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The Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson: Part 1

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2018-04-25 10:00:00 2018-04-25 18:00:00 America/New_York The Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson: Part 1 Featured Section of the Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on April 25, 2018. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle
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  • Sale of Property from the Library of Arnold "Jake" Johnson Will Be Offered in a Series of Auctions
  • Comprising Rare Items Related to Travel, Expeditions in India and Africa, English Sporting and Color-Plate, 19th Century Big Game Hunting, and Western Americana
  • Featured Section of the Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on April 25, 2018 at 10am

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction the substantial library of rare books, manuscripts and photographs from the Estate of Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. A true bibliophile, Johnson was an inveterate collector of rare items related to travel, expeditions in India and Africa, English sporting and color-plate, 19th century big game hunting, and Western Americana. To be offered in a series of sales, the Collection comprises hundreds of rare books, hand-written accounts of hunting expeditions, striking examples of 19th century photographic travel albums, and elusive bibliographies and facsimiles of major works.

W. Ellerton Fry’s photographic album of the Occupation of Mashonoland was self-published in London in about 1891. Containing 154 carbon prints, this rare set chronicles the march of the Pioneer Column in current Botswana and Zimbabwe. Fry’s photographs are an extraordinary record of both the region and British colonialism (est. $3,000-5,000).

James Pollard’s series of coaching prints, published London: 1819-1823, includes four handsome plates of coaching scenes, including the Brighton-London Comet while underway, and two plates showing the vicissitudes and pleasures of such travel (est. $2,500-3,500).

Robert Colebrook’s Twelve views of places in the Kingdom of Mysore, the country of Tippoo sultan, from drawings taken on the spot... is the first edition, first issue, dated 1793, with the fine aquatints by J. W. Edy after Colebrook’s drawings. Taken during a journey in 1790, he had been appointed Surveyor General of Bengal, a position he held from 1788 to 1794. It is one of the first grand plate books of Indian views (est. $2,000-3,000).

Sir Charles D’Oyly was a gentleman artist, and a student of George Chinnery, who worked in India between 1802-1825. He started the Behar Amateur Lithographic Press to reproduce his drawings, those of Chinnery, and of his friends. The present collection consists of two albums after D’Oyly and others, with a total of 36 lithographs mounted to 34 sheets, all produced at the Press between 1828 and 1831 (est. $2,000-3,000).

This watercolor drawing of Axim, from the Steamer’s Anchorage was reproduced as the frontispiece to the second volume of Burton and Cameron’s To the Gold Coast for Gold. A Personal Narrative. It is annotated in Burton’s hand, and is framed with the original mount inscribed by James Irvine, to whom the published work was dedicated (est. $1,500-2,500).

The great English sporting artist Henry Alken produced many fine series of plates. His Fox Hunting, a series of four delicately hand-colored plates printed in sepia, etched by Clark and Dubourg is distinctly rare, with only one copy at auction since the 1970s (est. $800-1,200).

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