The Dorros Family Collection has been the opera of Dr. Gerald Dorros, a pioneering internationally renowned interventional cardiologist and a rodeo Cutting Horse World Champion. Speaking about his collection and family in 2011, Dr. Dorros remarked: “My books are open and available to my children and my grandchildren. Nothing is hidden. My library has no locked doors. But the importance and value of these books is that their ownership is not real, because we are a custodian of these valuable entities for future generations.”
Influenced by their photographic safaris to Africa and Asia, the Dorros Family Collection includes several fine ornithological and natural history works, highlighted by copies of the Bien edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America (lot 3; estimate: $250,000 - $350,000), and John Gould’s Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-birds (lot 46; estimate: $100,000 - $150,000). The family’s travels are also reflected in the fine illustrated books about India, China, and Japan.
The Dorros family’s love for the American West and Wyoming is well-represented in the collection as well. The auction includes a rare early directory of Laramie City Wyoming, published in 1875 (lot 164; estimate: $4,000 - $6,000); the Thomas W. Streeter copies of logbooks from the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Association (lot 165; estimate: $3,000 - $4,000); and a very fine copy of the very rare 31-plate hand-colored issue George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio, which was first issued in 1844 (lot 18; estimate: $40,000 - $60,000).
Other highlights include:
- Mark Catesby, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands. Third edition, later issue. Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000
- John Thomson, Illustrations of China and its People. First Edition. Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
- Frans Balthazar Solvyns, Les Hindous ou Description de Leurs Moeurs, Coutumes et Ceremonies. First Edition. Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000