Four small maps framed together, each illustrating some portion of North and South America. The set includes the following: 1) Nova Virginiae Tabula, by Pieter van den Keere and Jan Jansson, Amsterdam, 1631. A fine example of the 1631 German edition of Jansson’s derivative of John Smith’s highly important map of 1612, which was the only regional map of North America to appear in the Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris. The map shows a fascinating early look at the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding environs, including American Indian tribes, villages, rivers, and other early details. According to Burden, this is the first derivative of the Smith map to appear in an atlas, pre-dating the Hondius map by two years. 2) America, from Gerard Mercator’s Atlas Minor. This extremely popular volume was first published in 1607, but this map is c. 1610. 3) L’Amerique septentrionale, by Guillaume de Lisle (1675-1726). This map is taken from La science des personnes de la cour, de l'épée et de la robe, volume 1. This encyclopedia was published in Amsterdam by Francois L’Honore in 1707. 4) Descriptio Terrae Novae: Virginia et Nova Francia, 1618. This charming miniature map depicts the east coast of North America, and is based on Hondius’s world map from 1611. It does not incorporate new information from Samuel de Champlain (in Canada and along the Great Lakes) or of John Smith (in the Chesapeake Bay are and New England). The area from present-day New York to Maine is labeled Norenbega, and the area further south is labeled Virginia, with the Chesapeake Bay noticeably missing. A region just east of a large mountain range (the Appalachian mountains) is labeled Alpachen, and the St. Lawrence River features prominently at the top. Latin text on verso. Condition: all Very Good, with light to moderate even age toning. One map (3) shows a light crease, and one (2) appears to have a small tear at the bottom margin which does not impact the image. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 23.75 x h 18.5 in.
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USSR: c 1941-1945. A collection of 20 Russian medals from the WWII era housed in a shadowbox. The medals present include the following: Capture of Konigsberg; Medal for Valor; Medal for Combat Service; Defense of Kiev; Defense of Stalingrad; Victory over Japan; Victory over Germany; Defense of Odessa; Capture of Berlin; Defense of Moscow; Capture of Budapest; Defense of Caucasus; Defense of Sevastopol; Defense of Soviet Polar Region; Defense of Leningrad; Defense of Prague; Liberation of Warsaw; Liberation of Belgrad; Capture of Vienna; and Medal for Meritorious Labor during the Great Patriotic War. A copy of this inventory is included with the lot. Condition: Very Good. Medals and ribbons both show some signs of age (tarnish, some change of color in the ribbons0 but the imprints on the metal are still very sharp.
New York: Rabinovitch, c. 1930. Ben Magid Rabinovitch. Just Out: A Portfolio of Ravgravures. New York: Rabinovitch, c. 1930. Limited edition; edition number 17/100. Set contains ten folio-sized prints, nine of the original set plus one extra plate, which is the work of the same artist but was originally sold separately. All are signed in the lower right corner by Rabinovitch, with the title of the piece in pencil on the reverse. Housed in original gray portfolio. The inside of the front cover includes the original limitation sheet as well as the description of the portfolio, pasted down as issued. The pictures vary in size from 6 x 8 to 10 x 13 inches, all on 14 x 18 sheets. Nine of the original tissue-guards are present. Contains The Katharine Cornell, Marie Ouspenskaya, Carlotta Monterey, The Girl In Black, Mrs. G. E. Calthrop, Michio Ito, The Tartar Dance of the Chauve-Souris, Nude - Dance Figure (D.H.), and Nude - Cruciform Figure (P.G.). Lacking The Sad Clown of the Chauve-Souris. Originally sold separately, this portfolio also includes the Nude - Torso (P.G.). Condition: Very Good. Some age-toning to all prints. Portfolio case has received some repair, including a brown spine; some tears and missing material on protective flaps. Dimensions 15 x 19.25 inches.
