A Look Inside the Catalogue
Lot 225: Hovhannes Amira Dadian, [Illustrated World Atlas], in Armenian, Venice, 1849. Sold for $37,500.
Escape with our biannual auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books. Among many treasures, the sale upheld its promises of rare early maps of the United States. Selections included a 1750 map of Pennsylvania whose publication in Germany helped spark emigration to the state, resulting in the still-traditional Pennsylvania Dutch population. Also available is a rare 1830 chart of Hawaii (then called "The Sandwich Islands") by Aaron Arrowsmith, as well as several fine and unusual maps of New York City.
Left, Lot 60: Lewis Evans, Speciel Land Charte von Pensilvanien, Neu Jersey, Neu York, Frankfurt, 1750. Sold for $27,500.
Lot 7: Aaron & Samuel Arrowsmith, Chart of the Sandwich Islands, London, 1830. Sold for $10,625.
Samuel Baker’s untrimmed and unjoined A New and Exact Map of the Island of St. Christopher in America, 1753, shows the island (now known as Saint Kitts) divided into parishes with a wealth of early information relating to structures on the island, as well as the surrounding waters. The borders of each of the four sheets are decorated in an elaborate Baroque style.
Lot 30: Henry Briggs, The North Part of America, hand-colored double-page map showing California as an island,
London, 1625. Sold for $15,000.
Lot 296: William Hodgson, Journal of a Voyage, bound volume of two manuscript logs,
with 35 watercolor drawings, 1819-21. Sold for $20,800.
Following recent successes with botanical and Audubon prints, we continue to offer fine plates from the nineteenth century and before. The Natural History Books section of the sale was topped by a rare complete run of The Naturalist’s Miscellany, 1789-1813, with engravings by Frederick Nodder and his son Richard, and text in English and Latin by George Shaw. Satirical engravings by Isaac Robert Cruikshank and James Gillray offered comic relief and rounded out the sale.
Left, Lot 310: George Shaw & Frederick Polydore Nodder, The Naturalist's Miscellany, with 1,064 hand-colored plates, London, 1789-1813. Sold for $16,250.
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