An invitation to you extended by Donald Heald -
Please join me for our first Americana sale on July 17th beginning at 1:00 pm EST. Our upcoming event at Donald Heald Auctions offers a dive into many realms of Americana collecting, from 17th-century maps of the Americas to early 20th-century sporting prints. For Donald Heald: It’s morning in Americana.
The collection of rare and interesting books on offer includes 3 compilations of colonial laws: a 1727 copy of the charter and laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a rare 1767 printing of the charter and laws of Rhode Island, including updated acts of the General Assembly, and a 1782 printing of the acts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly, the first to be published after the start of the Revolution.
Other important Revolution-era books include a 1774 edition of Benjamin Franklin’s groundbreaking Experiments and Observations on Electricity and a copy of Alexander Hamilton’s notorious “Reynolds Pamphlet.” Also on offer is a fine copy of the results of the 1800 census, the second ever performed in the United States.
Accompanying the sale’s many prints featuring the American West are a number of rare books, including Major Stephen Long’s 1822 account of his expedition to the Rocky Mountains and an 1867 history and directory of California’s Nevada County by Edwin Bean.
In honor of the Met’s large exhibition about Karl Bodmer’s life and expansive career, our sale includes a collection of 20 stunning Bodmer prints from his travels in the American West. These are presented alongside 5 attractive, large-format photogravures by Edward S. Curtis, from his famed ethnographic study The North American Indian.
Also included are a group of 13 albumen photographs from George N. Barnard’s landmark work Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign. Travelling with General William Tecumeh Sherman’s armies as an official Army photographer, Barnard captured the extent of the devastation caused by the Civil War more bluntly than any other contemporary photographer. Civil War themes are further represented in a fine copy of Louis Harlow’s Army Memories, which contains scenes of daily life in the Union Army as well as portraits of Generals Grant, Sherman, Logan, and McPherson.
A set of 6 fine prints from Currier & Ives are also on offer; 4 of these feature sailing yachts, and are coupled with a pair of vibrant maritime prints by Frederick S. Cozzens. Two other sporting prints are included as well: a hand-coloured pochoir print by Gamy-Montaut, depicting the Vanderbilt Cup Race on Long Island, and a pony race heliotype by W.S. Allen from his great work, Sporting Incidents.
The sale includes 41 maps from a range of mapmakers and eras of American history, spanning from 1640 to 1899. Some of the earliest feature detailed maps of the Caribbean and its various European colonies, produced by famed cartographers including Pieter Goos, Guillaume De L’Isle, and Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. Another trio of maps by Mathais Lotter, Rigobert Bonne, and William De Brahm depict in great detail the 13 Colonies at the outbreak and early stages of the Revolutionary War.
The history of New York City from the mid-1700s to mid-1800s can be traced through three maps of the city, the first being a 1740 map of the northeastern United States by prominent German cartographer Matthäus Seutter. John Rapkin’s 1852 decorative map depicts the southern part of the city as it was a century later, and Matthew Dripps’ hand-colored, 1876 pocket map depicts the area in even greater detail.
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