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189. AUDUBON, John James. Belted Kingfisher. New York: J. Bien, 1860. Original chromolithograph. Image: 26-7/8 x 19 inches; image with text: 33-1/8 x 19 inches. Paper brittle (some chipping to blank margins), slightly faded and discolored.
Plate 255 from the double-elephant folio Bien edition of Audubons great work on American ornithology. Although there are eighty-seven kinds of kingfishers in the world, only one is found in most of North America (two others occur in Texas just north of the border). The belted kingfisher, a pugnacious, active bird, ranges over a vast breeding ground, from Labrador and Alaska to the Gulf states in California. The background of this harmonious composition is Little Bayou Sarah, Louisiana, 1812 or later. ($1,000-2,000) $1,150.00
EARLY LITHOGRAPHIC VIEW OF NORTH BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO
190. [CALIFORNIA PICTORIAL LETTER SHEET]. THE GOLDEN GATE AND NORTH BEACH, | From the Telegraph. | Lith. of Quirot & Co. cornr. Califa. & Montgomery Sts. S-F. Lithograph. 8-5/16 x 11-1/2 inches, printed across a double sheet measuring 10 x 12-3/4 inches overall, blue-grey wove. Lightly creased (particularly at center fold and top corners, where secured by linen tape), light spotting and discoloration, a few minor chips and short tears to blank margin.
A rare and unusual view of San Francisco. Baird 89 (one location, Society of California Pioneers). Peters, California on Stone, p. 132. Not in Clifford. This image appears to be one of the earliest printed views of the North Beach neighborhood, an area seldom depicted by early artists, who tended to focus on views toward the east to Yerba Buena and the city and harbor of San Francisco. The view predates Henry "Honest Harry" Meiggs wharf built at North Beach in 1853. Only one other letter sheet shows North Beach, that of Anthony & Baker (circa 1854). Audubon made a pencil sketch from approximately the same perspective in 1850, and an unknown artist painted North Beach from a quite different position in the early years of the 1850s.
The view is from the western slope of Telegraph Hill toward the Golden Gate, with what is now Marin County in the background; at the far left can be seen the edge of the Russian Hill district. Two rough roads are shown at left center extending west to the presidio (present Chestnut and Lombard). Three finished streets (possibly present Mason, Taylor, & Jones) are shown extending south from the shore. The peaceful cove (with only a few dozen or so structures and two wharves) was later filled, and is now the site of Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39. Prominent structures at the waters edge may be Meiggs sawmill, said to have been the second planing mill in California, and perhaps Captain Charles Welchs hide house. About a dozen vessels are shown in the bay, including one side-wheel steamship.
This rare view was published in 1851 or 1852 by one of the important and early letter sheet publishers, Quirot, who was earlier in partnership with Justh earlier (1851). The firm created several city views, including Downieville, Placerville, Shasta, etc. "Justh, Quirot, et al., were early on the scene, and their realization of the news value of lithography is obvious. The mines, the growing city of San Francisco, the Vigilance Committee, the firesall are vividly portrayed by their work. Little enough of it has survived. They existed in those rather wild early San Francisco days when the very events they pictured were at destructive height, and there is little doubt that most of their stock was destroyed.... In the 1850s, fire after fire razed parts of the flimsily built young city; in one of them, it has been said, a river of molten type ran down to the Bay from a burning printers establishment. The wonder is that we have even this little by which we know any of the pioneer California lithographers" (Peters, California on Stone, p. 132). ($800-1,400) $3,220.00
191. CASTRO, C. & A. García Cubas. Album of the Mexican Railway: A Collection of Views Taken from Nature...With a Description of the Line and Country Through Which it Passes. Mexico: Debray, 1877.  48 pp. (title and text in English and Spanish, French text at end), 24 chromolithographed plates of sites and towns along the Mexican Railway Route, map. Oblong folio, original green gilt pictorial cloth. Binding and endpapers somewhat rubbed and soiled, the text, lithos, and map in very good condition. This book is difficult to find complete with all the plates as well as the map. This copy has all of the required plates plus the map.
