BERKELEY, Calif. – PBA Galleries will hold a 475-lot auction titled Americana – Travel & Exploration – World History – Cartography on October 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Several Clipper Ship cards will be on offer, led by card for the Zouave, sailing out of New York bound for the West Coast, circa 1860, with a color woodcut of brightly attired soldiers charging with bayonets. It is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Also of note is a striking original oil painting of the Bay Area’s Mt. Tamalpais by James Everett Stuart, grandson of famous portraitist Gilbert Stuart. Signed by the artist, the view is from San Francisco’s Land’s End. The painting is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
Another stunner is a complete set of highway maps of Nevada counties, consisting of 17 blue line maps on 48 sheets, bound in modern full morocco. The maps were prepared by State of Nevada Department of Highways in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Public Roads and date to 1937. The set is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also featured is Aaron Arrowsmith’s Map of America, published in 1804, a large, linen-backed folding map of North and South America, in the original marbled boards slipcase. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Highlights from the Travel & Exploration section of the sale include the official account of James Cook’s third and final voyage to the Pacific Ocean, with the plates and maps bound into the choice set of three text volumes, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; an album with nearly 400 original photographs recording travels through China by foot, boat and rail by two westerners in the early 20th century, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; and The Last of the Arctic Voyages, by Edward Belcher, an 1855 first edition of the important two-volume account of the last publicly funded rescue search for the infamously wayward Sir John Franklin. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
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