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.

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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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