Leading the auction is an important collection of John F. Kennedy letters spanning his senatorial career and campaign for President. A diverse collection of historical manuscripts collected in the late 1930s including documents by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson, and several other presidents, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Brigham Young, Harry Houdini, and Booker T. Washington provide a rare opportunity to acquire truly fresh- to-the-market manuscripts. The sale also includes an important archive of documents, journals, photographs, and ephemera associated with early American industrialist Samuel Batchelder and his extended family, along with Lincoln Ripley Stone’s personal 1863 Civil War diary detailing his day-to-day activities while serving as surgeon to the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, one of the first all-black Union Army regiments to serve in the Civil War.
Rare books are well represented by a fine first edition copy of Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel, Gone with the Wind, a large collection of modern first edition works, and one volume of a scarce two-volume Bulaqu printing of Kitab Alf Layla wa-Layla (Thousand and One Nights); the Bulaq edition being the first complete printed edition of the book published in Arabic that served as the basis of most later editions and translations into different languages.
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