framed. Fine condition. $200-300
1262. (HUGO ECKENER) (1868 - 1954) German engineer and aviator, president
of the Zeppelin Company, builder of the Graf Zeppelin which successfully
circled the earth. His later project, the Hindenburg airship, burst into flames
killing 34 people. Pair of items includes a printed invitation from the Mayor of
New York, Aug. 13, 1929 to a reception honoring Eckener surrounding the
Graf Zeppelin’;s flight around the world, with Eckener’s book Graf Zeppelin,
(Stuttgart: Gotta Sche Buch Hand Lung Nach F.). 1938. Cloth covers with
printed title. Unknown presentation inscription on front flyleaf.
1257. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH (1902-1974) American aviator who, in his
Spirit of St. Louis”, was the first to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic
Ocean. Superb association signed book “Charles” given by Lindbergh to
his godfather and favorite relative prior to its official date of publication!
The book is Lindbergh’s memoir The Spirit of St. Louis, (New York: Charles
Scribner’s Sons), 1953, first edition with “[A]” on copyright page, 562pp.
8vo., in blue cloth with silver printing on spine and cover. Lindbergh has
boldly inscribed the title page: “To Jerry and Betty Land, with best wishes
and in appreciation of very helpful criticism. Charles August, 1953.
Publication date is Sept. 14th”. Lacking dust jacket, corners and spine ends
rubbed, contents fine. EMORY SCOTT “JERRY” LAND (1879-1971) was a
Navy vice-admiral who oversaw the earliest construction of America’s
submarine fleet, as well as the design and construction of America’s Liberty
ships during World War II. Anne Lindbergh called Land Charles’ “closest
Presented by Lindbergh to his godfather
1258. CHARLES A. LINDBERGH Fine association signed book This High
Man The Life of Robert Goddard”, by Milton Lehman, (New York: Farrar,
Strauss & Co.), 1963, first edition. 430pp. 8vo., with torn dust jacket.
Lindbergh inscribed the book to his godfather and closest relative: “To
Jerry Land from Charles (A. Lindbergh) November, 1963”. EMORY SCOTT
“JERRY” LAND (1879-1971) was a Navy vice-admiral who oversaw the
earliest construction of America’s submarine fleet, as well as the design and
construction of America’s Liberty ships during World War II. Anne Lindbergh
called Land Charles’ “closest relative”.
original in wash or watercolor painting used for a proposal to illuminate
a landing strip at night, executed on a 13 3/4” x 8” board dated Feb. 28,
1914 on verso. The image shows an early monoplane flying above an
airfield at night. Beneath is a tower with a light beam showing vertically,
with another horizontal beam. At a distance from the tower is a squared-off
area in a field with five recessed(?) lights, one being in each corner for east,
west, north and south, with a white light at center. A scribbled explanation
in French appears at bottom which indicated that the towers beam would
rotate automatically, the light being visible for 47 kilometers, it being
understood that the other lights fixed for navigational purposes. A 1 1/2”
tear from bottom margin, some soiling and a few stains on the mount, but
otherwise good and a clever, early aviation item.
excellent drawing of very early hydrogen gas airships, each 13 1/2” x 7
1/2”, skilled original pen and ink drawings of various airships of France and
Great Britain while in flight. Images include eight designs by Alberto SantosDumont, 1898-1903, and four from the Royal Aircraft Factory, 1910-1912.
The drawings were executed on ivory cardboard stock, ca. 1920. Two
show the effects of some dampness, not affecting the images themselves,
otherwise very good.
1265. THE WORLD’S FIRST FLIGHT INSURANCE? Very early printed life
insurance form issued by The Travelers Insurance Co., Hartford, 2pp. 5 3/4”
x 12 1/4”, an “Aviation Accident Ticket Policy” covering injury or death due
to accidents “including aviation accidents” dated May 6, 1919. The policy is
sold by Agency 1”, the Aero Protective Agency. The policy makes a point of
excluding injuries or death caused during: “...any race, or speed, endurance,
or altitude test...or in aerial acrobatic, or trick or stunt flying...”. Fine.
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1266. B-47 FLIGHT BAG AND FLIGHT MANUALS The post-war archive of
Air Force Lt. Col. Harlis R. Kroger who flew with the 380th Bomb Wing out of
Plattsburgh, New York. Included in this large and informative lot is his black
leather Type VIII flight case which includes the three-part flight manual for
the B-47 Stratojet, a long-range, six-engine, jet-powered strategic bomber
designed to fly at high subsonic speeds and at high altitudes to avoid enemy
interception. The B-47’s mission was primarily to drop nuclear bombs on the
Soviet Union. Also present is a notebook containing flight performance data,
low-level operation information, pre-flight pilot’s check list, a condensed
crew checklist for scrambling; Nike frequencies, SIF code words, Plattsburgh
approaches, and two flight crew check lists. This is an enormous amount of
information about one of this country’s first intercontinental jet bombers.
Also present are postwar flight records of Air Force pilot Joseph L. Froess,
who may have assumed command of Kroger’s aircraft. Present is Froess’
log book showing multiple flights in the AT-6, P-51, C-47 and B-25, his
retirement certificate signed by Col. RAYMOND D. SAMPSON, 1943 turret
gunner training certificate, 53rd Troop Carrier Wing history, 1943 Naval
Reserve commission signed by Secretary of War FRANK KNOX, and more.
World War II Canadian fighter pilot’s dead reckoning computer, 5” x 6 1/2”
(closed), with two straps for attaching to the pilots thigh, in essence a multipurpose slide rule on-the-go which calculated distance to a point when air
speed, altitude, temperature and other variables were input. The aluminum
cover open providing a writing surface with paper securing clip, and an
rolling adjustable correction for drift due to opposing winds. Scarce.
book, Moonfire, by Norman
2009, 348pp. with four foldouts, 14 1/2” x 17 1/4” overall.
To commemorate the 40th
anniversary of the historic Apollo
11 moon landing, Taschen
excerpted Mailer’s brilliant and
well-sourced book , Of a Fire
on the Moon (excerpted here
1268. FIRST NON-STOP ATLANTIC BALLOON CROSSING Lot of two for the first time). Equally adept
items signed by the three crewmen who made the first non-stop crossing at examining the science of
of the Atlanting, landing in Framnce on Aug. 17, 1978 in Double Eagle II, space travel and the psychology
includes a color poster, 12” x 17”, signed by crewmen MAXIE ANDERSON, of the men involved, Mailer
BEN ABRUZZO and LARRY NEWMAN, as well as an 8” x 10” b/w montage offered provocative insights
photo, also signed by all three. Poster bears a fold and a chip in one into this epoch-making event.
$200-300 Illustrating this volume are
hundreds of the best photographs and maps from dozens of sources,
1269. ORIGINAL FABRIC FORM THE CURTISS NC-4 - THE FIRST many of them previously unpublished. Captions are by leading Apollo
TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHT A 2” x 2” piece piece of fabric removed from 11 experts, explaining the history and science behind the images, citing
the first plane to make a trans-Atlantic flight in 1919, the Curtiss NC-4. The the mission log and publications of the day, and post-flight astronaut
plane commanded by Albert C. Read took 19 days to fly from Rockaway interviews. Limited to 1969 copies in two editions, each copy includes a
Beach, New York to Lisbon Portugal. The plane is now part of the collection Plexiglas-framed archival-quality print showing Aldrin standing upon the
of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington and this fabric moon’s surface. This shot of Aldrin walking on the moon is the definitive
was removed during restoration of the plane. The fabric has been affixed image of the Apollo 11 mission. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, the
to a folio sheet bearing in image of the plane and explanatory text. Simply original photographic materials have been restored to the highest possible
matted and ready for framing. standards. English language edition No. 1-1969, this being no. 105, still in
$100-150 the original shipping cardboard box.
of fabric removed from the first plane to make a non-stop transcontinental
flight, the Fokker T-2. The plane, piloted by Oakely G. Kelly and John A.
Macready took 26 hours to travel 2,470 miles from Roosevelt Field, Long
Island to Rockwell Field in San Diego. The plane is now part of the collection
of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington and this fabric
was removed during restoration of the plane. The fabric has been affixed
to a folio sheet bearing in image of the plane and explanatory text. Simply
matted and ready for framing.
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1272. BUZZ ALDRIN (b. 1930) American astronaut and pilot of the Apollo
11 lunar module who walked the Moon with Neil Armstrong. Printed D.S.
1p. 12mo., [n.p., n.d.], an Apollo 11 “thank you” card sent to well-wishers,
noting: “...We hope that the people of earth are now entering a new era of
peace and common understanding...”. Fine.
1273. BUZZ ALDRIN Southampton (U.K.) postal cover commemorating
the “First Man on the Moon”, canceled July 21, 1979, boldly signed on the
face by Aldrin. Sold with a 1969 Christmas signed by his father, EDWIN E.
1274. BUZZ ALDRIN His book Encounter With Tiber, (New York: Warner
Books) 1996. 564pp. 8vo., hardcover with dustjacket. Signed in blue ink on
the title page. Fine.
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1275. SCOTT CARPENTER (b. 1925) American astronaut, America’s
second man in space. Fine S.P. 8” x 10” color, a great standing shot of
Carpenter in space suit. Boldly signed at top right in black marker and in
very fine condition.
COLLINS (b. 1930)
pilot for the Apollo 11
mission. Excellent S.P.
8” x 10” color, shows
Collins in a space suit
with his hand resting
upon his helmet, with
a photo of the moon in
the background. Boldly
signed in blue ink, fine.
1277. CHARLES DUKE (b. 1935) American astronaut who flew on the
Apollo 16 mission, one of only twelve to walk on the moon. Superb S.P. 10”
x 8” color, a fantastic shot of Duke on the moon saluting the camera, boldly
inscribed at top in silver ink: “Location location location Charlie Duke Apollo
16”. Very fine.
1278. CHARLES DUKE Superb S.P. 10” x 8” color, a fantastic shot of Duke
on the moon saluting the camera, boldly inscribed at top in silver ink:
“Location location location Charlie Duke Apollo 16”. Very fine. $75-100
(1923 - 1998) American
astronaut, a member
of the Mercury team
and the first American
in space. Signed book,
Shepard’s account of the
race to the Moon, Moon
Shot, (Atlanta: Turner
Publishing), 1994. First
edition, 384pp. 8vo., with
dust jacket. Boldly signed
in black marker on the
tiotle page. Fine.
Ink signature on a doily
from a Howard Johnson’s
restaurant. What could
be more American? Verg
1286. JOHN YOUNG (b.
1930) American astronaut
who walked on the moon
three times in the Apollo
16 mission; also the first man to fly into space six times. Fine S.P. 10” x 8”
color, a great shot of Young walking on the moon next to the L.E.M., boldly
signed in silver ink: “John Young 9th man on the moon Apollo 16”. Fine
1287. JOHN YOUNG Fine S.P. 10” x 8” color, a great shot of Young walking
on the moon next to the L.E.M., boldly signed in silver ink: “John Young 9th
man on the moon Apollo 16”. Fine condition.
1279. JAMES LOVELL (b. 1928) American astronaut who served as pilot
on the Gemini 7 and 12 missions, Apollo 8, and on the ill-fated Apollo
13 aborted mission. His bold signature on the verso of a postcard for a
Washington, D.C., hotel. With ink identification noting the signature was
obtained on Apr. 2, 1969. A nice, early example prior to his history-making
flight just a year later. Fine condition.
1280. JAMES LOVELL Signed book, his account of the Apollo 13 mission,
Lost Moon, (New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.), 1994. 378pp. 8vo. with
pictorial dust jacket. Nicely signed in black ink on the title page. Fine
1281. GEORGE M. LOW (1926 - 1984) Austrian-born scientist and NASA
administrator, manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office (ASPO)
responsible for directing the changes to the Apollo spacecraft necessary to
make it flight worthy. NASA Deputy Administrator and one of the leading
figures in the early development of the Space Shuttle, the Skylab program,
and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. I.S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a chest, up portrait
signed and dated 1969. Fine.
1282. EDGAR MITCHELL (b. 1930) American astronaut who took part
in the Apollo 14 mission in which the uplands region north of the Fra
Mauro crater on the Moon was explored by Mitchell and Commander Alan
B. Shepard, Jr. Fine S.P. 10” x 8” color, an official NASA portrait showing
Mitchell standing before a backdrop honoring Apollo 14. Boldly signed at
bottom margin in black: “Best wishes Edgar Mitchell Apollo 14”. Fine.
cover honoring Apollo IX, postmarked Mar. 13, 1969, signed by Lunar
After launching on March 3, 1969, the crewmen spent ten days in low Earth
orbit. They performed the first manned flight of a LM, the first docking and
extraction of a LM, two spacewalks, and the second docking of two manned
spacecraft. The mission proved the LM worthy of manned spaceflight.
