Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2004 Issue

Two Small Catalogues from<br>Asher Books, Martayan Lan

Asher

1828 U.S. map from a Dutch school atlas offered by Asher Books.


By Michael Stillman

A pair of very brief catalogues were recently issued by Asher Rare Books and Martayan Lan. Maps, atlases, and globes are the focus of these short catalogues.

Asher Rare Books offers “A selection of 17 interesting Atlases, Books, Globes, and Maps.” Most are in Dutch as Asher is located in the Netherlands, but this does not mean the items offered are only of interest to collectors of the old world. For example, item 16 is an 1828 Dutch school atlas, but it contains 36 maps, including an early depiction of the Oregon Territory. Priced at €3,500 (all prices in Euros). Item 11 is a French wall map of the Americas from 1791 which shows the United States at its birth. €4,000.

Item 4 is another school atlas, by Leonard Euler. This contains 44 maps of the world as it was, or was thought to be, in 1783. €12,500. Item 5 offers a series of six interesting maps. Actually, it’s a puzzle. There are 16 wooden cube blocks, each with a part of a map on each of its 6 sides. Line them up correctly to create six different maps. The six maps are also printed on paper in case you have trouble lining them up. €2,500.

Item 10 is perfect for those interested in travels and voyages. It’s the logbook of the Dutch naval ship Sumatra under the command of Captain Engelbertus Lucas. Between 1828 and 1830, the Sumatra sailed from Rio de Janeiro through the Caribbean to Vlissingen, the Netherlands, then around West Africa, back to Rio, back north around Mexico and Florida, and finally on to Vlissingen once again. Included within the two-volume log is a full-page map, a drawing of a Spanish ship, 14 watercolors of coastal Brazil and the Caribbean, and a watercolor of the flag of Chile. €8,500.

Also to be found in this catalogue are six globes, including one on a collapsible umbrella frame, Dutch landscape prints, a 1760s 3-volume history and description of Amsterdam with 81 plates, a 1750 wall map of Holland, and Jacob de Reimer’s famous three-volume set on the Hague from 1730. Asher Rare Books may be found on the web at www.asherbooks.com or reached by phone at 31 (0)255 52 38 39.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.

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