Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2012 Issue

Early North American Maps from Donald Heald Rare Books


The continent has changed since Nicolas Sanson drew it in 1659.

Item 3 is the final issue of British cartographer Aaron Arrowsmith's A Map of the United States of North America... Arrowsmith was the great mapmaker of the first quarter of the 19th century. This map was first printed in 1796, this last, updated issue published in 1819. This version adds names for the states of Louisiana and Indiana, and the Missouri and Mississippi territories. An unusual feature of the map is the addition of two small flaps to extend it. In the northwest, a flap adds Lake of The Woods and Lake Winnipeg. At the southern end, another smaller flap adds the Mississippi River delta. $19,500.

Item 19 is a Map of the Gadsden Purchase (and adjacent areas of Mexico) by Herman Ehrenberg, published in 1858. It is the first commercial map of this then newly acquired land. There remained boundary disputes after the Mexican War. Meanwhile, southern interests wanted to see the transcontinental railroad take a southern route. However, the U.S. borders at the time would have forced the route into more difficult, mountainous terrain. A more southern route was preferable, but would have taken the road into Mexican territory. The new President, Franklin Pierce, was quite sympathetic to southern interests, so he appointed the Ambassador to Mexico, one time secessionist South Carolinian James Gadsden, to negotiate a land purchase. After various difficulties getting it through the Senate, a purchase was finally authorized in 1854. The price was $10 million. As shown in this map, it covers the areas of what are now southwestern New Mexico and southern Arizona. It opened up a southern route from El Paso, Texas, to California. The largest city within this territory today is Tucson, Arizona, the largest city in the New Mexico section being the El Paso suburb of Sunland Park. A railroad was eventually built over the route, but not until 1881. $7,500.

Donald Heald Rare Books may be reached at 212-744-3505 or info@donaldheald.com. Their website is found at www.donaldheald.com.  

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  • <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.
  • <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>
  • <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b> Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.

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