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Two Important Single-Owner Sales of Old West Items
The James M. Goode Collection of Bookplates
Lord Dunsany: The Franklin V. Spellman Collection
Presidential Factoids: Abraham Lincoln and Election of 1864
Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 Campaign Memorabilia
Employment Opportunities
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October 16, 2015
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Two Important Single-Owner Sales of Old West Items
By Tom Slater

Winfield Scott Winfield Scott
On Sunday afternoon, October 25, we will hold back-to-back auctions of the Collections of Gary and Betty Robertson (1:00 CT) and John Woods (4:00 CT). The Robertson Collection is undoubtedly the most important assemblage in private hands of guns and implements related to buffalo hunting on the Central Plains. It features no less than nineteen sought-after Sharps buffalo rifles as well as some fifty lots of the “tools of the trade” of buffalo hunters and skinners: gun belts and holsters, Bowie and other knives, complete kits of skinners’ tools (one possibly owned by Wyatt Earp), even a large hand-made buffalo hide pail used to deposit the animals’ tongues as the animals were butchered.

F.E. Conrad Shipped Sharps Model 1874 Heavy Sporting Rifles with Factory Letters
The Robertson Collection also features sixteen iconic Henry rifles, including beautifully engraved and martially marked examples as well as two of only 203 iron frame models made - one of the finest collections of Henrys to come to market in many years. The Robertson Collection also includes some 100 different complete, unused boxes of cartridges for Sharps and Henry rifles, undoubtedly the most extensive selection of these rare and sought-after items ever to appear at auction.

The John Woods Collection was carefully assembled by a Calgary, Alberta, collector with a lifelong fascination with the American West. The collection consists mainly of items directly related to the most famous personalities and events of the Old West: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, George Armstrong Custer, Geronimo, John Wesley Hardin, Oklahoma Sheriff Bill Tilghman, Jesse and Frank James, Cole Younger, Sitting Bull, Judge Roy Bean, Tom Horn... and more! It features autographs and manuscripts, personally owned items, firearms, photos, documents, even some Native American artifacts - one of the finest arrays of these historic items ever presented by Heritage.

Iron Frame Henry Lever Action Rifle Geronimo: An Important Apache Hide Pouch Gifted by the Famous Chief, Along with the Original Manuscript and Author's Notes for the Book which Describes its Presentation John Wesley Hardin
Even if you are not an active collector of these categories, we hope you will take the time to look at these memorable offerings online. Anyone with an appreciation for the history of the American West cannot help but be delighted and fascinated by these auctions. If you can’t join us in the auction room, be sure to watch and bid via our patented Heritage Live! platform.

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The James M. Goode Collection of Bookplates
By James Gannon

Collection of Four Bookplates by Paul Revere
Bookplates have been an endlessly diverse and charming reflection on the history of the printed book, and provide a beautiful and personalized record of book ownership. We are very pleased to present the bookplate collection of James M. Goode, which features in excess of 2,000 bookplates and was exhibited at the University of Virginia in 2010, under the auspices of the Rare Book School, the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and the Alderman Library.

[Bookplates]. Rockwell Kent. Collection of Fifteen Bookplates
Engraved ownership bookplates have been an integral part of the printed book for more than 500 years. “The earliest bookplates were woodcuts designed and printed for Catholic monasteries in Bavaria, Germany, beginning in the 1480s – only one generation after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing of books by movable type in Mainz in 1455,” bookplate collector, author and historian James M. Goode writes in Three Centuries of the American Bookplate. The study and collection of bookplates became popular in the late 19th century with the publication of four serious historical studies of the labels used to identify ownership. Beginning in the 1890s, collectors were focusing on bookplates of famous people, universities and well-known bookplate designers. Others collected bookplates with images such as sailing ships, knights, monks, library interiors, or silhouettes. The Yale University Library has the largest collection in the world, with close to one million bookplates.

[Bookplates]. [George Washington, association]. Three Bookplates
In our Rare Books Auction #6148, November 4 and 5 in New York City, in just over one hundred lots you will find superb examples of beautiful and historic bookplates from the past three centuries. Many plates in this collection are custom-framed and elegantly labeled in hand-calligraphy, so they are ready for display.

The collection boasts the plates of prominent figures in many fields, including politicians, entertainers, industrialists, businessmen, scientists, and authors. Among the bookplates are those belonging to George Washington, Greta Garbo, Nelson A. Rockefeller (the only bookplate designed by Pablo Picasso), Albert Einstein, and Robert Frost. Many of the bookplates were created by important artists and designers such as Rockwell Kent, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Revere, Carl S. Junge, Paul Landacre, Frank Brangwyn, Edward Burne-Jones, Eric Gill, and Leonard Baskin.

