Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana
Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana
CHRISTIE'S

Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana

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      The Singularities of France AntarctiqueThe Singularities of France AntarctiqueThe Singularities of France Antarctique
      Lot 1 The Singularities of France Antarctique
      Price: $ 52 500 Sold
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      THEVET, André (1502-1590). Les singularitez de la France Antarctique, autrement nommée Amerique, & de plusieurs Terres & Isles decouvertes de nostre temps. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1558.An essential source on the Native peoples of Brazil—one of the earliest American iconographies. The s...
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      Cities of the WorldCities of the WorldCities of the World
      Lot 2 Cities of the World
      Price: $ 250 000 Sold
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      BRAUN, Georg (1541-1622) and Frans HOGENBERG (fl. 1540-1590). Civitates orbis terrarum. Cologne: Bertram Bochholtz, 1599; 1606.Braun and Hogenberg's famous city atlas, one of the great cartographical achievements of the 16th century. The first comprehensive atlas of town plans and birds-eye vie...
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      Portolan Chart of the MediterraneanPortolan Chart of the MediterraneanPortolan Chart of the Mediterranean
      Lot 3 Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean
      Price: $ 112 500 Sold
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      CALOIRO Y OLIVA, Placido (fl.1617-1657) [and OLIVA, Joan (fl.1592-1643)]. [Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean.] Messina: 1617, signed “Placitus Caloirus et Oliva fecit in nobili urbe messane año 1617.” Attractive, richly decorated, and very unusual double portolan chart of the Mediterranean, linki...
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      History of a Voyage Made in the Land of BrazilHistory of a Voyage Made in the Land of BrazilHistory of a Voyage Made in the Land of Brazil
      Lot 4 History of a Voyage Made in the Land of Brazil
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      LÉRY, Jean de (1534-1611). Histoire d'un voyage fait en la terre du Bresil, dite Amerique contenant la navigation. Geneva: heirs of Eustache Vignon, 1600. An early edition of an important French eyewitness account of America. Léry was part of group of Calvinist colonists who came to France Anta...
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      Early mention of New FranceEarly mention of New FranceEarly mention of New France
      Lot 5 Early mention of New France
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      LESCARBOT, Marc (c.1570-1641). Le tableau de la Suisse et autres alliés de la France és hautes Allemagnes. Paris: chez Adrian Perier, 1618. Lescarbot’s innovative poem about Switzerland, with a reference to Canada as Nouvelle France in the dedication. An unusual work by one of the most famous charac...
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      Poems on the Siege of La RochellePoems on the Siege of La RochellePoems on the Siege of La Rochelle
      Lot 6 Poems on the Siege of La Rochelle
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      LESCARBOT, Marc (c.1570-1641). La chasse aux anglois en l'ile De Rez, et au siège de La Rochelle et la réduction de ladite ville à l'obeissance du Roy. Paris: François and Julian Jacquin, 1629. Two poems about the Siege of La Rochelle, by the famous explorer and author of Histoire de la No...
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      The Founding of Acadia, legallyThe Founding of Acadia, legallyThe Founding of Acadia, legally
      Lot 7 The Founding of Acadia, legally
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      ACADIA – PELEUS, Julien (1550-1625). Les oeuvres de M. Iulian Peleus, Advocat en Parlement. Paris: Toussainct du Bray, 1632.Apparently unrecorded issue of an important legal text describing the disputes related to Pierre Dugua de Monts and the founding of the colony of Acadia. De Monts was granted a...
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      Cortés and the conquest of MexicoCortés and the conquest of MexicoCortés and the conquest of Mexico
      Lot 8 Cortés and the conquest of Mexico
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      DÍAZ DEL CASTILLO, Bernal (c.1492-1581). Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva-España. Madrid: Imprenta del Reyno, 1632 [but later].Early edition of the most important work on Cortés and the conquest of Mexico by its principal authority. While this edition—with the letterpress title, 211 ch...
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      Peru and its Native peoplesPeru and its Native peoplesPeru and its Native peoples
      Lot 9 Peru and its Native peoples
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      CALANCHA, Antonio de la (1584-1654). Histoire du Peru, partie principale des Antipodes, ou Nouveau Monde. Toulouse: François Boude, 1653.First edition of the French translation of Calancha’s history of Peru and its Native peoples. Calancha, an Augustinian friar, was born into a wealthy land-owning f...
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      Buccaneers and filibustersBuccaneers and filibustersBuccaneers and filibusters
      Lot 10 Buccaneers and filibusters
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      PIRATES – Nouvelles de l'Amerique, ou le Mercure americain. Rouen: chez François Vaultier le jeune, 1678. “A collection of three love-tales. The heroes are buccaneers and filibusters” (Sabin). A fictional romp through America, perhaps inspired by the exploits of Alexandre Exquemelin. Sabin 5609...
