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Exceptionally rare pair of William and Thomas M. Bardin's New British Terrestrial and Celestial Globes; on the original mahogany tripod stands
Bardin’s New British Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. [Nineteenth Century English Globes].
Fine pair of two large Regency period globes produced by William and Thomas M. Bardin, two of the most highly regarded globemakers of the period. Both the celestial and terrestrial globe measure 18 inches in diameter and are mounted on the original mahogany tripod stands with central compasses mounted on raised brass casters. Fitted with brass meridian rings, the terrestrial globe with an additional brass hour circle at the north pole. The horizon circles for both globes have engraved paper zodiacal rings with calendar. Each with a cartouche reading, "Sir Joseph Banks, Bart K.B., President of the Royal Society, this…
Price: $150,000.00 Item Number: 129376
Nineteenth Century Engraved Map of Asia by American cartographers Nathaniel and Simeon Smith Jocelyn
JOCELYN, Nathaniel and Simeon Smith.
Asia. [Nathaniel and Simeon Smith Jocelyn Nineteenth Century Engraved Map of Asia].
Rare hand-colored engraved map of Asia by American cartographers Nathaniel and Simeon Smith Jocelyn. One page, hand-colored. In very good condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.5 inches.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 137394
Rare 17th century map of America and the state of Florida by Dutch cartographer Pieter van der Aa
VAN DER AA, Pieter.
La Floride, Suirvant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs de l’Academie Royale des Sciences, etc. [17th Century Map of Florida and America].
Leiden: Pieter van der Aa, .
Rare 17th century hand-colored engraved map of Florida and 17th century America by Dutch cartographer Pieter van der Aa. One page, the engraved hand-colored map features Florida, part of Mexico, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Illinois, Native American territories of Conchaques, Apalachicoli, and Apalache, Villages of the Chaktas Indians, and the Bahamas. Embellished cartouche. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. A very nice example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 138431
Facsimile reproduction of one of the earliest maps to refer to the region as Florida: Cornelius van Wytfliet's Florida et Apalche
[VAN WYTFLIET, Cornelius].
Florida et Apalche. [Facsimile 16th Century Map of Florida].
[Louvain, Belgium]: Cornelius de Wytfliet, .
Facsimile reproduction of the original Flemish 1597 Cornelius van Wytfliet map, one of only three maps printed prior to 1600 to depict the area with any accuracy and one of the earliest maps to refer to the region as Florida. One page, the map is based on Geronimo de Chaves' map, which was copied by Ortelius in 1584, and Hernando de Soto's explorations of 1539-1542. "The Florida Peninsula is altered in shape from Ortelius, in that it is more rectangular and has a pronounced 'neck.' The source of this delineation appears to be unknown. The Rio del Spirito Santo shown…
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 138762
FINE PAIR OF RARE EARLY 19TH CENTURY Josiah Loring CELESTIAL AND TERRESTRIAL TABLE GLOBES
Loring’s Terrestrial and Celestial Table Globes.
Boston: Josiah Loring, c. 1833.
Fine pair of rare early 19th century American celestial and terrestrial table globes published by Josiah Loring. Both the celestial and terrestrial globe measure 17 inches in diameter with a calibrated brass meridian ring and 17 inch mahogany horizon ring decorated with mounted hand colored decorations. Mounted on ebonized oak stands. Each globe is comprised of 12 richly detailed hand-colored gores with polar calottes, the terrestrial globe detailing the earth’s landmasses, major countries and cities and the celestial showing the major stars in various sizes related to their brightness. Major constellations and all twelve zodiac signs are illustrated with detailed…
Price: $30,000.00 Item Number: 132508
Rare 17th century map of Florida published by French cartographer Alain Manesson Mallet
MALLET, Allain Manesson.
Floride. Das Landt Florida. [17th Century Map of Florida].
Frankfurt: Allain M. Mallet, c. 1686.
Rare 17the century copper engraved map of Florida from Allain Manesson Mallet's Description De L' Univers, Contenant Les Differents Systemes Du Monde, Les Cartes generales & particulieres.' One page, hand-colored, the copper-engraved map shows Canada or Nouvelle France, the Appalachians, Florida (Tegesta), the Gulf of Mexico, and Cuba. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 138207
William Alexander's Picturesque Representations and the Dress and Manners of the Chinese; finely bound in full morocco
Picturesque Representations and the Dress and Manners of the Chinese. Illustrated with Fifty Coloured Engravings, with Descriptions.
