The Wardington Library : Important atlases & geographies : Part one, A-K (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 18 October 2005)
London, Sotheby's, 2005
(27.5 cm), 344 (4) pp., illustrations (most in colour). 244 lots. List of prices realised loosely inserted. Publisher’s red cloth binding, illustration mounted on upper cover. - “The most extensive and valuable collection devoted to cartography, all assembled by an individual book collector, ever to be offered for public competition at auction” (from an obituary of the collector by Stephen C. Massey, in The Book Collector, Autumn 2005, pp.456-459). Included were 1485 Sonetti Isolario (£110,000), 1486 Breydenbach in contemporary calf (£230,000), numerous editions of the atlases of Blaeu, Hondius, Homann, and Jansson, a composite Lafréry atlas assembled by Andrea Doria (ex-British Rail Pension Fund, bought by Bernard Shapero for £1.3m), and other treasures. Almost every lot sold and the total return for the first session was £5,528,220, over double the low estimate. Saleroom report in The Book Collector, Spring 2006, pp.73-74. ¶ Unmarked copy.