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Sept 13: Fine Maps, Americana, and More at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Fall is almost here, and with it comes a serious uptick in auction activity. This month, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers invites collectors to browse and bid at their September 13th sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts, an event featuring 346 lots emphasizing Americana and cartography. Estimates are reasonable, with three lots carrying high estimates above $8,000.

 

Maps in particular carry a not insignificant portion of the overall value of the sale, and Americana maps are a very strong suit. James T. Palmatary’s first edition engraved bird’s eye view map of Chicago, produced in 1857, is hand-colored and prominently features the Illinois Central Railroad, a track that had only been completed the previous year. A legend of notable places in the city is included in the lower margin, and references to Richmond House, the U.S. Marine Hospital, the McCormick Reaper Factory, and the Chicago Water Works among others can be found there. The map’s rarity is nothing to scoff at—four copies are known, with this specific example being the only known obtainable one. It has not appeared at auction in the last century! Estimated $20,000 to $30,000 as lot 67, collectors of Chicago and maps alike will be doing auction battle over this gem soon.

 

Following Palmatary’s Chicago in terms of estimated value, lot 28 is Pierre du Val’s Le Canada faict par le Sr. de Champlain, ou sont la Nouvelle France, la Nouvelle Angleterre, la Nouvelle Hollande, la Nouvelle Suede, la Virginie & c., which is a map produced from the original copperplate intended for inclusion in Champlain’s 1619 Voyage et descouvertes faites en la Nouvelle France (the map, however, did not end up being part of the 1619 publication). Champlain’s discoveries between the time of the publication of his 1612 map and 1616 (when the original of this map was made) are depicted. The copy included in the sale is a fourth state, a state seen in the rooms four times since 1920, the last time being in 2009. Lot 28 is estimated $15,000 to $20,000.

 

One final map I want to highlight is a first state of Henricus Hondius’ America Septentrionalis from 1639. According to Philip Burden’s The Mapping of North America, a well-respected cartographic source, “Hondius' beautifully engraved map of North America had greater influence than any other to date in perpetuating the theory of California as an island.” This excellent example is estimated $6,000 to $8,000 as lot 24.

 

As we move on from map highlights, I must say that they are best viewed with one’s own eyes. Eight of the top ten estimated items are maps or atlases. Alas, other material must also be featured!

 

Twelve individual prints and one set of three by John James Audubon are also available for sale with prices ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 on the high end to $300 to $500 on the low. More expensive prints, like Carolina Turtle Dove (lot 326, est. $8,000 to $12,000), are from the first folio edition, while more economically priced items are from the later octavo edition. Audubon’s material starts at lot 326 and concludes with lot 338.

 

Among our final highlights, a wide range of material illustrates the variety that can be found in Fine Books and Manuscripts. Lot 211 is the first volume (of a set of three) of Loggie di Rafaele nel Vaticano, a 1772 printing illustrating Raphael’s architectural work at the Vatican from 1514 to 1520. The volume features 17 engraved folding plates and is estimated $6,000 to $8,000. On a completely different front, Frederick Lewis Norden’s Travels in Egypt and Nubia, printed in 1757, is a first edition two-volume folio set of what the auctioneers call “the first detailed survey of Egypt by a European.” Travels boasts a large amount of engravings (160+) which are quite appealing. As lot 163, the two volumes are estimated $4,000 to $6,000. And the final highlight of this preview is again, something of a totally different nature. Produced in 1910, Charles Rambert’s Grande Semaine d’Aviation is a beautiful chromolithographic poster depicting a man in an early airplane flying over (what I assume is) Paris. Also estimated $4,000 to $6,000, Rambert’s poster is for sale as lot 306.

 

Leslie Hindman Auctioneer’s sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts is set for 10am Central Time on Wednesday, September 13th. The entire catalog can be viewed online on their website by clicking here. Bidding is available through the normal avenues including in person, absentee, telephone, and online.

 

Exhibition times for the sale are as follows:

Saturday, 9/9: 10am - 3pm

Sunday, 9/10: 12pm - 4pm

Monday, 9/11: 10am - 5pm

Tuesday, 9/12: 10am - 5pm

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500

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