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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 52, December 26, 1999, Article 4

QUICK QUIZ ANSWERS: CANCELED AUCTIONS  

   Saul Teichman and Joel Orosz took the hint and correctly 
   named the 1865  J.N.T. Levick sale by Edward Cogan. 
   Originally scheduled for April 27-29, 1865, the sale was 
   postponed due to the assassination of President Lincoln on 
   April 14th, 1865.   Lincoln was shot while attending a 
   performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.  

   E. J Attinelli, in his 1876 work "Numisgraphics", had this to 
   say about the sale:  "... it was thought advisable to postpone, 
   in consequence of the excited state of the entire people, 
   consequent upon the assassination of President Lincoln by 
   Junius B. Booth, who had escaped, but was subsequently 
   captured mortally wounded."   [NOTE:  Attinelli confused 
   the facts here - Junius B. Booth, also an actor, was the 
   FATHER of John Wilkes Booth, the Lincoln assassin.]  

   "The catalogue was printed and issued in several ways, with 
   and without the part in which was the catalogue-portion of 
   Mr. Levick's collection, also each separately; also, 12 copies 
   of each printed on large paper.  Mr. Levick, in consequence 
   of the state of affairs, issued but few copies with the cover 
   bearing the preceding date, the greater portion of the 
   edition was stripped of its covers and replaced with a new 
   one, bearing the following date, when the sale took place."  

   Attinelli lists the sale as having taken place May 29th.  In the 
   "show-n-tell" department, I have a copy of this sale in my 
   library.  It is a priced copy, one of twelve interleaved with 
   ruled paper, as noted in the sale's last lot (lot 135).   It bears 
   the original sale date of April 27-29, 1865.   Anyone else 
   care to report a copy of the sale? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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