Further tests on the Apollo 10 mission would prepare the LM for its ultimate
goal, landing on the moon. Fine
1288. JOHN YOUNG Fine S.P. 10” x 8” color, a great shot of Young walking
on the moon next to the L.E.M., boldly signed in silver ink: “The Descartes
Highlands John Young Apollo 16 CDR”. Fine.
1289. APOLLO ASTRONAUTS Signed book Apollo, by Alan Bean, (Shelton:
Greenwich Workshop Press), 1998. A collection of Bean’s space-oriented
paintings, signed by ALAN BEAN on page 15 beside an image of himself,
adding: “Apollo 12”, also signed by EDGAR MITCHELL adding Apollo 14
LMP on title page, and by GUENTER WENDT on adding “Pad Leader” on
the half-title page. Fine.
1290. ASTRONAUTS Lot of three signatures of American astronauts,
includes Apollo veterans JAMES LOVELL and CHARLES DUKE, along with
a signature of JOHN GLENN which has been inexplicably “slabbed” by an
alleged “authentication” company between two sheets of plastic so thick the
new owner will need dynamite to separate them.
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1291. RUSSELL L. SCHWEICKART (b. 1935) American astronaut who made
first manned test of L.E.M. during the Apollo 9 mission. I.S.P. 8” x 10” color,
a fine copy of a NASA image of the astronaut on heavy stock, signed in
black ink. Fine.
photos, each 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”, mounted printed images of ANDRIAN
NIKOLAYEV (b. 1929) Russian cosmonaut who flew on Vostok 3 and
became the third Russian in space, and PAVEL POPOVICH, Russian
cosmonaut who flew on Vostok 4 becoming the fourth Russian in space.
Both photos are tied by the signatures to the mounts. Fine.
stranger and rarer space collectibles obtainable, a carton of cigarettes
officially issued to commemorate the Apollo/Soyuz mission and American/
Soviet cooperation in space. The unopened carton of twenty packs was
issued jointly by Philip Morris and a Soviet counterpart, Glavtabak and was
manufactured at the “Yava factory” in Moscow. Appealingly packaged with
an image of spacecraft of both countries with text in both Russian and
English. Very good condition.
1297. JAY COOKE (1821 - 1905) American banker whose marketing of
government bonds was essential for the financial support of the Union.
Cooke was later quite active in railroad and mining ventures. Partly-printed
D.S. “Jay Cooke Trustee”, 12 1/2” x 7 3/4”, New York, Dec. 1, 1876, an
engraved stock certificate for 100 shares in the Northern Pacific Railroad
Company, Certificate #B674, issued to Cooke and boldly signed by him
on verso. Fine engraving of a steam locomotive near center, and a bust
of FredericK Billings beneath. Punch cancels affect nothing on this fine
1298. THOMAS LIPTON (1850 - 1931) British merchant and yachtsman
who made his fortune importing tea from his plantations in Ceylon. A very
attractive item, a gold-embossed and hand-painted menu for a dinner held
in honor of Lipton, Nov. 1, 1906 at the Boston Yacht Club. Lipton signs on
verso adding “...London”. Fine condition.
Fine Russian award certificate issued
on the twentieth anniversary of
Russian space flight, 4pp. 4to. in
green plastic presentation folder,
unissued, boldly signed within by 13
cosmonauts, including: GHERMAN
Wells Fargo book of tariffs, prices for carriage of goods in cents per 100
pounds between their offices in California for the year 1910, as published in
their “LOCAL TARIFF NO. 26 CALIFORNIA” book, approx. 120pp. large 4to.,
San Francisco, bound in cloth with imprinted title on cover. Of particular
interest is that many of the routes were served only by stagecoach, and
those listings are so-noted. Cover is heavily worn and soiled, contents are
very good.
insurance policy for a cargo
vessel, 1p. folio, Warren, RI,
Mar. 5, 1807, insuring the
vessel Love & Unity for $250
and her cargo for $400 for
a voyage from Charleston,
S.C. to the Bahamas, signed
Charles Wheaton. Silked,
toned at folds. We found
two records for vessels of
the same name: one was
notorious for a slow-transAtlantic passage in which
two-thirds of the immigrant
German passengers died of
starvation, the other was a
slave trading vessel.
1295. PIERRE SAMUEL DUPONT DE NEMOURS (1739 - 11817) French
nobleman, economist and government administrator, father of ELEUTHERE
IRENEEE DU PONT, the founder of E. I. DuPont de Nemours (“Dupont”),
founder of one of America’s greatest business dynasties. Partly-printed
D.S. on letterhead of the Administration of Hospices and Aid, Paris, July 31,
1812, an announcement of an appointment. Very good.
1296. BERNARD BARUCH (1870 - 1965) American businessman and
statesman and a close personal adviser to Franklin D. Roosevelt. T.L.S. on
his personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., New York, Aug. 8, 1960, in part”...I would
be less than human if I were not greatly pleased by your generous and
gracious letter of July 4th...”. Sold with: ARMAND HAMMER (1898-1990)
American business manager and owner, most closely associated with
Occidental Petroleum, known as well for his art collection, philanthropy,
and for his close ties to the Soviet Union. T.L.S. on his personal letterhead,
1p. 4to., Los Angeles, May 1, 1988 to Rep. William Natcher sending a
report from a peace conference he had organized, “Seven Years of Progress
Toward a World at Peace” and mentioning its value “as we approach the
Moscow summit”. Two pieces, fine.
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1301. RUSSIAN BONDS Lot of three printed Russian bonds, ea. 1p. sm.
folio, 1898-1903, various denominations and purposes, some appear to
be financing railroads, all in good condition.
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Signed galley proofs and printed copies of Stephen King’s rarest work
horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and many have been adapted into feature films, television
movies and comic books. An extraordinary grouping of perhaps the rarest signed printing of King’s work, the uncut, unnumbered galley proofs for his
unfinished novel The Plant, signed by King, along with the corresponding Parts Two and Three of the novel, Part Two also signed. Besides the galley
proof being unique, these are the rarest of King’s printed works. They were printed on his private press, Phitrum Press, and represent the author’s only
unfinished project. And it will remain unfinished, as he believed it too closely resembled “The Little Shop of Horrors”. It has never been reprinted in any
form, nor will it likely be reprinted. Instead, King chose to bind his work in progress in three stages and send it as an alternative to a Christmas card to
select friends in 1982, 1983, and 1985. Only 226 copies of each volume were ever created, making this easily King’s rarest work. The eleven pages of
the complete galley proofs are each 25” x 7 1/2”, and are hand-numbered “R-37” to “R-48” at lower left. Each page includes three pages of what would
become the final printing, although page 4 is trimmed at bottom. This printing, as a proof, is of course unnumbered, and has been boldly signed in full
by King at the top of the first page. Also present is a designed proof of Part Two of The Plant, (Bangor: Philtrum Press) 1983, 36 numbered pages, 8vo.,
unnumbered, signed by King in black ink on the half-title page, and a designer proof of Part Three of The Plant (same location and press), 1983, 56
numbered pages, 8vo., unnumbered, (not signed). All three pieces are in very fine condition. Likely the finest Stephen King signed publications obtainable.
With appraisal from Betts Book Store in Bangor, Maine, specialists in King material.
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1307. ERLE STANLEY GARDNER (1889 - 1970) American mystery writer
and lawyer, one of the most prolific authors, writing over 80 detective
novels featuring the courtroom lawyer Perry Mason. Bold, full signature on
his imprinted autograph card. Fine.
1308. ERLE STANLEY GARDNER Bold, full signature on his imprinted
autograph card. Fine.
1309. ZANE GREY (1875 - 1939) American author of tales of the American
West, including Riders of the Purple Sage. D.S. “Zane Grey”, a check, 2 3/4” x
6”, Los Angeles, CA., Feb. 10, 1937, in his hand drawn on the Security-First
National Bank of Los Angeles, payable to Brounella Baker, Grey’s secretary
and companion, for $50. Matted and ready for framing. Fine. $75-100
1310. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES (1809 - 1894) American man of
letters; a poet, novelist and doctor who wrote “The Poet at the BreakfastTable” and “Old Ironsides.” Two signed items, includes an A.L.S. 1p. 8vo.,
Boston, May 4, 1883 thanking a friend for sending flowers: “...They came
in absolute perfection and called up a perfume of gratitude which I cannot
send on this leaf, but which fills the chambers of my heart......your most
kind remembrance, makes life bright and sweeter while the flowers last
and longer...”. Matted with an engraved portrait, 4 1/4” x 6” (sight), with a
full signature carefully mounted beneath. Both matted and set in the same
1311. ALDOUS HUXLEY (1894-1963) English novelist and critic most
remembered for his prophetic tale of the future Brave New World. S.P. 4”
x 6” b/w, a candid chest, up portrait showing the author writing at his
desk, boldly signed and dated 1946. Sold with a signature of fellow author
ROMANELLI An exquisite piece of historic art, the death mask of Italy’s most
famous poet, DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265–1321) with official (Palazzo Vechio)
seal, further embellished by noted Italian sculptor RAFFAELLO ROMANELLI
(1856-1928), mounted against a fine painted background with an ornate gilt
gesso frame and finished oak glass case. The death mask is adorned above
and below with a cap and cloak sculpted and painted red by Romanelli. It
is mounted before a circular sky-colored background edged with black
SUL.DI.LUI.CADAVERE.IN.RAVENNA.L’ANNO.1321” (“Effigy of Dante Alighieri
from a mask formed on his corpse in Ravenna in 1321”). The mask and
its background are in turn set into a large, elaborate gilt gesso frame with
cherubs in the corners, with the entire assemblage mounted withing an oak
and glass display case. The bottom of the case bears the painted notation:
FREDIANO 82 FLORENCE”. Overall dimensions 29”W x 34”T x 12”D. There
are slight separations of the edge of the frame from the flat gily pieces, due
only to handling, with a few tiny areas of flaking to painted surfaces - all
easily retouched - else in fine condition and a magnificent display. Raphaello
Romanelli, from a family of famous sculptors, was educated at the Florence
Academy. His works include the Monument to Carol I of Romania, located
at Peles Castle, a monument to Czar Alexander II in Russia, the bust of
Benvenuto Cellini on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, and the equestrian
Garibaldi Monument in Siena, Italy. Raffaello also created the 1927 bust of
Dante Alighieri on Belle Isle Park in Detroit and the bronze portrait of General
Louis Botha which stands outside Parliament in Cape Town. $2,000-3,000
1304. COUNTEE CULLEN (1903 - 1946) Black American poet and a leader
in the Harlem Renaissance. His first book, a collection of poetry, Color,
Harper & Bros., New York, 1925, signed on the front flyleaf: “Very cordially,
Countee Cullen Kearney, July 25, 1932”. Spine a bit abraded, else very
1305. CHARLES DICKENS (1812 - 1870) English novelist, author of Oliver
Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and David Copperfield. Fine subscription and
signature: I am dear sir Faithfully yours, Charles Dickens”. Fine condition,
framed with an early engraving. Ex. B. Altman’s
1306. T. S. ELIOT (1888 - 1965) THOMAS S. ELIOT, British poet, critic and
Nobel Prize winner, some of his works were adapted for the stage, such as
“Cats”. A.Q.S. on a small white card: “Love & Christmas Greeting from Tom
Eliot”. Fine. Mounted on gilt mounting with black and gold and black felt
mat, with reproduction portrait.
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From King’s press, one of 200 copies
reserved for the author
1312. STEPHEN KING Exceptionally rare signed book, King’s Six Stories,
(Bangor: Philtrum Press 1997). 197pp. 8vo., paperback. One of 200 copies
reserved for King, bears his bold signature and Roman numerals in rear
limitation page. Housed in a custom after-market slipcase offered by the
Betts Book Store in Bangor. This collection of six stories includes two that
appeared here for the first time: “L.T.’s Theory of Pets” and “Autopsy Room
Four”. Fine condition.
A signed advance reading copy of
Bag of Bones
1313. STEPHEN KING Advance reading copy of his Bag of Bones, (New
York: Scribner, 1998). 529 numbered pages, 8vo., signed by the author on
the title page. Fine. SOLD WITH: a first edition copy of the same book in fine
condition, with dust jacket. Two pieces.
1314. MORTEN KORCH (1876–1954) Danish writer who wrote populist
stories and romances (123 novels) about rural Denmark. During his
lifetime, he was the most widely read author in Denmark. Lot of four items
includes two A.L.S.s and a partial A.L.S., 3pp. total, Charlottenlund, 192633, untranslated, along with an A.Ms., 2pp. legal folio, possibly discussing
folklore. Very good. $500-600
1315. VACHEL LINDSAY (1879 - 1931) American poet who tramped
throughout the South trading his poetry for room and board, influencing
the revival of oral poetry as an art form. A most attractive item, a large
poster measuring 34” x 27” b/w, showing an illustrated “Map of the
Universe Issues in 1909”, and his poem “The Queen of Bubbles”, with text
beneath reading: “All my true friends are petitioned to pin this poster on
the parlour wall for fifty years never to be ashamed of it, and to explain
in all its details to the world. ‘The Queen of Bubbles’ was first published in
1904, and the verse written to fit the first design...”, with more fine content
explaining the linking of the map and the poem. Signed at bottom right and
numbered “115” in his hand above a line of fanciful hieroglyphics. Folds, a
small central hole, else in very good condition.
