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Neal Auction Company has consistently achieved impressive results in this category with material such as a Jean Lafitte related sword, a trove of Tennessee Williams correspondence, important Civil War memorabilia, presidential signatures and documents, rare Mardi Gras invitations and ephemera, Southern books, maps, political history and literature.

After Marie Adrien Persac (American/Louisiana, 1827-1873), "Norman's Chart of the Lower Mississippi River from Natchez to New Orleans", 1858, by A. Persac, published by B. M. Norman, New Orleans, LA, engraved, printed and mounted by J. H. Colton & Co., New York, with hand-coloring, linen backed, showing the divisions of land with owners' names, vignettes of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and plantations, the decorated border composed of cotton plants and sugar cane motifs, sight 61 in. x 31 in., in a carved, cove-molded cypress frame. Sold for $315,999.00 on November 21st, 2009.  WORLD RECORD PRICE AT AUCTION

After Marie Adrien Persac (French/Louisiana, 1823-1873), "Norman's Chart of the Lower Mississippi River from Natchez to New Orleans", 1858, by A. Persac, published by B.M. Norman, New Orleans, LA, engraved, printed and mounted by J.H. Colton & Co., New York, with hand-coloring, showing the divisions of land with owner's names, vignettes of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and plantations, the decorative border composed of cotton plants and sugar cane motifs, sheet 62 1/2 in. x 32 in., attractively matted and framed. Sold for $191,715.00 on June 25th, 2011

 

John Disturnell (1801-1877), "Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Mejico...", 1847, hand-colored engraved folding map, on two sheets, joined as issued, published by J. Disturnell, NY, sheet 30 1/2 in. x 42 1/4 in., attractively float-mounted and framed, the mat inset with the original red boards. Sold for $107,550.00 on June 25th, 2011

After Marie Adrien Persac (American/Louisiana, 1827‑1873), "Norman's Chart of the Lower Mississippi River from Natchez to New Orleans", 1858, by A. Persac, published by B.M. Norman, New Orleans, LA; printed and mounted by J.H. Colton & Co., New York, hand‑colored, linen backed, with original ebonized wooden rollers, showing the divisions of land with owner's names; vignettes of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and plantations, the border with cotton and sugar cane motifs, sheet 62 in. x 32 1/4 in. Sold for $106,750.00 on December 2, 2016

The First United States Census 1791, “Return of the Whole Number of Persons within the Several Districts of the United States”, signed by Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State on the last page. Sold on October 2nd, 2004 for $92,700.

David Roberts (British, 1786-1864), The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, with Egypt and Nubia, published by F.G. Moon, London, 1842-1849, 6 volumes, folio (24 in. x 16 3/4 in.), Deluxe Edition (First), with 2 maps, 6 pictorial titles, and 240 lithographed plates hand-colored and mounted on card, by Louis Haghe, most with tissue guards, original red three-quarter leather, gilt titles and decoration, all edges gilt.  This edition also known as the Royal Subscription Edition. This lot is being sold to benefit the Spring Hill College Archives, Mobile, AL.Sold for $83,650.00 on May 4th, 2013.

The Birds of America: From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories, 1840-1844, 7 volumes, octavo. First Edition. With 500 hand-colored lithograph plates After Audubon, printed by J.T. Bowen and George Endicott (plates 136-150). Sold on October 2nd, 2004 for $59,700.
Part of an extensive collection of Tennessee Williams letters, correspondence, typescripts, poems, manuscripts.
Sold on April 8, 2000 for a total $59,650.
A Set of twenty-eight works in sixty-nine volumes relating chiefly to Napoleon Bonaparte Sold on October 4, 2003 for $55,200.00
A Rare and Important Confederate Presentation Grade Silver Hilt Foot Officer’s Sword with Ivory Grip, by A.H. Dufilho, New Orleans, presented to Col. Marshall J. Smith, Crescent Regiment.
Sold on October 13, 2001 for $54,625.
After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851), The Birds of America, V. G. Audubon, 1856, New York, 2nd ed., 7 vol. 8vo, Bowen, Philadelphia.
Sold for $50,525.00 on December 3, 2005

After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851), The Birds of America, From Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories, New York & Philadelphia: E.G. Dorsey for J.J. Audubon and J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844, 7 volumes, octavo, first edition, with 500 hand-colored lithograph plates after the original watercolors and aquatint engravings by John James Audubon, printed by J.T. Bowen, Philadelphia and George Endicott, New York (plates 136-150), in original 3/4 leather bindings.
Provenance: Descended in the Bouligny-Baldwin family, New Orleans. U. Bouligny is listed in VOL II as one of the original subscribers from New Orleans.
Sold on March 4, 2006 for $49,350.

