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APRIL 25, 26, AND 27, 1916





Books and Autographs on Exhibition from
April 15th



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For many years Mr. Edwin W. Coggeshall has been a buyer
of literary rarities and now has a large and valuable collection
of books, manuscripts, and autograph letters. Those which
are here catalogued embrace only a small part of his collection,
and they are to be sold to permit a more convenient arrange-
ment of his general library.

His Dickens Collection, which has long been recognized as one

5^ of the very best, and in presentation copies as superior to all

"i others, is the most valuable that has ever been offered for sale

by auction. The Thackeray collection is not quite so large but

^- it contains many rare and desirable items. The miscellaneous

,_- books and autographs are interesting and valuable. A few

words about each of these divisions may aid collectors to grasp

the importance of this sale.


The most important single item in Mr. Coggeshall 's Dickens
Collection is the Pickwick, and beyond all question this is the
finest copy that has ever been offered at public sale. It is, of
"* course, in the original green pictorial wrappers, all dated
^ 1836; and it has the four scarce addresses, all the advertise-
^ ments, the set of forty-eight additional plates, with the Sey-
' mour and Phiz duplicates, the unused plate by Buss, and the
wrappers of No. 1 of Library of Fiction, containing the very
scarce preliminary notice. With this magnificent copy of
Dickens 's immortal work, which has the "points" that collec-
tors look for, is a page of the Original Manuscript. The
importance of this addition, which Mr. Coggeshall made by
\ private purchase in England, may be judged from the fact
jNthat of the entire manuscript only about thirty pages are
< known to be in existence. This page may be the only one that
will ever be offered for sale.

Next in importance to this superlative work must be placed
the copies of his books which Dickens inscribed and presented


to friends. Some fortunate collectors have acquired two or
three association copies of this kind, but Mr. Coggeshall
had no less than twenty, and among them are some of the
most famous of Dickens 's works Oliver Twist, Nicholas
Nickleby, Barnaby Rudge, Old Curiosity Shop, American
Notes (two copies), Cricket on the Hearth, David Copperfield.
Little Dorrit, The Chimes (which Dickens presented to his
son), Bleak House, and Our Mutual Friend.

Four copies of the First Edition of Sketches by "Boz" are
in this sale one a presentation copy from Dickens, one in
the original binding, one in parts with the very rare insertions,
the Address to the Public and the "Boz" Proclamation, and
the fourth, a rebound copy, with five signed pencil sketches
by Cruikshank.

Three copies of the First Edition of Oliver Twist in the
original brown cloth are here, and also the octavo edition in
the original wrappers and the first American edition. There
are three copies also of the First Edition of Nicholas Nickleby,
one in the original parts with an original pencil drawing by
"Phiz"; one a presentation copy, and one an extra-illustrated
copy which contains an autograph letter from Dickens. One
copy of Master Humphrey 's Clock is in the original 88 weekly
parts and another is bound with a complete set of the plates
and two extra plates.

The Pic-Nic Papers contains six of the original pencil draw-
ings by "Phiz." There are two copies of American Notes,
each the first issue and one a presentation copy to Carlyle who
wrote his name on the fly-leaf of each volume and inserted his
bookplate. Three copies of A Christmas Carol are very inter-
esting; one is a very early copy of the first issue and the
others are presentation copies from Dickens.

The Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey and Son, David Copper-
field, Little Dorrit, A Tale of Two Cities, Our Mutual Friend,
and the Edwin Drood are all fine copies in the original
wrappers. There are two copies of the First Edition of Pic-
tures from Italy in the original blue cloth, and one contains
a presentation inscription from Dickens to Douglas Jerrold.
One of the Christmas Books contains an inscription to Mrs.
Maria Winter, who was the Dora of David Copperfield. There
are fine copies of the second, third, and fourth issues of The
Battle of Life, and two copies of the First Edition of Sunday

Under Three Heads one of the scarcest of the minor books by
Dickens and one of these is a presentation copy.

The Original Manuscript of Used Up, on which Dickens
wrote the names of those who appeared in the comedietta with
him, and on which, in fifteen places, he has made additions
and corrections, is a very interesting item. The Original
Manuscript, wholly in Dickens 's hand (14 pages, 8vo), of the
Speech at Gore House is very important, for the manuscript
contains nearly twice as many words as the printed version.
The very fine copy of the First Edition of the Village
Coquettes contains the original autograph dedication by
Dickens. A very desirable association item is Dickens 's own
copy of his Readings, which, being printed specially for him
in large type, was used by him in his public appearances.

