Auctions | August 10, 2010

August 12 Auction To Include Mercator, Johnson And Lewis And Clark

(Chicago, Illinois) August 9, 2010 - Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ August 12 Fine Books and Manuscripts auction boasts a wide range of highlights, including a fine first printing of Samuel Johnson’s groundbreaking Dictionary of the English Language (Lot 65), in two volumes, which carries an estimate of $10,000-15,000, and a first edition of Lewis and Clark’s History of the Expedition (Lot 148), estimated to sell between $8,000-12,000.   

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Completely fresh to the market and the expected top lot of the auction is a rare two volume atlas by the famed sixteenth-century Flemish cartographer, Gerard Mercator (Lot 47). Printed in 1636, this rare first English edition is estimated to sell between $30,000-50,000, and is the focal point of 15 lots of antiquarian maps from a private collection in Louisville, Kentucky.


Another particularly interesting piece is a first edition, first printing of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Lot 304), together with an autographed letter signed by the author thanking the recipient for his praises of her recent work and discussing the character of Nina Gordon, from Dred: A Tale of Great Dismal Swamp:


“It is a weakness that attends us makers of puppet shows that we sometimes conceive a real human affection for some of our corps de ballet as Pygmalion for his statue. I had such a weakness for my little Nina … In fact I have such a motherly weakness for the poor child that whoever speaks well of her becomes henceforth a discerning person in my eyes …”


The book and letter, which are further accompanied by a signed photograph of the author, are estimated at $5,000-7,000.


Literary highlights include a collection of uniformly bound Charles Dickens first book editions (Lot 247), a first printing of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind (Lot 291), a rare printing of Jack London’s Sea Wolf  (Lot 290), and a first printing of William Faulkner’s Light in August (Lot 270).


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ next Fine Books and Manuscripts auction will take place November 19. The catalogue is available online at


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