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Monday, June 27, 2011

Recent Acquisitions: Bonhams- June 22nd, 2011

Bonhams Sale 19239 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, 22 Jun 2011 in New York

Each Lot is for Sale with a Markup of:

-15% over lot total price for 30 days from date of invoice
-35% over lot total price after day 30.
(See Invoice at Bottom of Post)
Lot No: 1029
[DRAKE, FRANCIS, SIR. 1540?-1596.]
Copper engraved portrait, 390 x 308 mm., [London: Jodocus Hondius, c.1583, but printed later], expertly tipped at all edges, matted and framed, brief margins, fine.

Second state of this fine portrait of Sir Francis Drake attributed to Hondius, although some suggest it is the work of Remy Hogenberg. This impression is likely printed by George Vertue in the 18th century, who altered the original plate with some additional shading in the background. Only two examples of the first state are known. Hind Engraving in England p 159; Kraus Drake 55.

Provenance: Bruce E. McKinney.

Lot No: 1030
HALKETT, JOHN. 1768-1852.
Statement Respecting the Earl of Selkirk's Settlement upon the Red River, in North America; Its Destruction in 1815 and 1816; and the Massacre of Governor Semple and His Party. London: John Murray, 1817. viii, 194, [2], c, [4] ad pp. Engraved folding map. 8vo (225 x 136 mm). Uncut in original boards, printed paper spine label. Custom cloth clamshell case. Light offset from map, ownership initials to title, internally clean, upper joint cracked, light shelfwear, a near fine copy.
First edition. Sabin 20703.

Lot No: 1052
Jan Huygen Van Linschoten and the Moral Map of Asia. London: Roxburghe Club, 1999. Color plates. Folio (610 x 435 mm). Green levant over cloth boards, spine gilt, gilt-printed paper label to upper cover, booklet laid in pocket on rear pastedown, loose plates in green cloth portfolio, green cloth clamshell case. Light shelfwear to case, else fine.

Limited edition, one of 40 copies specially bound and with an extra set of plates. Reprints Linschoten's Itinerario, and Icones, habitus gestusque indorum ac lusitanorum per indiam viventium.
Provenance: Bruce E. McKinney.

Lot No: 1058
POINSETT, JOEL R. 1779-1851.
Notes on Mexico, Made in the Autumn of 1822. Accompanied by an Historical Sketch of the Revolution, and Translations of Official Reports on the Present State of That Country. London: John Miller, 1825. 16 ad, viii, 298, [2], 138 pp. Large folding engraved map. 8vo (224 x 135 mm). Uncut in original boards, printed paper spine label. Offset to map, article pasted to front pastedown, generally internally clean, general wear to covers, spine split, joints cracked.
First British Edition. Sabin 63693.

Lot No: 1068
Planiglobi Terrestris, Mappa Universalis. Nuremberg: Homann's Heirs, 1746. Copper engraved map with hand-coloring, 495 x 580 mm., matted and framed, some repair on verso of fold near lower margin, margins somewhat brief, but not close, excellent.

Lot No: 1080

Lot No. 1081

Lot No. 1082
40 original watercolor drawings of hoofed animals from India (24), Tibet (8), and Nepal (8), sheet size approx. 420 x 330 mm each, [England and France, after 1846], on wove Whatman paper watermark dated 1846, mostly captioned in pencil in Latin, English and French, housed in 3 green solander boxes. About 5 plates with minor freckling, some with evidence of being disbound.

Smith collaborated with the French naturalist Baron Georges Cuvier in the publication of Mammalia (1827) and also contributed to the illustration of Jardine's Naturalist's Library. Illustrations here include a great variety of deer, mountain goats, yaks, antelopes, etc., in naturalistic settings.

Lot No: 1345
BRIGGS, GEORGE A. Map of the New-Haven & New-London Railroad Survey. 1849. Lithographed map on 3 joined sheets, 150 by 27 inches, laid on linen, with rail route and coastline hand-colored. Dustsoiling, scattered minor stains including some old correction fluid, creased at ends.

Large and rare surveying map depicting an important stretch of Connecticut coastline when it was still quite rural. Many residences are individuated and creeks, lighthouses, and various topography is detailed. The site of "J.B. Norton's house" is neatly indicated in pencil. The New Haven and New London Railroad was chartered in May 1848 and construction began in 1850.

Lot No: 1348
Von Wunderland zu Wunderland. Landschafts und Lebensbilder aus den Staaten und Territorien der Union. Leipzig: T.O. Weigel, [1885-1887.] 2 volumes in 1. 50 tipped-in collotype plates after Cronau. Folio (447 x 302 mm). Original red cloth stamped in gilt, black, red, white and blue, a.e.g. Some toning, but generally internally clean, binding with mild shelfwear, head and tail of spine rubbed, corners bumped and/or rubbed, a few stray marks, but else excellent.

Cronau was sent to America as correspondent for the German newspaper Die Gartenlaube. His work centered mainly on the West and life therein, but also included here are some views of the East and South East including one of the Brooklyn Bridge, and a Louisiana swamp scene. Besides landscapes, Cronau also drew portraits, most notably of Sitting Bull, and scenes such as the interior of a San Francisco Chinese Restaurant, a view of a carriage traveling through a tunneled redwood tree, and cowboy and gold mining scenes. He published this series of drawings and notes upon his return to Germany.

Lot No: 1388
MACLAY, ISAAC WALKER & WILLIAM E. DAVIES. Manuscript real estate ledger, approx 100 pages, rectos only, legal folio, bound in ledger book, with 82 hand-colored manuscript maps, being individual lot surveys for plots in New York City and New Jersey, and a few other locales, 1880s-1890s, 3 hand-colored printed maps bound in, printed maps worn, manuscript maps neatly lined through or stamped when lots sold, ledger disbound with covers detached, minor thumbing but generally very good condition.

Maclay and Davies were a firm of city surveyors and real estate agents. The majority of the maps are from New Jersey, much on Essex and Bergen Counties; but also Manhattan (W 10th, W 56th, W 60th); upper Manhattan; Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; the Bronx; Boulder, Colorado; and Sing Sing.

Lot No: 1420
Letter Signed ("Jeanne"), 1 p, folio, Paris, January 26, 1567, to M. de Fourquenaulx, docketed on verso, folds, faint tape stain down left margin, framed.
The Queen complains to Fourquenaulx, counselor to the French ambassador in Spain, that the ambassador is in a peculiar state of anger, and that her son Henry IV will be writing soon to get to the bottom of the matter.

 Lot No: 1421
Document Signed ("Louis"), 4 pp recto and verso, on vellum, Fontainebleau, September 13, 1711, countersigned by Jean Baptiste Colbert, being a declaration regarding decisions relating to hunting made in 1669-1670 at the so-called "table de Marbre" by that part of the French legislature with oversight of the "Waters and Forests," light creases, small loss at corner touching "D" of "Declaration," framed.

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