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No. 1 Eriocnemis Squamata, Gould (Scaly Puff-leg)

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John Gould

John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist, self-taught artist and naturalist. Gould first worked as a gardener under his father in the Royal Gardens of Windsor from 1818-1824, where he began his illustrations. He became an expert taxidermist, opening his own practice in London in 1824 and in 1827 he became the first Curator and Preserver at the museum of the Zoological Society of London. Through his work he was able to meet with the country’s leading naturalists and view new collections of birds given to the Zoological Society. His interest in birds was continually developing and in 1830 he published his first volume on birds, “A Century of Birds From the Himalaya Mountains.” For the next fifty years, Gould, his wife and artists working with them traveled around Asia, the East Indies and Australia. His wife Elizabeth and other artists were able to transfer his sketches to stone; hand print and hand-color them. Of all his works, many of Gould’s best-known images come from this beautiful and comprehensive “Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Hummingbirds”. One of his largest productions, the Hummingbirds was also the most painstaking, meticulously detailed project that the ornithologist attempted. In order to create accurate representations of the tiny, delicately beautiful birds, Gould invented a new method of coloring, using metallic pigments to reproduce the iridescence of their plumage. Most images also show at least one subject in flight to further accentuate the coloring of their feathers. All of the hummingbirds are drawn to scale and are anatomically correct to the smallest detail, their brilliant coloring highlighted with gold and transparent luster. Most of the subjects in the book were taken from Gould’s personal collection of hummingbird specimens. This magnificently hand-colored lithograph, "Eriocnemis Squamata, Gould", measures 21.75" x 14.75" and is in excellent condition with a few light stain marks. These hummingbirds, commonly called Scaly Puff-legs, are from the genus Eriocnemis, known as puff-legs. These Hummingbirds are expertly hand colored with rich green backs, brown wings and blue-tinted tail feathers. Their dynamic positioning allows for their back and patterned undersides to be appreciated. Most noticeable on these hummingbirds are their white "puff legs", seen from two angles as they are flying.

Price: USD 700.00
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No. 2 Atlas celeste de Flamsteed, approuve par l'Academie royale des Sciences, et publie sous le privilege de cette compagnie, seconde edition par M. Fortin.

FLAMSTEED, John (1646-1719) - Jean Nicholas FORTIN (1750-1831).

4to., (8 5/8 x 6 inches). Letterpress within woodcut borders. 30 fine numbered engraved celestial charts all mounted on guards (some light browning, and one or two spots), woodcut publisher's device on title-page, head- and tail-pieces. Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco lettering-piece on the spine (worn with loss at the head and foot of the spine). Later edition, first published in folio posthumously in 1729 by Flamsteed's widow with the help of his two assistants James Hodgson and Joseph Crosthwait. Delayed by years of rancor between Flamsteed and Sir Isaac Newton who with Edmond Halley had published a preliminary version of Flamsteed's "Historia coelestis Britannica" without crediting him as the author. Flamsteed denounced the publication and destroyed as many copies as he could. Instrumental in founding the Royal Observatory and nominally the first Astronomer Royal from 1675, Flamsteed "… was a dedicated observational astronomer, and his 'British Catalogue' of stars, finally published in 1725, well after his death [in 1719], brought stellar astronomy to a new level…One of Flamsteed's principal motives in publishing the "Atlas coelestis" was to correct what Flamsteed felt were serious errors in Bayer's depiction of the constellation figures. Bayer had reversed many of the figures, showing them from the rear instead of the front, and these new positions contradicted the traditional star descriptions (i.e., Ptolemy's "star in the right shoulder" of Orion had become, in Bayer's rendering, the star in the left shoulder). Since most stars were still referred to by their Ptolemaic labels, Flamsteed objected to Bayer's revisions as introducing unnecessary confusion into stellar astronomy, and so all his figures follow the traditional descriptions exactly" (Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology). Honeyman 1326; Kenney 58; Stoppa 50. Warner, Sky explored 82, 1a. 1729. Fortin was commissioned to publish this edition of Flamsteed's celebrated atlas on a much reduced scale. He also published an edition in 1795. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 9,500.00
Inventory No: 72lib243

No. 3 Atlas selectus von allen Konigreichen und Landen der Welt.

SCHREIBER, Johann Georg (1676-1750).

Oblong 4to., (8 x 11 4/8 inches). Engraved allegorical title-page and 20 engraved maps, each with the title in a fine cartouche and with accompanying text along one edge of the map, all with fine original hand-colour in full. Half contemporary tan calf, speckled paper boards (a bit worn). Provenance: with the contemporary ownership inscription of M.T. Sheber and slightly later inscription of A.P. Thrance on the recto of the title-page. Maps in this atlas vary considerably from copy to copy. Here the maps include a table of distances with Germany as the apex, a double-hemisphere map of the world "Globus Terrestris", maps of all the continents including "America" and "Asia" showing the northern coastline of Australia, and many detailed maps of Europe corresponding to maps 1-15, 31, 32, 34, 35, and 36 in Shirley T.Schr - 1a, with an additional map "Gantz Grichenland" at the end. Appearing between the end of the wars of the Austrian Succession and the start of the Seven Years War, this atlas was probably produced to show the various changes in the boundaries of the European powers as a result of the peace of Aix-la-Chapelle.

Price: USD 3,800.00
Inventory No: 72lib245

No. 4 Tresor des cartes geographiques des principaux estats de l'univers.

JOLLAIN, Gerard (fl ca 1660-1683).

Oblong 8vo., (7 x 11 inches). Engraved allegorical title-page (lightly soiled, edges frayed), and 38 engraved maps, each decorated with a fine cartouche and dated 1667, all with fine contemporary hand-colour (pale waterstain throughout heaviest towards the end and affecting the images). Contemporary vinegar marbled paper wrappers (a bit faded and worn). Provenance: contemporary numbering to each map. First published in 1643, and EXCEPTIONALLY RARE. Essentially a re-working of the "Atlas Minor" of Mercator and Hondius, 1628 (first published 1607). Including double-hemisphere celestial and world maps "Typus Orbis Terrarum..."; and two other maps that show the American coastline: "Pole Arctique", and "Nouvelle Description de Lamerique" [sic]. With the map of "Les Isles des Indes Orientalle" showing the north-western coastline of New Guinea, but with nothing of Australia. Jollain and his son Francois were noted engravers and publishers, specialising in religious prints and portaits. However they are best known for publishing a spurious view of New York entitled "Nowel Amsterdam en L'Amerique" in 1672. Pastoureau, Tresor des cartes geographiques, Bc. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 28,000.00
Inventory No: 72lib244

No. 5 An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana to the Sources of the Arkansaw, Kans, La Platte, and Pierre Jaun Rivers; Performed by order of the Government of the United States During the Years 185

PIKE, Zebulon Montgomery (1779-1813).