London: Printed for James Goodwin, c. 1829.
Finely bound example of Alexander's profusely illustrated work on t19th century China. Octavo, original full straight-grain morocco richly decorated in gilt, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with fifty hand-colored engravings. In good condition. Rare.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 133048
Rare 18th century Rigobert Bonne map of Florida and La Louisiane
Carte De La Louisiane Et De La Floride. [18th Century French Map of Florida].
Paris: Rigobert Bonne, .
Rare 18th century map of North America by Royal Hydrographer Rigobert Bonne. One page, the engraved map extends from Illinois to Florida with one of the earliest insets of Kansas City. Born in the Lorraine region of France, French cartographer Rigobert Bonne (1727-1794) was a skilled cartographer and hydrographer and succeeded Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Hydrographer at the Depot de la Marine in 1773. He published many charts for the Depot, including some of those for the Atlas Maritimeof 1762. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17 inches by 16 inches.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 139014
Exceptionally Rare Wright Family 18th Century English Style Terrestrial Globe
WRIGHT, Thomas II.
Wright’s New Improved Terrestrial Globe.
London: Sold by W. & S. Jones, c. 1795.
Rare late 18th Century Wright family terrestrial globe. The globe measures 8 inches in diameter with a brass meridian and 14 inch mahogany hand-colored horizon ring. Mounted on an English style ebonised oak stand. The horizontal ring is held by 4 brass spokes and is connected to the pedestal with a turned brass finial hub. Hand colored paper gores over a plaster sphere with a tiny pointed bushing to the north pole. Native to London, the Wright family's lineage included five generations of Thomas Wrights between 1718 and 1842, this globe was likely produced by Thomas Wright II. The entire…
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 96537
"Here Nature has contrived to unite conditions of soil and climate in a manner most delightful": Rare first edition pamphlet of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "Gateway to the Everglades"
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: “Gateway to the Everglades”.
Fort Lauderdale: Snyder & Hortt, Real Estate and Investments, c. 1915.
Rare first edition promotional brochure for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Octavo, profusely illustrated with photographs taken c. 1914-1915 of the business district, boulevards, markets, railways, farms, orange groves, beaches, marinas, streams, and homes of Fort Lauderale. Map of Florida on the final page. In near fine condition. Scarce, OCLC/WorldCat locates only one other example housed in the Alachua County Library which lists the publication date as 1915, the year Fort Lauderdale was designated the county seat of the newly formed Broward County.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 103801
"the widest and the best description the empire of China has had worldwide": Rare 18th century hand-colored map of the Chinese Islands of Kanton, Shang Chwen Shan and Ma-kau from Jean- Baptiste Du Halde's celebrated Description Geographique
DU HALDE, Jean-Baptiste [China].
Jean-Baptiste Du Halde Map of China: Kanton, Shang Chwen Shan and Ma-kau. [Description Geographique].
J. Wood, c. 1736.
Rare eighteenth century hand-colored map providing plans of Kanton, Shang Chwen Shan and Ma-kau, being a plate extracted from Du Halde's celebrated Description Geographique, the most important cartographic record of the region of the eighteenth century. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 11.5 inches.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 137249
"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea.
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 60076
Rare 18th Century Map of Canada by French cartographer Robert de Vaugondy
DE VAUGONDY, Robert.
A New Map of Canada, Also the North Parts of new England and New York: with Nova Scotia and Newfound Land. [18th Century Map of Canada].
London: c. 1766.
Rare 18th century printing of Robert de Vaugondy's map of 1755 updated to indicate changes resulting from the Treaty of Utrecht. The hand-colored map includes a large inset map of the Great Lakes and is embellished with a large title cartouche. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 12.5 inches.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 138933
Rare 19th Century American Map of Florida
19th Century American Map of Florida.
Chicago: People's Publishing Co, [c. 1890].
19th century American map of the state of Florida. One page, the map shows a detailed view of the stated divided by county and includes an inset of the North-western portion of Florida. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 17.25 inches.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 139015
Rare Eighteenth Century Map of China with Korea by renowned French geographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
BELLIN, Jacques-Nicolas [China].
