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Sometimes in Unlikely Places: Interesting Maps

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Lot 372: Frederick de wit World map

The Goodyear Tire folks of Akron, in the mid 1980’s decided, under the direction of Janet Schirn of Chicago, a past president of the American Society of Interior Designers, to build a collection of antique maps that would reflect the company’s global perspective.  The collection was two years in the making and has since remained on the walls of the company headquarters increasingly as a time capsule of what was thought important mid-way through the Reagan presidency.  It was an odd approach to building a collection but the thinking today is that the ensuing thirty years have probably moved values well beyond what they they paid for the maps and framing.  We'll soon know as the material will be sold at Rachel Davis Fine Arts on the 21st [links at the end of this article].

 

It is not entirely surprising that an interior designer curated the collection.   Maps fall on both sides of the decorator – collectors divide, a reason that prices for collectible maps have been perennially strong. 

 

Good sports that they are, Goodyear is selling this collection of 118 map lots with, in some cases high estimates, but in all cases without reserves.  Only a few percent of all lots offered at auction in the collectible paper category each year are sold naked.  These lots are in that special group.  They also fall into the smaller subgroup of unreserved sales, the announced unreserved sale.  Most unreserved lots are never announced.  These have been and this should make for an active sale.  Unreserved sales, which often provide bargains to lucky bidders, generally overall bring stronger realizations for consignors.

 

A hopeful sign to bidders may be the organization of the sale that provides no index, begins the first maps at lot 371 [and continuing to 488].  On the Davis site use the link provided at the end of this article and the term map in the keyword field to uncover the map lots. There are also other Goodyear lots outside of the map category included in the sale.

 

Here is a brief list of some of the map lots:

 

Lot 371.  Cartographer: Hartmann Schedel .   Das ander and alter der werlt.  Subject:  the world.  Nuremberg, 1493.  Estimated $15,000 to $20,000

 

Lot 372.  Cartographer:  Frederick de Wit.  : [Map 1] Nova Orbis Tabula, in Lucem Edita [in a set with Map 2] Nova Totius Europae [and Map 3] Nova Totius Asiae [and Map 4] Nova Totius Africa [and Map 5] Nova Totius Americae Descriptio.  Date:  c. 1660-70.  Original hand color.  Subjects:  Africa, America, Asia, Europe, the World.  Estimated $30,000 to $50,000.

 

Lot 381.  Cartographer: Claes Jansz. Visscher.   Comitatus Flandriae Summa Cura Recens Delineatus Per N. I. Visscherum.  Amsterdam, 1656.  An extremely rare description of Flanders, Visscher’s carte-à-figures is lavishly illustrated at the left and right borders with fourteen insets corresponding in both subject and style to the grand tradition of Flemish landscape painting that developed during the seventeenth century.  Subject:  Belgium. Amsterdam, 1656.  Estimated $20,000 to $40,000

 

Lot 384.  Cartographer: Jean Baptiste Nolin.   Le Canal Royal de Languedoc, pour la Jonction de l’Ocean et de la Mer Mediterranee.  Subject:  France.  Paris, 1697.  Estimated $12,000 to $18,000

 

Lot 415.  Cartographer: Gerard van Keulen.    Nieuwe Afteekening van het Eyland en Koninkryk Sicilia Vertoonende alle desselfs Zee Havenen Anker Plaetsen Riviere Dieptens Klippen Steeden en Vastigheeden.  Subject:  Sicily.  Amsterdam, c. 1710.   Estimated $3,000 to $5,000

 

Lot 423.  Cartographer: Nicholaos Sophianos.   Descriptio Nova Totius Graeciae per Nicolaum Sophianum.  Basel, 1601.  Sophianos’s woodcut map of Greece, the first of its kind in the Modern era, encompasses the Aegean Islands as well as the historically Hellenistic western portion of Turkey.  Subject:  Greece.  Basel, c. 1601.  Estimated $50,000 to $100,000

 

Lot 426.  Cartographer: Robert Walton.  A New, Plaine & Exact Map of Africa Described by: N:I: Visscher and Done into English, Enlarged and Corrected According to: I: Blaeu…  The subject:  Africa.  London, 1673.   Estimated $5,000 to $7,000

