Nov 7, 2023 10:00 EST

Rare Books, Autographs & Maps including the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection

 
Lot 90
 

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Four large volumes of New York City survey maps

Estate / Collection: Collection of a New York Surveyor

[NEW YORK CITY]

EWEN, DANIEL & FAMILY (Surveyors). Four large volumes of original manuscript survey plans and field notes. New York: 1850s-1890s. Four large volumes in later buckram, the original marbled wrappers bound-in to the first volume, the first book with a partially completed decorative title page reading "Sketches of Lots Situate in the City of New York / Mister Daniel Ewen apprentice June 1855." Four volumes. 15 x 10 inches (38 x 24 cm). The maps and notations within the albums are executed in ink and pencil with crayon notations. The first album is approximately 177 pages with surveys dated between 1850-1861 of Manhattan locations and notes on recto and verso of the sheets; The second volume with a vellum index laid-in, the album approximately 518 pages on blue lined coated paper dated from 1863-1872, similarly surveying Manhattan locations; volume three is approximately 480 pages on white lined coated paper dated 1873-1883, similarly surveying Manhattan locations some plans with added color; volume four is approximately 390 pages on white line paper dated 1883-1894 similarly surveying Manhattan locations. Wear to edges, some toning and staining, the volumes bulky and detaching from the later binding at places, the buckram stained and frayed.

Daniel Ewen (1796-1865) was a longtime Surveyor of the City of New York beginning in 1817 (Ewen Street, now part of Manahttan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was named for him). It is likely his sons followed him into the trade as the surveys in these remarkable albums record the names of Daniel, Norman, and Austin Ewen. The surveys are all of locations around Manhattan from the 1850s to 1890s. Endlessly rich in research potential, these surveys show the changing and expanding city as new blocks and neighborhoods are planned, streets are named, old surveys are superseded, and much was built. We trace few offerings at auction as substantial as these albums which offer hundreds of detailed surveys and notes.

Sold for $6,930
Estimated at $4,000 - $6,000

Includes Buyer's Premium


 

Estate / Collection: Collection of a New York Surveyor

[NEW YORK CITY]

EWEN, DANIEL & FAMILY (Surveyors). Four large volumes of original manuscript survey plans and field notes. New York: 1850s-1890s. Four large volumes in later buckram, the original marbled wrappers bound-in to the first volume, the first book with a partially completed decorative title page reading "Sketches of Lots Situate in the City of New York / Mister Daniel Ewen apprentice June 1855." Four volumes. 15 x 10 inches (38 x 24 cm). The maps and notations within the albums are executed in ink and pencil with crayon notations. The first album is approximately 177 pages with surveys dated between 1850-1861 of Manhattan locations and notes on recto and verso of the sheets; The second volume with a vellum index laid-in, the album approximately 518 pages on blue lined coated paper dated from 1863-1872, similarly surveying Manhattan locations; volume three is approximately 480 pages on white lined coated paper dated 1873-1883, similarly surveying Manhattan locations some plans with added color; volume four is approximately 390 pages on white line paper dated 1883-1894 similarly surveying Manhattan locations. Wear to edges, some toning and staining, the volumes bulky and detaching from the later binding at places, the buckram stained and frayed.

Daniel Ewen (1796-1865) was a longtime Surveyor of the City of New York beginning in 1817 (Ewen Street, now part of Manahttan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was named for him). It is likely his sons followed him into the trade as the surveys in these remarkable albums record the names of Daniel, Norman, and Austin Ewen. The surveys are all of locations around Manhattan from the 1850s to 1890s. Endlessly rich in research potential, these surveys show the changing and expanding city as new blocks and neighborhoods are planned, streets are named, old surveys are superseded, and much was built. We trace few offerings at auction as substantial as these albums which offer hundreds of detailed surveys and notes.

Auction: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps including the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection, Nov 7, 2023

  • Successful Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps Tops $1 Million!
  • November 7, 2023 Sale Featured the Esmond Bradley Martin Collection of Africana & Travel
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions


NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's successful auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on November 7, 2023 topped $1 million amid competitive international bidding. Offerings in this popular sale spanned early illuminated manuscripts to modern literary first editions.

The Esmond Bradley Martin Collection of Africana and Travel comprised fascinating material that attracted bidders from around the world. Highlighting the collection was a copy of the first Latin edition of the earliest published collection of voyages, including those of Columbus and Vespucci: the 1508 Milan Fracanzo da Montalboddo, which achieved a strong $239,400. The collection also featured a rare uncut copy of Livio Sanuto's 1588 atlas of Africa that doubled its estimate at $25,200, as well as a group of 19th and early 20th century material relating to Zanzibar that attracted intense competition, sending the lots soaring over expectations. (Read more about Esmond Bradley Martin below.)

Property of other owners was highlighted by a first edition of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking scientific work, On the Origin of Species, 1859, which realized $94,500. This copy bore provenance of Charles Darwin's great-grandson Quentin Keynes, to the naturalist Richard Bayard Dominick, thence by descent to the consignor.

Robert Browning's first edition copy of John Keats’ poem, Endymion, 1818, sold for $37,800, many times its $7,000-10,000 estimate. The poem begins with the well-known verse, "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever."

The selection of livres des artistes featured François-Louis Schmied's Daphne in a major Art Deco binding by Pierre Legrain, 1924, one of 140 copies. The book tripled its $8,000-12,000 estimate, selling for $32,760.

Manuscripts in the sale were highlighted by a medieval manuscript on paper, Calculus temporum Ecclesiasticus, which sailed past its estimate of $3,000-5,000 to achieve an exceptional $31,500. This fascinating calendrical manuscript in Latin, circa 1360, possibly English in origin, was once the property of antiquary and collector Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872).

100 years before the Revolution: from Plymouth Colony to the Salem Witch Trials - The Victor Gulotta Collection, offered a curated collection of 17th and 18th century manuscripts documenting life in colonial New England. Among the rarities were a 1691 document signed by two notorious Salem witch trials magistrates John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin that realized $5,670, a document from 1686/87 signed by Edmund Andros as Governor of the Dominion of New England that sold for $5,670, and a 1656 Boston court document relating to a divorce case that achieved $6,300, all three exceeding their estimates.

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. He continued this work until 2018 , when tragically he was stabbed to death in his Nairobi home

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 of his collection in the November 7 auction. A second and final portion will be offered early next year.


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