1316. EDWIN MARKHAM (1852-1940) American poet who achieved
phenomenal success with his poem of social protest “The Man With the
Hoe”. Lot of two items, includes an S.P. 4 1/2” x 7 1/2” signed and dated
1936, along with a printed copy of his poem “The Ode to Columbus”, signed
at bottom. Very good.
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Homer discusses his famous work
“To the Rescue”
1317. W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM (1874 - 1965) English novelist and
playwright, author of Of Human Bondage and The Razor’s Edge. Very bold
signature on a card, adding date Jan. 25, 1945. Matted in black with a large
portrait. Fine.
1318. MARTIN ANDERSON NEXO (1869 - 1954) Danish writer, the first
significant Danish author to depict the working class in his writings, and the
first great Danish socialist, later communist, writer. Lot of three A.L.S.s, 5pp.
total, Denamrk and Moscow, 1924-52. Untranslated. Near fine.$200-300
1319. SHAEMAS O’SHEEL (1886 - 1954) was an Irish American poet and
critic. Active in the Irish independence movement, and, in his own words,
“a very ardent communist and a staunch supporter of the Soviet Union”.
Pair of good content A.L.S.s, one signed in full, one with first name alone,
one also with original illustration, 2pp. total, Washington, Sep. 1, 1915 to
his friend “John”. The first letter, on plain letterhead, bears an ink sketch
at top captioned “A Woman of the Shawls”, one of O’Sheel’s works. He
writes, in part: “…in earning your approbation, a poet must satisfy rather
rigid requirements…I don’t know whether The Light Feet of Goats is better
than the Blossomy Bough, or as good, or worse. I fail lamentably whenever
I try to read my own poetry…the sinners, like myself, praise The Field of
Dust…” The second letter, on U.S. Senate letterhead, asks if the previous
letter “will do”, and claims it is his best handwriting. He also names the
publisher of his compilation, The Light Feet. Fine.
1320. GIOVANNI PAPINI (1881 - 1956) Italian journalist, essayist, literary
critic, poet, and novelist. Lot of six A.L.S., 9pp. total, 4to., Firenze, 1927 to
1948, in Italian, all written to maestro Alberto Bimboni in New York, along
with two signed postcard photos. Untranslated, in overall very good to
fine condition.
1321. (RAINER MARIA RILKE) Scarce printing of Rilke’s poetry, Das
Studen-Buch, (Lei[pzig: Insel-Verlag), 1920. 108pp. 8vo., cloth edge to
spine very slightly frayed cover toned at margins, corners bumped and
worn. Three books of his poetry, A Monk’s Life, Pilgrimage, and Povery
and Death. An admirer has added one of his poems in an inscription on
the front flyleaf.
1322. GEORGE SANTAYANA (1863-1952) Philosopher, essayist,
poet, and novelist; best known for his oft-quoted “Those who cannot
remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., New
York, Feb. 2, 1907, on letterhead of The Buckingham hotel to Miss Levy,
declining an invitation to speak, adding: “...These trips to New York have
proved very fatiguing, and I am not myself; never shall I undertake such
a peregrination again. Of course, not being able to address your club, it
would be an imposition to come to dinner and I must beg you to excuse me
from both engagements...I owe you most humble apologies...I really had
no idea what was being done, and it all seems to have been transacted
by magic...”. At the time, Santayana was a professor at Harvard. Boldly
penned and very good.
1323. DALTON TRUMBO (1905 - 1976) American screenwriter and
novelist, one of the “Hollywood Ten” who refused to testify before the
House Un-American Activities Committee. Trumbo won two Academy
Awards while blacklisted. Lot of two related D.S.s signed with his
pseudonym “Peter Flint” (to escape further persecution), includes a 4pp.
legal folio contract, [n.p.], 1959, selling the rights to his screenplay of The
Other Side of the Coin”, sold with a signed carbon of a Nov. 28, 1958 T.L.S.
authorizing an individual to deliver the contract. Very good. $100-150
1324. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS (1865 - 1939) Irish poet and
dramatist. A.Q.S. on a 12mo. card, [n.p., n.d.], a line from his 1914 work
Responsibilities, in full: “’In dreams begins responsibility’ W. B. Yeats Feb.
25, 1920”. Boldly penned and in fine condition, very nicely matted in
marbled paper and grey felt with a photo of Yeats. Responsibilities is one
of Yeats’ best know works, and Franz Kafka used the same quote in one
of his own works.
1325. AUTHORS Lot of nine signatures of prominent authors on seperate
cards, includes: HENRY W. LONGFELLOW (with carte de visite photo,
JOHN GILMARY SHEA and two others, unidentified. Fine.
1326. WINSLOW HOMER (1836 - 1910) American artist, a naturalist
painter who became most famous for his views of the American landscape
and most notably for his seascapes of the Maine coast. Fine content A.L.S.
“Winslow Homer”, 1p. legal folio, [n.p.], Oct. 15, 1896 to art collector and
patron Thomas B. Clarke. Homer discusses his famous painting “To the
Rescue”. In part: “…The size of the canvas of that sketch is 24 x 30. I have
been waiting for the case to be returned to me now from Richards & it just
arrived. I shall send it Monday next. I will write you at that date…Messenger
waiting…”. He adds in his postscript: “Thanks for your other just arrived”.
Very small old archival tape repair on verso, else fine. This letter is cited in
“Winslow Homer”, by N. Cikovsky (Washington, 1995) which ties it to “To
the Rescue”. Copy of relevant text included. “To the Rescue” depicts three
figures rushing to the scene of a shipwreck on the Maine coast, isolated
against a raging sea.
Quoting a price for one of his sculptures
1327. FREDERIC REMINGTON (1861 - 1909) American painter, illustrator
and artist remembered for his works based on western themes, most notably
his sculpture Broncho Buster and his paintings Last Stand and A Dash For
the Timber. A.L.S. mentioning one of his most famous illustrations, 1p. 4to.,
New Rochelle, Jan. 11 [n.y.], to a gentleman, in part: “...Came home from
West - nearly had pneumonia - all right soon - Hiawatha $375 wholesale you
owe me. I am nearly always at home...Will see about Fallencraft [?]...”. Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his acclaimed poem “The Song of Hiawatha” in
1855; Remington in part revived interest in it with his evocative illustrations
created for a deluxe edition for Houghton Mifflin, published in 1900. Fine.
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brass descriptive plaque all set behind a red and black mats which further
bear plastic images of Mickey and Minnie admiring a sketch of one of
the “cannibals” hanging from a tree. Fine. Many claim that Disney was an
anti-Semite and racist, citing the inclusion of the crows in “Dumbo” and
the Uncle Tom-like character in “Song of the South”. He also forbade the
employment of blacks at Disneyland and in the Mousketeers, fearing they
would negatively affect his image.
1328. PABLO PICASSO (1881 - 1973) Spanish painter and sculptor whose
changing, powerful thematic style made him the foremost artist of the 20th
century. An interesting signed item, a colorful circular paper centerpiece,
ca.1960, pictures three stylized flamenco dancers with the legend:
“Souvenir de la CORRIDA” (“Souvenir of the bullfight”), hurriedly signed on
the brown paper verso in blue ballpoint. Wrinkled, else very good. Picasso
was, of course, a great fan of the Spanish bull fights.
Disney approves a vile, racist comic book
APPROVAL An astounding pair of items presenting a Mickey and Minnie
Mouse comic filled with caricatures of black natives and racial epithets. The
strip appeared in the 1932 Mickey Mouse Annual, a compilation of cartoon
strips published by Dean & Son, London with Walt Disney’s approval. A copy
of the 200pp. 8vo. book is included in this lot. The first story, 6pp. in length,
is titled: “A Black Outlook”. In twelve panels it shows the pair of famous mice
fishing on the island of “Washelidoo” with Minnie suggesting: “Let’s eat the
worm, Mickey”. Minnie is kidnapped by a native, awfully caricatured, the
text explaining: “Niggers, or Minnie, could nowhere be found...”. Minnie is
dragged off as she: “Wondered how long these fierce niggers would
chew her...”. The text continues, including more epithets and caricatures,
as the natives are knocked-out by Mickey and the pair return to London
in the beak of a pelican. The book’s spine has been repaired with clear
tape, covers’ edges are worn and bumped, else very good. Accompanied
by an elaborate framed presentation of the same offensive pages removed
from another authentic copy of the same 1932 annual, a sarcastic framed
presentation with the cover, the six pages of cartoons, title page, and
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APPROVAL An astounding pair of items presenting a Mickey and Minnie
Mouse comic filled with caricatures of black natives and racial epithets. The
strip appeared in the 1932 Mickey Mouse Annual, a compilation of cartoon
strips published by Dean & Son, London with Walt Disney’s approval. A copy
of the 200pp. 8vo. book is included in this lot. The first story, 6pp. in length,
is titled: “A Black Outlook”. In twelve panels it shows the pair of famous mice
fishing on the island of “Washelidoo” with Minnie suggesting: “Let’s eat the
worm, Mickey”. Minnie is kidnapped by a native, awfully caricatured, the
text explaining: “Niggers, or Minnie, could nowhere be found...”. Minnie is
dragged off as she: “Wondered how long these fierce niggers would
chew her...”. The text continues, including more epithets and caricatures,
as the natives are knocked-out by Mickey and the pair return to London in
the beak of a pelican. The books spine has been repaired with clear tape,
covers’ edges are worn and bumped, else very good. Accompanied by
an elaborate framed presentation of the same offensive pages removed
from another authentic copy of the same 1932 annual, a sarcastic framed
presentation with the cover, the six pages of cartoons, title page, and
brass descriptive plaque all set behind a red and black mats along with a
photo of Walt Disney. Fine. Many claim that Disney was an anti-Semite and
racist, citing the inclusion of the crows in “Dumbo” and the Uncle Tom-like
character in “Song of the South”. He also forbade the employment of blacks
at Disneyland and in the Mousketeers, fearing they would negatively affect
his image.
1331. LEONARD BASKIN (1922 - 2000) Jewish-American sculptor, artist
and poet, founder of the Gehenna Press and contributing sculptor to the
Roosevelt Memorial in Washington. Lot of four items includes three A.L.S.
signed with first name or “Lenny”: two postcard size, one 4to., ca, 1960.
Various subjects includes an offer to buy a photo after an exhibition: “I think
the price a little steep”; making arrangements to have drawings and prints
picked up; and asking that a “Bresoin” be sent as he expects to purchase
it. Also present is an unrelated postcard A.L.S. by artist IVAN ALBRIGHT,
depicts one of his works. He mentions that his works are at the Chicago Art
Institute and “were not made for home decoration”. Four pieces.$200-300
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1332. DAVID DOUGLAS DUNCAN ((b. 1916) American photojournalist
and among the most influential photographers of the 20th century. He
is best known for his dramatic combat photographs. His book Yankee
Nomad: A Photographic Odyssey, (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York)
Second Edition 1967. 9” x 11 1/2”. 480pp. Inscribed on the half-title page
to film and theater columnist Leonard Lyons: “For Leonard--Just a list of
the trail winding into the past before we met, I wish I might, also embellish
it with artwork. Saludos, David. New York, 5 May, ‘68”. Dust jacket bears
several tears, otherwise in fine condition.
1333. AL HIRSCHFELD (d. 2003) American artist known for his caricatures
of theater and entertainment personalities. Excellent limited edition signed
lithograph of Hirschfeld’s rendering of the rock band Aerosmith, 17” x
23”, no. 181/200 and signed in pencil by Hirschfeld at lower right. Fine
condition. This same image was used on the cover of Aerosmith’s fifth
album, Draw the Line, released in December, 1977. Of his work, Hirschfeld
said: “...The hair and the eyes are crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever crowded so
much hair into one page before. But it makes for an explosive drawing, like
an erupting ventricle, and I also think it captures the lunatic spirit of the
group. This represents the high water mark for long hair on men in this
country. After Aerosmith there was nowhere else to go...”.
(1884 - 1954) American
cartoonist, creator of the
comic strip “Bringing Up
Father” with Maggie and
Jiggs as the beleaguered
husband. Delightful pair of
original signed drawings
of his creations, each
on approx. 4” x 3” cards,
includes a portrait of “Jiggs”
chomping a cigar, dated
1937, and the loving couple
of “Maggie and Jiggs” with a
shamrock behind them. Also
included is a signed 4” x 5” photo of “Dennis the Menace creator HANK
KETCHAM. Fine. Three pieces. $300-400
1335. “MAD” MAGAZINE ARTISTS Signatures and a sketch by two of the
“elder statesmen” of the notorious Mad Magazine on a 4to. sheet of white
coated stock, a self-portrait and signature of HOWARD KURTZ and a
signature of WILL ELDER. Fine.