 

Lot 427.  Jan. Huygen van Linschoten.  Exacta & Accurata Delineatio cum Orarum Maritimarum tum etiam Locorum Terrestrium quae in Regionibus China, Cauchinchina, Camboja sive Champa, Syao, Malacca, Arracan & Pegu...  The subject:  China and Southeast Asia.  Amsterdam, 1595.  Estimated $8,000 to $12,000

 

Lot 430.  Cartographer: Sir Robert Dudley.  Asia Carta Diciasete piu Modern.  Subject:  Japan.  Florence, 1646.  Estimated $3,000 to $5,000

 

Lot 433.  Cartographer: Pierre Mortier.  Les Deux Poles Arcticque ou Septentrional, et Antarcticque ou Meridional, ou Description des Terres Arctiques et Antarctiques, et des Pays circomvoisins jusques aux 45. Degres de Latitude.  The Subject:  Asia, China, India, Middle East.  Amsterdam, 1720.  Estimated $6,000 to $8,000

 

Lot 437.  Cartographer: A. Thevet.  Quarte Partie Du Monde.. Subject:  America.  Published c. 1575-1581.  Estimated $7,000 to $10,000

 

Lot 439.  Cartographer: De Leth [Family].  Carte Nouvelle de la Mer du Sud..Subject:  Western Hemisphere, America, Africa, Pacific Ocean.  Amsterdam, c. 1740.  Estimated $6,000 to $8,000

 

Lot 440.  Cartographer: Gerard de Jode.  Brasilia et Peruvia.  Subject:  South America.  Antwerp, 1593.  Estimated $10,000 to $15,000

 

Lot 456.  Cartographer: Sebastian Munster.  Novae Insulae XXVI Nova Tabula.  Subject:  America.  Basel, 1545.  Estimates $5,000 to $7,000

 

Lot 457.  Cartographer: Vicenzo Maria Coronelli.  America Settentrional  Colle Nuoue Scoperte fin all’Anno 1688.  Subject:  North America.  Venice, 1688.  Estimated $10,000 to $15,000

 

Lot 461.  Cartographer: Matthaus Seutter.  Accurata delineatio celeberrimae Regionis Ludovicianae vel Gallice Louisiane ol Canadae et Floridae adpellatione in Septemtrionali America descripta quae hodie nomine fluminis Mississippi vel St. Louis…  Subject:  North America.  Augsburg, c. 1740.  Estimated $2,000 to $3,000

 

Lot 462.  Cartographer: Theodore de Bry.  Americae Pars, Nunc Virginia Dicta, Primum ab Anglis Inventa Sumtibus Dn. Walteri Raleigh Equestris Ordinis Viri Anno Dni. M.DLXXXV ....  Subject:  America.  Frankfurt, 1590.  Estimated $15,000 to $25,000

 

Lot 463.  Cartographer: Samuel de Champlain.  Port Fortune [Stage Harbor, Chatham, Massachusetts].  Subject:  America.  1613.  Paris, 1613.  Estimated $2,000 to $3,000

 

Lot 464.  Cartographer: Samuel de Champlain.  Port St. Louis [Plymouth Colony].  Subject:  America.  Paris, 1613.  Estimated $3,000 to $5,000

 

Lot 467.  Cartographer: Pieter van der Aa.  Nouvelle Hollande (à présent Nouvelle York) Nouvelle-Angleterre et une partie de la Virginie.  Subject:  America.  Leiden, 1714.  Estimated $1,000 to $2,000

 

Lot 472.  Cartographers:  George Louis Le Rouge.    Remarques Sur la Navigation de Terre-Nueve a New York afin d’eviter les Courrants et les bas-fonds au Sud de Nantucket et du Banc de George . . . [Benjamin Franklin’s Chart of the Gulf Stream]. Subject:  America and Atlantic Ocean.  Paris, 1782.  Estimated $20,000 to $30,000

 

Lot 473.  Cartographer: Guillaume Delisle.  Carte du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France et des Decouvertes qui y ont eté Faites Dressee sur Plusieurs Observations …  Subject:  Canada.  Paris, 1703.  Estimated $8,000 to $12,000

 

