AntiquarianAuctions.com Auction #50 Highlights, April 14-21

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AUCTION #50 HIGHLIGHTS 

MAPS & TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 10.12.02 AM.pngLot 158

William Burchell

A map of the extra-tropical part of Southern Africa

Constructed by William J. Burchell, Esq., in which his own track is laid down entirely from the geographical and astronomical observations made during these Travels and the remaining parts accommodated to it, and formed mostly of new materials combined with others selected from various documents and wholly re-arranged.

Published: Longman, Hurst, Tees, Orme, Brown and Green, London, 1822

Edition: 1st

William John Burchell (1781 - 1863) was a multi talented naturalist who undertook an extensive journey in southern Africa 1811 - 1815. His Travels in the interior of Southern Africa is a literary classic that included beautiful aquatints and engravings. His map was published in the first edition of the book and it is one of the landmark maps in the history of South African cartography; it is known for its relative accuracy, meticulous attention to detail and the naming of all his overnight stations and many of his hosts. While his book with the map does come on to the market, the excised map is very scarce.

Estimate: $1750 - 2500

Lot 152

Henry Hall

Map of the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony

Compiled by Henry Hall (Draughtsman to the Royal Engineers, Cape Town) from Military and Other Surveys.

Published: Edward Stanford, London, 1856

Edition: First

Henry Hall was from Dublin, Ireland and settled in the Cape Colony in 1842. He worked in the Easter Frontier for the Royal Engineers. He is an under-appreciated cartographer who made notable contributions to cartography of Southern Africa.
Chromo-lithograph on two sheets; as issued, the map has been dissected into 24 panels mounted on linen, folded and inserted in a replacement slip case.

Estimate: $2500 - 3000

Lot 154
Jodocus Hondius I

NOVA AFRICÆ TABULA

AUCTORE Jodoco Hondio

Published: Author & Cornelis Claesz, Amsterdam, 1609

Edition: 2nd; 1st French

This attractive map was drawn and beautifully engraved by the famous Flemish cartographer and engraver, Jodocus Hondius I (1563 - 1612). He added this map to the Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas, which he re-issued in 1606 after Mercator’s death and both he and his successor continued to publish it until 1630. The copperplate was unaltered throughout its publication, although the atlas was published ten times, six in Latin and four in French (this example of the map is from the first French edition).

The map was published in the Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas
(i.e. Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes ...).

Estimate: $1000 - 1250

Lot 7

Heydt (Johann Wolfgang)

ALLERNEUESTER GEOGRAPHISCH - UND TOPOGRAPHISCHER SCHAU-PLATZ VON AFRICA

UND OST-INDIEN ODER AUSFÜHRLICHE UND WAHRHAFTE VORSTELLU NG UND BESCHREIBUNG VON DEN WICHTIGSTEN DER HOLLÄNDISCH-OST-INDISCHEN COMPAGNIE IN AFRICA UND ASIA ZUGEHÖRIGEN LANDERE, KÜSTEN UND INSULEN, IN ACCURATEN SEE- UND LAND-KARTEN

Published: In Verlag des Authors, Wilhelmsdorff, 1744
Size: Oblong folio (330 x 380 mm)

Splendid geographical and topographical album describing and depicting all the factories and stations of the Dutch V.O.C. in Africa and Asia. (A SOUTH AFRICAN BIBLIOGRAPHY Volume 2 page 554)

Estimate: $6000/7000

PRIVATE PRESS BOOKS 

Lot 237
F.S. Ellis (editor)

KELMSCOTT PRESS/WILLIAM MORRIS - SYR PERECYVELLE OF GALES

Published: The Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1895

Edition: 1st.

Size: 8vo.

Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. 98pp. Original quarter linen backed blue-grey paper covered boards. Printed in black and red from Chaucer type, title-page woodcut border after Burne-Jones, with the first line of text in red. Overseen by F.S. Ellis. One of 350 copies (of the entire edition of 358). Frontispiece by Edward Burne-Jones. Printed in Chaucer type, with titles and shoulder notes in red, and with numerous borders and initials designed by William Morris.

Estimate: $1000 - 1200

Lot 198
Lieutenant William Bligh

THE LOG OF THE BOUNTY

Being Lieutenant William Bligh's log of the proceedings of His Majesty's armed vessel Bounty in a voyage to the South Seas, to take the breadfruit from the Society islands to the West Indies.

