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RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS


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David Bloom
267.414.1246
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Kerry Lee Jeffery
267.414.1247
kjeffery@freemansauction.com

Freeman’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Department (also offering antiquarian maps, prints and posters of all periods) hopes to extend its pleasure in having prepared a select gathering of early printed books, including incunabula, Metaphysical poetry & many monuments of modernist verse & prose literature, as well as important maps, dramatically decorative posters & autograph material of historical significance to all and sundry.

Freemans April 4th and 5th two-day sale sale of Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts features strong private collections. The first is a focused collection of 17th century & 20th century metaphysical and modern poetry and literature from the estate of a Philadelphia collector. Of note is the first edition of John Donne’s Poems, London, 1633 estimated at an enticing $8,000-12,000; James Joyce’s Ulysses, 1st ed., 1/750 copies, 1922 estimated at $8,000-12,000 and John Miltons first edition of Paradise Lost at $5,000-8,000. An outstanding untrimmed example of John Keat’s Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes and other Poems, London, 1820, in original boards is offered at $6,000-8,000 and a scarce tall copy of Andrew Marvell’s Miscellaneous Poems, London, 1681 at $5,000-8,000.
The second featured collection is from the Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary library in upstate New York and includes over 180 lots of early printings, including over 15 incunables. Of special note is the 1500 edition of Saint Bridgets Revelations [in German] for $10,000-15,000 with colored woodcuts attributed to Albrecht Durer and printed by Anton Koberger. An early edition of Albertus Magnus’ early tract on Minerology De Mineralibus from 1519 is offered at $12,000-18,000. The first edition of Ludolphus de Saxonia’s Vita Christi, 1474 Strassburg, Carthusian Monastry is offered at $10,000-15,000. A near complete example has not come to auction since 1980. Another interesting edition is Hieronymous’ Epistolae 1492-97 with a frontis woodcut of St. Jerome dressed as a cardinal removing a thorn from a lion's paw, three books bearing versions of Genesis 1:1 the Hebrew Pentateuch, the Greek Septuagint, and St. Jerome’s own Latin translation are beside him. This woodcut was attributed to Durer after the woodblock was discovered with an inscription in Durers hand on the reverse.
Manuscripts from the Americas include a poignant letter from Abraham Lincoln to the secretary of war interceding to release an underage draftee, estimated at $10,000-15,000 and a personal letter from Ulysees S. grant to his wife, signed ’Ulys’ estimated at $5,000-8,000. The sale also includes a good collection of scarce Confederate manuscript material including about a dozen letters by General George Edward Pickett, best remembered for his participation in the Battle of Gettysburg and other letters written by his aide-de-camp Captain Edward R. Baird, who is always pictured at Pickett’s side.
For those interested in the development of early film, a rare offering in the sale are Leonard Trolands early journals of Technicolor research from 1919-1921 estimated at $20,000-30,000. Leonard Troland, a graduate of MIT become director of the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation of California in 1925. A good private collection of entertainment autographs, including signatures by Cary Grant, Abbott & Costello, Bette Davis and many more, can be found at lot 588 through lot 609. The sale also includes early printed American periodical material including a copy of The New York Evening Post, from September.
The sale also includes early printed American periodical material including a copy of The New York Evening Post, from September 10, 1802, which contains the infamous article by the political pamphleteer and journalist Thomas Callender, featuring the first appearance of Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave paramour by whom the President would father many children, estimated at $12,000-18,000 and a rare newspaper from November 25, 1789 which contains an address to the public by Benjamin Franklin as President of Pennsylvania Society for promoting the abolition of slavery and the relief of free Negroes, estimated at $20,000-30,000.