Dickens 's ow r n copy of Johnson's Dictionary; the copy of
George Eliot's first book in which Dickens wrote his name;
the Playbills of Mr. Nightingdale's Diary and The Frozen
Deep, in both of which Dickens acted; the Letterbook of All
the Year Round with impressions of six long letters by
Dickens, a Broadside of the Great International Walking-
match, a large number of extremely interesting and important
Autograph Letters, beginning in 1834 and running almost to
the time of his death in 1870, are among the other many
important items in the sale. Attention should be called also
to the ten pieces of furniture which Dickens used at Gads
Hill, which the admirers of Dickens will find interesting addi-
tions to their collections. Mr. Coggeshall has also included in
the sale an arm chair which President Lincoln used in the
White House.


The First Editions of Thackeray which Mr. Coggeshall col-
lected embrace nearly everything he wrote and many of them
are in very fine condition. Vanity Fair is in the original
parts, and with it are Thackeray's original drawing in colors
of Becky Sharp and a fine autograph letter. The Pendennis
and the Virginians are also in the original parts. Two copies
of the Newcomes are in the sale ; one is in the original yellow
wrappers and the other, which has been beautifully bound,
contains the presentation inscription "From the Author's

Mother." The First Edition of the English Humourists has
a presentation inscription from Thackeray; the Esmond is in
the original cloth with the paper labels, and the Barry Lyndon,
which many esteem as the author's greatest novel, was Thack-
eray's own copy and contains his autograph. The copy of
Homes of American Authors is extremely interesting, for it
was presented to Thackeray by Mr. George P. Putnam, and
it not only contains Mr. Putnam 's inscription but Thackeray 's
autograph, his stamp, and seven original pencil sketches by
him, so that it is an association book of the highest interest to
American collectors. The copies of Yellowplush, Paris Sketch
Book, and Second Funeral of Napoleon, and the complete set
of the Comic Almanac are in fine condition. Two exceedingly
desirable copies of Mrs. Perkins's Ball are in the sale; one
of them was owned by Dickens and the other contains an
original drawing by Thackeray and his presentation inscrip-
tion to Lady Duff Gordon, so that it is perhaps the most
valuable item in the Thackeray collection.

The original sketches and autograph letters by Thackeray
are very interesting and important. The demand for the
drawings constantly increases and such letters as are here
offered rarely come on the market.' The letter which Thack-
eray wrote to Mrs. Browning apologizing for declining to
print one of her poems is one of the most remarkabl-e letters
in the whole field of literature.


The Miscellaneous Books in this sale include many First
Editions of more than twenty-five distinguished authors,
among them Aldrich, Mrs. Browning, Bryant, Carlyle, George
Eliot, Emerson, Hawthorne, Holmes, Longfellow, Lowell,
Motley, Reade, Stevenson, Tennyson, and Whittier. Many of
these books are inscribed presentation copies and others con-
tain valuable autograph letters. Among the other rarities in
this division are: Cicero's Cato Major as printed by Franklin ;
books from Hawthorne's library ; a presentation copy of Table
Talk by Leigh Hunt with his inscription ; a complete set of
Kate Greenaway's Almanacs; Longfellow's copy of Haw-
thorne's Passages from English Note Books; a presentation

copy by Irving of his Sketch Book; a complete set of Punch
from 1841 to 1915 nearly 2,000 numbers; First Editions of
Tennyson with autographic additions and of Whittier with in-
scriptions; the first issue of the Edinburgh edition of Burns 's
Poems with an Autograph Letter Signed by the poet; Words-
worth's copy of Robert Greene's Poems; a presentation copy
of one of Walpole 's ibooks ; The Graver and the Pen by Steven-
son the only genuine issue offered in several years ; the First
Edition of Poe's Raven and a copy of his Tales with an ex-
tremely interesting autograph letter; a presentation copy of
Outre-Mer from Longfellow to Lowell; the large-paper copy
of the Autocrat of the Breakfast Table which Holmes inscribed
and presented to Dickens, and a copy of the Principal Speeches
by the Prince Consort with a very touching presentation in-
scription by Queen Victoria.

