Swann Galleries’ June 11 auction offers large selection of atlases, maps, and works on natural history

NEW YORK—On Thursday, June 11 Swann Galleries will conduct an auction devoted to Maps & Atlases, Natural History, Historical Prints, & Ephemera. As always, the sale offers a wide range of cartographic material as well as decorative graphics. There is also a charming selection of postcards in the ephemera section.

Featured atlases include Claudius Ptolemaeus, La Geografia, with 63 (of 64) engraved maps, second Italian edition, Venice, 1564 (estimate $15,000 to $25,000); Giovanni Battista Ramusio, Delle Navigationi et Viaggi, in three volumes with 10 (of 13) wood-engraved maps, Venice, 1606 ($10,000 to $15,000); and a complete copy of Coronelli/Levanto, Prima Parte dello Specchio de Mare, with 25 maritime charts of the north coast of the Mediterranean, Venice, 1698 ($20,000 to $30,000).

There is also an early manuscript atlas detailing the growth of Rochester, N.Y., 1820s-30s ($5,000 to $7,500).

Among the 75 maps in the sale are many American subjects, such as John Speed, A New Description of Carolina, hand-colored double-page engraved map, London, 1676 ($2,000 to $3,000); a lovely copy of Braddock Mead, A Map of the most Inhabited Part of New England, in four unjoined sheets, London, 1774 ($7,000 to $10,000); and Joseph Frederick Des Barres’ Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, final state of a two-sheet engraved sea chart with mapping of the surrounding land, hand-colored and with wide margins, London, 1781 ($8,000 to $12,000).

Related to New York are Claude Joseph Sauthier’s Revolutionary War battle map, A Topographical Map of the Northn Part of New York Island . . . with the Rebel Lines to the Southward, London, 1777 ($5,000 to $7,500); and Bernard Ratzer, Plan of the City of New York, an apparently unrecorded second state, London, circa 1831 ($12,000 to $18,000).

There are also maps of Europe, the Holy Land, Japan, Mexico, and the western United States.

A choice selection of illustrated books sold for their plates includes natural history works such as Trew and Vogel, Plantae Selectae, with 49 (of 100) hand-colored engraved botanical plates, Nuremberg, 1765 ($6,000 to $9,000); Alexander Wilson, American Ornithology, nine volumes with 76 hand-colored plates, first edition, Philadelphia, 1808-14 ($8,000 to $12,000); and Audubon and Bachman, The Quadrupeds of North America, first octavo edition, three volumes with 155 hand-colored lithograph plates, New York, 1849-54 ($6,000 to $9,000).

Other subjects include caricatures, costume, Japan and railroads.

Among the individual decorative graphics are numerous plates from the folio edition of Audubon’s Quadrupeds and the double elephant folio edition of Birds of America (highest estimates $3,000 to $4,000); two hand-colored aquatints by Bodmer from Maximilian’s Travels in the Interior of North America, London, 1839 ($3,000 to $4,000 each); and a bright copy of Thomas Moran’s Grand Canyon of Arizona from Hermit Rim Road, color lithograph, New York, 1913 ($3,000 to $4,000).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. The works will be on public exhibition Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to noon.

An illustrated catalogue with information on bidding by mail or fax is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to arrange in advance to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Gary Garland at 212-254-4710, extension 17, or via email at ggarland@swanngalleries.com.