Fall 2019: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books

 

At Auction December 17

 
 

Interesting items for all collectors feature in the sale, with Martin Waldseemüller’s 1513 Tabula Terre Nova; a fine eighteenth-century manuscript map of the Holy Land; the second volume of  Willem and Joan Blaeu’s Atlas Novus containing maps of the Americas; John Speed’s miniature Prospect of the  World; and Joseph Nicolas de L’isle’s important 1745 Russian Atlas. The auction will also include city views, flowers by Pierre Joseph Redouté, birds by John James Audubon and a large collection of fine lithographs by Currier & Ives.

 

Browse Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books


 

Atlases

 
Lot 273: Claudius Ptolemaeus, Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo, Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
 

Nuremberg Chronicle

   
Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht, illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665.
Lot 230: Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht, illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
 
Thomas Jefferys, The American Atlas, London, 1776-77.
Lot 256: Thomas Jefferys, The American Atlas, London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
 

Miniature Atlas

 
Lot 280: John Speed, A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
 

Hawaiian Imprint

 
He Mau Palapala Aina A Me Na Niele No Ka Hoikehonua, No Na Kamalii, engraving by George Luther Kapeau, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840.
Lot 249: He Mau Palapala Aina A Me Na Niele No Ka Hoikehonua, No Na Kamalii, engraving by George Luther Kapeau, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
 
   

Maps

 
Cornelis de Jode, Africae Vera Forma, et Situs, Antwerp, 1593.
Lot 57: Cornelis de Jode, Africae Vera Forma, et Situs, Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
 
Martin Waldseemüller, Tabula Terre Nove, woodcut map of the Atlantic Ocean, Strasbourg, 1513.
Lot 214: Martin Waldseemüller, Tabula Terre Nove, woodcut map of the Atlantic Ocean, Strasbourg, 1513. $20,000 to $30,000.
 
John and William Norman, A New and Accurate Chart of the Bay of Chesapeak, Boston, circa 1803.
Lot 151: John and William Norman, A New and Accurate Chart of the Bay of Chesapeak, Boston, circa 1803. $18,000 to $22,000.
 

California as an Island

     
   

Natural History Books & Plates

   
Johann Christoph Volkamer, Nürnbergische Hesperides, Nuremberg, 1708-1714.
Lot 334: Johann Christoph Volkamer, Nürnbergische Hesperides, Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
 
Jacob Bigelow, American Medical Botany, cited as the first botanical work published in America, Boston, 1817-20.
Lot 290: Jacob Bigelow, American Medical Botany, cited as the first botanical work published in America, Boston, 1817-20. $1,500 to $2,500.
 
John James Audubon, Iceland or Jer Falcon, chromolithograph, New York, 1860.
Lot 339: John James Audubon, Iceland or Jer Falcon, chromolithograph, New York, 1860. $3,000 to $4,000.
   
   

Historic Prints & Illustrations

 
Currier & Ives, The Mississippi in Time of Peace, hand-colored lithograph, New York, 1865.
Lot 364: Currier & Ives, The Mississippi in Time of Peace, hand-colored lithograph, New York, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
 
Buffalo Hunt, Chase, oil painting after George Catlin, 19th century.
Lot 357: Buffalo Hunt, Chase, oil painting after George Catlin, 19th century. $2,500 to $3,500.
   
   

Japanese Manuscripts, Maps & Imprints

 
A sushi banquet for Commodore Perry & his officers, ink and gouache, Japan, 1854.
Lot 405: A sushi banquet for Commodore Perry & his officers, ink and gouache, Japan, 1854. $2,000 to $3,000.
 
Fine manuscript map of Commodore Perry's Black Ship squadron entering Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink and watercolor, Japan, circa 1853.
Lot 95: Fine manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron entering Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink and watercolor, Japan, circa 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.
 
Archive of 15 illustrated diaries and maps by a young Japanese Christian, 1938-1954.
Lot 335: Archive of 15 illustrated WWII-era diaries of a young Japanese-Christian man, in Japanese and English, with reflections on the war and religion, 1938-54. $1,500 to $2,500.
   
 

Instruments & Oddities

   
Johann Bayer, Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata, Nova Methodo Delineata, Aeris Laminis Expressa, 51 celestial charts, Augsburg or Ulm, circa 1603.
Lot 229: Johann Bayer, Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata, Nova Methodo Delineata, Aeris Laminis Expressa, 51 celestial charts, Augsburg or Ulm, circa 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
 
Emmanuel Dieuaide, Tableau d'Aviation, 53 highly unusual designs for early flying machines, Paris, circa 1880.
Lot 337: Emmanuel Dieuaide, Tableau d’Aviation, 53 highly unusual designs for early flying machines, Paris, circa 1880. $400 to $600.
   
   

Exhibition Begins December 12

The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public. We welcome special and educational groups with advance notice—send an inquiry to rsvp@swanngalleries.com.

 

Exhibition Hours

Thursday, December 12 — 10 am to 6 pm

Friday, December 13 — 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday, December 14 — 12 am to 5 pm

Monday, December 15 — 10 am to 6 pm

Tuesday, December 17 — 10 am to Noon

 
   

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