[Bookplates]. Six Art Deco Bookplates [Bookplates]. Charles de Gaulle's Bookplate
A few of the bookplates are being auctioned individually, but most will be auctioned in appropriate groupings, especially if they already are custom-framed by type or style of plate, bookplate designer, or type of book owner. Some larger groupings organized in binders by bookplate category will also be available. Mr. Goode’s excellent reference library relating to the history, design, and collecting of bookplates will also be included in a number of group lots.

We hope you will enjoy learning about and bidding on this excellent collection, lovingly curated and assembled by James M. Goode.

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Lord Dunsany: The Franklin V. Spellman Collection
By Philip Jensen

LORD DUNSANY
"Come with me, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of London: come with me: and those that tire at all of the world we know: for we have new worlds here." – Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder.

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, [1878-1957], known more popularly as Lord Dunsany, was an Irish writer of fantasies and one of the great "world builders" of the early twentieth century. He was the Eighteenth Baron of Dunsany, a poet, a playwright, a novelist, a sharp shooter and chess champion, a hunter, a soldier, and a world traveler. He inspired a generation of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula K. Le Guin; and although not as currently well-known, he was in his time a social and literary sensation. With his distinctive cut quill pen and his larger than life personality, he remains a figure of fascination to this day.

In our upcoming Rare Books Auction #6148, Heritage is pleased to present this remarkable collection of over 418 Dunsany books, letters, and other related ephemera.

Featuring a core of 232 volumes (comprised of ninety-six titles written by Lord Dunsany in a variety of editions), there are many special copies which bear inscriptions, tipped-in letters, and wax seals. This lot includes several of Dunsany's limited first editions, such as the beautifully printed G.P. Putnam large format editions of Time and the Gods, The King of Elfland's Daughter, and two inscribed copies of The Chronicles of Rodriguez. These four volumes, uniformly bound in quarter vellum and orange cloth (three in their original illustrated dust jackets), are each signed by both Dunsany and his illustrator Sidney Sime.

LORD DUNSANY
And, of course, no discussion of the works and worlds of Lord Dunsany would be complete without a nod to his illustrator and kindred spirit Sidney Sime [1867-1941]. Sime's early life, partly spent scratching images of fantastic creatures on the walls while working in the Yorkshire coal mines, stands in stark contrast to that of Lord Dunsany's, born to both title and wealth. However, their mutual love of the fantastic brought them together and resulted in several striking literary and artistic collaborations.

So it is of no surprise that in this collection there are nine books relating to Sidney Sime, including a very rare copy of his 1923 collaboration with composer Joseph Holbrook, Bogey Beasts.

[We are also delighted to note that there are five works of art by Sidney Sime being offered as separate lots in this current auction. Among them are two oil paintings on wood panels, one of which, appropriately enough, is of Lord Dunsany's castle].

LORD DUNSANY
Through Dunsany's correspondence and book inscriptions one is introduced to others in his circle, such as his friend and biographer Hazel Littlefield Smith, publisher Elkin Matthews, book collector and aspiring author Manuel Tarshish, true crime author William Roughead, and the much celebrated bookbinder George Sutcliffe.

Here amidst the books and letters is also to be found a variety of Dunsanian ephemera, such as a four-page typescript poem by Lord Dunsany titled "The Coronation", two typed pages of his limericks transcribed as he recited them during a party in 1953, a short handwritten note, four photos, a comically illustrated flier from one of his speaking engagements in New York, and much more.

LORD DUNSANY
Among the later correspondence there is a letter from Lady Beatrice Dunsany to Franklin V. Spellman dated 1966, responding to Mr. Spellman's interest in her husband's works, in which she writes: "A return of interest in the fantastic & romantic literature will come before very long, & meanwhile I hope your quest for the books will be successful."

We are pleased to present the Franklin V. Spellman collection of the works of Lord Dunsany, which not only speaks to the success of that quest, but also moves us all one step further along on that ongoing return to the truly fantastic! Please be sure to visit this lot on our website to read more detailed information about this collection and our other exceptional books. The auction will be held November 4-5, 2015, in New York City.

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Presidential Factoids: Abraham Lincoln and Election of 1864
By Jim O'Neal

Lincoln, Johnson, Sherman, and Grant
(Editor's Note: Another in a series of interesting articles written by James O'Neal, former President and C.E.O. of Frito-Lay International. View his biography at this link.)

In the spring of 1864 Abraham Lincoln, and his key advisors, were growing increasingly pessimistic about his chance for reelection. The Confederates had triumphed at the Battle of Mansfield, the Battle of the Crater, and then the disastrous Battle of Cold Harbor. It was here that thousands of Union soldiers were killed and wounded in a hopeless assault on the fortified position of Robert E. Lee's Army of the Northern Virginia. It was an impressive performance by Lee, but basically the last one of any consequence.