John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851), The Birds of America, From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories, New York & Phil., J.J. Audubon and J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844, 7 volumes, octavo, first edition, with 500 hand-colored lithograph plates, after the original watercolors and aquatint engravings by Audubon, printed by J.T. Bowen, Phil. and George Endicott, New York (plates 136-150), in original three-quarter leather bindings. Sold on February 23, 2013 for $48,800.00

Joseph Frederick Wallet des Barres (English, 1722-1824), "Mississippi River from Iberville to Yazous", 1779, two sheet, copperplate engraving, with original wash color, from The Atlantic Neptune, sheet 64 1/2 in. x 25 in., attractively float-mounted and framed. Sold for $44,215.00 on June 25th, 2011

François Levaillant (1753-1824), Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers, suivie de celle des toucans et des barbus, Paris, Chez Denne & Perlet, [1801]-1806, first edition, 2 volumes, folio, full calf, gilt decoration, with 114 hand-colored engraved plates after Jacques Barraband by Bouquet, Gremilliet, and Peree, printed in colours by Langlois and Rousset. Sold for $40,6300.00 on September 11th, 2010.

A Rare Map, La Tourrette's "Reference Map of the State of Louisiana from the Original Surveys of the United States...", st. 54 1/4 in. x 58 1/4 in.
Sold for $37,375.00 on May 17, 2003.

Barthélémy Lafon (French/American, 1769-1820), "Plan de l'Habitation de Mr. Michel Dragon arpentee par ordre de B. Lafon Ing., le mois de decembre, 1815", watercolor and ink manuscript map, 13 1/2 in. x 29 in., matted, cypress frame, with descriptive brass plaque. Sold for $37,055.00 on November 23rd, 2013.

Barthélémy Lafon (French/American, 1769-1820), "Plan de l'Habitation de Mr. Michel Dragon arpentee par ordre de B. Lafon Ing., le mois de decembre, 1815", watercolor and ink manuscript map, 13 1/2 in. x 29 in., matted, cypress frame, with descriptive brass plaque. Sold on November 23rd, 2013 for $37,045.00

Audubon books, Sold on October 4, 2003 for $34,500.00

[Confederate Currency], T-35, $5, September 2nd, 1861, Indian Princess and Slaves loading cotton, Series Ab, Serial# 2968, F-VF, no repair or damage, rare in this high grade, good borders, a most difficult note to obtain any better. Sold for $33,460.00 on November 21st, 2009.

[Confederate Currency], T-1, $1000 1st Issue Montgomery, May 24th, 1861, Calhoun and Jackson, Serial# 229, near EF, CC, traces of four vertical folds, one horizontal, expertly restored with no loss of paper, excellent color, note is very attractive with the restoration difficult to detect from the obverse, ex Raymond H. Weill of New Orleans. Sold for $33,460.00 on November 21st, 2009.

Autograph Letter Signed by William Clarke Quantrill to His Mother, Dated from Stanton, October 3, 1857, two sheets, wove paper, folded, written on three sides, 9 in. x 6 7/8 in. Sold for $32,900.00 on May 3rd, 2008

An Eighteen-Star American National Flag Commemorating Louisiana Statehood, c. 1812-1816, hand-sewn with thirteen stripes and eighteen double-appliqué cotton-muslin stars on a three-piece wool bunting canton; the canton and stripes are rolled over on themselves at the hoist end to form a hand-sewn pocket with a period hemp rope; the reverse side of the first star was inscribed in pencil "Caroline Whiting/2nd Division" and the third line is illegible. Accompanied by a copy of a notarized letter signed by Mrs. Jennie Wood describing the provenance, 5 ft. 1 in. x 8 ft. 4 in. Sold for $32,862.50 on November 17th, 2012.

