BERKELEY, Calif. – On Thursday, October 20, PBA Galleries will host a sale with nearly 450 lots of materials on history, exploration, conflict, cultural development, social progress and technical innovation, both in the Americas and around the globe. Included are books, manuscripts, maps, prints, views, photographs and ephemera. Explorers by sea and land are joined by those in the sky, with aviators and lighter-than-air pioneers. And for collectors of California, there are selections from the Zamorano Eighty. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
One featured lot is a lithographed bird’s-eye view of Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1861. Though Virginia was a confederate state, the fort remained under Union control throughout the Civil War. The Chesapeake Bay full of sail and steamboats including the U.S.S. Adelaide is also on full display. The lithograph has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000.
An extensive collection of works signed and/or inscribed by principals involved in the Richard Nixon Watergate scandal, numbering some 154 items in all, appears in the October 20 auction. Included are signatures of the family of alleged Deep Throat Mark Felt; the burglars themselves; and the many political figures involved in some way. A one-of-a-kind collection of material relating to the greatest presidential scandal of the 20th century, it is possibly one of the largest selections in the world. Its estimate is $15,000-$25,000.
Also being offered is an official contemporary copy of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender signed aboard the USS Missouri in 1945. On the rectos of eight leaves of watermarked paper, the document marked the end of the seminal armed conflict of the 20th century. It carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
The Unique Map of California, printed in 1885, is another featured lot. A captivating illustrated map with 20 vignette views, it shows places of interest such as the Golden Gate, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
In the Aeronautics and Lighter Than Air section of the sale, a first edition of the earliest account of the first aerial voyage in history is another standout. The Montgolfier brothers were the passengers in the first successful hot air balloon flight in November 1783. The two volumes include a combined 14 engraved plates, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
An important piece of history, a first edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin with a bound in autograph note signed by Harriet Beecher Stowe, is also available. From 1852, the two finely-bound volumes contain one of the most popular and influential books in United States history. Its estimate is $3,000-$5,000.
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