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The owner is a numismatist, philatelist, antiquary, and bibliophile for over 50 years.  He is also a former professor of art history and archaeology and has published numerous articles in various journals and books for many decades. Also, he was the principal of one of the largest appraisal firms on the east coast appraising real and personal property for many banks, lawyers, collectors and for the private sector. 
            Estimates of value are sometimes found in lot descriptions.  For reference purposes comparable values are found in the appropriate auction prices realized. 
 
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            For both the numismatist and philatelist you will be pleased to know that John N. Lupia has amassed an extensive collection of covers and letters to coin and stamp dealers from the 1860's to the late 1940's, comparable to that of the late Steven R. Belasco that was sold by Siegel Auction Galleries. Also he has amassed one of the largest collections known of the Chapman Family Archive, the preeminent coin and stamp dealers from 1875 to the retirement of Helen Chapman and her manager Ell B. Wright in 1948. The massive size of this monumental collection that contains at least 27,000 or more pieces of mail rivals that of the great John Friedrich Seybold.
            Many items are available are not found on this webpage but can be found in over 200 biographical sketches found on this website by looking at the menu on the left side of this webpage. If the illustration caption reads "Courtesy of the Lupia Numismatic Library" then it is in my inventory and available for sale unless otherwise indicated by the notice "Sold".
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John N. Lupia, III, Dealer in Stamps, Postal History Covers, 
U. S., Foreign & Ancient 
Coins, Medals, Tokens, Paper Money, Scrip, Rare Books, Numismatic & Philatelic Literature, Maps, Art, Antiquities, Antiques, and Curios. Appraising, Buying & Selling  Since 1964
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[23 Lots]


An Assortment of about 70 19th Century Antique Photographs, Cabinet Cards, Ferrotypes,  from a variety of at least thirty-eight different photographers and their studios including : O. C. Benjamin, Orange, New Jersey; M. Otesky, Newark, New Jersey; A. J. Bloom, Hamburg, New Jersey; M. Yogg, Newark, New Jersey;  L. A. Sawyer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tappey's, Addis & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; T. M. Reger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Applegates New Galleries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; H. H. Flanagin, Woodstown, New Jersey; Robbins Studio, Bridgeton, New Jersey; F. E. Post, Denver, Colorado; Kuebler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Service Studio, Bridgeton, New Jersey; Charles A. Weller, Brooklyn, New York; Schoenfelder, Newark, New Jersey; Schoenfelder & Kehle, New York; Marcus Ulbricht, Newark, New Jersey; J. H. Smith, Newark, New Jersey; Schill, Newark, New Jersey; West Side Studios, Newark, New Jersey; Schaidner, New York; Beals,  Newark, New Jersey; Nicholl & Pleasants, New York; Neidig & Co., Newark, New Jersey; Alfred L. Campbell, Elizabeth, New Jersey; French Studio, Newark, New Jersey; Olds, Newark, New Jersey; Schumacher, Newark, New Jersey; Otesky & Littauer, Newark, New Jersey; S. Littauer, Newark, New Jersey; H. T. Wood, Newark, New Jersey; L. Balland, Newark, New Jersey; Hardwick's, Bridgeton, New Jersey; Elton, Woodstown, New Jersey; Shane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wm. W. Seeler, Bridgeton, New Jersey; Chandler, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; H. S. Keller, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




1 Carton Filled with 65 Issues of MAXIMUMROCKNROLL, and a few or several issues of Punk Planet, Suburban Voice, This, Muddle, Satisfaction Guaranteed, Hardware, Heart Attack, wdc Period,  Underdog Zine, Change Zine, Sound Views, Radio Riot, Jersey Beat, Slug & Lettuce, The Heuristic Squelch, Common Sense, Puddle Zine, Positron, Static, Sound Off, Foe, Styzine, Scenester, Squat or Rot, Schism, Outback, Lookout, Profane Existence, and many more  . . . . 1989 - 1995
One Magazine Carton filled with various contemporary music magazines. A second carton filled with a wide variety of Zines. Write john@numismaticmall.com

Large Collection of 1,000 Baseball Cards. Mainly 1980's, some earlier. A treasure trove for any dealer or collector.  Always willing to make reasonable deals. Write john@numismaticmall.com 


Large Collection of 600 Comic Books in Mint Condition to about 1995.
Three comic book cases loaded with rare comic books in plastic sleeves with white card stock boards. Some still in unopened sealed encapsulated plastic, some signed by artists, and several of very high market values. A treasure trove for any dealer or collector.  Always willing to make reasonable deals. Write john@numismaticmall.com 


Postcard of the Columbian Exposition's Agricultural Building, 1893

Gold Coin Stoves advertising postal card. Lower right corner "For Sale By" handstamped B. J. Goodsell & Company, Ludington, Michigan. Water stained, lower right corner chipped, piece lacking. The Mason County Museum, Michigan has exhibitions on occasion of 
B. J. Goodsell & Company memorabilia.
Excessively Rare. Ex-Michael A. Aldrich. Estimate $50 - $100, due to condition.

