Decorative & Historical: Maps, Atlases, Prints and More

Swann’s biannual auctions of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Historical Prints, Ephemera are replete with books and images that not only possess visual appeal but also historical significance. The December 5 auction contains maps detailing Revolutionary War battles, important sea charts, ornithological prints, books with botanical plates, intriguing ephemera and other graphics. Among these is Bougard and Serres’s The Little Sea Torch which was used as a reference on ships in the nineteenth century. It includes charming views of numerous European harbors and coastlines. 

Bougard and Serres, The Little Sea Torch: or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots . . ., London, 1801. 
Estimate $5,000 to $7,500. At auction December 5.

Read more and see highlights from the sale here.