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    A Look Inside the Catalogue 



    John André 

    Lot 31: John André, pencil portrait of Abraham and Jannetje Cuyler of Albany, NY, 1776. Sold for an auction record of $47,500.





    Our June auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana featured large sections related to Judaica and the Church of Latter Day Saints, as well as diaries by diverse American characters, including Civil War soldiers, a gentleman adventurer on a Buffalo hunt, a young American art student in late 19th-century Paris and a diary relating the first events of the American Revolution.










    Right, Lot 33: First Events of the American War, manuscript diary and memorandum book by Johnathan Palmer, Stonington, Connecticut, 1774-75. Sold for $4,000.



    One particularly intriguing lot from the sale is an archive of 123 manuscript items, including letters, notes and poems, following the arduous five-year courtship of Dr. Ralph Malbone and Jane Schenck of Brooklyn, NY. Their story, told through letters to one another written between 1810 and 1815, reads like an elaborate period drama, complete with secret coded messages, disapproving parents, the privations of the War of 1812, scandalous rumors, and Ralph's unusual scheme for escaping debt by becoming traveling vaccination provider. 




    Lot 228: Courtship letters of Dr. Ralph Malbone and Jane Schenck, 123 manuscript items including 65 letters,

    notes and poems, 1810-59. Sold for $5,250.




    Lot 166: Manuscript diary of an Englishman's Kansas trip, featuring a buffalo hunt, a saloon gunfight, and more, 1868.

    Sold for $11,250.








    For more information on these, or any other items in the sale, contact Specialist Rick Stattler.