First edition. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 41, 60 & Plates 11, 23, & 25: "Some of the finest examples of the lithographer's art during the latter part of the century.... Chromolithography by Debray y Cía of the work of Casimiro Castro and A. Sigogne illustrated Antonio García Cubas's extraordinary Album del Ferrocarril Mexicano." Palau 48628. The plates include spectacular views of Veracruz, Orizaba, Puebla, and illustrations of stations, locomotives, freight and passenger trains, bridges and tunnels, etc. This glorious plate book, published the same year that Porfirio Díaz came to power, captures a pivotal moment in Mexican history, with its clashing images of powerful machines intruding into pristine, picturesque landscapes, heralding the evolution of a rural-agrarian world of "many Mexicos" to a unified modern technological society. ($4,000-6,000) *see below
EARLY AMERICAN GLOBE
192. [GLOBE]. LORING, Josiah. [Terrestrial globe labeled]: Lorings Terrestrial Globe, Containing all the Late Discoveries and Geographical Improvements, also the Tracks of the most celebrated Circumnavigators. Compiled from Smiths new English globe, with additions and improvements by Annin & Smith. Boston. Josiah Loring, 136 Washington St. 1832 [year difficult to read]. 12 inches diameter; 17-1/2 inches overall height. Globe covered with engraved and colored paper gores, mounted on original four-legged wooden stand, brass meridian, horizon ring (with printed astronomical data). A few chips (most noticeable on horizon ring), occasional rubbing, and a few hairline cracks, otherwise excellent. Pleasing, rich amber patina, virtually all place names visible, original hand coloring discernible and printed surface sharp. Very attractive.
The high quality of Josiah Lorings Boston globes won him many awards and high praise, and he created this handsome globe during his first year of independent production. During the eighteenth century, most globes in America were imported from England, and Loring was among the earliest pioneers in the commercial manufacture of globes in the U.S. In the 1830s Lorings globes were awarded medals and honors at the Franklin Institute, the American Institute, and the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association; the judges of the latter association commented on Lorings work:
The resolution with which the indefatigable maker of these globes has persevered, at very great expense, and with little expectation of ever being adequately remunerated, till he has overcome the many and serious difficulties in the way, in introducing a new branch of manufactures, and has brought every part of the work to a high degree of perfection, deserves unqualified praise.
In the disputed area between the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Ocean, the globe shows the 54° 40 boundary. Also located are the tribes of the Snake (Oregon Territory), the Blackfoot and Stone (British America). No boundaries are indicated in the United States. The globe contains the tracks of several major voyages, including Vancouver, La Perouse, Cook, et al. Important stopping points are shown and major events are noted, for example, at Hawaii, we read: "Here Capt. Cook was killed 1779." The only sites located in Texas are rivers and the bays of St. Bernard and Galveston. Just south of Santa Fe in New Mexico is "San Felipe," the original name of Albuquerque. Dekker & Van der Krogt, -Globes from the Western World, pp. 139-40. Warner in "The Geography of Heaven and Earth" in Rittenhouse: Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise (Vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 110-112). ($6,000-10,000) $6,900.00
HOLLEYS 1833 GUIDE TO TEXAS
INTRIGUING PROVENANCETHE STEPHEN F. AUSTIN-SANTA ANNA COPY?