La Chine avec La Coree et les Parties de la Tartarie. [Jacques-Nicolas Bellin Eighteenth Century Map of China with Korea and Parts of Tartary].
Paris: c. 1750.
Rare eighteenth century hand-colored map of China and Korea by French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.75 inches by 17.5 inches.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 137294
Alexander Von Humboldt's Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America During the Years 1799-1804
HUMBOLDT, Alexander Von.
Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America During the Years 1799-1804.
London and New York: Goerge Routledge and Sons, n.d.
Finely bound example of Humboldt's narrative of his studies during his 21 year journey throughout the Americas which laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. Octavo, three volumes bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 138494
Le Globe Classique, Nouvelle Edition: Rare 19th Century French Celestial Globe
Rare 19th Century Charles Dien Celestial Table Globe.
Paris: Sold by W. & S. Jones, c. 1845.
Rare mid-19th century Charles Dien celestial table globe. The globe measures 11.5 inches in diameter with an engraved longitude ring and brass latitude ring. Mounted on brass and mahogany stand. The globe contains twelve bodies including the sun and earth with its moon. The entire piece measures 18 inches in height. French astronomer and cosmographer Charles Dien published highly detailed atlases, works on astronomy, and both celestial and terrestrial globes in Paris throughout the 1840s and 1850s. Dien was also renowned for the sophisticated engravings he designed for the many books produced by his father's publishing house Delamarche. In very good…
Price: $6,200.00 Item Number: 97888
Large seventeenth century hand-colored map of the Danish island of Funen by renowned Dutch cartographer Jan Blaeu
Fionia vulgo Funen. [Seventeenth Century Joan Blaeu Map of Funen].
[Amsterdam]: c. 1645.
Large seventeenth century hand-colored map of the Danish island of Funen by renowned Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu. One page, hand-colored with two decorative cartouches. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 26.5 by 22 inches.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 137508
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong Signed Delaware Evening Journal.
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline "Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous", a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong's famous quote, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Articles featured on the front page include, "Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon", "Kennedy Charged in Crash", and "Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM." In very good condition. Double matted and framed.…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
Rare Early American Map of Wall Street; detailing lots owned by early new York City mayor and chief justice Abraham de Peyster
LUDLAM, Stephen [Wall Street].
Early American Wall Street Survey Map.
April 8, 1817.
Rare 1817 hand-colored copy of an original map of early 18th century Wall Street attached to a Deed of Partition between Col. Abraham de Peyster and Samuel Bayard dated January 3rd 1718, copied on April 8th 1817 by Stephen Ludlam, City Surveyor. One page, the hand-colored map details the intersection of Wall Street, Broad Street, and Kip Street (now Nassau Street) and includes the Presbyterian Church, the original City Hall, and 23 partitioned lots each labeled as owned by Abraham DePeyster or Samuel Bayard. Born in 1657 in New Amsterdam, wealthy merchant and ship owner Abraham de Peyster received numerous…
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 139509
"No Doubt, the most interesting part of our visit here to-day consists in looking at the great ships and learning a little of how they are built": Arthur O. Cooke's The World at Work: A Day in a Shipyard
COOKE, Arthur O.
The World at Work: A Day in a Shipyard.
New York: Hodder & Stoughton, c. 1912.
First edition of Arthur O. Cooke's The World at Work: A Day in a Shipyard. Small octavo, original illustrated boards with pictorial pastedown, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with engravings from photographs, three full-page colored plates including frontispiece, mechanical charts. In near fine condition. Rare.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 104861
David Livingstone: The Great Missionary Explorer; finely bound in full morocco
David Livingstone: The Great Missionary Explorer.
New York: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd, n.d. c. 1908.
Finely bound example of this anonymous work on the life of David Livingstone. Octavo, bound in full morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, frontispiece. In near fine condition. Bookplate. A fine example of early 20th century binding.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 124055
Rare original photograph of the Bluebird K7 at record-breaking speed; inscribed by Donald Campbell
Donald Campbell Signed Bluebird K7 Photograph.
Sepia-tone photograph of the water speed record-breaking Bluebird K7 at speed inscribed by pilot Donald Campbell, "To G.M. Williams With best wishes from Donald Campbell." The recipient, Gwynn Mathews Williams, owned the Waterhead Filling Station on Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England where several water speed records were broken, from 1953 until the early 1960's. Accompanied by the original typed letter signed by Campbell. In near fine condition. Rare.
