Bloomsbury Auctions Printed Books. March 2, 2006
Items of interest to the antique maps and prints collector begin with lot 326 in the Travel section. An unusual Military Topographical Map of the Krima Peninsula published in 1855 is offered (lot 342, 200-300 GBP estimate); A Series of Adventures in the Course of a Voyage up the Red Sea… by Irwin, with 3 folding maps (lot 350, 100-150 GBP); Samuel Lewis’s Atlas Comprising the Counties of Ireland, published 1837 (lot 361, 200-300 GBP); a selection of works on angling, many with color plates (lots 371-378), and J. S. Heger’s Herbarium Pharmaceuticum, published 1822-1825 and containing 140 hand-colored engraved plates (lot 393, 200-300 GBP). Visit Bloomsbury’s online catalog for more details.
Heritage Auction Galleries Gala and Texana Auction. March 4, 2006
This is an auction on behalf of the Texas State Historical Association, and promises to be a major event. Quoting from the introduction to their catalog, the auction includes books, documents, manuscripts, paintings, and art, all with a Texas theme. The auction, while not exclusively “high-end” material, does contain plenty of cartographic material with hefty presale estimates. For example: lot 1007, J. De Cordova’s Map of the State of Texas, 1851, estimate $80-100,000; a rare Birds-eye View of Indianola, 1860 (lot 1015, estimate $10-15,000), and Mitchell’s New Map of Texas, Oregon and California, with the Regions Adjoining, pocket map, 1846 (lot 1028, estimate $12,500-17,000). Too rich for your wallet? How about lot 1102, Map of Stephen’s County, Texas, circa 1870, by the Texas Pacific Railroad Company, estimated at just $500-750? Whatever your resources, or just for an enjoyable browse, visit their online catalog. The descriptions are well-researched, and the sale contains many items you won’t see at auction very often.
Old World Auctions Sale 114 Running Through March 1, 2006
February 27, London. The annual Collector’s Evening at the International Map Collector’s Society, chaired by the renowned Rodney Shirley.
March 3-4, Washington, D. C. The Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, where you will undoubtedly find plenty of antique maps, antique prints, and historical cartographic material.