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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2014 Issue

Antique Maps from Barry Lawrence Ruderman

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Some very uncommon antique maps.

Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps presents a wonderful collection of printed and manuscript maps in their Catalog 4. It is filled with rare, historic, and important maps. While the greatest concentration is from America, as in today's United States of, it extends to Latin America, a few from Asia, Australia, Europe, and the world. Here are a few samples of what you will find.

 

We start with a trip back in time to when the world was much younger, and much less well known. Item 1 is Hemispherium ab Aequinoctiali Linea... a map of the world produced by Cornelis de Jode in 1573. This is one of the earliest maps depicting the world from twin polar hemispheric projections. These maps display a combination of knowledge and lack thereof. Only a century after Columbus, large areas of the world remained only vaguely understood. As the Spanish and Portuguese, two major exploring nations of the 16th century, attempted to hide their knowledge for competitive advantage and security, mapmakers had limited resources from which to draw. Asia and North America are shown as separated by only a narrow strait, the “Strait of Anian,” rather than a wide ocean. Japan is situated just off the American coast. The Arctic is composed of four segments, one of which connects to Asia, making a northeast passage impossible. The mouth of the St. Lawrence River is as wide as the distance between Asia and America. The mythical cities of Quivira and Civola are found in California. Sumatra is labeled with Sri Lanka's ancient name, though an island at the appropriate place for this nation is shown. In the southern hemisphere, only a narrow strait divides South America from the mythical enormous southern continent, Terra Australis. That continent extends even farther north on the other side of the globe, reaching into the Indonesian archipelago, subsuming Australia. Priced at $59,500.

 

Item 2 is one of only two known copies of a prototype of the 1593 de Jode map above, circa 1587. This copy was only discovered in 2009. It may originally have been created to provide polar view insets on de Jode's large wall map of the world, now lost. $125,000.

 

Item 7 is a most interesting battle map, The Attack and Defeat of the American Fleet under Benedict Arnold, by the Kings Fleet Commanded by Captn Thos. Pringle, upon Lake Champlain, the 11th of October 1776. This map was published by William Faden of London on Dec. 3, 1776. That title is filled with irony. Of course, the most obvious is that Benedict Arnold, later a turncoat to the British, was commanding the American fleet. He was a hero before he was a traitor. The use of the word “defeat,” while technically true, did not really describe the results of the Battle of Valcour Island. The British overwhelmed Arnold's smaller force, but the latter managed to delay their advance. The weather had already turned colder, with snow in the air by this time. British General Carleton concluded it was too late in the season to maintain his supply lines to Quebec, so the plan to push on to the Hudson River and divide America between New England and the South would have to wait another year. Had the British been able to complete the plan in 1776, the war might well have ended barely after it began. Faden may have understood this when he printed this version of his battle map as the original version credited General Carleton as the commander, while this one credited Captain Pringle. It may be that by this time, Carleton no longer wanted to be associated with his “victory.” $22,500.

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  • <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
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <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
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <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
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <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
  • <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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