Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2015 Issue

Old World Auctions: Maps, Maps, Maps from September 2nd to the 16th

Old World Auctions, the online-only auction house specializing in cartographic material, is hosting their 154th auction this month, and as is usual for them, the estimates are conservative and the material varied. The 800+ lot sale will run from September 2nd to the 16th, ending at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the 16th. Registration for bidding can be done on Old World’s website here. As of the time of this writing, lot numbers were not available for specific items so items are referenced by name and author only.

For collectors of world maps, there are many available for sale. Jansson’s Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula from 1637 tops the estimates for the sale at $12,000 – 14,000. Other highlights include Robijn Jacobus’s Nieuw Aerdsch Pleyn, a rare world map on a singular polar projection published in 1700, Pieter Schenk’s Haemisphaeriorum  Tabula Carthesiana alsopublished in 1700, Apianus’ Charta Cosmographica, cum Ventorum Propria Natura & Operatione from 1564, and  A New General Atlas of the World, by Henry Teesdale published in 1834.

Americana is also available in abundance, with these items of particular interest:

  • Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America, in the Years 1766, 1767, and 1768 ... the Third Edition..., by Jonathan Carver, 1781
  • A Geography for Schools, by Luke Drury, 1822
  • The History of the Bucaniers of America, by Exquemelin, 1704
  • A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781, in the Southern Provinces of North America, by Banastre Tarleton, 1787
  • The History, Civil and Commercial of the British Colonies in the West Indies, by Bryan Edwards, 1801
  • Mappa Geographica Americae Septentrionalis, by Leonard von Euler, 1760
  • Plan of the City of Washington, by John C. Russell, 1795
  • A Map of Virginia and Maryland, Speed/Lamb, 1676
  • A Map of Massachusetts Connecticut and Rhodeisland..., by Edward Ruggles, 1825
  • Map of Oregon and Upper California from the Surveys of John Charles Fremont and Other Authorities, by Fremont/Preuss, 1848

Other material from all over the world is included in the auction, and depending on your focus, whether it be European, Asian, African, or any other locale, there are items that may appeal to you, and with the majority of estimates falling below $1000, the prices are reasonable.

Some of the most interesting inclusions in the auction are two maps depicting the State of Franklin, a short-lived would-be American state and de facto independent republic that attempted to secede from North Carolina after the Revolution. It only existed for approximately four years and now is but a footnote in American History, but in this sale, there are two items confirming its existence: America, by A.J. Stansbury, 1805 and a map in Taschenbuch der Reisen, by Zimmerman, 1805.

The online catalog for Auction 154 will be available by the 2nd of September when the auction goes live online. A link to register for bidding is on Old World Auctions’ homepage.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.

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