R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
last ‘political generals’ in the field. TLS “Benj. F. Butler,”1/2p, 4to, on engraved stationery of Butler, Washburn and Webster law offices, 5/17/1892. He writes high school principal Susie M. Emerson of Chelmford, MA thanking her and her students for naming an Arbor Day tree after him. In very good condition. With original envelope.
601 “CIVIL WAR THROUGH THE CAMERA EYE”  ($225-Up)
Complete 16-part series “The Civil War Through the Camera...Together With Elson’s New History...In Sixteen Parts.”Springfield, MA, Patriot Publishing, 1912. 16 vols., 4to, illustrated paper wraps. The entire run of this important series presenting color illustrations and also hundreds of then-unseen images by photographer Mathew Brady. Covers detached and split but present for vols. 1-4, otherwise all are in very good condition. Scarce in this form.
602 COOKE’S “LIFE OF ROBERT E. LEE” ($110-Up)
“A Life of Gen. Robert E. Lee.”John Esten Cooke. New York, D. Appleton, 1873 edition [orig. 1871]. 8vo, green cloth with gilt designs and pine. Small bookseller stamp on front pastedown. Cover lightly rubbed and bumped, foxing of first and last few pages, otherwise very good.
603 DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY ($50-Up)
A partly-printed DS,2pp, legal folio, Oxford, Mississippi, January 14, 1930. An application for membership to the United Daughters of the Confederacy for Maud Marrow Brown, daughter of Col. Robert Orlando Baxter Marrow of the 5th Alabama Cavalry. Age-toned, otherwise in very good condition.
604 DAVIS, JEFFERSON  ($150-Up)
Only president of the Confederate States of America (1808-89); earlier, powerful US Senator from MS and Secretary of War. A clipped signature on a small card “Jeffn Davis” clean and neat with an engraving of Davis. Also, an election announcement for Nov 6th, 1861, very nice, unusual, four small mounting stains in corners.
605 DAVIS, VARINA ($150-Up)
Second wife of Jefferson Davis (1826-1905), an author in her own right. ALS, 1p, 8vo, on imprinted “Hill Crest” stationery, no date [ca. 1887]. A short letter to Mrs. Wyche about children visiting Mr. Davis. Signed in full, “Varina Davis.” Soiled, with a spot of discoloration in the body of the letter, mounting traces on blank integral page, overall very good.
606 DEVENS, CHARLES -“MEADE AND GETTYSBURG” ($80-Up)
US Attorney General (1820-91); Union general. Pamphlet Signed and inscribed “Col. A. H. Hoyt / with compliments / Chas Devens, Jr.” on title page of “General Meade and the Battle of Gettysburg,” an oration delivered before the Society of the Army of the Potomac, at its reunion, at New Haven, Connecticut, May 14th, 1873. Sewn, with later cover into which it had previously been tipped. Very good.
607 DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE, FAMILY PAPERS  ($75-Up)
A group of saved letters and other memorabilia of Edmund Brieley, U. S, Infantry, from 1862 to 1865, and related items. A good story, a good lot.
608 FARRAGUT, ADMIRAL DAVID G; EVANS, ADMIRAL ‘FIGHTING BOB’  ($10-Up)
Robley Dungliston Evans, (1846-1912) buried at Arlington, had a long and distinguished career, and was early a proponent of a steel navy. He signs a scrap of tan