Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

Date: May 1, 2024 10:00 EST
Sale type: Live auction



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Peter Costanzo
212-427-4141, ext 248

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

Noah Goldrach
212-427-4141, ext 226


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

  • Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 10am
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted
  • We Invite You to Contact Us for a Complimentary Auction Appraisal of Your Collection

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will hold an auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 10am. The selection of Americana features important autograph letter from Thomas Jefferson on the arrest of Toussant Louverture and a prisoner discharge signed by Abraham Lincoln. Among the maps are a rare example of Matthew Dripps’ Map of the City of New-York,  Moses Greenleaf’s Map of the State of Maine, and Joseph Bouchette’s monumental ten sheet Topographical map of the Province of Lower Canada.

Literature includes a fine collection of books by F. Scott Fitzgerald, including a rare signed copy of his novel of the French Riviera, Tender is the Night. William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Mosquitoes are offered in dust jacket and a great rarity is Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, one of 250 signed deluxe copies. In children’s literature, signed first limited editions in dust jacket of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard’s Winnie-the-Pooh and House at Pooh Corner are included as is an inscribed 1869 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Fine printing includes the magnificent Cranach Hamlet in the deluxe binding by Dõrfner and early books include Van Dyck's Icones Principum Virorum Doctorum.

The Ken Harte Collection of Natural History

In about 1950, Ken Harte started collecting field-guides and reference books to inform his birding hobby – but this turned to collecting in 1964 with the purchase of his first Audubon elephant folio plate, the Cedar Bird (bought in a Massachusetts antique shop for just $60!). Goodspeed’s Book Shop in Boston was frequently visited as his collection of ornithological and natural history books grew. In the summer of 1977, on a three week birding and family trip to Sri Lanka, Mr. Harte came across a copy of Legge’s A History of the Birds of Ceylon and was gob smacked by the quality of Keulemans' plates, how he had so amazingly captured the birds he was seeing on his travels, not with the dramatic flourishes of Audubon, but with a deep insight into the essence of his avian subjects. In the spring of 1978, Mr. Harte managed to locate a copy of this work, at Wheldon & Wesley in the U.K., and thus started collecting books with plates by this artist.  Favorites in the collection include the pair of Dresser Monographs, Bee-eaters and Rollers, as well as his monumental History of the Birds of Europe which was found at Parker's Book Shop in Sarasota, Florida. Another favorite is the Sharpe Kingfisher monograph, which beautifully captures the color and spirit of this world-wide family. 

It wasn't until 1991 that a copy of the magnificent Elliot Hornbill monograph was located.  A later find in 2001 was the Shelly Sun-Birds, with a tipped-in apologetic note from the author to the original owner, Lady Theodora Guest - an artist and Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - who hand-colored the 121 plates herself! Although birds were his favored subjects, Keulemans executed many fine mammal paintings and other favorites include the Mivart Canidae and the Alston Mammalia volume from the monumental Biologia Centrali-Americana. Beyond the Keulemans illustrated works, the collection includes sets of Audubon’s Birds of America and Quadrupeds of North America, and a fine set of Alexander Wilson’s American Ornithology in the original binding.

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Consignments are currently being accepted. 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, Edward Ripley-Duggan at ext 234, or Noah Goldrach at ext 226, or email Books@Doyle.com

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