8vo (8 4/8 x 5 inches). Frontispiece portrait (browned), three folding tables, six engraved maps at the end including five fine folding, of which two are charts of the "Internal Part of Louisiana," one map and one sketch of the "Internal Provinces of New Spain," and a "Map of the Mississippi River from its Source to the Mouth of the Missouri" (folding maps torn near the mount). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked preserving the original spine, although still a bit worn). Provenance: With the engraved bookplate of John Thomas Lee, Wisconsin historian and explorer Jonathan Carver's bibliographer on the front paste-down. First edition of the first U.S. government exploration of the Southwest. This edition contains the first appearance in print of the first maps of the Southwest to be based on firsthand exploration. The Louisiana Purchase was one of Thomas Jefferson's crowning achievements, and in the following four years he commissioned a number of expeditions to explore the largely unknown territory. In 1804 Lewis and Clark ventured westward from St. Louis; Sibley, Dunbar and Freeman explored the Spanish border region in Texas; and in 1806 Pike went to explore the southernmost border region north of New Spain. His orders were to explore the Arkansas and Red Rivers, but by February of 1807 he had reached the upper reaches of the Rio Grande having missed the Red River entirely: "Spanish authorities learned of his presence and sent a force to arrest him and his men. They were taken to Santa Fe and then sent on to Chihuahua. Pike's maps and papers were confiscated, but he managed to retain his diary and journals by secreting them in the gun barrels of his men. Apparently he was able to convince the Spaniards that he had entered New Spain by accident, as he was escorted by armed guard through Texas via San Antonio to the Sabine, where he was released. He arrived at Natchioches in June, 1807, having thus had the opportunity to examine New Mexico and Texas in some detail, at the expense of the Spanish government." (Jenkins). "In the hierarchy of significant westward expeditions, that of Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779-1813) ranks right below that of Lewis and Clark... While his was not the first official reconnaissance of the west, he provided 'the earliest official geographical image of the trans-Mississippi West'... Pike's map and journal...provided the first authentic information about the Upper Mississippi... On the Conejos River, an effluent of the Rio Grande, well into Spanish territory, Pike boldly constructed a fort. It was at this fort that he was arrested and taken first to Santa Fe and then to Chihuahua for a meeting with Don Nemesio Salcedo, the governor of New Spain. The authorities confiscated, among other documents, a manuscript map of the Santa Fe Trail... While in custody of the Spanish, Pike learned 'just how many and what kind of troops the Spanish had on hand to defend the northern provinces,' according to William Goetzmann, 'and he was well informed on the character and personalities of all the Spanish military leaders. No more successful espionage operation has ever been conducted in recorded American history.' Pike returned from captivity without his sketch maps, making the creation of his own map more difficult. He had managed to smuggle traverse tables in the rifle barrels that he and his men were allowed to take with them after being released. These tables enabled him to reconstruct parts of the upper Arkansas, and to his credit, his map is the first to accurately delineate the Arkansas and its tributaries. Nevertheless, large sections of 'A Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana' (1810), were based on Alexander von Humboldt's map ... It is paradoxical that Pike, who had actually explored the internal part of Louisiana, relied on the cartography of Humboldt, who had never been there" (Cohen). "Pike has been suspected of complicity with the Aaron Burr conspiracy to establish an empire in the Southwest, carved from the Spanish provinces of northern Mexico and the western United States, but no firm evidence supports those charges. He remained, however, outspoken in his resistance to the democratization of the army during the Thomas Jefferson administration.... Pike published the journals of his explorations in 1810, supplemented with his correspondence with General Wilkinson, his speeches to the Indians, and detailed descriptions of the land through which he traveled, as An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi and through the Western Parts of Louisiana. Appearing as it did, four years before the publication of the journals of Lewis and Clark, Pike's book provided the American public with its first written description of the trans-Mississippi West.... He was killed in action at the storming of York, (now Toronto), Canada, on April 27, 1813, when the enemies' powder magazine exploded" (Handbook of Texas Online). The publication of Pike's reports of t

Price: USD 27,000.00
Inventory No: 72lib251

No. 6 Reasons for establishing the colony of Georgia, with regard to the trade of Great Britain, the increase of our people, and the employment and support it will afford to great numbers of our own poor, as well as foreign persecuted Protestants…

MARTYN, Benjamin (1699-1763).

4to., (9 2/8 x 7 2/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece and tail-piece on page 41 by John Pine, and engraved map of South Caroline, Georgia and Florida at the end. Half modern calf gilt. Second edition, enlarged, with letters of General Oglethorpe with "resolutions of the Assembly relative to his arrival" (Sabin) not present in the first edition of the same year. "A well-written tract; plausible in its arguments, glowing in its descriptions, valuable for its information, and pertinent in its appeals to the philanthropic and benevolent" (Sabin). Martyn was the secretary to the Society for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, and this is his second work promoting the colony: "it is incumbent on us, at this Time more particularly, to promote and enlarge our Settlements abroad with unusual Industry, when the Attention of almost all the Powers in Europe is turn'd towards the Improvement of theirs. The French are continually undermining us both in the East and West-Indies…" (Martyn page [5]). Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 13,000.00
Inventory No: 72lib250

No. 7 Rhamphomicron Dorsale, Salv & Godm (Simon’s Thorn-bill)

