Upcoming Highlights: Printed & Manuscript Americana

At Auction April 16

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This sale includes a dramatic Texan diary by William Farrar Smith, commanding an expedition to find the best trail from San Antonio to El Paso in 1849; and important Virginia material, most notably an issue of the Virginia Gazette with news of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Following up on our recent Holzer collection, we will offer quality Lincolniana, including a newspaper extra documenting the assassination, and a large oil portrait by Matthew Henry Wilson–the last artist Lincoln sat for.

Other highlights include the only known auction appearance of the first piece of baseball sheet music, The Baseball Polka, from 1858; a beautiful extra-illustrated set of Lossing’s Pictorial History of the Civil War; and a whaling journal kept by a captain’s wife in the 1850s. The Latin Americana selection is headlined by Liber in quo quatuor passiones Christi Domini continentur, a 1604 volume by Mexican composer Juan Navarro–the first music by a New World composer published in the Americas.




pencil diary illustration of a Texan landscape

William Farrar Smith, manuscript diary of an expedition from San Antonio to El Paso, 1849. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.


manuscript journal contents

Alida & George Taber, journal of a whaling voyage, 1853-61. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.






letterpress broadside

Abraham Lincoln assassination, Advertiser & Tribune letterpress broadside extra naming Booth as the murderer, Detroit, 1865. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.



Mexican Imprints


music leaf from the book printed in red and black

Juan Navarro, Liber in quo quatuor passiones Christi Domini continentur, Mexico, 1604. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.




Other Highlights


colophon page

J.R. Blodgett, The Baseball Polka, printed sheet music, Buffalo, 1858. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500.





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