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  • WASHINGTON, GEORGE Autograph letter signed to James McHenry.


    Sold for $362,500

    WASHINGTON, GEORGE Autograph letter signed to James McHenry.
  • HAMILTON, EMMA Autograph letter to Viscount Nelson,


    Sold for $68,500

    HAMILTON, EMMA Autograph letter to Viscount Nelson,
  • [WHEELERS SURVEY] WHIPPLE, C.W. Notebook of topographical sketches of mountain peaks and views drawn by Whipple on the 1875 Geograp...


    Sold for $34,375

    [WHEELERS SURVEY] WHIPPLE, C.W. Notebook of topographical sketches of mountain peaks and views drawn by Whipple on the 1875 Geograp...
  • WARHOL, ANDY 25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy.


    Sold for $28,125

    WARHOL, ANDY 25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy.
  • [COLONIAL AMERICANA] Group of seven works bound together.


    Sold for $28,125

    [COLONIAL AMERICANA] Group of seven works bound together.
  • GAUGUIN, PAUL Autograph letter signed to Camille Pissarro,


    Sold for $28,125

    GAUGUIN, PAUL Autograph letter signed to Camille Pissarro,
  • [ELIZABETHAN - DRAMA] WEBSTER, JOHN. The deuils law-case. Or, VVhen vvomen goe to law, the Deuill is full of businesse. A new T...


    Sold for $25,000

    [ELIZABETHAN - DRAMA] WEBSTER, JOHN. The deuils law-case. Or, VVhen vvomen goe to law, the Deuill is full of businesse. A new T...
  • [ELIZABETHAN] [WILSON, GEORGE]. The commendation of cockes, and cock-fighting. VVherein is shewed, that cocke-fighting was befo...


    Sold for $25,000

    [ELIZABETHAN] [WILSON, GEORGE]. The commendation of cockes, and cock-fighting. VVherein is shewed, that cocke-fighting was befo...
  • NOAH, WEBSTER Two leaves of manuscript from the American Dictionary of the English Language,


    Sold for $17,500

    NOAH, WEBSTER Two leaves of manuscript from the American Dictionary of the English Language,
  • [AMERICAN REVOLUTION - NAVAL LOG BOOK] War-Date Manuscript Log for the Continental Navy Flagship Alfred.


    Sold for $22,500

    [AMERICAN REVOLUTION - NAVAL LOG BOOK] War-Date Manuscript Log for the Continental Navy Flagship Alfred.
  • WHITMAN, WALT The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman.


    Sold for $22,500

    WHITMAN, WALT The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman.
  • [ELIZABETHAN] ALLOTT, ROBERT. Englands Parnassus, or, The choysest flowers of our moderne poets, with their poeticall comparisons. D...


    Sold for $18,750

    [ELIZABETHAN] ALLOTT, ROBERT. Englands Parnassus, or, The choysest flowers of our moderne poets, with their poeticall comparisons. D...
  • CEZANNE, PAUL Autograph letter signed to Emile Bernard,


    Sold for $18,750

    CEZANNE, PAUL Autograph letter signed to Emile Bernard,
  • [MANUSCRIPT] Manuscript on vellum,


    Sold for $16,250

    [MANUSCRIPT] Manuscript on vellum,
  • [ILLUSTRATION ART] SCHULZ, CHARLES. Original drawing for a Peanuts four-panel strip.


    Sold for $13,750

    [ILLUSTRATION ART] SCHULZ, CHARLES. Original drawing for a Peanuts four-panel strip.
  • BALE, JOHN A mysterye of inyquyte contayned within the heretycall genealogye of Ponce Pantolabus, is here both dysclosed & conf...


    Sold for $13,750

    BALE, JOHN A mysterye of inyquyte contayned within the heretycall genealogye of Ponce Pantolabus, is here both dysclosed & conf...
  • [WASHINGTON, GEORGE] EUSTIS, WILLIAM (Revolutionary War Surgeon, later Governor of Massachusetts). Autograph letter signed to D...


    Sold for $12,500

    [WASHINGTON, GEORGE] EUSTIS, WILLIAM (Revolutionary War Surgeon, later Governor of Massachusetts). Autograph letter signed to D...
  • [NATIVE AMERICANS] CARLISLE INDIAN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. Archive of printed documents, photographs and ephemera collected by instructor...


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    [NATIVE AMERICANS] CARLISLE INDIAN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. Archive of printed documents, photographs and ephemera collected by instructor...
  • LEE, ROBERT E. Autograph letter signed to cousin Sally Lee gifting a lock of his hair, present in a near contemporary gold pendant. ...


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    LEE, ROBERT E. Autograph letter signed to cousin Sally Lee gifting a lock of his hair, present in a near contemporary gold pendant. ...
  • [NAVAL - WAR OF 1812] Group of six watercolors by Christopher OBrien, surgeon of the H.M.S. Racoon, rendered in ink a...


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  • [ELIZABETHAN] BURGHLEY, WILLIAM CECIL, [BARON]. The copie of a letter sent out of England to Don Bernardin Mendoza ambassadour...


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  • CRANE, STEPHEN The Red Badge of Courage.


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Sale Totals $1,604,594 Against an Estimate of $849,200-1,255,000

Important George Washington Letter Fetches $362,500

Letter from Emma Hamilton to Lord Nelson Sets a New Auction Record at 68,500

On November 5, Doyle New York held an auction of Rare Books, Autographs and Photographs. Among the offerings were manuscripts and early printing, color plate, Americana, travel, sporting, literature, illustrations, artist books, fine bindings, private press, maps and atlases.

Despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the sale totaled a strong $1,604,594, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $849,200-1,255,000, with an exceptional 90% sold by lot and 96% sold by value.

The auction began with a substantial section of Americana that most notably included an important 1783 autograph letter from George Washington to wartime aide James McHenry announcing his intention to retire from public service. This letter sold for $362,500, the fourth highest price ever recorded for the sale of a Washington letter at auction and the highest price for a single-page letter by him.