Large vertical poster mounted on a lightweight canvas depicts men in military uniforms beneath several flags in a tropical setting, at the top of the poster. At the bottom left corner of the poster is a man in uniform on a camel with another man at his side and in the other corner is a man in uniform on a horse with a man standing next to him. The text of the poster is in French. The heading above the top image reads: Republique Francaise Minister's De La Guerre and below the image reads: Troupes Coloniales/Avantages/ Assures Par La Loi/Aux Engages Et Rengages Des Troupes Coloniales. Header texts in blue, red and black. The remaining text is in black and red. Condition: Good to Good+. The poster’s edges have slight foxing. Otherwise the surface shows mild wear. The edges have slight wrinkles. Dimensions w 30 in x h 46 1/8 in.
A map of the United States of America by American cartographer Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858), published in Philadelphia in 1812. This was Tanner’s first map, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps. Condition: Very Good. Light, even age toning with faint creases and some slight darkening along the right edge. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 21.5 in x h 17 in.
Based on material collected by the Dutch Astronomer Peter Laicksteen, who travelled to the Holy Land in 1556. Christian Sgrooten (here written “Schrot”), royal geographer to King Phillip II of Spain produced a nine-sheet map of Palestine in 1570 from Laikstain’s information. This map was condensed into the present form by Abraham Ortelius. Ortelius, the creator of the first modern atlas, collected and edited maps from all over Europe for his book. Many of the original mapmakers rose to fame solely through Ortelius’s decision to include their maps in his atlas. Laicksteen took thorough and accurate notes, and the original Laicksteen and Sgrooten map contained improvements over earlier maps. For instance, the River Kishon is here shown as flowing from the mountains near the Sea of Galilee, not, as was previously thought, from the Sea of Galilee itself. However, the Levantine coastline Sgrooten (and Ortelius) depicted is hardly recognizable to modern eyes. The map is replete with fanciful bays and peninsulas, though some of the most recognizable features of the coastline, such as the outcrops of land at Haifa and Beirut are absent. Ortelius had originally used another map of the Holy Land (by cartographer Tilleman Stella) in the early editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It covered a far more extensive territory, including part of Egypt and Syria. Oddly, the coastline in this first map was much more accurate than in the Sgrooten map. Laicksteen and Sgrooten’s original map included a small inset with an extended geography. However, their mapping of the Dead Sea and surrounding areas was so controversial that Ortelius chose to leave out this region completely. The strange anecdote written in the Dead Sea is Ortelius’s own addition. It describes how the Dead Sea was once a fertile valley, but was transformed by an act of God into a barren sea to punish the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the bottom left hand corner is a hand colored illustration of the story of Jonah. Above the luscious cartouche Ortelius has added three miniatures featuring the Crucifixion, the Nativity, and the Resurrection of Christ. The French text on the verso, a long-winded description with little relevance to the map, was changed to a more “reader-friendly” version shortly after the publication of this edition. 525 copies were made of this edition of Ortelius’s map. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; central crease. Matted and framed between two panes of glass so that the text on the reverse of the map is visible. Dimensions w 27.75 in x h 22 7/8 in.
1977. Signed and dated 1977 watercolor by American fantasy and comic artist Charles Vess (b. 1951). Vess’s many career achievements include contributions to the Marvel and DC comic universes, exhibitions in the United States and around the world, and numerous awards. His most recent published work includes The Book of Earthsea, the result of a collaboration with Ursula K. Le Guin. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some age-toning. Tape around margins which does not impact image. Some bumping to corners without damage to image. Holes punched across the top of paper appear to be original to the item. Dimensions 40 x 8 inches.
A map of the Tartar Kingdom, extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to North America in the east. This map was the work of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), one of the most famous 16th century cartographers, and was published in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas. This copy is delicately colored. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and a few age spots; a central crease which shows no wear. Framed and matted. Dimensions w 26 in x h 21 1/8 in.
Cairo: Egyptian State Tourism Department. c. 1960. Artwork by M. Azmy; printed in Egypt by Institut Graphique Egyptien. Issued by the Egyptian State Tourism Department. Condition: Very Good. Slight age toning; one small tear (which does not interfere with the image) visible in upper right margin. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 29.5 x 41.25 inches.
