Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descripto.
Abraham Ortelius. ca. 1593
In 1570 Abraham Ortelius published the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first uniformly sized, systematic collection bound into
what would become known as an atlas. It set the standard for future atlas production and was the most expensive book of its time.
Several miniature versions of the Theatrum were issued into the seventeenth century to provide a more affordable alternative
to a growing middle class. This charming little map of North and South America has Italian text verso, suggesting it was
probably issued by Pietro Marchetti in Venice or Brescia in 1593. Defining characteristics of earlier Ortelius maps of the
Americas are a bulge in the south east coast of South America and a north west coast of North America far to the west both obvious here.
The diminutive size precludes many place names. Nova Francia is prominent, while other names are apocryphal. Burden The Mapping of North America 48.
Gorostiza Pamphlet, Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a copy and translation of a Pamphlet,
In the Spanish language, printed and circulated by the late Minister from Mexico before his departure from the United States, &c.
Manuel E. Gorostiza. Washington: 1838.12
120pp, map "earliest of the Republic of Texas."
The text consists of the pamphlet plus correspondence related to General E. P. Gaines' military occupation of northeast Texas
from the Sabine River to Nacogdoches, officially to put down Indian attacks, but effectively aiding Stephen F. Austins's efforts
to organize a government. The affair led to a breakdown of U.S. and Mexican relations, another stop on the road to war.
Never mind that, facing page 8 is a map “Sketch of a part of the boundary between Mexico and the United States as far as the Red River.”
Howes calls it the "Earliest [map] of the Republic of Texas." It is a decidedly small (8¾ by 5¼ inches), sparse rendering, showing the
eastern boundary of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico only as far west as the Neches River. However, if as Howes states the map is the earliest
of the Republic, Dorothy Sloan says "its importance is immense." Disbound in a pamphlet holder. Some soil and foxing, contemporary notes in
ink, map clean. Howes G6 (not citing this issue), Raines p95, Sabin (citing Spanish and French issues), Eberstadt Texas 342 "A most important pamphlet."
Portfolio to the Report.
Fish and Game State of New York. Albany, NY: State Printer, 1902.
Portfolio. Illustrated with 96 (of 100) color plates of various fish and other wildlife. Plates 9 1/2 x 12 inches, inside a
manila folding holder, housed in a gilt lettered green linen box with a folding top. Portfolio of color plates, chiefly of fish,
plus other animals including many birds. Lacks 4 plates; however, includes 57 (of 59) fish plates by Sherman Foote Denton,
including various trout, salmon, bass, etc. Includes all 36 bird plates (one by Denton), and others by J. L Ridgeway and
Louis Agassiz Fuertes and 3 (of 5) mammal plates.
Wear to the linen box with one edge separated. Plates clean and bright.
Merle Armitage. New York: E. Weyhe, 1933.
Original printed wrappers with a dust wrapper. 18 pages of text, 18 reproductions of art work (one colored), 54 pages in total.
Includes a chromolithographic portrait of Shore signed by Jean Charlot. With an Introduction by Merle Armitage, an Article by Edward Weston,
and an Appraisal by Reginald Poland. Original dust wrapper has wear and soil. Book covers and interior are clean and bright. A near fine copy.
"Two hundred numbered copies of this book, designed by Merle Armitage, have been printed for E. Weyhe by the Will A. Kistler Company,
under the supervision of Lynton Kistler. It is set in twelve point Rockwell type, and the entire contents of the book is printed by the
Autochrome Process. The photographs of the paintings, pastels, crayons and drawings in this book were made from the originals by Edward Weston. This is Copy No. 68."
Henrietta Shore (1880-1963) was a Canadian born artist who lived a large part of her life in the United States, most notably California.
Book design was one of Merle Armitage's (1893-1975) several careers, the one for which he is best known today. This is one of his earliest and least common pieces.
Also available at the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair will be Armitage's book "Warren Newcombe" (New York: W. Weyhe, 1932.).
It is #96/500, signed by Armitage on the limitation page, with an original stone lithograph signed by Newcombe.
Genre: Fine Art, Limited Edition, Woman Artist
Carte General des Etats de Virginie, Maryland, Delaware, Pensilvanie, Nouveau-Jersey, New-York, Connecticut et Isle de
Rhodes Ainsi que des Lac Erie, Ontario, et Champlain d'Apresla Carte Ameriquaine de Louis Evans et la Carte Anglaise de Thomas Jefferies.
Michel Guillaume Saint Jean de Crevecoeur. Paris: 1787.
This map of the northeastern United States with a bit of Canada is based on the fabulously rare and commensurately expensive (think six figures)
Louis Evans map of 1755. It is a beautiful copperplate engraving that appeared in the most complete edition of Michel Guillaume Saint Jean de Crevecoeur's Letters
from an American Farmer (Paris: 1787, Howes C883). The map covers from Three Rivers, Quebec, to the southern boundary of Virginia and from Boston
westward to Louisville, Kentucky. The name "Aquanishuonigy," a traditional name for the Iroquois Confederacy, sweeps along the entire trans- Appalachian west.
There were many versions of Evans' map after 1755, and this is the first to name Vermont, albeit with no defined boundaries. Similarly, the name Ohio
appears within the present state. There are scores of places, features and descriptive captions throughout, many with peculiar spellings and a curious
combination of French and English. "Petroleum" is located twice, carried over from the first appearance of the term on the 1755 map. A 6 by 5 inch inset
shows the upper midwest displaying the route of the Ohio River to its confluence with the Mississippi. A handsome copy of an important map.
19 x 25 1/2 inches. Originally folded with some light soil and browning.
Genre: Map, Northeast