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Articles - September - 2013 Issue

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>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>

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