Other strong results in Americana were $22,500 reached for the log of the ship Alfred, an exceptionally rare survival, the log of the purser on board an American naval vessel during the Revolutionary war, from January 1777 to February 1778. Another remarkable offering was an original album of topographical drawings made during Wheeler’s 1875 exploration of California by C. W. Whipple. This made $34,375, and detailed topographical drawings in what would become Los Angeles. $28,125 was achieved for an early 18th century sammelband of religious works, including several by Cotton Mather.

In Autographs, a world record price of $68,500 was set for a letter by Emma Hamilton one of the final missives sent to Lord Nelson, who died at Trafalgar before its receipt. Two original manuscript leaves in the hand of Noah Webster reached $17,500, a world record for any of the surviving fragments in public hands of the manuscript for his 1828 dictionary.  The archive of musical scores by African-American composer Margaret Bonds achieved $5,938.

A group of Travel & Voyages was highlighted by the first collected edition of the voyages of Sir Francis Drake which brought $7,500, and a first edition of William Bligh’s Narrative of the Mutiny on board His Majesty's ship Bounty made $5,625.

Among color plate books, a set of the Microcosm of London made $5000, a copy of the rare Hans Burgkmaier's Turnier-Buch, Frankfurt, 1855 achieved $2375, and a set of Michaux and Nuttall, The North American Sylva realized $3,000. An unusual offering was two original engraved copper plates used in printing John Prideaux Selby’s Illustrations of English Ornithology, which made $3437.50 and $4,375 respectively. 

Among manuscripts, a Humanist work including Bracellius’ account of the Ligurian coast made $16,250, an unusual Chinese manuscript of street traders achieved $6,250 and an early Carta Executoria made $4,375.

The sale then proceeded to an extensive run of Elizabethan books and books by Elizabethan authors, many of which were of the greatest rarity. Here, outstanding prices were fetched by John Webster The deuils law-case… 1623, the first quarto edition, which achieved $25,000; a very rare Elizabethan sporting imprint, George Wilson The commendation of cockes, and cock-fighting, 1607, attained the same price; Burghley’s The copie of a letter sent out of England to Don Bernardin Mendoza which attained $10,625; Holland’s Treatise against Witchcraft 1590, $8,750, and many other very strong prices. Elizabethan material has been featured over our past three auctions, and there is clearly still a strong market despite the limited amount of material that comes up for sale.

Among a small group of other English imprints was John Bale A mysterye of inyquyte contayned within the heretycall genealogye of Ponce Pantolabus which sold for $13,750. Drayton’s remarkable Poly-Olbion, the third issue, sold for $6,250. Early continental printing featured a 1512 edition of Martial de Paris, printed by Trepperel’s widow, a fine copy that realized $5,625. An exceedingly imperfect incunable Boccacio Florio und Bianceffora made $5,625, largely on the strength of the fine wood engravings in early hand coloring.

In the field of nineteenth and century literature, strong prices were attained by a set of the Author’s Autograph Edition of Whitman, with an exceptionally attractive leaf in Whitman’s hand, which made $22,500. Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, an attractive copy in the rare dust-jacket, was hammered down at $10,625. A copy of Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables in a remarkable state of preservation made $10,000. A fine Hemingway inscribed to Robert Gros by Hemingway and additionally by Martha Gellhorn made $7,500 and a particularly attractive example of Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake $8,125.

Sets and bindings were as usual a popular area, with a charming little royal binding inset with miniatures of members of the House of Savoy realizing $5,625. The Autograph Edition of Mark Twain’s works sold at $10,000, and a Roycroft binding by Henry Avery accomplished a remarkable $5,000, demonstrating that interest in that East Aurora establishment remains firm.

An unusual feature of the sale was a fine collection of artist autograph letters, primarily (but not exclusively) the Impressionists.Here, a Gauguin letter to Pissarro made $28,125; a Cezanne letter to Emile Bernard $18,750; a Degas letter to Julie Manet $8,125; and a pair of fine Monet letters $6,875 and $5,625. Moving from artist letters to illustration art, a Peanuts cartoon drawn by Schulz sold for $13,750; a Bemelmans drawing of Paris realized $5,312.50; and an Arthur Szyk miniature of the Lord’s Prayer made $4,375.

Finally, in books on the arts, the folio 1792 Holbein in a contemporary binding hammered down at $10,000, a set of the first four issues of the seminal journal XXe Siècle made $3,125, a lot with the Maillol Virgil of the Cranach Press made $5,312.50, the Dali Alice $5,937 and a worn copy of Andy Warhol’s 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy $28,125.

All prices include the buyer's premium.

Doyle New York's next auction of Rare Books, Autographs and Maps is scheduled for April 23, 2013. Consignments are currently being accepted. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. Please contact Edward Ripley-Duggan at 212-427-4141, ext 234, or Peter Costanzo at ext. 248, or email

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Louis LeB. Webre
SVP, Marketing & Media
212-427-4141, ext 232
Lot 129
Autograph letter signed to James McHenry
. Philadelphia: 10 December 1783. 1 page autograph letter signed Go: Washington, on a bifolium (watermarked C Taylor), docketed most likely in McHenry's hand on verso: G. Washington/Dec. 10th 1783/Route from N. York to Annapolis/to resign his commission. 8 ¾ x 7 ¼ inches (22 x 18.5 cm). Some small brown stains, usual folds with a few short splits, remnants of mounting to verso of integral blank, this mount present with evidence of age toning.

The full text as follows:

Philadelphia Dec. 10th 1783
Dear Sir,
After seeing the backs of the British Forces turned upon us, and the Executive of the State of New York put into the peaceable possession of their Capitol, I set out for this place. On Monday next I expect to leave the City and by slow traveling arrive at Baltimore on Wednesday, where I will spend one day and then proceed to Annapolis and get translated into a private Citizen.
I am yr affect
Go: Washington

George Washington's wartime aide-de-camp James McHenry of Maryland served as a delegate to the Continental Congress and was a signer of the United States Constitution. He was the United States Secretary of War from 1796 until 1800 under both Presidents George Washington and John Adams. The namesake of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, it was the bombardment of the fort by British warships on the night of September 13th, 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner, the original title of which was Defence of Fort McHenry.

