Maps, British Warship Logbook, Cook’s Voyages and Gold Rush Newspapers: Auction Preview

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"The Ice Islands" from Cook's Voyages, offered at PBA Galleries this week.

Here's what's coming up this week:

At Toovey's on Wednesday, August 9, 113 lots of Prints, Maps and Posters, including a Theodor de Bry map of Florida and the West Indies (about 1594), estimated at £1,000–2,000; a Joan Miro lithograph Mur de la Lune (1958), which is expected to sell for £900–1,200; and a Rembrandt etching Het Klosbaantje "The Ringball Player" (about 1654), which could sell for £600–1,000.

On Thursday, August 10, Forum Auctions holds an online sale of Books and Works on Paper, in 279 lots. Sharing the top estimate of £800–1,200 are Sir John Chardin's Travels in Persia (1720) and an imperfect seventh edition of Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (1660). A manuscript logbook of the HMS Syren for 1749–1750 while on patrol around India and Africa is expected to sell for £750–1,000.

At PBA Galleries on Thursday, Americana – Travel & Exploration – China – Maps, Prints & Views, in 511 lots. Rating the top estimate is a complete set in ten volumes of first editions of Cook's Voyages, expected to sell for $20,000–30,000. A first edition of Vancouver's Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean (1798) with the atlas is estimated at $15,000–25,000, and Klaus Werner's collection of more than 1,100 newspaper issues relating to the California Gold Rush, Hawaii and the American West has been estimated at $10,000–15,000. An 1866 broadside advertising the Oregon Stage Line's stage from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California is expected to sell for $8,000–12,000.