otheby’s Books and Manuscripts department is pleased to invite participation in our online auction, “A Spring Miscellany.”
As the title suggests, the sale brings together unique property from individual collections across a range of subjects, including cartography, travel, and literature.
The first sequence of the sale is the fifth and final installment of “The Sporting and Travel Library of Arnold ‘Jake’ Johnson,” with works pertaining to India, Africa, and the Americas. This is followed by an eclectic array of material from travel and exploration, to cartography and Russian literature. The final sequence, “Property from a Distinguished Private Collection,” offers a range of fine cartography with a particular focus on western expansion.
A few of the highlights include: Captain Cook’s iconic A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (London: 1785); Francis Frith’s striking and important Egypt and Palestine Photographed and Described (London: 1858-1859); Leonhard Fuchs’s sumptuously illustrated New Kreüterbuch (Basel: 1543); and David H. Burr’s Texas (New York: 1833), the first state of one of the most important and handsome maps of Texas ever printed.
Highlights at a Glance
The First State of one of the Most Important Maps of Texas Ever Printed
BURR, DAVID H.
Estimate $70,000 – 100,000
The significance of Burr’s landmark map of Texas cannot be underestimated. Burr’s "early map of Texas remains a standard view of the area on the eve of the Revolution" (Contours of Discovery), and greatly increased emigration to the area. Any copy of Burr’s 1833 Texas is a rare find—only one other copy can be traced in auction records in the fifty years since the Streeter sale – but the present example is further distinguished by the presence of a manuscript map of Matagorda and Lavaca Bays on the verso.
- Map of the Territory of the United States from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean, 1855
WARREN, GOUVERNEUR KEMBLE
Estimate $6,000 – 9,000
Two important maps of the Transmississippi West by G. J. Warren, including an annotated proof copy of his seminal 'Map of the Territory of the United States from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean.'
- Americae pars, Nunc Virginia dicta primum ab Anglis inventa. [Frankfurt: Theodor de Bry, 1590 or later]
Estimate $3,500 – 5,000
"One of the most significant cartographical milestones in colonial North American history [and] the most accurate map drawn in the sixteenth century of any part of that continent" (Burden). This is also the first map with 'Virginia' in its title and the first map to name the Chesapeake Bay; it was issued in the first part of de Bry's Great, or American, Voyages, Thomas Hariot's account of his expedition to Virginia. Third state, with the initial 'E' effaced and the correct 'C' added to 'Chesepiooc.'
- Map of Texas from the Most Recent Authorities, 1845
[YOUNG, JAMES HAMILTON]
Estimate $4,000 – 6,000
Philadelphia: Published by C. S. Williams, 1845. A rare pocket-map issue of an outstanding map published the year of annexation. The present copy, which was acquired at a Dorothy Sloan Rare Books auction, 14 February 2007, seems to be the only separately issued pocket version cited in the auction records. The map is most frequently encountered in its appearances in world atlases published by both Samuel Augustus Mitchell and Henry S. Tanner. Streeter had a copy of Tanner's atlas version preserved as a pocket map.
- Orbis typus universalis iuxta hydrographorum traditionem. [Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1513]
Estimate $18,000 – 25,000
The "Admiral's map": Waldseemüller's monumental modern map of the world from the celebrated 1513 Strassburg edition of Ptolemy's Geography, so named because the delineation of the New World was supposedly based on the observations of Christopher Columbus.
- [Map of the World as a Sphere]. [Vienna,] 1781 (from woodblocks cut in 1515)
DÜRER, ALBRECHT, AND JOHANN STABIUS
Estimate $50,000 – 70,000
Although not signed, this striking world map is acknowledged to be the work of Albrecht Dürer. The map was produced in collaboration with Johann Stabius, astronomer to the court of Maximilian I, and was a pendant to a pair of celestial charts on which they had collaborated. No sixteenth-century example of the map survives, but the original woodblocks were rediscovered shortly before the present impressions were pulled in 1781. This edition, published by Joseph Elden von Kurzbeck under the supervision of the scholar Johann Adam von Bartsch, is itself now very rare. The woodblocks are now preserved in the Albertina Museum.
