University Archives Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books Ends September 28, 2022

University Archives’ is excited to announce its next online-only sale, Rare Autographs, Manuscripts & Books, which will take place on September 28, 2022. At 415 lots,  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.

All 415 lots are up for viewing and bidding now (on the University Archives website: www.UniversityArchives.com), plus LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. Phone and absentee bids will be taken, but there’s no live gallery bidding.

“Our September auction offers collectors, dealers, and institutions the opportunity to acquire outstanding autographed material, relics, photographs and more,” said John Reznikoff, president and owner of University Archives. “Sale highlights in the Science & Space, U.S. Presidents, and Military History collecting categories will draw significant interest. Premier items can also be found in the Music, Early American, International, and World Leaders collecting categories.”

Science & Space
Space collectors will love a large pen sketch hand-drawn and signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong depicting Earth, Space, and the Apollo XI moon landing. With iron-clad provenance and authentication from Steve Zarelli!

Sir Isaac Newton’s 300+ word draft of a religious treatise questioning the concept of the Holy Trinity will intrigue collectors of Science, Religion, and Intellectual History alike. In it, Newton poses the explosive question whether “God or any part of him…[was] born of the Virgin.”

Albert Einstein wrote a typed letter in German on September 3, 1939, one day after he and Leo Szilard had drafted a blunt letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning that the Nazis were developing nuclear weapons, and two days after the start of World War II. Einstein excuses himself in this letter to a friend’s nephew by saying, “I do not have the time to handle the details of this matter personally” — clearly, the fate of the world took priority!

Robert C. Merton, co-developer of the Black-Scholes-Merton formula, penned the formula and signed his name on Stockholm Grand Hotel stationery while in Sweden accepting the shared 1997 Nobel Prize in Economics. The formula revolutionized financial trading.

U.S. Presidents
A double-sided manuscript fragment comprising over 60 words in George Washington’s hand are from the draft of his undelivered First Inaugural Address, and was authenticated by Washington’s biographer, Jared Sparks.

Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson signed a letter to fellow Declaration Signer Samuel Huntington, then Governor of Connecticut, announcing the suspension of a controversial clause of Alexander Hamilton’s 1789 Revenue Act. Hamilton’s attempt at balancing the budget inflamed federal vs. states’ rights tensions.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt penned a rare autograph letter signed on White House stationery addressed to an antique art collector. Roosevelt’s other passionate interest besides philately was collecting marine artwork related to the U.S. Navy.

Military History
An archive of over 40 documents ranging from 1786-1851, documents the earliest days of the U.S. Navy and includes the signatures of Matthew C. Perry, William Bainbridge, David Porter, and others. A ready-made collection of naval notables!

A bound volume of General Orders issued from the Adjutant General’s Office of the War Department between January 7 – November 3, 1865 includes printed military orders related to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the demobilization of the Union Army, the situation of freedmen, and other military matters.

An archive of four pieces, dated between 1873-1889, are either signed by or include important content related to George A. Custer, Major Marcus Reno, and other Battle of Little Bighorn veterans. These can be tied to the disastrous battle itself, its immediate aftermath, and the Indian Wars in general, including the Massacre at Wounded Knee.

There are many more fascinating lots to discover in our September sale. We hope you can join us!

Auction Index

  • American Politics / Supreme Court
    Lots 1 – 17
  • American Presidents / First Ladies
    Lots 18 – 86
  • Art
    Lots 87 – 96
  • Aviation / Space
    Lots 97 – 123
  • Business / Notables / Notorious
    Lots 124 – 163
  • Civil Rights / Native American / Slavery
    Lots 164 – 184
  • Colonial / Declaration of Independence / Rev War
    Lots 185 – 225
  • Entertainment / Music / Sports
    Lots 226 – 248
  • History / Military
    Lots 249 – 333
  • International / World Leaders
    Lots 334 – 372
  • Literature
    Lots 373 – 399
  • Old West
    Lots 400 – 401
  • Science
    Lots 402 – 415

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

Our Website: https://www.universityarchives.com/

The auction ends on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 @ 10:30 AM EST.

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