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Masonic Apron, Neck Sash & Medal of U.S. Mint - California Gold Refiner James Booth, with a Lithograph of Him

[JAMES CURTIS BOOTH], Collection.

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Item #23610, $3,000

1607 Cornelis van Wytfliet’s Norvmbega et Virginia

CORNELIS VAN WYTFLIET, Norvmbega et Virginia. 1607, Second state. 9 x 11 ½”.

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Taken from the first atlas devoted entirely to America, this is only the second map to use ‘Virginia’ in its title, after the White-De Bry of 1590 [AL 09], on which this is partly derived.  Despite major inaccuracies – such as the labeling of the Chesapeake’s latitude near present-day Maine, and the depiction of the mythical city of Norumbega – this map was the most accurate map of the east coast until de Laet (1630).

Item #21001.99, $4,800

1686 Huguenot Protestant religious prisoner’s pin prick note, with notes of wife and child, and 1842 letter of Dr. Johnson Eliot, a founder of Georgetown Medical College

[FRENCH HUGUENOT], Pin-pricked Manuscript Note, with his wife’s Autograph Note, in French, ca. 1686. 1 p. Also with his son or daughter’s additional note in English. JOHNSON ELIOT, Autograph Letter Signed, June 19, 1842, gifting the above letter. 1 p. In all 3 pp.

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Item #24146.01, $5,000

William Penn’s Letter to King James II:
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God, the things that are God’s.”

WILLIAM PENN, Broadsheet. The Speech of William Penn to his Majesty upon his Delivering the Quakers Address. [London, 1687.] 2 pp., quarto (175 x 280 mm).

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A religious liberty foundation document. On behalf of the Quakers, William Penn appeals to King James II to protect freedom of conscience, starting with the famous quotation from Jesus: IT was the saying of our Blessed Lord to the Captious Jews, in the case of Tribute, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God, the things that are God's. this distinction ought to be observed by all Men, in the Conduct of their lives, so the King has given Us an Illustrious Example in His own Person that excites Us to it; For while HE was a Subject, HE gave Caesar His Tribute; and now HE is Caesar, gives GOD his Due, (viz) The Sovereignty over Consciences.”

At the bottom of the second page, James offers his acknowledgement “that conscience ought not to be Forced.” In 1687 James II proclaimed the Declaration of Indulgence or Declaration of Liberty of Conscience, the first step in establishing freedom of religion in Great Britain.

Item #24804, $6,500

Rare Colonial Newspaper: A 1737 Issue of The Boston Weekly News-Letter, the Oldest Regularly Published Paper in America

[COLONIAL PRINTING], Newspaper. New=England, The Boston Weekly News-letter, October 13, 1737. Boston, John Draper. Complete in 2 pp., 9 ¼ x 14 ⅛ in. Subscriber’s name “Mr. Samll Cooke” penned in the margin.

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A fresh example of this colonial paper in fine condition with untrimmed (deckled) edges, and a noteworthy provenance. A rare opportunity to own a very early issue of America’s first successful newspaper.

Item #24835, $4,000

Broadside Declaring War on Spain

[GEORGE II], Broadside, “His Majesty’s Declaration of War Against the King of Spain,” John Bassett, printer, London, October 19, 1739, 16 x 21 in., with contemporary manuscript notes and docketing, October 23, 1739.

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Parliament goes to war after Robert Jenkins displays his detached ear.

Item #22456, $6,500

Governor George Clinton Grants New York Land
To Revolutionary War Veteran

GEORGE CLINTON, Partially Printed Document Signed as Governor of New York, July 8, 1790. With original large wax pendant seal affixed at the bottom edge. 1 p., 18¼ x 11½ in., framed with archival materials to 27 x 24 in.

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Granting Zacheus Kilbourn a parcel of land in Lysander Township, New York.

Item #21140, $1,475

1790 Massachusetts Newspaper Discussing Nantucket Whalers

[NANTUCKET], Newspaper, The Columbian Centinel. Boston: Benjamin Russell, December 15, 1790. 4 pp.

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Item #30000.007, $450

Harvard’s 1791 Graduating Students and Theses, Dedicated to Governor John Hancock and Lieutenant Governor Samuel Adams

HARVARD COLLEGE, Broadside. List of Graduating Students and Theses for Disputation. Boston, Massachusetts: Samuel Hall, 1791. 1 p., 18 x 22 in.

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Interesting broadside in Latin issued for Harvard University’s 1791 commencement lists Latinized names of 27 graduating students. Among the graduates are New Hampshire Justice John Harris (1769-1845); U.S. Representative Thomas Rice (1768-1854); and Henry Dana Ward (1768-1817), youngest son of General Artemas Ward (1727-1800), who initially commanded the patriot army around Boston in 1775.

