Jun 21, 2018 - Sale 2483

Sale 2483 - Lot 110

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(GARFIELD ASSASSINATION.) Collection of autographs, photographs, and ephemera relating to the Garfield assassination. 10 manuscripts, 30 photographs, and 7 pieces of ephemera; various conditions but generally strong. Vp, 1877-86

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A rich collection of Garfield material, covering all of the key figures in the assassination and trial.
Manuscripts: Telegraph slip made out for [Senator John?] Sherman and sent to former Congressman Samuel Fessenden of Stamford, CT: "The Prest. was shot twice this morning at Washington Depot, once in shoulder & once in the back as he fell. He has been removed to the White House & Dr. Bliss reports the wounds not mortal. His assassin was arrested & is a recently discharged clerk of Interior Department." Washington, 2 July 1881 Clipped Signature of Charles Guiteau, incomplete, 1 1/2x4 inches Autograph Letter Signed by Guiteau's jailer John S. Crocker, denying a request to attend the execution, Washington, 20 June 1882 Autograph Letter Signed by Garfield's friend General Henry Clarke Corbin to "Albee": "I think that the President is better and going to get well." Washington, 11 September 1881 Autograph Letter Signed by Guiteau's attorney George Scoville to John D. Townsend: "The photograph of Guiteau will be sent you soon. I have only one, & that is intended to illustrate my book, if published. Will write today to him to send one with his autograph." Chicago, 29 May 1882 Check signed by Walter S. Cox, judge at the Guiteau trial. Georgetown, DC, 5 July 1888 Card signed by Garfield's physician Doctor Williard Bliss. Washington, 24 March 1882 Autograph Letter Signed by Garfield's other physician Frank Hastings Hamilton. New York, 19 February 1886 Letter Signed by Guiteau's prosecutor George B. Corkhill to Stephen Massett. Washington, 2 November 1881 Check signed by Nathan Smith Lincoln, a physician who attended Garfield. Washington, 25 March 1881.
Photographs: Group of 30 albumen photographs relating to Garfield, the assassination, and the trail. Each is about 6x4 inches on a larger plain paper mount, many with contemporary inscriptions. Two are portraits of Guiteau by C.M. Bell. Also included: portraits of Sergeabnt William Mason, who attempted to kill Guiteau in prison the killer's father Luther W. Guiteau and brother John Wilson Guiteau Guiteau's attorney George Scoville and his wife Judge Walter Cox Prosecutor George B. Corkhill Doctor Willard Bliss Garfield's friend and rival James G. Blaine more. Also included: two views of the railroad depot where Garfield was shot the Washington courthouse where Guiteau was tried C.M. Bell's collage: "Historical Photograph of the Assassination" an uncaptioned image of Guiteau's brain.
Ephemera: Guiteau's pamphlet "A Lecture on Christ's Second Coming, A.D. 70," in worn original printed wrappers. Albany, 1877 Pamphlet titled "The Life, Great Trial, and Execution of Charles Jules Guiteau," in original illustrated wrappers, moderate dampstaining and wear (McDade 417). Philadelphia, [1882] Bliss, Hamilton, and Agnew. "The Last Bulletin." Small broadside. 8 3/4x6 3/4 inches Engraved illustrated invitation, "Memorial Service of James Abram Garfield," with facsimile signature of William McKinley as chairman of the House committee. 6x9 3/4 inches Engraving of Selden Talcott, medical expert at the trial 11x8 inches (with a duplicate) Engraving of psychiatrist John P. Gray, who testified on Guiteau's sanity. 9 1/2x6 inches.