February 2011 | Rebecca Rego Barry

Presidents Day

No better day than Presidents Day to pour over the Raab Collection's newest catalogue, The Life and Times of George Washington, or to watch the short video Raab created on the same subject.

Raab acquired publisher George Palmer Putnam's personal collection of engravings related to Washington, as well as two chapters from Washington Irving's biography of George Washington (in Irving's hand and signed, $24,000). Some engravings are stand-alone, selling in the $100-$200 range. Most of the amazing Washington letters found within come with one of Putnam's original engravings to frame or otherwise present with the acquisition. Jefferson and Adams also turn up.

The Life and Times of George Washington, in Autographs from Nathan Raab on Vimeo.