Yesterday’s Top Lots: Maps & Atlases

Connecticut and parts adjacent, engraved folding 3-sheet map joined, New Haven, 1777. Sold for $168,000.

The top lot in yesterday’s Maps & Atlases auction at Swann was a map of Connecticut from 1777 that had never before appeared at auction. The map, which appears in a few museum collections, had a modest estimate of $3,000 to $4,000, but several active bidders drove the selling price to $168,000, thereby establishing a record. 

Arnold Colom, Pascaarte van Nieu Nederlandt, double-page engraved maritime chart, Amsterdam, circa 1658. Sold for $33,600.

Arnold Colom’s double-page engraved maritime chart of the Netherlands, the day’s second highest selling lot, also set a record price, bringing $33,600. 

John James Audubon, The Quadrupeds of North America, 155 hand-colored lithographed plates, 1849. Sold for $5,520.

Decorative graphics, including hand-colored lithographs by John James Audubon and those depicting French costume design, were also strong areas for collectors.