Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2004 Issue

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

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Martayan Lan’s recent acquisitions.


Martayan Lan offers a catalogue of 40 “Recent Acquisitions” of maps and sea charts. Item 2 is what is described as the “first modern atlas,” an Ortelius/Vrients Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. From 1603, it includes 156 color maps. The Vrients editions of the Ortelius atlas were the largest, and the color and condition of this copy are described as of “the highest level.” Price on request.

A major work of Americana is William Hubbard’s The Present State of New England. This is the London printing of the book whose Boston edition from earlier that year (1677) contained the first map printed in North America. This book contains an account of King Philip’s War, which resulted in enormous casualties for both the settlers and the Indians. The copy offered is a first London edition which includes the description of the White Mountains of New Hampshire as the “Wine” Hills. Item 3. $55,000.

Item 9 is the second, and a close second, map of Chicago. Printed in 1834, the same year as the printing of the first, this is J.S. Wright’s Chicago map. $15,000. Among the other American maps is a 1630 Dutch map of “Americae” by Gerritsz (item 10; $2,000) and a 1550 map from Munster of the Western Hemisphere (Item 11; $5,500). Item 7 is Montresor’s Plan De New York, a map of New York City as it appeared in 1777. $17,500.

Also available are ancient maps of Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, Bermuda and the world. Item 16 is Thevenot’s 1663 map of Australia. It is described as “the earliest acquirable map specifically of Australia." $10,500.

Items 24-40 are examples of Robert Dudley’s sea charts. All but two were printed in Florence in 1646 (those two were printed in 1661). Item 24 is a chart of the North American east coast, from North Florida to Labrador. $18,000. Item 26 shows the Pacific coast from California to Northwest South America. $6,500. Item 27 depicts one of the most common routes of the slave trade from West Africa to the Caribbean and Brazil. $5,500.

Martayan Lan can be located online at www.martayanlan.com or by phone at 212-308-0018.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <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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