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Friday, June 17, 2011

Recent Acquisitions: Sotheby's Sale No. N08755- "Fine Books and Manuscripts" June 17, 2011

*Special Note*
 Arader Galleries will always bid aggresively for every auctioned piece originally purchased through our galleries. In this sale, Lots 89-99 belonged to our deeply valued clients Dorothy and Mel Lewis. It was our pleasure to bid on every item in their lot, and our honor to win and re-acquire lots 89, 90, 95, 96, 97, and 99.

Each Lot is for Sale with a Markup of: 
-10% over net sales price for 30 days from date of invoice
-25% over net sales price after day 30.
(See Invoice at Bottom of Post)

LOT 89
Duval, Pierre
Geographia universalis Pars Prior [-Posterior]. Das ist: Der allgemeinen Erd=Beschreibung.
Nuremberg: Christoff Gerhard for Johann Hoffmann, 1679
2 volumes, 12mo (5 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.; 133 x 70 mm). 2 engraved titles with variant wording, 83 engraved maps (mostly folding, one double-page), 16 engraved coats of arms; small clean tear in fore-edge of "Barbaria" (page 168) entering image, a few other tiny fore-edge tears or creases. 18th-century vellum with fold-over flap edges, manuscript title on spine, blue cloth drop-box.
$5,000 plus markup (see above)

LOT 90
L'Atlas Curieux ou Le Monde Représenté dans des Cartes Générales et Particulières du Ciel et de la Terre. [–Suite de l'Atlas Curieux]. Paris: chez l'auteur, 1700 [–1704]; [Suite: Paris: chez l'Auteur, 1716]
2 volumes, oblong 4to (I: 11 3/4 x 16 3/4 in.; 298 x 425 mm, II: 11 x 16 3/4 in.; 280 x 425 mm).
Engraved throughout (except 1 letterpress title), 3 engraved titles, 133 text leaves, 216 plates of which 153 are maps with outline color, 57 are views, and 6 are diagrams or illustrations of instruments, (8 of the maps and views are folding), a contents leaf at the end of first volume, publisher's catalogue at the end of the second; some light browning, occasional marginal dampstains, those in second volume sometimes affecting image, the captions for views of the Chateau of Meudon have been edited with pasteover slips where ownership has changed, occasional small tears entering image from gutter margin (a few mended), the map of "environs de Namur" shaved in upper right corner, occasional marginal spotting, lower outer corner of map of "La Rochelle" torn away without loss.
Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt. In two green cloth drop-boxes; corners and edges
torn, scrapes and scuffmarks.


First edition, second issue, with the Suite. Far more than an atlas, the Atlas Curieux is geographic encyclopedia of images and a celebration of the French Empire under the Sun King, with maps of French possessions in the western hemisphere, detailed views of the grand waterworks at Marly, views of the great palaces and chateaux, views and plans of the Paris Observatory, and samples of military architecture. Issued in six annual parts from 1700-1705, the maps are based on the new observations of the Académie des Sciences, and with the assistance of Philipe de La Hire. The Suite, consists mostly of works dated 1714-1716, with two duplicates from the first volume with changed dates, consisting of the maps of Paris (1701, now 1705) and Neuchâtel (1699, now 1705). The present copy contains the plates from the first five fascicules (Pastoureau numbers 1-155), lacking Poland (49), Berri (67), and one view of Meudon (151) largely in the order given in Pastoureau 1B, but with additions to that listing. The Suite consists of 60 plates. A complete list of the contents will be provided on request.

 Pastoureau Fer 1B & 1C; Phillips 532
$17,500 plus markup (see above)
LOT 95
Ptolemaeus, Claudius. — Girolamo Ruscelli, ed.
La Geografia ... Con Espositioni del medesimo ... Aggiuntovi un pieno discorso di M. Gioseppe Moleto Matematico .... Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1561
3 parts in one volume, 4to (9 x 6 in.; 228 x 152 mm). Printer's woodcut device on divisional titles and on verso of last map, 64 double-page engraved maps after Gastaldi consisting of 27 maps of the ancient world and 37 of the modern world, numerous woodcut diagrams in text; first title supplied from another copy and a bit short, some marginal dampstains and soiling in the maps, some marginal spotting, fore-edge spot in third work, small worm track in upper central margin of a few maps. 18th-century vellum, gold-stamped title on spine, dark-blue edges; one corner torn, a few stains. Red cloth drop-box.

First edition of Ruscelli's translation. A new pocket edition of the Geographia with the Ptolemaic series of twenty-seven maps, follow ed by thirty-seven others illustrating contemporary knowledge. The maps are mostly enlargements of Gastaldi, but among the "modern" maps in this edition is the world in twin hemispheres, the earliest of its kind to appear in an atlas [Shirley, Mapping of the World 110]. Other maps departing from Gastaldi are: Scandinavia (after Jakob Ziegler, 1532); Brasil (after Ramusio); the Arctic regions (based on the "Zeno" map, first published in woodcut in 1558); South Africa; and a navigational chart of the world [Shirley 111].
Phillips 371; Sabin 66503

$5,625 plus markup (see above)

LOT 96
Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles & Didier
Atlas portatif, universel et militaire, composé d'après les meilleures Cartes, tant gravées que manuscrites. Paris: chez l'auteur, Durand & Pissot, 1748 [-1749]
Oblong 4to (9 3/8 x 13 in.; 238 x 330 mm). Engraved title on single sheet, 209 full-page engraved maps (1 folding), all hand-colored in outline; occasional light browning or marginal spotting. Contemporary mottled calf, blind-ruled border, spine gilt, red edges; joints split, extremities worn, a few scrapes and scuff marks.