James T. Lloyd/ Publisher, "Lloyd's Map of the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. Compiled from Government surveys in the Topographical Bureau, Washington, D.C. Revised and corrected to the present time by Captains Bart and William Bowen, pilots of twenty years' experience on that River. Exhibiting the sugar and cotton plantations, cities, towns, landings, sand bars, islands, bluffs, bayous, cut-offs, the steamboat channel, mileage, fortifications, railroads &c. along the River", published by J. T. Lloyd, 1862, New York, lithograph, sheet size 39 1/4 in. x 54 in., attractively float-mounted and framed. Sold for $26,887.50 on June 25th, 2011

A fine gold-plated presentation sword, late 19th c., manufactured by Clauberg Solingen, Prussia, retailed by A.B. Griswold, New Orleans, dedicated "To Major General C. Colon Augur, United States Army. A Testimonial of highest esteem for his tried valor, his rare judgment and his lofty patriotism, from Margaret." Sold together a group of letters and documents related to General Christopher Colon Augur..
Sold on October 3, 1998 for $26,400.00.
An Eighteen-Star American National Flag, c. 1812-1816, Sold on October 4, 2003 for $25,875.00

An Apollo XI Final Flight Plan Signed by the Astronauts, July 1, 1969, signed on the title page by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, owned by rocket scientist Dr. William Killian, who is named on the acknowledgement page as one who lent technical support in the preparation of this very document, original three-ring binder, over 200 pages. This lot is accompanied by a letter of provenance.
Sold on December 1, 2007 fpr $22,325.00, A RECORD PRICE FOR AN UNFLOWN EXAMPLE AT ITS TIME OF AUCTION.

Jacob de Cordova (America, 1808-1868), "J. De Cordova's Map of the State of Texas Compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State by Robert Creuzbaur, Revised & Corrected by Charles W. Pressler", 1856, engraved pocket-map with hand-coloring, published by J.H. Colton & Co., New York, complete with gilt and embossed leather boards, sheet 37 in. x 34 1/4 in., attractively float mounted and framed. Sold for $21,510.00 on November 19th, 2011

Joseph F. Wallet Des Barres (English, 1722-1824), “The North East Shore of the Gulph of Mexico”, c. 1780, monumental hand-tinted copper engraved map, from The Atlantic Neptune, showing the area from Mobile Bay, AL eastward to Apalachicola, FL., sheet 30 in., x 84 in., attractively float mounted and framed. Sold for $21,510.00 on September 11th, 2010.

Giambattista Nolli (Italian, 1692-1756), Nuova Pianta di Roma Data in Luce, 1748, first edition second issue, folio (19 3/8 in. x 14 1/2 in.), marbled boards, calf, with engraved title, Avviso al Lettore, 4 leaves of street indices, plan of Rome on 12 double-page, numbered sheets, and 4 more leaves of street indices, lacking 2 reduced maps. Sold for $20,315.00 on February 4th, 2012.

Hemingway, Ernest, Three Stories & Ten Poems, Paris, Contact Publishing, 1923, 12 mo., first and only edition of Hemingway's first book, original blue-grey wrappers, custom chemise and 1/4 gilt-lettered blue morocco slipcase.  Sold for $19,120.00 on January 31, 2015.

An Important Album of Confederate General Autographs, 1865-1896, inscribed by owner on first pastedown “Charlie Herbst (of Kentucky), 2nd Ky. Infantry, Breckenridge Div., Army of Tenn., 1861-65”, over 100 pages of signatures, photographs, tipped-in letters, newspaper articles from over 50 Confederate generals including signatures and albumen photographs of: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, General Beauregard, Basil W. Duke, T.J. Jackson, Samuel Cooper, Edmund Kirby Smith and many others, together with several letters from General Basil W. Duke on Duke & Richards letterhead and a letter from General D.H. Hill, as college president, on Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural College letterhead, 7 3/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. Sold for $18,800.00 on May 3rd, 2008

A Rare Map of a Plan of the City and Suburbs of New Orleans from an Actual Survey made in 1815, by J. Tanesse, City Surveyor, published by Charles del Vecchio and P. Maspero, New Orleans, 1817, engraved by Rollinson, in period frame, height 18 3/4 in., 31 in..
Sold for $17,625.00 on December 3, 2005

A Rare and Important Mississippi Imprint, being the only known complete copy of the Laws and Acts passed by the First and Second General Assembly of the Mississippi Territory, 1801-03.
Sold on October 3, 1998 for $17,600.