193. HOLLEY, Mary Austin. Texas. Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive, in a Series of Letters, Written during a Visit to Austin's Colony, with a View to a Permanent Settlement in that Country, in the Autumn of 1831. Baltimore: Armstrong & Plaskitt, 1833 [printed copyright slip pasted on title verso: Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1833, by Armstrong & Plaskitt....], beneath: Printed by J. W. Woods, 1, N. Calvert street. 167 pp., engraved folding map: Map of the State of Coahuila and Texas, W. Hooker Sculpt. 10-5/16 x 13-1/8 inches; scale: one inch = approximately 90 miles. 16mo, original dark blue cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated on upper cover. Binding worn and split at joints, text foxed, generally in very good condition. One short tear to the exceedingly rare Hooker map, else very fine. Preserved in grey cloth clamshell case. Provenance: Contemporary ink inscription on front pastedown: Taken from the Library at the National Palace City of Mexico. Sept 10th 1847. by George H. Gordon Lt Rgt Mtn Riflemen (see Tutorow 2305, 2311, & 3385 for entries on Gordon). Very interesting provenance, a spoil of war from the U.S. occupation of Mexico City during the Mexican-American War. The book came out while Stephen F. Austin, Holleys cousin, was being held prisoner in Mexico City, after having been arrested by order of Santa Anna. From Holley and her biographer Hatcher (p. 53) we learn that Santa Anna obtained a copy of Holleys book, and also that Austin read her book while he was in prison. Holley includes this note about the present book in her 1836 book on Texas (p. 297): "Until recently, neither the Mexican governor nor the Mexican people, knew anything of this interesting country [Texas], and, whatever value it now possesses in their estimation, or in the opinion of the world, is to be attributed, entirely, to foreign emigrants.... While in prison in Mexico the little volume [present book] was shown to General Austin (he had not before seen it) translated for the President [Santa Anna]who obtained from it nearly all he knew of the country." Given Holleys statement, it is very tempting to conjecture that the present copy was Santa Annas own copy, as well as the very first copy of the book read by Stephen F. Austin. In truth, there is no tangible proof to substantiate such a claim, yet the likelihood seems plausible. We leave the matter for our readers to ponder. Regarding any possible provenance issues, we would be most happy to trade this book for the beautiful blue silk battle flag of the New Orleans Greys seized by Mexican forces after the Battle of the Alamo, now in possession of the National Historical Museum in Mexico City.
First edition, the issue with printed slip (copyright notice) pasted on title-page verso. Basic Texas Books 93A, p. 243: "The first book on Texas by an Anglo-American...a key force in inducing subsequent immigration to Texas.... Stephen F. Austin and Mary Holley had something of a romance...and it is plain from their correspondence that marriage was considered.... Austin guided her in every aspect of the writing of her book, which she dedicated to him. His map of Texas [see item 133 herein], the best by far up to that time, was reprinted in smaller format for use in the book with corrections given by Austin to Holley."
Clark, Old South III:56. Graff 1935. Howes H593. Martin & Martin, p. 32: "In 1833, Austin's cousin Mary Austin Holley produced a promotional tract on Texas which, because Tanner refused Austin permission to use his map for the purpose, was issued with an accompanying map by William Hooker, which was clearly based on Austin's sources." Raines, p. 116. Sibley, Travelers in Texas 1761-1860, pp. 178-79: "Mary Austin Holley opened the great era of travel literature in Texas with Texas: Observations, Historical, Geographical and Descriptive.... Her books are standard sources for the later Mexican period because they are based on the writers observations and information obtained from her cousin, Stephen Fuller Austin." Streeter 1135 (selected by him as one of the books "especially desirable for a Texas collection.... One of my favorite books on life and travel in Texas"pp. 327-28): "A charming account.... The first book in English entirely on Texas.... For a long time, I have regarded it as one of the Texas classics." Taliaferro, Cartographic Sources in the Rosenberg Library 241: "Hookers map is one of the earliest maps of Texas to show all of Texas to the Arkansas River, including the Panhandle." Vandale 87. ($6,000-12,000) $9,775.00
EARLY BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF LAREDO
194. [LAREDO]. [WELLGE, Henry (attrib.)]. Perspective Map of the City of Laredo, Texas. The Gateway to and from Mexico.... [at top]: Presented with the Compliments of the Laredo Real Estate & Abstract Co. W. R. Page Prest. Milwaukee: American Publishing Co., ca. 1890-1892. Lithographic birds-eye view. 19-11/16 x 33-1/8 inches (image); 21-3/8 x 33-1/8 inches (image with title & text). Insets: Maps: Laredos Railway Connections; Continuation of "The Heighths" [sic] from Point A. Views: City Hall; Webb County Court House; Opera House; Office Block; Masonic Hall; Hotel Hamilton; The Laredo Improvement Co.; Commercial Hotel. Mounted on archival tissue, margins trimmed to image edges (slight loss at right margin), splits and a few small voids at old folds (insignificant losses).
