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Exceptional Books and Photography to Hit the Block in June 12th American History Auction

CINCINNATI, OH – May 27, 2015— Cowan's Auctions American History Live Salesroom Auction will take place on June 12th, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST. The sale will include over 400 lots and will be held at Cowan's Auctions salesroom in Cincinnati, OH. Featuring a broad selection of photographs, books, documents, political memorabilia, maps, flags and more, the auction promises to include items for all types of collectors.

Fresh-to-the-market books will be a focal point of the auction. Highlighted in the sale is an Important Collection of Prescription Books from San Francisco, CA, Apothecaries and Family Druggists, T.P. Bevans & Co. 1850 to 1886. This collection is estimated to bring in between $20,000 and $30,000.  Another book that is highlighted in the sale is a West Point Year Book, Class of May 6, 1861, estimated to sell for $10,000/15,000. Magic Hours Wherein We Cast a Fly Here & There as We Wade Along Together by Eugene V. Connett is expected to bring in between $10,000 and $20,000, and the California Gold Rush Journal of Abel E. Babcock, Plus 25 Subsequent Diaries is estimated between $8,000-$12,000. Babcock was a minister from Hillsdale, Michigan who settled in Hangman, CA as a laborer. These journals are written from 1865-1900 and include comments on gambling, prostitutes, murders, hangings, Chinamen, Indians, knife fights, gold miners, horse thieves, drunkards, and many, many more.

 Photography is also expected to excel in this sale. A Southworth & Hawes, Commodore Charles Morris Lot of 3 Daguerreotype Portraits is estimated at $15,000/$25,000.

Charles Morris, a native of Woodstock, CT, was born in 1784 and had an appointment as a midshipman by the age of 15. Charles was heavily involved in the military throughout his lifetime. A Daguerreian Archive of a California Gold Miner is estimated to bring $8,000/10,000, a Timothy O'Sullivan Wheeler Expedition Photograph, titled "Black Canon, Colorado River, Looking Above from Mirror Bar, is estimated at $4,000/6,000, and a Sitting Bull Signed Cabinet Photograph with Provenance is estimated at $4,000/6,000.


Documents and manuscripts will be offered in the auction. A Civil War Signed Field Document Featuring Signatures from many CSA Officers including TJ Stonewall Jackson, AP Hill, and JEB Stuart is another featured item in this sale. This piece, estimated between $10,000 and $20,000, features two portraits of Jackson and Hill, and is accompanied by PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity. A George Washington DS Discharge from the Continental Army, dated to June 8, 1783, is estimated at $7,000/10,000, and a Runaway Slave Reward Broadside dating to 1802 is expected to bring between $6,000/8,000.

 Additional notable lots include a Rare California Quartz Watch Chain with a Locket Fob and a 14 Karat Gold E. Howard Pocket Watch is estimated at $8,000/12,000, a Lincoln, Hamlin and S.R. Curtis Campaign Flag dating to 1860 is estimated at $6,000/8,000, and a Scarce Gettysburg Battlefield Map by T. Ditterline, dating to 1863 is estimated at $2,000/4,000.

If you need any additional information about the auction, upcoming events or consigning an item, you can contact our American History Specialist, Katie Horstman at

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