Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — 1851-56 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
47
c
Sale 777, Lot 47, 1851-56 Issue3c Rose Red (11). Mostly large margins including left sheet margin, barely in at T.L., tied by "Ogdensburgh N.Y. Aug. 1" cds on ca. 1853-54 illustrated cover for Spalding & Rogers New Railroad Circus with elaborate and slightly risque woodcut depiction of locomotive with clown thumbing his nose at the engineer, and inset of performers on horseback, all in black on cream, cover very lightly cleaned, still Very Fine. A wonderful circus cover - one other Spalding & Rogers design is known, for his "North Amerian Circus," used in 1856 - this is earlier, earthier, and thoroughly American - believed to be a unique

E. 1,500-2,000
5,000