“A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Relief Bust.
Item Number: 95124
Rare caste metal relief portrait of President Abraham Lincoln in profile. Housed in a custom circular frame with gilt decorative floral reliefs. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 16 inches. A handsome example.
Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He led the United States through its Civil War, and in doing so preserved the Union of the United States of America, abolished slavery, and strengthened the federal government. Lincoln sought to create a Presidential cabinet that would unite the Republican party. His eventual cabinet would include his primary rivals for the Republican nomination and, although his appointees held differing views on economic issues, all were opposed to the expansion of slavery into the territories of the United States. The most senior cabinet post of Secretary of State was appointed to William Seward who had recently failed to win the 1860 Republican presidential nomination and Lincoln's choice for Secretary of the Treasury was Ohio Senator Salmon P. Chase, Seward's primary political rival and the leader of a radical faction of the Republican party that sought the immediate abolition of slavery.
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Rare Civil War dated endorsement as president, signed by Abraham Lincoln, dated March 9, 1865. The endorsement reads, “Allow Mrs. C. W. Frazier to visit her husband a Prisoner of War at Johnson’s Island. A Lincoln.” In fine condition. In September 1863, Captain C. W. Frazer of Company B, Fifth Infantry, was captured and delivered to the Confederate officers’ prison camp located on Lake Erie’s Johnson’s Island. His wife, Letitia Frazer, who moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Sandusky, Ohio, so as to be nearer her detained husband, wrote an impassioned letter to President Lincoln, begging for ‘the opportunity to convince him that his duty is at home and to leave the Rebel Army.’ Without hesitation the president allowed Letitia Frazer, upon her taking the oath of allegiance, ‘an interview with her husband,’ once every ten days until his release. On June 11, 1865, Frazer was paroled and returned to Memphis and his family, resuming his law practice and becoming the president of the Confederate Historical Association of Memphis. Frazer later authored a war drama entitled Johnson’s Island, a play that featured ex-Confederate soldiers as its chief actors. The signed sheet measures 2 inches by 3.25 inches. Double matted and framed with a rare carte-de-visite of Lincoln. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.5 inches.
February 21, 1863.
Naval commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President February 21, 1863, and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the commission appoints Leonard Paulding as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to Lieutenant Commander with the present document. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26 inches by 23 inches. Rare and desirable.
Exceptionally rare autograph album signed by President Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet including Salmon P. Chase and William H. Seward
Exceptionally rare finely bound autograph album signed by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln as well as his cabinet and 225 senators, representatives, and delegates of the 37th Congress, 1861-1863. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with the name “Lizzie F. Harlow” gilt on the front panel. Singed by Abraham Lincoln on the first page of the album, “Yours truly, Abraham Lincoln.” Additionally signed by William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, M. Blair, Edward Bates, J. P. Usher and S. P. Chase. Collected between the years of 1862 and 1863 by James McCain, a young patent officer at the United States Patent Office. McCain presented the custom-bound album to his sweetheart, Lizzie F. Harlow, who, despite not marrying the young clerk, passed it down to her heirs. In near fine condition. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.
Military commission signed by Abraham Lincoln, Washington, August 1861. Folio on vellum with vignettes. Light wear along the folds. Countersigned by Simon Cameron. Matted and framed.
Scarce First and only printed pamphlet of the Emancipation Proclamation; published only weeks before the issuance of Lincoln's executive order abolishing slavery in America
The Proclamation Of Emancipation, By The President Of The United States, To Take Effect January 1st, 1863.
Boston: John Murray Forbes, 1862.
