BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MATERIAL PERFORMS WELL
Befitting Philadelphia’s auction house, Freeman’s presents outstanding sales of a suite of books printed by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. A number of lots kicked off the auction with competitive bidding, including rare Poor Richard almanacs, all of which well outperformed their pre-sale high estimates. Poor Richard, 1736. An Almanack For the Year of Christ 1736…(Lot 10; estimate: $3,000-5,000) sold for an impressive $17,640, as did Poor Richard Improved…(Lot 12; estimate: $5,000-8,000). Lot 11, A Pocket Almanack For the Year 1761, achieved $10,080 (estimate: $5,000-8,000). A copy of Cato Major, or his Discourse of Old-age: With Explanatory Notes, sold for $11,970 (Lot 5; estimate: $5,000-8,000). These impressive results underscore Freeman’s pride of place in presenting Philadelphia-related material.
THE CANON COMMANDS IMPRESSIVE PRICES
A series of lots by canonical authors achieved back-to-back high results, beginning with a handsome first edition of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: or, Life in the Woods (Lot 38; estimate: $6,000-9,000) that sold for $13,860, surpassing its pre-sale high estimate. This sale was followed by a result of $16,380 for a multivolume set of Mark Twain’s The Writings, Definitive Edition (Lot 39; estimate: $8,000-12,000) and an autograph draft letter by Walt Whitman that achieved $8,190 (Lot 40; estimate: $3,000-5,000).
Of the 40 WWII poster lots on offer in Books and Manuscripts, 39 sold, and a great many outperformed their pre-sale estimates. Posters featuring Winston Churchill performed particularly well—Lots 60, 61, and 62 all commanded impressive prices—and Lot 87, Group of 16 Women in WWII Posters, achieved $4,725 (estimate: $1,000-1,500), all underscoring the ongoing market appeal of WWII material.