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John Gould

John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist, self-taught artist and naturalist. Gould first worked as a gardener under his father in the Royal Gardens of Windsor from 1818-1824, where he began his illustrations. He became an expert taxidermist, opening his own practice in London in 1824 and in 1827 he became the first Curator and Preserver at the museum of the Zoological Society of London. Through his work he was able to meet with the country’s leading naturalists and view new collections of birds given to the Zoological Society. His interest in birds was continually developing and in 1830 he published his first volume on birds, “A Century of Birds From the Himalaya Mountains.” For the next fifty years, Gould, his wife and artists working with them traveled around Asia, the East Indies and Australia. His wife Elizabeth and other artists were able to transfer his sketches to stone; hand print and hand-color them. Of all his works, many of Gould’s best-known images come from this beautiful and comprehensive “Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Hummingbirds”. One of his largest productions, the Hummingbirds was also the most painstaking, meticulously detailed project that the ornithologist attempted. In order to create accurate representations of the tiny, delicately beautiful birds, Gould invented a new method of coloring, using metallic pigments to reproduce the iridescence of their plumage. Most images also show at least one subject in flight to further accentuate the coloring of their feathers. All of the hummingbirds are drawn to scale and are anatomically correct to the smallest detail, their brilliant coloring highlighted with gold and transparent luster. Most of the subjects in the book were taken from Gould’s personal collection of hummingbird specimens. This magnificently hand-colored lithograph, "Rhamphomicron Dorsale, Salv & Godm", measures 21.5" x 14.5" and is in excellent condition with a few light foxing marks. These hummingbirds, commonly called Simon's Thorn-Bill, are expertly hand-colored with rich, dark backs and lighter, undersides with white, green and yellow patterns. Their necks are a vibrant yellow, contrasting greatly with their dark heads. Their tails are a deep blue and each has a small white line above their eyes. Precise lines define and detail these birds and the colorful patterns throughout their bodies.

Price: USD 1,200.00
Inventory No: ad0410e

No. 8 Phytanthoza iconographia. - Duidelykre Vertoning, einiger Duizend in all Vier Waerelds Deelen wassende Bomen... - Taalryk Register der Plaat-Ofte Figuur-Beschryvingen der Bloemdragende Gewassen.

WEINMANN, Johann Wilhelm (died1741) - EHRET, Georg Dionysius (1708-1770) - DIETRICHS, J.G.N. - DIETRICHS L.M. - BIELER, A.K

Together 11 volumes. Folio (15 2/8 x 9 6/8 inches). Regensburg text: 4 volumes. Latin and German title-pages in all volumes but the first, printed in red and black. Mezzotint allegorical frontispiece of Flora by J.J. Haid after Baumgartner in volume one, portraits of Weinmann and Bieler by Haid after M.C. Hirschman in volumes one and III, all 3 portraits printed in blue (lacking German title-page and leaf a1 in volume one, minor adhesion of allegorical text to title-page with minor loss to plate, some minor waterstaining in volumes one and IV, some light browning). Contemporary mottled panelled calf, gilt, spines decorated in seven panels with six raised bands, morocco lettering pieces in two, the others decorated with small gilt tools (a bit marked). Atlas: 4 volumes. Vignette title-pages printed in red and black (title-page volume IV creased). 1025 fine engraved plates printed in colours and finished by hand by J.J. Haid, J.E. Ridinger, and B. Seuter (373 plates singed "S" for Seuter, and 273 signed "H" for Haid) after N. Asamin, G.D. Ehret, and others, captions in Latin and German (marginal pink stain affecting first 20 plates, a few plates a bit spotted, minor adhesion of 3 plates to opposite leaf with minor losses to plates 778,892 and 1014). Near contemporary crushed olive morocco decorated uniformly with Regensburg volumes (spines lightly faded to brown, a bit marked). Dutch text: 4 volumes. Vignette title-pages printed in red and black (last three gatherings in volume one browned. Contemporary mottled panelled calf uniformly bound with the Regensburg text volumes (upper joint of volume IV starting, a bit marked). Provenance: The Botanical Library of Michale Kuse, his sale Sotheby's New York, June 20th 2003, lot 28. A COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST DUTCH EDITION, TEXT AND ATLAS, WITH THE FIRST EDITION OF THE GERMAN TEXT. A comprehensive and beautiful record of known 18th-century flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Financed by Weimann, director of the oldest pharmacy in Regensburg, who commissioned amongst other artists the now celebrated Georg Ehret. It was his first major commission, but he was not credited, and only received half of his promised wages, on the grounds that he had only supplied about half of the 1,000 that Weinman was expecting of him. However, even at this early stage in his career, Ehret's style is easily identified, particularly in various aloes and cacti growing in distinctive pots and urns that is a feature of Ehret's work for his own "Plantae et papiliones rariores" (1748-1759). The "Phytanthoza ..." was a very important influential book. Filippo Arena borrowed heavily from it for his "La Natura, e coltura de' fiori" (1767-1768), and the dutch edition was imported to Japan where it "gave rise to a major change in illustrated botanical literature... and led to the productions from 1830 onwards of the illustrated herbal "Honzo Zufu..." by Iwasaki Kanen in ninety-six volumes" (Blunt pages 155-156). Like his father before him Ehret trained as a gardener, initially working on estates of German nobility, and painting flowers only occasionally, another skill taught him by his father, who was a good draughtsman. Ehret's "first major sale of flower paintings came through Dr Christoph Joseph Trew, eminent physician and botanist of Nuremberg, who recognized his exceptional talent and became both patron and lifelong friend. Ehret sent him large batches of watercolours on the fine-quality paper Trew provided. In 1733 Trew taught Ehret the botanical importance of floral sexual organs and advised that he should show them in detail in his paintings. Many Ehret watercolours were engraved in Trew's works, such as 'Hortus Nitidissimus' (1750-86) and 'Plantae selecta'e (1750-73), in part two of which (1751) Trew named the genus Ehretia after him. "During 1734 Ehret travelled in Switzerland and France, working as a gardener and selling his paintings. While at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, he learned to use body-colour on vellum, thereafter his preferred medium. In 1735 he travelled to England with letters of introduction to patrons including Sir Hans Sloane and Philip Miller, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden. In the spring of 1736 Ehret spent three months in the Netherlands. At the garden of rare plants of George Clifford, banker and director of the Dutch East India Company, he met the great Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, who was then formulating his new classification based on plant sexual organs. Ehret painted a Tabella (1736), illustrating the system, and sold engravings of it to botanists in Holland. Some of his paintings of the exotics were engraved in Linnaeus's "Hortus Cliffortianus" (1737). "[Ehret] signed and dated his work, naming the subject in pre-Linnaean terms. He published a florilegium, "Plantae et papiliones rariores" (1748-62), with eighteen hand-coloured plates, drawn and engraved by himself... Ehret also provided plant illustrations for several travel books. His distincti

Price: USD 145,000.00
Inventory No: 72nhr74

No. 9 Atlas Geographicus portatilis XXIX mappis orbis habitabilis regna exhibens...