1336. (ROBERT MOTHERWELL) (1915 - 1991) American painter and a
founder of abstract expressionism, he later adopted a surrealist technique
of automatism. Original candid color photo of the artist reclining outside a
cottage, 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”, sold with a blank sheet of his personal letterhead.
Very good.
1341. GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898 - 1937) American composer and
songwriter in collaboration with his brother Ira, his works include
“Porgy and Bess”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, and “An American in Paris”.
A.M.Q.S. on an 8vo. sheet, two bars of music from Gershwin’s “2nd
Rhapsody”, inscribed to Boaz Piller, a Boston Symphony bassoonist.
He adds: “In memory of many happy days (and nights) in Boston” and
signs in full, adding the date Oct. 15, 1933. Slight show-through from a
signature on verso, else very good. 1931. Gershwin’s Second Rhapsody,
sometimes referred to by its original title, “Rhapsody in Rivets”, was
seldom performed in the twentieth century, and only in recent years has
critical and popular attention turned to the work. Gershwin loved the
piece, and commented: “In many respects, such as orchestration and
form, it is the best thing I have written”. $3,000-4,000
1337. AINSWORTH H. “DOC” RANKIN (1896 - 1954) American army
officer and freelance cartoonist, produced the touring show “This is the
Army” with Irving Berlin. He is also widely believed by comic collectors to
be the anonymous artist nicknamed “Mr. Prolific” who produced nearly
200 pornographic “Tijuana bibles” in the 1930s. Illustrated A.L.S. on his
commercial letterhead, 2pp. 4to., New York [n.d., ca 1930) to a hospitalized
friend. The verso of the friendly letter is composed of three cartoons drawn
by Rankin showing a leggy lady dreaming of aviators, a skywriter, and
the recipient in bad asking that more attractive nurses serve him. Fine.
1338. CHARLES M. SCHULZ (1922 - 2000) American cartoonist and
creator of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. S.P. 4” x
5” color showing the artist seated next to a giant Snoopy doll, boldly signed
in full at bottom. Fine.
1339. MAURICE SENDAK (1928 - 2012) American author and illustrator
of children’s books, including “Where the Wild Things Are”. S.P. 4” x 6” ca.
1987 shows the artist at work at a desk covered with his “creations”, signed
in black ink at bottom. Fine.
1340. “BAMBI” First Disney edition of the 1928 Felix Salten classic, (New
York: Simon and Schuster), 1941. With worn dust jacket which exhibits
chips and some loss along the spine.
1342. HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803 1869) French composer, the first
among the French Romantics, his
works include the “Symphonie
fantastique” and “Te Deaum” and
“Romeo et Juliette”. Oversize A.M.S.S.
“Hector Berlioz”, 9 1/4” x 6 3/4”, seven
bars of unidentified music simply
marked “Adagio”, dated December
1, 1856, and signed “H. Berlioz” with
a large 2 3/4” long signature. A few
trivial toned spots, else very good.
Beautifully triple matted in with a
7 1/2” x 10 1/2” signed engraving
by HERMINE DAVID depicting
Berlioz deep in thought imagining
an orchestra and dancers. Ready for
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1343. CLAUDE-JOSEPH ROUGET DE LISLE (1760 - 1836) French military
officer and composer who in 1792 wrote what was to become the French
national anthem, “La Marseillaise”, originally titled “War Song of the Army of the
Rhine”. A.L.S. 1p. 8vo., Choisy-le-Roi, Feb. 22, 1881 to a Mr. Rousseau, in French.
De Lisle mentions “all my tribulations” and his silence in responding to what
appears to be Rousseau’s request for repayment of a debt, and asks for time for
repayment. Two tiny holes in the text cost a few letters, some soiling and edge
wear, still quite good. $400-600
1344. HOAGY CARMICHAEL (1899 - 1981) American composer of music and
songs, including “Stardust” and “Lazy Bones”. Excellent A.M.Q.S., 7 1/2” x 4
1/4” (sight), four bars from his “Stardust” accomplished in red and blue indelible
pencil and brown ink, also titled and boldly signed in brown ink. Double-matted
in black ink and beige moiré, with a photo of the composer asleep in a director’s
chair. Fine.
1345. NOEL COWARD (1899 - 1973) English actor, author and playwright, he
wrote “Mad About the Boy” and “Some Day I’ll Find You”. Excellent A.M.Q.S., 8
1/2” x 3 3/4”, nine bars of music with lyrics from his “Some Day I’ll Find You”:
“Someday I’ll find you, Moonlight behind you, True to the dreams I’m dreaming”
inscribed and signed in full at top. Triple-matted in marbled paper and gray
and blue felt with a photo of the composer in profile while seated. Fine, ready to
1346. PAUL CRESTON (1906 - 1985) Italian American composer of classical music. Partly-printed D.S. signed in twice, 2pp. 4to., 1942, an ASCAP/
American Composers Alliance form registering a suite for viola and piano written by him in 1938. Very good. $100-150
1347. HOWARD HANSON (1896 - 1981) American composer, conductor, educator, and champion of American classical music, firected the Eastman
School of Music. A.M.Q.S. on a small card, two bars of “Romantic” from his Symphony No. 2, boldly inscribed and signed. Fine.
1348. WILLIAM C. HANDY (1873-1958) American musician and composer
considered “Father of the Blues”, composer of “Memphis Blues” and “St. Louis
Blues”. Fine A.M.Q.S. on a 3 1/8” x 2 1/4” white card, two bars from his
famous “Saint Louis Blues” boldly penned and signed, with additional note:
“I hate to see de end’”. Inscribed at bottom to noted collector Lionel Aucoin.
Triple-matted in marbled paper and maroon and gray felt, ready to frame.
1349. LILLI LEHMANN (1848-1929) German operatic soprano considered
one of the greatest of all time, she gained fame for her Wagnerian roles. Good
musical content A.L.S. 3pp. sm. 8vo., Sept. 5, 1867, to an unknown patron
making arrangements for a performance. In part: “...Madame Sherrington
proposes: Grande Valse of the new opera Romeo and Juliette by Gounod.
Clochette. New song by Molloy. Words by Arthur S. Ketchley, written and
composed expressly for Madame Sherrington...I fear you will be in trouble
with the tenor but if should be so, I have one in reserve who is doing grandly...”.
Light offsetting, mounting remains to verso, overall very good.
1350. HEINRICH SCHLUSNUS (1888 - 1952) Germany’s foremost lyric baritone of the period between World War I and World War II. Fine association A.L.S.
on his personal correspondence card, 1p. 12mo., Berlin, Feb. 19, 1943 to Minister of Propaganda JOSEPH GOEBBELS. He thanks Goebbels for sending
congratulations upon the 25th anniversary of his membership in a Mozart organization. File holes and receiving stamp at top, else very good. $75-100
1351. RICHARD STRAUSS (1864 - 1949) German composer of fifteen operas, including Salome, Der Rosenkavalier and Also sprach Zarathustra. A.L.S.
on his personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Vienna, Feb. 16, 1928 in German, stating that it is not important for his correspondent to get back in touch with him.
File holes in left margin, light soiling, else very good. With portrait.
1352. ARTURO TOSCANINI (1867 - 1957) Italian conductor known for his dynamic interpretations of Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner. Excellent association
I.S.P., 11” x 14 1/4”, a photographic copy of a fine profile sketch of Toscanini, inscribed to fellow Italian conductor “Maestro Renato Bellini and dated April
28, 1936. Very good.
1353. ARTURO TOSCANINI I.S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a fine profile portrait inscribed and signed in his typical red ink, presented to “A. Joseph Geist” and dated
May 16, 1954. Fine, tipped to a period mat.
1354. (RICHARD WAGNER) Carte de visite photographe of the great composer, an oval chest, up image by Pierre Petit, Paris. Fine.
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Entertainment & Sports
An oversized photo signed by Elvis and Priscilla
American singer, “The King of Rock and Roll” whose
gyrations on stage wowed the crowd. His most popular
hits include “Hound Dog”, “Love Me Tender”, and “ Don’t
Be Cruel”. Excellent oversize I.S.P., 11 1/2” x 11 3/4”
glossy color, a promotional shot of Elvis in a white suit
with black vest, inscribed above his printed signature:
“To Stevie and Mark from Elvis”. Presley’s wife,
PRISCILLA PRESLEY” has added her own carefullypenned signature beside that of her husband: “and
Priscilla”. Near fine condition. An ink note on verso
reads in part: “Obtained 7/10/91 from Louis [?] - friend
of road manager Joey Esposito. Stevie and Mark are Joey
Esposito’s nephews”. Joe Esposito was a close friend to
Elvis, Elvis’ biographer, and a member of the Memphis
Mafia. Items signed by Mr. and Mrs. Presley together are
rarely encountered.
WITH SIGNED BOX BOB DYLAN (b. 1941) The most influential
singer and songwriter of his era, Dylan set the example for most
folk singers who followed him. His music has gone through many
transitions, but always retaining the unique soulful style that is his
trademark. Hohner Marine Band harmonica, No. 1896, about 3”
long in original box, the harmonica marked as being in the key
of “C”. The harmonica has been boldly signed by Dylan in black
marker, as has the top of the harmonica box. Accompanied by a
laminated copy of a notarized 1994 Letter of Authenticity by Cesar
Diaz, well-known as Dylan’s guitar and equipment technician (and
so stated in the LOA), mentioning the harmonica “which he played
for a minimum of three sets”. Fine. Diaz has offered several such
harmonicas in the past, hence the copy of his LOA prepared for the
sake of expediency - though the certificate here bears the notary’s
blind-embossed seal evident.
1357. PAUL NEWMAN (1925 - 2008) American actor, Academy Award winner (1986). Superb vintage I.S.P., 8” x 10” b/w, a studio promotional portrait
inscribed: “To Aunt Ruth - who is wonderful. The best to you always. Paul”. Fine.
1358. JAYNE MANSFIELD (1933 - 1967) American actress and model, a leading pin-up girl of her time. Fine S.P. 8 1/2” x 11 1/2” b/w, a glamorous
chest, up pose boldly signed in blue ink. Three small marginal creases, else very good.
1359. MUHAMMAD ALI (b. 1942) American boxer and three time heavyweight champion, stripped of his title for refusing military service. White satin
Everlast boxing trunks with black trim, signed “Muhammad Ali” on the white left front white panel. Fine condition, framed with a photo and brass plaque
which have come loose from their mounts but could easily be reset. With original COA from Stacks of Plaques bearing a photo of Ali signing such a pair
of trunks, numbered 161/500, also bearing signature of the company owner. Fine.
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1360. EDDIE ARCARO (1916 - 1997) American jockey who won more
American classic races than any other jockey in history and is the only rider
to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice. I.S.P. 5” x 7” showing him riding
thoroughbread Nashua, boldly signed. Fine.
concert-used picks from Dylan’s personal concert stash. Originally from
Cesar Diaz, Dylan’s guitar and amplifier technician. Included are three
Fender mediums, one Fender extra heavy, one Gibson 100-year 18941994, and one Jim Dunlop .71mm. Fine.
1361. GEORGE BALANCHINE (1904 – 1983) One of the 20th century’s
most prolific and famous choreographers, called the father of American 1374. DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. AND OTHER LEADING MEN (1909
ballet. Large signature on a 3” x 5” white card, matted with a photo. Very - 2000) American screen star and highly decorated naval officer
$75-100 during World War II. Fine vintage I.S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a serious head and
shoulders pose boldly inscribed and signed at bottom. Fine condition.
1362. “I LOVE LUCY” Ensemble of five signatures of the cast members of Along with MELVYN DOUGLAS, S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a serious pose, signed
the classic television sitcom, all double-matted with a color image of the within a darker portion of the image; BRODERICK CRAWFORD, S.P. 8”
cast.Includes DESI ARNAZ, LUCILLE BALL (“Love Lucy”), VIVIAN VANCE, x 10” b/w, a head and shoulders pose inscribed at left, ink smeared and
WILLIAM FRAWLEY (pencil) and KIETH THIBODEAUX who portrayed “Little in just fair condition; XAVIER CUGAT, S.P. 5” x 7” b/w, a smiling pose
Ricky”. Fine.
$300-400 boldly signed in bright blue ink adding date 1945. Mounting traces to
verso, very good, and LLOYD BRIDGES, bold signature on a small card,
1363. THE BEATLES/PAUL MCCARTNEY’S HAIR Culled from a British
fan’s autograph book, who writes that the hair was given to her by longtime mounted. Five pieces.
national fan club secretary Freda Kelly on July 16th, 1966. Kelly honored
1375. MICK FLEETWOOD (b. 1947) British musician and actor, best
such requests by dipping into her private collection until the mid-60’s. The
known for his role as the drummer and co-founder of the rock band
three strands come with a copy of the fan’s autograph book entry and LOA
Fleetwood Mac. Pair of wood drumsticks 16 1/2” long with a glossy
from the current owner.
white 6” cardboard wrapper boldly signed in black marker. Fine.