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      Visscher's World MapVisscher's World MapVisscher's World Map
      Lot 11 Visscher's World Map
      Price: $ 7 500 Sold
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      VISSCHER, Nicholaes (1649-1702). Novissima totius terrarum orbis tabula. Amsterdam: N. Visscher, [c.1679.]First state of Visscher’s map of the world. The map is most likely the work of Visscher the younger, whose family firm was one of the most distinguished during the Golden Age of Dutch mapmaking;...
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      Histoire des Colonies FrançoisesHistoire des Colonies FrançoisesHistoire des Colonies Françoises
      Lot 12 Histoire des Colonies Françoises
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      [LE CLERCQ, Chréstien (fl. 1641-1695).] Histoire des Colonies Françoises. Paris and Lyon: Thomas Almaury, 1692 [but Paris: Amable Auroy, 1691].“Supremely important … superlatively rare.”–HowesFirst edition, Lyon issue, of this controversial history of the Great Lakes and Niagara region. It includes ...
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      Unrecorded state of Doncker's chartUnrecorded state of Doncker's chartUnrecorded state of Doncker's chart
      Lot 13 Unrecorded state of Doncker's chart
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      [DONCKER, Hendrik (1626-1699).] West-Indische Paskaert. Amsterdam: Pieter Goos and Gerard van Keulen, [1704-1726]. Large chart printed on vellum, an unrecorded state of one of the most important charts for navigating to America and the Cape of Good Hope. This large chart, first published by Hendrik ...
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      Curious Adventures in CanadaCurious Adventures in CanadaCurious Adventures in Canada
      Lot 14 Curious Adventures in Canada
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      LEBEAU, Claude (1704-1779). Avantures ou voyage curieux parmi les sauvages de l’Amérique septentrionale avec description du Canada. Amsterdam: Herman Uytwerf, 1738.First edition of a picaresque account of adventures in Canada. The author claims firsthand experiences of life among the Native people o...
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      First general history of New France and CanadaFirst general history of New France and CanadaFirst general history of New France and Canada
      Lot 15 First general history of New France and Canada
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      CHARLEVOIX, Pierre-François-Xavier de (1682-1761). Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France, avec le Journal historique d'un voyage fait par ordre du roi dans l'Amérique septentrionnale. Paris: Rollin fils, 1744. The first edition of "one of the most important works ther...
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      Hôtel-Dieu de QuébecHôtel-Dieu de QuébecHôtel-Dieu de Québec
      Lot 16 Hôtel-Dieu de Québec
      Price: $ 6 250 Sold
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      JUCHEREAU DE ST-IGNACE, Jeanne-Françoise, mère (1650-1723). Histoire de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. Montauban: Jerosme Legier, [1751]. First edition of the chronicle of the oldest hospital north of Mexico, written by its Mother Superior. The Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec was founded in 1637 by Madeleine de Vigne...
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      Travels in Louisiana CountryTravels in Louisiana CountryTravels in Louisiana Country
      Lot 17 Travels in Louisiana Country
      Price: $ 1 875 Sold
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      BOSSU, Jean-Bernard (1720-1792). Nouveaux voyages aux indes Occidentales; Contenant une relation des differens peuples qui habitent les environs du grand fleuve Saint-Louis, appellé vulgairement le Mississippi. Paris: Le Jay, 1768.Second edition of "an important chapter in early Louisiana socia...
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      Captain Cook's second voyageCaptain Cook's second voyageCaptain Cook's second voyage
      Lot 18 Captain Cook's second voyage
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      COOK, James (1728-1779). A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. London: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1777.The first edition of the official account of Cook’s second voyage, with p...
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      Mutiny on the Bounty, en françaisMutiny on the Bounty, en françaisMutiny on the Bounty, en français
      Lot 19 Mutiny on the Bounty, en français
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      BLIGH, William (1754-1817). Relation de l’enlèvement du Bounty, et voyage subséquent en chaloupe. Translated by D. Lescallier. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1790. An attractive copy of the first edition in French of Bligh’s own account of the famous mutiny. The English edition was printed in the same year; a...
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      Burney's history of the South Sea discoveriesBurney's history of the South Sea discoveriesBurney's history of the South Sea discoveries
      Lot 20 Burney's history of the South Sea discoveries
      Price: $ 6 875 Sold
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      BURNEY, James (1750-1821). A Chronological History of the Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean. London: Printed by Luke Hansard for G. and W. Nicol, 1803-17.A fine first edition copy of “the most important general history of early South Sea discoveries” before those of James Cook (Hill). Th...