Price: $2,750.00 Item Number: 131544
"Produced by the most important and active printing press of 17th century Rome": Rare early seventeenth century Italian celestial globe produced by Roman cartographer Giuseppe de Rossi
GIUSEPPE DE ROSSI,.
Giuseppe de Rossi’s Globus Coelest. [Seventeenth Century Italian Celestial Globe].
Rome: Giuseppe de Rossi, .
Rare early seventeenth century Italian celestial globe produced by Roman cartographer Giuseppe de Rossi, the founder the most important and active printing press of 17th century Rome, the Rossi firm. Laid horizontally and mounted on a turned mahogany stand, the celestial globe measures 8 inches in diameter and is comprised of 12 hand-colored engraved gores depicting the major constellations and all twelve zodiac signs, illustrated in detail after Jodocus Hondius famed celestial globe of 1601. The inscribed cartouche reads, "Globus Coelest, in quo stellae fixæ omnes quæ a N. Viro Tychone Brahe suma cura observatæ sunt, accuratissime dessignantur: quibus adjuncte…
Price: $28,000.00 Item Number: 127575
First Edition of Elspeth Huxley's With Forks and Hope: An African Notebook; inscribed by her
With Forks and Hope: An African Notebook.
1964: William Morrow & Company, New York.
First edition of Huxley's authoritative report on the rapidly changing political climate of post-colonial East Africa. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with maps and drawings by Jonathan Kingdon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Joe Ferrier with my best wished Elspeth Huxley." Laid in is the original typed transmittal letter, an autograph card and photograph of Huxley; all three signed by her to Ferrier. The recipient, Joe Ferrier was a lifelong fan and pen pal of Huxley’s. They often exchanged letters, books, and article clippings between England and the United States. Near fine in a…
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 96083
From the Library of John Steinbeck
Two Russian Books From the Library of John Steinbeck.
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
Rare Eighteenth Century Map Of the mouth of the Pearl River by renowned French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
Carte Des Isles Qui Sont a l’Embouchure de la Riviere de Canton. [Eighteenth Century Map Of The Islands Which Are At The Mouth Of The Canton River].
Paris: c. 1750.
Eighteenth century map of the isles of the Pearl River (formerly the Canton River) by French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. One page, hand-colored, central fold. In very good condition. Later hand-coloring. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.25 inches by 14 inches.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 137244
Rare hand-colored 17th century John Seller Map of Moscow and Russia
Moscovia and Russia. [17th Century John Seller Map of Moscow and Russia].
London: c. 1685.
Rare hand-colored 17th century John Seller Map of Moscow and Russia, from Daniel Fenning's A New System of Geography. One page, with intricate topographical details and hand-colored borders. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 123641
Rare Japanese Western Fashion Collection
Japanese Western Fashion Collection.
Japan: c. 1800.
Collection of six plates depicting the traditional attire of countries west of Japan including England, Germany, Portugal, Holland, Denmark, and Russia. Folio, each painting housed in a custom mat with a mylar guard. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 132604
Fine hand-colored Map of Asia by Johnson and Ward
JOHNSON, Alvin J. and Benjamin P. Ward [Asia].
Johnson’s Map of Asia.
New York: Johnson and Ward, c, 1865.
Large hand-colored map of Asia by American cartographers Johnson and Ward. One page, hand-colored. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 19 inches.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 137233
Rare 17th century Jodocus Hondius map of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Jamaica
MERCATOR, Gerard; Henricus Hondius.
Cuba Insula. [17th Century Jodocus Hondius Map of Cuba].
Amsterdam: c. 1630.
Rare 17th century Jodocus Hondius map of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Jamaica. One page, hand-colored, the map shows the islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Jamaica with an inset of Havana and detailed embellishments of ocean waves, sea monsters and ships. In near fine condition. An excellent example of the bold and highly detailed Mercator-Hondius style of engraving.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 138671
Commemorative Cover Signed by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
HILLARY, Edmund and Tenzing Norgay.
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Signed Commemorative Cover.