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Full Catalogue Entry Lot 1
1 vol. Darwin, Charles. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries. London: John Murra...
Sold for $213 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 2
1 vol. Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. New York: D. Appleton, 1860. 1st Amer....
Sold for $416 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 3
1 vol. [New Sydenham Society]. [Atlas of Skin Diseases.] [London],[1864-1884]. Lg. Folio, 3/4 morocco & marbled bds; ex...
Sold for $1,125 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 4
1 vol. Laignel-Lavastine, M(axime); Vinchon, Jean. Les Malades de LEsprit et Leurs Medecins du XVIe au XIXe Siecle. Pa...
Sold for $128 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 5
1 vol. Cooper, Astley: Illustrations of the Diseases of the Breast. London: Longman, Rees, Orme..,1829. 1st ed. Part 1 -...
Sold for $163 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 6
11 vols (2 wrappers.) Phrenology - American & British Imprints - early & mid 19th-century imprints: Inglish, H.D. A Lecture Upon th...
Sold for $512 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 7
7 portfolios. Hough, Romeyn Beck. The American Woods. Louisville, New York, 1893, 1891-1899. Parts 1-3, 5-8. 2nd ed of p...
Sold for $960 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 9
2 vols. De Candolle, [Augustin Pyramus.]; Redouté, [P. J.] Histoire des Plantes Grasses. Paris: De LImprimerie de Dido...
Sold for $3,072 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 11
1 vol. Bonaparte, Charles Lucien. American Ornithology...not given by Wilson. [Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1825-33.]...
Sold for $2,375 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 12
1 vol. Jardine, William. Contributions to Ornithology for 1848. Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars, 1848-1850. 8vo, contemp. 1/2 mo...
Sold for $438 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 13
1 vol. Jardine, William. Leaves from the Book of Nature. Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars, [1846]. 1st Ed. Folio, later cloth; wo...
Unsold
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 16
14 vols. Sowerby, F.L.S. English Botony. London: George Bell & Sons, 1886-99. Third Edition. Assembled set. Vols 1-12; duplicate...
Sold for $563 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 17
2 vols. Grandville, J.J., illus.; Delord, T et al. Les Fleurs Animees. Paris: Garnier Freres, 1867. Nouvelle Edition....
Sold for $563 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 18
1 vol. (Remington, Frederic, illus.) Roosevelt, Theodore. Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail. New York: Century, (1888)....
Sold for $1,188 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 19
1 vol. (Russell, Charles M; Remington, Frederick, illus.) Wister, Owen. The Virginian, a Horseman of the Plains. New Yo...
Sold for $6,875 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 20
2 vols. (Wyeth, N.C., illus.): Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1925. #30/975. Illus....
Sold for $688 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 21
1 vol. (Wyeth, N.C., illus.) Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling. New York: Charles Scribners, 1939. One of 770 co...
Sold for $1,536 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 24
1 vol. (Wyeth, N.C., illus.) Roberts, Kenneth. Trending Into Maine. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1938. #476/1,075 sig...
Sold for $243 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 25
1 vol. Rackham, Arthur, illus.; Lamb, Charles & Mary. Tales from Shakespeare. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1909. #565/750,...
Sold for $313 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 26
4 vols. (wrappers) French Illustrated Imprints - 20th C: Eluard, Paul. En Avril 1944: Paris Respirait Encore! Paris...
Sold for $875 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 27
1 vol. (Fanfrolico Press.) Lindsay, Norman, illus; Aristophanes. Lysistrata. London, [1926]. #208/300 (of 725) signed by Ja...
Sold for $438 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 33
1 vol. Oakley, Violet. The Holy Experiment, Our Heritage from William Penn. (Philadelphia): Gogsela Studio, (1950). #759/1000 sign...
Sold for $250 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 34
9 vols. [Fashion.] Harpers Bazaar: A Repository of Fashion, Pleasure and Instruction. New York: Vols III, VI, XVIII, X,...
Sold for $1,000 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 35
2 vols. [Costume.] Sand, Maurice. Masques et Bouffons. Paris: A Levy Fils, 1862. 4to, orig. 1/2 morocco and bds, gilt-r...
Sold for $625 (buyer's premium included)
 
Full Catalogue Entry Lot 36
1 vol. (Geisel, Theodore.) Seuss, Dr. The Seven Lady Godivas. New York: Random House, (1939). 1st ed., 1st ptg. 4to, or...
Unsold

 



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