Extra-illustrated Books form an important part of the col-
lection. Mrs. Gaskell's Cranford, Mrs. Jackson's Ramona, and
Irving 's Knickerbocker have been beautifully illustrated with
hundreds of original water-color sketches by W. H. Drake. The
Life of Irving, in three volumes, has been extended to seven
by the insertion of about 400 portraits, views, and autograph
letters. Irving 's Life of Washington, originally in five volumes,
has been extended to thirteen by the addition of hundreds of
rare portraits, views, and maps, so that it is not only a Life of
Washington but a magnificent pictorial history of the struggle
in which he was the leader. The volumes are bound in mag-
nificent style. Most important of all, however, is Mr. Cogge-
shall's copy of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, which
has been extended from four volumes to twenty-five. More
than 1,700 engraved portraits, views, and maps and more than
900 autograph letters and documents have been added. This
copy was extra-illustrated originally by Augustin Daly, but
when Mr. Coggeshall acquired it he revised it thoroughly, re-
moving many illustrations and letters which had little relation
to the text and adding more than 500 choice selections of his
own. It is by far the most beautifully embellished copy of
this work that has ever been offered.

The Autograph material in Mr. Coggeshall's consignment,
in addition to that already referred to, is interesting and
important. A Book of Hours of the Fifteenth Century is
rendered doubly valuable by the beautiful binding by Clovis
Eve. Sixteen Autograph Letters Signed by Lincoln, Grant,


Farragut, Stanton, and others are in a handsome binding and
would adorn the finest collection of Civil War material ; eight
of the letters are by Lincoln and Grant. A series of eight
personal letters by George Eliot written in 1878 and a volume
containing the autograph letters of nearly fifty distinguished
English authoresses are very interesting. The collection con-
tains hundreds of letters by soldiers, statesmen, and literary
celebrities, and many of these letters are very important. The
full Autograph Letter Signed by William Penn, the founder
of Pennsylvania, will appeal to collectors of Americana.


Tuesday Afternoon, April 25, 1916, . . Nos. 1-206

Miscellaneous Books and Autographs. Lots 1- 68
Writings of Dickens, . . . 69-185

Dickensiana, ....'. 186-206

Wednesday Afternoon, April 26, 1916, Nos. 207-412

Dickensiana, 207-236

Autograph Letters by Dickens, . 237-303

Miscellaneous Books and Autographs, 304-412

Thursday Afternoon, April 27, 1916, :.. . Nos. 413-622

Miscellaneous Books and Autographs, 413-512

First Editions of Thackeray, . -' . 513-577

Sketches and Autograph Letters by

Thackeray, .... 578-594

Miscellaneous Books and Autographs, 595-622


1. All bids to be per Lot as numbered in the Catalogue.

2. The highest bidder to be the buyer; in all cases of disputed bids the
lot shall be resold, but the Auctioneer will use his judgment as to the
good faith of all claims and his decision shall be final.

3. Buyers to give their names and addresses and to make such cash
payments on account as may be required, in default of which the lots
purchased to be immediately resold.

4. Goods bought to be removed at the close of each sale. If not so
removed they will be at the sole risk of the purchaser, and subject to
storage charges, and The Anderson Galleries, Incorporated, will not be
responsible if such goods are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.

5. Terms Cash. If accounts are not paid at the conclusion of each
sale, or, in the case of absent buyers, when bills are rendered, this
Company reserves the right to recatalogue the goods for immediate
sale without notice to the defaulting buyer, and all costs of such resale
will be charged to the defaulter. This condition is without prejudice
to the rights of the Company to enforce the sale contract and collect
the amount due without such resale at its own option. Unsettled ac-
counts are subject to interest at the rate of six per cent, per annum.

6. All books are sold as catalogued, and are assumed to be in good
second-hand condition. If material defects are found, not men-
tioned in the catalogue, the lot may be returned. Notice of such
defects must be given promptly and the goods returned
within ten days from the date of the sale. No exceptions
will be made to this rule. Magazines and other periodicals, and all
miscellaneous books arranged in parcels, are sold as they are without

7. Autograph Letters, Documents, Manuscripts and Bindings are sold
as they are without recourse. The utmost care is taken to authen-
ticate and correctly describe items of this character, but this Company
will not be responsible for errors, omissions, or defects of any kind.

8. Bids. We make no charge for executing orders for our custom-
ers and use all bids competitively, buying at the lowest price permitted
by other bids.

Bool-s and Autographs on Public Exhibition from April 15
Priced Copy of this Catalogue may be secured for $1.50



Telephone, Murray Hill 7680. Catalogues on request.

Sales Conducted by Mr. Frederick A. Chapman.






Tuesday Afternoon, April 25, 1916, at 2:30 o'clock
Lots I to 206

1. ADAMS (JOHN QUINCY). Oration on the Life and
Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette, Dec. 31, 1834. 8vo,
original roan. Wash. 1835

"Alexander Porter from John Quincy Adams."

