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

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

(212) 254-4710 ext. 27

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