- Panorama of the Seat of War. Virginia, Maryland Delaware, and DC. New York: Charles Magnus, 1864
Estimate $2,500 – 3,500
Third state of this striking, quasi-aerial view of the northernmost part of the east coast of the Confederacy, and the southernmost areas of the Union, including Washington.
- A New Map of Texas Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining, 1846
MITCHELL, SAMUEL AUGUSTUS
Estimate $5,000 – 7,000
Philadelphia: Published by S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846. A landmark western map and one of Mitchell's most popular and important pocket maps, representing "a great step forward, in that it is among the first by a commercial cartographer to utilize the recent explorations that had bounded and determined the nature of the Great Basin. … Because of its popularity, this map of the West exerted great influence, not only with the public but on other commercial cartographers" (Wheat).
- A New Systeme of Geography, designed in a most plain and easy method, for the better understanding of that science, 1685
Estimate $4,000 – 6,000
A New Systeme of Geography, designed in a most plain and easy method, for the better understanding of that science. Accommodated with new mapps, of all the ... countreys in the whole world. With geographical tables explaining the divisions in each mapp. By John Seller, hydrographer to the king]. [London]: Sold at his shop on the West-side of the Royal Exchange, 
The first edition, one of the earliest English world atlases.
- Nova, et integra universi orbis descriptio. [Paris:] Christian Wechel, 1531
Estimate $15,000 – 20,000
First state of Fine's groundbreaking and influential double-cordiform projection, the first printed map to depict the world from the poles. The right-hand "heart" is dominated by the large southern continent labelled "Terra Australis recenter inventa, sed nondu[m] plene cognita" (literally "southern land recently found, but not yet fully known"), predating the earliest recognized discovery of Antarctica by nearly three centuries.
- Travels in Arabia Deserta, 1888
DOUGHTY, CHARLES MONTAGU
Estimate $2,000 – 3,000
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1888. First edition. "Travels in Arabia Desert... is an unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia... Sir Richard Francis Burton praised the book's scientific knowledge and its style... So reliable was the book's anthropology of the Bedouin peoples and its topography, that British intelligence mined it for information during the First and Second World wars.
- Pas-kaart van de Golff van Mexico, 1687
KEULEN, JOHANNES VAN, AND CLAES JANSZOON VOOGHT
Estimate $2,200 – 2,800
Amsterdam: Johannes Van Keulen, . Van Keulen's 17th century chart of the western Gulf of Mexico, oriented with west toward the top of the page.
- Amerique Septentrionale, 1746 or later
ANVILLE, JEAN BAPTISTE BOURGUIGNON D'
Estimate $400 – 600
Paris: Chez l'Auteur, [1746 or later]. A fine copy of one of the best French maps of North America prior to the French and Indian War. This copy has been annotated by a contemporary French hand with commentary on several of the small islands in the Caribbean, including Saba and the Caymans.
- Tipus orbis universalis iuxta Ptolemei cosmographi traditionem et Americi Vespucii aliorque lustrationes a Petro Apiano Leysnico elucbrat An. Do. MDXX, 1520
Estimate $15,000 – 25,000
[Vienna,] 1520. The earliest obtainable authentic map with the place name America. Apian's striking truncated cordiform projection of the world is derived from Waldseemüller's monumental 1507 wall map and first appeared in the 1520 Viennese edition of Solinus's Polyhistor. The map is also sometimes found in Mela's De situ orbis (Basel, 1522), and copies were probably also sold separately.
Captain Cook’s iconic A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (London: 1785)
COOK, CAPT. JAMES, AND CAPTAIN JAMES KING
Estimate $18,000 – 22,000
The second and best edition of the text of the official account of Cook's third and last voyage, including images of and text on the exploration of Hawaii and the west coast of America, Canada and Alaska. The typography of the second edition text of the third voyage is generally considered superior to the first (Hughs took over the printing from Strahan and re-set all the text). Contemporary support for this view is reported by Forbes who quotes an inscription in a set presented by Mrs. Cook to her doctor, Dr. Elliotson, which notes that "the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press."