Revolutionary War tracts and 1549 Agricola work beat estimates at Freeman’s

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PHILADELPHIA — Two important tracts from the American Revolutionary War performed at or above expectations, while a 1549 first edition of Agricola’s study of subterranean creatures topped all lots at Freeman’s Book and Manuscripts sale September 27. Complete sale results are ready for review at LiveAuctioneers.

Printed in 1781 by Francis Bailey by order of the newly formed United States Congress, this pamphlet contains The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America; The Declaration of Independence; The Articles of Confederation Between the Said States. With only 200 copies printed under the Congressional order, this document is exceedingly rare. Estimated at $7,000-$10,000, it hammered for $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium).

Another Revolutionary War-era tract, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, just beat its lower $15,000 estimate to sell for $16,000 ($20,960 with buyer’s premium).

The sale’s top lot was a 1549 first edition of De animantibus subterraneis liber by Georgius Agricola (Georg Bauer). Not commonly seen at auction, Freeman’s reported this to be the first copy they could find in more than 45 years of worldwide sales. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, it sold well above its estimate for $30,000 ($39,300 with buyer’s premium).

Two Toulouse-Lautrec posters printed in 1892 had wildly divergent performances. Aristide Bruant sold mid-estimate at $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium), while Reine de Joie didn’t make its lower estimate of $8,000, hammering at $7,500 ($9,825 with buyer’s premium).
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‘The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America,’ which sold for $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Georgius Agricola (Georg Bauer), ‘De animantibus subterraneis liber,’ which sold for $30,000 ($39,300 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant,’ which sold for $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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J.D. Salinger, ‘Nine Stories,’ inscribed by the author, which sold for $10,000 ($13,100 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Extensive archive of New Jersey detective Ellis H. Parker and his investigation of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder, which sold for $15,000 ($19,650 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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