Rare Books, Autographs & MapsWed, Apr 26, 2017 at 10am EDT |
Sale of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on April 26, 2017 at 10am
Featuring Rare Books Deaccessioned from the College of New Rochelle and an Important Civil War Archive
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. The auction showcases a diverse range of material from early illuminated manuscripts to modern first editions. Highlights feature landmark works in Americana, science, literature, including finely bound library sets, and original illustration art.
An Important Civil War Archive
A highlight of the sale is the important career-spanning papers of Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard (1815-1882). During the American Civil War, Barnard served as Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac responsible for the defense of Washington, DC, and subsequently as General Grant's Chief Engineer of Armies in the Field. Offered as a single lot, the archive comprises hundreds of private letters, maps, photographs and more. Highlights include autograph documents and letters of Abraham Lincoln, William Tecumseh Sherman, Pierre G.T. Beauregard and others. It is likely the largest such group of papers of a high-ranking Civil War General to be offered at auction.
The College of New Rochelle
Doyle is honored to auction two collections of rare books consigned by the College of New Rochelle. The first collection is devoted to the works of Sir Thomas More and includes the first Basel and third overall edition of Utopia, along with other editions of that seminal work. The second collection is devoted to the Irish author James Joyce and is highlighted by fine copies of Chamber Music, Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses.
A finely bound volume contains a collection of autographs of each American President from George Washington through Franklin D. Roosevelt. Other Presidential material in the sale includes an important letter signed by Thomas Jefferson on the state of American education in 1821, three Mexican War commissions signed by James K. Polk, a photograph of the White House signed by the seven Presidents from Nixon through G.W. Bush, and the eulogy delivered at the funeral of New York Mayor Ed Koch signed by Bill Clinton.
A magnificent four-sheet map, Chatelain’s circa 1719 Carte Très Curieuse De La Mer Du Sud offers a grand depiction of California as a large island. Also featured are five 17th and 18th century maps from the Estate of Donald Brenwasser that present the same geographical misconception. William Faden’s rare 1776 A Plan of New York Island pairs a map of the Battle of Long Island with a descriptive text. Samuel Augustus Mitchell’s 1846 pocket map A New Map of Texas, Oregon, and California encourages Western emigration and offers much interesting detail.