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UNIQUE : First Day Cover (FDC) January 1, 1893 with two stamps (Scott #230, and two Scott #231)  in the Columbia Series issued as commemorative stamps for 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage discovering America celebrated at the Exposition at Chicago. The 2c stamps are a strip of two contiguous stamps roughly torn from a sheet causing some separation apparent in the top six perforations. An unknown inverted "omega" postmark or private marking is visible above the word Banhof (railway). This may be the letter carriers mark aboard the train with omega signifying the Berlin terminal. The Lehrter Banhof was the Berlin terminal. Eilgut-Expedition was the express train on which Robert Gedies was on board.

Mail steamships made the transatlantic journey from New York to the Port of Bremen, Germany in 15 days. From Bremen it took two days to be delivered. A common Berlin, German postmark reads Besteldt von Beamte (delivered by postman) with the hour of the delivery on January 18, 1893 between 7:15 and 8:15 before noon indicated by the V = Vormittag.

Estimate $60,000 all offers considered. write

Very Rare Cape of Good Hope Scott #7, Stanley Gibbons #13

1P Vermillion CV £2,750 = $3,600 USD Make a Best Offer 

Roessler Cachet, Pen inscribed : Via Friedrichshafen and Graf Zeppelin to Lakehurst. Postmarked Varick St., Sta., N.Y., May1, 1930



VF Graf Zeppelin Scott #C15 Ex-Rosenberg CV = $775

Make a Best Offer 

Discolorations in scan are of the plastic sleeve, not the cover or stamp, which are clean and crisp.


Scott #C3 Mint Pair NH (never hinged) OG (original glue). Error Shift Imprint : Jenny Close to Frame. $295+

Scott #C3 Mint Pair NH (never hinged) OG (original glue). Very Rare Centerline Strip of Two with Error Shift Imprint : So-Called "Fast Plane" or Jenny Crashing Into Frame. $395+

What Makes This Cover Unique & Rare : Addressed to Gerard Thoolen c/o Donald E. Dickason, Wooster, Ohio. Thoolen was an aerophilatelist dealer in The Hague, Holland, and Dickason, President of the American Air Mail Society, a famous duo especially on the 1937 Hindenburg Disaster Recovery Mail all valued over $10,000 each. This makes an attractive and very nice trophy companion piece.

The Latest Lupia Numismatic Library Acquisition  . . . of 95 Covers formerly that of  the . . . .

MAX MAYO COLLECTION OF ALLOVER ADVERTISING COVERS, Schuyler J. Rumsey Auctions, Inc., October 13, 2018, Sale 82, Lot 3604, Stationers Advertising Covers, 1850’s-1900

Scott #C3 Used Block of 4, Misperforated,  Error Shift Imprint : Jenny Flying Low. Nicely Centered Scarce Parcel Post Cancel, January 13, 1919. $195

UNIQUE - RARE - Hindenburg 1st Flight Netherlands to NY - Gravenhagen 8 May 1936, NY 9 May 1936. $400 

SOLD $200

Exquisite Ornamental Penmanship by the renown Spencerian Master, Louis Madarasz (1859-1910)

Louis Madarasz (1859-1910), was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Hungarian exiles and died in San Francisco, California in 1910. Original specimens of his penmanship are extremely rare and highly desired by serious collectors. This cover is in his handwriting exhibiting his magnificent lyrical calligraphy. I have a second specimen for sale so please look for my other auction.

Cover made by Maynard, Gough & Company, Printers, Worcester, Massachusetts

Franked with Scott #206 Double Oval Cancel

Addressed to J. L. Hibberd, Lima, Pennsylvania

SOLD $200

Exquisite Ornamental Penmanship by the renown Spencerian Master, Louis Madarasz (1859-1910)

Louis Madarasz (1859-1910), was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Hungarian exiles and died in San Francisco, California in 1910. Original specimens of his penmanship are extremely rare and highly desired by serious collectors. This cover is in his handwriting exhibiting his magnificent lyrical calligraphy. I have a second specimen for sale so please look for my other auction.