The work of the distinguished Italian cartographer Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617), this oval projection draws from the work of another great cartographer, Abraham Ortelius. Most notable are the large landmasses of Terra Incognita and Terra Autralis at both poles. Six wind-heads are arranged above and below the map. Condition: Excellent, with even age toning. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 12.75 in x h 11 1/8 in.
A composite containing maps of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, S. Ioannis, and Margareta, all by Jodocus Hondius the Elder (1563-1612), one of the most significant cartographers of his generation. Condition: Very good. Age toning, several creases. Double matted and framed. Dimensions w 26.5 in x h 21 in.
London: c. 1676. A map of the Roman Empire first released in John Speede’s Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, published in London in 1676. The map is colored, with an elaborate ornamental border. Condition: Good. Uneven age toning, including dark regions around the central crease and along the margins. Water staining at bottom of map, and slight chipping at edges. Dimensions w 23 3/8 in x h 18 1/8 in.
A color example of the map of the Azores by Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), one of the most important 16th-century cartographers. This map was first published as part of a 1583 addendum to his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas. Condition: Very Good. Some age toning, particularly in the upper right corner. Text from the verso of the page is visible in the margins, particularly on the left side. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 29 5/8 in x h 23 5/8 in.
An old color example of Blaeu’s map of the Turkish Empire, based upon Blaeu’s map of a similar title. Willem Janzsoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Dutch astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals such as Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus. Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as a hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672. Dimensions w 28.5 in x h 24 5/8 in.
Paris: Imprimerie de Vaugirard. A large vertically oriented poster mounted on lightweight canvas. The poster’s background is beige. The image depicted in the poster is in full color and shows three military figures in a battle. The text of the poster is in French. The heading reads: EMPRUNT DE LA LIBERATION. There are three words within the illustration: On les. At the bottom of the poster there is text stating: Souscrivez a la/London County & Westminster Bank (Paris) Ltd/22, Place Vendome Paris. Condition: Good to Very Good. Poster edges have mild foxing. Printed by Imprimerie de Vaugirard, Paris. Visa No. 13426. Dimensions w 30.5 in x h 45.75 in.
Egyptian State Tourism Board, c 1950s - 1960s. Original travel poster with artwork by H. Hashim. Printed in Egypt by Institut Graphique Egyptien, and issued by Egyptian State Tourism Board. Condition: Very Good. Some light age-toning; rip in upper left margin (does not extend into image). Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 31 x 42.75 inches.
1979. Poster design created by Jamie Wyeth in honor of the opening of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in 1979. The poster is signed by the artist at the lower right corner. Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) is the son of painter Andrew Wyeth. Following in the footsteps of his father and many other family members, Wyeth pursued an artistic career from an early age. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions at museums across the United States, and his work is now in many major public collections. Condition: Very Good. A small white mark in the upper left corner which appears not to be original. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 26.25 x 36.25 inches.
Paris: c 1870. A. Alphand. Les Promenades de Paris: Les promenades de Paris, histoire--description des embellissements--dépenses de création et d'entretien des Bois de Boulogne et de Vincennes, Champs-Élysées--parcs--squares--boulevards--places plantées, étude sur l'art des jardins et arboretum. Text volume only. 246 + cviii +  pp. Text in French. Elephant folio. Bound in full green pebble-grained cloth with extensive gilt ornamentation and lettering to boards and spine. Bookplate of Edward Alexander Parsons of New Orleans on front pastedown. Please note that this volume is large and heavy, and will incur additional shipping costs. Jean Charles Adolphe Alphand (1817-1891) was a French civil engineer and landscape architect who contributed to the renovation of Paris under Napoléon III by straightening roads and designing public gardens. He also oversaw aspects of the planning for the International Exhibitions in Paris in 1867, 1878, and 1889. Condition: Good. Rebacked with minimal loss to spine; cloth preserved over new boards with repairs to corners and joints. Some scratches and wear to covers. Original endpapers preserved, though with a few open tears. Closed tear (3 cm or 1 ⅛ in) at bottom left corner of first free endpaper. Light foxing and age-toning to interior. Dimensions 19 x 25 x 2.75 inches.
