Heritage Auction Galleries will present a collection of Lincolniana Heritage Auction Galleries to Offer The Henry Luhrs & Lincoln Library Collection In Dallas and New York City in their February 21 & 22 Signature Auction.
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Heritage Auction Galleries to OfferThe Henry Luhrs & Lincoln Library Collection In Dallas and New York City
Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries will present an incredible collection of Lincolniana, manuscripts, autographs, rare books, and Americana in their February 21 & 22 Signature Auction in Dallas (with simulcast in New York City). Anchored by the Henry Luhrs & Lincoln Library Collection, this spectacular $5 million event contains one of the most significant offerings of Lincolniana in decades, but is also remarkable for the wide range of material included - from a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible to a JFK pardon for a Marijuana conviction! According to Americana Director Tom Slater, "The Luhrs Collection is one of the most significant and extensive to be auctioned in years, and will almost certainly be the most important manuscript event held in 2006."
"The Luhrs Family Collection," continued Slater, "is the work of a 'Collector's collector,' a man of sophisticated and varied tastes, but always with an eye for the interesting item - nearly 10,000 of them! The result was an eclectic, wide-ranging collection, deepest in autographs of American Presidents and historical figures, but also including an incredibly diverse selection from other collectible categories. Significantly, every item has been off the market for at least forty years - and some for eighty years!
Henry Luhrs collected from the 1930s to 1960. He purchased from the most famous dealers of the day, a "who's who" of the Americana and autograph field defining 'pedigree': Philip C. Duschnes; Walter R. Benjamin Autographs; Goodspeed's Book Shop; King V. Hostick; Parke-Bernet Galleries; John Heise Autographs; and the Carnegie Book Shop."
Among the most significant items in the auction:
Lot 25409, estimated $100,000-$150,000, is one of the finest items of Americana to be sold in recent memory. This extremely important bound collection contains letters and documents signed by all 55 delegates to the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787. When they met in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787, no one could have guessed that they would produce an entirely new form of government - one which has endured for more than two centuries. These are all neatly tipped-in on pages housed in a custom pair of large red morocco folio volumes, circa 1890, with engraved portraits of the delegates. Every Founding Father is included, from George Washington of Mt. Vernon, who signed the Constitution, to George Mason of Gunston Hall, who didn't sign, but whose protests led to the Bill of Rights.
Lot 25206, another important George Washington document, is a three-page letter written as Commander and Chief of the Continental Army at the end of the American Revolution, April 14, 1783, on settling the Army's financial accounts with the states before the Army was disbanded. Washington states: "as I consider it of the utmost importance both for the ease and quiet of the Army, as well as