George Washington to James McHenry;
Sold in the auction of James McHenry's papers to benefit the Maryland Institution for the Instruction of the Blind. The auction, Autograph Letters of Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Harrison, etc, was conducted by Gibson & Co., Auctioneers on December 15th, 1859. Three annotated copies of this catalogue in the Maryland Historical Society and at Syracuse University were examined and each bears a manuscript note reporting this letter sold to W. Walters of Baltimore for $21. This was Baltimore collector William T. Walters (1819-1894);
By descent to his son Henry Walters (1848-1941);
By descent to his wife Sarah Green Jones Walters (1859-1943);
By descent to her daughter Sadie Jones Pope (1887-1975) (daughter of Sarah and Pembroke Jones; wife of noted Jefferson Memorial architect John Russell Pope);
By descent to her daughter Jane Pope Akers Ridgway (1917-2011)

Literature: Published in Worthington Chauncey Ford (editor). The Writings of George Washington. [New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1890]. Vol. X (1782-1785).

A MAGNIFICENT LETTER WITH A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PROVENANCE. WASHINGTON WRITES IN HIS FINAL DAYS AS CONTINENTAL COMMANDER TO WARTIME AIDE AND CONFIDANT JAMES McHENRY REPORTING VICTORY OVER THE BRITISH, THE RESTORATION OF NEW YORK, AND HIS INTENTION TO RETIRE FROM PUBLIC SERVICE. After the signing of the Treaty of Paris, the gargantuan task of removing the 29,000 British soldiers, citizens, refugees and military property crowding Manhattan island and New York harbor took place on November 25th, 1783. Washington watched the events of that day from New Jersey and did not enter the city until the British flag was removed and the American flag raised. He then led a triumphant parade down Broadway alongside Governor George Clinton, a strong symbol of restored sovereignty, before gathering his officers for a tear infused farewell at Fraunces Tavern on December 4th. Anxious to return to Mount Vernon after his eight year absence, Washington would travel from New York to Annapolis, where he intended to resign his commission of Commander of the Continental Army. Along his journey, jubilant celebrations erupted, and Washington addressed crowds in New Brunswick and Trenton before reaching Philadelphia. The tight schedule of formal appearances did not allow much time for personal correspondence, but Washington found time to pen this poignant and candid letter to James McHenry on the 10th. Washington is quite candid in his statements to McHenry and proudly reports "seeing the backs of the British forces turned upon us" and having returned the "State of New York [to] the peaceable possession" of its rightful Governor, before announcing his intention to retire in the oft-quoted phrase that he will "get translated into a private Citizen." In this letter Washington acknowledges the greatness of his victory and the newness of his personal state, having in eight years time been transformed from an unhappy Virginia planter to the commander of the revolutionary army, and most importantly, into this startling new entity: a free American citizen.

The letter remained among McHenry's papers until 1859, when it was sold at auction in Baltimore to benefit an institution for the blind. Sold to William T. Walters, the Baltimore industrialist and art collector, the letter descended to his son Henry Walters, who would greatly expand the family collection and would marry Sarah Jones. Jones was instrumental in the formation of the Walters Art Museum after Henry's death in 1931 and the balance of the collection sold at auction. Recently discovered among family papers, the letter has thus remained with the family of the original purchaser since 1859.

C Estate of Jane Akers Ridgway
Sold For $362,500
Lot 174
Autograph letter to Viscount Nelson
, 3 pp., dated October 4 from Canterbury, the address panel bearing a free frank dated October 7, 1805, the letter addressed to the care of Captain Keats on the HMS Superb, docked at Portsmouth. 9 x 7 inches (23 x 18 cm), written in brown ink on a sheet of paper folded to two leaves. Housed in an old straight-grained morocco folder (worn), with documents supporting the provenance. The address leaf (the recto of which is the last page of text) has a puncture and a marginal tear, both with loss of paper, resulting from seal removal, with no apparent damage to the text; miscreased at the gutter fold.
Nelson was dead, killed by a French sniper at Trafalgar on October 21 1805, before this letter reached the fleet, as the Superb did not rejoin the British squadron off Cadiz until November 1805, well after the battle. This is therefore among Emma Hamilton's very last letters to Nelson, though (see below) we are aware of one later example, that being (with a strong likelihood) her very last letter to him. Neither would have reached him before his death, which may well explain their survival. Nelson and Emma Hamilton mutually destroyed their correspondence to maintain the privacy of their relationship. She was the less thorough of the two in this regard, to judge by the paucity of surviving letters from her to Nelson, relative to the comparatively large number of letters extant that Nelson sent to her.
Here, addressing "My most dear Nelson," Emma Hamilton describes the attempted suicide of Lord Sidmouth's son. She mentions visitors--Lord Douglas "who would have given much to have seen you when you were in England." The letter goes on to regret the lack of letters from Nelson, and speaks at some length on Horatia, the daughter of Emma Hamilton and Viscount Nelson. In all, it is an exceptional document, full of affectionate warmth (full text upon request).
As a footnote, Sir Richard Goodwin Keats, the captain of the Superb who was entrusted with carrying this letter, was highly regarded by Nelson (and, one must imagine, was trusted by Emma Hamilton to carry such sensitive missives). He had defeated three enemy vessels simultaneously after Algeciras in 1801 in an epic naval victory. He had been part of the fleet under Nelson that pursued the French under Villeneuve to the West Indies and back in the long months before Trafalgar, but the Superb needed to be dry-docked and refitted on its return, and as a result Keats and his vessel missed Trafalgar by a month.
1. American Art Association, Inc. to Henry Walters (1848-1941), based on an enclosed letter to Walters from Arthur Swann dated April 24, 1924;
2. By descent to his wife Sarah Jones Walters;
3. By descent to Sadie Jones Pope
4. By descent to Jane Pope Akers Ridgway (1917-2011)

