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Articles - February - 2014 Issue

Old World Auctions – an important sale ending on February 19th

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Serious collectors of maps, take note. This month, Old World Auctions, an online-only auction house specializing in cartography, is holding the first of their four yearly sales. The focus will, of course, be on antique maps and atlases, but a healthy dose of books with maps, geographies, globes, antique prints, illuminated manuscripts, and reference books are also to be included in the 800 lot sale.

 

In the auction’s promotional information, OWA provided a brief write-up on two important collector-consignors, who wish to remain anonymous, that provided material for the auction. Together they combine for over 80 years of experience, and their lots make up a significant portion of the sale’s value. Their stories provide interesting perspective on collecting and how people go about doing it. Both were drawn to and collected maps. Both were initially focused on a specific area—Canada and Texas. From there, their stories diverge. The Canadian collector eventually gave up his collection of Canada on the advice of a well-known American map dealer, and turned to collecting original color maps of the world and the western hemisphere. Aesthetics was his primary concern, with condition and original color strong deciding factors. The other collector kept his eye on Texas and the southwest. For him, price and condition were important points when considering an item, but the vital decider was whether it fit his focus. Over the course of decades, both continued to grow their collections, and now their divergent stories come back together. Both have family uninterested in continuing the collections themselves, and both are selling in the last quarters of their lives. Items from their collections will be included in Old World Auction’s sales throughout 2014.

 

The following are ten highlights of the February sale:

 

ANCIENT MAP OF THE WORLD WITH DEPICTIONS OF THE FOUR ELEMENTS.  Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemaeum, by Ptolemy/Mercator, circa 1730.  Estimate $2,750 - $3,500.

 

ORTELIUS’ MAP OF THE ARCTIC WITH SEVERAL MYTICAL ISLANDS.  Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip., by Abraham Ortelius, published 1573.  Estimate $2,400 - $3,000.

 

MAP OF THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES WITH SUPERB PICTURE FRAME-STYLE BORDER.  La Floride, Suivant les Nouvelles Observations…, by Pieter van der Aa, published 1729.  Estimate $1,700 - $2,000.

 

MAGNIFICENT CARTE-A-FIGURES MAP OF ASIA.  Asia Noviter Delineata, by Willem Blaeu, circa 1642.  Estimate $3,750 - $4,750.

 

SCARCE MAP OF STRAIT OF MAGELLAN BASED ON NARBOROUGH’S EXPEDITION.  A New Mapp of Magellan Straights Discovered by Cap. John Narbrough, by Samuel Thornton, circa 1706.  Estimate $1,600 - $2,000.

 

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT 16TH CENTURY MAPS OF THE NEW WORLD.  Tabula Novarum Insularum, quas Diversis Respectibus Occidentales & Indianas Vocant, by Sebastian Munster, published 1559.  Estimate $5,500 - $6,500.

 

ORTELIUS’ INFLUENTIAL MAP OF THE NEW WORLD – SECOND PLATE.  Americae Sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio, by Abraham Ortelius, published 1579.  Estimate $6,000 - $7,500.

 

SYLVANUS’ RARE AND SIGNIFICANT CORDIFORM WORLD MAP.  [Untitled - World], by Bernard Sylvanus, published 1511.  Estimate $60,000 - $75,000.

 

PITT’S RARE CARTE-A-FIGURES MAP IN FULL ORIGINAL COLOR.  Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula, by Moses Pitt, circa 1680.  Estimate $11,000 - $13,000.

 

ORTELIUS’ CORNERSTONE MAP OF AFRICA.  Africae Tabula Nova, by Abraham Ortelius, dated 1570.  Estimate $1,900 - $2,200.

 

Bidding on the sale opens on February 5th and closes at 10PM on February 19th. Registration for the sale can be done via this link: https://www.oldworldauctions.com/ssl/register.asp

 

Old World Auctions offers a 100% money back guarantee on the authenticity and condition of every item in the auction. They feature a 10-minute rule at the close of the auction, which keeps lots with active bidding open for an additional 10 minutes, until there are no bids on the lot for a full 10 minutes.  All of their packaging and shipping is done in-house, and they ship to over 70 countries each year.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b> Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Lyscosthenes, Conrad. <i>Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon,</i> Basilea: Henricus Petrus, c. 1557, first edition, folio. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Collection of Ethiopic Religious Texts, in Ge'ez , illuminated manuscripts on vellum, c. 1700-20th c. (5 pcs.) $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Augustinus, Aurelius Sanctus.<br><i>De Civitate Dei,</i> Venice: Bonetus Locatellus per Octavianus Scotus, 9 Febbraio, 1486, 4to. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Choiseul-Gouffier, Marie Gabriel Comte de. <i>Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece,</i> Paris, J.J. Blaise, 1782-1809-1822, first edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Rufinus, Tyrannius (c. 345-411). <i>Expositio in symbolum apostolorum,</i> [Cologne, Ulrich Zel, c. 1472], first edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Magnus, Albertus. <i>Summa de eucharistiae sacramento,</i> Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1474. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Strabo. <i>Rerum geographicarum libri septemdecim. A Guilielmo Xylandro Augstano magna cura recogniti…,</i> Basel, Henricpetri, (August 1571). $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Riou, Stephen (1720-1780). <i>The Grecian Orders of Architecture. Delineated and Explained from the Antiquities of Athens,</i> London, 1768. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Mair, Paul Hektor. <i>Geschlechter Buch...der...Statt Augspurg,</i> Frankfurt am Maim, Sigmund Feyerabend, 1580. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Polybius (c. 200-118 B.C.). <i>Historiarum libri priores quinque,</i> Basel: Johann Herwagen, 1549. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Bellori, Giovanni Pietro. <i>Columna Antoniniana Marci Aurelii Antonini Augusti rebus gestis insignis Germanis simul...,</i> Rome, [1672]. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> <i>Ecclesiasticae Historiae, Eusebii Pamphili...Eiusdem de vita Constantini...Socratis...,</i> Paris, Robert Estienne, 1544. $800 to $1,200.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>

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