Click to View Full Book Details

RARE SHIP’S PAPERS SIGNED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM SEWARD

LINCOLN, Abraham. Document signed (ship's papers). Washington, DC, December 7, 1863.

A remarkable ship’s passport signed by President Lincoln and his Secretary of State William Seward, authorizing passage for the ship Martha, "lying at present in the port of New Bedford bound for Pacific Ocean, and laden with provisions, stores, and utensils for a whaling voyage." A fine signed document dating from the Civil War. $25,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

FINE 1793 THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED WHILE SECRETARY OF STATE

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, PA, December 8, 1793.

Fine Thomas Jefferson signed autograph letter, written near the end of his tenure as Secretary of State, addressed to James Brown, a merchant from Richmond who handled many of Jefferson's financial dealings, including his extensive imports from Europe. The letter records the status of a Mr. Short's endeavor to convert his property into stock, and mentions Monticello, Richmond, and "TM Randolph"—Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr., Jefferson's son-in-law, who was living at Monticello at the time. $22,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

BEAUTIFUL, VERY LARGE (ANTIPHONAL-SIZED) 16TH-CENTURY GERMAN ILLUMINATED PAINTING OF THE VIRGIN MARY AND CHILD

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Illuminated Painting of the Virgin Mary. Germany, 16th century.

Splendid and very large—antiphonal sized, though not from an antiphonal—16th-century hand-painted illuminated portrait of the Virgin Mary praying over Jesus as a baby, handsomely framed. $22,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

BEAUTIFUL, VERY LARGE (ANTIPHONAL-SIZED) 16TH-CENTURY GERMAN ILLUMINATED PAINTING OF SAINT LOUIS, KING LOUIS IX OF FRANCE

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT. Illuminated Painting of Saint Louis. Germany, 16th century.

Splendid and very large 16th-century hand-painted illuminated portrait of King Louis IX of France, commonly known as Saint Louis. Handsomely framed. $22,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

STRIKING ORIGINAL PAINTING, “WAR ORPHANS” BY ARTHUR SZYK

SZYK, Arthur. War Orphans. London, 1940.

Extraordinary signed original watercolor and gouache painting of two young Jewish refugees, huddled together, by anti-Nazi caricaturist Arthur Szyk, whose wartime portrayals of brutality, heroism and suffering strongly influenced American attitudes toward the war effort. $18,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIGNED BY MAURICE SENDAK: AN ORIGINAL LARGE DRAWING OF MAX AND A WILD THING

SENDAK, Maurice. Original drawing signed. No place, no date.

Original large pencil drawing of Max, dressed in his monster suit, playing with the wild thing “Moishe” from Where the Wild Things Are, signed by Sendak. $18,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

MAGNIFICENT LIMITED EDITION OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S D-DAY PRAYER

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Lithographic broadside, "D-Day Prayer" Washington, Christmas 1944.

Limited edition of this rare broadside of the “D-Day Prayer,” one of very few—believed to be only 50—exquisitely printed copies issued by President Roosevelt for his close friends, handsomely printed in gothic type with red- blue- and gold ink textual embellishments. $18,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

LENGTHY 1887 AUTOGRAPH LETTER, WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY WALT WHITMAN

WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph letter signed. Camden, 1887.

Exceptional 1887 autograph letter concerning the health of Whitman's friend, William O'Connor; his own health and recent publications; updates on his friends; and his summer retreat plans, written and signed by Walt Whitman. $17,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

AUTOGRAPH LETTER OF CONDOLENCE FROM WINSTON CHURCHILL TO LADY CAVE

CHURCHILL, Winston. Autograph letter signed. London, April 16, 1928.

Autograph letter signed from Churchill to Lady Anne Cave, expressing condolences on the death of her husband, Viscount George Cave, the Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom, handsomely framed with an early portrait of Churchill. $16,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"PURCHASE ALL THE GOOD RIFLES YOU CAN MEET WITH"

WAYNE, Anthony. Autograph letter signed. Philadelphia, February 24, 1776.