1364. YELLOW SUBMARINE ANIMATION CELL #11 Two sets of hand- painted, escaping legs from below the knees measure 8” x 8.5” on a 16” x
12.5” cell. Scene placement details written along lower border reads: Sc 31 1376. MICK FLEETWOOD Pair of wood drumsticks 16 1/2” long with a
Part 3 12-C
$150-200 glossy white 6” cardboard wrapper boldly signed in black marker. Fine.
1365. YELLOW SUBMARINE ANIMATION CELL #6 The inverted, handpainted John is 2” x 3.5” on a 16” x 12.5” cell. Scene placement details written 1377. (AUDREY HEPBURN) ROBERT “BOB” WILLOUGHBY (1927along lower border reads: SOM A pegs SC18 J7. Very good. $150-200 2009) American photographer, photographed Judy Garland during the
filming of A Star is Born. Signed book, Audrey Hepburn, a compilation
1366. INGRID BERGMAN (1915 - 1982) Leading American dramatic actress of his photographs of the beautiful starlet, (Paris: Taschen), 280pp. 12”
and star of “Casablanca” and “Joan of Arc”. A.L.S. penned on both sides of a x 15 1/4”, first limited signed edition, no. 883/1,200 signed on the
postcard, Rome, Dec. 14, 1950: “For once I’ll remember to send you holiday front limitation page. In slipcase. Cloth spine lightly soiled and slightly
greetings...” and doing so. With an 8” x 10” portrait. Very good.$150-200 bumped, clamshell case a bit more soiled, else in fine condition.
1367. THE BRADY BUNCH Attractive S.P., 14” x 11”, an artist’s rendition
of the Brady children, signed by all six: MAUREEN MCCORMICK, BARRY 1378. KATHARINE HEPBURN (1909-2003) American actress and
WILLIAM, SUSAN OLSEN, EVE PLUMB, CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT and MIKE Academy Award winner who was perfect playing opposite co-star
LOOKINLAND. Stamped “PROMO ONLY” at lower-right, else fine. WITH a Spencer Tracy. Fine inscribed program to her 1976 play “A Matter of
seperate S.P. 8” x 10” color signed by ANN B. DAVIS. $150-200 Gravity”, approx. 30pp. large 4to., bearing many fine photos of the great
star on the cover and within. Fine.
1368. JOHNNY CASH (1932-2003) American country music and rock
music singer and songwriter and the husband of June Carter Cash. Very 1379. MICHAEL JACKSON (1958-2009) American pop star and actor
early full signature cut from a guest book, along with that of his wife, JUNE who started his career with The Jackson 5 and went on to global fame.
$100-150 S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a later printed head and shoulders shot, boldly signed
in gold ink. With COA from MJJ Productions, fine condition. $100-150
scarce signature on an unusual item from the late singer-songwriter and 1380. MICHAEL JACKSON Rare signed program, approx. 50pp. 4to., the
humanitarian. This nickel-plated album stamper, the same as those used to program for Jackson’s September 7 and 10, 2001 concerts at Madison
create platinum record awards, was signed by Harry Chapin in black magic Square Garden billed as his “30th Anniversay Celebration: The Solo
marker after his appearance at a Rockages collectors convention in New Years”, signed in black marker on the cover beneath his portrait. Multiple
York City, circa 1980. During the brief appearance, he took questions from photos of Jackson as well as his fellow performers, as well as testimonials
the audience, spoke about his quest to end world hunger, and played a and thanks from Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Clive Davis, and others
couple of songs. For a donation, he was willing to sign autographs. This within. Contrast fair to good, near fine. With Gottahaveit! COA. signed metal stamper has been mounted to a 20.5” x 16” backing matte, $200-300
and an album jacket for Chapin’s “Heads & Tales” album, which includes the
classic hit single, “Taxi.” Ready for framing. 20.5 x 16”.
$200-300 1381. EMIL JANNINGS (1886 - 1950) German actor awarded the
Academy Award for his role in “The Way of All Flesh (1927) and a co-star
1370. JACK DEMPSEY (1895 - 1983) “Manassa Mauler”, American boxing with Dietrich in “The Blue Angel”. Fine S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” b/w, a chest,
heavyweight champion and one of the greatest of all time. Lot of two signed up pose with cigarette holder, boldly signed at bottom. Fine.$100-150
images, the first a color postcard image of James M. Flagg’s famous painting
of Dempsey knocking out Willard, boldly signed on verso, and the same 1382. JENNIFER JONES (1919 – 2009) American Oscar-winning actress
image on Dempsey’s restaurant menu, signed in 1969 (faded). $150-200 for her performance in the 1943 The Song of Bernadette, nominated five
times for an Academy Award. Glamorous, early S.P., 8” x 10”, a sultry
1371. JOE DIMAGGIO (1914-1999) Baseball Hall of Famer, a legendary
bust portrait signed in blue ink at bottom. Very good.
member of the N.Y. Yankees, dubbed “Joltin’ Joe” and “The Yankee Clipper”,
he hit safely in 56 consecutive games, married Marilyn Monroe and had 1383. GRACE KELLY (1929 - 1982) Beautiful American actress who
the highway running the length of West Manhattan renamed in his honor. gave up her film career to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. S.P.
Baseball Hall of Fame gold plaque card, boldly signed at top in blue ink. 4” x 6” b/w, a chest up pose signed “Grace de Monaco”. Tiny puncture at
Sold with a 1986 program for a Seattle sports convention where DiMaggio
center barely detracts, else very good to fine.
appeared as a signer. Fine.
1384. GENE KELLY Fine S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a great image of Kelly in rain
1372. JAMES DOOHAN (1920 - 2005) American character actor, portrayed
coat and umbrella, evocative of “Singing in the Rain”, boldly signed and
“Scotty” in the orioginal Star Trek television series. His autobiography Beam
Me Up, Scotty, (New York: Pocket Books), 1996. Paperback, 216pp. 8vo.,
shows Doohan in character on front cover. Signed in green ink on the title
page. Very good.
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LARSEN (b. 1929) Yankee pitcher who hurled a no-hitter in Game
5 of the 1956 World Series to defeat the Dodgers and win a place
in history. Named the MVP of the Series by Sport magazine, Larsen
received a Corvette. Offered here is Larsen’s 1959 State of California
Registration Card for that Corvette, plate number HZM 688, for
which he paid a $36 fee. Also included is Larsen’s 1958 checkbook,
made out by his wife Corrine with some entries in his hand, making
a variety of payments including alimony, payments to his mother,
Baseball Players, Assoc., etc. Fine.
1386. VIVIEN LEIGH (1913 - 1967) English film actress best known
for her Academy Award-winning role as Scarlett in Gone With the
Wind. Vintage S.P. 4” x 6” b/w, a side profile image of Leigh in role
in an unidentified film, lightly signed at lower right. Mounting traces
on verso, signature about a 4/10, estimated accordingly.
1387. MICKEY MANTLE (1931-1995) Yankee Hall of Famer who
hit 536 home runs and was a Triple Crown winner and three-time
M.V.P. His book My Favorite Summer 1956, (New York: Doubleday)
1991, first edition. 250pp. 8vo., with fine dust jacket. Boldly signed
in black ink on the half-title page. Fine.
1397. CHARLES MINGUS (1922 - 1979) American jazz bass player,
the first to exploit the bass as a solo instrument. Mingus was a major
influence in jazz in the Fifties and Sixties, and his work remains most
influential today. Rare, partly-printed D.S. “Charles Mingus”, 1p. 4to.,
[n.p.], Jan. 12, 1973, an American Federation of Musicians contract
engaging Mingus to appear at Detroit’s “Strata Concert Gallery” on
February 13-18 for two or three shows per evening, for which Mingus
would receive a $3,000. The contract also stipulates that the employer
would provide a “grand piano tuned to A440 pitch”. Nicely signed by
Mingus at bottom, also signed by his employer, Ron English of Allied
Artists. Staple holes at top, else very good.
1398. ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY (d. 1996) American actress remembered
for her role as a witch on “Bewitched”. Attractive S.P., 8” x 10” color, a candid
pose signed at top in green ink with only good contrast. Matted.
1399. WILLIE MOSCONI (1913 - 1991) American billiards champion and
trick-shot specialist, considered one of the greatest pool players.A neat
Mosconi item, an official size and weight number “15” pool ball boldly
signed in full by Mosconi in gold sharpie. Very good. From the Goldberg
sale of Mosconi’s personal effects consigned by his widow, Flora Mosconi,
April, 2005.
1388. MICKY MANTLE Excellent I.S.P. 8” x 10” color, shows the 1400. PAUL NEWMAN (1925 - 2008) American actor, Academy Award
slugger in Yankee pinstripes three-quarter length, boldly inscribed winner (1986). Large, bold signature “Paul Newman” beneath his portrait
and signed in blue marker. Fine.
$200-300 on a biographical page contained within the 16pp. 9” x 12” illustrated
program for Elia Kazan’s Broadway production of Sweet Bird of Youth”. The
1389. JAYNE MANSFIELD (1933 - 1967) American actress and Tennessee Williams play would be made into a film starring Newman in
model, a leading pin-up girl of her time. Bold blue ink signature 1962. Very good.
on a portion of a promotional handout from Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
casino. Fine.
$100-150 1401. PAUL NEWMAN Fine casual I.S.P., 10” x 8” b/w, a portrait boldly inscribed
and signed in black marker. Tiny edge tear, else very good.
1390. JAYNE MANSFIELD Signed program for a 1966 theater
production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” at the Shady Grove Music 1402. PAUL NEWMAN Fine I.S.P., 8” x 10” b/w, a great vintage portrait
Fair, Gaithersburg, Md., signed “Love Jayne Mansfield” on the front inscribed in blue ballpoint: “To Aunt Ruth with very best wishes Paul
cover. Slight brush to signature else very good.
$100-150 Newman”. Some tape remnants and thinned paper intrude just below top
margin but would easily mat out. Sold with a later I.S.P. of his future wife.
1391. ZEPPO MARX (1901 - 1979) American comedian and the JOANNE WOODWARD, 8” x 10” b/w, also inscribed to “Ruth”, partially
“straight man” in many Marx Brothers films. He was later a successful traced-over with a light horizontal crease. Two pieces
theatric promoter. Good dealer lot of ten partly-printed D.S.s, each
1p. oblong 12mo., Los Angeles, 1972-73, his imprinted business 1403. LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (1935 - 2007) Operatic tenor considered the
checks making a variety of payments. Each boldly signed by Zeppo greatest of his time, comparable to Caruso. 1982 program for a concert
at bottom. Very good, with punch cancels well clear of signature. given by Pavarotti in honor of Dr. ALBERT SABIN, Charleston, DC, 4pp. sm.
$150-200 folio, signed on the cover by the great tenor beneath his portrait, also signed
by Sabin, who developed the polio vaccine. Signed by an unidentified third
1392. ZEPPO MARX Good dealer lot of nine partly-printed D.S.s, individual as well. Fine.
each 1p. oblong 12mo., Los Angeles, 1972-73, his imprinted
business checks making a variety of payments. Each boldly signed 1404. “PLABALL” BASEBALL PINBALL GAME Antique “PLABALL” baseball
by Zeppo at bottom. Very good, with punch cancels well clear of pinball game, 18 1/2” square, wood construction with green painted
$100-150 surface dotted with nails which would impede and redirect a marble or ball
which a shooter would eject from a metal launcher at bottom. Outs and
1393. ZEPPO MARX Lot of ten signed checks drawn on his personal hits would be recorded from the final resting place of the ball. This model,
business account, Los Angeles, 1970-73, each nicely signed in blue ca. 1930 or earlier, precedes the 1932 version which bore an image of Lou
ink and very good.
$100-150 Gehrig and was endorsed by him - the only game he would ever endorse.
Dusty, missing supports on underside, else very good.
1394. WILLIE MAYS (b. 1931) Baseball Hallof Famer who clubbed
660 home runs and 3,283 hits with a career average of .302. Lot of 1405. “POCAHONTAS” LIMITED EDITION “EMPLOYEES-ONLY” CEL Walt
two signed items by the immortal slugger, 4” x 12” advertisements Disney Company limited edition hand-painted cel issued in commemoration
cut from magazines and picturing Mays, one for Beech-Nut gum of the 1995 feature film Pocahontas, framed to 23 1/2” x 16 1/2”, a “handbearing a comic strip showing him making a fantastic catch in the painted character cel set-up...created for employees only” , no. 49 from a
outfield and throwing a runner out at home, the second for Fortune total of only 79 such cels produced. From the scene: “You can paint with all
$100-150 the colors of the wind...”, the cell is fine, double-matted and framed in gold
shoes, both boldly signed in blue ink and fine.
wood, with Disney COA.
