Here at New England Book Auctions we deal with thousands of different items per year. This year we had many exceptional items on offer. When compiling our list we didn’t just pick the most expensive items, but chose those items that created buzz around the Auction house.
Number 1. The John Adams Bible
The Holy Bible. Engraved maps and plates. 4to,contemporary calf; worn and partially disbound, lacking most of spine, etc.,etc. Sold-As-Is.
Philadelphia:M. Carey, 1817 Withcontemporary excised endpaper mounted to replaced endpaper inscribed
“To Mrs. Susanna Boylston Clark. With the blessing of her affectionateGrandfather,” Signed by John Adams. Also with manuscript family record of theAdams/Clark/Crane family.
Number 2. Yale 1876 Yearbook
Album for Class of 1876. 84 cabinet-sizephotographs of members of the class. Folio, black morocco, brass clasps;rubbed, leather on front cover loose, internally clean & sound. Should-Be-Seen.
Includes a portrait of Edward Alex Bouchet, “believed to be the first American Negro to receive a Doctorate.” – Bergman, Chronological History of the Negro in America.
Number 3. American West Map 1846
Map of the United States and Mexico Including Oregon, Texas and the Californias. Woodcut map outlined in color. 18 x 22-1/4 inches; trimmed close to images, lower left corner chipped affecting seal image, torn along left fold, generally sound otherwise.
“A crude and most interesting piece, with curious boundaries: ‘New California’ extends east to the 109th degree, and Oregon north to Alaska!” – Eberstadt 136: 122; Wheat 513; Streeter Sale 3871.
Number 4. Kiowa Indian Mission 1915-1916
Manuscript diary of work at the Saddle Mountain Mission. 92 pages. 4to, cloth-backed “Boy Scouts” composition book; moderate wear, some soiling.
Day to day details of mission work, giving sermons with Lucius [Aitsan] translating, Mennonite camp meetings, etc.
Number 5. Dante Alighieri. 1531
L’ Amoroso Convivio. . . con la additione, et multi suoi notandi. Title within elaborate historiated woodcut border; Sessa’s cat device at the end. , 112 leaves. Small 8vo, 19th-century brown morocco, inner dentelles, all edges gilt; rubbed at tips and edges, some wear at joints, minor soiling and foxing, etc., generally fresh and sound. (Gamba
419; Adams D119). Vinegia: Marchio Sessa, 1531
Number 6. James Madison 1812
An Act, Declaring War between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America and their territories. In the Columbian Extra. Broadsheet. 2 pages. Folio, single-sheet; browned, a few tears along fold, upper left corner torn with loss to margin (only). [New York], June 21, 1812
Number 7. Montfaucon, Bernard de. 1719-24
L’Antiquite Expliquee et Representee en Figures. 5 volumes bound in10 + 5 volumes supplement. Engraved portrait, engraved vignette on title-pages,1385 (of 1391) engraved plates, 221 double-page. Folio, contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt in 7 compartments; spine joints split and flaked, a few margin tears, a few leaves with holes, some corners stained, etc., etc.
Volumes I-IV are second editions. Extensive work, in which the statues, monuments, vases, coins, seals and artifacts of antiquity are classified according to their subject matter.
Number 8. James, Frank. 1900
Photographic portrait of James on velox (?) paper. 5-1/2 x 4 inches, mounted to old board; pencil print directions in upper margin, typed provenance attached to lower margin.
Front the collection of journalist A. B. MacDonald. Possibly used for illustration of an article by MacDonald.
Number 9. Hunter, Dard 1950
Papermaking by Hand in America. Color frontispiece reproducing a mid-19th-century view of Mountain House; profusion of tipped-in photographic illustrations and facsimiles of advertisements, documents, etc. Folio, original linen-backed boards, printed paper spine-label, cloth morocco-backed clamshell box; light wear.
Chillicothe:Mountain House Press, 1950
ONE OF 210 (?) NUMBERED COPIES, SIGNED BY HUNTER, “the author’s magnum opus, this book provides a history of American papermaking by listing and describing the first paper mill in each state from 1690 until 1811, six years prior to the introduction of the first paper machine into the United States…The thick folio volume was to have been issued in an edition of 210 copies, but the author’s own bibliography says that only 180 were completed” – Schlosser 41.
Number 10. Nodal, Bartolomé Garciá de, and Gonçalo. 1621
Relacion del Viaje…al Descubrimiento del Estrecho nuebo de S. Vicente… Engraved title page; lacking folding map. , 65, 15 leaves. Small 4to, contemporary calf ruled in blind, gilt ruled spine; lacking map, lacking spine-label, brown staining to leaf margins and corners, generally sound otherwise. SOLD-AS-IS.
FIRST EDITION with the probable manuscript monogram of Nodal at the end. Very rare journal of the voyage by the Nodal brothers to explore the straits of Magellan. “The map is almost always wanting…”- Sabin 55394; “The map accompanying this work is supposed to have been suppressed” – Church 386; Borba de Moraes II, page 102.