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      Ottoman CostumesOttoman CostumesOttoman Costumes
      Lot 21 Ottoman Costumes
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      “Costumes Turcs” (binding title). Album of watercolors depicting figures of the Ottoman world. Britain, c.1800. A series of watercolors depicting costumes of the Ottoman Empire. A genre going back to the 16th-century, when European audiences were hungry for new information about the Ottoman world, t...
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      First publication on Mayan archaeologyFirst publication on Mayan archaeologyFirst publication on Mayan archaeology
      Lot 22 First publication on Mayan archaeology
      Price: $ 2 500 Sold
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      RÍO, Antonio (active 1786-1787); CABRERA, Paul-Félix. Description of the Ruins of an Ancient City, discovered near Palenque, in the Kingdom of Guatemala, in Spanish America. London: G. Schulze for Henry Berthoud and Suttaby, Evance & Fox, 1822.First edition, untrimmed, of the first publication o...
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      Views of GuianaViews of GuianaViews of Guiana
      Lot 23 Views of Guiana
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      GUIANA – SCHOMBURGK, Sir Robert Hermann (1804-1865). Twelve Views in the Interior of Guiana. London: Whitehead & Co. for Ackerman & Co., 1841. The first edition of a rare and important book of views of Guiana. Schomburgk identified and sent to England the Victoria Regia waterlily, and was aw...
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      The Valley of the Nile, 1848The Valley of the Nile, 1848The Valley of the Nile, 1848
      Lot 24 The Valley of the Nile, 1848
      Price: $ 18 750 Sold
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      PRISSE D'AVENNES, Achille Constant Théodore Emile (1807-1879) and James Augustus ST. JOHN (1801-1875). Oriental Album. Characters, Costumes and Modes of Life in the Valley of the Nile. London: James Madden, 1848.A deluxe copy of the first edition with the plates fully colored and mounted on car...
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      On his mission to Fort Le BoeufOn his mission to Fort Le BoeufOn his mission to Fort Le Boeuf
      Lot 25 On his mission to Fort Le Boeuf
      Price: $ 75 000 Sold
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      WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). The Journal of Major George Washington, sent by the Hon. Robert Dinwiddie ... to the Commandant of the French Forces on the Ohio ... and ... the French Officer's Answer. London: T. Jefferys, 1754. The first English edition of Washington's first published wo...
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      “The most important map in American history”“The most important map in American history”“The most important map in American history”
      Lot 26 “The most important map in American history”
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      MITCHELL, John (1711-1768). A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. London: published by the author, 1755. Over six-feet long, the map widely regarded as the most important in American history. First edition. Prepared on the eve of the French and Indian War, Mitchell's is th...
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      Lewis Evans on his MapLewis Evans on his MapLewis Evans on his Map
      Lot 27 Lewis Evans on his Map
      Price: $ 30 000 Sold
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      EVANS, Lewis (c.1700-1756). Geographical, Historical, Political, Philosophical and Mechanical Essays. Number II. Philadelphia: printed [by B. Franklin and D. Hall] for the author. New York: G. Noel, 1756. A rare tract from the press of Benjamin Franklin, being Evans' defence against the attac...
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      The Great Town of BostonThe Great Town of BostonThe Great Town of Boston
      Lot 28 The Great Town of Boston
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      CARWITHAM, John (fl. 1723-1760), after BURGIS, William (fl. 1713-1730). A South East View of the Great Town of Boston in New England in America. London: Carington Bowles, c.1763.Hand-colored view of early Boston, the second portrayal of the old town. The first known view of Boston is William Burgis&...
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      On the Battle of Bunker HillOn the Battle of Bunker HillOn the Battle of Bunker Hill
      Lot 29 On the Battle of Bunker Hill
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      BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL – HUMPHREY, Elihu [?]. Autograph letter, "Camp Roxbury," 25 June 1775. 315 x 195mm (separated upper horizontal fold and losses which affect a few words of text, reinforced with archival tissue on verso, minor dampstains and a few marginal tears). A Connecticut sold...
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      Boston under SiegeBoston under SiegeBoston under Siege
      Lot 30 Boston under Siege
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      PELHAM, Henry (1748-1806). A Plan of Boston in New England with its Environs, Including Milton, Dorchester, Roxbury, Brooklin[e], Cambridge, Medford, Charlestown, Parts of Malden, and Chelsea. With the Military Works Constructed in those Places in the Years 1775. And 1776. London: Henry Pelham, 2 Ju...
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