Printed & Manuscript Americana: Winter-Spring 2020 Highlights

At Auction March 10

 

Five Centuries of American History


This sale covers American history from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries, with a diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, whose commencement was attended by Washington and the Continental Congress; a variant printing of the Bay Psalm Book; a first edition of the earliest firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition; and an unusual volume of original outsider and occult art from 1904.

 
Lot 254: Francis Scott Key, Star Spangled Banner, first printing, circa 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
 

Nineteenth Century


 
Lot 258: William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, circa 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
 
Lot 197: Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
   

Civil War-Era


 
Lot 145: The Lincoln and Johnson Union Campaign Songster, Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
 
Lot 92: Sprague Light Cavalry! color-printed broadside, New York, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
   

Revolutionary War-Era


 
Lot 165: Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, whose commencement was attended by Washington and the Continental Congress, 1783. $10,000 to $15,000.
   

Religious Texts


 
Lot 20: [The Bay Psalm Book], Cambridge, printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, circa 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
 
Lot 157: The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
   

Latin Americana


 
Lot 223: Noticia estraordinario, viva la patria y el ejercito mexicano, letterpress broadside, probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
   

Westward Expansion


   
Lot 262: Pair of photographs of Thomas Moran at the Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
   

Exhibition Begins March 5

The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public. We welcome special and educational groups with advance notice—send an inquiry to rsvp@swanngalleries.com.

Exhibition Hours

Thursday, March 5 — 10 AM to 6 PM

Friday, March 6 — 10 AM to 6 PM

Saturday, March 7 — 10 AM to 4 PM

Monday, March 9 — 10 AM to 6 PM

Tuesday, March 10 — 10 AM to 12 PM


   

Specialist for the Sale

Rick Stattler

Director, Printed & Manuscript Americana

rstattler@swanngalleries.com

(212) 254-4710 ext. 27

 

The History of Books & Manuscripts at Swann Galleries


 

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