LOTTER, Tobias Conrad (1717-1777).

Oblong 12mo., (4 1/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Engraved index at end. Engraved allegorical title-page by Tobias Lobeck after G. Eichler, 29 fine engraved maps with original hand-colour in full by Lotter after Lobeck (some close cropped). Contemporary maroon roan backed, marbled paper boards, green roan corners (extremities a little scuffed). Provenance: With the near contemporary ownership inscription of Valentine Germano on the front endpapers. First published by Lotter (Mattheus Seutter's son-in-law) and Lobeck in 1747 with an accompanying almanac. This attractive and detailed little atlas was re-issued for many years, with the maps reprinted and with new maps added, but the title-page continued to report 29 maps as here. The maps included are: a fine double-hemisphere world map "Planisphaerium Globi Terrestris", a double-hemisphere celestial map "Hemisphaerium Boreali" [and] "Hemisphaeriusm Australe"; maps of each continent including a fine map of North and South America, the map of Asia shows the northernmost coastline of Australia; and a series of comprehensive maps of Europe, each with the title within a fine cartouche. [cf. Nordenskiold 2, 135; Phillips Atlases 632]. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 2,750.00
Inventory No: 72lib237

No. 10 A Monograph of the Meropidae, or Family of the Bee-Eaters

KEULEMANS, J. G (1842-1912) - Henry Eeles DRESSER (1838-1915).

Folio (18 4/8 x 15 4/8 inches). 34 fine watercolors, signed by the artist J.G. Keulemans, painted on card and set within window mounts. Bound for the author in a fine binding of full red morocco gilt, with the title and Dresser's gilt crest stamped in gilt on the front cover, all edges gilt. This is a superb set of watercolors by one of the finest artists of ornithology, John Gerard Keulemans. "The Meropidae" was published by the author in five parts between 1884 and 1886. The descriptive text of 144 pages by Dresser also included introductory notes by Frank E. Beddard mainly on the anatomy of the species. An important monograph, "The Meropidae" is one of three major monographs published by Dresser. The others include "History of the Birds of Europe" 1871-1896, still the largest and most complete work on this subject, and "A Monograph of the Coraciidae", 1893. All of these works contain illustrations by Keulemans. Dresser was also the author of over 100 scientific papers on birds, mostly concerned with geographical distribution and new species. His "Manual of Palaearctic Birds" (1902) was an important contribution to the delimitation of the ranges of Palaearctic birds. The artist of these fine watercolors, Johannes Gerardus Keulemans (1842-1912), began his career as a taxidermist providing stuffed birds to the State Museum of Natural History at Leiden. The director of that museum encouraged Keulemans to pursue his love of natural history, where he obtained a scientific appointment after an expedition to West Africa in 1865 and 1866. His accomplishments in illustration came to the notice of Richard Bowdler Sharpe, later a director of the British Museum, who encouraged him to move to England. Keulemans quickly achieved wide recognition and established himself as the most popular bird artist of the late Victorian period. He regularly provided illustrations for "The Ibis" and "The Proceedings of the Zoological Society". He illustrated many important bird books as well as those by Dresser, including Buller's "A History of the Birds of New Zealand" (1873), Shelley's "Monograph of the Sun-Birds" (1876-1880), William Vincent Legge's "Birds of Ceylon" (1880), Daniel Giraud Elliot's "Monograph of the Hornbills" (1887-1892), Richard Bowdler Sharpe's "Monograph on Kingfishers" (1868-1871), Henry Seebohm's "Monograph on Thrushes" (1902), and Osbert Salvin's "Biologia Centrali-Americana" (1879-1904). Keulemans has painted remarkable pictures of extinct birds, like the Choiseul Crested Pigeon, Kangaroo Island Emu, Huia, Stephens Island Wren, Hawaii Oo, Hawaii Mamo, Oahu Oo, Guadalupe Petrel, and the Laughing Owl. All these paintings can be seen in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. A leading figure in ornithological circles Henry Eeles Dresser was elected as a Member of the British Ornithologists' Union in 1865 and served as its secretary from 1882 to 1888. He was also a member and fellow of the Linnean and Zoological societies of London and an honorary fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union. He was a close friend of Professor Alfred Newton, Thomas Littleton Powys, 4th Baron Lilford and of Sir Alfred Russel Wallace. He knew all of the leading ornithologists of the day. He was particularly well-known to European, American and Russian ornithologists. He worked with Alfred Newton on the promotion of a "close time" for British birds, a period, during the 18602, when birds could not be hunted. This early effort aided in the commencement of the bird conservation movement. In spite of Keulemans' prominence as an ornithologist, this activity had to come second to his business which, from 1870 until 1910, was in the iron business, with premises at 110 Cannon Street in The City. Dresser left England in 1912 in order to live in Cannes for the benefit of his health; he died in Monte Carlo. His collection of birds had been in the Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, since 1899 and was purchased for the museum by JP Thomasson (a Bolton businessman). Dresser's egg collection was acquired by the museum in 1912. The museum also contains some of Dresser's correspondence and diaries. The Bee-Eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. Most species are found in Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea. They are characterized by richly covered plumage, slender bodies and elongated central tail feathers. All are colorful and have long downturned bills and pointed wings, which give them a swallow-like appearance when seen from afar. Fine Bird Books p. 72; Nissen IVB 269; Wood p. 324; Zimmer p. 178.

Price: USD 3,500,000.00
Inventory No: 000343

No. 11 A New, General and Universal Atlas

DURY, Andrew (fl 1742-1778).

