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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2014 Issue

Important and Interesting Atlases from Martayan Lan

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Important & Interesting Atlases.

Martayan Lan has issued Catalogue 51, Important and Interesting Atlases. These atlases range from the early 16th century to the middle of the 19th. They start with some of the first advances from the Ptolemaic world brought about by the earliest voyages of the Age of Discovery. The first glimpses of the Americas have just appeared. By the end of the catalogue, detailed presentations of that no longer new world are finally possible. Here are some examples of the atlases available.

 

We will start with one of the most important of atlases, as it represents the transition from the Ptolemaic view of the world to the modern one: Martin Waldseemuller’s Geographie Opus Novissima Traductione. It contains both Ptolemaic maps and new ones, with the most interesting being of the barely understood New World. One is a world map known as the “Admiral’s Map,” a reference Waldseemuller had made to it earlier, perhaps believing Columbus had created it. It also contains the first map of America to appear in an atlas. Interestingly, it labels the Americas as “Terra Incognita.” Waldseemuller had earlier christened the land “America” for its “discovery” by Amerigo Vespucci. Some have speculated the reversion represents Waldseemuller later learning that the land was discovered by Columbus, not Vespucci, though others believe this map was actually printed earlier. The map shows the northeast corner of South America, the Gulf of Mexico, and the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola. Florida is displayed reasonably accurately, which has led to speculation about an unknown voyage as it is not clear how Waldseemuller knew about Florida. Item 1. Priced at $825,000.

 

Item 10 is an exquisitely bound atlas of wall maps, with the title on the spine Dell’Hercole e Studio Geografico Di Gio Battista Nicolosi… It contains 14 folio maps with original outline color. This collection was bound by the Andreoli Bindery, which provided bindings for popes and royalty. This atlas was bound for Prince Giambattista Borghese, of the powerful Borghese family. The family was closely associated with the Vatican, including an earlier pope who generously took care of his relatives. The result was that Giambattista could afford to be a notable patron of the arts, music in particular. This atlas was bound for him in 1660. $24,000.

 

Item 13 is described by Martayan Lan as “the great atlas of the French Enlightenment.” It is generally considered the most important French atlas of the second half of the 18th century. It is dated 1757, though this one was likely assembled somewhat later as one map is dated 1758. This atlas was produced by Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy. The Robert de Vaugondys were father and son, with father Gilles and son Didier serving as cartographers for King Louis XV. The title is Atlas Universal, which it is, containing 109 maps. Among those maps are eight of America, including North America, Canada, Virginia, Maryland, and the Caribbean. $25,000.

 

Item 19 is another atlas by a father and son team – Jedidiah and Sidney E. Morse. A New Universal Atlas of the World was an American atlas, published in 1822. It contains 20 maps in original color. The father, Jedidiah Morse, was a clergyman and teacher, who in the latter role considered the teaching of geography in America to be woefully inadequate. Prior to publishing his atlas, Morse wrote textbooks on geography, including works with another son, Richard C. Morse. It earned him the sobriquet “father of American geography,” though he is perhaps more notable for being the father of Samuel F. B. Morse, yet another son. Samuel was the inventor of the telegraph and its accompanying Morse Code, the start of an era of electronic communications that led to everything from crank telephones to this website. $1,500.

 

Martayan Lan may be reached at 212-308-0018 or info@martayanlan.com. Their website is www.martayanlan.com

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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