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.
Lot 200: William Farrar Smith, manuscript diary of an expedition from San Antonio to El Paso, 1849. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.
Lot 229: Diary kept by Alida Taber, wife of the whaling captain, recording two whaling expeditions, 1853-61. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 115: Abraham Lincoln assassination, Advertiser & Tribune letterpress broadside extra naming Booth as the murderer, Detroit, 1865. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.
Early Mexican printing includes important works such as Vasco de Puga’s important 1563 legal tract Philippus Hispaniarum et Indiarum Rex; Juan Navarro’s 1604 Liber in quo quatuor passiones Christi Domini continentur, the first music by a New World composer printed in the New World; and the 1677 Villancicos que se cantaron en los maitines del gloriosissimo Padre S. Pedro Nolasco by the Mexican poetess Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Lot 274: Juana Inés de la Cruz, Villancicos que se cantaron en los maitines del gloriosissimo Padre S. Pedro Nolasco, first edition, Mexico, 1677. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.
Lot 257: Juan Navarro, Liber in quo quatuor passiones Christi Domini continentur, Mexico, 1604. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.