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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Roosevelt Presentation Album

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
208
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Sale Number 863, Lot Number 208, Roosevelt Presentation AlbumRoosevelt Presentation Album, Roosevelt Presentation AlbumRoosevelt Presentation Album. 309 small die proofs in intact leatherbound Roosevelt Presentation Album with gold-stamped "Harwood M. Bacon" on front cover and "United States Postage Stamps 1847-1902. Proofs" on spine, beautifully presented on gray pages with gold edges, proofs arranged in geometric patterns as sets, incl. two each of Nos. 3-4 (one set labelled 1847, other labelled 1876), First 1861 and Last 1861, various Bank Note, Columbian and other issues up to 1902 Issue, also incl. Special Delivery, Postage Dues, Officials, Newspapers and Periodicals, Carriers, six from 1899 Cuba set, last page includes set of issued stamps of Jamestown issue with pencil "Regular Issue (not proofs)" on page, six blank pages at end, wax interleaving mostly intact, album in excellent condition with only minor edgewear

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE INTACT ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM IN A REMARKABLE STATE OF PRESENTATION.

In 1903 the Bureau of Engraving and Printing prepared 85 Roosevelt Presentation albums with small die proofs on white wove paper of all stamps printed to that date. The proofs were artfully arranged in albums, and most of the albums were given to government officials.

Very few Roosevelt Presentation albums remain intact. Most have been cannibalized for collectors demanding specific sets. Of the few remaining intact albums, many have not weathered their century of existence very well, the most common ailment being warped pages, broken spines and heavily dented edges. The example offered here is in unusually pristine condition.

E. 50,000-60,000
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