University Archives Proudly Presents Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books Ending August 25, 2021

University Archives August 25, 2021 Auction is in progress for bidding — Live Auction Begins August 25, 2021 10:30 AM EDT.  The August sale features over 360 lots of historical treasures from a cross-section of popular collecting categories like Presidential, Science, and Sports. An interesting smattering of Art, Music, Literature, Entertainment, and Space/Aviation enhances the mix. You’ll be able to find rare and valuable pieces relating to a diverse cast of historical figures.

The full catalog is up and online for bidding and viewing now, at the newly revamped University Archives website (www.UniversityArchives.com).   Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Our catalog is accessible on our website, Invaluable, AuctionZip, and LiveAuctioneers:

Highlights Include:

  • Lot 297 – Abraham Lincoln ALS
  • Lot 355 – Albert Einstein AMS
  • Lot 345 – George Washington ADS
  • Lot 360 – Robert Hooke ADS
  • Lot 100 – Sojourner Truth signed cdv
  • Lot 237 – Kim Il Sung SB
  • Lot 14 – Alexander Hamilton DS
  • Lot 50 – Robert Frost AQS
  • Lot 298 – Abraham Lincoln FF
  • Lot 357 – Richard Feynman SB
  • Lot 212 – Alexander II MS
  • Lot 278 – Thomas Jefferson DS
  • Lot 356 – Albert Einstein signed print

Our August 25th sale offers collectors a great opportunity to acquire exceptional items from the Presidential, Science, and International categories. Early American enthusiasts, military collectors, and aficionados of art, music, and literature will also find many treasures.

Presidential

More than one-third of our August 25th sale is dedicated to U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. A 1p autograph letter signed by Abraham Lincoln and dated just weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg has extraordinary slavery-related content. In it, Lincoln refers to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the plight of American “freed-men.” The original Lincoln free franked transmittal panel which accompanied this letter is offered as a separate lot. A 346-acre land survey in Augusta County, Virginia was drawn, signed, and docketed by a 21-year-old George Washington in 1752, the same year the future president would inherit Mount Vernon. Last, a four-language ship’s passport signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison requested safe passage for a London-bound vessel laden with “Ashes, Bark, Cotton, Crackers, Turpentine, Boards, Spars & Tummels…”

Science

Albert Einstein, Robert Hooke, and Richard Feynman headline our brilliant Science category. Albert Einstein inscribed and signed a working scientific manuscript in German around 1938 in advance of a work later co-authored by him and Peter Bergman entitled “On a Generalization of Kaluza’s Theory of Electricity.” A limited edition print depicting Einstein, by German Jewish print maker Hermann Struck, was signed by Einstein with a rare full signature as “Albert Einstein.” Fellow physicist Richard Feynman’s personally owned copy of T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” was signed in his name by his beloved wife Arline Feynman. Also crossing the auction block is an extremely rare document signed by British polymath Robert Hooke relating to the Great Fire of London of 1666.

International

Our International category includes items from the Golden Age of Spain to Victorian England, from South Africa and Napoleonic France to North Korea and Fascist Italy. Czar Alexander II signed a gorgeously illuminated document in Russian granting a heraldic device to a Crimean War veteran and naval surgeon. Kim Il Sung, the elusive founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, signed a lengthy inscription in a first edition copy of “Korean Historic Relics,” a book celebrating the flowering of Korean arts and culture.

August 25th auction index:

  • American Politics/Supreme Court: Lots 1-46
  • Art/Literature: Lots 47-68
  • Aviation/Space: Lots 69-80
  • Business/Notables: Lots 81-92
  • Civil Rights/Slavery: Lots 93-100
  • Declaration of Independence/Rev War: Lots 101-130
  • Entertainment/Music/Sports: Lots 131-158
  • History/Military: Lots 159-211
  • International/World Leaders: Lots 212-241
  • Presidents/First Ladies: Lots 242-349
  • Science: Lots 350-363

About University Archives

University Archives has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare items of this kind. It is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111, or email him at john@universityarchives.com.

University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies.

For more information about University Archives, visit www.universityarchives.com. Updates are posted frequently. For phone bidding, please call 203-454-0111.

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