A Fine Collection of American Literature and History

8th Jun, 2023 11:00 EDT




books and manuscripts

Freeman’s June 8 auction, A Fine Collection of American Literature and History, is fittingly led by an 1851 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, perhaps the most influential poet in American history. The magnificent copy boasts impressive provenance, coming to market from the libraries of both the preeminent American collector Thomas Winthrop Streeter, as well as Arthur Swann. In addition to nearly thirty other Whitman titles, the upcoming sale features works by the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as significant Americana. Standout highlights include a very rare American 1776 edition of Thomas Paine’s revolutionary pamphlet Common Sense and a first edition of Thomas McKenney and James Hall’s monumental three-volume folio History of the Indian Tribes of North America. With quintessential offerings, like a rare 1787 first edition of the leading anti-Federalist attack on the United States Constitution, Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government Proposed by the Late Convention…, Freeman’s upcoming auction presents unmissable opportunities for collectors of American printed matter.



The exhibition will be on view by appointment only at our 1600 Girard Avenue location from June 1 to 7 from 10 AM to 4 PM. To make an appointment, please email Adam Dias at adias@freemansauction.com


Name: Darren Winston
Email: dwinston@freemansauction.com
Telephone: 267.414.1247

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