Maps, Travel & Sporting Books Including The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection

Maps, Travel & Sporting Books Including The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection

Starts: Feb 22, 2024 17:00 EST
Ends: Mar 7, 2024 10:00 EST
Sale type: Timed auction





Doyle New York
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New York, NY 10128


Hilary Bradley
212-427-4141, ext 242
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Peter Costanzo
212-427-4141, ext 248

Edward Ripley-Duggan
212-427-4141, ext 234


Louis LeB. Webre
212-427-4141, ext 232

  • Timed Auction of Maps, Travel & Sporting Books Including the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection
  • Bidding Will Open on February 22 and Close on Thursday, March 7, 2024 beginning at 10am
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will hold a timed online auction of Maps, Travel & Sporting Books closing on Thursday, March 7, 2024 beginning at 10am. Explore the world through a fascinating range of offerings featuring maps, Americana, travel, sporting books, literary sets and the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection of Africana.

Esmond Bradley Martin

Esmond Bradley Martin (1941-2018) was educated as a geographer and philosopher. He and his wife Chryssee had an enduring fascination with Africa, and settled in Nairobi, Kenya, in the mid-1970s. He wrote extensively, oftentimes in conjunction with his wife, publishing works including Zanzibar. Tradition and Revolution, Hamish Hamilton, 1978; Cargoes of the east. The ports, trade, and culture of the Arabian Seas and western Indian Ocean, Elm Tree Press, 1978; and many other works on African history and conservation. In the late 1970s, he began extensive research into the illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn, which included substantial stints incognito posing as a buyer of illicit wildlife products. For a while, he served as special envoy for rhino conservation for the United Nations.

For about thirty years, beginning in the mid-1960s, Esmond Bradley Martin assiduously collected books and manuscripts on Africa and its history, acquiring a phenomenal collection of letters by many of the major English explorers of the nineteenth century, as well as numerous rarities from earlier centuries. He was buying at a time when troves of such material surfaced frequently at English auctions. Doyle was privileged to offer the first selection from his collection in the November 7, 2023 auction. We are pleased to present this second offering of property from The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection.

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Bidding in the timed online auction will open on Thursday, February 22 and close on Thursday, March 7 beginning at 10am. Lots will close sequentially, one lot per minute, with a soft close. Should any bids be placed in the final minute, bidding will remain open on that lot for three (3) additional minutes.

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We Invite You to Auction!

Consignments are currently being accepted for future auctions. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation. Our Specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection.

For information, please contact Peter Costanzo at 212-427-4141, ext 248, or Edward Ripley-Duggan at ext. 234, or email

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