Lot 477.  Cartographer: Oronce Fine.  Nova, et Integra Universi Orbis Descriptio.  Subject:  the world.  Paris, 1531-1540.  Estimated $20,000 to $40,000

 

Lot 480.  Cartographer: Henricus Hondius.  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula.  Subject:  the world.  Amsterdam, 1630.  Estimated $4,000 to $6,000

 

Lot 481.  Cartographer: W. Blaeu.  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula.  Subject:  the world.  Amsterdam, c. 1631.  Estimated $15,000 to $20,000

 

Lot 482.  Cartographer: John Speed.  A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to ye Truest Descriptions Latest Discoveries & Best Observations yt have beene Made by English or Strangers. 1651.  Subject:  the world.  London, 1651.  Estimated $15,000 to $20,000

 

Lot 483.  Cartographer: Claes Jansz. Visscher.  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula. Auctore N. I. Piscator.  Subject:  the world.  Published , 1652.  Estimated $8,000 to $12,000

 

Lot 484.  Cartographer: John Overton.  A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to the Best and Late Discoveries Anno Dom 1670.  Subject:  the world.  London, 1670.  Estimated $15,000 to $20,000

 

Lot 486.  Cartographer: H-tan (Japanese, 1654–1738).  Nansenbushu Bankoku Shoka no Zu [Map Of All The Countries In Jambudvipa].  Subject:  the world.  Kyoto, 1710.  Estimated $7,000 to $10,000

 

Lot 487.  Cartographer: Nicholas de Fer.  Carte de la Mer du Sud, et des Costes d’Amerique et d’Asie, Situees sur cette Mer .... [in set with] Carte de la Mer du Nord, et des Costes d’Amerique, d'Europe et d’Afrique, Situees sur cette Mer ... 1713.  Subject, the world, northern and southern hemispheres.  Paris, 1713.  Estimated $20,000 to $40,000

 

Lot 488.  Cartographer: Pieter (Pierre) Van der Aa.  Planisphere Terrestre, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations des Astronomes. Dressee Presente au Roy Tres Chretien par Mr. Cassini le Fils, de l’Academie Royale des Sciences. A Leide Chez Pierre Vander Aa. Avec Privilege.  Subject the world.  Leyden, c. 1713.  Estimated $8,000 to $12,000

 

This is a wide variety of material.  The lots identified in this story are the more and most expensive ones.  More than 50 other lots are estimated under $1,000 so there are plenty of reasons to look this sale over carefully.

 

The Date:  September 21st

The Time:  9:30 am EST

 

Location:  in the rooms at Rachel Davis Fine Art

 

1301 West 79th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Phone 216-939-1190

Email:  info@racheldavisfinearts.com

 

On the Rachel Davis site -

 

www.racheldavisfinearts.com/auctionitems.aspx

 

A link to the sale at Live Auctioneers 

 