1395. PATRICK MCGOOHAN (1928 - 2009) American actor on
stage, screen, and television, notably in Secret Agent and The 1406. “THE QUIET MAN” CANDID PHOTOS Good lot of 25 photos, each
Prisoner, which he co-created. Lot of two posters, each about 2 1/2” x 3” b/w, candid images taken by prop man John Houston during
11” x 15”, one color, both promoting the classic Disney film The the filming of “The Quiet Man” in Ireland in 1952. Maureen O’Hara and John
$75-100 Wayne are shown in two photos each, the balance including images of the
Scarecrow. Fine.
filming at a train station, on a beach, cast and crew, etc. Very good.
1396. ADOLPHE MENJOU (1890-1963) American film actor, star $200-300
in A Star is Born, Little Miss Marker, and others, name patron of the
Menjou moustache and a cousin of author James Joyce. Large bold 1407. TEX RITTER (1907 - 1974) Popular country and western singer,
$40-60 winner of an Academy Award for his title song for High Noon. Lot of two
signature on a white card, mounted. Fine. signed items, a badly creased vintage photo signed on the verso, and a
signature on a small sheet.
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From Sinatra’s earliest night club performances
Taxi Driver has long been regarded as a cinematic milestone, and Robert
DeNiro’s portrait of a trigger-happy psychopath with a mohawk is widely
believed to be one of the greatest performances ever filmed. Time
magazine includes the film in its list of 100 Greatest Movies. This fine 11
1/2” x 17 3/4” 328pp. issue by Taschen is a stunning collection of beautiful
photographs taken by set photographer Steve Shapiro which depict much
of the action of the film and candid, behind-the-scenes shots. It begins
with a foreword by director Scorsese, written in 2010. Signed by Shapiro,
limited edition no. 542/1,200, in custom clamshell box, new condition,
with original packaging. This book now retails for well in excess of
1415. FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT (1932 - 1984) French film director,
screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic. Scarce T.L.S. on his personal
letterhead, 1p. 4to., Paris, Sep. 5, 1979, in French. Truffaut is pleased that
his correspondent appreciated Andre Bazin’s “Cinema of the Occupation
and of the Resistance”, and discusses the foreign rights to the work. He
also states that “The Children of Paradise”, a French film, was made during
the occupation - a not entirely accurate statement. Very good. $100-150
1416. LORETTA YOUNG (1913-2000) American Academy Awardwinning actress best remembered for her title starring role in The Bishop’s
Wife. S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a repro of a close-up portrait, nicely signed. Fine.
1408. FRANK SINATRA (1915-1998) American singer and actor and a
widely-popular sensation during his entire fifty year career. Rare vintage
S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 3/4”, a promotional picture postcard from the nightclub
“Riobamba” in New York, the first night club Sinatra would appear at
following his leaving Tommy Dorsey, signed in blue in: “Sincerely Frank
Sinatra”. Sinatra would of course draw a full house at every performance.
Sold with two Sinatra promotional items, one a small stub from an
appearance at the “Roll Call of the Nation” held on Election Day, Nov. 2,
1945, the second a vintage membership card in “Our Choice The Voice” Fan
Club. Three pieces.
In-person signatures of
the greatest names in Blues
1417. BLUES GREATS SIGNED FOLDER Leather folder signed by some
of the greatest blues and soul singers of our time, the signatures (some
inscribed) gathered by a lady employed by the Bush administration for a
Bicentennial Presidential Inaugural concert in Washington. The light brown
leather folder, 10” x 12”, has been signed by 17 musicians including:
1409. FRANK SINATRA Fine vintage Sinatra signed item, a 8” x 12” menu some wear from handling, else very good. Vaughan’s signature is fine. Sold
from New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel picturing Sinatra on the cover who with a large vintage red AC/DC banner, possibly related.
was appearing in the establishment’s Wedgewood Room. Sinatra has placed
a full blue ink signature above his portrait. A few light scuffs, else very 1418. EARLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL Early football reference in a 6pp.
$600-800 8vo. letter from a University of Virginia student (identified only by initials),
Nov. 27, 1892. In part: “…foot-ball team went to Atlanta, Ga, to play our
1410. JAMES STEWART (1908 - 1997) American film actor, star of “Harvey” most formidable foe, the Trinity Tigers last week. They went with a full
and “It’s a Wonderful Life”, among many others. S.P. 4” x 5” b/w, a chest, up determination to wipe the earth with the Trinities and they…won by 46 to
portrait boldly signed in black marker. Fine.
$100-150 4. You know the Trinities kept the UVs from getting Championship of the So.
last session…”. Very good.
(5) The Stones have been at it for 50 years and show no signs of packing it 1419. ELVIS PRESLEY MEMORABILIA Lot of nine items, includes four 45
in. This set of five full, unused tickets spanning FIVE decades will be a fine RPM records and sleeves: “Treat Me Nice”, “Playing For Keeps”, “Return to
addition to any lifelong Stones fans collection! Consisting of: 1) Liverpool, Sender” and “A Big Hunk of Love” (lacks record), along with five 8” x 10” stills
UK, Aug. 10, 1964, 2) Paris June 6, 1976, 3) Nice, France July 21, 1982, 4) from some of Elvis’ many films. Very good.
Dublin, Ireland July 16, 1990, and 5) Toronto, Canada, July 30, 2003. 3.5” x
4.5 to 12” x 3”, fine.
$200-300 1420. ENTERTAINERS AND CELEBRITIES Group of items signed by
prominent (and not so prominent) entertainers and celebrities. Comprised
1412. STONE PONY LIGHTING BOARD On the New Jersey shore, The largely of signed photos, the group includes MAUREEN O’HARA (signature),
Stone Pony is the small nightclub made famous by early appearances of JOHN WILLIAMS, MARLO THOMAS, SOPHIA LOREN, JANE WYATT, JAYNE
Bruce Springsteen, and later Bon Jovi. In the 1970’s, Southside Johnny and MEADOWSM BARRY WILLIAMS, JOAN FONTAINE, ADRIANA CASELOTTI,
the Asbury Jukes was the house band. Of course, music critics, writers, MARIE OSMOND, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, ART LINKLETTER, ELIZABETH
disc jockeys and friends in the industry all know of the spirit and history TAYLOR (likely secretarial), revolting JOAN RIVERS, NORMAN VINCENT
within The Stone Pony. After years of neglect, Asbury Park is finally being PEALE T.Q.S. to counterbalance Rivers, and about three others. May include
recognized as the launching pad and playground for hundreds of rock stars. secretarial examples, sold as a lot.
Now you can own a vintage piece of rock and New Jersey history, in this
lighting board obtained from the famous club. Condition is used, of course. 1421. FILM FEMMES FATALES Lot of six signed photos of film goddesses,
Manufactured by Stage Light Distributors. Shipping on this item may be includes SOPHIA LOREN 8” x 12” color, ANGIE DICKINSON 8” x 10” color,
substantial. Measures 34” x 15” x 8” tall.
$400-600 JANE FONDA 8” x 10” b/w, GINA LOLLABRIGIDA 4” x 5” color, and
BRIGITTE BARDOT, (2 photos) 4” x 5”, one color, one b/w. Fine.$100-150
1413. BARBRA STREISAND (b. 1942) American actress and singer
renowned for the range and strength of her voice, Academy Award winner 1422. GRADE B ACTORS AND ENTERTAINERS Good lot of items signed by
(1968). Spectacular I.S.P., 8” x 10” b/w, a vintage bust portrait of the rising actors largely forgotten by time, and many for good reason. The majority are
star, boldly inscribed and signed in aqua-blue marker. Fine condition - a signed photos, and include RHONDA FLEMING, JUNE LOCKHART, PAULA
rarely seen image.
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ANNIS, CECILIA PARKER, a couple of Bond girls and “Jason” movie actors,
and some better names including MAUREEN O’HARA, MICKEY ROONEY,
AL HIRT, PATRICIA NEAL, and a signature and four album cover slicks
signed by VAN CLIBURN.
Limited edition poster signed by three sports greats, 32” x 24”,
in an image akin to Mount Rushmore and titled: “The All-Time
Leaders”, signed and numbered by artist Locklear. Fine.$150-200
1424. MODERN ACTRESSES Lot of 27 signed photographs of largely
modern actresses, most 8” x 10” color, includes: JUDITH DENCH,
RUTHERFORD, and two others. Fine.
1432. “A BOXING MATCH, IN HAPAEE” Ca. 1785 copperplate
engraving, 5” x 8 1/4”, depicting two Tongan natives boxing before
several seated viewers, after by J. Webber’s original engraving,
engraved by Noble, a contemporary copy of Webber’s plate from
Captain James Cook’s recounting of his voyage to the South Pacific.
The Tongans received Cook with great pleasure, and this boxing match
was one of the entertaining events provided for his amusement. Some
glue residue in right margin, light soiling, else very good. $200-300
created in 1969 commemorating those who attended the historic
music festival which came to be known as “Woodstock”. The poster
bears pink lettering: “We are one WOODSTOCK” and is a collage of
crowd scenes, people passed-out, nude bathers, children, etc. Fine.
Ca. 1930 baseball
game manufactured
by All Fair Toys and
Games, 18” x 24 1/2”
wood frame with
painted tin surface,
patent dated 1921. A
pitcher would project
a ball on the surface
to the batter whose
would strike the ball,
sending it hopefully
into the outfield for a
hit, a hole at top for
a home run, or into a
fielder’s depression
in the tin surface for
an out. Regrettably,
lost, including bat,
“players”, and balls
pasted to underside.
1425. N.Y. JETS VS. N.Y. PLAYBOY BUNNIES Program featuring a
ridiculous line-up for a football game, the World Champion N.Y. Jets
vs. New York Playboy Club “Bunnies”, 4pp. 8vo., Maplewood, NJ, Apr.
3, 1970, signed by Jets EMERSON BOOZER, RANDY RASMUSSEN,
and RANDY BEVERLY. Fine. A surprise that Joe Namath didn’t
1426. OPERA AND THEATER Lot of eight items, includes signatures
HOMER, a form letter signed by HARRY LAUDER, a program signed
in pencil by ERNESTINE SCHUMANN-HEINCK, and an 8” x 10”
signed photo of GIOVANNIA MARTINELLI. Very good. $100-150
18 signed photos (some nude) of various pin-ups, strippers and
actresses with no shame, all but one 8” x 10”. Includes: CANDY
LOVELACE. Also included are signatures of BETTIE PAGE and
SOPHIA LOREN. Overall fine.
1428. SPORTS A group of seven items by sports stars, all S.P.s 8”
x 10” format with one exception, includes: O.J. SIMPSON, PELE,
JONATHAN HAYES (signature on card with separate 8” x 10”),
identified by us. Very good condition. Should be viewed as may
contain secretarial examples.
Janis Joplin and her new band, Full Tilt Boogie, had been on the road
for six weeks when they performed at Albuquerque’s Civic Center on
July 17, 1970. After the tour’s conclusion in mid-August, Joplin began
1429. SPORTS Miscellaneous sports autographs include signed
recording what would prove to be her final album, “Pearl” in September
‘70. With the album not quite completed, she died on October 4 from
ANNIKA SORENSTAM, H.O.F. gold plaque card signed by ERNIE
an accidental heroin overdose. The album would nevertheless become
BANKS, and signatures of BUCK LEONARD and GALE SAYERS.
her biggest success upon release in February ‘70, topping the album
chart for nine weeks, and including the classic, “Me & Bobby McGee.”
On this rarely seen, 9” x 12” handbill are two small pieces missing
1430. STAR TREK Signed t-shirt “Star Trek Lives”, Washington, July, from the top and lower edge, and some water staining along the lower
1976, bears bold black marker signatures of: NICHELLE NICHOLS edge, else very good.
(role of “Uhura”), artist JOHN ELLIS who sketches a “Tribble” in a
low-cut!, and JESCO VON PUTTKAMER (1933-2012) senior NASA
New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson slammed a home run off
manager and engineer, and Star Trek consultant.
Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the
1431. TELEVISION SITCOMS Good lot of 14 items signed by National League pennant. As a result of the “shot”, the Giants won the
stars of early television sitcoms and one-reelers, includes signed game 5-4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series. S.P.
photos of PAULA PRENTISS AND RICHARD BENJAMIN; STANLEY 8” x 10” b/w, shows Thompson following-through on his swing with
LIVINGSTON AND BARRY LIVINGSTON; STANLEY AND BARRY the trajectory of the ball into the stands added in the plate, boldly
TONY DOW, ROBERT YOUNG, and a check signed by JOE DE RITA.
Overall fine.
1437. WORLD SERIES PERFECT GAME Signed photo commemorating
the New York Yankees World Series “perfect” game on Oct. 8, 1956.
Boldly signed by pitcher DON LARSEN who adds the date of the game,
and by his catcher, YOGI BERRA, who adds his uniform number. An
appealing image set in a plastic sleeve mounted to a wood plaque with
brass descriptive plate. Fine.
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Notables & the Notorious!
