Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10am
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's November 12, 2019 auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps will present material ranging from early illuminated manuscripts to modern literary first editions. Categories include Americana; early printing; illustrated books of all periods (including atlases and color plate books); fine printing and private press books; important bindings (both bound sets and individual remarkable examples of the bookbinder's art); literature of all periods, both English, American, and European; science and technology; travels and voyages; children's and illustrated books; and a diverse range of interesting books in all fields. Original illustration art for books and magazines is also included in the sales, as well as early maps of all regions.
Autographs include letters and documents by major American, English and European figures in literature and the sciences, as well as historically important documents, including Presidential letters and material relating to the Founding Fathers.
Salvador Dalí produced a fine set of illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in New York in 1969. This
example of the deluxe edition from the Collection of a New York Lady features the title-leaf signed in pencil by Dalí and an accompanying suite
found only in this rare edition (est. $8,000-12,000).
Francis Beale’s translation of Gioachino Greco’s The royall game of chesse-play, published in London in 1656, is the first edition in English of Greco’s classic work on chess. It has an engraved frontispiece portrait of Charles I signed by the artist and contains descriptions of numerous games exhibiting the use of gambits (est. $2,500-3,500).
A group of ten small format photographs from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission features a fine shot of the L.E.M. Eagle seen from the orbiting
Columbia command module and a number of infrequently seen views of earthrise taken by Michael Collins from onboard the Columbia (est. $3,000-5,000).
An autograph letter from the great American naturalist John James Audubon was written in London, July 1831, to the naturalist Thomas
Allis. Audubon writes, “I give this to my friend Mr. Robt Havell the Engraver with the view to introduce him to you – he visits York for the
purpose of shewing his works and mine at the meeting of Naturalists in September and I will be thankful to you for any advice or introductions
you care to give him…” (est. $5,000-7,000).
Engineer-in-chief of Central Park Egbert L. Viele’s The Topography and Hydrology of New York is the most recognizable of all 19th century maps of Manhattan. Issued in 1865 at a time of great concern over sanitation in the city, the map was referenced during the construction of the Empire State Building and United Nations Plaza (est. $2,500-3,500).
Jerry Thomas’s How to mix drinks: or, The bon-vivant’s companion, published in New York in 1862, is both the author’s first published work and the first American book on the cocktail (est. $2,000-3,000).
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Consignments are currently being accepted for the November 12, 2019 auction. 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.