Earliest birds-eye view of Laredo listed by Reps (Cities of the American West, Fig. 18.15 [illustrating LC copy & citing date as ca. 1890] & p. 614; Cities on Stone, Plate 48 [illustrating the Amon Carter colored copy & cited as 1892; & p. 94]; Views and Viewmakers of Urban America, Plate 70 [illustrating LC copy & cited as 1892] & 3985 [two locations: LC & Amon Carter] & pp. 55, 85, 215: "By the time this view was published, a new bridge had replaced the more picturesque but less efficient ferry across the river.... Tanneries, brick manufacturing plants, lumber yards and furniture shops, a woolen mill, Fort McIntosh, and a complex of activities associated with railroad maintenance and repair, all provided employment for Laredos increasing population, which had jumped from 3,521 in 1880 to 11,319 a decade later." The view shows the optimism of the city fathers for future growth. Streets have been platted to the north which will double the size of the city, and a huge tract has been set aside for a park. Within and around the neatly laid out city, plumes of dense, black smoke from factories and railroad trains attest to the modernization of Laredo, which only a short while before had been a slumbering border town. Across the border and international bridge is the north side of the town of Nuevo Laredo. ($3,500-4,500) $3,910.00
THE CORNERSTONE OF MEXICAN PLATE BOOKS
195. LINATI, C. Costumes et moeurs de Mexique.... London: Engelmann, 1830. Lithographic title, 32 hand-colored lithographs of Mexican types and costumes, each with descriptive letterpress leaf. 4to, original three-quarter calf over cloth. Corners and edges scuffed, upper board detached, pages slightly browned at edges, otherwise in excellent condition.
First edition, English issue of an essential book for collectors of Mexican plate books (preceded by the Brussels issue published in 1828, which had 15 additional plates). Colas 1873. Hiller, Bibliography of Costume, p. 545. Lipperheide 1622. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, Chapter 2: "Immediately became the basis for many other illustrations of Mexico, as well as the principal source for information on the region since Humboldt." Palau 138504. Sabin 41143. Toussaint, La litografía en Mexico, pp. xxii-xxiv. In the early 1820s Italian lithographer Linati (1790-1832) introduced lithography to Mexico, which revolutionized Mexican graphic arts. Linati based these lithographs on his original watercolors of Mexican costumes and pastimes which he made during his sojourn in Mexico (1825-1829). Linatis charming images justifiably captured the imagination of everyone who saw them, becoming the basis of decades of artistic borrowing and adaptation. These outstanding lithographs are a rich ethnographic source on Mexican life and manners during the first decades of the nineteenth century, vividly illustrating indigenous peoples from every part of rural Mexico, sophisticated urban dwellers, men of the cloth, soldiers, trades-people from all walks of life, Mexican heroes, etc. Included is a magnificent illustration of a bold chief with numerous colorful tattoos on his chest and arms, carrying decorated shield and lance, galloping on horseback, with legend below: Cacique Apache des bords du Rio Colorado dans le Californie. Of Texas interest is the handsome full-length portrait of Filisola, commander of the Eastern Provincias Internas and Santa Annas second in command on the Texas campaign (New Handbook II, pp. 997-98). Collectors of textiles, saddles, and other material culture of Mexico and the borderlands will find these images valuable for research. Linati also lithographed one of the rarest printed maps of Texas, Gallis 1826 map based on Stephen F. Austins map (see Martin & Martin 28), known by only one copy. ($2,500-4,000) *see below
INDIA PROOF PLATES OF MEXICO
196. LYON, George F. The Sketch Book of Captain G. F. Lyon R.N. London: Published by J. Dickinson; Printed at C. Hullmandels Litho. Establishment, 1827. 2 vols., oblong 4to, complete, 2 leaves of lithographed explanatory letterpress text, 10 mounted lithographic plates on India proof paper (scenes in Mexico, native Americans, archaeology), original lithographic wrappers preserved. Fragile wrappers and blank outer margins of plates expertly restored. The ten lithos have been conserved in acid-free mats, and all is preserved in a handsome acid-free clam-shell box with leather spine and embossed title.
