Rare Copy of the Land Ordinance of 1785 and Early American Catholic Bible Come to Auction With Freeman’sFeb 17, 2022 10:00 EST
After the end of the American Revolution, the United States government acquired the Northwest Territory from Great Britain. The Land Ordinance of 1785 specified the standardized mode of measuring, dividing, and distributing this territory. It was a notable precursor to the landmark Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and a cornerstone for the Public Land Survey System. A very rare print of the Land Ordinance of 1785 is a key highlight of the upcoming Freeman’s auction. It details the mechanism for surveying and selling land in the Western Frontier. The complete Land Ordinance of 1784 is also printed on the first page. Another unique manuscript in the catalog is the first American Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible. This version features a 200-year-old record of the Cauffman family of Roxborough, Philadelphia. It comprises ten signatures of the family members, extending from Joseph Cauffman (1796) to Tyler Hart Bradbury (1985).
The sale also offers a portrait of President George Washington in silk. Most likely one of only five known copies, the stipple-engraved image depicts Washington seated and dressed in military uniform. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.
# of Lots:149
Price Range:$150 - $40,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|[Americana] [Northwest Territory] Land Ordinance of 1785|| Estimate: |
|[Americana] [First Catholic Bible] The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate: Diligently Compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Other Editions,|| Estimate: |
|[Fine Bindings] Burton, Richard F. (editor) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night: A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Enterta|| Estimate: |
|[Americana] Washington, George Rare Portrait on Silk|| Estimate: |
|[Baseball] [Ruth, Babe] Fein, Nat Babe Bows Out|| Estimate: |