Archive of cigar label proofs among top lots in Dec. 3 map, ephemera sale


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One of the massive archive of printer's proofs of cigar labels by the American Lithographic Co.; archive consists of over 500 folders, each folder representing successive proofs for a given label. Most folders have inked notes indicating the number of stones used, the colors, the location of the stones, and the date when they were ground flat. All appear to be from the American Lithographic Co. of New York. New York, principally first decade 20th century. Estimate $1,500-$2,500; price realized, including buyer's premium, $15,600.


NEW YORK — On Dec. 3, Swann Galleries conducted an auction of Maps & Atlases, Books with Plates, Historical Prints, Travel Books & Ephemera. In addition to cartographic works and botanical and ornithological plates, the sale featured several lots of desirable printed ephemera including a large collection of printer’s proofs for decorative cigar labels.

The massive archive of early 20th century cigar labels from the American Lithographic Co. consisted of thousands of proofs in various states. Estimated at $1,500 to $2,500, they were hotly contested and sold for $15,600. All prices quoted include 20 percent buyer’s premium.

The highest priced item in the sale, the Thomas Jefferys atlas, The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America, with 18 folding maps, London, 1760, brought $16,800. Other fine atlases included Barent Langenes, Thresor de Chartes, contenant les Tableaux de tous les Pays du Monde, Frankfurt, circa 1610, with maps by Pigafetta, Hondius, Keer and others, missing the final index leaf, $10,200; and A.T. Andreas, Andreas’ Historical Atlas of Dakota, Chicago, 1884, which sold for a record $5,040.

Individual maps of note were Sebastian Muenster, La table des Isles neufues, Basel, circa 1556, $4,560; Abraham Ortelius, Typus Orbis Terrarum, Antwerp, 1587, $4,560; Justus Danckerts, Novi Belgii, second state, with Philadelphia added, Amsterdam, after 1655, $5,040; and a 12-sheet color woodblock printed map of Japan, circa 1848, $4,320.

Books sold for their decorative plates included Bernard Picart, The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Several Known Nations of the World, with 225 plates, London, 1731-39, $4,320; a complete run of 17 issues of The Wit’s Magazine; or, Library of Momus, with five plates engraved by William Blake, London, 1784-85, $4,560; and a mid-19th century album containing 35 watercolor studies of 19th-century Italian costume, $5,520. A selection of hand-colored double-elephant-folio plates from Audubon’s Birds of America included the Louisiana Tanager / Scarlet Tanager, $4,080.

For complete auction results visit www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to propose consignments to upcoming auctions of Maps & Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints, and top-quality printed Ephemera, contact Gary Garland at 212-254-4710 ext. 17, or via e-mail at ggarland@swanngalleries.com.

Photos courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.



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Thomas Jefferys, "The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America." London, 1760. Estimate $15,000-$25,000; price realized, including buyer's premium, $16,800.
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Herman Moll, world map on glass: "A New and Correct Map of the World." Double-hemispheric world map on glass, 570 mm by 980 mm sight size; vintage frame. Np, 19th century. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500; price realized, including buyer's premium, $2,040.

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