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. <i>A superb collection of manuscripts signed by Lincoln and relics related to Lincoln’s death</i>. Washington, 1864-1865
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Rare Relic of the Underground Railroad (1857). <i>$500 Reward Ran away ...</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> CARTER, SUSANNAH. <i>The Frugal Housewife,</i> (1772) the second American cookbook, plates by Paul Revere.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SCHIRRA, WALTER M.. Icon of the American Space Program. <i>A Complete Set of Schirra’s Flight Log Books (1947-69).</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A fine pair of daguerreotypes, one a black nurse holding a white baby, the other the white parents. Maryland, c. 1853.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Internet. (COMPUTERS.) CERF, VINTON & KAHN, ROBERT. <i>"A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication" in IEEE Transactions on Communications.</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs<br>& Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Marcus A. Root, "<i>General Tom Thumb</i>" with parents, daguerreotype, circa 1846. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> William Saunders, <i>Sketches of Chinese Life and Character</i>, album with 50 hand-colored photographs, 1871-72. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Wilson A. Bentley, album of 25 microphotographs from glass<br>plate negatives, 1888-1927.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:<br>Art & Storytelling: Photographs<br>& Photobooks</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Hilla & Bernhard Becher, <i>Anonyme Skulpturen, Eine Typologie technischer Bauten</i>, first edition inscribed, Düsseldorf, 1970. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Edward Ruscha, four seminal artist's books in original dust jackets.<br>$1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Typological set of more than 100 photographs of WWII fighter planes, 1942-45. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b><br>Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, <i>The Sweet Flypaper of Life</i>, first edition signed by authors, New York, 1955. $500 to $750.
  • <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, February 14th, 2016.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 9. HIERONYMUS. C.340-420. <i>Epistolae. WITH: Lupus de Oliveto. Regula Monachorum ...</i> US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 47. FROST, A.B. 1858-1921. Shooting Pictures. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.<br>US$ 10,000-15,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 53. PICASSO, PABLO, RAOUL HAUSMANN, et al. ILIAZD, ed. Poesie de mots inconnus. 1949. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 64. BRIGGS, HENRY. 1561-1630. <i>The North Part of America</i>. [London: 1625]. Engraved by R. Elstracke. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 79. COPERNICUS, NICOLAUS. De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. 1566. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 80. DARWIN, CHARLES. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of ... US$ 70,000-90,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 87. NEWTON, ISAAC, SIR. Autograph Manuscript in Latin and English [n.p., early 1670s}. US$ 100,000-150,000
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 93. Dr. Kary Mullis' 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded to him for the invention of the Polymerase Chain Reaction. US$ 450,000-550,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 96.<br>CLEMENS, SAMUEL. Autograph Manuscript, nearly complete chapter 30 of <i>A Tramp Abroad</i>, c.1879.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 105. GOLF. [MATHISON, THOMAS. d.1754.]<br><i>The Goff</i>. An Heroi-Comical Poem.<br>US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 113. JOYCE, JAMES. 1882-1941. <i>Ulysses</i>. First Edition, Presentation Copy, Signed and Inscribed by Joyce on the half-title. US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 120. LONDON, JACK. Autograph Manuscript of the short story "Flush of Gold". US$ 40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 135. STEINBECK, JOHN. Autograph Manuscript of an unpublished short story. US$ 35,000-45,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 149. GERONIMO. BARRETT, S.M., ed. Geronimo's Story of His Life. 1906. US$ 12,000-18,000.
    <b>Bonhams Feb 14th:</b> Lot 165.<br>ENOLA GAY. LEWIS, ROBERT A. An official pilot's log, 1942 to 1946.<br>US$ 50,000-80,000.
  • <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b><br>Lot 14. Blaeu,<i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula</i>, 1635. Est. $14000-$16000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b><br>Lot 305. Arrowsmith, <i>Texas: The Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas</i>, 1841. Est. $18000-$20000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b><br>Lot 256. Thackara, <i>Plan of the City<br>of Washington in the Territory of Columbia</i>, 1792. Est. $13000-$16000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 188. Browne/Senex, A New<br>Map of Virginia Mary-land, 1719. <br>Est. $5500-$6500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 47. Cellarius, <i>Scenographia Systematis Copernicani</i>, 1708.<br>Est. $2400-$3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 6. Ortelius, <i>Typus Orbis Terrarum</i>, 1571. Est. $7000-$8500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 413. De Medina, <i>Mundo Novo,</i> 1554. Est. $7000-$9000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 37. Jansson, <i>Histoire des Grands Chemins de l'Empire Romain</i>, 1736. Est. $3000-$3750
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 798. Le Rouge, <i>Atlas Nouveau Portatif a l'Usage des Militaires</i>, 1748. Est. $2400-$3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 60. Munster, <i>Tabula Novarum Insularum</i>, 1559. Est. $5500-$7000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 122. Morden, <i>A New Map of the English Empire in America</i>, 1695. <br>Est. $14000-$16000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 291. J.J. Stoner, Niagara-Falls, <br>N.Y., 1882. Est. $1600-$1900
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 797. Sanson, <i>Die Gantze Erd-Kugel</i> ... Europa, Asia, Africa und America, 1679. Est. $8000-$10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 799. Lotter/Lobeck, Atlas Geographicus Portatilis, 1760.<br>Est. $1600-$1900
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 808. Railroad Companies, [<i>Manuscript Railroad Atlas</i>], 1890.<br>Est. $1000-$1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 3-17):</b> <br>Lot 800. Pinkerton, <i>A Modern Atlas</i>, 1815. Est. $8000-$10000

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