First edition of an exceedingly rare and early lithographic plate book on Mexico. Gunn, Mexico in American & British Letters 895. Palau 144403. Sabin 43854. British naval officer Lyon (1795-1832) traveled to Mexico as commissioner of the Real del Monte Mining Company. His Journal (published a year after the present work) is one of the best nineteenth-century accounts of Mexico. The present work is one of the outstanding and little-known plate books on Mexico.
The prints in Lyons portfolio are a most unusual form of lithography, being printed on very thin, high-quality India proof paper, which results in an exquisite imagesharper and with more depth than on ordinary paper. Because the technique is extremely time-consuming, expensive, and challenging, lithographs were seldom printed in this fashion. William Blake and George Cruikshank used the technique to good effect; Americana collectors and specialists will recall the beautiful quality in the India proof edition of Muirs Picturesque California. Lyons Sketch Book is one of the earlier lithographic books to use the technique, and, from the perspective of printing history, it is interesting that the book was produced at the firm of Hullmandel, pioneer in lithography. Few plate books on Mexico used India proof plates, but one that comes readily to mind is the best issue of Lenoirs Dupaix expedition. ($2,500-4,500) *see below
ARROWSMITHS WALL MAP OF MEXICO & THE SOUTHWEST
197. [MAP: NORTH AMERICA]. ARROWSMITH, Aaron. A New Map of Mexico and Adjacent Provinces Compiled from Original Documents.... London: Published 5th October 1810 by A. Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Sque Hydrographer to His Majesty, 1810. Engraved wall map in original full color on four sheets, together measuring 50-1/2 x 63-1/2 inches, the four parts neatly mounted together on cartographic cloth, wooden bars at top and bottom. Insets of the Valley of Mexico, Veracruz, and Acapulco. Edges and joints of the four sheets slightly frayed, generally in good condition. Very rare (checking Morrison, Jolly guides, and auction records, the only copy we note in recent years was the Paul Burns copy in our Catalogue 6).
First edition, the first state listed by Streeter, with the eastern boundary of Texas from the mouth of the Sabine River. This was the first large-scale map to depict the important discoveries of Pike and Humboldt in the Southwest; it became the most widely copied map of the region in the era. "Perhaps the most respected mapmaker of the early nineteenth century, Aaron Arrowsmith produced maps which were the result of a careful synthesis of all of the information he could obtain. His map of Mexico which first appeared in 1810 was bitterly criticized by Humboldt as a blatant plagiarism of his own. While there is no doubt that Arrowsmith did use Humboldts data to best advantage, his map was no mere copy. For his improved rendering of the Brazos River, if for no other reason, Arrowsmiths depiction of the Texas area merits inclusion as a landmark in the cartography of the region" (Crossroads of Empire - Amon Carter Museum exhibit June 12-July 26, 1981).
Martin & Martin 25: "Relying on information provided to him by the
Hudson's Bay Company, [Arrowsmith] added significant details in the Northwest,
and his depiction of the California coast was probably taken from the British
explorer Vancouver's own charts. In the Texas area he undoubtedly used Pike's
rendition of the rivers, particularly of the Brazos and the Guadalupe, while he
followed Humboldt in tracing the coast from the Spanish Hydrographic Office
chart.... By combining the best parts of Humboldt's and Pike's maps and
avoiding their errors, and by adding his own new information, Arrowsmith
contributed a significantly improved depiction of the region." Phillips,
America, p. 408. Streeter 1046. Taliaferro, Cartographic Sources in the
Rosenberg Library 202: "In interior detail...the Arrowsmith maps are quite
distinct, with Mexico being far superior. Most noticeably, Arrowsmith added the
Brazos River, which he had omitted entirely on the 1803 map, and he correctly
named the Trinity River, which he had previously called the Rio
Arrokisos." Wheat, Transmississippi West 295 & pp. 27-28.