Includes Guccione’s concept sketch for the
first Penthouse magazine cover
1442. CHARLES W. ELIOT (1834 - 1926) American educator and President
of Harvard University who restructured and improved the university in
many ways. A.L.S. 2pp. 8vo., Cambridge, June 2, 1907 thanking a Mr.
Bridgeman for sending him a bound copy of an address Eliot had given and
commenting on the beauty of Ann Arbor. Framed.
1443. J. EDGAR HOOVER (1895 - 1972) Controversial Director of the F.B.I.
who built the organization into the world’s finest investigative agency. Good
content T.L.S. on FBI letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, Apr. 2, 1938. Hoover
advises a lady that although her “alertness and perspicacity in effecting an
identification” helped the feds nab a wanted criminal, there was no bounty
on his head. Folds and some soiling. Sold with a 1934, pre-FBI secretariallysigned letter sending a booklet on fingerprinting techniques, reading, and
case law (included). Three pieces.
1444. J. EDGAR HOOVER T.L.S. on F.B.I. letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Washington,
June 24, 1939 to Asst. Attorney Gen. Sam Whitaker expressing his happiness
that Whitaker had been nominated to serve on the Federal Court of Claims.
File holes at top, else fine.
1445. CHRISTINE JORGENSEN (1926 - 1989) Controversial recipient of
the first sex-change operation, from man to woman. Her volume Christine
Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography (New York: Paul Erickson, 1967),
hardbound, 332pp., very boldly inscribed on the page opposite half title:
“To Rod Thank you for joining me at Lunch Christine Jorgensen”. Dustjacket
1438. BOB GUCCIONE AND THE FOUNDING OF HIS “PENTHOUSE” a bit worn, else very good.
EMPIRE (1930 - 2010) Founder and publisher of the adult magazine
Penthouse, which very succesfully competed with Hugh Hefner’s Playboy. 1446. CORETTA SCOTT KING (1927 - 2006) American author, activist,
Important early grouping, including a ca. 1955 prototype cover for an adult and civil rights leader, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bold signature on an
magazine as conceptualized by Guccione. The cover, 6” x 7”, is sketched in album page, with a 1968 button mourning the death of her husband. Fine.
pencil and was apparently intended for publication in Italy, or at least to offer that impression. Titled “Il Nudo”, it depicts a blurred nude woman within
a teardrop, with credits in his hand beneath: “PHOTOGRAFIE di ROBERTO 1447. ROSA PARKS (1913 - 2005) American civil rights leader whose refusal
GUCCI ALBUM NO. 1”. Also included is a printed form letter signed “Gucci” in to move to the back of a bus sparked a boycott and led to a concerted civil
blue ink, written under his pseudonym “Robert Gucci”, 2pp. 4to., 41 Carmine rights movement. First day postal cover commemorating the centennial of
St., New York, [Feb. 2, 1955], Guccione sends a snapshot of an obviously the Emancipation Proclamation and picturing the Lincoln Memorial, boldly
nude young model he claims to have painted while in Italy and describes signed across the face in black ink. Fine.
how he could not capture her beauty with a paint brush. Using suggestive
language, he describes how he photographed the lady, and hopes to sell
Pope (1922-1939), signed the Laternan Treaty with Mussolini in 1929
more of her photos, along with those of: “other young, Italian girls”. He
establishing Vatican City, later denounced anti-Semitism, Communism
continues, offering to send a grouping for his correspondent’s approval.
and Nazism in encyclicals. Extraordinarily attractive hand-painted and
With the photo of “Carla”, and return envelope as the letter was sent to
calligraphied D.S. “Pius PP XI” as Pope, 1p. 18” x 26”, Vatican City, July 3,
a prisoner at Leavenworth and rejected by censors. Fine, from Guccione’s
1931, a papal blessing rendered unto one Dr. Jon Carry of St. Patrick’s
estate. It was not until 2011 that it became known that the future porn
Church in Lowell, Mass. At center is a hand-colored portrait of the Pope, and
mogul had started as an anonymous 25 year-old New Yorker mailing out
blind-embossed seal at bottom. Photograph is detached a bit, requiring recandid snaps of naked models. The FBI revealed that he had actually been
affixing to document, else very good condition.
under investigation since 1956 for mailing “obscenity”, and this likely led to
the refusal to grant him a casino license. Fascinating.
$1,000-1,500 1449. WIDOW’S MITES Lot of two “Widow’s mites”, small bronze coin or
1439. CHANG AND ENG BUNKER (1811 - 1874) Conjoined twin brothers
whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term “Siamese
twins”. After appearing in a world tour, they settled down into a private
life and had 21 children between them. Signatures of both as “Chang” and
“Eng” on a 2” x 3/4” slip of paper mounted to the bottom of a period Huffy
lithograph showing the pair full length. Litho bears stains and marginal
tears, signatures have been damped and have faded slightly but remain
entirely and easily legible.
1440. CHARLES E. COUGHLIN (1891 - 1979) Controversial Roman Catholic
priest, a harsh critic of Roosevelt as too friendly to bankers. He began to use
his radio program to issue antisemitic commentary, and later to support the
policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. T.L.S. on his Shrine of the Little
Flower letterhead, 1p. 4to., Royal Oak, Oct. 31, 1932, a form letter thanking
a supporter and sending a copy of a radio broadcast. Fine. $75-100
Catholic priest who founded the orphanage known as Boys Town, which now
also serves as a center for troubled youth. I.S.P. 10” x 8” b/w, warmly inscribed
to Gen. Geoffrey Keyes, George Patton’s top genereal in the invasions of North
Africa and Sicily and adding: “Boys Town, Nebraska March 23, 1948”. Fair
contrast, near fine.
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“prutah” of Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judea from 103 to 76 B.C. This
was the lowest denomination of coinage to circulate during the life of Jesus
and are named after the poor widow mentioned in Luke 21:1-4. Set to the
bottom of an illustrated laminated descriptive card. Two pieces. $75-100
1450. ST. SOPHIA ON THE BOSPHORUS Fine hand-colored copperplate
engraving, “St. Sophia on the Bosphorus”, image size 4 7/8” x 3 1/8”, pub.
June 1, 1832 by J. Murray, sold by C. Tilt, London. Attractive coloring, and a
desireable piece from Byron’s time. Nicely matted and framed. $150-200
1451. RELIC OF ST. DOMINIC Third class relic of St. Dominic, founder of the
Dominican monastic order. This 18th century cloth relic, 48” x 1 1/5” violetdyed cloth, is imprinted in gold with an image of St. Dominc in repose, flowers,
and the legend in Latin: “M. DI S. DOMENICO INSURIAN”. This relic, said to
be “The Measured Length of the Body of St.Domenici in Soriano, Italy” is laid
within a glass and brass reliquary. Overall very good.
1452. GEMS AND MINERALS OF THE BIBLE Mounted samples of fifteen
gems and minerals mounted to a 5” x 7” card which identifies the stone
(some are polished), along with a Biblical citation which specifically mentions
the stone. Included is marble, alabaster, amethyst, beryl, jasper. flint, sulfur,
quartz crystal, coal, galena, hematite, agate, malachite, carnelian and onyx.
A nice gift.
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1453. MOTHER TERESA (1910 - 1997) Yugoslav Catholic nun called
the “Saint of the Gutters” for her work with the poor of Calcutta. Signed
form letter, 1p. 32mo., [n.p.], Nov. 1, 1995, an inspirational message
signed at conclusion, with the future saint’s photo appearing on verso.
1454. GEMS AND MINERALS OF THE BIBLE Mounted samples of
fifteen gems and minerals mounted to a 5” x 7” card which identifies
the stone (some are polished), along with a Biblical citation which
specifically mentions the stone. Included is marble, alabaster,
amethyst, beryl, jasper. flint, sulfur, quartz crystal, coal, galena,
hematite, agate, malachite, carnelian and onyx. A nice gift. $75-100
1460. BOBBIE JOE LONG (b. 1953) American serial killer on death
row in the state of Florida. Long abducted, sexually assaulted, and
murdered at least ten women in the Tampa Bay Area during an eightmonth period. Lot of two A.L.S.s “Bob”, 18pp. total, 4to., written
from prison, 1992-94 to a lady. Discomforting content describing
how much he likes her photographs, mentioning “Life’s so short”,
describing an old girlfriend and her refusal to testify against him, etc.
Long also mentions that he knew Ted Bundy and liked him, states
that all “n_ggers…need killing”, and spends two pages begging the
woman to “open up” to him, adding some sexual innuendoes. The
1994 letter expands on these themes, with much more very depraved
sexual content.
Scarce handbill, 12 1/8” x 6”, [n.p.], ca 1935, promoting an unnamed
“all talking western” featuring “Actual Authentic Pictures” of “Famous
Outlaws Clyde Barrow Terror of the Southwest and his Gun Moll
‘Bonnie’ Parker Modern Tigress, fast shooting, cigar chomping, blood
Jezebel…”. With a photo of Parker holding a shotgun on Barrow. The
Barrow Gang was a popular sensation before and after the deaths of
Barrow and Parker. Small chips at edges and a small tear at top. Fine.
1461. RAMON SALCIDO Convicted mass murderer on death row at
San Quentin State Prison. Convicted of the 1989 knife murders of
seven people, including his wife and two of his daughters. A.L.S. 1p.
4to., [n.p., prison], Apr. 25, 1995 to a lady. In part: “Last month I print
more than a 1000’s Christian tracts with Bible Scriptures. I am trying
to help out a lot of of youth to come out of the drugs, and gangs…so
they can become good Christians. I print it them on english and as well
on spanish…I will mail you more of my drawings…please pray for the
people in Oklahoma…”. Fine.
photo, 8 1/2” x 6 1/2” b/w, showing the bullet-riddled body of Clyde
Barrow on a stretcher and surrounded by a dozen men. The photo,
backstamped by International News Photos, Inc., still bears the paper
caption reading: “5/24/34 CLYDE BARROW KILLED Clyde Barrow, his
body mangled by bullets, as officers take him from the auto in which
he rode to his death near Arcadia, La...Barrow is known to have killed
at least 12 men, has staged hundreds of robberies...”. Very good.
1462. SAM SHEPPARD American neurosurgeon convicted in the 1954
murder of his wife despite his continual denial of any culpability. With
the help of F. Lee Bailey, Sheppard was acquitted twelve years later,
despite the public’s belief that he remained guilty. Sheppard’s case
was the inspiration for the television series and film “The Fugitive”.
His memoirs, Endure and Conquer, (Cleveland: World Publishing
Co.), 1966, first edition. Orange cloth with gilt lettering. Signed by
Sheppard and his second wife on the front flyleaf, with date and place
of signing noted by another beneath. Very good. Sheppard married
Ariane Tebbenjohanns three days after his release from prison.
(1913 - 1976) American gangster who started his career as Bugsy
Siegel’s bodyguard, but said to have been absent at Siegel’s death 1463. MARILYN SHEPPARD (d. 1954) Wife of neurosurgeon Sam
on orders from Meyer Lansky. Cohen later fought for control of the Sheppard convicted in her 1954 murder despite his continual denial of
Los Angeles mob, surviving many attempts made by rival Jack Dragna any culpability. With the help of F. Lee Bailey, Sheppard was acquitted
to “eliminate” him, including dynamiting his home, shotgun blasts, twelve years later, despite the public’s belief that he remained guilty.
and so on. Cohen won out once Dragna lost police protection and Sheppard’s case was the inspiration for the television series and film
found himself in jail. After facing crime hearings with great aplomb, “The Fugitive”. D.S. 1p. 12mo., a check made out to her in the amount
Cohen himself was finally nailed on tax charges, served ten years in of $25.00, Cleveland, June 7, 1948, endorsed by her on verso. The
jail, and “went straight”. A bright red long-sleeved shirt, most likely maker of the check was her father, THOMAS S. REESE, who would
silk, bearing seven abalone buttons and embroidered “Mickey” across commit suicide with a shotgun following Sheppard’s conviction. Fine.
the left breast in white lettering. Three tiny spots at end of right sleeve, $150-200
else fine - and typical of Cohen’s flashy dress. From the founder
and curator of a nationally-recognized crime-related museum who 1464. KONRAD KUJAU
originally obtained a grouping of Cohen’s clothing directly from (1938 - 2000) Prolific
Cohen’s estate. With our COA offering fuller details of provenance, forger who became
guaranteed authentic for the life of the original purchaser. famous in 1983 as the
$200-300 creator of the so-called
Hitler Diaries, for which
1458. ROY DEMEO’S SHOEHORN ROY DEMEO (1942-1983) Captain he received DM 2.5
of the Gambino crime family “DeMeo crew”, a gang suspected by the million from journalist
FBI of somewhere between 75-200 murders from the mid-1970s to Gerd
the early 1980s. The vast majority were disposed of so thoroughly who in turn a person
that they were never found. The crew also gained notoriety due to who in turn sold it
their use of dismemberment as a method of disposing of their victims. for DM 9.3 million to
Murdered, most likely on the orders of Paul Castellano. A relic from the magazine Stern.
the well-dressed hitman’s wardrobe, his 19 1/2” long shoehorn with Stern’s publication of
a fine molded resin rabbit’s head at one end, wooden shaft, and the the bogus diaries was
plastic shoe horn at the opposite end. Accompanied by a notarized one of the greatest
letter of provenance from his son, Albert DeMeo, 1p. 4to., [North embarrassments
Carolina, Feb. 4, 2008] who states that the shoehorn was given to his media history. Pencil
father on his 35th birthday as a present by his mother. Very good. sketch of the side of a
$200-300 church with buildings in
the background, bears a
1459. PATRICK WAYNE KEARNEY (b. 1939) American serial killer crude forgery of Hitler’s
who preyed on young men in California during the 1970s, sometimes signature
referred to as “The Freeway Killer”. Among the most prolific serial Kujau added the date
killers in history, claiming as many as 43 victims. Bizarre A.D.S. 1p. 1911 and an equally
4to., [n.p., n.d.], a series of repetitive math calculation and a Fibonacci poor imitation of Hitler’s hand, all accomplished on amateurly- aged
number sequence penned above and below a drawing of a star in a modern paper. Fine condition. With a copy of a letter of provenance
circle, the turquoise paper headed “STAR RATIO” and signed in full at from GERD HEIDEMANN stating that he believed that the drawing
$100-150 purchased from Kujau originated in East Germany and was authentic.
bottom. Fine.
