Valuable travel, atlases and natural history books… including important Portolan charts (catalogue of an auction sale conducted by Christie's London, 13 April 1988)
London, Christie's, 1988
(25.5 cm), 144 (6) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 293 lots. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Includes six portolan charts “at one time in the collection of the Counts of Maldeghem, one of the great noble families of Flanders” (catalogue foreword to lots 172-177). The 15th century Genoese portolan of the Mediterranean made £286,000 (”Barnes”), and an early 17th century Portuguese chart including America made £330,000 (”Costa”), “but the prices paid for the others were scarcely less astonishing” (from saleroom report, in The Book Collector, Summer 1988, p.244). ¶ Annotated copy, partly priced.