Avant-Garde Artist Harry A. Gatchel Engraved Postcard 
Detail enlarged of the main design on his business postal card.

Harry A. Gatchel (1863-1919), founder the Pennsylvania Engraving Company. This exquisite design dating to at least 1893 (postmark January 10, 1894) depicts an imaginary portrait of a man composed of gears and various machinery and mechanical components composed in the style of Giuseppe Archimboldo (1526-1593). The unique composition utilizing machine parts of a human figure pre-dates the early Dada movement with works by Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 (1912)  by about twenty years. This completely unknown artist in the field of art history proves to be a very competent artist and innovator. Gatchel is known as an engraver and innovator in the photoengraving process little known at the time. Excessively Rare. Estimate $200-$300


A Medieval Psaltery Leaf In Heavy Gold With Acrostic

Flemish Psalter, circa 1250. Verso of vellum leaf with illuminated Vulgate Latin text of Psalm 16,14b-15; 17,1-5 

14b Diomine a paucis de terra divide eos in vita eorum de absconditis tuis adimpletus est venter eorum Saturati sunt filiis et dimiserunt reliquias suas parvulis suis

15 Ego autem in iustitia apparebo conspectui tuo satiabor cum apparuerit gloria tua.

PSALMI 17

in finem puero Domini David quae locutus est Domino verba cantici huius in die qua eripuit eum Dominus de manu omnium inimicorum eius et de manu Saul et dixit

Diligam te Domine fortitudo mea

Dominus firmamentum meum et refugium meum et liberator meus Deus meus adiutor meus et sperabo in eum Protector meus et cornu salutis meae et susceptor meus

Laudans invocabo Dominum et ab inimicis meis salvus ero

Circumdederunt me dolores mortis et torrentes iniquitatis conturbaverunt me



Flemish Psalter, circa 1250. Recto of vellum leaf with illuminated Vulgate Latin text of Psalm 16, 

Mirifica misericordias tuas qui salvos facis sperantes in te

8 A resistentibus dexterae tuae custodi me ut pupillam oculi Sub umbra alarum tuarum proteges me

a facie impiorum qui me adflixerunt Inimici mei animam meam circumdederunt super me;

10 adipem suum concluserunt os eorum locutum est superbia

11 Proicientes me nunc circumdederunt me oculos suos statuerunt declinare in terram

12 Susceperunt me sicut leo paratus ad praedam et sicut catulus leonis habitans in abditis

13 Exsurge Domine praeveni eum et subplanta eum eripe animam meam ab impio frameam tuam

14 ab inimicis manus tuae. 

Just imagine, the calf whose skin was used for this Psaltery/Breviary once grazed upon the gentle rolling verdant hills of medieval Flanders during the time of the Crusades. This Psaltery or Breviary was a small portable book carried about by the devout nobles or clergy to pray the Divine Office or Hours. On the verso the Initial Letter "D" is gilt with heavy gold leaf bearing fancifully designed serifs enclosed in pale blue and mauve frame the borders the text on the left margin and serves as a post for other Initial Letters of the verses "D", "S", "E", "P", "L", and "C" in blue and gold. On the recto the Initial Letters of the verses "M", "A", "S", "I", "P", "S", "E" are in blue and gold like those similarly formed on the verso. These Initial Letters on the recto are actually an acrostic cryptogram that spells M.A.S., the name of the scribe with M most probably signifying "Magister", i.e., Master with the initials A. S. with the A signifying a male scribal name like Antoninus, or, Alcuin, etc. and "S" his surname, and with the Latin word IPSE which spells in Latin the word "himself". Consequently we have a cryptogram within the text that identifies the scribe as Master A. S., (also a pun on MAS signifying Masculus "the man") himself, who wrote this text. The scribes pinpricks made for the ruler in writing the text can be seen in the margin. From Holland. A rare and unusual find of this sort. Estimate $300-$600 USD + S&H + insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.



 

A Beautiful Renaissance Breviary Leaf


Rouen Breviary Vellum Leaf (verso) with Ornate Decorative Arabesque Floral Border Panel comprising a variety of flora and berries in a bright prismatic cheerful arrangement, circa 1500. Text in angular gothic Latin minuscule inscribed in brown and rubric red ink with orifices of capital letters filled in with yellow on a heavy vellum. 

