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  • Timed Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps Closing on Thursday, December 9, 2021 Beginning at 10am
  • Including Final Selections from the Sporting Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will hold a timed auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps including Final Selections from the Estate of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. Bidding will close on Thursday, December 9, 2021 beginning at 10am.

The auction will feature Americana, including rare materials relating to War of 1812 naval hero Captain James Lawrence who famously said “Don’t give up the ship!” Other American manuscripts of note are a fine inscribed photograph of Theodore Roosevelt; an inscribed copy of John F. Kennedy’s Strategy Peace, 1960, among several other Kennedy items; an 1849 letter written by President-Elect Zachary Taylor; and a collection of Presidential autographs.

Printed Americana includes Cotton Mather’s 1702 Magnalia Christi Americana; the rare English edition of Alexander Hamilton’s Report of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, on the Subject of Manufactures; and a brightly colored copy in a deluxe binding of McKenney & Hall’s hand-colored History of the Indian Tribes of North America.

Maps feature Ortelius’ world map Typus Orbis Terrarum and the four continents including Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio, all from a circa 1575 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Rare at auction are William Faden’s 1777 A Plan of the City and Environs of Philadelphia, Survey'd by N. Scull and G. Heap and Joseph F.W. Des Barres A Chart of Nova Scotia, in its final state after 10 years of updates to the original survey.

Literature includes a first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass in the first binding. An instant classic upon publication, offered is the first American edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, inscribed by the author in 1998 when still relatively unknown in the United States. Despite numerous printings, John Gunther’s memoir of his son Death Be Not Proud is seldom encountered signed and offered here is the author’s presentation copy to his wife.

A fine group of manuscript leaves includes a large initial cut from a 14th century choir book. Early printing includes Tasso’s sumptuously illustrated 1745 Gerusalemme Liberata. Fine bindings including library sets and fore-edge paintings are also offered. 

This first section of the auction is rounded out by a group of original art and illustrated works, including Charles Addams’ Girl Selling Snow on a Snowy Day and a large group of works by Ronald Searle, always popular among bibliophiles. Offered from the collection of art connoisseurs Jacqueline & Pierre Simon is an issue of Verve inscribed by Picasso and much else of interest. Finally, from the Estate of Isobel Robins Konecky come a fine group of travel posters including Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s L'Ete a Monte Carlo and L'Hiver a Monte Carlo along with others by Paul Colin, Louis Icart, Sem and other masters of the Art Deco era.

At long last we come to the final selections from the vast sporting library assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson. Offered is much on Angling, Big Game, and India. Highlights include Schreiner's Sporting Manual, 1841, the first American sporting book to deal with the angler's needs in a systematic way, and Charles Webber’s, Wild Scenes and Song-Birds, 1855, a rare American color plate work

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Bidding in the timed online auction will close on Thursday, December 9 beginning at 10am. Lots will close sequentially, one lot per minute, with a soft close. Should any bids be placed in the final minute, bidding will remain open on that lot for one additional minute.

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  • Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
  • Estate of Isobel Robins Konecky
  • Estate of Larry Elgart
  • From a Private New York Collector
  • Property from an Ohio Collection
  • Property from the Collection of Jacqueline & Pierre Simon
  • Property from the Estate of Dr. James Lawrence Pool
  • Property from The Monroe and Elizabeth Dreher Collection
  • Property of a Massachusetts Gentleman
  • The Collection of Jane and John Gunther
  • The Julius and Theodore Cohn Library
  • The Library of Duncan Cranford

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