Oblong 8vo., (4 7/8 x 6 3/8 inches). Engraved title-page, dedication leaf, "Catalogue of Maps in this Book", and 45 numbered engraved maps on 39 leaves, including six double-page and folding, engraved by Thomas Kitchin and others, all with original hand-colour in outline. Contemporary half morocco with sheep boards (a bit worn). First published in 1761. Including a fine folding double-hemisphere world map; maps of the continents, including separate maps of North and South America; Canada, showing the Great Lakes and disputed boundaries of Arcadia, and the West Indies; several detailed maps of Europe, including six of the German Empire. Essentially depicting Europe at the height of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). With its origins in the French-Indian wars in North America two years earlier, the conflict began in Europe with the French siege of British Minorca and Prussia's invasion of Saxony, and ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. However the effect of the war was global: it ended France's position as the major colonial power in America, and consequently strengthened Britain's power there and in India. Phillips 634. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 3,800.00
Inventory No: 72lib241

No. 12 Atlas curieux, oder neuer und compendieuser Atlas, in welchem auser den General Land Charten von America, Africa, Asia und Europa... enhalten sind.

BODENEHR, Gabriel (1664-1758).

Small 4to., (7 4/8 x 6 4/8 inches). Letterpress dedication and contents leaf. Double-page engraved title-page (early repair to verso), 3 engraved tables, 99 fine double-page engraved maps, hand-coloured in outline with wash borders. Contemporary red limp calf wallet binding with two pairs of leather ties (a bit scuffed). Provenance: Christopher Henry Beaumont Pease, Lord Wardington (1924-2005), his sale 9th November 2005, lot 60. First edition, and an attractive atlas, with many of the maps having decorative borders, and normally found bound as an oblong quarto. Including 4 double-hemisphere world maps, a hydrographic map; maps of the continents; and many detailed maps of Europe. Bodenehr was from an esteemed family of Augsburg cartographers, and his family eventually bought the Stridbeck publishing house. From the distinguished library of Lord Wardington whose collection of Atlases was unique: "a panoply of the history of cartography and of great mapmakers" (Andrew Phillips "An Appreciation", Sotheby's sale catalogue). Phillips, Atlases 545. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 8,750.00
Inventory No: 72lib242

No. 13 Gertrude of Wyoming and other Poems.

[FORE-EDGE PAINTING]. CAMPBELL, Thomas (1777-1844).

12mo., (6 4/8 x 4 inches). Additional engraved vignette title-page, engraved frontispiece. Contemporary fine purple calf, gilt extra, all edges marbled concealing a magnificent double fore-edge painting of scenes of Providence and Newport, Rhode Island (front hinge weak, spine a bit faded, extremities lightly rubbed). DOUBLE FORE-EDGE PAINTING Seventh edition, first published in 1809, of a very popular poem based on the 1778 massacre of several hundreds of American Revolutionaries by loyalists and their Iroquois allies in the Wyoming Valley of what is now north-eastern Pennsylvania. The fine double fore-edge painting depicts detailed harbour scenes of Providence and Newport in Rhode Island. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 1,500.00
Inventory No: 72lib238

No. 14 Natural and Statistical View, or Picture of Cincinnati and the Miami Country.

DRAKE, Daniel (1785-1852).

8vo., (7 5/8 x 5 4/8 inches). Fine folding engraved plan of Cincinnati and Miami Country. Original blue printed paper boards, uncut (spine expertly repaired). Provenance: with the bookplate of Haskell F. Norman on the front paste-down, his sale Christie's 13th April 2006, lot 344. A FINE COPY AND ATTRACTIVE COPY of the first edition of 'the first organised study of the geology of western Ohio and eastern Indiana, describing the elephant fossils of Big Bone Lick and giving the first suggestion made in America of the connection between granite erratics and ice' (Hook & Norman 655). A prolific writer and publisher "Drake's publications contributed to scientific knowledge of the West but also sought to establish Cincinnati's habitability--its climate and geology supported democracy as well as agriculture, he said--and especially to assert its competitive advantage vis-à-vis its regional rivals, Lexington, Louisville, and St. Louis, slaveocrat cities where the spirit of enterprise could not be expected to flourish. The institutions Drake founded in Cincinnati were those normally founded in order to bring the advantages of "civilization" to the new cities of the American West, but when Drake wrote about them, as in An Anniversary Discourse, on the State and Prospects of the Western Museum Society (1820), he implied that their establishment would make Cincinnati into the Philadelphia of the West, perhaps even--because Cincinnati was a new chance for a new civilization--the Philadelphia of America. For science's sake he sought to encourage the cultivation of natural history as an amateur pursuit among Cincinnati's elite but thereby created a local constituency for higher education and a potential market for scientific courses taught at his medical school" (Henry D. Shapiro for ADNB). Sabin 20822. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 3,750.00
Inventory No: 72lib240

No. 15 The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands: Containing the Figures of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, Insects, and Plants; Particularly, those not hitherto Described...

CATESBY, Mark (1683-1749).

2 volumes. Folio (22 3/8 x 15 2/8 inches). Text in English and French. Folding engraved map with original hand-colour. 220 hand-coloured engraved plates after Catesby. Modern red calf; modern red cloth cases. Third edition. In 1712, the English-born artist and naturalist Mark Catesby embarked on a series of expeditions to the southern colonies of British North America. Catesby was enthralled by the wildlife of the New World, and he spent years traveling by foot through parts of present-day Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas and the Bahamas. Over the course of his journeys, he encountered and documented uncountable varieties of animal and plant life that were entirely unknown to Europeans. His drawings and written observations were the raw material for an unprecedented project: a scientific account of previously uninvestigated wildlife, with illustrations taken from life. Catesby initially encountered some difficulty in interesting sponsors in his monumental Natural History. Determined nonetheless to persevere in his project, and also wishing to maintain control over the translation of his drawings into print, the artist learned to engrave copper plates and set out to complete the Natural History himself. He produced all but two of the plates, and painted the impressions himself to further insure their fidelity to his models. The result was the most sweeping, complete and unique natural history study ever done. Despite Catesby's initial difficulties in finding subscribers, his striking finished product received widespread acclaim. Cromwell Mortimer, Secretary of the Royal Society, declared the publication to be "the most magnificent work I know since the Art of printing has been discovered." Catesby's charming, distinctive style sets his work apart from all artists who later followed his example. The overt simplicity of his compositions is deceiving; the artist arranged each of his images with great care, often combining seemingly incongruous elements to create the most artful scene possible. A sense of Catesby's enthusiasm for his subjects is palpable in his engravings. Very few artists were so personally involved in the completion of a published work, and Catesby's images convey what the artist must have experienced in America: the colors and varieties of the exotic species of birds, fish, animals, insects and plants of the New World. Widely considered the great achievement of 18th-century art and science, Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands has lost none of its power to delight in the 250 years since its publication. This remarkable study of American plants and animals is a monument to Catesby's intelligence, scientific devotion and love of nature. The Natural History has provided an important model for ornithologists and scientists, including John James Audubon, who followed in Catesby's footsteps a century later. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department

Price: USD 145,000.00
Inventory No: 000079

No. 16 The Tourist; or Pocket Manual for Travellers on The Hudson River, the Western Canal and Stage Road to Niagara Falls down Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence to Montreal and Quebec...

