Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
Auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10am
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10am 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.
The David Gerstel Collection of Stranger’s Guides
Before Baedeker’s, Fodor’s and Lonely Planet, travelers to cities around the world relied upon the Stranger’s Guides, which were published during the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. The David Gerstel Collection of Stranger’s Guides comprises hundreds of examples focusing on guides to cities major and minor across the United States, published from about 1800 on. They served to orient business visitors to specific American cities, but now provide deep insights into the growth of American urban culture, business history, and more. Most contain fine maps of the cities and surrounding areas.
The Estate of Gary Combs
Doyle is honored to offer The Estate of Gary Combs as a highlight of the April sale. A prominent Manhattan autograph dealer for decades, Combs specialized in Americana, music, royalty, and literary autographs and manuscripts. Highlights include a fine John Adams letter as President, George Gershwin writing on Hollywood a year before his premature death at 38, a note that author P.G. Wodehouse has quit smoking and many other signed items that bring history to life.
Margaret Mitchell’s great novel, Gone with the Wind, which chronicles the life of Scarlett O’Hara during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, sold extraordinarily well when released in 1936, rapidly running through many printings. The true first edition is scarce, especially when signed by the author and in a sound example of the first issue dust jacket like this one from a Princeton, New Jersey Private Collection (est. $2,500-3,500).
Dutch cartographer Johann Baptist Homann’s (1664-1724) Regni Mexicani seu Novae Hispaniae, Floridae, Novae Angliae, Carolinae,
Virginiae et Pensylvaniae, circa 1712, is offered in an early state that retains the name Floridae in the title. The hand-colored engraved map
features two large vignettes: one a naval battle and the other a gold mine scene with people trading goods (est. $500-800).
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