New York-Maps and atlases, natural history books and color plates are on the block at Swann Galleries to Thursday 17th December. The sale will feature a strong exhibition of global cartography, as well as an exceptional selection of historical prints and paintings from the natural sciences.
The works of natural history and color plates shine, with John Woodhouse Audubonoriginal life-size oil portrait of a California gray squirrel, circa 1853, leading the sale to $ 30,000 to $ 50,000. The name Audubon is synonymous with art from the natural world, best known for its iconic Birds of america, master naturalist John James Audubon encouraged and cultivated his two sons Victor Gifford and John Woodhouse to pursue his passions for illustrating American wildlife. The work is auctioned by direct descent from the artist’s family. Works by John James Audubon are listed for sale with Night heron or Qua Bird, offered between $ 25,000 and $ 35,000, and Black-billed cuckoo, at $ 4,000 to $ 6,000, both hand-colored aquatints and engraved plaques from 1835 and featured in Audubon’s Birds of america.
Other works from the natural world include William Jardine The naturalist’s library, 1843, with over 1,200 hand-engraved plaques of animals, birds, fish and insects ($ 2,000 to $ 3,000). A group of 30 uncolored folio prints by Hortus Eystettensis, 1613, by Basilius Besler is present ($ 7,000 to $ 10,000), in addition to other floriculture work including Henry Andrews’s The botanist’s deposit, for new and rare plants, 1797 ($ 3,000 to $ 5,000), and Alfred Cogniaux and Alphonse Goossens Iconographic Dictionary of Orchids, with 803 fine small chromolithographed plaques printed between 1896 and 1907 (2,500 – 3,500 $).
From 1511 is one of the first feasible printed maps to show the New World by Bernardus Sylvanus to $ 20,000 to $ 30,000. Modern geography is given an elegant treatment with hatching around land masses to add depth and windheads surrounding the representation. Additional functionality of world maps Typus Cosmographicus Universalis, Basel, 1532, by Sebastian Münster with elaborate woodcut borders designed by Hans Holbein the Younger ($ 10,000 to $ 15,000); an example of the price of Johannes blaeu‘s Nova and Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula, 1662, one of the most striking 17th century Dutch world maps ($ 8,000 to $ 12,000); and a Ptolemaic world map from around 1504 printed in Strasbourg with decorative wind heads by Gregor Reisch ($ 3,500 to $ 5,500).
Regional cartography includes a complete barely seen 1785 set of five handwritten maps of surrounding areas of Japan created after Hayashi Shihei ($ 4,000 to $ 6,000); Also from Asia is a small archive from the latter part of the 19th century comprising a handwritten map showing the city on either side of the Min River in China, and four pencil sketches giving a sample of the local landscape, architecture and landmarks. river vessels ($ 800-1,200). Europe is present with a rare first edition of Lievin Cruyl Pianta di Roma Come si Trova al Presente Colle Alzate Delle Fabriche Piu Nobili Cosi Antiche Come Moderne, Rome, 1665, a perspective view of 17th century Rome ($ 3,000 to $ 4,000); and a finely detailed English map of Armenia from the mid-19th century, circa 1870s ($ 800-1,200). America’s maps are featured in Henry Popple’s Map of the British Empire in America with the adjacent French and Spanish colonies, London, 1733 ($ 1,200-1,800); a rare map of the United States by Matthew Carey General Atlas from 1796, the first of its kind to be engraved and published in America ($ 1,800-2,200); and WJ Keeler National map of the territory of the United States from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, Washington, 1867 ($ 2,000-3,000).
Atlases and books containing maps are present with John Gibson and Emanuel Bowen’s Atlas Minimus, or a new set of pocket maps of the various empires, kingdoms and states of the known world, London, 1758 (2,500-3,500 $); a rare immigration guide from 1803 offering future European settlers a candid account of the drawbacks and opportunities of being pioneers in the wilderness of the eastern United States ($ 1,800-2,200); a rare early American geography textbook with 25 of the 60 maps of the United States by Nathan Hale from 1830 ($ 500-750); and an example of Famiano Strada Famiani Stradae Romani e Societate Jesu de Bello Belgico, Rome, 1643-1648, a historical collection on the Dutch War of Independence against Spain ($ 1,000-1,500).
The historic engravings of the note include a rare series of seven large format tinted lithographed plaques from Cuba Pintoresca Island, circa 1865, showing panoramic landscapes of Cuban towns and ports by Eduardo Laplante ($ 5,000 to $ 7,500). Currier & Ives is featured with Winter morning. Feed the chickens, 1863, a large hand-colored lithograph of a mother and young girl throwing claws at chickens on a cold snowy morning ($ 1,200-1,800), and an original box by Charles Currier No .3 Lithographic Crayons, with almost all of the crude crayons intact in unopened individual packet packages ($ 500-750). The first independently published work by William Hogarth, Masquerades and operas; or The bad taste of the city, 1724, completes the offer ($ 1,200-1,800).
Additional treasures feature an astonishingly large, hand-drawn typographic devotional composition with over 150 engraved scenes from the Old and New Testaments of mid-19th century Britain ($ 2,000 to $ 3,000); and Wagashi Seiho Koshu Roku Zokuhen, 1920, with 156 pages of color printed wood plaques of traditional Japanese confectionery designs and recipes ($ 700-1,000).
Limited previews (by appointment only) will be available until December 16, to be scheduled directly with the specialist in advance and in accordance with strict security guidelines. Swann Galleries staff will prepare condition reports and provide additional photographs of material upon request. Pre-order auctions can be placed with the auction specialist or on the Swann website, and telephone auctions will be possible. The live online auction platforms will be the Swann Galleries app, Invaluable and Live Auctioneers. The complete catalog and information on offers are available at www.swanngalleries.com and on the Swann Galleries app.