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September 11, 2017

Maps and Exploration in Fine Books and Manuscripts

Fine Books and Manuscripts

Our upcoming Fine Books and Manuscripts auction on September 13 includes an impressive collection of maps that display the long history of exploration in North America. Lot 24: Cartographer Henricus Hondius created this seventeenth-century map using multiple sources, including Henry Briggs, John Smith and Hessel Gerritsz. His map is well-known for perpetuating the then-common misbelief…

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Yoruba Helmet Mask
April 27, 2017

Armchair Travel vs. Exploration

Fine Books and Manuscripts

Two upcoming auctions delve into the history of exploration and what it was like to live in a time of “armchair travel,” experiencing other cultures through images, books and stories. Our May 4 Documenting History auction will offer materials related to science, entertainment and exploration, and our May 8 – 18 timed online only auction…

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October 20, 2015

Founding Fathers’ hair to be offered at Auction

Fine Books and Manuscripts

A relic can be defined as “part of the body of clothing of a saint (holy person),” or “an object from the past…with no modern use but is often valued for its meaning or importance in history.” Today, objects associated with individuals from the past are collected and venerated by many, including those belonging to…

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July 20, 2015

Lewis and Clark’s “History of the Expedition” leads Fine Books and Manuscripts auction

Fine Books and Manuscripts

The upcoming Fine Books and Manuscripts auction on August 5th includes a number of rare and important items that will surely encourage competitive bidding. Highlights of the sale include a first edition of Lewis and Clark’s History of the Expedition, with its original folding map, an extensive cartography session including rare maps of the Americas by Hutchins, Jaillot, Delisle,…

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