Rouen Breviary Vellum Leaf (recto) with Ornate Decorative Gilt in Historiated Initial Letters with heavy Chrysography

Estimate $350-$500 USD + S&H + insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.




Church of England Pamphlet of 1641


Thomas Warmstry,
A Convocation Speech, By Mr. Thomas Warmstry, one of the Clerks for the Diocesse of Worcester : AGAINST Images, Altars, Crosses, the new Canons, and the Oath, &c. (London : 1641) 22 pages. This is a very important primary source for any numismatic researcher to aid in the investigation of numismatic iconography and iconology of the period. Critical for St. Patrick coinages. Never bound. Fine condition. Rare. Estimate $350-$700 USD + S&H and insurance.  Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.









United States Centenary of the Postage Stamp, 1947
Centenary International Philatelic Exhibition Station cancel mark at New York, May 19, 1947 on a cachet FDC Centenary of United States Postage showing a Pony Express Rider silhouette in the radiant field with a then modern railroad train reminiscent of Rockwell Kent artwork in the foreground. A nice piece of postal history. The diagonal shading lines visible is the leaching and oxidation of the pungent glues used to manufacture envelopes at this period and so is typical.



American Schoolbook of 1812 owned by John Allen


Herman Daggett, The American Reader : Consisting of Familiar, Instructive, and Entertaining STORIES, Selected for the Use of Schools. (Poughkeepsie : P. Potter, 1812) 237 pages + 3 pages of Table of Contents, 1 page advertisement of P. Potter, (1). Used for many generations in the public schools demonstrated by numerous drawings and writing with original schoolboy and schoolgirl poems penned in the flyleaves over the years, with one student carving a V-shaped chunk of leather out of the edge of the backboard. Among the names of these illustrious students who inscribed their names are : John Allen,  Stephen L. Baldwyn, and Stephen G. Cranes. John Allen bears the same name as the great numismatist and bibliophile (1777-1863) whose surname was alternately spelled Allan (as it was on his probate of his will 9 December 1863) and possibly his son John Allen (1803-ante 1863). John Allan's daughter Margaret (then Mrs. Margaret Stewart) was his only surviving child at the time of his death. A charming piece of Americana. Rare. Estimate $150 -$300 USD  + S&H and insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.




Jean Gerson, Incunabula Leaf of 1488


Jean Gerson (1363-1429), Secunda pars operum Iohannis de Gerson [Opera, Vol. 2.] (Strassbourg : J. Pruss, 1488) Incunabula Leaf. Estimate $250 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.




Processional Leaf of 1602

Early 17th Century Last Rites and Funeral Processional of 1602 for Augustinian Use. One Illuminated French vellum leaf professionally mounted to be easily removed for personal inspection. Contains 3 verses of chants written in Latin with music notations on a four-line red stave. Decorative initial letters in blue, red and gold. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details. Biblia Sacra Vulgata, Psalm 139 (138): 1-3 Domine investigasti me et cognovisti tu cognovisti sessionem meam et surrectionem meam intellexisti malum meum de longe semitam meam et accubitionem meam eventilasti. "O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off. You know my way and my steps and you have investigated all my ways." Estimate $150-$300 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.


Medieval Troyes Psaltery Leaf c. 1400



Breviarium Trecensis (Book of Hours of the Diocese of Troyes), Illuminated Vellum Leaf, Psalm 102,9-16. Normandy, France, before 1450. Leaf dimensions : 5-3/8" x 7-1/2", text block 2-1/2" x 3-7/8" with ample margins. Gothic batard script. Inital Letters heavy gold gilt. Splendid obolus, or line fillers that are intricately decorative and ornate with mauve grounds with white filigree. Similar to Birdwell MS 18 (Birdwell Library) Estimate $250-$500 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.



Strabo, Glosses, Incunabula Leaf of 1498

Walfridus Strabonis, Biblia latina cum glossa ordinaria
 Walafridi Strabonis aliorumque et interlineari Anselmi Laudunensis et cum postillis ac moralitatibus Nicolai de Lyra (Basel : Johann Froben, 1498) 5 folio incunabula leaves, in Gothic type with manually applied highlights in rubric red; comprising 10 pages from this rare early printed book. BMC III 791-2; Goff B-609. Estimate for set of 5 folios $1,200 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.


















