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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

Maps, Globes, and Atlases from Martayan Lan

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Maps, globes, atlases and more.

Martayan Lan has released their Catalogue 49: Select Maps, Globes, & Atlases. Their specialty is cartography, and this catalogue also includes some sea charts and city views. Many centuries are covered, with maps as far back as the 15th century, when the world was still essentially seen as it had been by Ptolemy fourteen centuries earlier. Maps adjusted as our understanding of the world evolved. That history can be seen in the maps offered in this latest Martayan Lan catalogue. Here are a few selections.

 

The last look at Ptolemy's pre-Columbian world can be seen in this 1493 world map from Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle. Schedel had put together an account of world history all the way from Creation to the present time, which was then 1493. That was the year Columbus returned with news of the New World, but Schedel's history was published before this news reached him. Ptolemy's world consisted of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Not only was the New World still unknown, Schedel did not include Bartholomew Dias' discovery of the southern tip of Africa and the fact that the Indian Ocean could be reached that way (it had previously been thought that the Indian Ocean was land locked). Schedel's map was included with the section on Noah, evidently designed to show how his descendants had spread across the world. However, it also contains depictions of various half human creatures supposedly found in far-off places who certainly could not have been descendants of Noah. Item 5. Priced at $27,500.

 

Item 14 is the only extant map of the Americas associated with the first of the great Dutch mapmakers, Gerard Mercator. It is “associated” since it was actually executed by his grandson, Michael, a year after Gerard died in 1594. The two continents are more rounded, blob-like than the sharp lines known today but there is no difficulty in recognizing their shapes. The poles reflect earlier misconceptions. The Arctic displays two of the four separate islands then believed to exist in the far north, while Antarctica is the massive southern continent long believed to exist until disproven by Cook almost two centuries later. Four corner inserts display details for the Gulf of Mexico, Hispaniola, Cuba, and the maps title – America sive India Nova... $8,500.

 

Item 17 is a map of the east coast of North America from the Flemish geographer Cornelius Wytfliet circa 1597. It is titled Norumbega Et Virginia, the first map to prominently display the name “Virginia” in the title. Norumbega was a legendary advanced city that proved to be a myth, though Wytfliet appears to use it as a name for everything north of Virginia up through southern New England. The coast line is reasonably accurate for the day though details were not known. Such features as Long Island and Cape Cod are missing. $6,500.

 

Item 23 is Robert Dudley's Carta particolare della Baia de Messico con la costa. It is the first printed sea chart of the Gulf of Mexico, published in 1648. It ranges from Florida to the Yucatan, including western Cuba. It provides critical information for mariners, such as depths, currents, and hazards. Of notable interest are the numerous place names along the coast, few identifiable today. Some of the rivers in Texas do appear to match up, Dudley's “R. Montanhas” being the Sabine River, “R: d'Ouro” the Trinity River, and “R: Madalena” the Nueces River. “R: Escondido” may be the Rio Grande. Dudley was an unusual figure among early mapmakers. He was the illegitimate son of the Earl of Essex, who made his way to Florence, where this map was published, as the circumstances of his birth prevented him from obtaining a position appropriate for his skills in England. $55,000.

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  • <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>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
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    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
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    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500

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