A Look Inside the Catalogue: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books

At Auction June 7

This auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books encompasses a broad range of American and European cartography.

Complete Catalogue 



Highlights include Robert Morden’s New Map of the English Empire in America, circa 1698, and Reading Howell’s monumental Map of the State of Pennsylvania, 1792, the finest large-scale map of the state published that century.


Nicolas de Fer, decorative wall map

Lot 54: Nicolas de Fer, L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties, Paris, 1713. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.


Robert Morden, maps

Lot 147: Robert Morden, A New Map of the English Empire in America, London, circa 1698. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.


maps, auction, john melish

Lot 140: John Melish, Map of the United States with the Contiguous British & Spanish Possessions, Philadelphia, 1816. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.


virginia, maps, auction

Lot 25: Herman Boye, A Map of the State of Virginia Reduced from the Nine Sheet Map of the State, in Conformity to Law, Philadelphia, 1827.
Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.




A fascinating variety of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japanese cartography will be on offer. Atlases include John Reid’s American Atlas of 1796, important publications relating to New York City, and the rare English edition of Jodocus Hondius and Gerardus Mercator’s Historia Mundi, 1635. Mainstay natural history artwork, historical prints and interesting and fun ephemera also feature prominently.


isolario, atlas, auction

Lot 249: Benedetto Bordone, Isolario, second edition with 112 woodcut maps, Venice, 1534. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.


atlas, matthaus seutter, auction

Lot 292: Matthaus Seutter, Atlas Novus sive Tabulae Geographicae Totius Orbis, with 19 double-page maps, Augsburg, circa 1735. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.



New York City

nyc, maps

Lot 280: Map of Manhattan issued by the Department of Docks (composite), compiled by Charles K. Graham, 1873.
Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.


lithograph, new york, auction

Lot 368: Edwin Whitefield, View of Williamsburgh L.I. from Grand St. N.Y., lithograph with hand-coloring, 1852. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.



John James Audubon


john james audubon, color plate

Lot 337: John James Audubon, Fish Hawk, Plate 81, hand-colored engraving, from Birds of America, London, 1830.
Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.


audubon, auction

Lot 297: John James Audubon, The Birds of America, subscriber’s copy, first octavo edition, New York, 1840-44. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.



Natural History


mark catesby, carolina, auction

Lot 348: Mark Catesby, 52 hand-colored plates from the first edition of The Natural History of Carolina, London, 1731-46. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.


edwin james meeker

Lot 349: Edwin James Meeker, 19 grisaille gouache & watercolor drawings, published in Willis Fletcher Johnson’s History of Cuba, 1920.
Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.


Complete Catalogue

For more information on the sale, contact Specialist Caleb Kiffer in the Maps & Atlases department.

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