Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books: December 2020 Highlights

At Auction December 17, 2020

Previewing by Appointment Only Through Wednesday, December 16

Lot 241: Bernardus Sylvanus, one of the earliest printed maps to show the New World, double-page woodcut, Venice, 1511. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.


Lot 21: Johannes Blaeu, Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula, Amsterdam, 1662. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
Lot 47: Henri Chatelain, Carte Tres Curieuse de la Mer du Sud…, Amsterdam, 1719. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
Lot 214: Lievin Cruyl, large-scale panoramic view of seventeenth-century Rome, first edition, 1665. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.

Atlases & Books with Maps

Lot 273: Emanuel Bowen & John Gibson, Atlas Minimus, miniature atlas, London, 1758. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.
Lot 293: Arnoldus Montanus, Die Unbekante Neue Welt oder Beschreibung des Welt-teils Amerika, German text edition, Amsterdam, 1673. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.

Color Plate Books & Illustrations

Lot 300: Henry Andrews, The Botanist’s Repository for New and Rare Plants, London, 1797-1815. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 347: Basilius Besler, group of 30 uncolored folio engravings from Hortus Eystettensis, Eichstatt, 1613. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.

Prints, Drawings & Ephemera

Lot 346A: John Woodhouse Audubon, California Gray Squirrel, oil on canvas, circa 1853. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Lot 343: John James Audubon, Night Heron or Qua Bird, Plate CCXXXVI, hand-colored aquatint, 1835. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.

There will not be bidding in the room, though we accept order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, which can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm. 

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact the specialist.


Caleb Kiffer

Specialist, Maps & Atlases

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November 24, 2020
Category: Maps & Atlases