C Estate of Jane Akers Ridgway
Sold For $68,500
Lot 131
Notebook of topographical sketches of mountain peaks and views drawn by Whipple on the 1875 Geographical Survey West of the 100th Meridian
. Mostly southern California: 1875 [front blank with Engineer's Office stamp dated 1879]. Original brown pebbled morocco ledger stamped "Topographical" in gilt on upper cover, with a partially printed paper label to upper cover accomplished by Whipple. The half-title is signed "C.W. Whipple/ Summer of '75" and the title page is printed "Topographical Records/ Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian" and is signed "2nd Lt. C.W. Whipple 3rd Arty". The notebook contains approximately 60 pencil drawings and sketches of mountain ranges and views on the lined pages of the ledger, most with captions, equations, and survey notations. Places mentioned include Cahuenga Pass, Santa Monica, San Bernadino peak, Mt. Pinos, Cuyama Valley, Tehachapi Mountains and others. 8 1/2 x 6 inches (21 x 15 cm). Minor rubbing, very well preserved overall; Together with four manuscript topographical diaries kept by Whipple, including the diary corresponding with the above drawings, a diary dated from Mexico in 1874, a small ledger stamped in gilt "Aneroid Readings" dated 1874, and one other. Each approximately 3 1/2 x 6 inches (9 x 15 cm). Some wear and dampstaining but in generally sound condition.
An interesting archive of topographical drawings and notes made over the summer months of 1874 and 1875 by Charles W. Whipple. The California mountains depicted here, explored by Wheeler's survey in the summer of 1875, are mostly in the Los Angeles area including Santa Monica.

Sold For $34,375
Lot 535
25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy
. [New York]: Printed by Seymour Berlin, [circa 1954]. First edition, number 69 of 190 copies signed in red crayon by Warhol. Original white buckram with gray endpapers, the upper cover with a hand-colored lithographed label depicting a cat and lettered with the title and author (this print defective). 9 x 5 7/8 inches (22.5 x 18 cm); tipped-in limitation leaf, followed by 17 offset lithographs by Warhol on Arches paper, each hand-colored with the bright washes of Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dyes. The cover lithograph completes the count of 18. The cover illustration with a large loss to the cat illustration also affecting lettering, this portion provided in facsimile, other staining to covers from adhesive as commonly seen, plates affected by either long or short handling creases or various stains at margin or into image, stitching loosening, a worn copy but nevertheless a complete copy of a scarce and frequently broken Warhol title.
25 Cats Name[d] Sam and One Blue Pussy is an ephemeral work created in the early years of Warhol's career as a graphic artist in New York. The work lists Charles Lisanby as its author although there is no text, and the cat theme may be credited to Warhol's mother Julia, who had moved to New York to be near Andy and provided the calligraphy. Julia and Andy were known to have many cats, all but one named Sam, and Julia was known for her whimsical cat drawings. The coloring of the lithographs was done at "coloring parties" with Warhol's friends, a precusor the collective approach that characterized much of his career. The book was typically gifted by Warhol to friends and colleagues and this copy was gifted from Warhol to an art director friend at I. Miller Shoes where he worked during this period. Among the most significant American artist books of the period, these Cats are now ubiquitous Warhol images. A copy of the book gifted to another I. Miller colleague was used to produce a facsimile edition by Random House in 1987. Feldman & Schellmann IV 52A-68A.

Sold For $28,125
Lot 94
Group of seven works bound together
. Boston: various publishers, 1701-1741. Brown calf (probably circa 1780-1820), with red titling label on spine. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (13.5 x 8 cm); various paginations. Binding quite rubbed, internally some toning but generally clean, sound copies.
1. [MATHER, COTTON]. Nicetas. Or, Temptations to sin, and particularly to the sin wherewith youth is most usually and easily ensnared; well answered & conquered. In a sermon, directing and engaging young people, to the resolutions of early piety. Timothy Green: Boston, 1705. 44 pp., collating A-E^(4) F^(4)(-F2, F3, cancelled duplicate leaves). Joseph Sewall's copy; his name in ink at the foot of the final page, with a further inscription (unfortunately trimmed and illegible). Sewall was a noted theologian with close connections to Harvard; he was offered the presidency in 1724, but refused it. T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 256.
2. [MATHER, COTTON]. A companion for the afflicted. The duties and the comforts, of good men, under their afflictions in two brief and plain discourses. Accommodated unto the condition that all at some times, and some at all times, do encounter withal. Boston: T. Green for Samuel Sewall Junior, 1701. 56 pp., collating A-G^(4). T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 68.
3. [MATHER, COTTON]. The balance of the sanctuary. A short and plain essay; declaring, the true balance wherein every thing should be weighed, and, detecting, the false balance wherein many things are weighed, among the children of men. A lecture; in the audience of the General Assembly at Boston, Oct. 5. 1727. Boston: T. Fleet, 1727. 24 pp., collating A-B^(6). T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 22.
4. [MATHER, COTTON]. Hatzar-Maveth. Comfortable words; in a short essay on the comforts of one living to God, but walking through the valley of the shadow of death; and finding it no more than a shadow of death. Boston: S. Gerrish, 1726. [4], 28pp., collating A-B^(6) C1,2,3,4. T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 168.
5. ADAMS, ELIPHALET. God sometimes answers his people, by terrible things in righteousness. A discourse occasioned by that awful thunder-clap which struck the meeting-house in N. London, Aug. 31st. 1735. N[ew] London, [Conn.]: T. Green, 1735. [4], vi, 46 pp., collating A-G^(4).
6. WEBB, JOHN. Christ's suit to the sinner, while he stands and knocks at the door. A sermon preach'd in a time of great awakening, at the Tuesday-evening lecture in Brattle-Street, Boston, October 13. Boston: S. Kneeland and T, Green, 1741. [4], 43, [1] pp., collating A-D^(6).
7. PIERPONT, JAMES. Sundry false hopes of heaven, discovered and decryed, in a sermon preached at the North-Assembly in Boston, 3. d. 4. m. 1711. Boston: T. Green, 1712. [2], xxiv, 46 pp., collating A-F^(6). With a preface by Cotton Mather. With Joseph Sewall's inscription dated Jan. 22 1711 (rather trimmed). T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 299A.
In all, an exceptional collection of Colonial American sermons with a fine provenance, several of which are of the utmost rarity. Sewall gave books to Harvard after the 1764 library fire, and was a substantial benefactor to the school. Mather's Nicetas is a rare juvenile desideratum, intended as it was for a young audience. Perhaps as a consequence of juvenile use, it is very rare (we note three copies only in institutions). Respectively these works are Evans 1218; 992; 2906; 2769; 3861; 4834; and 1581.