Commemorative cover with an inlaid medallion honoring the 25th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, boldly signed by both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Housed in its original presentation folder, the cover measures 8 inches by 4.5 inches. In fine condition. An exceptional piece of mountaineering history, signed by the two individuals who ascended Mount Everest.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 138460
Rare illustrated French pamphlet on the Vostok Research Station; signed by the first human to journey into outer space Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Le Celebre Vostok: Premier Vasseau Cosmique Habite. [The Famous Vostok: First Inhabited Cosmic Vessel].
Editions de l'Agence de Presse Novosti, n.d..
Rare illustrated French pamphlet on the Vostok Research Station, signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, illustrated with color photographs. Signed by Gagarin on the verso of the front panel. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 141042
Fine pair of rare early 19th century of Regency Twelve-Inch Terrestrial and Celestial Library Globes
CARY, George; John and William Cary.
Pair of Regency Terrestrial and Celestial Library Globes
London: George and John Cary and by John and William Cary, c. 1816 and 1821.
Fine pair of rare early 19th century celestial and terrestrial table globes the cartouche of the terrestrial globe reads Cary's New Terrestrial Globe Delineated From the best Authorities extant Exhibiting the late discoveries towards the North Pole and every improvement in Geography to the present Time London Made & Sold by G & J Cary, 86 S. James's St. March 15th 1821; the cartouche of the celestial globe reads Cary's New Celestial Globe on white are correctly laid down upwards of 3500 stars Selected from the most accurate observations and calculated for the year 1800. With the extent of each…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 141475
Rare Original Warren & Wetmore Blueprint Portfolio of the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel
WARREN, Whitney and Charles Delevan Wetmore.
Hotel at Waikiki Beach Blueprint Portfolio.
New York: Warren & Wetmore Architects, c. 1925 .
Rare original blueprint portfolio for Warren & Wetmore's iconic "Hotel at Waikiki Beach", later named the Royal Hawaiian. Folio, containing 30 sheets bound and bradded. In very good condition.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 114203
Rare early 17th century printing of the Statutes of the The Order of Saint Stephen; founded by Cosimo I de'Medici in 1561
DE'MEDICI, Cosimo II.
Statuti dell’Ordine De’ Cavalieri di S.to Stefano.
Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620.
Rare early 17th century printing of the Statutes of the The Order of Saint Stephen; founded by Cosimo I de' Medici in 1561. Octavo, bound in full contemporary vellum, engraved title page by Jacques Callot, engraved portrait of Cosimo II de Medici, printer's woodcut vignette on colophon, woodcut initials. From the library of Italian editor and bibliophile Gustavo Camillo Galletti with his small library stamp. In very good condition. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 140375
"one of the most decorative maps of the Holy Land of the 17th century": Rare engraved hand-colored map of the Holy Land
Terra Sancta quae in Sacris Terra Promissionis olim Palestina [Holy Land Map]
Amsterdam: Blaeu, W, 1634.
Copper engraved, hand-colored map of one of the most decorative maps of the Holy Land of the 17th century. One page with hand-colored borders, the map depicts the tribes of Israel and the route the Israelites took from Egypt through Sinai into Canaan. In the sea there are three sea monsters, one of which has targeted a fishing vessel. The title cartouche is guarded by two dogs, draped with fruit, and flanked by Moses inscribing the ten commandments and a Jewish high priest. In fine condition. Double matted and framed.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 101741
"The greatest and finest atlas ever published": Willem and Joan Blaeu's magnificent Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, or, Le Theatre du Monde
BLAEU, Willem and Joan.
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. [Le Theatre du Monde].
Amsterdam: Chez Jean Blaeu/Apud Guiljelmum et Johannem Blaeu, 1643-1645.
One of the "greatest and finest atlas ever published" (Koeman). Folio, 4 volumes, original full vellum with gilt tooling to the spine in eight compartments within gilt bands, central gilt arabesques and fleuron corner pieces within double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, all edges gilt. Gilt presentation inscription to the front panel of vol. I dated July 3, 1646 dedicating the set to Omer Talon, avocat-général to the French Parliament with the compliments of François du Monstier, rector of the University of Paris. Illustrated with 335 magnificent hand-colored engraved maps of the world and four continents including,…
Price: $350,000.00 Item Number: 126307
"A Pike is a Prince of his own liquid country, and like a universal monarch, can command all the regiments of the scaled army": Scarce first edition of the art of trolling from the library of Alfred Dennison
The Compleat Troller, or, The Art of Trolling.