[VANDEWATER, Robert J.]

12mo., (6 x 3 5/8 inches). 12-page publisher's advertisement at end. Large engraved folding map "...of the Hudson River, with the Post Roads between N. York & Albany..." (a bit creased, some browning at folds). Original purple muslin, printed paper label on the front cover (extremities a bit rubbed). Provenance: with the bookplate of John F. Dillon on the front paste-down. Third edition, enlarged and improved, first published in 1830. A detailed itinerary beginning in Philadelphia and ending in Saratoga Springs. Complete with almanac and lists of steamboats, hotels, fares etc: "At the time appointed, the boat moves from the wharf, "like a thing of life," and the stranger finds himself in the midst of a varied and splendid scene. On the right he has New-York, with its Battery, and Castle Garden; on the left Jersey City and Hoboken, and on south a view of the Narrows leading to Sandy Hook, and a far view of the Atlantic Ocean..." (A Passage up the Hudson, page 15). Howes V-28; Sabin 98486. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 350.00
Inventory No: 72lib239

No. 17 Props. De la porte Conference, a Paris/Prosp. De la Por. St. Bernhard, a Paris (Port conserence/Port St. Bernard, Paris)

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Matthaus Merian

Mathias Merian the Elder (1593-1650) was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages”. Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1600’s he began studying drawing, engraving and etching in Zurich with engraver Friedrich Meyer. Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623. He rapidly and almost single-handedly built up the house to become one of the most important in Europe, etching most of the plates himself until about 1645, when he increasingly relied upon the help of a growing staff of assistants and pupils, among them Wenceslaus Hollar, Rudolf and Conrad Meyer of Zurich, and his sons Matthaus and Casper. “Topographia Galliae” was published from 1655 to 1661 in partnership with Martin Zeiller who wrote the text. “Topographia Galliae” was one of the largest and most comprehensive publishing’s of the Gaul region of its time with engravings of major European cities and historically important locations, each expertly engraved by Merian and his sons. In total, “Topographia Galliae” is comprised of 13 parts in four volumes, with nine engraved additional titles and 321 individually detailed engravings with maps and views of cities, towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries. This single page engraving from “Topographia Galliae” titled “Props. De la porte Conference, a Paris/Prosp. De la Por. St. Bernhard, a Paris” measures 11.75" x 7.5" and is in very good condition with light foxing in the bottom margin and evidence of previous repair to the left edge. This engraving is finely detailed and shows views of different estates and buildings throughout the ports in Paris.

Price: USD 175.00
Inventory No: gp1114e

No. 18 Prosp. Du Palais de Duc d’Orleans. Wiesolchez auff der Seitten im Garten anzufeben (Gardens at the Palace of the Duke d’ Orleans, Saint-Cloud)

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Matthaus Merian

Mathias Merian the Elder (1593-1650) was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages”. Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1600’s he began studying drawing, engraving and etching in Zurich with engraver Friedrich Meyer. Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623. He rapidly and almost single-handedly built up the house to become one of the most important in Europe, etching most of the plates himself until about 1645, when he increasingly relied upon the help of a growing staff of assistants and pupils, among them Wenceslaus Hollar, Rudolf and Conrad Meyer of Zurich, and his sons Matthaus and Casper. “Topographia Galliae” was published from 1655 to 1661 in partnership with Martin Zeiller who wrote the text. “Topographia Galliae” was one of the largest and most comprehensive publishing’s of the Gaul region of its time with engravings of major European cities and historically important locations, each expertly engraved by Merian and his sons. In total, “Topographia Galliae” is comprised of 13 parts in four volumes, with nine engraved additional titles and 321 individually detailed engravings with maps and views of cities, towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries. This single page engraving from “Topographia Galliae” titled “Prosp. Du Palais de Duc d’Orleans. Wiesolchez auff der Seitten im Garten anzufeben” measures 11.75" x 11.75" and is in good condition with evidence of previous repair to the central crease and light wrinkling along the central crease. This engraving is finely detailed and shows a view of the gardens at the Palace of the Duke d'Orleans, Saint Cloud. The Duke of Orleans, Phillip I, was the younger brother to King Louis XIV. The famous cascade in the garden was designed by Antoine Le Pautre and constructed between 1664 and 1665. This engraving shows a wide-angle view of the chateau and the gardens being enjoyed by visitors. The landscape is seen to extend far beyond the trees adding to the expansive chateau.

Price: USD 650.00
Inventory No: gp1119e

No. 19 Prosp. Del Egli. St. Etienne & St. Genevieve (Church of St. Etienne and Abbey of St. Genevive, Paris)

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Matthaus Merian

Mathias Merian the Elder (1593-1650) was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages”. Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1600’s he began studying drawing, engraving and etching in Zurich with engraver Friedrich Meyer. Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623. He rapidly and almost single-handedly built up the house to become one of the most important in Europe, etching most of the plates himself until about 1645, when he increasingly relied upon the help of a growing staff of assistants and pupils, among them Wenceslaus Hollar, Rudolf and Conrad Meyer of Zurich, and his sons Matthaus and Casper. “Topographia Galliae” was published from 1655 to 1661 in partnership with Martin Zeiller who wrote the text. “Topographia Galliae” was one of the largest and most comprehensive publishing’s of the Gaul region of its time with engravings of major European cities and historically important locations, each expertly engraved by Merian and his sons. In total, “Topographia Galliae” is comprised of 13 parts in four volumes, with nine engraved additional titles and 321 individually detailed engravings with maps and views of cities, towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries. This single page engraving from “Topographia Galliae” titled “Prosp. Del Egli. St. Etienne & St. Genevieve” measures 11.75" x 13" and is in good condition with light foxing throughout and evidence of previous repair to the central crease. This engraving is finely detailed and shows a view of the churches of St. Etienne and St. Genevieve. Now called St. Etienne-du-Mont, this Gothic church was built between 1492 and 1626 and is dedicated to the Patroness of Paris: Genevieve. St. Etienne's stands on the site of an abbey founded by Clovis, King of the Franks. The adjoining abbey was built throughout this extended period of time, to accommodate the many pilgrims that would come to the site. Outside the church and abbey, visitors are shown interacting, resting and riding a horse.