Exceptional February 1776 autograph signed letter from "Mad" Anthony Wayne to Captain John Lacey, ordering that Lacey—his longtime adversary—recruit men and round up enlistees in Bucks County; arrange for a commissioned officer to train those men at Darby; and purchase good rifles in preparation for marching toward New York in the build up for the Battle of Trois-Rivières. $15,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

LARGE FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING TRUMAN HOLDING UP THE ICONIC ISSUE OF THE CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE BEARING THE HEADLINE "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN," WARMLY INSCRIBED BY TRUMAN

TRUMAN, Harry. Photograph inscribed. No place, August 12, 1956.

Large photographic print showing Truman smiling and holding up the famous issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune in which his loss to Dewey was erroneously predicted based on incomplete returns, inscribed: "To Courteney Darber with happy memories! 8/12/56 Harry Truman." $12,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

RARE LARGE PHOTOGRAPH OF PAINTER AND INVENTOR SAMUEL F.B. MORSE, INSCRIBED BY HIM

(MORSE, Samuel F.B.) CLAUDET, A. Photograph inscribed. London, circa 1865.

Large photograph of painter and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse, inscribed on the mount, "Samuel Finley Breese Morse, to his cousin Esther Elliott Finley. Po'keepsie June 1869." Framed with an original telegraph key. $12,500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

TWO BEAUTIFUL, LARGE, VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF SIOUX CHIEFS BY FRANK A. RINEHART

(RINEHART, Frank A.). Two Large Native American Photographic Portraits. Omaha, 1896.

Two splendid large photographic portraits of Native American (Sioux) chiefs—Chief Hollow Horn Bear of the Lakota Sioux, on the left, and Chief Afraid of Eagle, of the Oglala Sioux, who participated in the Battle of Little Bighorn, on the right—by renowned photographer Frank A. Rinehart. Both images are vintage enlarged negatives (internegatives) that would have been used by Rinehart or his studio for producing large prints, and show remarkable detail, clarity, and fine tonal gradation. $12,000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON: AND TO THE HOLY GHOST”

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. Northwest France, circa 1450-75.

Exquisite illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, an exceptional, large, domed, hand-colored image depicting the Crucifixion, with the Latin text of the Ave Maria on the verso, most rare. $8800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

RARE ABOLITIONIST BROADSIDE RELEASED IN 1859, THE SAME YEAR AS THE HARPER'S FERRY RAID

(BROWN, John). Broadside. "Address of John Brown." Boston, 1859.

Fascinating 1859 broadside sharing John Brown's speech before the court prior to receiving his death sentence of the Harper's Ferry Raid, published the same year as both the raid and Brown's execution and originally sold by the abolitionist weekly, The Liberator. $8500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

CHURCHILL SIGNS A VOUCHER TO THE ASCOT RACES

CHURCHILL, Winston. Voucher signed. London, July, 1951.

1951 voucher to the Ascot races, signed by Churchill. This voucher filled out to his son, Randolph, enabling him to watch his father’s horse race. Accompanied by letter to Randolph from one of Churchill’s secretaries. Handsomely framed with a black-and-white photograph of the prime minister. $8500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE GRACE OF THE HOLY GHOST FREE UNTO US BEFALL”

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. France, circa 1490.

Beautiful illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a large, hand-colored image depicting the Pentecost in crisp detail, with three lines of Latin text in batarde script and a three-line initial "D" below the image, bordered with flowers, leaves, and acanthus leaves. $7800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

RARE PENNSYLVANIA LAND PURCHASE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY WILLIAM PENN, 1700

PENN, William. Document signed. No place, 1700.

Pennsylvania land purchase document granting to John Kirton 500 acres in "… situated and being in the said Province of Pennsylvania … " in receipt of four pounds, boldly signed by Penn on the lower fold-up and bearing his armorial seal in red wax on the attached tab. $7500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"I LEARN, MORE AND MORE HOW FACTS BECOME TWISTED WITH TIME… THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT STARTED ME WRITING 'THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS'"

LINDBERGH, Charles A. Typed letter signed. Darien, Connecticut, April 21, 1953.