London: Printed for T. James for Tho. Helder, 1682.
Rare first edition of Nobbes' authoritative work on the history and methods of trolling. First issue with the engraved hook on page 37 pointing to the right and two woodcut illustrations in the text. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers. Lord Spencer's copy with his ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, "From Lord Spencer's Library 18/". From the library of renowned angling collector Alfred Denison with his gilt leather bookplate to the verso of the front panel. Denison's angling collection of over…
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 89160
Rare First Edition A New and Exact Description of Moscovy
A New and Exact Description of Moscovy.
London: R. Baldwin, 1698.
First edition of this work. Octavo, bound in modern wrappers, 28 pages. In very good condition with some browning and toning to the text. Rare, with no other examples appearing at auction in the last 80 years.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 112625
Rare 17th century John Seller map of New England and New York, from Daniel Fenning's A New System of Geography
17th Century John Seller Map of New England and New York.
London: Seller, Price & Senex, 1703.
Rare 17th century John Seller map of New England and New York from Daniel Fenning's A New System of Geography. One page, with intricate topographical details and hand-colored borders, the map displays the eastern portion of New York and New England and includes Long Island, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island, and Rhode Island. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 123177
“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison": Rare First Edition of Jonathan Swifts's Classic Work Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first Surgeon, and then Captain of Several Ships. [Gulliver’s Travels].
London: Benjamin Motte, 1726.
First editions of Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels. Octavo, two volumes, bound in three quarters contemporary calf over marbled boards, engraved frontispiece of Lemuel Gulliver, woodcut initials, five engraved maps, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. Bookplate to the pastedown and period ownership signature to each volume. Both volumes are the Teerink B edition. A very nice example of this classic in English literature.
Price: $18,000.00 Item Number: 95317
"I WAS MUCH SURPRISED TO HEAR FOWLS SPEAK, AS THEY WERE TO SEE SUCH A MONSTER AS I APPEARED TO BE": RARE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST PROTO-SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS: A VOYAGE TO CACKLOGALLINIA
A Voyage to Cacklogallinia: with a Description of the Religion, Policy, Customs and Manners of that Country.
London: J. Watson, 1727.
First edition of this early 18th century satire published in imitation of Jonathan Swift's masterpiece Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, or, Gulliver's Travels. Octavo, bound in full brown morocco by Charles Thurman, Binder. Raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, embossed front and rear panels, engraved frontispiece. From the library of NASA scientist and science fiction expert Frederick I. Ordway III, best known for his contribution to the development of close personal friend, Stanley Kubrick's, epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Rare.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 36011
Rare first edition in English of A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars
EBÜLGÂZÎ BAHADIR HAN, Khan of Khorezm.
A General History of the Turks, Moguls, and Tatars, Vulgarly called Tartars. Together With a Description of the Countries They Inhabit.
London: Printed for J. and J. Knapton, J. Darby, A. Bettesworth, et. al., 1729-1730.
Rare first edition in English of one of the earliest sources on the Turks, Moguls, and Tartars. Octavos, two volumes. Bound in full polished calf with red morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, all edges speckled red, engraved headpieces and tailpieces, folding map to each volume. From the library of Reginald C.L. Powys-Lybbe with his bookplates to the pastedowns. In very good condition.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 109632
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED ATLAS OF RUSSIA, AND ONE OF PETER THE GREAT'S MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS
DE L'ISLE, Joseph Nicolas.
Russischer Atlas welcher in einer General-Charte und neunzehen Special-Charten das gesamte Russische Reich und dessen angräntzende Länder.vorstellig macht.
St. Petersburg: Entworffen bey der Kayserl. Academie der Wissenschaften, 1745.
Rare first edition of the first atlas printed of Russia. Folio, bound in full leather, 19 double-page maps, one large folding general map. In excellent condition with light toning. An exceptional example.
Price: $35,000.00 Item Number: 105840
Rare Eighteenth Century Map of China by Renowned French Cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
L’Empire de La Chine Pour Servir a l’Histoire Generale des Voyages. [Eighteenth Century Jacques-Nicolas Bellin Map of China].
