Auction Highlights: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books — June 13, 2024

From Havana to hallucinogenic mushrooms and Mercator to menswear, this sale is set to include a wide range of historically important and interesting material for collectors across many different categories. There is a fine contingent of New York City maps, battle plans, and bird’s-eye views; decorative maps of all corners of the globe, including the famed Leo Belgicus, maps of the “New World,” maps of colonial North America, a map of Turkey from 1486, eighteenth-century plans of Cartegena, and a startling archive of 16 consecutive issues of a rare pre-fire Chicago land development periodical.  

In the natural history section, we are graced with the beauty of several aquatints by John James Audubon as well as a set of the first octavo edition of his Birds of America, a complete folio of Robert Thornton’s spectacular Temple of Flora, truly uncommon plates from Bishop John Henry Hopkins’ Vermont Drawing Book of Flowers; and Jacob P. Giraud’s Description of Sixteen New Species of American Birds with hand-colored lithographs by Nathaniel Currier—a book published in 1841 and whose legendary rarity was already described by nineteenth-century bibliographers.

Lot 21: Laurent Fries, after Martin Waldseemuller, Oceani Ocidentalis seu Terre Nove Tabula, double-page woodcut map of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and southeast North America, Lyon, 1535. Estimate $5,000 to $7,000.
Lot 23: Captain Cornelius Martin Wohlers and F.A. Pingeling (engraver), See, und Land Carte eines Theils von Europa, Africa, und Nord-America von der Nord-See an zur equinoctial Line, large engraved chart of the Northern Atlantic Ocean showing parts of Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and North America, Hamburg, 1784. Estimate $5,000 to $7,000.
Lot 40: Martino Martini and Joannes Blaeu, Pecheli Sive Peking, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Prima, double-page engraved map of China, inland from Bohai Bay including Beijing, Tianiin, and eastern Hebei province with cartouche illustrations and the Great Wall, Amsterdam, 1655. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot 56: Isaak de Graaf, Manuscript chart of Java, the Java Sea, Bali, and parts of Borneo, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, ink and watercolor on a
large panel of vellum, signed upper center, Amsterdam, circa 1743. Estimate $110,000 to $120,000.
Lot 72: Claes Janszoon Visscher, after Hessel Gerritsz, Nova XVII Provinciarum, Germaniae Inferioris Tabula, Leonis Effigie, Accurate Delineata, large engraved map of Belgium and the Netherlands zoomorphically styled as a formidable lion, Amsterdam, 1630. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 98: Jacob Barnitz Bacon, Pier Map of the City of New York, Surveyed and Drawn for the New York Corn Exchange, hand-colored lithographed wall map of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn coastline, 2 sheets joined, New York: Adolphus Ranney, 1857. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.
Lot 113: Amy Drevenstedt, The Flight of Charles A Lindbergh from New York to Paris, in His Mono-plane “The Spirit of St. Louis” on May 20-21, map, lithographed in four colors, 1927. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500.
Lot 147: J.M. Wing & Co, The Land Owner. A Journal of Real Estate, 16 issues with 31 loosely inserted mostly double-page or folding maps lithographed in black, brown, or green, profusely illustrated text and business advertisements, Chicago, 1869-71. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.
Lot 166: Jacob Post Giraud, Jr. and Nathaniel Currier, A Description of Sixteen New Species of North American Birds, Described in the Annals of the New York Lyceum of Natural History, Collected in Texas, 1838, 8 finely hand-colored lithographed plates by Currier after Abraham Halsey, 18 leaves of letterpress text including the title-page, New York: George F. Nesbitt, 1841. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 169: Robert John Thornton, New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus, Comprehending the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature, featuring 30 botanical plates, London: For the publisher by T. Bensley, 1799-1807. Estimate $50,000 to $70,000.
Lot 216: John James Audubon, White Heron. Plate CCCLXXXVI, hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate from Audubon’s “Birds of America”, London: Robert Havell, 1837. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

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