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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2010 Issue

New Acquisitions at the Arader Galleries

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Recent acquisitions at the Arader Galleries.


By Michael Stillman

The Arader Galleries has issued a catalogue of Recent Acquisitions May 2010. The Arader Galleries specializes in books, maps and art, with this catalogue being devoted to the first two of those categories. That is not to say that the maps, illustrations, and bindings are not works of art themselves, rather that they were originally created for more practical purposes. The reality is that these are classic examples of a marriage of form and function, beauty and practicality combined in one. Here are some of these remarkable new acquisitions.

The great mapmakers of the 16th and 17th centuries came from the Netherlands. They started with the maps and atlases of Gerard Mercator in the first half of the 16th century, and ran through the great 17th century atlases of the Blaeus. In between came what is frequently referred to as the first modern atlas, the magnificent Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Abraham Ortelius. First published in 1570, it grew as more and more maps were added in later editions through the end of his lifetime (1598). Offered is a copy of the second Latin edition from 1584. It contains 112 double-page engravings of the latest maps of the world, all in contemporary hand coloring. This copy came from the library of Louis II, Duke of Bourbone-Vendome, who lived from 1612-1669. Louis was a grandson of French King Henry IV. After his wife's death, Louis became a Cardinal. Priced at $365,000.

Next we have a first Latin edition of the Speculum Nauticum, or what was known in Dutch as the Spieghel der Zeevaerdt (Mariner's mirror) when first published in 1584. The first Latin came two years later. It was produced by Lucas Waghenaer, a man who spent 30 years at sea before settling down to produce his atlas. In his years at sea, Waghenaer had gathered charts and other information from seafarers of various nations. His atlases provided charts and other directions and instructions necessary for safely navigating the waters off the European coast. It was immediately in great demand, leading to translations into several other languages as well. $185,000.

Other cartographers appeared in the years after the great Dutch mapmaking era, including the Frenchman Guillaume de L'Isle. Offered is a composite atlas of his and a few other maps which came from his widow circa 1731. Included is his famous Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississippi, one of the most important maps of the American West. At the time, France controlled Louisiana and the Mississippi, while other lands to the West belonged to Spain. De L'Isle combined maps from the French explorer La Salle with those of the Spanish expeditions to provide a look at this mostly unknown land. His accuracy and skill led to King Louis XIV creating the post of First Geographer to the French Monarchy specifically for him. $135,000.

Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was the son of British Prime Minister Robert Walpole, a politician in his own right, writer, and perhaps most notably designer of Strawberry Hill, his neo-gothic home. Among his works is Fugitive Pieces in Verse and Prose, which he printed on his Strawberry Hill press in 1758. This copy was given to Mary Delaney, a close friend of Walpole for many years. Mary was an artist and widow at this time, though this was in no way a scandalous relationship. Just friends. She writes on the recto of the first blank leaf, "M Delaney 1763 given me by ye author." The two used the old form "ye" in their correspondence over the years, an indicia of their warm friendship. $8,000.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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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