8/02/2018 - Fine Books, Maps, and Manuscripts: Timed Auction - ends 8/13

Past Auction

August 02, 2018 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
Ends August 13, 2018


Cowan's Fine Books and Manuscripts: Timed Auction features a fine collection of rare and collectible first editions, illustrated volumes, along with maps, manuscripts and autographs. One of the highlights is a copy of Barry Moser’s “Pennyroyal Bible.” There is an extensive collection of Civil War volumes – battle descriptions, regimental histories, Generals’ memoirs, and military tactics. Illustrated Natural History volumes include Mollusca, birds, along with nests and eggs, quadrupeds, orchids and wild flowers. Several volumes illustrate art, design and architecture, from doors to furniture, plus examples in the English “Royal Residences,” “Mansions of England” and “County Seats of Great Britain and Ireland.” Autographs include Rutherford B. Hayes, FDR, Huey P. Long, J. Edgar Hoover, J.C. Penney, Dwight Eisenhower, John Philip Sousa, Katharine Hepburn and H.B. Stowe. An archive of letters highlights life in Newburyport, MA in the first quarter of the 19th century.

Bidding opens: Thursday, August  2, 2018 at noon
Bidding closes: Monday, August 13, 2018, starting at noon

For questions regarding the auction, contact our American History Department at historic@cowans.com

There will be a Buyer's Premium charge of 20% added to the final price of each item sold in this timed auction.


Timed Auction
Special Collections items are available for absentee bidding only. You can browse the catalog and place bids at any time.

This platform operates using the "proxibid" method - you may place a high bid and the system will bid on your behalf up to that limit.

5-Minute Closing Rule
Starting at 12:00 PM (Noon) on the Final Date, all lots will close starting with lot #1. There will be a 1 minute period between each item until all items close.

Extended Bidding
Any bids placed within 5 minutes of the closing time will extend bidding by another 15 minutes. This rule will apply continuously until no bids are placed within the 5 minute period.

Email Notification
You will receive an email notification:
-each time you place a bid
-when you are outbid on any lot
-at the close of the auction if you are the high bidder

End of the Auction
You will receive an invoice from Cowan's home office, detailing the hammer price, a buyer's premium charge, sales tax (for Ohio residents) and a shipping quote. To schedule a payment, contact us at payment@cowans.com, or call our office at 513-871-1670.

There will be a Buyer's Premium charge of 20% added to the final price of each item sold in this timed auction.

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Katie Horstman