Sold For $28,125
Lot 451
Autograph letter signed to Camille Pissarro
, [Paris, n.d. but circa 1884]. Single page (verso blank, with conjugate blank leaf) of about sixteen lines, written in Gauguin's delicate calligraphy. 7 1/8 x 4 1/2 inches (17.5 x 11.5 cm). Mailing creases, fine condition. The letter is framed with an image of Gauguin.
Gauguin tells Pissarro that he does not expect to see him, as Pissarro has just moved, and that Durand-Ruel (the great art dealer of the Impressionists) has found Gauguin's series of canvases to be good. He invites Pissarro to a dinner at which several young admirers of his work will be present.
Gary E. Combs Inc.

Sold For $28,125
Lot 304
WEBSTER, JOHN. The deuils law-case. Or, VVhen vvomen goe to law, the Deuill is full of businesse. A new Tragecomedy
... London: printed by A[ugustine] M[athewes] for Iohn Grismand, 1623. First quarto edition. Old half green three-quarters morocco, marbled sides, all edges red. 7 1/8 x 5 inches (18.5 x 13 cm); [88] pp., collating A-L^(4). Binding worn, front board detached, internally, minor spotting and toning, a light bump just affecting the extreme lower fore-edge. The Roxburghe copy, with the stamp of his library on title verso.
An exceedingly rare play by the author of The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil. No copy has been offered at auction for several decades. First quarto editions of any of Webster's works are almost unobtainable, on a par with the quartos of Shakespeare; for comparison, the last copy of Webster's Duchess of Malfi made $39,000 in 1990. Greg II 38; ESTC S119585

Sold For $25,000
Lot 302
[WILSON, GEORGE]. The commendation of cockes, and cock-fighting. VVherein is shewed, that cocke-fighting was before the comming of Christ
. London : Printed [by Thomas Purfoot] for Henrie Tomes, and are to be sold at his shop ouer against Graies Inne gate in Holburne, 1607. 19th century calf, all edges gilt, housed in a modern clamshell case. 6 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches (17.5 x 13 cm); [15] ff. collating A-D^(4) (but lacking A1, blank]. Joints weak, lacking blank as noted, but overall a clean, sound copy, apparently unrestored. Leaf A3r has a faint old marginal duplicate stamp of the Bridgew[a]t[er] Lib[rar]y. According to an 1819 ink note in the front free endpaper, this was the Duke of Marlborough's copy, sold at his auction July 1818 (it had been purchased by him at the Colonel Stanley sale).
One of the rarest sporting books of the period, this has a delightful title page with two cuts of gamecocks, one black, one red, a most unusual flourish. It is the first known English treatise on the subject, written by a Norfolk vicar and dedicated to Sir Henrie Bedingfield "in the County of Norfolke Knighte." Both men were dedicated to the pursuit, and there are accounts of cockfights in Bury St. Edmunds and Norwich (and an extraordinary account of a parade through the former town of a victorious cock of the author's own breeding). Michael Drayton is mentioned in the text; as is the cockpit built at Whitehall by Henry VIII, on what is now the site of Number Ten Downing Street (see Early English Stages 1300 to 1660 volume II, p. 45). In fact, some early Cabinet meetings are supposed to have been secretly held at the Cockpit. It was later converted to a concert hall and theater. ESTC S111808.
The Col. Stanley-Duke of Marlborough-James Perry-Henry B.H. Beaufoy copy (taken from bookplate and early endpaper notes). We are unclear at what point in the copy's history it was in the Bridgewater Library (i.e. that of the Egertons, Earls of Bridgewater, later Ellesmere).

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Lot 160
Two leaves of manuscript from the American Dictionary of the English Language
, n.d. but before 1828. Paper with a dove and olive branch watermark (c.f. Gravell 0.012.1, but a variant), with three pages of text in Webster's strong, hasty hand, consisting of several hundred words of text for dictionary definitions from "Admit" to "Admonitory," with extensive strike-throughs and corrections (a large portion of "Admonish" is neatly lined through and reworked). 9 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches (25 x 19.5 cm); approximately ninety lines in all, with several Hebrew characters in the preliminary definition of "Admonish." Very slight losses at the gutter margin (not seriously affecting any word) where the page was extracted from the manuscript. Horizontal crease, minor toning of paper, in all a good example.
Two leaves from Webster's manuscript of the first American dictionary. The balance of the manuscript (some 450 leaves) now resides at the Pierpont Morgan Library, but at some early juncture leaves from the A and B section were separated (all that ever appeared for sale comes from this portion of the alphabet, so far as we can determine). Very few of these leaves are extant. The last example sold at auction was in the Forbes Collection (sold 15 November, 2005), and was significantly less extensive than this in word count. It is interesting to note that Webster rewrote the definition of "Admonish" without Hebrew characters, perhaps concerned about typesetting issues.
"Webster was an ardent nationalist and wished to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a separate American language....Webster's great dictionary, all the 70,000 entries of which he wrote with his own hand, has been reprinted and brought up to date innumerable times" from Printing and the Mind of Man 291.

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Lot 83
War-Date Manuscript Log for the Continental Navy Flagship Alfred
. Boston-France-Cape Verde: 25 January 1777 - 24 February 1778. Contemporary limp vellum with early stitching. 10 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches (26 x 20 cm); 52 pp. manuscript in ink in the hand of pursar Nathaniel Richards (comprising 19 pp. of daily entries of the ship's activity, weather conditions, etc; 14 pp. of prepared and dated space for entries but unaccomplished; and 19 pp. of contemporary song lyrics, presumably for enjoyment on board). Some staining and discolor to vellum, intermittent spotting or small stains internally, remarkably well preserved given its use on board ship.
An extremely rare class of Revolutionary Americana: the manuscript ship's log for the third voyage of the Alfred, the first flagship of the newly established Continental Navy. In October 1775, the Continental Congress ordered the purchase of four ships, one of which was the Philadelphia built Black Prince that was laboriously refitted into a warship and rechristened the Alfred. The newly minted American Navy was vastly inferior to the highly armed and experienced English fleet that would occupy Boston, New York and other major American harbors in the months to come. Thus the early missions of the Alfred were not only to to harass and capture British warships and merchant vessels carrying much needed ammunition and supplies, but also to venture into Caribbean and European waters in search of the same. The Alfred's first voyage (the United States' first amphibious mission) was the capture of gunpowder stores in the Bahamas at the Battle of Nassau. Upon return, the Alfred underwent repairs, John Paul Jones was placed in command, and the ship saw significant action off Nova Scotia before returning to Boston for another major refit in December 1776.