($4,000-6,000) *see below
GRANDIOSE, LAVISHLY DECORATED MAP OF THE AMERICAS
198. [MAP: AMERICAS]. CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham. Carte très curieuse de la Mer du Sud, contenant des remarques nouvelles et trés utiles non seulement sur les ports et îles de cette mer, Mais aussy sur les principaux Pays de lAmérique tant Septentrionale que Méridionale, Avec les Noms & la Route des Voyageurs par qui la découverte en a été faite.... [Amsterdam, 1719]. Copper-engraved map of North and South America. Scale: one inch = approximately 260 miles at 30°-40° North latitude. Grandiose and elaborately engraved map of the Americas on four sheets joined to make two (overall dimensions: 32-1/4 x 55-1/2 inches). Highly decorative vignettes within rococo framework illustrating beavers, cod fishery, Niagara Falls, customs of the Americans (including Aztec pyramid and human sacrifice), costumed groups, sugar mill, mining, turtle fishing, flora and fauna, nine portrait medallions of explorers, details of Detroit de Gibraltar and Cape de Bonne Esperance, scenes and city plans of Panama, Acapoulco, Lima, Baldive, La Ville de Mexique, La Conception, Rio de la Plata, La Havana, St. Sebastien, and Vera Cruz, inset of Islands of the Mariannas, routes of explorers traced on map. Exceptionally fine, printed on excellent quality, heavy paper. Very strong impression.
First printing of "one of the most elaborately engraved maps ever published that includes North America" (Schwartz & Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America, p. 142 & Plate 85). The map, of wall chart proportions, is a veritable pictorial encyclopedia of the Western hemisphere, including Japan and Australia at the left and the Western shores of the Old World at right. Koeman (Châtelain) 7:11. Leighly, California as an Island, 142 & Plate XX: "Although California is shown as an island in the old way, its outlines are fading. The parts of its coast considered speculative are drawn with a very light line, and printed on the island is a notation to the effect that some moderns now believe the northern part of California to be attached to the American continent." Lowery 291. McLaughlin & Mayo, The Mapping of California as an Island 190. Moreland & Bannister, Antique Maps: A Collectors Handbook, p. 132: "One of the finest maps of Americas." Portinari, Plate CVIII: "Châtelains large copperplate of the Atlantic and Pacific basins is both lavish in its decoration and full of eccentricity." Tooley, The Mapping of America, p. 130: "Of interest for showing some of the missions established in Southern California." Wagner, CNW 511. See Wheat, The Mapping of the Transmississippi West 94. ($8,000-12,000) $9,200.00
"TEXAS IS ONE OF THE FINEST STOCK COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD"
199. [MAP: TEXAS]. MITCHELL, S. Augustus. A New Map of Texas with the Contiguous American and Mexican States by J. H. Young. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1836. Engraved map on onion-skin paper. Original full color. 12-1/2 x 15-1/4 inches. Scale: One inch = approximately 72 miles. Mounted on old board, some darkening at right (from former pocket map covers?), slight fading to text at top right. Should be removed from board and deacidified. Although no documentation on the map indicates provenance, this copy of the map comes directly from the descendants of John Cameron, whose grant is shown in the Red River region (New Handbook I, p. 916).
First edition, second issue (with 1836 at end of title, copyright date 1835 retained) of one of the earliest printed maps of Texas from the Republic era. Streeter 1178A. Texas is shown divided into the various land grants parceled out by the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas and is actually smaller than the area claimed by Texas after independence, the southern boundary being the Nueces River. All territory north of the Red River is attached to "Santa Fe formerly New Mexico." Generally, the map follows the conformation of the Burr map of 1833, only here the Louisiana-Texas boundary is shown correctly. The lengthy inset texts make the map extremely interesting, giving pertinent contemporary information on Land Grants, Rivers of Texas, and Remarks on Texas. These most enthusiastic comments include:
Texas is one of the finest stock countries in the world. Cattle are raised in great abundance, and with but little trouble. Many of the settlers count their herds by hundreds, and great numbers are annually purchased, and driven to New Orleans by drovers, who visit the country for that purpose. The population is estimated at near 45,000 Americans and 4 or 5,000 Mexicans. When the population shall be found to number 50,000, the people will endeavor to obtain a government separate from that of Cohahuila [sic], the establishment of a State legislature at San Felipe, and the right of electing their own representatives to the General Congress at Mexico.
RARE CORONELLI GORES FOR A MINIATURE TERRESTRIAL GLOBE
200. [MAP: TERRESTRIAL GLOBE GORES]. CORONELLI, V. M. [12 globe gores and horizon ring for 3-3/8 inch terrestrial globe]. Venice, 1697. Two copper-engraved sheets: 5-1/2 x 10-7/8 inches (gores); 5-1/8 inch diameter (horizon ring). Scale not indicated. Very fine.