First and only printed pamphlet of the Emancipation Proclamation, produced for distribution to Union soldiers and African Americans (both enslaved and free) in December of 1862; the month preceding the issuance of the executive order. 16mo, original salmon wrappers as issued. The pamphlet’s publisher, Boston industrialist and abolitionist John Murray Forbes, emphasized the necessity of the Civil War in the effort to end slavery with a quote printed on the rear panel of the pamphlet from a speech attributed to “Alex M. Stephens, Vice President of the so-called Confederate States, delivered March 21, 1861: This stone (slavery), which was rejected by the first builders, is become the chief stone of the corner in our new edifice.” In 1899, Forbes’ daughter recounted the genesis of this pocket edition: “With the view of placing the Proclamation of Emancipation in the hands of the negroes themselves, one and half inches square, put into packages of fifty each, and distributed among the Northern soldiers at the front, who scattered them about among the blacks, while on the march” (Sara Forbes Hughes, 348-49). In very good condition with a small tear to the front panel. An exceptional example of this scarce and significant piece of Americana.
June 8, 1863.
Military commission boldly signed by Abraham Lincoln as President August 7, 1861, and countersigned by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, appointing John W. Taylor as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain, orange Seal at top left, registration docket signed by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 25.8 inches by 21.5 inches. In near fine condition.
"For Vivien with all my love and admiration": First Edition of A Time of Gods; Inscribed by Roloff Beny to Actress Vivien Leigh
London: Thames and Hudson, 1962.
First edition of this work by the famed photographer. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpaper, illustrated with 148 photogravure plates. Association copy, inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh, “For Vivien with all my love and admiration always Roloff London Oct. 23/ 63.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Beny was in early days a protégé of Peggy Guggenheim and Herbert Read. The circle of friends around him—actors, artists, collectors, writers—included such figures as Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Spender, Rose Macaulay, Bernard Berenson, Jean Cocteau, Henry Moore, and other luminaries of art and literature. An exceptional association copy.
"Vogue has sometimes been called a civilizing force. If that is true, perhaps it is because a civilization, to endure, needs voices to sing its praise": The World in Vogue; inscribed to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton
New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
First edition of this work on the groundbreaking publication Vogue. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton, “Merry Xmas, Vivien darling, with all my love always – Dec. 25/’63.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket with a few tears.
Cairo, Egypt: Cairo Postcard Trust, c. 1920.
Accordion-fold album of photographic views, showing landmarks of old Cairo, including: General View and the Great Mosque Sultan Hassan; Procession of the Holy Carpet; Blue Mosque; Soliman Pasha Street; British Soldiers Traversing Kamel Street; Kursaal Casino; Continental Hotel; Shepheard’s Hotel and The Matarieh Holy Tree. Small octavo, original maroon morocco, stamped in white and gilt, mounted view on cover.
Portland, Maine: Chisholm Bros, c. 1890.
First edition. Contains 26 large panels of views in leporello (accordion-fold) format. Based on photographs, the views include: Birdseye view of Jacksonville (double-plate); 13 more views of Jacksonville, including St. James Hotel, Bay Street, Windsor Hotel, Palmetto Building, Everett House, Sub-tropical Exposition Buildings, Carleton House; 41 views of St. Augustine, including Hotel Ponce de Leon (court, dining room, parlor, casino, bathing pool, etc), Anastasia Island (triple-plate), St. Francis Street, San Marco Hotel, Charlotte Street, Old Slave Market, Magnolia House, Hotel Cordova, The Alcazar, Villa Zorayda, Fort Marion, St. George Street, tropical plants, etc.; Green Cove Springs, including Hotel Ormond, Thaddeus David’s Winter Residence, street views; Magnolia, including Magnolia Hotel and Landing, Welcome Gate, Wonder Gate, etc.; Palatka, including Hart’s Orange Grove, Putnam House, St. John River; Steamer and views on the Ocklawaha River; Pensacola; Tallahassee; Lake Monroe; Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and several other black stereotypes; Tampa, including New City Hall, Tampa Bay Hotel, etc.; Key West, including Front Street, Marine Hospital, Cuban Quarter, Fort Taylor, etc. Bound in decorative brown cloth, stamped in white, gilt, and blind, with floral bouquet and alligators on cover. Rare.