Amsterdam: chez Ian Ianssen: Ian Ianssen, 1627. Thick quarto bound in early full vellum.; Fair;. The vellum shows moderate soiling and wear, and the front pastedown has tiny ink inscriptions. The paper is at times heavily faded and wobbly with slight offsetting not affecting text. The first 53 pages and first 20 plates are water-stained along the fore edge; the back of plate 42 contains blue and black ink signatures. The title page is absent. The following sections are present: Geometry, Perspective, Symmetry, Doric Columns, and Fortification. The volume also contains a Table of Dimensions of Fortifications. The following plates are present: AA, 4-10, 14-17, 17-24, 30, 32-35, 41, 42, 9-14, 16-18, 23, 24, 5, 8-39, 43-46, 11, 17-23, 26-30, 33, 37, 38, 51, 59, 60, 62-65, 74-79, Z, AA-EE, 1-10, for a total of 117 plates. There are numerous signs of plates being excised. Dimensions 8.625 x 12.625 x 3.125 inches Shelved case 4.
1866. First Edition. A collection of historical photographs of Venice, circa 1866. First Edition. Oblong quarto in thick, dark brown, fully embossed leather with gilt Lion of Saint Mark on front cover and gilt edges. The volume contains 40 photographs, each affixed to a thin board page with a tiny legend. The photographs in this album were taken by Carlos Naya (1816-1882) and the photography studio Anderson of Rome. Carlos Naya was a photographer and lawyer who worked with optician Carlo Ponti, and traveled extensively through Europe and North Africa. Scottish-born photographer James Anderson (1813-1877) established a successful photography business in Rome, which he passed to his son, Domenico (1854-1938) on his death. Though the legends on these photos do not specify which Anderson created them, the apparent collaboration with Naya suggests that James Anderson is most likely the artist. Both Anderson and Naya benefitted from and contributed to a dramatic boom in photography in Italy during the mid-19th century. Through their work, they offered travellers and locals alike an image of Italy as a place of cultural antiquity and stability in apparent contrast to the rapid change experienced by the rest of Europe and North America. Condition: Very Good. Boards with minimal soiling and very slight fraying on corners and upper spine. Album slightly warped upwards. Some age-toning and foxing on pages and photographs, and some offsetting. Dimensions 15.125 x 10.75 x 2.375 inches.
Paris: Chez Desaint, David, Durand, 1757. Second Edition. Text in French. Octavos. Bound in contemporary full brown calf. Gilt ornamentation on boards (double rule with roll). Paneled spine with gilt lettering in two compartments and gilt ornamentation in remaining four. The endpapers are marbled, and the text block edges are tinted red. The volumes contain a total of four folding maps and three folding plans, with one each in volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4, three in volume 6, and no maps or plans in volume 5. Maps and plans in excellent condition. The text block is very clean. Condition: Very Good. Some shelf wear and rubbing on spines and boards. Boards are slightly bowed. Slight age-toning and foxing to pages. Dimensions 4.125 x 6.75 x 9 inches shelved above occult.
Signed print by Frank Brangwyn depicting a street scene in the aftermath of the London Blitz. Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) was born in Belgium to British parents, and received his artistic training in Britain. He worked for William Morris as a young man, and like him explored a wide array of artistic media throughout his career. Though his work includes such diverse categories as glassware, furniture, and pro-British WWI posters, perhaps his best-known works are the murals commissioned by the House of Lords in 1926, later rejected by the peers, and finally acquired for the Guildhall in Swansea, Wales. During his lifetime, he was one of the world's foremost artists. He was the first living artist to receive a retrospective at the Royal Academy in London. While his reputation suffered after his death, his work has been reconsidered in more recent years, and a high-profile exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of his death in 2006. Condition: Good. Some discoloration from handling, aging adhesive, and other factors to margins, but these do not impact the print itself, or the signature. The print is mounted in an unusual way in that the edges of the sheet of paper have been wrapped around the edges of a board and glued to the back, which currently gives the print a slightly wavy appearance. This could likely be corrected if the backing were removed, which could be done with minimal paper loss. Dimensions 26 x 36.5 inches.
