Antique Books

Bound book of ledger drawings by Kiowa master artist Etahdleuh Doanmoe

Kiowa drawings of captivity bring $396,500

DALLAS – A Kiowa warrior’s book of drawings documenting his captivity by the U.S. Army in 1875 sold for $396,500 in Heritage Auctions’ June 26 Ethnographic Art Auction, pushing the sale to more than $1 million. The bound book of 33 images is a stunning discovery of the earliest recorded drawings...

John James Audubon, Fish Hawk, Plate 81, hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate from Birds of America, London, 1830. Sold June 7, 2018 for $68,750. (Presale estimate $30,000-$50,000.)

Birds of America ‘Fish Hawk’ soars to $68,750

NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on June 7, 2018 brought to market landmarks from the history of cartography and ornithology. The nearly 400 lots traced important developments in science and natural history, especially in North America. Audubon’s Birds of America Leading the...

Port Hudson Civil War fort blueprint

Evaluation turns up unexpected treasures

You never know what you'll find when people open the doors to their homes for an antiques appraisal. In this feature article, Antique Trader contributor Dr. Anthony J. Cavo shares the story of unexpected finds, including an 1863 blueprint of a Civil War fort, during an assessment.

7 Essentials of Collecting Children’s Books

The wonderful and often whimsical world of children's books entrance youth today, just as in the 19th century. In addition to those who enjoy them purely for the tales and adventures, children's literature is a fascinating collecting interest. In this 7 Essentials column, some essential tips and information about children's books...