Price: USD 450.00
Inventory No: gp1120e

No. 20 Donchery (Ardennes department, France)

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Matthaus Merian

Mathias Merian the Elder (1593-1650) was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages”. Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1600’s he began studying drawing, engraving and etching in Zurich with engraver Friedrich Meyer. Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623. He rapidly and almost single-handedly built up the house to become one of the most important in Europe, etching most of the plates himself until about 1645, when he increasingly relied upon the help of a growing staff of assistants and pupils, among them Wenceslaus Hollar, Rudolf and Conrad Meyer of Zurich, and his sons Matthaus and Casper. “Topographia Galliae” was published from 1655 to 1661 in partnership with Martin Zeiller who wrote the text. “Topographia Galliae” was one of the largest and most comprehensive publishing’s of the Gaul region of its time with engravings of major European cities and historically important locations, each expertly engraved by Merian and his sons. In total, “Topographia Galliae” is comprised of 13 parts in four volumes, with nine engraved additional titles and 321 individually detailed engravings with maps and views of cities, towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries. This single page engraving from “Topographia Galliae” titled “Donchery” measures 11.75" x 14.5" and is in good condition with light staining throughout, light pencil marking on upper left corner and small tear on bottom right corner. This engraving is finely detailed and shows Donchery, a commune in the Ardonnes department in northeastern France. As seen from this distant view, this city is forteifed with a moat and wall surrounding it. Visible are tall steeples of the local churches and many of the town buildings. Within the surrounding landscape, smaller homes and a windmill are seen tucked amongst the rolling hills.

Price: USD 650.00
Inventory No: gp1122e

No. 21 Chasteau de Meudon (Chateau de Meudon)

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Matthaus Merian

Mathias Merian the Elder (1593-1650) was one of the most prominent members of the leading print publishing family of 17th-century Germany, known throughout Europe for his engravings of cityscapes and landscapes, his scientific books, and his editions of the noted series of travel books, the “Great Voyages”. Born and trained in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1600’s he began studying drawing, engraving and etching in Zurich with engraver Friedrich Meyer. Merian joined the Frankfurt publishing house of Johann Theodor de Bry in 1616 and, the following year, he married de Bry’s daughter Maria Magdalena. Merian gained his greatest acclaim as head of the family publishing house following the death of his father-in-law in 1623. He rapidly and almost single-handedly built up the house to become one of the most important in Europe, etching most of the plates himself until about 1645, when he increasingly relied upon the help of a growing staff of assistants and pupils, among them Wenceslaus Hollar, Rudolf and Conrad Meyer of Zurich, and his sons Matthaus and Casper. “Topographia Galliae” was published from 1655 to 1661 in partnership with Martin Zeiller who wrote the text. “Topographia Galliae” was one of the largest and most comprehensive publishing’s of the Gaul region of its time with engravings of major European cities and historically important locations, each expertly engraved by Merian and his sons. In total, “Topographia Galliae” is comprised of 13 parts in four volumes, with nine engraved additional titles and 321 individually detailed engravings with maps and views of cities, towns, castles, fortresses and monasteries. This single page engraving from “Topographia Galliae” titled “Chasteau de Meudon” measures 11.75" x 13.5" and is in very good condition with light ink staining from being bound and evidence of previous repair to the central crease. This engraving is finely detailed and shows the Chateau de Meudon, located on a steep hill in the city of Meudon. This engraving details numerous countrymen working around the grand estate, with the town of Meudon seen below. The engraving details the fine architecture and craftsmanship of the building and great rendering skills of the artist.

Price: USD 450.00
Inventory No: gp1123e

No. 22 A Monograph of the Genus Lilium.

ELWES, John Henry (1846-1922).

Folio (22 x 15 2/8 inches). 48 fine hand-colored lithographic plates, by W.H.Fitch, mounted albumen photograph by Bourne of a Himalayan scene, signed in the negative, and a colored map showing the distribution of the species described. Contemporary half brown morocco gilt, original printed stiff paper wrappers bound in (extremities scuffed). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of Crewe Hall on teh front paste-down. First edition, limited issue, one of 250 copies. The work was issued in 3 stages: the "Monograph", as here, between 1877 and 1880 with 48 plates by Fitch; then the first of seven parts of a "Supplement" by A.Grove and A.D.Cotton between 1933 and 1940 with 30 plates by Lilian Snelling; and finally, parts VIII and IX by W.B.Turrill between 1960 and 1962 with plates by Margaret Stones. Elwes, a traveller, collector, and particularly as a plantsman. "He knew what to collect, was determined in his travels to find it, was highly observant in describing the geographical distribution of what he found, and was particularly skilled in propagating specimens he brought back" (Balfour and Baigent). "He devoted his life to natural history and travel. His original interest was in ornithology and it was in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society (1873) that his paper on 'The geographical distribution of Asiatic birds' was published. This was the result of a visit in 1871 to Sikkim and, illegally, to Tibet, and was important in establishing that the Himalayan region was part of the same biogeographical region as China. Elwes attributed his election in 1897 to the Royal Society to this paper. In 1880 he produced his folio "Monograph of the Genus Lilium", which remains an authoritative work on that subject; although the work was issued under Elwes's name, the strictly botanical parts of the work were done by J. G. Baker" (F. R. S. Balfour, rev. Elizabeth Baigent for DNB). His work includes nearly all of the lilies then known in cultivation. Nissen BBI 594; Great Flower Books p.56; Stafleu & Cowan 1664. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 7,500.00
Inventory No: 72lib199

No. 23 The English Pilot. Describing the West-India Navigation, from Hudson's-Bay to the River Amazones...

MOUNT, William (1688-1769) and Thomas PAGE (1704-1762).