French Medieval Pocket Bible Leaf c. 1200-1250


French Scholastic Pocket Bible : Bible illuminated vellum leaf from the Book of Numbers, 9:5-23; 10:1-36; 11:1-35. Offered here are three membra disjecta or detached leaves from a French Bible produced in Paris during its Golden Age of Scholasticism with the rise of the Universities among them the Sorbonne of the Université de Paris, The Victorines of the Abbey of St. Victor, Sainte-Geneviève, the Franciscan Schools of Paris, all inextricably connected with Parisian scribal schools, circa 1200-1250 in the production of biblical and theological texts. Absolutely breathtakingly astonishing illuminated Bible leaf composed and crafted on the finest quality velin, which is tissue-thin ultra-fine ultra-thin vellum historically called "uterine vellum" or abortivum, was believed as its name suggests made from fetal calves, i.e., the skins of stillborn or unborn animals. However, modern scientific research has revealed these could equally have been the results of an advanced production process allowing skins of maturing animals from several species to be fabricated into vellum of equal high ultra-quality and ultra-fineness. The ornate initial letters have elegantly designed cadel, i.e., a fine decorative calligraphic flourish extension of the letters' descender and exaggerated in an extremely long fanciful design. Estimate for each $250-$500 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.




French Medieval Pocket Bible Leaf c. 1200-1250


French Scholastic Pocket Bible : Bible illuminated vellum leaf from the First Book of Maccabees, 6:55-7:25; 7:26-8:7a. Offered here are three membra disjecta or detached leaves from a French Bible produced in Paris during its Golden Age of Scholasticism with the rise of the Universities among them the Sorbonne of the Université de Paris, The Victorines of the Abbey of St. Victor, Sainte-Geneviève, the Franciscan Schools of Paris, all inextricably connected with Parisian scribal schools, circa 1200-1250 in the production of biblical and theological texts. Absolutely breathtakingly astonishing illuminated Bible leaf composed and crafted on the finest quality velin, which is tissue-thin ultra-fine ultra-thin vellum historically called "uterine vellum" or abortivum, was believed as its name suggests made from fetal calves, i.e., the skins of stillborn or unborn animals. However, modern scientific research has revealed these could equally have been the results of an advanced production process allowing skins of maturing animals from several species to be fabricated into vellum of equal high ultra-quality and ultra-fineness. The ornate initial letters have elegantly designed cadel, i.e., a fine decorative calligraphic flourish extension of the letters' descender and exaggerated in an extremely long fanciful design. Estimate for each $250-$500 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.



French Medieval Pocket Bible Leaf c. 1200-1250


French Scholastic Pocket Bible : Bible illuminated vellum leaf from the Book of Wisdom 13,13 - 15,16. Offered here are three membra disjecta or detached leaves from a French Bible produced in Paris during its Golden Age of Scholasticism with the rise of the Universities among them the Sorbonne of the Université de Paris, The Victorines of the Abbey of St. Victor, Sainte-Geneviève, the Franciscan Schools of Paris, all inextricably connected with Parisian scribal schools, circa 1200-1250 in the production of biblical and theological texts. Absolutely breathtakingly astonishing illuminated Bible leaf composed and crafted on the finest quality velin, which is tissue-thin ultra-fine ultra-thin vellum historically called "uterine vellum" or abortivum, was believed as its name suggests made from fetal calves, i.e., the skins of stillborn or unborn animals. However, modern scientific research has revealed these could equally have been the results of an advanced production process allowing skins of maturing animals from several species to be fabricated into vellum of equal high ultra-quality and ultra-fineness. The ornate initial letters have elegantly designed cadel, i.e., a fine decorative calligraphic flourish extension of the letters' descender and exaggerated in an extremely long fanciful design. Estimate for each $250-$500 Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.



American Magazine of 1791

Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment, Vol. III, No. VIII, August, 1791  (Boston : Isaiah Thomas & Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1791) 62 p + 1 quire inserted twice = 70 p. pages 466-488, error in collation 481-528. Eight pages (4 leaves) repeated in this issue by publishers error. No loss of text but the complete issue with a small section or quire accidentally inserted twice. Among the amusing articles is republished private letter of Benjamin Franklin explaining his bifocals. Several book reviews. A published letter sent in by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State from Mr. Otto, Charge des Affaires of France. There are news published of various countries and of the states. News that Matthew Clarkson was appointed Marshall of New York. Lists of marriages. A page filled with jokes. And much more. The periodical was published by the famous printer Isaiah Thomas (1749-1831), who also published his newspaper the 
Massachusetts Spy and his well-known New England Almanac, and later the Royal American Magazine during the Revolutionary War. Thomas published the Massachusetts Magazine  with his various partners beginning with Ebenezer T. Andrews until 1793; Ezra Weld and Samuel Hill in 1794; William Greenough, and Alexander Martin from 1795-1796; with Benjamin Sweetser and James Cutter joining in 1796. In all eight volumes were published from 1789 to 1796 in 96 issues. This is only one of the 96 issues, that of August 1791, during the third year of the presidency of George Washington (1789-1797).  Estimate $90 - $180 USD + S&H and insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.














