Rare first map of the Carolinas from 1685 fetches $29,325 at Old World Auctions’ 196th auction, which ended February 7

Rare first map of the Carolinas from 1685 fetches $29,325 at Old World Auctions’ 196th auction, which ended February 7

RICHMOND, VA, USA, February 21, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — A rare and important first map of North Carolina from 1685 sold for $29,325, and an extraordinary map of the Americas and surrounding oceans from 1740 has risen to $20,125 in 2024. Old World Auctions’ 196th online-only auction, which launched on January 24 and ended on February 7. Nearly 800 lots were up for bid at the auction, totaling $420,277.

Taking top honors is a new map of the Carolinas by Thornton, Morden and Lea. The map showed early settlements and landowners, and included images of Native Americans and animals, such as turkeys and even an ostrich. It sold within its estimate of $25,000-$30,000.

Andries & Hendrik de Leth’s Carte Nouvelle de la Mer du Sud depicting the Americas and their surrounding oceans is one of the most famous decorative engraved works of all time. The map showed the island of California, the sea routes of famous explorers, and scenes of cannibalism and human sacrifice. The map, in full contemporary color and in original condition, has exceeded its high estimate of $17,000.

“The map market is still strong,” said Elian Dotson, who owns Old World Auctions with her husband, John. “We saw many items selling for well above their estimates, and there was strong participation from bidders overall. Several categories that performed particularly well were early world maps and 19th century Americana.

Below are additional highlights from the auction. Of the 790 pieces on display, 698 were sold. “Our sell-through rate was 88%, which is the highest we’ve seen in the last two years,” Ms. Dotson said. All prices listed include buyer’s premium.

The rare first plate map of the New World from 1573 by Abraham Ortelius, titled Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio, is one of the most famous maps of America, and one that had an enormous influence on future cartography of the New World. It beat estimate to end at $10,925.

New Chart of the Coast of North America from Port Royal Inlet to Matanza Inlet, by Lowry & Whittle from 1809 – A rare, separately issued chart focusing on the Georgia coast, extending north to Hilton Head and south to St. Augustine. Hammer for $10,350.

The world map engraved by Godocus Hondius in 1633 for the Parisian publisher Jean Le Clercq was based on Romold Mercator’s double hemispheric map from 1587, and included a northwest passage, a massive Terra Australis, and elaborate decorative borders. It sold to a high estimate of $8,050.

William Blough’s 1642 map of the Nova Virginia Tabula is derived from Captain John Smith’s 1612 map and is one of the most important 17th-century maps of the Chesapeake Bay. The pre-sale estimate was $1,800 to $2,100, but the map ended up being $9,775.

William Stevens’ Journal of Proceedings in Georgia from 1742 is a fine and extremely rare journal written by Stevens before his tenure as governor of the Province of Georgia. The two-volume set was published in only 70 copies, intended for the secretaries of Georgia. It was expected to make between $3,000 and $4,000 but eventually traded for $6,900.

Ludwig von Buchholtz’s 1858 Railroad Map of Virginia is a rare railroad map that graphically represents von Buchholtz’s earliest work under the Virginia Board of Public Works. It provided a large transportation network in the state and sold within estimate of $6,900.

Depicted on the Ptolemaic model with the Earth at its centre, a French war globe created in 1800 by an unknown maker includes a miniature globe surrounded by two small metal discs representing the sun and moon and rotating on rotating brass arms. It was a beautiful piece on a stand made of wood, and it attracted bidders, who exceeded the high final estimate of $3,900.

Harrison Goodwin’s fine 1927 Map of San Francisco Showing Main Streets and Places of Interest is “one of the most ambitious early pictorial maps” and is filled with illustrations of important sites, buildings, parks, and dozens of cartoon characters. The map is expected to sell for between $1,500 and $1,800, with a final price of $2,880.

All auction results can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://www.oldworldauctions.com/catalog/archive?auction_id=196.

Old World Auctions’ next online-only sale – auction number 197 – is scheduled for April 10-24.

Established in 1977, Old World Auctions is the leading company specializing in antique maps. The company has researched and listed more than 100,000 maps and atlases in its auctions, and offers its research free to the public through its online archive. Old World Auctions maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. To learn more, visit www.OldWorldAuctions.com.

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