Gilles Robert de Vaugondy  (1688–1766) and his son Didier (c. 1723-1786), together produced this "portable" atlas for the use of the military. This is an expanded issue of the 1748 edition, which differs in the number of maps (the earlier issue having only 128), and in the title page (which in the earlier issue was double-page). The last section contains maps of the western hemisphere dated 1749.

Phillips 608

$4,062.50 plus markup (see above)

LOT 97
[Sanson, Guillaume - Moullart-Sanson, Pierre, ed.]
Introduction a la Geographie en Plusieurs Cartes avec leur Explication par les Srs Sanson,
geographes ordinaires de Roy. Paris: Le Clotre de St. Nicolas du Louvre, 1710
Folio (16 3/4 x 11 in.; 425 x 280 mm). Engraved title, 25 engraved maps hand-colored in outline(of which 7 are double-page folding), 5 plates containing instruments and diagrams (of which 3 have a total of 4 volvelles); text leaves lightly browned, ink smudges on page 47, some dampstains in upper inner corner of plates affecting image, one volvelle creased but intact, "Mappe Monde" on page 8 has 2-inch clean tear in South Seas mended without loss and a small fold tear. Contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt, gilt-stamped red leather title label on spine rebacked with original spine laid down.

Revised and updated edition, of this handsome and highly technical introduction to cartography by Pierre Moullart Sanson (fl. 1702-1730), inheritor of the Sanson firm, and royal geographer after the death of his uncle Guillaume (1633-1702). Editions of the Introduction, from 1681 onward, appear under the name of his uncle and cover much of the same ground. The maps include a variety of treatments of the eastern and western hemispheres including concave views (from the center of the earth outward), views using the Paris horizon as reference point, counter-proofs, and calculation techniques with paper instruments supplied with volvelles. The maps are dated 1703- 1705, while the double-page "Mappe Monde ou carte marine" is dated 1695. No copy in OCLC, one copy in UK (Chetham's Library), no copy in Bibliothèque Nationale. No copy has appeared at auction in the past 35 years.

$10,000 plus markup (see above)

LOT 99
Seminario Vescovile, Padua 
Tabulae geographicae, quibus universa geographia vetus continetur. Padua: Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1699 4 parts in one volume, folio (19 x 14 1/2 in.; 482 x 368 mm).
Letterpress divisional titles and indexes to each part, 81 double-page engraved maps, including one folding and one single-page, (of 84 called-for), after G. Sanson, N. Sanson, A. Ortelius, P. Duval and P. Cluever, all hand-colored in outline and in cartouches; first title somewhat soiled, some other marginal smudges and spots, small fold-tears mended in map 14 of first part, light stain in upper fold margin of last part. Contemporary vellum, later ms. title on spine; corners and edges torn. Red cloth drop-box

Beautiful, crisp copy of this atlas, evidently intended to supplement the study of ancient history, literature, and the bible. The four parts are devoted to ancient Europe, the Holy Land, ancient patriarchates and bishoprics, and to Roman history.Phillips 5644


$8,125 plus markup (see above)

LOT 139
Hennepin, Louis
A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America, Extending above Four Thousand Miles, between New France and New Mexico. With a Description of the Great Lakes, Cataracts, Rivers, Plants, and Animals ... With a Continuation: Giving an Account of the Attempts of Sieur de la Salle upon the Mines of St. Barbe, &c., the Taking of Quebec by the English; with Advantages of a Shorter Cut to China and Japan ... London: for M. Bentley, J. Tonson, H. Bonwick, T. Goodwin, and S. Manship, 1698
2 volumes in one, 8vo (7 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.; 186 x 114 mm). Engraved frontispiece title, letterpress title, 2 folding engraved maps, 6 folding engraved plates; all maps and plates backed with linen, some offset from plates on neighboring text pages, minor tear in lower inner margin of leaf A3 mended with cello tape, light dampstain in foremargin of a few preliminary leaves, some pencil annotations. Contemporary panelled calf, gilt roll-tooled borders and gilt-stamped floral pieces at four corners of central panel, spine gilt, marbled endpapers; rebacked with original spine laid down, covers and extremities rubbed.

First English edition, the so-called "Bon" issue (from the imprint). Although his works generated a great deal of controversy, Hennepin made invaluable contributions to the historiography of the North American continent and to the understanding of its indigenous peoples. This English edition combines translations of his Nouvelle Découverte (1697) and his Nouveau Voyage (1698). In the latter he describes La Salle's explorations and his murder, as well as the English capture of Quebec. His account of the discoveries of Jolliet and Marquette present here were not included in the French edition.

Church 772; European Americana 698/99; Field 685 (var.); Greenley 8; Graff 1862; Jones 364; Sabin 31371; Streeter sale 1:106; Wing H1450

$3,750 plus markup (see above)

LOT 146
Hand-Book to Kansas Territory and the Rocky Mountains' Gold Region; accompanied by Reliable Maps and a Preliminary Treatise on the Pre-Emption Laws of the United States.
New York: J. H. Colton, 1859
In 12s (5 3/4 x 3 5/8 in.; 148 mm x 94 mm). Folding hand-colored engraved dual map of Nebraska and Kansas by Colton, folding engraved military map of Kansas, woodcut vignette of a tipi, preliminary publisher's advertisement leaf, 4 leaves of advertisements at end; maps with a few pinholes at intersecting folds. Publisher's blind-embossed brown cloth gilt; extremities quite rubbed.
First edition; an unusually fresh copy of this popular guide to the gold regions. The double map comprises "Kansas and Nebraska" and "Nebraska and Kanzas showing Pikes Peak and the Gold Region."

Graff 3437; Hafen 14; Rader 2773; Streeter sale 4:2131; Wagner-Camp-Becker 343; Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 995, 996

$6,250 plus markup (see above)

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