Sotheby & Co. (London)

Catalogue of the highly important correspondence of Abraham Ortelius (1528-98) together with some earlier and later letters, presented by Ortelius’s nephew, Jacob Cole, to the Dutch Church in London (and now sold by order of the trustees) (catalogue of a sale in London, by the auctioneer Sotheby & Co., London, 14 February 1955)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1955
(25 cm), 32 pp., [10] leaves of plates. 99 lots. Publisher’s green printed wrappers. - A collection of 376 letters (chiefly to Ortelius), bequeathed in 1628 to the Dutch Church in Austin Friars, deposited in 1862 in the Guildhall Library, and sent to Sotheby’s in 1955 to “strengthen the church’s general financial position” (report in The Times, 15 February 1955, p.8). The whole collection was bought for £13,000 by Dr Otto Fischer, Detroit, Michigan, who resold it in parts (chiefly Sotheby’s, 17-18 June 1968, lots 318-398, realising £28,723). A number of letters were acquired by H.P. Kraus and offered in their Catalogue 124, Monumenta Cartographica (New York 1969). ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.