In the North, people were growing increasingly weary of the carnage and the prospect of a continuation of such a bloody war. "Peace at any cost" was looking increasingly attractive and questions about Lincoln's leadership were growing. However, he was still popular among the rank and file and he was re-nominated without any opposition at the June convention in Baltimore. In an effort to bolster his chances, Lincoln persuaded the attendees to drop Hannibal Hamlin as vice president and replace him with Andrew Johnson, the Democrat from Tennessee.

However, the outlook was bleak and Lincoln was struggling with bouts of severe depression.

In addition to swapping vice presidential candidates, the Republicans changed the party name to "National Union" to gain votes from Democrats who still supported the war effort. Then the party platform was changed to incorporate some important policies. First, they promised to crush the Confederacy and punish their rebel leaders while demanding an unconditional surrender. Next was a commitment to enact a constitutional amendment to ban slavery. Last was a promise to aid disabled Union war veterans.

Still the pessimism persisted as the war dragged on and no end in sight. Lincoln even had his entire cabinet sign a sealed letter in August 1864: "It seems exceedingly probable that this administration will not be re- elected," and then a commitment to cooperate with a President elect: "to save the Union between the election and the inauguration."

But then Grant, Sherman, and Phil Sheridan started racking up victories in August and September and the entire outlook changed a lot. Also, the Democrats made an unwise choice in selecting General George B. McClellan as a "peace candidate," For all his faults, this was not one of them. He did not support the basic premise of peace irrespective of the consequences. The McClellan mistake was a key to Lincoln's sweeping victory as the war effort started paying big dividends and public sentiment changed dramatically.

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Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 Campaign Memorabilia
By Michael Riley

Our Americana & Political Auction #6142, coming up on November 7 at our Dallas headquarters, features quite a number of great Lincoln-related items. There are three lots specifically from his second presidential campaign in 1864 (left to right):

Abraham Lincoln: 1864 Campaign Token Lincoln & Johnson Abraham Lincoln: Largest Size 1864 Ferrotype
Lot 48312 Abraham Lincoln: 1864 Campaign Token. DeWitt AL-1864-37, gilt brass, 22mm. AU with most of the original gilding. A very nice example.

Lot 48052 Lincoln & Johnson: A Superb 1864 Campaign Flag, the Threads of History Plate Example. Pictured by Collins as item no. 333 on page 172. The only example we have ever encountered of this very appealing design, this glazed cotton flag boasts an unusual 35-star "Great Star" configuration in the canton. Large, bold lettering is also unusual and helps give this flag a very strong display presence. 8" x 6", with original stick (incomplete), nicely framed. Excellent condition, with a hint of very light overall aging, just enough to give it character. Colors are very strong.

Lot 48059 Abraham Lincoln: Largest Size 1864 Ferrotype. DeWitt AL-1864-83, gilt brass 45mm, with original cardboard back. Smooth and glossy surface with only a few light scratches. Some traces of the original luster to the brass frame. All-in-all, a superlative example.

Of course, through the years Heritage has sold a number of great Lincoln & Johnson items. Here's a look at three of the finest (left to right):

Abraham Lincoln: A Stunning, Unique Flag Banner from the 1864 Election 1864 Lincoln & Johnson Jugate Badge Lincoln & Johnson
Auction 6145, Lot 42262 Abraham Lincoln: A Stunning, Unique Flag Banner from the 1864 Election. Sold for a record breaking $106,250!

Auction 6092, Lot 38071 1864 Lincoln & Johnson Jugate Badge: The "Holy Grail" for collectors of Pinback Jugates. Sold for $56,762.

Auction 6032, Lot 47175 Lincoln & Johnson: Key 1864 Currier "Grand National Banner" Campaign Poster. Sold for $14,937.

Shown in Jim O'Neal's article (above) is the following item:

Auction 672, Lot 25308 Lincoln & Johnson: Ultra-Rare 1864 Campaign Broadside of the "Union Platform". Sold for $19,120.

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Around Heritage Auctions
Gen. George S. Patton’s pocket watch offered at auction

George S. Patton Pocket Watch Patek Philippe
The 1909 Patek Phillippe pocket watch given to General George S. Patton by his parents upon his graduation from West Point Academy, which Patton carried while fighting against Pancho Villa and during his time in the U.S. Army World War One tank corps, will cross the auction block on Oct. 29, 2015, at Heritage Auction in New York.

"General Patton's relationship with his parents, and especially with his father, George S. Patton II, was very close," said Jim Wolf, Director Fine Timepieces at Heritage Auctions. "Their devotion is reflected in the high quality of the piece and the inscription on the cuvette of the watch: 'Lieut. George S. Patton USA/from his/Father and Mother/June 11th 1909.'"

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