Name Collection of Harry Rinker Paper/Book/Ephemera/Art Auction
Auctioneer K.D. Smith Auctions
Date(s) 5/24/2014
Location 1901 South 12th Street
Allentown, PA 18103
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Americana, Historical Document, Paper, Book, Art & Ephemera Auction Art: to include oil paintings by Walter Baum, Alfred East, John Kearney, Orig. Japanese Wood Block Prints ( Kunisada Utagawa, Hiroshige, Yoshinobu, Kiyohiro, Sharaku, Harunobu, Koryusai, Utamaro), PA Dutch Fracktur (Martin Brechall), etc. Historical Documents: to include 1808 Thomas Jefferson/James Madison Ohio Territoty signed land grant, Revolutionary War musters, 1739 Phila Area Livestock ledger (w/notations and signed by Samuel Pennypacker former governor of PA), Indentures (incl 1707 grant from King Charles), Civil War Letters & Documents (signed by Gen. U.S. Grant, Gen W.T. Sherman, General Prentiss, General Meade etc) Political Documents & Letters & Photos (signed by Franklin Roosevelt, Willkie, JFK), Samuel B. Morse Signed Card, and much more. Moravian Research Library: As Director of Archival Research at Historic Bethlehem from June 1966 to July 1968, Harry became immersed in Moravian history. In May 1968 he visited Herrnhut and other Moravian communities in East and West Germany. He returned again in 1970. When the Rev. Walser Allen, pastor of Central Moravian Church, retired, He bought his Moravian history library. Over the years, He added additional volumes. The library focuses on church history and the history of Moravian communities in the United States and abroad. The library contains English works by some for the earliest Moravian writers and historians. Pennsylvania German Reference Library: Pennsylvania German is Harry's cultural heritage. Over four decades, He built a reference library containing works focusing on Pennsylvania German culture and decorative arts. While not a full run, the library contains most of the volumes issued by the Pennsylvania German Society and other Pennsylvania German groups. Local histories of Pennsylvania German communities and regions also are included. The library contains hard and soft cover volumes as well as numerous pamphlets. Autographed Book Collection: Antiques and Collectibles titles, Biography, Children's Books, Cookbook, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Travel, Miscellaneous. From the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, Harry attended meetings of the American Booksellers Association (ABA) held in Chicago, New York, Pasadena, Washington, DC, and other cities. He personally saw each of these books signed by the authors. Some books contain copies of the "signing line" schedules. When possible He asked the author to date the book as proof he/she was in attendance. Some of the author signed books are not bookstore editions. They range from advanced proofs (sent to book reviewers prior to the release) to special editions done for the ABA. ALSO: library of early paperbacks (some very scarce titles), Early Bibles, Photographs (cabinet type, tin type, ambrotype, glass slides, etc), Postcards, Magazines (Life, Holiday, Bd Vols of St. Nicholas & Harpers Young People), Adv. Trade Cards, World's Fair & Exposition, Art Folios, Military History Books, (incl PA Volunteers in 2 Bd Vol, etc,), Local History (incl Bd Vols of York, Lancaster, Jefferson, Huntington & Blair Counties, History of Bethlehem, PA), Many lots of c1700's-1800's Letters & Document & Indentures, Reference Books, Misc Ephemera, and many more catagories. Portion of this sale to be offered live on-line Full searchable auction catalog available from our website. Click here to go to our home page.
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