Hickory Hill, Virginia: 1961. A photograph of Robert F. Kennedy with several of his children at Hickory Hill, their home in Virginia, signed by the photographer, Jacques Lowe. Signature in lower right corner in faded yellow ink. The title, “Hickory Hill, June 1961,” is written in the same ink in the lower left corner. Nicely matted and framed. Jacques Lowe (1930-2001) was John F. Kennedy's personal photographer both during his presidential campaign and after his election. The photograph comes from the collection of a member of the Kennedy family. Condition: Very Good. Print shows one slight crease (barely visible) at the bottom of the photo; signature and title are both badly faded. Slight scratching to frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 24.5 a 24.5 inches Provenance: From the collection of a member of the Kennedy family.
Paris: Devambez Imp. Large vertically oriented poster mounted on canvas. The background of the poster is light beige. The colors blue, white and red are the border for the interior image and text. A black and white illustration depicting an eagle and a rooster is drawn at the top half of the poster. Below the image the text in French reads: Pour que la France soit Victorieuse! Souscrivez au 4eme EMPRUNT DE LA DEFENSE NATIONALE, CREDIT FRANCAIS, 52.54, Rue De Chateaudun, PARIS. Condition: Good. Slight darkening to edges due to age. Slight crease vertically along the center of the poster. Some crinkling to corners and edges. Printed by Devambez. Imp. Paris; Visa No. 13290. Dimensions w 32 3/8 in x h 47.25 in.
Paris. Large horizontally oriented poster. Poster is mounted on a lightweight canvas. The image depicted is a nude man wearing a hat and belted sheath with a sword pointed at a large hawk on a greenish yellow background with dark beige edges. The man pulls a large flowing cloth of red, white and blue from the beak of the hawk with his other hand. Text above the illustration the text states: CREDIT LYONNAIS; and below reads: SOUSCRIVEZ AV 4e EMPRUNT NATIONAL. Condition: Good- to Good. Edges show wrinkling with some moisture staining at the top edge. Mild foxing to tail edge. Printed by Devambez, Paris. Visa 13.098. Dimensions w 48 in x h 34 in.
London: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. Large wide horizontally oriented poster mounted on a lightweight canvas. Poster background is off-white. The text at the head of the poster in bold red text reads: REMEMBER THE LUSITANIA! The text at the bottom of the poster reads: ENLIST TO-DAY. The interior image has two columns and duplicates newspaper reports in black lettering regarding the Lusitania incident. This image has a red border and a red vertical rule at the center. Condition: Good- to Good. Some wrinkling and beige toning to the edges. Interior image shows mild toning with a small stain to the lower left side. Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London. Poster No. 95. Printed by Roberts & Leete, London. Dimensions w 47.5 in x h 38 3/8 in.
A map of the eastern half of the United States by American cartographer Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858), published in 1830. The map highlights existing and proposed canals and railroads, and also reflects state and territory borders and rivers. Condition: Very Good. Age toning, several creases on left half. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 28 3/8 in x h 22 7/8 in.
White recruitment poster with red and blue text. The heading states: TELL THAT TO THE MARINES!/AT 24 EAST 23rd STREET. The central image is of a man wearing a blue business suit with a newspaper and a hat at his feet. The artist is James Montgomery Flagg. Condition: Good-. There are several tears to the poster's edges due to creases and folds. Small pin holes to the corners. The poster's colors are vivid with minimal discoloration. Dimensions w 30 in x h 40 in.
An original travel poster created by Julien Lacaze (1886-1971), a French artist known particularly for his advertisement posters in the early 1900s. Condition: Very Good. A carefully-mended closed tear (approx. 2.5 in or 65 mm) along the lower right edge. Slight age-toning. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 34.375 x 45.5 inches.
