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Section I: Americana – Books, Maps, Manuscripts, Photographs, Ephemera, Lots 1-189

Section II: African American History, Lots 190-299

Section III: Travel & Exploration, Lots 300-452

Section IV: Maps, Prints & Views, Lots 453-542

Over 500 lots of rare and interesting material on American history and culture, the African American experience in the 19th and 20th centuries, travel, exploration, and scarce maps and views. Included are many unusual ephemeral items, promotional brochures, emigrant guides, rare directories of western towns and cities, and more.  Among the manuscript material in the auction is the original handwritten account of shipwreck and captivity on the coast of North Africa, which was published in 1818. The African American History section includes many rare ephemeral and manuscript items, as well as books.

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