• <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> The Gemini Collection of Modern Prints and Illustrated Books.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. CHAGALL, MARC. 1887-1985.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 59. DALI, SALVADOR. SPANISH, 1904-1989. OVID. Est. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 85. GANYMED. MEIER-GRAEFE, JULIUS, editor. Est. US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams 28 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 112. MIRÓ, JOAN. SPANISH, 1893-1983. ÉLUARD, PAUL. À toute épreuve.<br>Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 48. KEPLER, JOHANNES. 1571-1630.<br>Est. US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 58. RITCHEY, GEORGE WILLIS. 1864-1945. Est. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 74. WALLICH, NATHANIEL. 1786-1854. Est. US$ 35,000-55,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("C. Darwin"). Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 October 2014:</b><br>HISTORY OF SCIENCE.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 245. HELMHOLTZ SOUND SYNTHESIZER. HELMHOLTZ, HERMANN VON. 1821-1894. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 262. MANHATTAN PROJECT VIEWING WINDOW. Heavily leaded glass.<br>Est. US$ 150,000-250,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 271. WOVEN SILK PORTRAIT OF JACQUARD. Est. US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 22 Oct 2014:</b> Lot 286. APPLE. Apple 1 Motherboard.<br>Est. US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 668. Banca Agricola Sarda, 1873 Issue Specimen Banknote.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 730. Bono De Caja, El Banco Central Mexicano, 1899 Specimen Banknote. Est $1250.00-2500.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 751. State Bank of Pakistan, 1973-1978 Presentation Booklet with 5 Different Specimen Banknotes.<br>Est $5000.00-10000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 759. Palestine Currency Board, 1929 High Grade Issue Banknote, One of 2 Sequential Notes Being Offered.<br>Est $6000.00-12000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 966. National Base Ball League, ca. 1880's Advertising Note from Minnesota. Est $800.00-1600.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 973. Important Historical Vignette. NY. New York. Nassau Bank. $1. 1850's. Proof on card. NY-1780.<br>Est $600.00-1200.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1053. British American Bank Note Company Engravers & Printers, ND (ca.1860's) Dramatic Proof Security Printer. Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1078. United States Treasury, Assistant Treasurer of the United States at Philadelphia, Gold Coin Certific. Est $12500.00-25000.00.
    <b>Archives International November 4th, Session 2, Part XXI.</b> Sale starts at 10:30 am EST.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1104. Federal Reserve Note, $20 1934 D Specimen Banknote. New York, New York. Fr.#2058-B.<br>Est $5000.00-10,000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1105. Uncut Sheet of Six Alexander City, Alabama Small Size Nationals. $5 1929 Type 2, First National Bank. Est $4000.00-6000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b> Lot 1233. Palestine, 1934 20 Mils, NGC Graded MS 62. Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1423. Important Louisiana Exposition Medal. 1885-86.<br>Est $500.00-1000.00.
    <b>Archives International Nov 4th:</b><br>Lot 1441. Rare Grover Cleveland Indian Peace Medal. 1885.<br>Est $3000.00-5000.00.
  • <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Daniel Boone autograph. Boon confirms receipt of payment for surveying work. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> CROCKETT, David (1786-1836). Autograph free frank ("Free D. Crockett") on envelope.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James K. Polk Signed "Executive Documents". Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> James Buchanan, Rare Signed Constitutional Law Book.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Rare Abraham Lincoln 1841 Legal Document. "Sangamon Circuit Court", dated March 11, 1841. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Historic Signed Photo.<br>Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Mckinley 25th President of the U.S. Signed book. Speaches and Addresses, 1894. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> William Howard Taft 27th President of the U.S. "Ethics in Service", inscribed 1921. Min Bid $250.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> John F. Kennedy 35th President of the U.S. Signed image. Min Bid $200.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Historical Oliver Hazard Perry ALS "We Have Defeated The Enemy Completely..." 1812. Min Bid $500.
    <b>Bid now! Auction Ends October 29th.</b>
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Certificate of Discharge Edward J. Smith. English naval officer (1850-1912) in command of the RMS Titanic. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Charles Dickens Author Letter Signed and Original Photo. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Important Disney original comic art work from this 1937 classic.<br>Min Bid $500.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> Signed Certificate for Heroism Rescue for the Akron search and<br>Air Ship AJ3. Min Bid $300.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1986 STS-51L CHRISTA MCAULIFFE and BARBARA MORGAN SIGNED DISPLAY. Min Bid $400.
    <b>Ends Oct 29th oakauctions.com:</b> 1951 World Series New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. Featuring the 1951 Bronx Bombers. Min Bid $200.
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 1. (AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES) BACHMAN, REV. JOHN. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1854. 3 vols. 4to. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 4. AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 67. BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES. Les Fleurs du Mal. Paris, 1857. First edition, first issue with the six suppressed poems. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 73. CHIPPENDALE, THOMAS. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. London, 1754. First edition. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 79. (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT) Missal, in Latin, 38 leaves, 15th-century, the Temporale, from Holy Trinity to... $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 85. KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD. the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936. First edition, original dust jacket. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 113. DICKENS, CHARLES. Great Expectations. London, 1861. 3 vols. First edition, fourth impression $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 173. CHURCHILL, WINSTON. ALS, three pages, May 28, 1915. To his cousin, signed "W." $3,000-$5,000
    102 DICKENS, CHARLES. Complete set of Christmas Books. 5 vols. First editions. $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 174. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. Map of British Battles of 1918 signed by Churchill and the other Generals and Field Marshalls. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 176A. CHURCHILL, SIR WINSTON. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. London, 1898. First edition, first state. $2,000-$,4,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 219. MCKENNEY, THOMAS AND JAMES HALL. History of the Indian Tribes of North America. 3 vols. 74 (of 120) bound-in and 32 loose plates. $20,000-$30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 248. (CHICAGO, RAILROAD) Chicago, Rock-Island & Pacific - Rocky Mountain Limited... Reverse glass and mother of pearl inlaid sign, c. 1900. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Sale 344 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, November 5th.</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 267. (GOLF) JONES, ROBERT. T., JR. ("BOBBY") AND O.B. KEELER. Down the Fairway... New York, 1927. 1st ed., ltd. Signed by Keeler/Jones twice. $6,000-$8,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 311. WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD. Autographed letter signed ("F.L.L.W."), 4pp., on Jokake Inn letterhead, ca. 1925. $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 313. HUNTER, DARD. Old Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1923. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. With 6 TLS signed by Hunter. $5,000-$7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: </b> Lot 315. HUNTER, DARD. Primitive Papermaking. Chillicothe, OH, 1927. Limited edition, signed by Hunter. $3,000-$5,000