Lipsiae: Johannis Casparis Meyeri/Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. Fifth Revised edition. Two works of Judaica bound together in a single volume: Henrico Opitio [Heinrich Opitz] with B. Wasmuthi. Hazer leshon ha-qodesh: Hoc est atrium linguae sanctae. Lipsiae: Johannis Casparis Meyeri, 1692. Fifth Revised edition. 156 pages. Henrico Opitio [Heinrich Opitz]. Novum Lexicon Hebraeo-Chaldaeo-Biblicum. Lipsiae: Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. 1095 pp. [Hebrew] + 62 pp. [Chaldaean]. Square quarto in full vellum binding with faded hand-written titles on spine. All edges tinted blue. Pagination restarts with each part. Text in Hebrew and Latin. Condition: Very Good. The binding is shaken, with some shelf-wear and bumping. The spine and boards are sunned and somewhat warped, and there are some splits at hinges and gutter. Medium age-toning and some foxing. Scattered marginalia, some of which are in Hebrew and some of which appear to be lists of occurrences of particular Hebrew words in the Hebrew Scriptures. Dimensions 7 x 8.125 x 3.125 shelved case 4.
Lugdunum: Ioannes Pul [Ioannes Pullonus], 1547. Tibulli, propertii, ac Ovidii flores, ab Ioanne Murmelio olim selecti, nunc autem ab Augusto Botta Rouescallen. Iocupletissimè aucti, ac recogniti. Edited by Ioannes Murmellius and Augustus Botta Rouescallen. Lugdunum: Ioannes Pullonus, 1547. 117 pp. Text in Latin. Duodecimo in early vellum boards. A partial title has been written on the spine in faded ink. The initials F.R.G.F.C. appear in ink on the title page, and the name Erasmus has been crossed out in two instances. A book stamp (likely placing this volume in a library or collection in Bologna in the 19th century) appears on the final page of text. Condition: Very Good. The boards are very thin and have become cockled. The vellum is somewhat darkened with age and light staining and shows minor insect damage. There is evidence of a closure device, now absent, on both boards. Both paste downs are partially detached, but the binding is overall very solid. The pages are somewhat age-toned with occasional foxing. There are a handful of small ink marks to the textblock. Dimensions 4.25 x 6.375 x 0.625 inches shelved case 3.
A map printed in two stages by Henri Petri, and was published in Sebastian Munster’s 1540 edition of Geographia Universalis vetus et nova complectens… by Claudius Ptolemaeus. The names were printed from a letterpress and the map from a woodcut, and the cartouche includes a compilation of old names and their modern counterparts. The map is oriented with the West to the top. Condition: Good to Very Good. Age toning, with a central crease and evidence of water damage in the center of the map. Currently housed in a protective frame, but can be shipped rolled. Dimensions w 18 3/8 in x h 14 3/8 in.
Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1601/1602. Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino. Della cose Notabili della città di Venetia: Libri II. Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1601. 143 pp. Text in Italian. Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino. Dichiaratione di tutti le historie, che si contengono ne i quadri posti nuouamente nelle Sale dello Scrutinio, & del gran Consiglio del Palagio Ducale della Serenissima Republica di Vinegia, nella quale si ha piena intelligenza delle più segnalate vittorie; conseguite di varie nationi del mondo dai Venetiani. Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1602. 47 pp. Text in Italian. Duodecimo volume in a contemporary full vellum binding. Two works, both by Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino, are bound together in this volume. An ownership inscription, now somewhat faded, has been written in ink on the bottom edge. The interior of the volume is generally clean and tight. Condition: Good to Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and age-discolored, and the binding somewhat cockled. The endpapers are soiled, and show some pencil notes from previous owners. The back endpaper is partially detached from the vellum, and there is minor insect damage to the first and last pages. Dimensions 3.875 x 6.25 x 0.5 inches Shelved case 3.
New York and Columbus, OH: Jacob H. Studer & Co, 1881. Quarto. Bound in full leather with five raised bands on the spine and beveled boards; gilt lettering and ornamentation on spine and boards. All edges are gilt. The volume contains 119 chromolithograph plates protected by tissue. All plates are in excellent condition. Condition: Very Good. There is some wear along the edges, corners, and the bands on the spine; the endpapers have been repaired at the hinges. The tissue guards protecting the plates have a few small tears. Dimensions 12.25 x 15.125 x 1.875 inches.