2. AGASSIZ (J. L. R., Scientist). L. S., 3 pp. 8vo, Cam-
bridge, Aug. 23, 1871. To Geo. B. Upton, soliciting funds to
enable him to collect and preserve sea specimens while on an
expedition with the U. S. Coast Survey.

3. A1NSWORTH (W. H., Author). A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo,
Kensal Manor House, May 31, 1845. To G. P. R. James, en-
closing notice of "The Smuggler."

4. ALDRICH (THOMAS BAILEY). Out of his Head, a
Romance. 12mo, original cloth. N. Y. 1862

* FIRST EDITION, with the autograph of the author written
on fly-leaf, also an address cut from a package in his autograph
pasted in.

5. ALDRICH (THOMAS BAILEY). The Queen of Sheba.
FIRST EDITION. 12mo, cloth. Bost. 1877

6. ALDRICH (THOMAS BAILEY, Poet). A. L. S., 1 p.
8vo. Boston, Sept. 28, 1886 ; also Autograph Sentiment, 1 p.
4to, n. d. 2 pieces.

7. ALDRICH (THOMAS BAILEY). Wyndham Towers.
FIRST EDITION. 12mo, cloth, vellum back, gilt top, uncut.

Bost. 1890


8. AMERICAN AUTHORS. A. L. S. and 4 line verse of
Bayard Taylor, signed, 1863 and 1865; 5 line verse by R. H.
Stoddard, signed, 1866 ; A. L. S., 2 pp. and 6 line verse, signed
by John G. Saxe, 1869 and 1861. '5 pieces.

9. AMERICAN CELEBRITIES. L. S. of Roscoe Conkling,
1872; A. L. S. of S. S. Cox, 1875; Autograph Signature of
Rufus Choate; Autograph signature of Peter Cooper; and
others. 10 pieces.

10. AMERICAN STATESMEN. Signature of Sam Hous-
ton; Reverdy Johnson, Statesman and Diplomat, A. L. S.,
2 pp. 1864; Senator Geo. F. Hoar, A. L. S. ; and others.
19 pieces.

Book Collecting. Numerous illustrations, some finely colored
in facsimile of the originals. 2 vols. 8vo, wrappers, richly
gilt, gilt top, uncut. N. Y. 1900

* One of only 125 copies on Holland paper.

12. ANDREWS (WILLIAM LORING). Bibliopegy of
the United States, and kindred Subjects. With numerous fine
facsimiles in Hack and colors. 8vo, original boards, gilt top,
uncut. N. Y. 1902

* One of 146 copies on Holland paper.

13. ASTOR (JOHN JACOB). A. L. S., 2 pp. 4to, New
York, May 13, 1813. To D. Parish, Philadelphia. Fine busi-
ness letter.

14. ASTOR (JOHN JACOB). A. L. S., 1 p. 4to. May
18th, 1827. To Mr. McKeeney. Business letter, concluding
with an invitation to dinner. Worn in folds.

Collection of 16 Autograph Letters Signed of Abraham Lin-
coln, Ulysses S. Grant, Admiral D. G. Farragut, Edwin M.
Stanton, H. W. Halleck, and James C. Palmer. Neatly
mounted in one volume, 4to, full blue levant morocco, gilt
borders, gilt edges, by Walters. 1862-1864

LINCOLN (ABRAHAM). A. L. S. 1 p. 4to. Executive Mansion,
March 29, 1863. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. "Hon. Daniel Ullmann, with a
commission of Brigadier-General, and two or three hundred other gentle-
men as officers, goes to your department and reports to you, for the pur-
pose of raising a colored brigade. . . . The necessity of this is palpable.
... 7 shall be very glad if you will take hold of the matter in earnest,' 7
etc. (Somewhat stained.)

LINCOLN (ABRAHAM). A. L. S., 1 p. 4to. Executive Mansion,
Sept. 19, 1863. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. "In strong hopes that you have
the old flag flying in Texas by this time, we are about sending you Gen.
Hamilton to act as Military Governor there. I believe you know him;
but it can do no harm for me to say I really believe him to be a man of
worth and ability; and one who, by his acquaintance there, can scarcely
fail to be efficient in re-inaugurating the National authority," etc.

