Neal Auction Company: Taking Katrina by Storm

- by Bruce E. McKinney


Lot 171. Children's Warbler. 39 x 26" estimated $1,500 - $2,500;

Lot 172. Chuck Wills Widow. 26 x 38" estimated $5,000 - $7,000;

And more than fifty others.

And then there are maps.

Lot 199. Le Rouge, George Louis (French, 1707-1790), Carte de la Floride Occidentale et Louisiane, c. 1777, engraved copper plate map, after Jefferys, from Atlas Ameriquain Septentrionale, sheet 21 1/4 in. x 30 in. $2,000 - $3,000;

Lot 200. Joseph F. Wallet Des Barres (English, 1722-1824), Gulph of Mexico, c. 1780, hand-tinted copper engraved map, from The Atlantic Neptune, showing the coast from the Apelousa River eastward to Pensacola, sheet 33 1/4 in. x 46 in., attractively float mounted and framed. $35,000 - $45,000

Lot 201. Joseph F. Wallet Des Barres (English, 1722-1824), The North East Shore of the Gulph of Mexico, c. 1780, monumental hand-tinted copper engraved map, from The Atlantic Neptune, showing the area from Mobile Bay, AL eastward to Apalachicola, FL., sheet 30 in., x 84 in., attractively float mounted and framed. $30,000 - $50,000

And books ...

Lot 202. Sebastian Muenster (1489-1552), La Cosmographie Universelle, contenant la situation de toutes les parties du monde, avec leurs proprietez & appurtenances, 1565, Antwerp, Henrich Petri, folio, 12 in. x 8 in., first French edition, contemporary sheep, letterpress title-page with large woodcut vignette, woodcut portrait of the author, 14 double-page maps, 38 double-page views, three folding panoramas, illustrated throughout with fine woodcuts depicting peoples, places, historic events, customs and exotic animals, one or two full-page, including separate sections on Africa, Asia and "Des Nouvelles Isles, comment, quand & par qui elle en trouvees" and description of America including accounts of the voyages and explorations of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan. $20,000 - $30,000 Reference: Sabin, 51397.

203. François Levaillant (1753-1824), Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers, suivie de celle des toucans et des barbus, Paris, Chez Denne & Perlet, [1801]-1806, first edition, 2 volumes, folio, full calf, gilt decoration, with 114 hand-colored engraved plates after Jacques Barraband by Bouquet, Gremilliet, and Peree, printed in colours by Langlois and Rousset. $50,000 - 70,000

204. Mark Catesby (1683-1749), The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, and Plants..., 1771, published by Benjamin White, London, third edition, two volumes, folio, 21 1/2 in. x 15 in., full modern calf with gilt, modern red cloth cases, text in French and English, with 220 hand-colored engraved plates after Catesby. $200,000 - $300,000

205. Robert Furber / Publisher, “Twelve Months of Flowers”, 1730, Kensington, twelve hand-colored engravings after Pieter Casteels (Antwerp, 1684-1749), engraved by Henry Fletcher, sight 16 1/4 in. x 12 1/8 in., attractively matted and framed. $30,000 - $50,000

There is more, much more. Regional auction houses have been holding their own against the international majors. This sale will provide an interesting comparison.

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