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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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  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.

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