‘Show-stopping’ Hamilton collection includes love letters and a lock of hair
Historic collections expert Seth Kaller throws his hat into the Hamilton ring for this year’s Antiquarian Book Fair, happening March 9-12 at the Park Avenue Armory. The Alexander Hamilton Collection (part of a larger collection titled “The Genius, Passions, Foibles and Flaws of our Founding Fathers” ) promises to be a unique collection of original letters, documents and imprints relating to the life and times of the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the New York Post, shown for the first time and offered for sale at the book fair.
In the collection are documents from leaders, soldiers, citizens and the press, including letters and documents of Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Aaron Burr among many others.
A few duel-worthy highlights include:
Hamilton’s documents relating to “several duel threats,” and reports on the Hamilton-Burr duel; Hamilton’s greatest love letter to Eliza, “laced with sexual innuendo;” Hamilton’s letter rallying to defeat Jefferson after Washington declined a third term; and a lock of Hamilton’s hair, “preserved in his family for generations.” And, of course, the obligatory party snaps.
And, for the Hamilton junkie who has everything: The domain name AHamilton.com is included in the sale (though we’re pretty sure it wasn’t Hamilton’s actual domain name. Word has it that he purchased Apple.com from Ben Franklin for pennies, and you can imagine how that turned out). Price available on request.
Explore the whole catalog here:
- Rare collection of Alexander Hamilton’s unpublished letters headed for auction
- Before the White House: The New York City Homes of U.S. Presidents
- Alexander Hamilton Jr.’s Former Home on St. Mark’s Place Lists for $12M
- Sotheby’s New York Sale: The Weirdest and Most Wonderful Things That Sold (and Didn’t)