Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2008 Issue

Rare Maps from High Ridge Books

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The U.S. was on the eve of land growth in the Southwest in 1846.


Another field as collectible as maps is railroads. Item 158 is a railroad map as of 1858, published by the Home Insurance Company of New York. A smaller map of railroads in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island is attached to a corner. The map shows the rail lines throughout the United States, though it stops at Kansas and Texas. Of course. It would be another decade before the transcontinental railroad would connect the east to the west. $1,250.

Item 107 is the Zieber & Co. map of California, Texas, Mexico and part of the United States. Wait a minute! Aren't Texas and California part of the United States? Not in 1846 they weren't, in the days before these lands were captured in the Mexican War. Well, maybe Texas was, but Mexico was not yet convinced. $15,000.

Item 163 is probably the second state of the first map printed in Colorado. Actually, it isn't really a map. It is a map printed on a land certificate for Cherokee City, a new town north of Denver. It was printed by the Rocky Mountain News in 1860. The certificate has a map of the area printed on it. This one is made out to John Bell, who was President of the land company. $5,750.

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>A Record Breaking Season</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> <i>The Book of Mormon,</b> first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold Sept. 30 — $112,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Vincent Van Gogh, <i>Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet, Evening,</i> etching, 1890. Sold Nov. 2 — $161,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Edward Ruscha, <i>Stains,</i> title page, one of 70, signed, 1969. Sold Nov. 9 — $112,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26,</i> hand colored aquatint, 1828. Sold Dec.9 — $137,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Edmund Dulac, <i>The Snow Queen,</i> watercolor, gouache, pen & ink, 1910. Sold Dec. 16 — $125,000.
  • <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). <i>Commedia.</i> Venezia: Vindelino da Spira, 1477. Estimate: € 40.000 - 60.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> DALI, Salvador (1908-1989) - William SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616). <i>Romeo e Giulietta.</i> Milan: Rizzoli, 1975. Estimate: € 25.000 - 35.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> MALVASIA, Cornelio; MONTANARI, Geminiano. <i>Ephemerides novissimae motuum coelestium.</i> Modena: Cassiani, 1662. Estimate: € 8.000 - 12.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> JANSSONIUS, Johannes. <i>Atlantis majoris quinta pars, Orbem maritimum [Novus Atlas, volume V: carte marittime].</i> Amsterdam: Janssonius, 1650. Estimate: € 12.000 - 18.000.

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