Cover made by Maynard, Gough & Company, Printers, Worcester, Massachusetts

Franked with Scott #206 Double Oval Cancel

Addressed to G. Hahn, 513 2nd Avenue, New York

B. F. Wade, Printer, Blank Book Manufacturer & Stationer, 94-96 St. Clair Street, Toledo, Ohio

In 1889, he removed to 174 St. Clair, Toledo and began about 1890 or so to print multicolor letterhead and matching covers in a design using olive green, orange, dark and light green, illustrated with a flying owl and palm fronds

Franked with Scott #207 CDS postmark Toledo, Ohio, March 28, 1883 with Target Killer

Addressed to Hon. C. A. Reed, Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio. 

In 1891 Hon. C. A. Reed with others incorporated the Ravenna Brick & Tile Manufacturing Company and was the vice-president SOLD $90

Samuel Raynor & Company, New York

Envelope Manufacturers, Wholesale Paper Dealers, Embossed Tinted Plates, Printed and Tinted Envelopes, Engraved Plates, Pure Irish Linen

Franked with Scott #279B  Type IV  Postmarked July 14, 1899 Flag Cancel

Addressed to John T. Lovett, Monmouth Nurseries, Little Silver, Monmouth County, New Jersey.  SOLD $75 

On April 23, 1891, John Thompson Lovett (1852-1922), was appointed Postmaster of Little Silver. The post office was established July 30, 1879, with Benjamin F. King as the first postmaster.

Altemus Photograph Album Manufacturers, 806 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Franked with Scott #158  Clarke #132 CDS December 23, 1874 with 4 reversed, segmented cork killer 

Addressed to James Shaw, Burlington, New Jersey SOLD $55 

RARE 1881 DAVID MANNING CAMP & CO.,  STATIONERY All-Over-Advertising Cover

David Manning Camp (1835-1911), a school teacher became a printer in 1880. Ironically, this cover exhibits his poor skill in setting typography since he printed his name as D. W. Camp & Co., rather than the correct D. M. Camp & Co. SOLD $65 

Addressed to Edward Fletcher Norcross (1853-1926), who was 18 years old at the time, and a student at Howard University Medical School, Washington, D. C., which he graduated as an MD in 1883.

Brown & Besly Manufacturer of Brown's Perfect Letter Files, Indexes and Transfer or Filing Cases, 10 & 12 North Canal Street, Chicago, Illinois.  

Franked with Scott #230 Columbian 1c deep blue

Double Oval Cancel Piszkiewicz # C-37 

In 1884, Brown & Besly were incorporated at the address printed on this cover. They were the successors to Culver, Page, Hoyne & Company, who owned the patent rights to Brown's Perfect File, that had been patented in 1877.  It was manufactured and advertised in 1878 by Culver, Page, Hoyne & Company. In 1884 Brown & Besly bought the patent rights and succeeded the firm. Brown's Perfect File continued as a popular office supply until 1928. In 1890, Brown & Besly were removed to 51-54 Wabash Avenue, Chicago. 

Addressed to Champion Safety Lock & Novelty Co., Cleveland, Ohio SOLD $65 

J. W. Orr, Engraver on Wood, Manufacturer of Tinted Envelopes, 96 Nassau Street, New York. Earlier his address was 75 Nassau Street before the renumbering.

Nassau Street not far off in time became the early haven of Stamp Dealers.

Addressed to James Bucks, Biddeford, Maine, I.O. O. F = International Order of Odd Fellows

This cover is one of a group of 95 covers from the Schuyler J. Rumsey Auctions, Inc. Sale 82, The Max Mayo Collection of Allover Advertising Covers, Lot 3604, Stationers Advertising Covers, 1850’s-1900

Note : Blue rubber stamp S. D. Foote Collection = Sterling D. Foote a noted philatelist active in the 1950's; giving this a rich provenance. SOLD $85 

William Scott Gray (1825-1896) founded and patented the Acme Letter File Manufacturing Company in 1875. Newton S. Otis' (1838-1884)  helped him establish the company from its outset.

 The cover is addressed to Ralph Swineburne, Esq. Ironically, this cover exhibits either Gray's or Otis' poor skill in spelling Chateaugay, N. Y. since he left out the h. Ralph Swineburne appears to have been  an early lawyer of Franklin County at Chateaugay. SOLD $45

T. M. Osborn, 75 & 76 Nassau Street, New York.

Thomas M. Osborn was an engraver and manufacturer of badges, pins, and buttons for various Masonic Societies, which are highly collectible and fetch high prices. He retired in 1915 from the Tower Manufacturing and Novelty Company where he headed the stamping department.

Nassau Street not far off in time became the early haven of Stamp Dealers.

Addressed to H. A. Wagner, Albany, New York

If there was no tear this cover would be worth around $200 due to the collectibles made by Osborn found in many collectors cabinets. SOLD $85 

Crump’s Label Press was a design, publishing, and printing company owned by Samuel Crump, Jr., son of Samuel Crump, Sr., who founded the business in 1831. Crump Sr., retired in 1861. Crump, Jr., remained under his father’s firm until 1875 when he formed a partnership in Crump & Everdell.  In 1891, a group of companies including Crump merged to form the United States Printing and Lithographing Company.

The publications and cards printed by Crump are very highly prized by serious collectors, and all memorabilia pertaining to the Crump printing house is zealously sought.

The cover offered is postmarked May 8, 1869 [visible with a magnifier]  franked by Scott #114 which has an EKU of March 27, 1869, making this the first 6 weeks of use. 

Moreover, it is a rare piece of Crump printing history since Crump, Jr. kept the name Crump’s Label Press from 1861 to 1875, and none other, or perhaps just a few of these all-over advertising covers are known to be extant. This is the only one I've ever seen. SOLD $125 


John Pascal Charlton (1833-1915), son of Fredrick Riddle Charlton, an English immigrant and carver, and Mary Frazier Pascal Charlton, owner of a trimming store, was born on 2 February, 1833, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Charlton worked as an imprinter and stationer at his shop 32 South 4th Street Philadelphia, and was the first to patent the picture “Post Card” on December 17, 1861, who partnered with Hymen P. Lipman to print them. He also patented the postage letter sheet the same year. The item offered here is a letter sheet with the imprint :


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861, by J. P. CHARLTON, Phila., in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the U. S., for the Eastern District of Pa.

Dimensions : 8”-1/2” X 4”-7/8”. 

Sheet : Ruled paper and watermarked.

Design :  recto printed with Charlton’s patented design comprising a series of tight and closely spaced parallel lines in red ink and a fringed draped awning with tasseled cordage in upper left corner framing a blank space for return address. In the upper right corner an empty Art Nouveau picture frame for postage stamp placement. Centrally placed at the top edge is an oval logo of the American Cheap Postage Letter

City Postmark : Clarke #132, Philadelphia, June 18, 5 PM, [1875], with a segmented cork killer.

Letter : John Hancock to Victor E[mel] Piolett, Esq. asking for his endorsement as a candidate for state treasurer. Piolett was the Postmaster of Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, who was appointed on February 13, 1868.

Condition : Letter folded in half. Back flap missing. Otherwise VF+ SOLD $125


RARE 1878 BLAIR STATIONERY All-Over-Advertising Cover

The business that has done more than any other to advertise Huntingdon to the outside world is the J. C. Blair Company, manufacturing stationers. John C. Blair, the founder of the business, was the first man in the world to put up stationery in the form of tablets, to which he soon after added the decorated covers. He began in 1878 in a small storeroom at 422 Penn street, which was abandoned in 1881 for the old Presbyterian Church. Three years later a five-story brick building was erected at Sixth and Allegheny streets, and in 1889 an eight-story building was put up and in May, 1891, the business was incorporated. The company employs about 250 people and its annual product reaches about $1,000,000, the Blair tablets going all over the  world. -- John W. Jordan, ed., The History of the Juniata Valley, (N. Y. Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1913) Volume 1 : 304

Addressed to the Eyelet Tool Company, Boston, Massachusetts, established 1861. G. W. and S. E. Robbins, manufacturers, developed the leather and paper punchers and many other useful tool products.

Franked with Scott #158 SOLD $95


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RARE : The Charnley & Whelen Hoard. Scarce, Scott #2 Black 10c Washington with denomination in Roman numeral - X. VF specimen with postmark Mobile, Alabama March 26, 1850 in red CDS with red circular grill killer.

Letter dated March 25 (previous day to mailing) to the firm of William Slater Charnley (1815-1888), and Edward Siddons Whelen (1813-1894): Charnley & Whelen, Philadelphia, stock and exchange brokers, advising them of payment sent in the amount of $8,000 and hoping to receive payment on past debits. Exact letters as this one offered here were published in Holman Hamilton, Prologue to Conflict : The Crisis and Compromise of 1850 (University Press of Kentucky, 1964, 2005), surveying the tensions between north and south the decade previous to the outbreak of the Civil War. Not uncommon in Hamilton's very fine book is the misreading of Charnley as Chamley, mainly due to penmanship found among the documents. William S. Charnley had been a stock and exchange broker since 1837, with Edward Whelen joining into partnership in 1840. The firm of Charnley & Whelen are very significant for both stamp and coin collectors and dealers since rare postage for the stamp field and rare currency exchange data for the coin field are found in their correspondence. The Charnley & Whelen correspondence archive first surfaced on the open market in 1912. For the philatelist : The Margie Faiman Collection of St. Louis Postmasters' Provisionals Matthew Bennett Sale No. 267, October31, 2003, 102 lots was a most important sale of "St. Louis bears" since the 1950 H.R. Harmer sale of the Charnley & Whelen find. Estimate $1,500+. Write

Scarce, Scott #1a Dark Brown, fine, small nick top center, good margins, Issued July1, 1847--Red Grid Cancel CDS -Postmarked - Boston, Massachusetts, September 2, 1847

Letter dated September 1, 1847--first 60 days of the first U.S. Postage Stamp, engraved and printed by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch, and Edson. However, the earliest known postmark on an 1847 postage stamp is July 7, 1847, making this one of the first 57 days of use. An imperforate printed on thin bluish wove paper. This is a very early use. Letter address ed to Albert Ruyter Hatch, Esq. (1818-1882), Attorney-at-Law, seeking information about a Mr. Heagner. The letter was sent by Mr. Keatch, the attorney of Waterston, Pray & Company, Commission Merchants, Boston, Massachusetts. The principals of the firm were Richard Waterston, J. W. Hall, and C. Deane. The firm was located at 71 Kilby, Boston, Massachusetts. Estimate $900-$1,000. Write

Scott #1 1847 5c Franklin on folded wrapper sheet addressed to W[illiam] L. Schaffer, Esq., Cashier, [Girard National Bank] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, postmarked Baltimore, Maryland, October 31 [1850] in blue CDS with red rate killer. This is a famous bank and cashier in American banking history. Many legal cases were published about their transactions and this cover certainly is a relic of one of them. $375

Scott #1 1847 5c Franklin on folded letter addressed to W. R. Thompson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, postmarked Baltimore, Maryland, May 2 [1848] from Dinsmore & Kyle, Grocers. This cover is stamped on the back John F. Seybold, having been part of one of the most eminent stamp & cover collections in American philatelic history. $750

Scott #85E Black 12c Washington with Cancel $2,400

Scott #75 Brown 5c Jefferson 4-Ring Target or Bullseye Killer $425

Scott #67 Brown-Yellow 5c Jefferson CDS + 5-Bar Grill Killer $750

Scott #95 Brown 5c Jefferson 4-Ring Target or Bullseye Killer $800

Scott #100 Variant with Double Grill $2,000

U. S. Postage Franked Covers


$46,500 USD. write

Stamped by Stolow and Szekula. Sale subject to APS CERT.

Blood's Despatch - Penny Post CDS May 14, 1858 (Type 15), franked with Scott #26. Addressed to William Heyser, Jr., Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. William Heyser, Jr., (1796-1863), was a tinsmith at Chambersburg continuing his father's business. He was President of the National Bank of Chambersburg. His copper pots are highly prized fetching high prices on the antique market. His son William, Jr., was a druggist at Chambersburg from 1854-1864, when the town was burned down by the Confederates. The cover survived the fire and exposure with mild evidence around the upper left corner affecting the stamp. For Sale $90. Write


RARE 1855 Sardinia 80c Inverted


Addressed to the Torre Brothers, Trading Company, Alessio [Province of Savona]. SARDEGNA MAXIMUM RARITY, GENOVA POSTMARKS, 27 GEN 1856. Write

Spectacular Papal States Rarity! Signed on the front by Paolo Cardillo! A rare gem for any collection.

4 Maggio 1858, Grand Duchy Toscana, franked with Scott #15, Sassone#15 - 6cr Lion, Postmark - Red - Pisa, two backstamps  - Transit - Perugia, and Arrival - Macerata. Addressed to Settimio Giostra, a Member of Il Socio Onorario, Macerata, who is famous as a typographer, printer, and publisher. Carteggio - Letter on embossed stamped paper from Francesco Coltellini's Drama Company that performed operas giving their schedule of performances. A beautiful specimen of a very rare stamp and postmark with an extraordinarily rare piece if Italian music history in very fine condition. A true gem for the astute collector/investor. A bargain at just the catalogue value.

Catalogue Value 1800 EUROS. $2,125.00 write john

Spectacular Provisional Government Rarity!  Signed on the front by Paolo Cardillo! A rare gem for any collection.




26 Dicembre, 1860, Livorno, franked with Scott #20, Sassone #20, 20 Cent., Coat of Arms, Toscano, Two Backstamps - Transit - Forli, Arrival - Bologna. Catalogue Value 1200 EUROS.

$1,450 USD. Write

Vito Viti Archive Letter - The Rarest of Rare Treasures in Italian Postal History!

Part of the Albert F. Henkels Hoard of the Viti Archive. Your chance to own one of the most prestigious covers in postal history.








Emsworth/F/ PAID/ MR 11/ 1830 in Red/Straight-line on back in black/monogramed wax seal

Addressed to Bartlett & Beddome, attorneys, 27 Nicholas Lane, Lombard Street, London. The firm was formed by William Plater Bartlett (1785-1857) & Richard Boswell Beddome (1797-1881). The obituary of Bartlett appeared in The Gentleman's Magazine, February (1857) : 254

Hamburg, Germany, 1845 to Massachusetts




HARTFORD CT 3 PAID -(1852-1854) Red.

Captain John Stanton Baldwin (1834-1909), editor and publisher of the Spy. Letter sent while he was a teenager studying at the State Normal School, New Britain, Connecticut.

Lady's Note envelope measuring 2"-1/5" x 4"-1/4", narrow embossed lace motif border. Back flap missing. No contents. For Sale $55

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FISHERVILLE CON, (1854) Variant unlisted in David G. Phillips, Amer. Stampless Cover Catalog (1997),  5 in Circle, Blue

Miss Sarah J[ane] Luke (1839-1913), West Brookfield Massachusetts

Lady Note envelope measuring 2"-3/4" x 4"-1/2", Very wide embossed lace motif border. Back flap embossed with small red wafer seal. No contents. Slight soiling about. For Sale $55

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Miss Sarah Jane Luke (1839-1913), West Brookfield Massachusetts

Brown emporium paper envelope measuring 5"-1/4" x 3"-1/4", Back flap embossed with small red wafer seal. No contents. For Sale $50


New Orleans/ "Boston Steamer" to London, England/ Manuscript 20 cts rate/ dated June 20, 1846

LONDON ENGLAND/ JUN 20/ PAID in Blue/ Bishop's Mark on back

Folded Letter

Frederick Huth & Co. from Clason & Vles, commercial brokerage of cotton, rates, and exportation to Europe. Spink Stamp Auctions, Civil War Sesquicentennial Sale sold a Clason & Vles blockade runners cotton report July-December 1854, Estimate $300-$400, Price Realized - SOLD for $700. Here's your chance to buy directly at discount a similar letter described below. 

Frederick Huth & Co., established 1809, was a London Bank founded by German born Frederick Huth (1774-1864). The bank was forced into amalgamation in 1923 with Konig Brothers by order of the Governor of the Bank of England.

This folded business letter pictured above regarding drafts $2,000 and $3,000. Embossed C&V stamp on back. For Sale $125 Write

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New Orleans/Manuscript 20 cts rate/dated March 17, 1843

Folded Banking Form Letter

General J. Wayles Baker (1804-1867), Leighton, Colbert County, Alabama, in 1843 he was on the Board of Trustees of La Grange College. The letter refers to a draft made on September 22, 1842 in the amount of $2,100. A noted Confederate. Some staining. Some separation along the folds but intact. For Sale $75


Bath/Manuscript 10 cts rate/ dated June 17, 1870

Folded Wrapper. No Content.

George Crosby, Cashier, Augusta Bank, Augusta, Maine. From Samuel Davis, Cashier, Lincoln Bank, Bath, Maine. Wafer sealed. For Sale $25

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Portland/Red Octagon/Manuscript 6 cts rate/ dated June 22, 1833

Folded Letter

Ebenezer Ham, a tavern owner at Lisbon. The letter requests payment in whole or in part on a note originating in 1831 from Rogers & Cutler, a dry goods firm of Charles Rodgers, Jr., and Samuel Cutler. Some staining along the left edge.  For Sale $50


Newburyport/dated July 6, 1812/ NEWBT. MS. in red cds /Manuscript "10" rate

Folded Letter

The letter is from  Daniel Appleton White signed "D.A. White" to Jeremiah Haskell (1767-1844) regarding his lawsuit filed against Ebenezer Virgin (1767-1845). Mr. Virgin sold Haskell a house, farm and tract of land which was not in accordance to his description and filed suit. White is writing to Haskell requesting he provide some evidence to support his claim in court.

The writer of this letter, DANIEL APPLETON WHITE, (1776-1861), graduated from Harvard in 1797; Latin Tutor at Harvard, 1799-1803; Began the study of law at Cambridge, and was admitted to the bar in 1804, and engaged in practice in Newburyport, where he resided until 1817, when he moved to Salem, Mass.; Member of the Massachusetts legislature, 1810-1815; Elected Judge of Probate of Essex County, Mass., which office he held for 38 years; An active member of the Essex Institute for many years, to which he gave 8,000 volumes; Author of a "Eulogy on George Washington" (Haverhill, 1800); "View of the Jurisdiction of the Court of Probate in Massachusetts" (Salem, 1822); "Eulogy on Nathaniel Bowditch" (1822), and "New England Congregationalism, in its Origin and Purity" (1861), and aided John Pickering in preparing his edition of "Sallust" (1805). 

The letter is to Jeremiah Haskell, (1767-1844), married Mary Moulton, (1774-1855), in Newburyport in 1794; Moved to Concord, NH earlier in 1812, and left there in 1818. Died in Augusta, Maine. Haskell and Virgin are subjects of Nathaniel Bouton, The History of Concord, from Its First Grant in 1725, to the Organization of the City Government in 1853 (1856) : 520

Fine-Very Fine. For Sale $275.


Philadelphia/Manuscript 20cts/April 30, 1811/ Early Franklin Cancel Mark

Folded Letter

The letter is between two of the sons, the youngest writing to the eldest son of James Carr Minor (1745-1790) and Mary Carr Minor (1756-1797). This is an illustrious American colonial family especially noted in Virginia history. The letter is written by  John Minor (1791-1849), who is living at Philadelphia, and apparently attending the University there, writing to his brother Dabney Minor (1774-1824), at Charlottesville, Virginia. John Minor, the youngest brother of Dabney, later on became a physician. In the letter he is asking to borrow money. He also mentions several times the great botanist and naturalist, Dr. Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815), and his lecture series on botany at Philadelphia. A letter of some historical significance especially regarding the provenance of the Minor sons, and, of course, the descriptions and references to America's most noted 18th century botanist, Dr. Benjamin Smith Barton. In postal history it is significant for the Franklin Mark, which is based on the circular date stamp invented by Henry Bishop (1611-1691) at London in 1661 a century and a half earlier. Franklin began issuing his version in July 1765, the date now based on the discovery piece found in the Lupia Numismatic Library and is offered for sale in The Museum Store. The Minor letter of 1811 is For Sale $250