News-Antique.com - Nov 30,2007 - Personal Collecting Passion of Heritage Founder Drives Important Auction Division
DALLAS, TEXAS: Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries announces the opening of the public preview of historic Texana at the Great Hall in Fair Park. This will be Heritage's inaugural auction of Texana and includes a copy of the first book printed in Texas, Stephen F. Austin's 1829 Translations of the Laws, Orders, and Contracts, on Colonization , from January, 1821, up to this time.
"This auction contains many remarkable artifacts," said Sandra Palomino, Consignment Director for Heritage, "that document not just the history, but the very origin of the Lone Star State. Aside from Austin's Laws, we're also offering explorer and author Josiah Gregg's copy of Francis Moore's Map and Description of Texas , one of only three fully intact copies known to exist. This important association copy includes Gregg's journal with notes on a map of Texas he was working on."
Palomino continued, "This is a fabulous offering of historic manuscripts telling the story of Texas. We have an established Texas art division, and the opportunity to expand that platform to include rare books, maps, manuscripts and the many relics of Texas' past was a welcome challenge. Texas history is a personal passion of Steve Ivy's. Working with him on this auction has been an amazing learning experience. I believe that as the largest auction house founded in America, with a home base in Dallas, it is only logical that we want to expand an awareness and appreciation for Texas history."
"I've had a lifelong fascination with the history of this great state," said Heritage Co-Chairman and CEO Steve Ivy. "Although much of my professional career has focused on rare coins, I've always been driven to collect the best books, manuscripts, and examples of national currency related to Texas. From its days as a Spanish territory to today, the tapestry of history that flows through this state is endlessly rich and compelling. I'm very pleased to be in a position now to share this passion with other collectors, and to help develop a collecting area that is growing stronger every single day."
"This auction is a superb, and possibly once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity for people to see these rare and important documents and artifacts," Ivy said. "The story of Texas is one of heroism, sacrifice, dedication, and bravery, and it's a story that we're proud to help bring to life through the incredible pieces in this auction."
Heritage's Texana Memorabilia Auction will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at the Great Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.HA.com.
Stephen Austin: Translations of the Laws, Orders, and Contracts, on Colonization, from January, 1821, up to this time, in virtue of which Col. Stephen F. Austin, has introduced and settled foreign emigrants in Texas, with an explanatory introduction: