A Look Inside the Catalogue
Lot 341: Hernán Cortés, letter to Mayordomo Diego de Guinea, Mexico, 1538. Sold for $32,500.
Highlights in our spring Americana sale include a 1538 letter by the conquistador Hernán Cortés; the lavishly illustrated early nineteenth-century Brazilian travel book Malerische Reise in Brasilien by Johann Moritz Rugendas; and La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte, a 1792 Mexican work by Joaquín Bolaños with striking Day of the Dead iconography.
Another highlight is a complete run of the Cherokee Messenger, Oklahoma's first periodical, from 1845-46. Only one other complete set has appeared at auction since 1913.
Left, Lot 336: Joaquin Bolaños, La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte, Mexico, 1792. Sold for $2,860.
Lot 242: Fraktur manuscript birth certificate, ink and watercolor, Pennsylvania, 1801. Sold for $1,500.
Lot 324: Johann Moritz Rugendas, Malerische Reise in Brasilien, 100 lithographed plates, Paris, 1827-35.
Sold for $21,250.
Left, Lot 249: Campaign broadside in support of Andrew Jackson's reelection, 1832. Sold for $6,500.
Right, Lot 180: Esther Levy, Jewish Cookery Book, first edition, Philadelphia, 1871. Sold for $11,250.
For more information on the sale contact a specialist in the Printed & Manuscript Americana department.
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