Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers. Catalog 191 includes more than 300 new items. Some of the noteworthy content includes:
- the Northwest Ordinance
- a Confederate broadside
- the first report of George Washington’s death
- a great San Francisco earthquake issue
- a map of America in 1754
- rules for the Continental Army.
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Recently I purchased a couple of watercolors from Alan Barnes Fine Art, a gallery in Santa Fe, NM. It was a very pleasant experience and I am delighted with my new acquisitions. Alan Barnes Fine Art has a very nice selection of 19th- and 20th-century works in different media. If you’re wondering what to buy the art lover on your holiday gift list this year, check out the gallery website: www.alanbarnesfineart.com.
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Abebook.com, that indispensible source for anyone who collects books or just wants an out-of-print copy at a great price, just released their list of “Top 10 Most Expensive Sales in September 2011.”
Topping the list is “Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae,” which Abebooks describes as “an eight-volume work cataloging representations of mythology in the plastic arts (i.e., architecture, ceramics, collage, conceptual art, drawing, glass art, land art, metalworking, mosaic, painting, paper art, among others) of antiquity” – although the book itself is hardly an antique: It was published in Zurich in 1981. The set sold for $14,067.
Number 10 on the list is 10. A signed first edition of Ken Kesey’s second novel, “Sometimes a Great Notion” (1964): It sold for $4,500. (Number 3 on the Abebooks list is Kesey’s first novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” published in 1962; it sold for $9,000. Take that, Kindle!)
Check out the whole list at www.abebooks.com … and NEVER bid on a book on eBay without looking for a similar copy on Abebooks first: You may well find a cheaper deal there or at least get a better idea of how high to go.
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A call for assistance to our readers
AmeriCollector.com often receives e-mails asking how much an item is worth. Whenever I can, I simply refer the writer to a trustworthy dealer or other person who might offer information on a collectible’s value. However, I thought it would be nice to open this up to our regular visitors.
A reader writes: “Our family has a canceled envelope dated Dec. 7, 1941, from Honolulu, Hawaii, and postmarked 9 a.m. The letter was written from a friend of the family who was on board the USS Arizona and went down with the ship. It was written on a USS Arizona letterhead with a picture of the ship at the top. The items are not in pristine condition, being 75 years old, but the stamp is very legible and the picture of the ship is clear. We were just wondering what the value would be for this type of cover.”
Any input would be much appreciated. Please e-mail us at letscollect (@) americollector (dot) com.
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