Original 1953 typed letter from Charles Lindbergh to his friend, U.S. Air Services editor Earl Findley, expressing gratitude for Findley's comment on the first serialized installment of "The Spirit of St. Louis" in The Saturday Evening Post; lamenting the fact that facts are often twisted, even by good people; and explaining that, contrary to popular belief, the propeller on his plane was not wooden, signed by Charles Lindbergh. Accompanied by two news service photographs of Charles Lindbergh. $7500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SIGNED BY LOTTE JACOBI

JACOBI, Lotte. Photograph signed. Auden. New York, circa 1946.

Vintage gelatin silver print by Lotte Jacobi, signed by her with her embossed “New York” studio stamp in the lower right corner of print recto, her famed 1946 portrait of poet W.H. Auden, his face half in shadow, half in soft light, quietly intent on the open book in his hands. $7500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

FASCINATING 1874 SIGNED AUTOGRAPH LETTER WRITTEN BY MARK TWAIN TO AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY PRESIDENT ELISHA BLISS

TWAIN, Mark. Autograph letter signed. Hartford, Connecticut, October 21, 1874.

Original 1874 signed autograph letter written entirely in Mark Twain's hand to American Publishing Company President Elisha Bliss suggesting Louise Chandler Moulton's Some Women's Hearts for publication despite reservations about the content; wishing Bliss success with the publication of Howell's and Harte's upcoming books; and expressing hope that his play ("The Gilded Age") would run for 200 nights in New York. $7500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

PHOTOGRAPH OF MUHAMMAD ALI FIGHTING CLEVELAND WILLIAMS, ONE OF ONLY 350 COPIES SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER NEIL LEIFER, THIS COPY ADDITIONALLY SIGNED BY ALI

(ALI, Muhammad) LEIFER, Neil. Photograph signed. No place, November 1993.

Extraordinary poster-size color photograph taken from overhead of Muhammad Ali returning to his corner with his fists raised over his head in triumph, leaving behind a sprawled-out Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams, one of only 350 copies printed and signed by the photographer Neil Leifer, this copy additionally signed by Ali. $7200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

STRIKING ILLUMINATED LEAF FROM A NORTHERN ITALIAN CHOIR BOOK, CIRCA 1475-1500, FEATURING A VERY LARGE AND BEAUTIFUL FILIGREE INITIAL

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Initial V from a Choir Book. Northern Italy, likely Ferrara, circa 1475-1500.

Superb illuminated leaf, featuring a beautifully illuminated initial ‘V’ decorated with plump acanthus and a palette of blue, mauve, red and green, as well as music notation and Latin script in black and red. $7000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

STRIKING 19TH-CENTURY PORTRAITS OF GEORGE AND MARTHA WASHINGTON

(WASHINGTON, George and Martha) MIDDLETON, E.C. Framed chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington. Cincinnati, circa 1864. Together, two framed pieces.

Mid-19th-century chromolithographic portraits of George and Martha Washington, laid on canvas, each in a contemporary gilt frame. $6500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"MY MOUTH SHALL DECLARE THY PRAISE"

(ILLUMINATED LEAF). Illuminated Leaf from a Book of Hours. France, circa 1490.

Wonderful illuminated miniature from a French Book of Hours, a large, hand-colored image depicting the Annunciation, with four lines of Latin text from the Hours of the Virgin in gothic script, one four-line floriated initial, one two-line initial, and a line extender, beautifully bordered on all sides by berries, flowers, acanthus leaves, and a bird-like drollery. $6500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“IRISH TRAVELERS”: BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL PAINTING BY ACCLAIMED 19TH-CENTURY BRITISH ARTIST SEPTIMUS DAWSON, HANDSOMELY FRAMED

DAWSON, Septimus. Irish Travelers. Sunderland, Durham, England, circa 1880.

Beautiful original oil painting of two Irish travelers by late 19th-century British artist and Irish Nationalism supporter Septimus Dawson, handsomely framed. $5500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

A RARE COLLECTION OF ELEVEN MOUNTED VINTAGE PRINTS

CANTWELL, George. Photograph Collection. Everett, Washington, circa 1903. Eleven prints.