Item #24462, $1,500

Montgomery County, New York, Land Sale

GOLDSBROW BANYAR, Manuscript Document Signed. Deed, co-signed by Catherine Bowles, Abraham Ludlow, [?] Van Wycke. May 22, 1792. 1 p., with filing memoranda, dated May 24, 1792, signed by John Ray, Master in Chancery, proving deed.

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To help pay the debts of John Bowles, recently deceased, his wife, executrix of his estate, and Goldsbrow Banyar, executor, sell a parcel of land in Montgomery County, New York, south of the Mohawk River, to William Cockburn.

Item #21480.09, $400

A Spectacular George Washington by James Sharples

JAMES SHARPLES, George Washington, pastel on paper, 9.2 by 7.5 in.

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Item #24655, $85,000

A Textile Tribute to the Father of the Nation

GEORGE WASHINGTON, A rare glazed cotton kerchief printed in black bearing a full length portrait of George Washington and a portion of his Farewell Address. Germantown Print Works, c. 1806.

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The central image has a full length Standing Portrait of George Washington as President with his sword, after the original painting by Gilbert Stuart painted for William Constable, better known as the “Landsdowne Portrait.” Washington’s portrait is framed by a portion of his farewell address on the left, and his epitaph on the right. The bottom bears three panels, including the Great Seal of the United States, a sailing ship scene labeled “Commercial Union,” and “The British Lion.”

Item #24700, $2,850

Francis Scott Key, Author of the National Anthem,
The Star Spangled Banner

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY, Document Signed, “FS Key.” October 21, 1817. 7½ x 3¼ in., 1 p. Archivally framed.

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Item #23082, $995

“The Night Before Christmas”:
First Separate Printing Crediting the Author

CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, “Christmas Carol. The Visit of Saint Nicholas. Written by Prof. C. C. Moore.” Broadside, text printed in blue with red border of ivy entwined branches. Philadelphia: Issued by John M. Wolff, Stationer [ca 1842-1865]. 11 x 17 ¼ in.

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Item #23966, $3,900

A Pair of Cougars by John James Audubon

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, Print. Felis Concolor, The Cougar, Plate XCVII from The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Elephant folio, 32.5 h x 38.5 w framed [1845].

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While best known for his seminal Birds of America, Audubon, working with his two sons, also spent considerable time documenting other animals. He left on what would prove be his last field expedition in 1843.

Item #22962, $3,950

Early News that the Honolulu Naval Depot Might be Relocated to California

WILLIAM BRANFORD SHUBRICK, Letter Signed as Commander of the Pacific Squadron, to Thomas H. Stevens. Aboard the U.S.S. Independence, San Francisco, Ca. August 29, 1847. 1 p.,8 x 12 ½ in.

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In this extremely early English-language letter from San Francisco, the Commander of the Pacific Squadron suggests that the naval stores then at Honolulu might be moved to California.

Item #23423, $2,000

Ohio Reformers Use Rhode Island’s Dorr Rebellion
to Justify Their Own Behavior

[DORR WAR], Pamphlet. The Dorr Movement in Ohio; Being an Examination into the Causes, Progress and Probable Effects of the Revolutionary Course of Locofocoism in the Organization of the General Assembly of This State, for the Session of 1848-49. [Columbus, Ohio]: Legg & Murray, Columbus, [1849]. Disbound. Inscribed in pencil on the title by H.A. Swift, the author, in presentation.

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Item #22543, $800

A Map of the Isthmus of Panama

J. RAPKIN, Map. New York: J. & F. Tallis, from The Illustrated Atlas. ca. 1850-51. With Illustrations by H Warren & Engraved By J. Wrightson.Sheet measures 14.5 x 10.75"; image 13 x 9.75".

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Delineating proposed railway and canal communications, as well as illustrating gold seekers trekking over the Cordilleras and the fort at Chagres.

Item #20903, $250

Mark Hopkins, Famed Educator and the Longest Serving President of Williams College, Preparing to Lecture at the Smithsonian Institute

MARK HOPKINS, Autograph Letter Signed, as President of Williams College, [perhaps to Joseph Henry, Secretary of the Smithsonian], November 13, 1851. 1 p., 5 x 6 ¼ in.

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“What they may turn out to be I cannot say, but should like the liberty of choice when the time comes…”

Item #21553.08, $450

The Congressional War on Kansas over Slavery
and Statehood – 1854 – 1858

[KANSAS], Collection of 59 printed speeches and government documents. Mostly pamphlets printed in Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1854, 1856 and 1858. Includes President Franklin Pierce, Charles Sumner (who had nearly been killed in the Senate due to his anti-slavery views), Stephen Douglas, Schuyler Colfax, William Seward, Henry Wilson, Thomas Hart Benton, Daniel Clark, John Bingham, A.P. Butler, Erastus Brooks, Josiah J. Evans, Robert M. T. Hunter, and others. Printed pamphlets, speeches, orders, and Senate acts, some with original printed wrappers. Mostly octavo, pagination varies, as does condition.

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Item #23739, $1,750
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