Folio (18 4/8 x 12 inches). 21 engraved double-page and or folding maps, 6 full-page or vignette maps, woodcut coastal profiles and views throughout (browned, waterstained, edges frayed, some maps and text leaves loose). Contemporary sheep (covers detached, marked). "THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT COLLECTION OF CHARTS EXCLUSIVELY OF THE AMERICAN COASTS TO BE PUBLISHED IN ENGLAND" (Cumming) The last edition of "The Fourth Book" : "the first great collection of charts detailing the American coast that were of English production. The "Pilot" maintained its postiion of prominence for over a century of exploration and expanding settlement, so that its charts mirror the unfolding details of coastal waters" (Verner). Of the sixty-four separate chart titles noted by Verner this copy contains "A New and Correct Chart of the Western and Southern Oceans", "... of the North Part of America from New Found Land to Hudson's Bay", "A New Generall Chart for the West Indies", "...of the vast Atlantic or Western Ocean", "The Harbour of Casco Bay and Islands Adjacent", "... of the Coast of New Foundland from Cape Raze to Cape Bonavista, with Chebucto Harbour in Nova Scotia", "A Chart of the South-East Coast of Newfoundland", "... of the Sea Coast of New-England, from Cape Codd to Casco Bay", "... of the Coast of New England, from Staten Island to the Island of Breton", "... of New York Harbour", "Virginia, Maryland, Pennsilvania, East & West New Jersey", "a Draught of Virginia", "... of St. Christophers", "A Draught of South Carolina and Georgia from Sewee to St. Estaca", "... of the Caribbee Islands", "...of Hispaniola", "A Draught of the West End of the Island of Porto Rico and the Island of Zachee", "... Chart of Cuba, Streights of Bahama,... the Gulf of Florida", "... of the Island of Jamaica", "... of the Coast of Guayana, from the Entrance of the River Orinoco", "... of the Trading Part of the West Indies"; and full-page or vignette maps of the "Island of St. Peters", "Barbados", "Antegua", "... Draught of the Bay of Matanzas", and Bermuda. The series of English Pilot books was started in 1671 by John Seller, whose charts derived from the Dutch pilot books of Pieter Goos. "Seller's English Pilot initiated the independent production of pilot books in England which ultimately overcame Dutch predominance" (Koeman). The work was so popular that 37 editions were published from 1689-1794, with the number of charts varying from 18 in the first edition to 26 in the last. "For British trading in North America and for the colonists there, the publication of The English Pilot: The Fourth Book must have been a godsend. For the first time an English sea atlas presented charts of the whole eastern seacoast of North America. To modern eyes the charts are crude and sparse of detail; but to the navigator of American waters in that period, it was his Bible. Whatever its shortcomings, there was really no substitute, no real competitor, for over sixty years" (William P. Cumming, British Maps of Colonial America, Chicago & London 1974, p.39). Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 90,000.00
Inventory No: 72lib265

No. 24 Voyages celebres & remarquables, faits de Perse aux Indes Orientales.

OLEARIUS, Adam (1603-1671) - MANDELSLO, Jean-Albert de.

2 volumes in one. Folio (12 2/8 x 8 inches). 2 half-titles, two vignette title-pages printed in red and black. Additional engraved title-page, engraved portrait, large engraved folding panorama, 16 folding or double-page and 7 full-page plates of views, 14 folding or double-page and 6 full-page maps, 19 vignette maps and views in the text, engraved head- and tail-pieces, and initials (some occasionally heavy browning, worming at inner margin to three central gatherings, 3 leaves strengthened at fore-edge, title-page to first volume tipped to dedication leaf and both mounted on a stub, one plate detached, some leaves loose). Contemporary half vellum, marbled paper boards (extremities a bit worn, endpapers renewed). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of George A. Leon on the front paste-down. Later edition in French. An account of the voyage of the German embassy to Persia in 1633, sponsored by the Duke of Holstein. Olearius, who also accompanied the mission with this friend Mandelslo, first published his account in 1647. While the German ambassadors remained in Persia, Mandelslo continued to India, sailing from Ormuz in 1638. Passing through Surat, he journeyed onto Agra, unfortunately he fails to mention the Taj Mahal which had been under construction for the previous six years, instead fleeing to Lahore, where he hoped to evade a vengeful relative of a man he had killed in Persia. His travels then took him to Goa and Ceylon. His account is full of the exotic, luxurious, immoral, and cruel way of life of the Mogul empire in India, then ruled by Shah Jahan. The plates include fine maps and views of Persia, the Mogul Empire, Japan, and the islands and Dutch outposts of the East Indies, including Sumatra, the Malaccas, Java, Bantam, and Batavia. Catalogued by Kate Hunter.

Price: USD 14,000.00
Inventory No: 72lib264

No. 25 Branche de Chevre-Feuille (Branch of a Honeysuckle)

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Jacques Charton

In the early 18th century, France turned away from imperial aspirations to focus on more personal and pleasurable pursuits. As political life and private morals relaxed, the change was mirrored by a new style in art, one that was more intimate, and decorative. Louis XIV's desire to glorify his dignity and the magnificence of France had been well served by the monumental and formal qualities of most seventeenth-century French art. But members of the succeeding court began to decorate their elegant homes in a lighter, more delicate manner. This new style has been known since the last century as "rococo," from the French word, rocaille, for rock and shell garden ornamentation. First emerging in the decorative arts, the rococo emphasized pastel colors, sinuous curves, and patterns based on flowers, vines, and shells. Painters turned to the sensual surface delights of color and light, and from weighty religious and historical subjects to more intimate scenes. The styles of representation range from the mildly stylized but naturalistic to the intensely fantastical, verging on the surreal. This style would soon give way to one that adhered to the austerity and democratic spirit of the revolutionaries at the end of the century. This original hand-colored engraving, “Branche de Chevre-Feuille” from the collection of fifty-nine engravings from Jacques Charton’s, “Collection de plantes etrangeres en fleurs, fruits, corail et coquillages” is a splendid example of the French decorative arts produced in Paris in 1784, just previous to the French Revolution. This engraving, most likely executed for porcelain designs, measures 17.25” x 11.25” and is in good condition with foxing and staining throughout, light pencil marks of the left and bottom margins and light color runoff from being bound. The whimsical look of this engraving is heightened by the curvature of the honeysuckle plant's pale pink flowers and rich green stems. The engraving is well colored and finely detailed and shoes the great still of the artist.

Price: USD 2,800.00
Inventory No: ark1001e