Auction Highlights: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books — December 7, 2023

Lot 84: Johann Carl Muller, Der Teufels Belt Gemeiniglich Genannt der Lange Insels Sund, map of Long Island, New York City, and parts of the Hudson River and Connecticut coast, Leipzig, 1776. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.

This December sale is set to include a wide assortment of maps and graphics chronicling the advancement of knowledge of the world from the sixteenth through the twentieth century. Featured themes will be maps of the American continent from its early colonial settlement, the Revolutionary War. The period of growth and expansion in the West, all the way to some of the earliest established commercial airline flight paths in 1929.

Highlights include a set of unassembled engraved gore segments which construct Vincenzo Coronelli’s enormous 42-inch terrestrial globe from 1688. Several unique manuscript maps will also be on offer, including a neatly detailed hand-drawn account of an extensive hike from New York City through New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania in the summers of 1860 and 1861 by a recent engineering graduate of the Brooklyn Collegiate Polytechnic Institute, only months before beginning his career as a Navy paymaster during the Civil War.

Lot 196: Philipp Cluver, Introductio in Universam Geographiam tam Veterem, quam Novam, 55 double-page or folding engraved maps and diagrams, 2 printed folding tables, Amsterdam, 1683. Estimate $1,500 to $2,000.
From left to right: Lot 74: William Cammeyer, Jr., A New Map of the Hudson River, hand-colored strip map of the Hudson river from New York City to Glen Falls, Albany, 1829. Estimate $700 to $1,000; Lot 133: Rosalind Howe Sturges, Philadelphia, 1682; A Retrospective View, graphite and watercolor on artist’s board, 1966. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 132: William Henry Cotton, Carriers of the New Black Plague, pastel and printed clippings on artist’s board, 1938. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.
Lot 135: C.L. Hawkins, Chicago the Greatest Inland City in the World, color-lithographed perspective map of Chicago looking west from Lake Michigan, Chicago, 1938. Estimate $800 to $1,200.
Lot 34: Johannes Covens & Cornelius Mortier, Teatre de la Guerre en Amerique, large map of Florida, the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central America, and the upper part of South America on two unjoined double-page sheets, Amsterdam, circa 1725. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot 37: Andreas Cellarius, Haemisphaerium Stellatum Boreale Cum Subiecto Haemisphaerio Terrestri, double-page decorative celestial chart of the northern hemisphere’s constellations superimposed over a map of the world, Amsterdam, 1708. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.
From left to right: Lot 109: Carington Bowles, Bowles’s Map of the Seat of War in New England, double-page Revolutionary War-period map of New England, London, 1776. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000; Lot 70: Cornelis de Hooghe / Cornelius de Horen, Hollandt, double-page map of Holland, Antwerp, 1565. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot 118: The Lottery Magazine; Compleat Fund of Literary, Political and Commercial Knowledge, folding map, London, 1776. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500.

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