Around F.C.

Waverly Rare Books Dec. 1 Auction Includes Presidential Autographs

More than 400 lots of fine and rare books, antique maps, autographs and historical Americana will be auctioned off on Thursday, Dec. 1 starting at 6 p.m. at Waverly Rare Books, a division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries, at 360 S. Washington St., Falls Church.

Some of the highlights of the auction include a three-book volume of 18th-century Piranesi prints, Flash Gordon artwork, presidential autographs and items related to the Tuskegee Airmen, the revered company of black airmen from World War II.

This Tuskegee collection of documents and historic photographs was amassed by Charles F. Francis, author of The Tuskegee Airmen. Francis’ book is considered the first in-depth chronicle of the groundbreaking aviators and their navigators, mechanics, instructors and other support staff.

The rare and antique map section features a three-volume atlas that accompanied the official records of the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Compiled by Capt. Calvin D. Cowles of the 23rd U.S. Infantry, the set was published in the 1890s and is lavishly illustrated with maps on plates. For more information, visit