1850 ECKFELDT-DUBOIS AND THE STREETER SALE
Dave Bowers writes:
"Just a note to say that the 1850 edition of
Eckfeldt and Dubois, with the gold sample, comes in two colors
of cover--blue and red (I have copies of both).
Also, in the Streeter Sale held by Parke-Bernet years ago there
was a copy of this book--with a nice write up -- which, if I
remember correctly, served to call widespread attention to the
volume (at the time Thomas Winthrop Streeter's Americana
collection was sold, there was not a great deal of interest yet,
in numismatic circles, for the collecting of books).
The Streeter sale brought good prices, partly because the
Streeter trustees donated MONEY to certain institutions so
that they could buy his books in the sale. I was a competitor
for the Eckfeldt and Dubois book, but lost it and was amazed
at the high price.
I have the original suite of six or seven Streeter catalogues in
my library at home -- not at the office where I am writing this --
and could provide more information. No doubt quite a few
NBS members also remember the event which was held in the
second half of the 1960s. It was quite a sensation at the time."
[Editor's note: "THE CELEBRATED COLLECTION OF
AMERICANA FORMED BY THE LATE THOMAS
WINTHROP STREETER" was sold by Parke-Bernet Galleries
of New York from 1966-70. The catalog consists of seven
volumes plus an index volume.
Streeter (1883-1965) was a consummate bibliophile who had
holdings beyond the material sold by Parke-Bernet. For
example, Streeter was also the "preeminent collector of
railroadiana" and donated the core of the American Antiquarian
Society's holdings of materials on canals and railroads. See this
web page: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/canalsrr.htm
From www.dartmouth.edu: "As chairman of the board of the
Simms Petroleum Corporation from 1923 to 1930 Streeter
made several business trips to Texas from his home in
Morristown, New Jersey. These visits prompted his interest in
collecting 'books, pamphlets, broadsides and maps relating to
Texas history' between 1795 and 1845. Those acquisitions,
totaling almost 2,000 imprints, are now in Yale University's
outstanding Western Americana Collection."
Has anyone ever compiled a list of the numismatic rarities in
the Streeter library? Where are they now? Does anyone
have a book from the Streeter sales? A copy of Jacob Perkins'
Bank Bill Test came from the Streeter sales in 1967, where it
realized $350 (as noted in Charles Davis' "American
Wayne Homren, Editor
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