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Freeman's | Hindman Spring Sales

Freeman’s | Hindman presents a month of books, manuscripts, and historical ephemera this spring across five sales in three salerooms. In all five auctions, the firm will offer more than 1,400 lots with a total estimated value of nearly $2.5 million.
 
Book Month at Freeman’s | Hindman kicks off in Cincinnati on May 31 with American Historical Ephemera and Photography. In June, the sale season continues in Chicago with two back-to-back live sales, beginning with Fine Literature from the Collection of Richard C. McKenzie on June 6 and Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Worlds of Tomorrow, and Americana following on June 7. Next, the firm will present Books and Manuscripts in Philadelphia on June 25. Rounding out the month is Freeman’s | Hindman’s first Western Manuscripts and Miniatures auction, taking place on June 27 live in Chicago.

The American Historical Ephemera and Photography auction showcases influential figures and pivotal moments from America’s past. Featuring a noteworthy selection of flags, early photography, manuscripts, broadsides, and militaria, the property presents American conflicts including the Civil War, politics, African Americana, westward expansion, and Native American affairs. 
 
Headlining the sale is a whole plate daguerreotype of San Francisco, California, circa 1852-1853. Speaking to its unique nature is Katie Horstman, Associate Vice President, Senior Specialist, American Historical Ephemera and Early Photography, “This historic image encapsulates the rapid growth that transformed San Francisco from a settlement of approximately 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown representing the epicenter of the California Gold Rush. A daguerreotype of this size and importance has not appeared at auction for nearly 20 years, and we are delighted to present the image in Freeman’s I Hindman’s May 31 auction.”

The Fine Literature from the Collection of Richard C. McKenzie auction on June 6 features 298 lots of first editions and literary high spots of 19th and 20th-century literature featuring major American and English authors, including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, James Joyce, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and Herman Melville. Highlights of the sale include: Dicksonson, Emily. Poems, Poems Second Series, Poems Third Series. Boston: Robert Brothers, 1890, 1891, 1896. (est. $10,000 - $15,000); Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. New York, Harper & Brothers, 1851. (est. $12,000 - $18,000); [PLATH, Sylvia as:]. LUCAS, Victoria (1932-1963). The Bell Jar. London: Heinemann, 1963. (est. $3,000 - $4,000)

Fine Books and Manuscripts, including Worlds of Tomorrow, and Americana (Chicago, June 7) features 379 lots, with several notable sessions. Worlds of Tomorrow explores the relationship between the scientific and technological advancements of the 20th century and the literature and film that developed in response to those rapid advances, presenting historic photographs, artifacts, and manuscripts alongside works of literature, film props, posters, and literary archives.
 
Included is Langston Hughes & Fine African Americana from the Collections of Noël Sullivan & William P. and Alice D. Mahoney including first editions of Hughes’s works presented by the writer and social activist to his patron and friend Noël Sullivan and his family with Hughes’s warm inscriptions. Other highlights include: Award given to Forrest J. Ackerman by Isaac Asimov at the 11th WorldCon. 1953. (First Hugo Awarded). (est. $5,000 - $7,000); Hughes, Langston. Scottsboro Limited. Prentiss Taylor, illustrator. 1932. First edition, limited issue. Inscribes by Hughes to Noel Sullivan. (est. $6,000 - $8,000)

Continuing the series of live sales is the Books and Manuscripts auction presented in Philadelphia. This sale will feature almost 300 lots of printed Americana, literature, fishing, art, maps, prints, and more, led by an incredible rarity with a remarkable association: English Romantic poet John Keats's personal copy of The Works of Edmund Spenser. Renowned book collector A. Edward Newton considered it the centerpiece of his own legendary collection. 
 
"Books such as Keats's own copy of Spenser remind us all how much history can be quietly sitting on a shelf, waiting to be recognized and reintroduced to the world of book collecting,” said Darren Winston, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of the Books and Manuscripts department. “Books should make you stop and think, or gasp, or sometimes think you have a direct line to the history of literature, as holding this copy of Spenser does. A truly remarkable and unique book."
 
Other top lots include an impressive 1615 illuminated portolan chart of the Mediterranean by John Oliva (est. $20,000 - $30,000) and the very rare 1698 first edition of Gabriel Thomas’s foundational An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pennsylvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America… (estimate: $15,000 - $25,000). Other highlights from the sale include (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing (est. $30,000 - $50,000); Oliva, Joan. Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean. (est. $20,000 - $30,000); and Kennedy, John F. and Richard Nixon: Inscribed Photograph (est. $10,000 - $15,000)

Freeman’s | Hindman also announces its inaugural Western Manuscripts and Miniatures sale which presents illuminated leaves and Books of Hours from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The sale will be presented live in Chicago on June 27 and showcases over 70 lots with an estimated total value of $400,000. Outstanding items from the sale include:  Keats, poems. A Modern Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum by Sangorski, in a striking jeweled binding by Riviere & Son. (est. $60,000 - $70,000); Follower of the Boucicaut Master. Book of Hours. Paris, France, probably 1420. With 4 larger miniatures. (est. $50,000 - $70,000); Book of Hours. France. Likely Rouen, Master of the Geneva Latini. 13 miniatures. (est. $40,000 - $60,000)

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