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Section I: Americana – Books, Manuscripts, Ephemera, Lots 1-173

Section II: African American History, Lots 174-248

Section III: Travel & Exploration, Lots 249-350

Section IV: Maps, Prints & Views, Lots 351-386

Section V: Catalogued books and lots sold without reserve, Lots 387-end

Over 400 lots of rare, unusual, interesting and valuable material, ranging from important printed books to an amazing whaling journal with some 100 watercolor illustrations. There are pamphlets, booklets, maps, ephemera, letters, manuscripts, photographs, rare clipper ship sailing cards, and much more. The 75 lots of African American historical material extend from the dark days of slavery to the end of segregation in the U.S. Army and beyond, with much manuscript and ephemeral material. Works on travel and exploration bring together the four corners of the world, with a section of scarce items relating to China, publications from the Hakluyt Society, natural history by Alfred Russel Wallace, and others. Finally, there are maps of the world and the Americas, city views by Braun & Hogenberg, scarce local maps of California towns and counties, and more.


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Shipping info:

We have a full service shipping department to ensure proper packing and safe delivery of purchases at reasonable cost. We are specialists at packing and shipping books and works on paper.   All lots purchased by the same client are combined for shipping in order to keep the cost as economical as possible.  Our preferred method for domestic shipments is UPS Ground but we can also ship via FedEx or USPS.  For international orders we select the most appropriate carrier depending on the value and weight of the items purchased.  We are happy to accommodate special arrangements by request.

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Shipping estimates can be obtained  by contacting William Taylor prior to the auction.


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