LINCOLN (ABRAHAM). A. L. S., 3 pp. 4to. Executive Mansion,
Nov. 5, 1863. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. "Three months ago I tcrote you
about Louisiana affairs, stating on the word of Gov. Shepley, as I under-
stood him, that Mr. Durant was taking a registry of citizens, preparatory
to the election of a constitutional convention for that State. I now have
his letter . . . saying that he is not taking such registry. . . . Thit dis-
appoints me bitterly; yet I do not throw blame on you or them. I do


however urge both you and them, to lose no more time. There is danger,
even now that the adverse element seeks insiduously to preoccupy the
ground. If a few professedly loyal men shall draw the disloyal about
them, and colorably set up a State government, repudiating the emancipa-
tion proclamation, and re-establishing slavery, I cannot recognise or sus-
tain their work," etc.

LINCOLN (ABBAHAM). A. L. S., 1 p. 8vo. Executive Mansion,
Dec. 2, 1864. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. "1 know you are dissatisfied, which
pains me very much, but I wish not to be argued with further. I entertain
no abatement of confidence, or friendship for you. I have told you why
I can not order Gen. Canby from the Department of the Gulf. . . . Yet
I do believe that you, of all men, can best perform the part of advanc-
ing the new State government of Louisiana, and therefore I liave wished
you to go and try," etc.

GEANT (ULYSSES S.). A. L. S., 3 pp. 8vo, March 23, 1863. To
Admiral Farragut. "In the various notes I have written including the
dispatch for Gen. Banks, I have not mentioned that soon after taking
command here in person, I collected my surplus troops at Lake Provi-
dence and directed the commanding officers to effect a passage through
from the Miss. Eiver to Bayou Macon. . . . This is now reported prac-
ticable for ordinary Ohio river steamers.

"I sent several weeks ago for this class of steamers and expected
them before this. Should they arrive and Admiral Porter gets his boats
out of the Yasoo so as to accompany the expedition I can send a force
of say 20,000 effective men to co-operate with Gen. Banks at Port Hudson.

' ' This force will easily reduce Port Hudson, ' ' etc.

GEANT (ULYSSES S.). A. L. S., 4 pp. 4to. Before Vicksburg,
March 23d, 1863. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. A fine long letter, giving an
account of his plans, progress of the canal, and stating that he could
send 20,000 men to co-operate in the reduction of Port Hudson. "This
experiment failing there is nothing left for me but to collect all my
strength and attack Hains Bluff. This will necessarily be attended with
much loss but I think it can be done, ' f etc.

GEANT (ULYSSES S.). Near Vicksburg, June 30, 1863. To Maj.
Gen. Banks.

"I confidently expected that Vicksburg would have been in our pos-
session before this, leaving me able to send you any force that might be
required against Port Hudson. ... 7 have sent into Louisiana to learn
the movements of Kirby Smith, but as yet hear nothing definite," etc.

GEANT (ULYSSES S.). A. L. S., 4 pp. 4to. Vicksburg, July 21,
1863. To Brig.-Gen. J. P. Stern, Port Hudson. Eegarding the estab-
lishing of mail facilities. "Sherman has forced Johnston to retreat
from Jackson Eastward. He will lose half his army. . . . Sherman tele-
graphs me the people are completely subdued. They acknowledge the
loss of the Southern cause, ' ' etc.

FAEEAGUT (D. G.). A. L. S., 2 pp. 8vo. Steamer Sachem, on the
Atchafalaya Eiver, May 8, 1863. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. "It has turned
out as I expected. Porter took Alexandria before your troops got there.
. . . but thank God it is taken and now is the time to keep the stampede
on them. The sooner we get Port Hudson, the better," etc.

FAEEAGUT (D. G.). A. L. S., 1 p. 4to. F. S. Monongahela, May 25,
1863. To Maj.-Gen. Banks. "I heard such a firing back of Port Hudson
yesterday that I thought you were making your attack and so moved up
with the ships and opened on the Forts. . . . hearing nothing more of
your firing, we ceased firing after bombarding them 2 hours. . . . We will
be ready whenever you say you are ready, or ive hear the great fire of
the Artillery," etc.

The remainder of the letters are all on War matters. Ac-
companying the original Letters, is a volume containing type-
written copies of the collection, bound in half blue levant



16. AUTOGRAPHS. A collection of upwards of forty-five
A. L's S., etc-., of English authoresses, inlaid, with portraits,
in quarto scrap book, half straight-grain red morocco, g. e.

* A very interesting collection which includes among others, the


AGUILAR (GRACE). 4 pp. 8vo, n. d. On religion.

BAILLIE ( JOANNA). 3 pp. 4to. July 22, 1845. To Mrs. Sigourney.

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