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1465. ROSA PARKS (1913 - 2005) American civil rights leader
whose refusal to move to the back of a bus sparked a boycott and
led to a concerted civil rights movement. Fine S.P. , 9 1/2” x 7 1/2”
b/w, a glossy reproduction of a newspaper photo of Parks being
fingerprinted following her famous arrest, boldly signed in black ink,
double-matted and set into a mahogany frame. Fine.
of nine items signed by “bad guys”, or at least most of them are...
depending on your politics. Includes commemorative covers signed
G. GORDON LIDDY and JAMES EARL RAY, two photos of the USS
PUEBLO signed by its captain LLOYD BUCHER,and a form letter
sent from prison insisting on his innocence signed by JEFFREY R.
MACDONALD, an Army medical officer convicted in 1979 for the
murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters.
1467. (AUTOGRAPH MISCELLANY) Lot of eight items, includes French
film director MARCEL CARNE, (1906-1996), A.L.S. “Marcel”, untranslated;
FRANK CAPRA, signed first day cover adding self-portrait; publisher
CYRUS H. K. CURTIS (1850-1933), S.P. 8 1/4” x 11”; suffragette LADY
CONSTANCE LYTTON, (1869-1923), pencil signature; GIACOMO
MANZONI, Italian composer, signed printed photo; A.M.Q.S. by British
film and jazz composer RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT, and two ca. 1850
A.D.S.s signed by a “Poillu”. Very good.
1468. AUTOGRAPH MISCELLANY A real mixed-bag of autographs
for the wide-ranging (or utterly confused) collector. Included are
signatures of cartoonist ROBERT RIPLEY, Prime Minister WILLIAM
MARQUIS CURZON, signed photo of opera singer BORIS CHRISTOFF,
and an A.L.S., 1p. 8vo., London, 1863 penned by WILLIAM HOWARD
RUSSELL, British journalist noted for his “too accurate” coverage of
the Union rout at Bull Run. Overall very good.
1469. AUTOGRAPH MISCELLANY A real mash-up of autographs,
includes signatures of TITANIC survivor BEATRICE SANDSTROM,
Lyndon Johnson’s daughters LUCI BAINES JOHNSON and LYNDA
JOHNSON ROBB (2), and Star Trek script writer D. C. FONTANA, a
photo of her husband signed by MARIA VON TRAPP, a letter signed
by LBJ secretary JUANITA ROBERTS, and two letters cut from a letter
written by JOHN HANCOCK which an ignorant vandal chose to destroy
in order to make more profit for himself.
1475. ANTIQUE CRUCIFIX GROUPING Fine grouping of three antique
crucifixes, includes: a ca. early 1800s example, 17 3/4” long, bears a
cast metal Jesus figure affixed to olive wood cross which in turn bears
14 circular cut-outs trimmed in mother of pearl and glass covering
the inked letters “TAIS[?]”, mother of pearl and mahogany trim, with
the word “JERUSALEM” penned on the reverse (some trim missing); an
American Southwest hand-carved wood crucifix, very well-executed,
15 1/2” long, one foot damaged; and a free-standing iron crucifix,
possibly from southern Spain or northern Africa, ca. 1880, with
excellent patina. Three pieces.
1476. ANTIQUE OAK WINE CANTEEN Finely carved antique oak wine
canteen with carved stopper, banded in brass, ca. early 1900s and
bearing Cyrillic lettering. A very attractive piece, carefully done, with
grapes and grape leaves on one side and olives or almonds on the
reverse. Fine.
1477. COINS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE Nice grouping of four small
hand-struck bronze coins from the Roma Empire, ca. 150 BC to
200 AD, recovered in Europe and in “dug” condition. The coins are
mounted to a 5” x 7” laminated display card setting forth the empire’s
chronology and a map of its holdings at its epigee. Very good.
1478. FOSSIL COLLECTION Collection of twelve small plant and
animal fossil specimens mounted to a 5” x 7” descriptive card,
includes an ammonite, trilobite, fossil fern, shark tooth, dinosaur
bone fragment, petrified wood, amber, sea urchin, brachiopod, and
for good measure, a coprolite, or fossilized dinosaur dung. A nice gift
for a child, and hard to replace at this cost.
1479. FOSSIL GROUPING Excellent grouping of eleven substantial
fossils and fossilized items, averaging 15 to 50 million years of age.
Includes a fossil scallop shell, mako shark tooth in matrix, ammonite
(Madagascar), whale vertebrae (Maryland), sea urchin (Madagascar),
ammonite, polished (Madagascar), amber (North Sea), orthocera
cephalopod, turatella sea snail, mosasaur tooth, and orthoceras
grouping in matrix. Overall very good, and fine for display.
1470. NOTABLE SIGNED BOOKS Pair of signed book, includes
Commander LLOYD M. BUCHER, My Story, (Garden City: Doubleday
& Co.), 1970, inscribed and signed on title page, and JANET LEIGH,
Psycho, her account of the making of the famous film, (New York:
Harmony Books), 1995, signed on the cover and title page. Very
Japanese Red Cross certificate, 1p. oblong 4to., 1906, issued to
Regular Member Giichiro Terauchi. With ornate vignette and including
Red Cross at bottom. Fine.
attractive Arabic manuscript, 6”
x 8 1/4”, bears a painstaking
hand-painted image of six women
(harem?) seated outdoors beside
an obviously wealthy man, a very
intricate piece very carefully handdrawn and colored. The paper is
deeply toned, otherwise very good.
1472. 1800’S IVORY BUDDHA FIGURE Ca. late 1800s ivory Buddha
figure, 3” tale with good striation and ageing, a well carved smiling
mouth and inked eyebrows - a charming piece.
ca. 18th century iron crucifix bearing a depiction of Jesus as a Black
man, originating from what is now the West African nation of Benin.
The cruicifix measures 11” x 5 1/4”, Jesus with his hair in braids, with
three praying figures about him. Some oxidation, else very good.
1474. ANTI-ANGLICAN CHURCH ENGRAVING Ca. 1780 engraving,
“THE CHURCH MILITANT”, 13 1/2” x 9 3/4” image size, attacking the
hierarchy of the Anglican Church as greedy and gluttonous drunks.
Shows a motley crew of church leaders and altar boys being led by
a corpulent bishop astride a stallion, a large banner reading: “To
Arms O Israel”. The characters are variously proclaiming: “Labour &
Industry - Good Lord deliver us…That we may Drink…And the key of
the cellar door…When that’s gone, send us more…Give us good Beef
in store”. Marked at bottom: “Sold by W. Humphrey No. 227 Strand”.
Very good.
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1481. MEDIEVAL CROSSBOW BOLT Medieval crossbow bolt, a
pointed iron tip about 4” long in “dug” condition, ca. late 1400s and
recovered in Germany, likely along the Danube. The four-sided head
is set to the bottom of a 5” x 7” laminated descriptive card, ready for
1482. MEDIEVAL CROSSBOW BOLT Medieval crossbow bolt, a
pointed iron tip about 4” long in “dug” condition, ca. late 1400s and
recovered in Germany, likely along the Danube. The four-sided head
is set to the bottom of a 5” x 7” laminated descriptive card, ready for
On October 20, 1783 the Spanish brigantine El Cazador was sent by
Charles III of Spain on a mission to Veracruz to bring needed currency
to Louisiana. On January 11, 1784, it sailed for New Orleans, and was
never heard from again. Then, on August 2, 1993, the fishing trawler
Mistake, fifty miles south of New Orleans, hung its net on a snag.
When the crew hoisted the net and dumped the contents on the deck,
they found the net was filled with silver coins...ultimately determined
to have been from the lost El Cazador”. Offered here is one of those
coins, 1 3/8” dia., well-worn but cleaned and bearing the discernible
image of King Charles III. With COA.
1483. MEDIEVAL CROSSBOW BOLTHEAD Medieval crossbow
bolthead, a pointed iron tip about 4” long in “dug” condition, ca.
late 1400s and recovered in Germany, likely along the Danube. The
arrowhead-shaped tip is set to the bottom of a 5” x 7” laminated
descriptive card, ready for display.
1484. METEORITE A good educational souvenir for a child, a dimesized meteorite recovered from Asia, likely China, set to the bottom
of a laminated descriptive card with two color images.
1485. ROMAN ERA ARROWHEAD Iron arrow head, approx. 3” long
including shaft for fixing to a wooden arrow shaft, recovered from a
Roman archaeological site in northern Italy. The aroow head dates to
about 150 BC - 200 AD and is fixed to a 5” x 7” descriptive card. Very
1486. ROMAN ERA ARROWHEAD Iron arrow head, approx. 3” long
including shaft for fixing to a wooden arrow shaft, recovered from a
Roman archaeological site in northern Italy. The aroow head dates to
about 150 BC - 200 AD and is fixed to a 5” x 7” descriptive card. Very
head, approx. 1” long and triangular, along with a well-worn bronze
coin bearing an unidentifiable bust, both recovered from a Roman
archaeological site in eastern Europe. The arrow head and coin date
to about 150 BC - 200 AD and are fixed to a 5” x 7” descriptive card.
Very good.
Relic recovered from an 18th
Century shipwreck, a very
solid 17” tall brown glazed
Dutch stoneware jug that
beneath the ocean
for about 300 years.
discovered in the
area of Goodwin
mile sand bank
in the English
Channel, famous
graveyard”. Most
of the glazing
and a number “3”
was pressed by
the maker near the
neck. There is a small
chip at the lip, else
very good. With COA.
1490. SOUTH PACIFIC - PALAU ISLANDS Rare first edition, “An
Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the
Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals and Communications
of Captain Henry Wilson, and Some of His Officers, Who, in August
1783, Were There Shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet Belonging
to the Honourable East India Company”, by George Keate (London:
Printed for G. Nicol, 1788), First edition, large 4to., fronts. portr.,
folding map of the islands, 14 plates, three of them portraits. Full
leather covers, front cover detached and heavily chipped, rear cover
nearly detached, spine covering largely lost, map of islands detached
with heavy folds, tears and some stains, but no loss, bookplates.
Internally very good and should be rebound. In 1783 the Antelope,
commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of
the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked.
The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well
treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel
from the wreck in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee
Boo, one of King Abba Thulle’s sons, with them to England where he
unfortunately soon died of smallpox. Keate, a literary man, composed
this work from the journals and communications of Captain Wilson
and some of his officers. Pages 365-78 contain a vocabulary of the
Pelew language.
1491. TOOTH FROM A WOOLY MAMMOTH A superb (and
affordable!) fossil, a tooth from a wooly mammoth. The enormous
chopper measures 12” x 6 1/2” and is identified as a “M3 L. Bover
[?]”, recovered in 1980. This is a much larger example than is usually
found, in excellent condition.
Neat display of a healthy lock of coarse, brown hair from a wooly
mammoth, along with a small section of a mammoth’s petrified
tusk, both set upon a card describing the mammoth’s history and
provenance of the two relics. The display, 6” x 8” overall, describes
the 10,000+ year-old hair as emanating from Siberia, and the tusk
remnant as having been recovered in Texas.
Neat display of a healthy lock of coarse, brown hair from a wooly
mammoth, along with a small section of a mammoth’s petrified
tusk, both set upon a card describing the mammoth’s history and
provenance of the two relics. The display, 6” x 8” overall, describes
the 10,000+ year-old hair as emanating from Siberia, and the tusk
remnant as having been recovered in Texas.
End of Sale
Alexander Historical Auctions • 203-276-1570
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