Monthly Repository, November, 1830 


Monthly Repository And Library of Entertaining Knowledge, Vol. 1, No. 6, November, 1830. The November issue, complete pages 159-194. Illustrated with three wood engravings. The periodical was published in New York by Francis S. Wiggins from June 1830 - September 1834. Estimate $60 USD +  S&H and insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.

















Titian Ramsay Peale Letter, 1853


Titian Ramsay Peale (1799-1885) was a son of Charles Wilson Peale (1741-1827) and a famous American painter. Postal Stationery  Being A Very Rare Nesbitt First Issue. Die 1A. Watermark No. 1. Three Cents Red. Scarce Postal Marking 5 Cts Due. Rare Postmark Clarke 63a used only 6 months (July 1-December 3, 1853) with a late use of October 30, 1853. Estimate $250-$500 USD +  S&H and insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.



Siegmund Lubin Motion Picture Machines, 1908
 
Siegmund Lubin (1851-1923) business envelope franked by a Scott # 319b-A129, 2 cent 
Washington carmine rose, postmarked January 4, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 10 P.M. by a Barry Cancelling Machine, Clarke 285a-#11. Lubin was a German-Polish immigrant to America in 1876 working as an optometrist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His study of optics led him to develop lenses for cameras and also for motion pictures. By 1897 he began making motion pictures. In 1902, he founded the Lubin Manufacturing Company that produced his cameras or "motion picture machines" as he called them. This piece of mail offered here is before he incorporated in 1909, and two years before he founded Lubinville Studios at Philadelphia. Estimate $60 - $120 USD +  S&H and insurance. Write john@numismaticmall.com with bids and for details.







SUPER RARE FIND  . . .
Vitagraph - Early Silent Film Company - WWI Cinema - Cover and FilM List for 1919

RARE SHORT LIVED FILM MOTION PICTURE COMPANY ACTIVE DURING WWI FROM 1916-1919.

Early Silent Film Era Movie Stars in Vitagraph Films Featured : 
Bessie Love (1898-1986), Starring in The Enchanted Barn as Shirley Hollister, David Smith, Director (Vitagraph 1919)
Earle Williams (1880-1927),  The Highest Trump James Young, Director (Vitagraph 1919)
Gladys Leslie (1899-1976), Fortune's Child Joseph Gleason, Director (Vitagraph 1919)
Harry T. Morey (1873-1936), Silent Strength Paul Scardon, Director (Vitagraph 1919)
Corinne Griffith (1894-1979). The Girl Question Kenneth Webb, Director (Vitagraph 1919)
Bessie Love (1898-1986), Starring in The Wishing Ring Man as Joy Havenith, David Smith, Director (Vitagraph 1919)
Estimate $100-$200 Write john@numismaticmall.com



Franklin D. Roosevelt Cover, Christmas Envelope and Card, 1945


Beautiful cachet engraving of Hyde Park Home, the place where Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882. Cover franked by a strip of two, pair of Roosevelt postage stamps. Scott 930, A377,  blue-green one cent, rotary press printing, issued July 26, 1945. Postmarked December 2, 1945, Los Angeles, California, 2 P. M. Two Cinderellas on back flap, i.e., non postal stamps, Christmas Seal of 1945, and American Dental Association. Enclosure, A United States Coast Guard Christmas Card. Sent by Bertha Kirkwood to Harry A. Bradley of Dubuque, Iowa. Estimate $15-$30Write john@numismaticmall.com for details.



Meyer Robert Guggenheim Letter, 1904


Meyer Robert Guggenheim (1885-1959), at age 19 he was at Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany when this letter was sent from New York addressed to him at the Seligman Brothers, London, (in-laws of Benjamin Guggenheim) on a two cent postal stationery envelope (Thorp-Bartels #1888a) uprated with three additional postage stamps for ten cents in postage : Scott 300-A115 blue-green one cent Franklin; Scott 301-A116 carmine two cent Washington; Scott 304-A119 blue five cent Lincoln. The London addressee forwarded the letter to Germany. From 1953-1954 Guggenheim served as the U. S. Ambassador to Portugal. Estimate $45-$90 USD + S&H and insurance. 






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