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Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

Soft close begins Thu, Sep 23, 2021 at 10am EDT
2021-09-23 10:00:00 2021-09-23 18:00:00 America/New_York Rare Books, Autographs and Maps . Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. Online Only Doyle [email protected]
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  • Timed Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps Closing on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10am
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will hold a timed auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps closing on Thursday, September 23, 2021 beginning at 10am. The diverse offerings include early printing and fine bindings from The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library; a collection of sporting, mountaineering, and general books in Property of a Massachusetts Gentleman; remaining volumes from The Collection of the Late William Safire; and Abraham Lincoln items from The Collection of a California Family. This last group includes a signed note from Lincoln regarding the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. Also of note in Civil War-era Americana is a fine, calligraphic manuscript of the Emancipation Proclamation, early manuscript lyrics to the famous Union march song John Brown’s Body, and an important letter regarding slavery from John Quincy Adams. Other Americana ranges from a letter from a 1777 letter from Revolutionary Lieutenant Colonel John Brooks to a finely framed invitation to the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Original illustration includes a whimsical drawing by Edward Gorey, an Al Hirschfeld ink drawing depicting Orson Welles, and an original New Yorker cartoon by Charles Addams. Musical offerings include the A. Edward Newton copy of Handel’s Messiah, the first fully engraved score of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and an interesting group of manuscript dance scores by Merce Cunningham.

Autographs range from a signed letter by Oliver Cromwell to photographs inscribed by members of Apollo XII, with examples of Einstein, Freud, and J.P. Morgan in between.

Maps feature Turgot’s monumental Plan de Paris, 1739, mounted as a large wall map; Waldseemuller’s earliest view of India; an uncommon large format 19th century map of Boston; and a rare copy of The Official 1983 National Gay Task Force Guide Map of Manhattan. Travel includes much on Panama and a fine group of rare mountaineering titles, including a late 19th century album with original photographic views of the Rocky Mountains.

Early printing includes a framed leaf from the opening scene of Shakespeare’s The Tragedie of Macbeth from the First Folio, a finely bound set of Ben Jonson’s Workes, 1640-41, and the 1674 first French edition of Descartes’ Les Meditations Metaphysiques. Literary offerings include Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark in its rare original dust jacket and a finely bound set of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

The Estate of Laura Bostwick
Laura Bostwick, a native of Long Island, New York and the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a woman of varied interests and talents. Born in Old Westbury, New York to G.H. “Pete” and Laura Curtis Bostwick, she was the great granddaughter of Jabez Bostwick, a founder and the first Treasurer of Standard Oil.

Laura attended the Green Vale School, Foxcroft and Hunter College. After marrying artist Bob Benson, the couple moved to the Outer Banks, following the advice of her close friend Jasper Johns. There, Laura commissioned a series of four Buckminster Fuller geodesic domes to be built on a dune above the beach at Nags Head, one of the domes an artist’s studio.

Entertaining with flair, Laura was well-known for her gourmet cooking, so much so that chef and food editor Craig Claiborne devoted a chapter to her in one of his cookbooks.  A close friend of many art world notables including John Cage and Merce Cunningham, her circle extended to people from all walks of life. She cherished them and was an inspiration to those fortunate enough to know her.

Having grown up in the rarefied world of polo playing and horseback riding – her father, once a top polo player in the country – Laura’s passion was for the animals themselves -- French Bulldogs were her favorite. Perhaps her most impressive talent was realized far out at sea, where she at one time held the women’s world record for a White Marlin. She also held a North Carolina record for a Blue Marlin, the 656 pound fish was mounted and displayed on her trophy room wall.

Laura’s house was that of a collector and an entertainer. Walls and shelves held taxidermied wildlife including a swordfish and Freud, her childhood parrot. The rooms displayed a variety of pottery, china, silver, photography and art including five works by Jasper Johns which she bequeathed to the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina.

Property from the Estate of Laura Bostwick comprises lots 223 and 274 in the September 23 auction. View Lots

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  • Collection of a California Family
  • Estate of a Connecticut Collector
  • Estate of Herbert Kasper
  • Estate of Thomas P. Lacy
  • From the Collection of the late William Safire
  • From the Estate of Laura Bostwick
  • Property of a Massachusetts Gentleman
  • Property of a Private New Jersey Collector
  • Property of the William Codus Trust
  • The Collection of an Upper East Side Gentleman
  • The Collection of Jane and John Gunther
  • The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library

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