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Maps & prints lead Jeschke Van Vliet’s 30th anniversary sale Dec. 4

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First edition of Temminck’s monumental work on ornithology, with 600 old colored copper plates. Jeschke Van Vliet image

BERLIN – Jeschke Van Vliet is celebrating his 30th anniversary with a special and impressive auction catalog with exclusively selected works, which Hans-Joachim Jeschke has compiled together with his department head Balázs Jádi. The catalog contains items mainly from the areas of old prints and manuscripts, travel books and historical photography, as well as natural sciences and modern illustrated literature. The auction will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. local time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The auction is headed by a colored copy by Abraham Ortelius of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum with 91 maps (below; estimate €28,000).

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Abraham Ortelius, ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ atlas with colored copper title and 91 mostly double-page colored copper maps on 70 sheets. Antwerp, A.C. Van Diest 1574. Jeschke Van Vliet image

C.J.u. (G.M.J.) M. Temminck (Lot 305) produced the monumental work with 600 splendid bird plates in 1838, which is estimated at €15,000.

While the manuscripts are dominated by a Low German Book of Hours with six splendidly executed initials, the impressive modern section is headed by Yves Klein’s Monochrome and Fire, which contains a unique gold foil and two serigraphs (below; €12,000).

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Yves Klein (French, 1928-1962) ‘Monochrome and Fire,’ exhibition catalogue with additional unique monochrome and two color serigraphs, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, 1961, each approximately 32 x 23 cm. Jeschke Van Vliet image

In the same section are also magnificent portfolios of Salvador Dali’s works, including Les Douze Tribus d’Israël (below) with 13 hand-signed etchings, estimated at €10,000.

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Salvador Dalí, ‘Les Douze Tribus d’Israël.’ Preface by Abba Eba with 13 original hand-colored etchings, 1973. Jeschke Van Vliet image

Among the natural sciences, which is the most comprehensive section in this catalog, there is a rare third Latin edition of Zacuto’s Almanac (or ephemerides), which revolutionized ocean shipping and was used by Columbus and Vasco da Gama on their travels (lot 218; €20,000).

Other important early works in mathematics and physics are among the other highlights in this outstanding auction..

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