First printing (appeared in the 1697 edition of Coronellis
Libro dei Globi). Shirley 587. Very rare engravings by Coronelli, the
great Venetian cartographer and cosmographer whose globes were the most famous
of the age. "In Italys long line of illustrious geographers,
cartographers, and globe makers, none has rank in advance of Coronelli
(1650-1718). His achievements within his field were prodigious.... More than
four hundred maps were drawn, engraved, and printed by him in the Franciscan
Convent located on one of the Venetian islands, and known as the Gran Casa del
Frari.... So great had become the fame of Coronelli as early as the year 1685,
that he was honored with the title Cosmografo della Serenissima Republica, and
was granted an annual allowance of four hundred florins and a copyright
privilege protecting him in his right to print and publish any of his works for
a period of twenty-five years" (Terrestrial and Celestial Globes II, pp.
97-98). Coronellis work stands apart in the directness of his sources,
his bold graphic style, and even in the quality of paper. California is shown
SILHOUETTE OF NAPOLEON FROM LIFE
201. [NAPOLEON I]. Original cut silhouette of Napoleons head in profile, done from life by Countess Bertrand. The image of the silhouette is about 5-3/4 x 5 inches on a circular sheet approximately 7-1/2 inches in diameter. Below image is a contemporary note in ink: Silhouette de lEmpereur par Mme la Comtesse Bertrand à Ste Héléne Novembre 1818. Gilt-lined mat and ornate gilt frame. White background disc lightly discolored. Striking and rare.
Countess Bertrand was the wife of Napoleons faithful general and aide, Henri Gratien Bertrand, who constructed the bridges for the French crossing of the Danube at 1809. The Bertrands accompanied Napoleon to Elba and St. Helena, sharing his captivity for six years. ($2,500-4,500)
THE BURNING OF MOSCOW 1812
202. [NAPOLEONIC WARS]. BERTHIER, Louis-Alexandre (Prince de Wagram). Original letter, signed, to Général de Brig. Gauthier, containing report and statistics on the capture and burning of Moscow. Gorice, October 6, 1812. 1 p., folio. Very fine. With rare 4 pp., 4to, bulletin printed on French Army press (Bulletin 21, September 20, 1812), containing propaganda and report on military operations in Moscow, including proclamations of the Russian Governor General of Moscow, Fedor Vasilievich Rostopchin.
Berthier reports in his letter that Governor Rostopchin armed 3,000 malefactors and sent them to destroy Moscow. He states that the Emperor is lodged in the Kremlin; 60,000 rifles and 120 cannons have been seized from the arsenal; 30,000 sick and wounded are in the hospitals; the Russians lost forty-five to fifty generals; 50,000 men were killed in the battle; Prince Gagration was murdered; etc. Berthier (1753-1815), noble French soldier-surveyor, was the first of Napoleons marshals, chief of staff of the Grande Armée, and veteran of the American Revolution (served with Lafayette). Responsible for the operation of Napoleons armies, Berthier was described by the Emperor as "the man who has served me longest and has never failed me." For the Russian Campaign of 1812, Berthier organized for Napoleon the largest army that Europe had yet seen, and, as this historic letter documents, that colossal force occupied Moscow in September of 1812. After a bitter fifteen-hour battle on September 7 in Borodino (at the approach to Moscow), Russian commander-in-chief General M. I. Kutuzov evacuated troops and civilians from Moscow, and the French occupied the city a week later. A fire broke out (allegedly at the instigation of Governor Rostopchin), and spread rapidly, eventually destroying more than two-thirds of all of the buildings in the city. Looting was rife. Lack of supplies and shelter and continual harassment by Russian skirmishing forces made it impossible for Napoleon to winter in Moscow; on October 19, the French troops began their catastrophic retreat.
