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Marquis de Lafayette, Collection of Engravings, Lithographs, Sheet Music, and Ephemera from American Publishers

Lot of 12.

Silk badge, 1.625 x 2 in., mounted on paper, featuring portrait of Marquis de Lafayette with text above reading, "Welcome La Fayette!" Ribbon soiled/discolored particularly along lower edge, with surface soil throughout. Mount with modern inscriptions on recto and verso. 

Washington's Favourite The Brave La Fayette, 1p, published by John Cole, Baltimore, MD, and copyrighted 1824. "Written by a Gentleman of / this City," the movement includes lyrics proclaiming Lafayette's heroism and celebrates his return to the United States: "Rise, sons of Columbia, to welcome the brave, Who / once with your sires, for your freedom contended; Rise to welcome the Hero, who / comes o'er the wave, To visit the Land, he so nobly de- / fended..." Lot does not include complete piece, only one page. Page with wear including surface soil, discoloration, and tearing, including paper loss, throughout, with small inscriptions on recto and verso. 

Chromolithograph, 9.25 x 11.5, appearing to be a sheet music cover for "Vive La Republique, / an Offering From the / United States, / to the / National Republic / of / France." Illustration depicts George Washington shaking the hand of Lafayette and pointing a finger to the sky with his other hand. Featured above the men is a liberty cap resting on a pole above the date "1776," which is encircled by 13 gold stars. American and French flags and banners hang to the right and left, including one reading, "Libertè / Equalitè / Fraternitè" and another referencing important dates in the French Revolution. Music composed by Herrman S. Saroni, and copyrighted by W. Hall & Sohn, 1848. Mounted on board, with surface soil and wear to edges. Right corners of board missing.

Sheet of 3 scrip notes from the Brooklyn Exchange Office, in fifty cent, twenty-five cent, and twelve and a half cent denominations. Note designs, two of which feature standing portraits of Lafayette, engraved by Woodcock & Harvey, Brooklyn, NY. Sheet mounted to paper and board, with wear to edges and some tonings/spotting/discoloration throughout.

8 printed illustrations of Lafayette, ranging in size from 1.75 x 2.25 in. to 7 x 8.5 in., including engravings and etchings by C.H. Jeens, H.B. Hall, and P. Maguire, and others. Illustrations with varying degrees of wear including discoloration, spotting, dampstaining, creasing, and small tears.

The Marquis de Lafayette returned to the United States in 1824 for a tour, provoking public celebrations and displays of appreciation for the famed Frenchman's contribution to the American victory in the Revolutionary War. Ribbons like the one featured in this lot were created as tributes to the returning general.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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