Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
Online-Only Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
Bidding Will Open on Wed, April 8 and Close on Wed, April 22 beginning at 10am EDT
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s online-only of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps contains many items of interest ranging from early Americana to 20th century art. Bidding will open on Wednesday, April 8 and end with a soft close on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 beginning at 10am EDT.
Highlights in the opening section of printed and manuscript Americana include a letter from President George Washington written in the closing weeks of his administration as he prepares to return to Mount Vernon (lot 43). This letter has the distinguished provenance of the Forbes Collection, as does a possibly unique sheet signed by impeached President Andrew Johnson and his cabinet which contained many political foes and is timely today (lot 28).
Important printed books include a finely bound set of the four volume Bible printed by Jane Aitken in Philadelphia in 1808, the first printing of any part of the Holy Scriptures by a woman in America (lot 14), as well as Patrick Gass’ Journal of the Voyages of the Voyages and Travels of a Corp of Discovery, 1807, the first substantial report of the Lewis & Clark expedition (lot 26). Abraham Lincoln is represented by a long legal document in his hand written during his time as a young Illinois attorney (lot 31) and an imperial sized albumen photograph of Lincoln bearing a mounted signature taken in February 1964 (lot 32).
A fine selection of maps of the Americas and the world follows including Wytfliet’s circa 1600 Granata Nove et California, the first map devoted to California (lot 59) and Ortelius’ important Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio (lot 55). Of note are two large wall maps of the United States: Lotter’s A New and Correct Map of North America (lot 49) which depicts the expanse of the country in 1784 just following the American Revolution and Mitchell’s National Wall Map of the American Republic, 1845 which reaches west to the Republic of Texas (lot 52).
Beatrix Potter & E.H. Shepard
The sale continues with the Mary K. Young Collection of Beatrix Potter and E.H. Shepard, one of the finest collection of such to come to market in decades, and also the subject of two additional articles in the upcoming issue of Doyle Notebook. Other illustrated books include a 1970 catalogue on the works of Pablo Picasso featuring a large, playful drawing by the artist on the title page (lot 101). Always popular, a color drawing depicting Snoopy on doghouse in inscribed by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.
Autographs feature a true rarity: a sheet signed by all four Beatles collected at the filming of The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th, 1964 (lot 111). Science autographs include Albert Einstein (lot 114) and Watson & Crick (lots 125-127) and music includes an autograph quotation by Guiseppe Verdi (lot 120). An uncommon 1955 letter by Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, is written to the founder of the Cleveland meeting (lot 128). A large group of items relating to space follows including a program signed by Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins (lot 131) and photographs and flight plans for Apollo 11 (lot 140 & 141).
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
The auction closes with a large selection of items relating to the English Royals, with much on the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. This section includes many items personally owned by the couple such as a black suede Balenciaga handbag owned by the Duchess and gifted to social secretary Janine Metz (lot 150) and a suits worn by the Duke while filming A King’s Story in 1964 (lot 153). There are several fine letters and signed photographs of the Duke and Duchess including them standing on the deck of the Excalibur which brought them to the United States on New Year’s Day 1941 (lot 145), and a very rare document is a signed copy of the Duke’s Instrument of Abdication and Abdication Speech, 1936 (lot 144), this also from the Estate of Janine Metz. The section closes with a highly unusual document: a pardon for a parking citation signed by none other than Queen Elizabeth herself (lot 165)!
Bidding in this online-only auction will open on Wednesday, April 8 and will close on Wednesday, April 22 beginning at 10am EDT. Lots will close sequentially, one lot per minute, with a soft close. Should any bids be placed in the final five minutes, bidding will remain open on that lot for five additional minutes.
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