University Archives’ is excited to announce its next online-only sale, Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books, which will take place on August 17, 2022. At 537 lots, this sale is our largest ever, and it boasts a spectacular variety of items representing the best of U.S. Presidential, Early American, and Civil War/Western collecting categories. As always, we also have unique and superb offerings in Music, Entertainment, Sports, Space, Art, Literature, and more.
Washington, Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, JFK, and Obama are just a few of the presidents represented in the August sale. Lot 100, an engraving of “The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet” is displayed above the assembled signatures of all eight figures depicted: Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, Salmon P. Chase, Caleb B. Smith, Edward Bates, and Montgomery Blair.
Lot 81 is a possibly unique combination of items, both BAS slabbed, relating to John F. Kennedy’s political career. Kennedy signed a personal check reimbursing travel expenses and enclosed it along with its original typed letter signed in the spring of 1956, when he was wooing fellow senators in his bid to win the upcoming Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination.
George Washington boldly signed a document appointing an Irish immigrant named Thomas Lowry as the first United States Marshal of New Jersey on January 28, 1794. Lowry was a Continental Congressional delegate and Revolutionary War veteran, and through him the document is even related to Washington’s celebrated nighttime crossing of the Delaware.
The history of American settlement, from the “Mayflower” through the Early Federal period, is well-represented. Benjamin Franklin engrossed and signed a receipt in 1756 for his Pennsylvania Gazette, the Philadelphia newspaper he had established in the late 1720s that quickly became politically aligned with the Patriot cause.
Lot 259 is a promissory note inscribed and signed by Benedict Arnold in 1771, four years before the Revolutionary War and nine years before his defection to the British. The receipt was for building supplies, boards and “parcell staves,” and was probably penned in New Haven, Connecticut.
Daniel Boone signed an enormous pay receipt sometime during his service as a delegate of the Virginia General Assembly, ca. 1781-1791. During Boone’s first term as delegate, he was kidnapped by British cavalrymen seeking Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson!
Autograph letters signed, historical documents, cartes de visites, prints, and relics related to some of the biggest names in Civil War leadership and Western expansion will be offered at our August sale. Lot 369 has an interesting connection to the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, in that both its author, George A. Custer, and its recipient, George W. Yates, were both 7th Cavalry officers killed there. In the June 11, 1871 letter, Custer advised Yates to acquire good cavalry mounts in Kentucky. The letter is ex-Forrest Fenn, Butterfields Auctions, and the Estate of George W. Yates.
Jefferson Davis, exiled in Canada in April 1868, wrote an autograph letter signed to a fellow Confederate about the economic distress of black freedmen in the Deep South. Davis wrote in part: “The negroes…are however much to be pitied for their destitution and we who knew their utter inability to govern themselves may well question whether they or those who forced them into their present condition are most responsible for the crimes they commit…”
Lot 381 is a 2pp autograph letter signed by Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson addressed to a correspondent named Truheart that we speculate attended the 1859 execution of failed insurrectionist John Brown in addition to Jackson. The letter was written in 1852 when Jackson was teaching at the Virginia Military Institute, seven years before Harpers Ferry.
Other premier auction items include a Babe Ruth signed first edition copy of The Babe Ruth Story, a pair of beautifully framed Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio signed checks, and a Bob Dylan signed LP of “Blonde on Blonde” accompanied by a Jeff Rosen Certificate of Authenticity.
These are just a few of the remarkable and significant items that will cross the auction block at our August sale.
We hope you can join us!
Top 10 Lots Include:
- Lot 139, George Washington DS
- Lot 81, John F. Kennedy check and TLS
- Lot 342, Daniel Boone signed receipt
- Lot 13, Benjamin Franklin ANS
- Lot 100, Abraham Lincoln & Cabinet sigs
- Lot 369, George A. Custer ALS
- Lot 10, Jefferson Davis ALS
- Lot 233, Lee Harvey Oswald ALS
- Lot 307, Babe Ruth SB
- Lot 259, Benedict Arnold ANS
- Lot 317, Bob Dylan signed record
- Lot 335, Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio DSs
- American Politics / Supreme Court – Lots 1 – 36
- American Presidents / First Ladies – Lots 37 – 151
- Art – Lots 152 – 173
- Aviation / Space – Lots 174 – 220
- Business / Notables / Notorious – Lots 221 – 239
- Civil Rights / Native American / Slavery – Lots 240 – 258
- Colonial / Declaration of Independence / Rev War – Lots 259 – 297
- Entertainment / Music / Sports – Lots 298 – 337
- History / Military – Lots 338 – 431
- International / World Leaders – Lots 432 – 474
- Literature – Lots 475 – 516
- Old West – Lots 517 – 523
- Science – Lots 524 – 539
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The auction ends on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 10:30 AM EST.