Current Timed Auction

Travel, Natural History, Americana & Sporting Books

Soft close begins Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 10am EDT
2020-06-17 10:00:00 2020-06-17 18:00:00 America/New_York Travel, Natural History, Americana and Sporting Books Bidding Ends with a Soft Close on Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 10am EDT. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. Online Only Doyle [email protected]
Bid Live Online Now

Bidding Ends with a Soft Close on Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 10am EDT


Online Only

  • Timed Online Auction of Travel, Natural History, Americana & Sporting Books
  • Bidding Ends with a Soft Close on Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 10am EDT

NEW YORK, NY –  Doyle is pleased to offer an online auction of Travel, Natural History, Americana and Sporting Books. The auction features an interesting group of natural history and travel books formerly in the collection of the explorer and bibliophile Quentin Keynes which he had gifted to his American doctor as well as fine sporting books from the collection built by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. Offerings from other consignors include a rare Titanic railway warrant and much of New York interest including items from the Estate of New York City Historian Dr. Leo Hershkowitz.

The auction comprises 220 lots and is offered as a timed online-only auction on Bidding will close on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 beginning at 10am EST.

Natural History highlights from the Keynes group include several ornithological color plate works such as Thomas Lilford’s 1891-97 Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands and William Cooper’s modern work with superb color plates, The Birds of Paradise and Bower Birds. Travel from this group include several works by Richard Burton, including a first edition of his 1884 The Book of the Sword and his 1861 work of Americana interest, The City of the Saints and Across the Rocky Mountains to California. Of Darwinian interest is his 1829 first inclusion in a publication as part of James Francis Stephens’ British Entomology and the rare 1833 first edition of John McDouall’s Narrative of a Voyage to Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, a work describing the first surveying voyages of H.M.S. Beagle before Darwin joined the expedition.

Other travel highlights include an 1821 student manuscript titled The Elements of Navigation executed at the Royal Mathematical School, London, and featuring many fine navigational diagrams.

Historical items relating to New York include William Mather’s important and large Geological Map of Long and Staten Islands, found folded as issued within his 1843 work on New York geology, and William Link’s remarkable 8 foot long The Hudson by Daylight Map, also found folded as issued in its original wrappers.

Americana includes Henry Schoolcraft’s 1821 Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw which contains a map of Texas interest and also Henry Brackenridge’s Recollections of Persons and Places in the West, 1834.

Finally, a very rare broadside railway warrant listing the rates to reach the Titanic at Southampton by train is to be offered. We trace few of these broadsides which note the “First sailing of the latest addition to the White Star Fleet, the Queen of the Ocean, Titanic … the Largest and Finest steamer afloat.”

The auction also contains much on angling, India, Nepal, China, and big game hunting in Africa and the Americas from the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. 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 close on Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 10am EDT. 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.

Payment can be made in the following ways:
· By credit card (an additional 2.9% fee will be charged)
· By wire transfer. For instructions, please email [email protected]

For information, please contact [email protected]

Client Services

Janice Youngren
212-427-4141, ext 207
[email protected]

Bidding Services

Alanna Sutherland
212-427-4141, ext 242
Fax: 212-427-7526
[email protected]

Sales Specialists

Peter Costanzo
212-427-4141, ext 248
[email protected]

Edward Ripley-Duggan
212-427-4141, ext 234
[email protected]

Printed Catalogue Subscriptions Department

212-427-4141, ext 201
[email protected]

Media Contact

Louis LeB. Webre
SVP, Marketing & Media
212-427-4141, ext 232
[email protected]