Bedford, NH, United States
DoneSat, Feb 28, 2009 5:00 PM UTC
Winslow Associates Feb. 28 2009 Auction
Covering a wide-range of collecting interests, this 600+ lot catalog features a fine offering of Presidential and First Ladies autographs, including a George Washington signed Ships Paper countersigned by Thomas Jefferson and a very rare Andrew Jackson military appointment for James Melville Gillis, a U.S Navy officer who would go on to found the U.S. Naval Observatory. In addition this auction features a wide variety of better Americana and a number of first edition books and atlases. Collectors of space related memorabilia will be interested to know that in addition to signed photographs of American astronauts, this auction also feature an extensive archive of retained copies of Western Union telegrams sent to Christa McAuliffe and her family. Containing over one hundred pieces of correspondence, this archive spans the period of McAuliffe's selection at the first Teacher in Space through the Challenger Disaster and includes heartfelt correspondence from President Ronald Reagan, Vice-President George Bush and Reverend Billy Graham. Americana highlights includes a variety of fresh-to-market material from a New England Athenaeum and a 1910 photograph album containing over 50 images of the Alaskan frontier. This album contains a variety of images accomplished by noted Alaskan photographer Eric A. Hegg taken during his time as company photographer for the Copper River & Northwestern Railway. Also offered are a wide variety of historical autographs, a range of rich content letters from various periods of American history and an offering of assorted maps, including an 1842 Jeremiah Greenleaf atlas containing 65 hand-colored maps, as well as a selection of broadsides and other printed Americana that are sure to be of interest to a wide spectrum of collectors.