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Sept 13: Fine Maps, Americana, and More at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Fall is almost here, and with it comes a serious uptick in auction activity. This month, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers invites collectors to browse and bid at their September 13th sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, an event featuring 346 lots emphasizing Americana and cartography. Estimates are reasonable, with three lots carrying high estimates above $8,000.

 

Maps in particular carry a not insignificant portion of the overall value of the sale, and Americana maps are a very strong suit. James T. Palmatary’s first edition engraved bird’s eye view map of Chicago, produced in 1857, is hand-colored and prominently features the Illinois Central Railroad, a track that had only been completed the previous year. A legend of notable places in the city is included in the lower margin, and references to Richmond House, the U.S. Marine Hospital, the McCormick Reaper Factory, and the Chicago Water Works among others can be found there. The map’s rarity is nothing to scoff at—four copies are known, with this specific example being the only known obtainable one. It has not appeared at auction in the last century! Estimated $20,000 to $30,000 as lot 67, collectors of Chicago and maps alike will be doing auction battle over this gem soon.

 

Following Palmatary’s Chicago in terms of estimated value, lot 28 is Pierre du Val’s Le Canada faict par le Sr. de Champlain, ou sont la Nouvelle France, la Nouvelle Angleterre, la Nouvelle Hollande, la Nouvelle Suede, la Virginie & c., which is a map produced from the original copperplate intended for inclusion in Champlain’s 1619 Voyage et descouvertes faites en la Nouvelle France (the map, however, did not end up being part of the 1619 publication). Champlain’s discoveries between the time of the publication of his 1612 map and 1616 (when the original of this map was made) are depicted. The copy included in the sale is a fourth state, a state seen in the rooms four times since 1920, the last time being in 2009. Lot 28 is estimated $15,000 to $20,000.

 

One final map I want to highlight is a first state of Henricus Hondius’ America Septentrionalis from 1639. According to Philip Burden’s The Mapping of North America, a well-respected cartographic source, “Hondius' beautifully engraved map of North America had greater influence than any other to date in perpetuating the theory of California as an island.” This excellent example is estimated $6,000 to $8,000 as lot 24.

 

As we move on from map highlights, I must say that they are best viewed with one’s own eyes. Eight of the top ten estimated items are maps or atlases. Alas, other material must also be featured!

 

Twelve individual prints and one set of three by John James Audubon are also available for sale with prices ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 on the high end to $300 to $500 on the low. More expensive prints, like Carolina Turtle Dove (lot 326, est. $8,000 to $12,000), are from the first folio edition, while more economically priced items are from the later octavo edition. Audubon’s material starts at lot 326 and concludes with lot 338.

 

Among our final highlights, a wide range of material illustrates the variety that can be found in Fine Books and Manuscripts. Lot 211 is the first volume (of a set of three) of Loggie di Rafaele nel Vaticano, a 1772 printing illustrating Raphael’s architectural work at the Vatican from 1514 to 1520. The volume features 17 engraved folding plates and is estimated $6,000 to $8,000. On a completely different front, Frederick Lewis Norden’s Travels in Egypt and Nubia, printed in 1757, is a first edition two-volume folio set of what the auctioneers call “the first detailed survey of Egypt by a European.” Travels boasts a large amount of engravings (160+) which are quite appealing. As lot 163, the two volumes are estimated $4,000 to $6,000. And the final highlight of this preview is again, something of a totally different nature. Produced in 1910, Charles Rambert’s Grande Semaine d’Aviation is a beautiful chromolithographic poster depicting a man in an early airplane flying over (what I assume is) Paris. Also estimated $4,000 to $6,000, Rambert’s poster is for sale as lot 306.

 

Leslie Hindman Auctioneer’s sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts is set for 10am Central Time on Wednesday, September 13th. The entire catalog can be viewed online on their website by clicking here. Bidding is available through the normal avenues including in person, absentee, telephone, and online.

 

Exhibition times for the sale are as follows:

Saturday, 9/9: 10am - 3pm

Sunday, 9/10: 12pm - 4pm

Monday, 9/11: 10am - 5pm

Tuesday, 9/12: 10am - 5pm

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>
  • <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.

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