Historic atlas with a 'Royal secret' auctions in New York


2015-06-26 12:02:33


Historic atlas with a 'Royal secret' auctions in New York

Swann will sell a 17th century map by Richard Blome alongside art by Jean Saud, later today

Swann Auction Galleriesin New Yorkwill open itsextensive auction of Maps & Atlases, Books with Plates, and other Ephemera, later today.

Among the sale's historic map highlights is A Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World, by Richard Blome.

The atlas includes 25 maps, each hand-coloured in outline with some folding. An additional gouache frontispiece bears the arms of Baron Finch of Daventry.

A Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World, by Richard Blome (Click to enlarge)

Also included is a signed manuscript dedication, apparently by Blome himself. It reads: "To the Right Hon.ble Heneago Finch / Baron Finch of Daventry & Lord Keeper / of the Great Seale of England &c...

"This volume of Geography is humbly / Presented by / My Lord / Ye Hon.rs most humble servant / Richard Blome."

Inside the atlas is a dedication to Baron Finch of Daventry, signed by Blome

Interesting, the atlas also includes a Royal decree in the form of a broadside, apparently extraneous from the atlas itself.

In it, the King forbids his subjects to reprint or reproduce in any form the contents of the atlas. The decree is dated March 14, 1668-69.

According to Swann, the signed folio measures 370 x 235mm with a loose front cover, some wear at the extremities and a few scattered minor repairs to several maps along the folds.

Elsewhere, a date on the title-page has been altered to read 1672 instead of 1670.

Despite these minor cosmetic quirks, the atlas will auction with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-25,000.

Meanwhile, the afternoon session of Swann's auction will present an assortment of Literature, Art & Illustrated Books, and Decorative Graphics.

Among them is Trait d'enluminure d'Art au Pochoir by Jean Saud; number 43 of 60 extra-illustrated copiesautographedby Saud. It is estimated at $4,000-6,000.

An illustration from Trait d'enluminure d'Art au Pochoir by Jean Saud

Containing 20 plates with illustrations and numerous decorations in the text, this is a classicbook on the pochoir (or stencil) technique used by Saud and other masters including Benedictus and Bourdelle.

Swann's morning session begins at 10.30am (Eastern Daylight Time), while the afternoon session starts at 2.30pm (EDT).

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