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Africa, Kent and ‘Tennassee’: Get lost in some of the excellent maps going under the hammer this month

12 January 2019

A wide selection of historic cartographic masterpieces goes under the hammer this month.

Atlas of the City of New York

Dealer Daniel Crouch brings New York maps home to the Winter Antiques Show

06 December 2017

New York, London and Paris will be put on the map at the stand of Daniel Crouch Rare Books in the new year at the Winter Antiques Show in Park Avenue Armory in New York.

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Shapero bids record £1.9m for first printed atlas

16 October 2006

When Sotheby’s sold the first portion of the Wardington library of atlases and geographies last year, London dealer Bernard Shapero set a cartographic auction record by paying £1.3m for the ‘Doria’ atlas, a superb collection of so-called Lafreri School maps of the latter part of the 16th century.

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£1.3m atlas in pole position

25 October 2005

BY IAN MCKAYWRITING about some of the more important items in his peerless private collection of atlases and geographies, the late Lord Wardington said of the Doria Atlas: “I just hope that it... will prove to be as good an investment in the future as I might have made in stocks and shares.”

On the streets, on the roads and on the run from press gangs...

13 May 2004

THE opening map and atlas section of the Bonhams Bath sale of April 26 included a copy in rebacked contemporary calf of the first and only published volume of the 1675 first edition of John Ogilby’s Britannia with its general map and 100 engraved strip road maps, at £7000.

Valuable stolen atlases were broken up and maps sold off

28 October 2002

UK: A man who stole two extremely rare atlases to remove maps and sell them individually over the Internet has been jailed for 15 months.

Lone Star attractions and the Silver Riders

16 June 2001

UK: TWO LOTS in this Norfolk sale stood head and shoulders above all others, at least in financial terms. One was a group of original illustrations by Charles Kerr for a Rider Haggard adventure story that made £3200 (see caption story below); the other a copy of John Arrowsmith’s London Atlas in modern half calf that reached £6600 (Heald).

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