This map is the work of Dutch cartographer Pieter van den Keere (1571-c.1646), and was published in London in 1646 as a part of the miniature edition of John Speed’s Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World. Notably, this map portrays California as a peninsula at a time when it was generally shown as an island. There is also a distinct North West Passage and a vast southern continent labeled “Magallanica” and “Unknowne Land.” The map is surrounded by decorative strapwork banners bearing the legends “Water,” “Aire,” “Fire,” and “Earth” in the corners and a Hebrew legend in the center below the title. An exceedingly rare and finely engraved map. Condition: Excellent, with even age toning. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 12 3/8 in x h 10 7/8 in.
This is a military poster showing a soldier in uniform holding a rifle. The background is off-white and the illustration is grayish green in color. Next to the figure is written: Another Notch Chateau Thierry. Beneath the image reads: U.S. Marines. Condition: Good- . There are several chips to the edges. Mild discoloration due to sunning. Dimensions 30 in x h 23 7/8 in.
1918. A vertically oriented posterdepicting a soldier bearing a gun monuted with a bayonet. The text reads "Come On! Buy More Liberty Bonds." The poster was designed by Walter Whitehead, and is dated 1918. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some age toning, and several small closed tears are visible along the bottom of the poster. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 21 1/8 in x h 31 in.
c 1950-1960s. New Orleans travel poster from the 1950s or 1960s depicting a Mardi Gras parade scene. Condition: Very Good. Small tear (3/16 in. or 5 mm) in margin of lower left corner; tear of same depth at upper right corner. Slight cockling at upper left corner. Crease in lower right corner. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 23 x 35 inches.
Washington DC: 1891-1895. First edition. Elephant Folio. Condition: Fair. Housed in a binding made with two plywood boards and a clasp made from an old belt; each plate is a two-page folding map or illustration; brittle paper as is usual. Includes 163 of the 175 plates, and includes the plate 135 supplements, but lacks plates 161-175. Also lacking the 29-page preface, indexes and introductory material, as well as two-page errata sheet listing additional authorities for the map not listed in the original index. With 25 of the original 35 title pages; misbound, with title pages usually followed by 5/6 plates, as expected, but not always the 5/6 plates called for on the title page. Dimensions 16 in x 20 in.
A signed and numbered print titled “North American B-25B Mitchell.” The printed note below the title reads: “Taking off from the deck of U.S.S. Hornet to attack Tokyo, 18th April 1942.” The scene depicted is the launch of the Doolittle Raid, a United States Air Force attack against four major Japanese cities during World War II. All but one of the planes involved in the attack crashed in China, and several men were killed or captured. However, the mission proved that Japan was vulnerable to air attack from the United States military, and therefore meaningfully boosted American morale. The print is signed by then-Lt. General James H. Doolittle (1896-1993), who planned the attack and flew one of the sixteen B-25B medium bombers involved. Doolittle advanced two grades--from lieutenant colonel to brigadier general--as a result of his leadership in the attack, and also received numerous honors from the United States and several of its allies. Most notably, he received the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt. In 1985, twenty-six years after he retired from the U.S. Air Force, Doolittle was advanced to the grade of full general. The print is also signed by the artist, John Young, who is known for his depictions of aviation scenes. It is dated 1978. The edition number is 705/850, written in pencil in the lower left corner. The print is matted and framed. Condition: Excellent. Slight scratching to frame and glass. Not examined outside of frame. Dimensions in frame w 22 in x h 20 in.