Eighteenth century engraved map of China by renowned French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. One page with two decorative cartouches. In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 17.25 inches.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 137234
The Works of Jonathan Swifts's Finely Bound
SWIFT, Jonathan .
The Works of Jonathan Swift: Including, Gulliver’s Travels.
London: Various Publishers, 1751-67.
Finely bound volumes of the works of Jonathan Swift. Octavo, 19 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, red morocco spine labels, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition, with the Cornwell House ink stamp to front free endpaper. A very sharp set.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 140938
Rare 18th century engraved map of North and Central America by famed French cartographer Guillaume Delisle
America das Mitternachtige nach der Zeichnung des Herrn Wilhelm Delisle in Verlag Joh. Justine Gebauers. [18th Century Guillaume Delisle Map of North America].
Halle: Johann Justinus Gebauer, 1752.
Rare 18th century engraved map of North and Central America by famed French cartographer Guillaume Delisle. One page, hand-colored, the engraved map shows North and Central America including California, Nova Mexico, Florida, and Greenlandia, decorative cartouches. In near fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 138497
Rare second edition of Cochin and Bellicard's Observations Upon the Antiquities of the Town of Herculaneum, Discovered at the Foot of Mount Vesuvius
COCHIN, Charles; Jerome Bellicard.
Observations Upon the Antiquities of the Town of Herculaneum, Discovered at the Foot of Mount Vesuvius. With some Reflections on the Painting and Sculpture of the Ancients. And a short Description of the Antiquities in the Neighbourhood of Naples.
London: Printed for D. Wilson and T. Durham, 1756.
Second edition of the first illustrated account of the discoveries made in the excavation of Herculaneum. Octavo, bound in full calf with gilt ruled raised bands to the spine, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, profusely illustrated with 42 engraved plates. In good condition. Ownership stamp.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 134550
Rare 18th Century Map of Florida, Louisiana, and Neighboring Countries by famed French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin
Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins. [18th Century Map of Florida, Louisiana, and Neighboring Countries. To be used in the General History of Travel].
Jean-Francois de La Harpe, 1757.
Rare 18th century engraved map of North America by French cartographer Jacques-Nicolas Bellin. One page, hand-colored, the map shows the French territory of Louisiane and Florida. Labelled cities and regions include St. Augustine, Savannah, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Toronto, Detroit, Mobile, Pensacola, New Mexico, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Topographical features include Lakes Michigan, Erie, and Superior, the Savannah, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers, and the Appalachian Mountains. Bellin also labels the locations of various Native tribes such as the Cherokees, Osages, and Apaches, as well as locations of major forts. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures…
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 138434
First edition of Richard Owen Cambridge's An Account of the War in India, Between the English and French; from the private library of Benjamin Franklin
CAMBRIDGE, Richard Owen [Benjamin Franklin].
An Account of the War in India, Between the English and French, on the Coast of Coromandel, From the Year 1760. Together with A Relation of the late Remarkable Events on the Malabar Coast, and the Expeditions to Golconda and Surat; with the Operations of the Fleet. Illustrated with Maps, Plans &c. The Whole Compiled from Original Papers.
London: Printed for T. Jefferys, 1761.
Benjamin Franklin's first edition copy of Cambridge's account of the progression of the Seven Years' War in India, from Franklin's private library. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf, marbled endpapers, illustrated with 12 engraved maps and plans and 6 plates, mostly folding. From the private library of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin's contributions to science and politics were immense and his passion for making books more available to a broader audience prompted him to establish North America's first subscription library. In 1731, Franklin convinced the members of his Junto (a mutual improvement club he founded) to pool their money to purchase books…
Price: $65,000.00 Item Number: 137375
FALKNER'S DESCRIPTION OF PATAGONIA, SCARCE 1774 FIRST EDITION, WITH TWO LARGE (30 BY 20 INCHES) FOLDING MAPS
A Description of Patagonia, and the Adjoining Parts of South America…Illustrated with a New Map.
Hereford: Printed by C. Pugh; and sold by T. Lewis, 1774.
First edition of this fascinating 18th-century account of Patagonia and South America, with one of the two important large folding maps by Thomas Kitchin of South America, measuring approximately 30 by 20 inches. Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. Lacking one of the two folding maps. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 112546
"The contemplation of a magnificent structure and of an extensive work are objects exceedingly pleasing to the imagination": John Campbell's A Political Survey of Britain
A Political Survey of Britain: Being a Series of Reflections on the Situation, Lands, Inhabitants, Revenues, Colonies, and Commerce of This Island.
