Past Timed Auction

Travel & Sport in India & Asia from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson

Soft close begins Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 12pm EDT
  • Timed Online-Only Auction of Travel & Sport in India & Asia from the Library of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
  • Bidding Will Open on Thursday, February 28 and Close on Thursday, March 14 Beginning at Noon EST

NEW YORK, NY – Following the recent success of the online sale of Americana books, Doyle is pleased to auction a selection of books related to Travel and Sport in India and Asia, assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. The current sale comprises just over 300 lots of books and is offered as a timed online-only auction on Bidding will close on Thursday, March 14, 2019 beginning at 12pm EST. The public is invited to view the books at Doyle from 10am-5pm on Friday, March 8, Monday, March 11, and and Tuesday, March 12. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

The auction offers books with a primary focus on India and Asia, including:

A group of material pertaining to travel through India, Nepal, the Himalayas, Burma, Ceylon, etc., such as A Trip to Kashmir by James Arbuthnot, Pen and Pencil Sketches, being the Journal of a Tour in India by Godfrey Charles Mundy, and A Tour in Nepal 1919 by Harcourt Butler.

Works on natural history including mammals, birds, reptiles, and big game, from The Reptiles of British India by Albert C. L. G. Gunther to The Mammals of India; A Natural History of all the Animals Known to Inhabit Continental India by T. C. Jerdon.

Big game hunting is represented by Big Game Shooting in Lower Burma by Sydney Christopher, a unique extra-illustrated copy of Shikar Memories by E. J. Mardon, and the true first edition of The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett.

A wonderfully obscure item is Pictures of Anglo-Indian Life, Sketched with the Pen by Robert Needham Cust, which is inscribed by the author.

A true bibliophile, Johnson was an inveterate collector of rare items related to angling, travel, expeditions in India and Africa, English sporting and color-plate, 19th-century big game hunting, and Western Americana. His collection includes 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.
This remarkable and extensive collection, numbering in the thousands of volumes, is being offered an ongoing series of live and online auctions.

Bidding in the timed online-only auction will open on Thursday, February 28 and close on Thursday, March 14 beginning at Noon EST. 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 one additional minute.

All of the books will be on public exhibition at Doyle from 10am-5pm on Friday, March 8; Monday, March 11; and Tuesday, March 12. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card or wire transfer. The final purchase price will include the successful hammer price plus the Buyer’s Premium of 25% and any applicable sales tax.

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