Published: Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1937

Edition: 1st.

Two volumes. Vol.1 434pp. and Vol.2 258pp. With 4 woodcut illustrations by Lynton Lamb. Folio, 315 x 195 mm, bound in original red, blue and beige cloth, edges uncut. First Edition thus, one of 300 copies printed, this being No.160. 

The log contains many important passages which do not appear in either of Bligh's published books and information patiently collected on the social life of the Tahitians. This copy comes from the esteemed library of Birch Bernstein.

Estimate: $900 - 1000

TRAVEL & EXPLORATION

Lot 6
Dapper (Olfert)

NAUKEURIGE BESCHRIJVINGE DER AFRIKAENISCHE GEWESTEN

van Egypten, Barbaryen, Lybien, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopiën, Abyssinie : vertoont in de benamingen, grenspalen, revieren, steden, gewassen, dieren, zeeden, drachten, talen, rijkdommen, godsdiensten en heerschappyen.

Published: Jacob Van Meurs, Amsterdam, 1676

Met lantkaerten en afbeeldingen van steden drachten &cc. na t'Leven getekendt, en in kooper gesneden. Getrokken uyt verscheyde hedendaegse lantbeschrijvers en geschriften van bereisde ondersoekers dier landen, Den tweeden druk van veel fouten verbetert.

Estimate: $6000/7000

Lot 2

Stanley (Henry M.)

IN DARKEST AFRICA

or the Quest, Rescue and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria with six etchings and one hundred and fifty woodcut illustrations and maps

Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London, 1890

Size: 4to 300 x 240 mm

No 175 of the Demy Quarto Edition De Luxe limited to 250 copies signed by Henry M Stanley.
Book plate of Edna and Frank Bradlow.

'This was to be Stanley's last expedition to Africa. He was charged with rescuing Emin Pasha (Viceroy), who had been appointed a governor in the southern Sudan by the British, and had been forced to retreat to the Lake Albert (now northern Uganda) by the uprising led by an Islamic holy man. In 1888 Stanley journeyed up the Congo and to the lake, reaching Emin, who refused to leave. Eventually persuaded by Stanley, they proceeded to the Indian Ocean by way of the Semliki River which was found to connect Lake Albert with Lake Edward.' (From the facsimile reprint published by The Narrative Press, 2001.)

Estimate: $3500/4000

Lot 1
Baines (Thomas)

THE VICTORIA FALLS ZAMBESI RIVER

Sketched on the Spot by Thomas Baines, F.R.G.S., (During the Journey of J. Chapman & T. Baines), 11 Views of the Victoria Falls, the Zambesi River and the Gorges, with descriptive text by the artist.

Published: Day and Son, London, 1865

Size: Folio (590 x 390mm)

An account of the Mosi-o-a-Tunya
(Smoke-Sounding) or Victoria Falls.

There follow eight pages of descriptive letterpress, and the plates:

1. Frontispiece, Bird's-eye View of the Victoria Falls from the West.

2. The Falls by Sunrise, with the " Spray-Cloud " rising 1200 feet.

3. The Leaping Water on the Westermost Cataract.

4. The Falls from the Western End of the Chasm.

5. Great Western (or main) Fall.

6. Herd of Buffaloes driven to the Edge of the Chasm.

7. Centre Rock Fall and the Eastern Cataracts.

8. Zanjueelah, the Boatman of the Rapids.

9. The Falls from the East End of the Chasm to Garden Island.

10. The Falls from the Narrow Neck near the Eastern Headland of the Outlet.

11. The Profile Cliff, Narrow Gorge, and Torrent of the Zambesi.

Book plate of Edna and Frank Bradlow.

Estimate: $4000/5000

ORNITHOLOGY

Lot 245
G. H. de Schubert

ATLAS De Histoire Naturelle. OISEAUX. (1865)

Ornithology Atlas with 30 carefully colored chromolithograph boards and 200 different kinds of BIRDS.

Published: Librairie de J. BONHOURE et Cie, Paris, no date (vers 1865)

Edition: First Edition

Sought after Atlas of Natural History composed by Dr. G. H. de Schubert, with 30 carefully colored chromolithograph boards and 200 DIFFERENT KINDS of BIRDS. Names of birds on French and Latin are shown on each board. 30 double sheets (41 x 32 cm) are colored in chromolithography.

Estimate: $400-500

Next auction: Auction #51:  26 May - 2 June 2016
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