Books and Manuscripts: A Spring Miscellany

Bidding Extended Through May 27 • 12:00 PM EDT • Online Auction
Books and Manuscripts: A Spring Miscellany 14–27 May 2020 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York

S 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. | Texas. New York: J. H. Colton & Co., 1833
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.

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The Sporting and Travel Library of Arnold ‘Jake’ Johnson | Lots 1-83
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Below, click the red 'spots' to explore a selection of fine maps on auction.
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  • 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.'

    Lot 189

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  • Americae pars, Nunc Virginia dicta primum ab Anglis inventa. [Frankfurt: Theodor de Bry, 1590 or later]

    WHITE, JOHN
    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.'

    Lot 190

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  • 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.

    Lot 191

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  • Orbis typus universalis iuxta hydrographorum traditionem. [Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1513]

    WALDSEEMÜLLER, MARTIN
    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.

    Lot 188

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  • [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.

    Lot 176

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  • Panorama of the Seat of War. Virginia, Maryland Delaware, and DC. New York: Charles Magnus, 1864

    BACHMANN, JOHN
    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.

    Lot 87

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  • 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).

    Lot 182

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  • A New Systeme of Geography, designed in a most plain and easy method, for the better understanding of that science, 1685

    SELLER, JOHN
    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, [1685]

    The first edition, one of the earliest English world atlases.

    Lot 154

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  • Nova, et integra universi orbis descriptio. [Paris:] Christian Wechel, 1531

    FINE, ORONCE
    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.

    Lot 178

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  • 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.

    Lot 19

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  • Pas-kaart van de Golff van Mexico, 1687

    KEULEN, JOHANNES VAN, AND CLAES JANSZOON VOOGHT
    Estimate $2,200 – 2,800

    Amsterdam: Johannes Van Keulen, [1687]. Van Keulen's 17th century chart of the western Gulf of Mexico, oriented with west toward the top of the page.

    Lot 125

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  • 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.

    Lot 169

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  • Tipus orbis universalis iuxta Ptolemei cosmographi traditionem et Americi Vespucii aliorque lustrationes a Petro Apiano Leysnico elucbrat An. Do. MDXX, 1520

    APIAN, PETER
    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.

    Lot 170

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Embark on an Adventure

Captain Cook’s iconic A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (London: 1785)

COOK, CAPT. JAMES, AND CAPTAIN JAMES KING | A voyage to the Pacific Ocean, for making discoveries in the northern hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in His Majesty's ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London: H. Hughs for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785
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."

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