Hawaiian-Language Schoolbook Makes its Market Debut at $68k in Fall 2019 Maps & Atlases Sale

We closed out the decade with a marathon sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books on Tuesday, December 17. The auction brought $910,087 and saw a 93% sell-through rate. Highlights included rare cartographic publications from Hawaii, atlases from across the globe and historic prints.

 

Atlases

 
He Mau Palapala Aina A Me Na Niele No Ka Hoikehonua, No Na Kamalii, engraving by George Luther Kapeau, double page map of Hawaii in Hawaiian, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840.
He Mau Palapala Aina A Me Na Niele No Ka Hoikehonua, No Na Kamalii, engraving by George Luther Kapeau, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. Sold for $68,750, an auction debut.
 

The sale was led by a rare 1840 Hawaiian-language school geography atlas printed by the Lahainaluna Seminary. Engraved by George Luther Kapeau, who would go on to become a statesman and governor of Hawaii, He Mau Palapala Aina A Me Na Niele No Ka Hoikehonua, No Na Kamalii, made its auction debut at $68,750.

   

Additional atlases of note featured Claudius Ptolemaeus’s Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo, Lyons, 1535 ($27,500); Thomas Jefferys’s The American Atlas: Or, a Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America, London, 1776-77 ($20,000); Willem and Joan Blaeu’s 1658 second volume of Novus Atlas comprising of France, Spain, Asia, Africa and America ($16,250); and Joseph Nicolas Delisle’s Atlas Rossiiskoi, St. Petersburg, a 1745 Russian-language edition of the first comprehensive atlas devoted to the Russian Empire ($15,000).

 

Maps

 
Cornelis de Jode, Africae Vera Forma, et Situs, colored map of Atlas, Antwerp, 1593.
Cornelis de Jode, Africae Vera Forma, et Situs, Antwerp, 1593. Sold for $9,375.
 

A strong offering of maps featured Tabula Terre Nove, Strasbourg, Martin Waldseemüller’s “Admiral’s Map” from the 1513 edition of Ptolemy’s Geograpiae ($25,000); America a New and Most Exact Map, London, a scarce 1748 map by Thomas Bakewell ($11,875); and Africae Vera Forma, et Situs, Antwerp, 1593, with hand-coloring, by Cornelis de Jode ($9,375).

 

Currier & Ives

 
Currier & Ives, Mississippi in the Time of Peace, large folio hand-colored lithograph of flatboats and paddle steamers relaxed under a glowing post-Civil War sunset, 1865.
Currier & Ives, Mississippi in the Time of Peace, large folio hand-colored lithograph, 1865. Sold for $21,250.
 

A rarely seen 1865 Currier & Ives’s large-folio hand-colored lithograph, Mississippi in Time of Peace, made an impression, bringing $21,250 over a $9,000 high-estimate.

Mississippi in Time of Peace has everything going for it. Unbelievably beautiful to look at, extremely rare, fantastic condition—and it’s historically significant.”  

Caleb Kiffer, Maps & Atlases Specialist

Further historic illustrations included Buffalo Hunt, Chase, a nineteenth-century oil on canvas painting after George Catlin, which sold for $9,375.

 

Nuremberg Chronicle

 
Hartmann Schedel, Liber Cronicarum cum Figuris et Ymaginibus ab Inicio Mundi, Nuremberg, 1493
Hartmann Schedel, Liber Cronicarum cum Figuris et Ymaginibus ab Inicio Mundi, Nuremberg, 1493. Sold for $62,500.
 

Hartmann Schedel’s Liber Cronicarum cum Figuris et Ymaginibus ab Inicio Mundi, Nuremberg, 1493, formed the cornerstone in an offering of biblical material. The Nuremberg Chronicle, of which “no other illustrated book printed in the fifteenth century rivals its scope and ambition,” reached $62,500. A 1665 cartographically-illustrated Bible printed in Basel, which featured six engraved hand-colored folding maps, was won for $7,500.

 
 

Browse the complete list of results from our December 17, 2019 sale of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books.

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