Collection of eleven vintage brown-toned prints of Washington State's Puyallup tribal people, seen at the turn-of-the-century in an exceptional series by western photographer George Cantwell, with each print captioned in the negative and mounted on distinctive "Cantwell" studio card stock. $4500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SUPERB ORIGINAL FIRST ISSUE ROBERTS EGYPT PLATE, HAND-COLORED

ROBERTS, David. Modern Mansion, showing the Arabesque Architecture of Cairo. London, 1842-49.

Beautiful original hand-colored lithograph of the exterior of a modern mansion in Cairo (with Egyptians in colorful costumes), from the superb large format first issue of Roberts’ landmark work, Egypt and Nubia (only the first issue is hand-colored on onionskin and mounted on heavier card). $4200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"THE ROCK AND FORT HAD BECOME A POPULAR SYMBOL OF BRITISH MILITARY PROWESS IN INDIA"

DANIELL, Thomas and William. View in the Fort of Tritchinopoly. London, December, 1798.

A lovely view from within the fortress at Trichinopoly, from Thomas and William Daniell's celebrated book Oriental Scenery, a color-printed aquatint finished by hand. $4200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"OUR TENT WAS PITCHED BETWEEN TWO SMALL RILLS ON A BEAUTIFUL KNOLL"

DANIELL, Thomas and William. Buddell, Opposite Bilkate in the Mountains of Sirinagur. London, September 1, 1804.

A lovely view of the town of Badel ("Buddell"), from Thomas and William Daniell's celebrated book Oriental Scenery, a color-printed aquatint finished by hand. $4200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE ACTIONS OF HIS LIFE WERE EXTRAORDINARY; BUT HIS CHARACTER WAS EQUAL TO HIS ACTIONS”

(WELLINGTON, Duke of) (WELLESLEY, Arthur). Oil Portrait. WITH: Waterloo Medal. No place, portrait circa 1853; medal circa 1815. Together, two items.

Fine 19th-century oil portrait of one of England’s most revered military heroes, together with a medal given to a participant in Wellington’s most famous success, the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. $4200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

RARE TYPED PAGE FROM AN EARLY DRAFT OF THE BOOK VERSION OF ROOTS, HEAVILY ANNOTATED IN ALEX HALEY’S HAND, HANDSOMELY MATTED AND FRAMED WITH A PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP PORTRAIT FROM THE MOVIE SET OF THE ROOTS MINISERIES

HALEY, Alex. Typed draft page annotated. No place, circa 1975.

Rare typed page from an early book draft of Roots heavily annotated in green felt-tip marker in Alex Haley’s own hand, handsomely matted and framed with a photographic group portrait from the movie set of the Roots miniseries. $3800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“THE THEATRICAL ARTIST WHO… CAPTURED THE MOOD OF THE AGE”

BARBIER, George. Original watercolor, “Les Patins a Roulettes” Paris, circa 1905.

Original large watercolor and wash image of a young woman on roller skates, in a feathered hat and a long skirt, by legendary fashion designer and painter George Barbier, with his stamp in the lower right corner. $3800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“I HAD THE HONOR AND PLEASURE OF DISPLAYINGTHE FLAG OF THE NAVY LEAGUE AT THE POLE”

PEARY, Robert. Typed letter signed. Washington, DC, 1909. Typed letter signed by Robert Peary, dated December 1909, expressing his thanks for the use of a Navy League flag which he relates he flew upon his discovery of the North Pole in February of the same year. Framed with black-and-white photograph of Peary, shown on a shipdeck bundled in animal skins. $3800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"BUENA SUERTE, CESAR CHAVEZ"

CHAVEZ, Cesar and KENNEDY, Robert F. Photograph inscribed. No place, circa 1966.

Wonderful black-and-white photographic print of Cesar Chavez and Robert Kennedy meeting in front of the press at the Delano Grape Strike, inscribed below the image: "Para Andy y Margarita—Buena Suerte, Cesar Chavez." $3200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

RARE LARGE LINCOLN MEMORIAL BROADSIDE, FEATURING A WOODCUT PORTRAIT OF THE LATE PRESIDENT

(LINCOLN, Abraham). Memento Mori broadside. No place, circa 1865.