Dublin: T. Ewing and C. Jenkin, 1775.
Rare second edition of John Campbell's classic survey of late sixteenth century Britain. Octavo, four volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, raised bands, red and green morocco spine labels, gilt titles. In good condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 81166
First edition of Richard Chandler's Travels in Greece: Or an Account of a Tour Made at the Expense of the Society of the Dilettanti
Travels in Greece: Or an Account of a Tour Made at the Expense of the Society of the Dilettanti.
Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1776.
First edition of Chandler's personal account of the first Ionian expedition of the Society of Dilettani which Chandler led between 1764 and 1766. Quarto, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, illustrated with two folding and five full-page maps. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 135804
The Works of Jonathan Swifts's From the Library of Founding Father Robert R. Livingstone
SWIFT, Jonathan [Robert R. Livingstone].
The Works of Jonathan Swift: Including, Gulliver’s Travels.
Edinburgh: Printed by Mrs. Mundell, 1778.
First of 4 issues, Scotch editions, from the library of Robert R. Livingstone, with his bookplate to the pastedown of each volume. Small octavo, bound in contemporary calf, spine compartments ruled with Greek key tooling, morocco spine labels. From the library of founding father Robert R. Livingston. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Livingston played an important role in the early development of the newly formed country. He was known as "The Chancellor", after the high New York state legal office he held for 25 years. He was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, along with Thomas…
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 119642
Rare 18th Century map of Florida published for the use of the French Navy during the American Revolution
SARTINE, Antoine de.
Carte Reduite des Cotes et de l’Interieur de la Presqu’ile de la Floride, avec le Detroit de Cette Presqu’ile et le Canal de Bahama. [18th Century Anotoine de Sartine Map of Florida]
France: Dépôt General de la Marine, 1780.
Rare 18th century hand-colored engraved map or the state of Florida published for the use of the French Navy during the American Revolution. One page, the map shows coastal topography around the Florida Peninsula depicting harbors, points, keys, shoals and low water areas, the St. John's River, St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Charlotte Harbor, Tampa Bay, St. Mark's River, Apalachicola Bay to Cape St. Blas and St. Joseph's Bay, the Bahama Channel and the Bahama Islands, the Straits of Florida, the northern coast of Cuba and the Florida Keys. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 31.75…
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 138716
Eighteenth Century Map of the Empire Of China and Islands Of Japan; by Venetian cartographer Antonio Zatta
ZATTO, Antonio [China].
Impero Della China Colle Isole Del Giappone. [Eighteenth Century Antonio Zatta Map of the Empire Of China and Islands Of Japan]
Venice: Presso Antonio Zatta, 1784.
Large eighteenth century hand-colored map of China and Japan by Venetian cartographer Antonio Zatta. One page, hand-colored with a fine botanical cartouche. In near fine condition. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 23.5 inches.
Price: $500.00 Item Number: 137611
Rare First Edition of Des Ballons Aérostatiques, de la maniere de les construire, de les faire elever
Des Ballons Aérostatiques, de la maniere de les construire, de les faire elever [Of Balloons aerostatic, the way to build them, elevate them].
Lausanne: J.P. Heubach & Cie, 1784.
First edition of this work, translated as, Of Balloons Aerostatic, the Way to Build Them, Elevate Them. Octavo, bound in contemporary three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine and gilt balloon tooling in 4 compartments, marbled endpapers. This work is often wrongly attributed to Faujas de Saint-Fond, as it reprints his "Discours preliminaire" and the first chapter of Description des Experiences de la Machine Aerostatique… (1783), with plates re-engraved from or similar to those printed in 1783. However, the remainder of the work is made up reports of the most recent experiments and findings on aerial flight, and…
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 111835
"One of the most splendid narratives in the literature of African travel": First Edition of Bruce Jamess Travels To Discover The Source of the Nile
Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772.
Edinburgh: G.G. J. and J. Robinson, 1790.
First edition of this classic work. Quarto, 5 volumes, bound in half leather, all edges gilt. With 58 engraved plates and 3 folding maps. In near fine condition.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 4427