London: John Boydell, 1769. Three 1769 Engravings by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain: Castel Gandolfo; A Land-Storm; and Follow Me and I Will Make You Fishers of Men All three of these prints are the work of British engraver Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain (1710–1771). Chatelain (whose name is often spelled “Chatelin” under engravings) was employed by publisher John Boydell in London, and with François Vivares produced a number of landscape engravings after works by masters such as Rembrandt. To boost sales, Boydell often capitalized on Vivares’ popularity and credited him on plates engraved by Chatelain alone. The French engraver François Vivares (1709–1780) set up shop in London at the age of 18. François Vivares engraved some 160 plates, most of which were published by John Boydell. The intermediary draftsman Joseph Goupy (French, ca. 1700–1782) also collaborated on all three of these prints. All three were published by the British publisher John Boydell (Shropshire 1720–1804 London) in or about 1769. This lot includes the following prints, all of which are framed and matted: “Castel Gandolfo and Part of the adjoining Lake with a Prospect of the Campagna of Rome,” after a painting by Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (Italian, 1606–1680). Another print from this engraving is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum and Harvard Art Museum. Condition: Very Good. 3” x 2” stain in lower left margin, not affecting image. Not examined out of frame. “A Land Storm,” after a painting by Nicolas Poussin (French, 1595–1665). Other prints from the same engraving are in the collections of the Royal Academy of Art, the British Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Condition: Excellent. No visible concerns; not examined out of frame. “Follow Me and I Will Make You Fishers of Men,” after a painting by Nicolas Poussin. Another print from the same engraving is in the permanent collection of the British Museum. Condition: Very Good. Light water staining along the bottom margin not affecting image or text. Frame shows some scratching and missing gilding. Dimensions Each 30 x 24 inches.
A map of the Persian Empire by the famous cartographer Abraham Ortelius, covering the region from Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea in the west to the oasis towns of the Silk Road in what is now western China. This landmark map of Persia was included in the original Ortelius atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, first produced in 1570. This atlas was the first to present all maps in a uniform format and is considered to be the first true modern atlas. It was highly successful and from its original seventy maps and eighty-seven bibliographic references in the first edition (1570), the atlas grew through its thirty-one editions to encompass 183 references and 167 maps in 1612. Throughout the epic publication history of the atlas, this map was one of only a few that never had any changes made to the original plate. The cartography was based on Gastaldi’s map of Asia Minor (1564) and Ortelius’s own map of the Asian continent (1567). The map presents an inaccurate shape to both the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf. Rivers and mountain ranges are displayed, and numerous principal cities and towns are noted. Latin text. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; two small dark stains and one small puncture in center. Matted but not framed. Dimensions w 25.75 in x h 20.5 in.
A composite image containing multiple maps of La Rochelle, a seaport town in western France, and plans of fortifications in the city. Condition: Good. Age toning and age spots, along with water damage along the bottom edge. Several creases. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 33.75 in x h 24.5 in.
Lovanii: Apud Hieronymum Wellaeum, 1566. 193 numbered leaves (386 pp.). Text in Latin. Small octavo in an early vellum binding. Cropping to handwritten marginalia indicates that the volume has been rebound at least once. Condition: Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and the boards slightly warped. Minor insect damage to spine. The pastedowns have torn in several places due to shrinking vellum, but the binding is overall very tight. There are some pencilled notes on endpapers and in margins and ink marginalia throughout the body of the text. The interior is age-toned. Dimensions 4 x 5.875 x 1.125 inches. Shelved case 3.
c 1765. Two extracts from the folio edition of Diderot Encyclopédie, circa 1765. Manufacture des Glaces: nine pages of text and 46 plates. Depicts the production of plate glass, along with the tools and machinery employed. Lunettier: one page of text and four plates. Depicts an optician’s shop making lenses, and the tools and machinery employed. The importance of Diderot’s Encyclopedie as a revolutionary text is in part due to its embracing of an unprecedented range and depth of subjects. Through this, both the text and illustrations provide valuable insights into the materials and methodologies used by the artists and craftsmen of Diderot’s day. These details were rarely recorded, which makes glimpses captured in the Encyclopedie entries uniquely important and fascinating. Condition: Good. A fascicle in brown paper wraps with mild chipping and wear. Scattered spotting and slight browning consistent with age. Light and scattered pencil notations. Dimensions 10.75 x 15.875 x 0.625 inches.