Original late 19th-century printed broadside memorializing President Lincoln after his assassination, featuring a rustic woodcut after a photograph by Anthony Berger. $2900.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

WONDERFUL RUSSIAN WRESTLING POSTER

TSIRK KOLLEKTIV. Krasnaia Maska. Russia, 1920.

Large original poster announcing a program of competitive wrestling matches conducted under the auspices of the “Tsirk Kollektiv” (Circus Collective), typeset in a wide selection of Cyrillic wooden fonts, with bold woodcut of a pair of wrestlers. $2800.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

"FREEDOM FIGHTER, STEELY VISIONARY, WISE PROPHET AND ELDER STATESMAN"

SHAHN, Ben. Frederick Douglass IV. Washington, D.C. 1965.

Original large 1965 silkscreen print of Frederick Douglass, number 222 in a series of only 250 signed and numbered by artist Ben Shahn, based on a cabinet card photograph taken the year before Douglass' death by studio photographer Dennis Bourdin in Boston, when Douglass was on a lecture trip with his grandson. Shahn, who used his art to express the "indestructibility of the spirit of man," here honors Douglass' lifelong command of his own portraits as a weapon in "one the great battles in American history—the battle between racist stereotypes and dignified self-possession." A beautiful print handsomely framed. $2600.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

WONDERFUL HAND-COLORED ENGRAVING OF ATLAS BY FREDERICK DE WIT

DE WIT, Frederick. Frontispiece for Zee Karten. [Amsterdam, 1675].

Magnificent hand-colored engraving of the “Titano” Atlas (with the mountain at his feet and Africa pictured in the eastern hemisphere), used by famed Amsterdam map-maker Frederick De Wit as the frontispiece to his nautical atlas, Zee Karten (1675). $2500.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

“I WAS SOLD TO MASSA HARD… AND AGAIN MY BACK WAS SCARR’D”

MORE, Hannah and SMITH, Eaglesfield. Sorrows of Yamba. London, 1800.

Early broadside printing of More’s influential abolitionist poem, with a wood-engraved vignette picturing a slave being rescued by a cleric. “Beyond any doubt, Hannah More was the most influential female member of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the African Slave Trade” (Carey). $2200.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

SPLENDID HAND-COLORED AQUATINT OF BEAVERS BY BODMER

BODMER, Karl. Beaver Hut on the Missouri. Coblenz, London, Paris, 1839.

Original hand-colored aquatint Plate XVII, first state, one of the 33 “vignettes” from Karl Bodmer’s magnificent picture-atlas, produced for Maximilian Wied-Neuwied’s Travels in the Interior of North America (1839-1843). $2000.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

LOVELY PLATE FROM LEVAILLANT'S MAGNIFICENT HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES PERROQUETS

LEVAILLANT, Francois. BARRABAND, Jacques, artist. Perruche omnicolore. Plate. No place, 19th century.

Engraved plate, by artist Jacques Barraband, from Francois Levaillant's famed Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets, printed in color and finished by hand. $1750.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

LOVELY PLATE FROM LEVAILLANT'S MAGNIFICENT HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES PERROQUETS

LEVAILLANT, Francois. BARRABAND, Jacques, artist. Perroquet Cendre. Plate. No place, 19th century.

Engraved plate, by artist Jacques Barraband, from Francois Levaillant's famed Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets, printed in color and finished by hand. $1750.

Read More
Click to View Full Book Details

WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT OF TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN BOYS PLAYING AT THE RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FOUNTAIN IN PHILADELPHIA, SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER JACK T. FRANKLIN

FRANKLIN, Jack T. Photograph ["Boys Kissing Duck Girl Sculpture"]. Philadelphia, circa 1995.

Photographic print of two African-American boys playing at the Rittenhouse Square fountain, one kissing the fountain's topper statue, Duck Girl, and the other looking up at him and laughing, by acclaimed photographer Jack T. Franklin and signed at the lower margin by him. $1500.

Read More