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First edition of the second book on architecture published in America: Owen Biddle's The Young Carpenter's Assistant
The Young Carpenter’s Assistant; Or, A System Of Architecture, Adapted To The Style Of Building In The United States.
Philadelphia: Benjamin Johnson, 1805.
First edition of the second book on architecture published in America, second only to Asher Benjamin’s Country Builder’s Assistant’ published in 1797( Shaw & Shoemaker, 8018). Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, illustrated with 44 engraved plates, 2 folding. In very good condition. Scarce with only 2 copies having appeared at auction in the past 50 years.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 117672
Rare Ostrich Egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington and the Great Seal of the United States; from the library of Lloyd Millard Bentsen
Rare ostrich egg engraved with a portrait of George Washington, the Washington Coat of Arms, the Great Seal of the United States, and the Masonic compass and trowel. Mounted on a decorative brass stand. From the collection of former four-term United States Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen who ran as the Democratic Party nominee for vice president in 1988 on the Michael Dukakis ticket and served as the the 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton. As a primary architect of the Clinton economic plan, Bentsen contributed to a $500 billion reduction in the deficit, launching the longest period of economic growth since World War II. More than 5 million new jobs were created during his tenure as Secretary. Bentsen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In fine condition. A unique piece of Americana and with noted provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119684
Davenport, Iowa: 1865.
Original typographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln composed of his Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 26.5 inches by 19 inches. An exceptional piece, a rare and desirable piece of Americana.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 95831
"The Largest Portrait Engraving of Abraham Lincoln"; Rare Henry Gugler Life-Size Engraved Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
Rare Henry Gugler engraving of President Abraham Lincoln, the largest engraved portrait of Lincoln produced. One of the foremost engravers of 19th century Germany, Gugler immigrated to the U.S. in 1853 where he found work with a New York firm specializing in bank note engraving. By the early 1860s he began working at the National Note Bureau, later known as the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. and in 1863, the National Note Bureau of Engraving and Printing hired him as one of their first vignette engravers. It was there that Gugler engraved the “The Pioneer” which appeared on the $5 and $20 United States bills. Gugler’s most famous engraving was this life size steel engraving of President Abraham Lincoln; his most important work completed in 1869 after two years of work. In very good condition. In a period wooden frame with gilt inner border. The entire piece measures 27 by 22 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 104856
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
Rare original painting of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After a photograph by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner. Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner immigrated to the United States in 1856 where he became best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In near fine condition. In a period frame. The entire piece measures 20.75 by 16.75 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 95830
“A house divided against itself cannot stand": Rare Relief Bust Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
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.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 95124
Fine collection of Inaugural Gifts from the Inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President and George H. W. Bush as Vice President of the United States
Fine collection of official gifts from the inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President and George H. W. Bush as Vice President of the United States. The collection includes a sterling silver money clip and pill box embossed with the Reagan Bush inaugural logo and a fountain pen from the inaugural reception of George H. W. Bush bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile and housed in the original box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,450.00 Item Number: 117304
Fine collection of Ronald Reagan Presidential gift accessories including a pair of cuff links and a lapel pin bearing the Presidential Eagle and Crest seal and a fountain pen bearing Reagan’s signature in facsimile. Each piece is housed in the original gift box with Reagan’s signature stamped in gilt to the box cover. In fine condition with the pen requiring a nib insert. A handsome collection.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 114264
Rare folio containing hundreds of vintage postcards, most postdated between 1907 and 1917. From the collection of Ellen Warren. Folio, original cloth decorated in gilt with raised vignettes to the front panel depicting a snowy landscape and caribou bust, patterned endpapers, containing hundreds of postcards including many Christmas, New Year’s and Easter postcards, family photograph postcards, and views from Santa Catalina, New York City, Lake Merrit, Royal Gorge, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In very good condition. A charming collection offering years of intimate insight into the collector’s life.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 116035
Rare Miniature Charter of American Liberty; containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington's Farewell Address and the Emancipation Proclamation
Charter of American Liberty. [Containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Farewell Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the History of the American Flag].
Boston: Taggard & Thompson, 1865.
Rare miniature Charter of American Liberty; containing the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Washington’s Farewell Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and the history of the American Flag. 16mo, original cloth with gilt titles to the front panel, yellow endpapers, frontispiece portrait of George Washington and several illustrations within the text including a portrait of Lincoln. In good condition.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 118977
Rare George H. W. Bush Vice Presidential Fountain Pen bearing Bush’s signature in facsimile. Housed in the original pen box bearing the seal of the Vice President of the United States. In fine condition requiring the nib insert.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 114942