An Important Collection of Autograph Letters Signed from Dr. John Sibley to Governor William C.C. Claiborne Concerning the Newly Acquired Louisiana Purchase Territory, full text available, the letters as follows: letter, 3 pages, to His Excellency Governor Claiborne, dated from Natchitoches 8th Jany. 1805, talking about the Red River District, political opinions of the New York Herald and his personal fears that the Spanish will take his land holdings; letter, 4 pages, to His Excellency Governor Claiborne, dated from Natchitoches 8th March. 1805, relating at length to the public whipping of escaped slaves, a large meeting and War Dance involving numerous tribes in the Caddo Village, and other issues; letter, 1 page, being an affidavit, dated from Natchitoches Sept 16th 1805, relating the fact that a Mary Louis Brevell lived in the "Antient Caddo Village"; letter, 1 page, to His Excellency Governor Claiborne, dating from Natchitoches October 14, 1805, relating troop movements and "Spanish depredations on the Antient French Establishments and Ozage Indians"; 3 affidavits, written in another hand, dated from Natchitoches in Sept. and Oct. 1805, relating to the early inhabitants of the Caddo villages, French forts, attacks from Spanish troops. Sold for $17,037.00 on October 11th, 2008

[Henry Overton], A New & Correct Map of the Trading Part of the West Indies, including the Seat of War between Gr. Britain and France.. British Empire in America, dated 1759 in title cartouche, “printed for and sold by Henry Overton at the White Horse without Newgate, London”, separately issued, copper engraving using four plates, hand colored, vignettes of Boston, New York, Mexico, Vera Cruz, Chagre, Havana, Panama, Puerto Rico, Cartagena and Port Bello; California is shown as an island; elaborate title cartouche, plate size 22 in. x 39 1/2 in., framed. Sold on September 30, 2006 for $14,100.00

After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851), The Quadrupeds of North America, V.G. Audubon, New York, 1854-1856, 3 vol. 8vo, Bowen, Nagel and Weingaertner.
Sold for $11,750.00 on December 3, 2005

James T. Lloyd/ Publisher, "Lloyd's Map of the Lower Mississippi River from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico...", 1863, New York, hand-colored lithograph, illustrated sugar and cotton railroads within river topography, sheet 39 1/4 in. x 54 in., original rollers.  Sold for $11,352.00 on January 31, 2015.

Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans, 1870-1934) "Guest Book and Scrapbook", 1920-1927, cloth bound book containing 234 pages, 7 ½ in. x 5 in.
Sold on April 13, 2002 for $10,638.

Samuel Henry Lockett (American, 1837-1891), "The Louisiana State University Topographical Map of Louisiana Showing the Characteristic Features of the Surface of the State in Symbols and Colors Compiled from the Latest and most Authentic Sources with many additions and actual reconnaissance by S.H. Lockett Professor of Engineering Assisted in the drawing by D.M. Brosnan of the class of 1872", hand colored, engraved, folding map by G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., New York, 1873, with original issued boards and a copy of Louisiana As It Is, A Geographical and Topographical Description of the State by Samuel H. Lockett, edited and with an Introduction by Lauren C. Post, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1969, sheet size: 31 1/4 in. x 34 1/2 in. Note: conserved and mounted. Sold for $10,575.00 on October 11th, 2008

Autograph Letter Signed by William Clarke Quantrill to His Mother, from Independence, Missouri, dated March 15, 1857, folded single sheet, laid paper with London watermark, 9 7/8 in. x 7 6/8 in., on both sides. Sold for $10,281.00 on May 3rd, 2008

A Rare Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong four page typewritten letter dated February 9th, 1952 to Betty Jane Holder at the New Orleans Item., written on "Satchmo" stationery from the Riverside Hotel, Rena (sic), Nevada, discussing his experience reigning as the King of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club during Carnival.
Sold on April 7, 2001 for $9775.00.
A Collection of New Orleans Carnival Rex Ball Invitations, late 19th c.
Sold on October 13, 2001 for $9,435.

A Rare Gold Rush Era Steamship Sign, painted boards with molding, painted copper half-hull steamship model, the sign reading; “1865, 1865! / Ho for the Gold Mines through Bills Lading / given by the Montana & Idaho Transportation Line to Virginia City, Bannock City, Deer Lodge & All Points in the Mining Districts / The steamers of this line leave St. Louis as follows: Deer Lodge, March 4th / Bertrand, March 9th / Benton, March 11th / Yellow Stone, March 18th / Fanny Ogden, April 15th, For Freight or Passage Apply to: John G. Copelin at Office of United States Insurance Co/South East Corner/Main & Olive Streets or Jon McEntire, 72 Commercial St. St. Louis/J. Eager, 41 Broad St. N.Y.” Sold on September 30, 2006 for $7,637.50

A Fine G. & J. Carey, London, 12-inch Table Globe, c.1836. Sold on July 31, 2004 for $7,360.00.

