Books and Manuscripts

May 4, 2022 10:00 EST
Location: Freeman's
BROWSE LOTS

 

 

 Freeman’s May 4 Books and Manuscripts auction is led by an extraordinary letter signed by John Hancock, proclaiming the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, to the state of Georgia, on July 8, 1776—one of only five such letters known to exist, the document is a remarkably rare piece of American history. The auction is an Americana collector’s dream, with such highlights as a contemporary manuscript of Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams’s peace journals during their negotiations with Great Britain to end the American Revolution; the earliest available Connecticut printing of the United States Constitution; a letter written by Alexander Hamilton to his beloved wife Eliza; and a scarce first edition of the infamous “Reynolds Pamphlet” that revealed Hamilton’s affair and subsequent blackmail. In addition to rare, foundational American historical documents, Books and Manuscripts also brings book collectors such classics as a rare first American edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

 

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

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Books and Manuscripts (72)

 

Lot 11
[Americana] [Declaration of Independence] Hancock, John Letter, signed

Sold for $1,896,000
Estimated at $2,000,000 - $3,000,000

Lot 69
[Presidential] Washington, George Letter, signed

Sold for $20,160
Estimated at $20,000 - $30,000

Lot 49
[Native-Americana] Curtis, Edward S. The Three Chiefs-Piegan

Sold for $18,900
Estimated at $8,000 - $12,000

Lot 15
[Americana] Franklin, Benjamin Manuscript Document, signed

Sold for $16,380
Estimated at $8,000 - $12,000

Lot 18
[Americana] Hamilton, Alexander Autograph Letter, signed

Sold for $13,230
Estimated at $12,000 - $18,000

Lot 24
[Americana] [New York] Manuscript Document on Vellum

Sold for $11,970
Estimated at $3,000 - $5,000

Lot 63
[Presidential] Lincoln, Abraham Signed Military Commission

Sold for $11,340
Estimated at $4,000 - $6,000

Lot 47
[Native-Americana] Curtis, Edward S. Canyon De Chelly

Sold for $8,820
Estimated at $6,000 - $9,000

Lot 48
[Native Americana] Curtis, Edward S. Prayer to the Stars

Sold for $6,300
Estimated at $5,000 - $8,000

Lot 32
[Art] [Picasso, Pablo] Zervos, Christian Pablo Picasso

Sold for $5,355
Estimated at $5,000 - $8,000

Lot 39
[Fine Bindings] Spenser, (Edmund) Spenser's Fairie Queene

Sold for $3,024
Estimated at $1,000 - $1,500

Lot 31
[Art] Haring, Keith, and William Burroughs Apocalypse

Sold for $2,394
Estimated at $800 - $1,200

Lot 54
[Photography] Abbott, Berenice Fifth Avenue, Nos. 4, 6, 8

Sold for $2,268
Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000

Lot 30
[Art] Dali, Salvador Birth of Venus

Sold for $2,016
Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000

Lot 61
[Presidential] Johnson, Andrew Signed Carte de Visite

Sold for $2,016
Estimated at $1,000 - $1,500

Lot 72
[Prints] Riggs, Robert Pool

Sold for $2,016
Estimated at $800 - $1,200

Lot 29
[Americana] Whitney, Eli Autograph Letter, signed

Sold for $1,512
Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000

Lot 33
[Art] [Warhol, Andy] Ratcliff, Carter Warhol

Sold for $1,386
Estimated at $800 - $1,200

Lot 73
[Prints] Spruance, Benton Murdoch Middle Germantown

Sold for $1,260
Estimated at $500 - $800

Lot 55
[Photography] Gibson, Ralph Untitled (Hand and Pistol)

Sold for $1,008
Estimated at $800 - $1,200

Lot 71
[Prints] Riggs, Robert Accident Ward

Sold for $819
Estimated at $600 - $900

Lot 74
[Prints] Spruance, Benton Murdoch Vagrant

Sold for $693
Estimated at $600 - $900

Lot 46
[Music] Rodgers, Richard Typed Letter, signed

Sold for $283
Estimated at $300 - $500

 

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