AE Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2007 Issue

William Reese Revisits The Streeter Sale

Reese257

The Streeter Sale Revisited from William Reese.


By Michael Stillman

Catalogue number 257 from the William Reese Company is a must for all major collectors of Americana: The Streeter Sale Revisited. Thomas Streeter was likely the most important collector of printed Americana of the 20th century. Streeter was first a lawyer, then very successful businessman and financier. He began seriously collecting books in the 1920s, and evidently this became the love of his life. He retired in 1939, at the age of just 56, to devote the remainder of his life to book collecting. This he did virtually until its end in 1965.

Streeter collected a great deal of early Americana, but had a special interest in Texas. He published a bibliography based on his collection, donated numerous documents to the University of Texas, and sold his Texas collection in its entirety to Yale University. He made numerous donations to other institutions and served on the boards of, or in other capacities with, many libraries and historical organizations. However, he also wanted to make much of what he had gathered available to the next generation of collectors, so he decided to have some 5,000 of his books put up for auction after he died. The result was the Streeter Sale, probably the most important Americana auction of the last century.

The sale was held at Parke-Bernet Galleries, then New York's largest auction house. The sale began in 1966, and did not conclude until 1969, 23 sessions later. A total of 4,421 of his best items were offered at the auctions, bringing in a total of just over $3.1 million, a record for a book auction in the U.S. at the time. A number of factors helped to make the auction so successful, including the great respect Streeter had developed, making his copies very desirable, and the fact that Streeter gave institutions $400,000 to be used exclusively at his auction. Despite the seemingly generous prices often paid at the time, most of the purchases made at his auction have proven to be a bargain, even taking into account inflation since that time. As the rich get richer, the best get better, and Streeter's collection was the best.

William Reese has owned many items that came from Streeter's collection over the years, and has owned even more other copies of books Streeter once possessed. Currently, he is offering 311 items that are the same or similar to items sold at the Streeter sale, including 18 books owned by Streeter himself. In this catalogue, he looks back at Streeter's sale and gives us the prices from that auction, and in most cases is able to tell us to whom the Streeter copy was sold. In some cases, Reese is also able to compare prices with those sold at the auction of Streeter's son, Frank. Frank Streeter died this past year and his collection, while not on a level with that of his father, was nonetheless an important one, and he had many items that once belonged to Thomas. Reese notes that items sold at the son's auction for roughly 26 times the price at his father's, and that prices in this catalogue average around 28 times the prices at the Streeter sale. Some are only a few times as much, though a few are priced well beyond the 28 times average.

We note that our own findings indicate that this is about double the rate of increase as seen for the typical book since the late 1960s. Again, the best material, though seemingly very expensive at the time, usually increases at a more rapid rate than does average material. The Streeter collection confirms this. For comparison, Reese notes the overall inflation rate since that time stands at 6, so books have been a good financial investment, whether typical or superior copies, along with bringing great pleasure to those collect them.

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