Guillaume Delisle (French, 1675-1726), "Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi," Paris, 1718, second state, double page engraved map, probably later color, mounted on board, 19 1/4 in. x 25 1/8 in., framed together with, en verso, a highly accomplished manuscript of the same map translated into English, 17 in. x 21 in. Sold for $7,200.00 on July 12th, 2008

A Fine Pair of American Twelve-Inch Globes, 1854/1855, Josiah Loring, Boston, each made from twelve hand-colored engraved gores, brass meridian circle with graduated degrees, the papered horizon rings with degrees of amplitude and azimuth, months, compass points and figural Zodiac signs, the terrestrial globe cartouche Loring's/ Terrestrial Globe/ containing all/ The Late Discoveries/ and/ Geographical Improvements/ also the Tracks of/ the most celebrated Circumnavigators/ compiled from Smith's new English globe with/ additions and improvements from Annin & Smith/ Revised by G.W. Boynton/ Manufactured by Gilman Joslin, Boston/ 1855, the celestial globe showing stars and constellations depicted by mythical beasts, figures and scientific instruments, its cartouche Loring's/ Celestial Globe/ Containing all the known Stars, Nebulae & c./ compiled from the works of Wollaston, Flamsteed, De La Caille/ Havelius, Mayer/ Bradley, Herschel, Maskelyne/ The Transactions of the/ Astronomical Society of London/ & c. & c./ From Smith's New British Globe/ Boston, Josiah Loring, 136 Washington St., 1854, raised on turned cherrywood stands, height 17 1/2 in., width of stand 16 1/2 in.
Sold on April 14, 2007 for $7,050.00

[Guillaume Delisle], Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississipi, Paris, 1718, second state, double page engraved map, outline color, plate 19 1/2 in. x 25 1/2 in., frame. Sold on September 30, 2006 for $6,756.25

Louisiana Plantation Map, Armant St. James, c. 1870, watercolor and ink, 45 x 34 ins. Sold on February 19th, 2005 for $6600.
Views of the Himalaya Mountains, 1820, engraved and colored by Robert Havell and Son, 7 elephant aquatint prints Sold on October 2nd, 2004 for $6,440.
An engraved document signed by Abraham Lincoln as President, counter-signed by Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War, and dated March 14, 1863. On parchment commissioning Christopher C. Augur as Major General of Volunteers, effective August 9, 1862.
Sold on October 3, 1998 for $5,225.
An American 13-Inch Celestial Table Globe, 1826, by James Wilson, Albany, NY. Sold on December 4, 2004 for $5,060.
"The Nez CoupÈ Swords", Two swords, both of Western European origin, c. 1800. Provenance: Descended in the family of Louis "Nez CoupÈ’ Chighizola, trusted lieutenant of the pirate Jean Lafitte.
Sold on October 3, 1998 for $5,060.

[LEATHER BINDINGS] The Complete Collection of The Easton Press One Hundred Greatest Books Ever Written, published by Easton Press, Norwalk, CT, 1970s, 101 volumes (one duplicate), all full leather, gilt lettering and board decorations, raised bands, silk endpages and ribbon markers, all gilt page edges, unused condition. Sold on March 4, 2006 for $3875.50

A History of Louisiana, four volumes, octavo, published by Goupil & Co., Paris, 1904 Sold on October 2nd, 2004 for $2,990.
The Illustrated Book of Poultry, published by Cassel, 1880, with 50 chromolithographs. Sold on October 2nd, 2004 for $2,530.
A New Orleans Carnival Mistick Krewe of Comus Ball Invitation from March 3, 1908.
Sold on April 8, 2001 for $2,300.
A Land Grant on vellum signed by President Andrew Jackson, 1831.
Sold for $1,175.00 on December 3, 2005

[Charles Dickens First Edition], The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, by Charles Dickens, with 43 illustrations by Seymour and Phiz, published by Chapman and Hall, retains 1837 date on half title page vignette and has all first book edition points, but with 1838 on full title page, rebound in full green morocco leather with gilt title and edges, in slipcase. Sold on March 4, 2006 for $1140.00

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