The current manuscript's first entry dated January 1777 reports Elisha Hindman taking command of the ship and continues to track the Alfred on its third voyage to France alongside the Raleigh. The text is in the hand of the ship's pursar, Nathaniel Richards, whose brother Peter was also on board as First Lieutenant. In the margins Richards notes captured British ships as "1st Prize" ("Saw a schooner ... gave chace ... came up with her... she proved to be the Delight... from New York bound to Annapolis Royal in Nova-Scotia took out of her some bread, pork, flower then set her on fire"), "2nd Prize" being a ship separated from a large convoy (the Snow Anny... bound from St. Vincent for London in Company with the Windward Island Fleet... 28 guns & 2 sloops of 16 guns each; she parted with them 2 days since... we put 4 men on board and sent her off for America"). Two days later one of the longer entries describes the Raleigh's engagement with the Druid: "... went alongside one of the sloops of war, fired 7 or 8 broadsides into her which carried away her yards & rigging entirely and damaged her so much in the hull ... she was not able to set any sail ... the Raleigh in the action had one boy killed ..." Alfred reached France in October and the log resumes in December and records chasing down several ships including one "off Sennegall Fort ... laden with wine." Other on board business recorded here includes having "punished two negroes for desertion" and the July 4, 1777 celebration in which they "Dressed ship & fired 13 guns, the forts & vessels the same in honor of American Independence." The final entry in the diary records the sighting of the Island of Brava, in the Cape Verde Islands on the Alfred's return voyage to the United States. Of note are the manuscript lyrics to approximately thirteen songs which are at the end of the log.
American naval manuscripts from the Revolution are extremely scarce in commerce. While documents and letters appear occasionally at auction, ABPC reports no record of such a substantial manuscript written on board a major American ship being sold at auction.

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Lot 394
The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman
. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. One of 32 sets only of the Author's Manuscript Edition, each volume numbered and signed on behalf of the publisher, this set number 20. Ten volumes, bound in full dark-green levant at The Knickerbocker Press, the covers with an overall floral design in gilt surrounding a central lozenge onlaid in red, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, red moire silk endsheets, top edge gilt. 9 1/2 x 7 inches (24 x 17 cm); frontispieces in two states, the manuscript leaf bound into the first volume together with a hand-engrossed certification leaf signed by Jeanette Gilder. Laid in is the original publisher's receipt, which indicates that the set cost $500 upon publication. Spines slightly darkened, some minor wear, and a small defect resulting in loss of leather to the lower forecorner of the dentelles in the first volume. Internally, this is a fresh copy.
The manuscript in this set is a leaf from the first (or early) draft of Specimen Days, chapter 153 The East, which incorporates three lines of verse from The Errand Bearers (the whole of which was first published in The New York Times, June 27, 1860). Retitled A Broadway Pageant this poem was ultimately incorporated into the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass. The manuscript has a number of strike-throughs and emendations. Though just a three-line quotation, any portion of Leaves of Grass in Whitman's hand is desirable. BAL 21454A; Meyerson B4.

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Lot 278
ALLOTT, ROBERT. Englands Parnassus, or, The choysest flowers of our moderne poets, with their poeticall comparisons. Descriptions of bewties, personages, castles, pallaces, mountaines, groues, seas, springs, riuers, &c. Whereunto are annexed other various discourses both pleasaunt and profitable
. London: For N.L. C.B. and T.H., 1600. First edition, the issue with the dedication leaf to Thomas Mounson signed R.A. Contemporary vellum gilt. 6 x 3 1/2 inches (15 x 9 cm); [14] (of 16 pp., wanting first blank), 494 [i.e. 510] pp. (final page misnumbered) lacking final blank (2 pp.), collation A-2K^(8). Binding renewed with fresh endpapers and ties, A1 lacking as noted, A2 with losses and ownership notes, the title with an old owner's name stencilled, fraying to the head of the first few leaves, a few spots of worming towards the end of the work, the final two text leaves with losses to the text (about ten words) replaced in type facsimile, lacking final blank. Signature 2I appears to be inserted from a shorter copy. William Sterling Maxwell's copy, with his pencilled notes.
Despite the defects noted, a very good textually complete copy in a contemporary binding of an extremely important anthology of quotations from Elizabethan authors, including William Shakespeare. John Payne Collier notes that Loves Labours Lost is quoted twice, Henry IV part One twice, Richard II five times, Richard III five times, and Romeo and Juliet 11 times. There are many quotations from Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. Bibliotheca Anglo-Poetica 1; Grolier, Langland to Wither 3; Hayward 38; Pforzheimer 358.

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Lot 450
Autograph letter signed to Emile Bernard
, [likely Paris, circa 1905-5]. Single sheet, two pages, about eighteen lines written in Cezanne's vigorous script and with his bold, flamboyant signature. 7 x 4 1/2 inches (17.5 x 11.5 cm). Central horizontal crease, very slight crease in one corner, attractive condition, framed with a portrait of Cezanne.
The older artist asks after the health of Madame Bernard and his children, notes that he has read a letter of Bernard's, and misaddressed his reply.
Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery

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Lot 270
Manuscript on vellum
, containing Jacobi Bracellei Genuensis descriptio ore Ligustice ad Blondum Flavium Forose; Prefatio in epistolas Hypocratis e greco in latinum conversas per ad Nicolaum V. Summum Pontif. Bound in three-quarters calf, cloth sides. 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 (21 x 14 cm); 21 ff., written in a fine humanist bookhand (undated, but likely third quarter of the 15th century), 24 lines to the page. The leaves are crudely and irregularly numbered 312-331 in a later though early hand. The verso of the final leaf bears an Explicit. Binding defective, front board loose. Internally, there is an old water stain to the bottom margin, but though there is minor creasing resulting from this, the text is unaffected and the manuscript is overall attractive. With the bookplate of Walter Sneyd; this is the Reverend Walter Sneyd of Keele Hall, whose important collection of manuscripts was sold in 1903 by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge.
These are the final leaves of what was once a more extensive manuscript of the letters of Democritus and of Hippocrates, to judge from the Explicit. The first section of the manuscript is from Giacomo Bracelli's account of the Ligurian coast, the Descriptio orae ligusticae that was written in 1442, providing a terminus post quem for the manuscript. Bracelli's work did not appear in print until the Badius Ascensius edition of his works in 1520. The second section includes the letter of Artaxerxes to Petus (including the section on the plague) as well as the letter in which Hippocrates addresses Crateone. An unusual combination of medical and geographical texts, this is an intriguing manuscript. See Paul Oskar Kristeller Iter Italicum volume 5, p. 422 for this manuscript.

