NEW YORK – On Wednesday, November 24, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will offer Books from a Seller’s Private Collection. The 118-lot auction represents the ongoing liquidation of the holdings of a longtime book dealer. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The November 24 installment features scarce prints, 75% of which have never been offered in any venue. A standout selection within the larger sale consists of first edition plates from Volume 1 of John and Thomas Doughty’s Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports, the first American color plate book to feature sports subjects. Published in 1830, the complete group of original 24 first edition hand-colored plates are rarely presented in their entirety. A fine representative of the group is plate 20, which depicts a red-tailed hawk and an American sparrow hawk in the wild, perched on different branches jutting from the same tree. It is estimated at $225-$275.
A second strong contender from Doughty book is plate 9, a scene of woodcock shooting. It shows an alert white and brown hunting dog in the foreground, standing on the bank of a river as hunters and a second hunting dog approach. This plate carries an estimate of $250-$300.
An exceptional and unique lot in this sale features two Ohio land grants signed by the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe. Mounted together and framed, both date to 1821 and issue two parcels of land, each 94 acres in size, to an individual known as John Stout. Monroe most likely authorized the grants as part of the Land Act of 1820, which was designed to bolster the then-lagging U. S. economy. The lot notes for the pair of documents state “Both large signatures are strong and bold, as good as they get. Official seals affixed to the documents are complete and in excellent condition.” The Monroe-signed land grants are together estimated at $2,800-$3,200.
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