RESULTS: Important Books & Americana from The Albert H. Small Collection

The sale of Important Books & Americana from The Albert H. Small Collection totaled $2,963,750/£1,867,162/€2,341,362 and was sold 74% by lot and 76% by value.

New York

Chris Coover, Senior Specialist of the Books and Manuscripts department, said: “This 150-lot auction featured items from the private collection of noted philanthropist Albert H. Small. The results confirmed that buyers are astute and selective, but willing to bid aggressively for items of significance and rarity. This trend was best shown by the record prices realized for original landscape designs by Humphry Repton (1752-1818).  Repton’s so-called “Red Book” of original watercolor renderings for Gaines Hall in Huntington, 1798, more than doubled its pre-sale estimate and sold for $200,500.  A fine copy of the 1663 edition of William Shakespeare works, known as the third folio, made a strong $374,500.  A series of American presidential letters and documents sold well, including a memoranda of John F. Kennedy on Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which brought $25,000; a letter of George Washington as President to James Madison, 1789, sold for $86,500.”

Important Books & Americana from The Albert H. Small Collection

New York – Friday, May 18, 2012

Sale no: 2655 – Top Ten

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]






Lots Sold: 111

Lots Offered: 150

Sold by Lot: 74%

Sold by $: 76%

Exchange Rate: £0.63 = $1/  €0.79 = $1





Estimate ($)


Purchase Price




William Shakespeare, Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven Plays, never before Printed in Folio, London, 1664

350,000 - 500,000





US Trade


John James Audubon and Rev. John Bachman,  The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, New York, 1845

200,000 - 300,000





US Trade


David Roberts and George Croly, The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia, London, 1842-1849

200,000 - 300,000





US Private


Humphry Repton, "Red Book" for "Gaines-Hall in Huntingtonsre: a Seat of James Duberley Esqr.", 1798

50,000 - 70,000





UK Private


Paul Revere, The Bloody Massacre perpetrated in King Street, Boston, on March 5th 1770, by Party of the 29th Regt., Boston, March 1770

120,000 - 180,000





US Trade


Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Hammersmith, 8 May 1896

120,000 - 180,000





US Trade


Alexander GARDNER, Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Washington, 1865-1866

100,000 - 150,000





US Trade



Humphry Repton, "Red Books" for "Mogenhanger in Bedfordshire a Seat of Godfrey Thornton Esq.", 1792

50,000 - 70,000





UK Private


Humphry Repton, "Red Books" for "Sunning Hill, Berkshire the Seat of Ias [James] Sibbald Esqr.", 1790


30,000 - 50,000





UK Private


Pennsylvania-Maryland Boundary Dispute, In Chancery. [...] Upon a Bill [...] for setling the Boundarys of the Province of Pensilvania, the Three Lower Countys, and the Province of Maryland, London, circa 1743

50,000 - 70,000





US Trade

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