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Lot 485
SCHULZ, CHARLES. Original drawing for a Peanuts four-panel strip
. 5 1/2 x 27 inches (69 x 14 cm); drawn in black ink on thin illustration board, signed "Schulz" in the last panel; undated, with the printed United Features Syndicate slug (with a copyright date of 1969) pasted to the extreme left of the outline of the first panel. Some toning to the edges of the sheet, a central fold (running through the blank between two panels), two faint areas of discoloration in the first two panels, overall an attractive example.
Snoopy, on his kennel, is pacing to and fro in a state of indignation. In the last frame, he announces "No one should have to wait until after ten o'clock for his English muffin."

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Lot 307
A mysterye of inyquyte contayned within the heretycall genealogye of Ponce Pantolabus, is here both dysclosed & confuted by Iohan Bale
. Emprynted at Geneua [i.e. Antwerp]: By Mycheal Woode [i.e. A. Goinus], 1545 (false imprint; the place of publication and printer are taken from the STC). First edition. 19th century brown armorial morocco gilt. 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches (14.5 x 9.5 cm); [4], 88 ff., collating A^(4) B-M^(8). Both boards detached, spine missing one compartment, but an internally fresh copy (faint old stamp on recto and verso of title), the Robert Goelet/William Sterling Maxwell copy.
This work, by "bilious Bale," (so known from his demeanour and the virulence of his arguments), reprints and refutes a work by John Huntington, the Ponce Pantolabus of the title: The genealogye of heresye. No copy of the original edition of this is recorded, and Bale's own book is rare, with only one copy at auction (1978). It was explicitly prohibited and condemned under the July 5, 1546 Proclamation for the Abolishing of English Books that also banned Coverdale's Bible. Bale was a notable playwright as well as a controversialist in the anti-Catholic cause. His Kynge Johan (circa 1538) is one of the earliest historical dramas, preparing the ground for those of Shakespeare sixty years later. STC (2nd ed.), 1303; ESTC S100627.

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Lot 128
EUSTIS, WILLIAM (Revolutionary War Surgeon, later Governor of Massachusetts). Autograph letter signed to Dr. David Townsend giving a first hand account of an assassination attempt on Washington and the arrival of the British Navy to New York Harbor
. New York: 28 June - 1 July 1776. 4 pp. autograph letter signed "W. Eustis" with a lengthy postscript in Eustis' hand. 9 x 7 1/4 inches (23 x 18 cm). Split along one horizontal fold, remnants of mounting to left margin, some light staining. The letter was published in Boston in 1869 as The assassination plot in New-York in 1776: A letter of Dr. William Eustis ...; Together with an 1876 newspaper printing of the letter.
An emotional and descriptive account of the 1776 attempt on Washington's life in New York. Eustis informs Townsend of the "infernal plot to have murdered, (with trembling I say it) the best man on Earth: Genl Washington was to have been the first subject of their unheard of Sacricide." Eustis continues, mentioning other aspects of the "diabolical" plot such as further assassinations and the blowing up of the gunpowder magazines. Eustis describes the perpetrators of the plot as being members of Washington's personal life-guard and that once discovered "we are hanging them as fast as we can find them out." Eustis then describes the hanging of Thomas Hickey (the ntirety of the plan is often referred to as the Hickey Plot), the Irish-born British army deserter and member of Washington's life-guard who was quickly tried and hung in front of 20,000 spectators on the day this letter was penned. Hickey is the only known conspirator to be hung for this plot and was also the first American soldier in in the Continental Army to be executed. The letter closes with comments on the fighting at Quebec and mention that "General Howe lays at the Hook with a number of troops; how many is uncertain" but in a very dramatic turn Eustis resumes the letter on July 1st with a startling description of the arrival of the British fleet. He writes "we have counted 140 topsail vessels, some say there are 160. I think we must very soon come to action. The Flower of our Reg. is picked for a field fight which I imagine will take place on Long Island. Heaven preserve us to meet again."

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Lot 138
CARLISLE INDIAN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL. Archive of printed documents, photographs and ephemera collected by instructor Alfred W. Ramsay
. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: circa 1910. Archive comprising printed items such as: school prospectuses and mission statements, student narratives including two partially printed books accomplished in manuscript (nearly complete) by male and female students listing their names, tribes, ambitions, etc., periodicals including The Red Man, The Indian Craftsman, Indians, At Work, The Carlisle Arrow (newspapers and yearbooks, 1909-1912), printed lesson sheets, various annual reports, speeches read to students, printed menus, handbills (one by Teddy Roosevelt), and booklets. Photographs include: classroom interiors, an interesting group of images depicting students in costume as Indians and Pilgrims, Conquistadors, etc., panoramas of the campus, a large format image of a lecture hall filled with students, etc. Ephemera includes two Native American leather costume items. Condition very good overall, some papers and panoramas rolled, typical silvering to photographs, a interesting collection that should be seen.
The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was the first boarding school for Native Americans and operated from 1879-1918. Presumably instructor Ramsay was an amateur photographer and took most of these pictures himself. The school was closed on the outbreak of WWI and turned into a hospital. Controversial in nature, the aim of Carlisle was to educate Native Americans in order to encourage assimilation into the culture of the United States. The current archive is rich in visual imagery of the school and its students and the printed items offer strong research opportunities into this controversial institution.