The accompanying French Army bulletin, printed on a portable printing press, contains more details on the capture and burning of Moscow, including proclamations seized from Governor Rostopchin and statistics on captured armaments (1,500,000 cartridges, 100,000 musket balls and bombs, 2,000 tons of powder, 2,000 tons of saltpeter and sulfur). Three-quarters of Moscow is reported as going up in flames, including the recently refurnished Place of Catherine. One writer in the Bulletin conjectured that the burning would set Russia back ten years in development. ($1,500-3,000)
203. [NAPOLEONIC WARS]. STEUBEN, [Charles]. Napoléon a Waterloo. Paris, Goupil & Vibert, before 1856. Hand-colored lithograph with gesso highlights. 19-1/2 x 25-1/4 inches. Mounted, long crease at right edge, blank margins with some chipping, tears, and abrading, colors vivid and fresh.
Dramatic image of Napoleons final defeat, by the Russian artist also called Carl von Steuben (1788-1856). See Bénézit. ($500-1,000)
204. [SALAZAR, Hipólito (lithographer) & Hesiquio Iriarte (artist)]. Revista científica y literaria de México. Mexico: J. M. Lara, 1845. 510 pp., lithographic title & plates. 4to, contemporary calf over boards. Scuffed at edges and loose (needs rebinding). Vol. I only of a series.
First edition. Mathes, Mexico on Stone, pp. 19-23, 56. Palau 263748. Includes lithographic views of Houston, Galveston, Boston, Monterey (California), Russian settlements on the West Coast, which accompany various articles. "The lithographs in the Revista científica y literaria de México were the product of two of Mexicos most gifted craftsmen: Iriarte, the artist, and Salazar, the printmaker. The journal was printed in the shop of José Mariano Fernández de Lara, who had taken his place among Mexicos foremost lithographers when he printed the monumental Monumentos de México tomados del natural in 1841" (Ron Tyler). The plates are very similar to ones found in William S. Henrys Campaign Sketches of the War with Mexico (New York, 1847), Matilda C. Houstouns Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; or Yachting in the New World (London, 1844), and Josiah Greggs Commerce of the Prairies (New York, 1844). ($300-500)
ANDREWS RAIDERS ABANDONING "THE GENERAL"
205. TABER, Walton. Original signed pen and ink drawing on paper: The General Abandoned, showing several men fleeing up a hill, with locomotive and tracks below. Early 1880s. Approximately 12 x 19-1/2 inches. Some creases, soiled and chipped along blank margins.
A very skillful illustration by Walton Taber (1830-1916), said to be a Confederate artist. Samuels (p. 476) notes the artists illustration work in San Francisco for The Century magazine. The drawing was published in Robert Underwood Johnson and C. C. Buels Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (1887-1889). The drawing depicts a thrilling incident of the Civil War, the capture of the Confederate locomotive "The General" by the Andrews Raiders. In March of 1862 while traveling from Middle Tennessee by Chattanooga and over the Western and Atlantic Railroad to Marietta, Georgia, the Andrews Raiders seized a locomotive at Big Shanty, a small station north of Marietta. They hoped to burn the railroad bridges between Big Shanty and Chattanooga. But the twenty-two members of the party were captured, eight were hanged as spies, eight escaped from prison, and the remaining six were exchanged. For their heroic but failed actions, the Andrews Raiders were awarded the first Congressional Medal of Honor. ($1,500-2,500)
206. [WACO]. Original photograph of crowded pageant-parade scene in downtown Waco.. Contemporary ink label on verso: Queen Carnival Pageant, Waco Texas, May 1897. Approximately 14-1/2 x 19 inches. Matted, under glass, and in a handsome black frame. A few inconsequential surface flaws, overall very fine.
Excellent documentary and social history in an oversize photograph. A crowd of people in Victorian attire have gathered to view a parade of young ladies in fancy dresses seated in horse-drawn carriages bedecked with flowers. In the background is the mansard of the court house, and commercial establishments such as Sanger Brothers, J. P. Carpenter (saddles, harness, bridle, builders, hardware, etc.), Goldstein, News Agency, etc. ($350-450)
* We regret that these items were withdrawn. Mexican Customs withheld their leaving the country for cultural partimony reasons (even though most were London imprints). They have now been released, and we are happy to report that they will be re-offered in our autumn auction.
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