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Lot 106
Autograph letter signed to cousin Sally Lee gifting a lock of his hair, present in a near contemporary gold pendant
. Lexington, VA: 12 September 1870. 1 page autograph letter signed "RE Lee" to cousin Sally Lee sending "a lock of my hair as you requested, its diminutive size is caused by the inroads of time, not the assaults of my countrywomen as you infer", and sending regards to family members. 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 (24 x 19.5 cm). Usual folds, tipped at corners to mount, the locket and letter in a shadowbox frame.

The lock of hair now housed in a near contemporary pendant with a second lock of hair dating from the Mexican War era (see note below). The pendant of 14 Kt. gold decorated on its front with a cut glass jewel at top and surrounded by floral motifs in variegated gold in four colors (pink, yellow, white, green), the central glass panel has a decorative blue enamel "L", and the back of the pendant is hand-engraved at top "Lee". It is further engraved with the Lee family motto taken from the headstone of Robert E. Lee's father Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee: "With faith untouched, spotless and clear his fame, So pure that envy could not wrong the same." The pendant hangs from a 9 Kt. gold 21 inch slide-chain, the slide with a decorative "L" and two cut glass jewels.
Together with an 1891 letter from Cassius Francis Lee, Jr. describing the pendant and attesting to the provenance of its contents. In the letter, headed "Medallion given to Lucy on her return from School - June 10, 1891," Cassius Francis Lee, Jr. attests that the "hair that forms the circle - black hair - was cut from Genl. Lee's head by my aunt Sally about the time of his return from the Mexican War ... which she gave to me over 20 years ago" and continues "the grey hair in the center is from a lock sent by the General himself to my sister Sally ... just one month to the day before his death, and which she gave to me. The letter of Genl. Lee which goes with this memorandum attests this fact." This letter tipped to matting.

A remarkable Robert E. Lee artifact, a Lee family pendant containing strands of the General's hair from both the Mexican and Civil War eras.
Robert E. Lee to Sally Lee
Sally Lee to her brother Cassius Francis Lee, Jr. (pairing the earlier lock of hair with the latter in the pendant)
to his daughter Lucy [Lucy Lyons Lee]
By descent to the current consignor

Cassius Francis Lee, Jr. (1844-92), according to Edmund Jennings Lee's 1895 Lee of Virginia 1642-1892, is remembered as taking "the greatest interest in all that pertained to the history of his family, and for years had been collecting wills, deeds, letters and all manner of geneological data. Had his life been spared, he would have edited a most admirable work."

C Property of Robert E. Lee V
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Lot 84
[NAVAL - WAR OF 1812]
Group of six watercolors by Christopher O'Brien
, surgeon of the H.M.S. Racoon, rendered in ink and watercolor on W. Tucker paper with an 1812 watermark, two drawings prominently signed by O'Brien, approximately 7 1/4 x 9 inches (18 x 23 cm). The subjects include The Capture of the American Frigate Essex by H.M.S. Phoebe & Cherub off Valparaiso, Chile; Fort Santa Cruz at the Bastrone of Rio Janeiro; The perilous situation of H.M.S. Racoon striking on the bar of the Cauca River Columbia 31 Dec. 1813; Forte Villegagnon, Rio de Janeiro (signed, dated January 1815); H.M.S. Racoon off Cape Horn 6th December 1814 (signed by O'Brien); and H.M.S. Racoon, Marlborough and Dotterell chasing L'Elenora, French Privateer. Images laid to old card, some toning but generally in sound condition.
Given the date of the watermark, it seems likely that these drawings originated in a logbook or sketchbook kept by O'Brien on board the Racoon, purchased the year of the voyage. The Racoon was an 18-gun sloop, active in South American waters from 1812 on. The action with the Essex, shown in dramatic detail in the first of the images listed, is often referred to as the Battle of Valparaiso. The Essex and the Essex Junior had been raiding the English whaling fleet for a year during the War of 1812. David Farragut, the future United States admiral, served as a midshipman on the Essex during the battle, and Herman Melville criticized the American commander, Captain David Porter, for not striking the flag on the Essex in a hopeless situation and for continuing the battle in conditions which led to the death or injury of a large part of her crew. The American vessel is shown with flags raised reading "God and Country Tyrants Offend" and "Free Trade and Sailor's Rights" while one of the English vessels bears a signal "Traitors Offend them Both."
Overall, these six images provide a compelling, if partial, narrative of the expedition, whose main intention was to attack the Pacific Fur Company, a rival to the Montreal-based North West Company. However, the mere presence of the English ships forced the sale of Pacific Fur to North West, so there was a peaceful resolution to the matter.

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Lot 282
BURGHLEY, WILLIAM CECIL, [BARON]. The copie of a letter sent out of England to Don Bernardin Mendoza ambassadour in France for the King of Spaine, declaring the state of England, contrary to the opinion of Don Bernardin, and of all his partizans Spaniardes and others
... London: I. Vautrollier for Richard Field, 1588. Modern calf-backed boards. 7 x 5 inches (18 x 12.5 cm); [2], 38, [20] pp, collating A-G^(4) H^(2). Light wear to binding, old ink notations to title, overall a clean copy. The Boies Penrose/Boies Penrose II copy, with their bookplates, and with the pencil notes and bookplates of William Stirling Maxwell.
This is the edition with B2r line 1 "Army" and G2r line 2 with the "souldi-" reading. It is an important pamphlet regarding the Armada, and is a fine piece of propaganda by Burghley, a master of the art. The final leaf is a summing-up of the casualties of the Spanish fleet. STC (2nd ed.), 15413.5; ESTC S2172.

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Lot 386
The Red Badge of Courage
. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. First edition, first issue (printed on laid paper, the top edge stained yellow). Publisher's buckram decorated in red, black and gilt, in printed dust wrapper repeating the cover desgin, housed in a custom cloth clamshell case. 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches (18.5 x 12.5 cm); title in black and red, 233 pp., 4 pp. publisher's ads, with a publisher's list of "Standard Fiction" laid-in (listing this title at $1.00). Cloth lightly thumbsoiled and darkened at spine, a few faint spots to rear board, wrapper tissue backed, neatly split along upper joint fold, a few short creases and tears but overall a well preserved example of a very scarce dust wrapper. BAL 4071.

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