Old World Nov. 16 auction features intriguing early maps of Calif., N.C., Va.

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Henry Briggs map showing California as an island

RICHMOND, Va. – Henry Briggs’ first English map to show California as an island and the earliest collectible map of Eastern North Carolina and Virginia by John White/Theodor De Bry are among the more than 750 items from consigners all over the world that will be featured in Old World Auctions’ November online sale. Bidding will close on November 16 at 10 p.m. ET. The catalog may be viewed online now at LiveAuctioneers.

While the majority of auction items are rare and historic maps, historic documents, rare books and illuminated manuscripts also will be for sale in the auction.

One of the highlights is a circa 1625 edition of The North Part of America Conteyning Newfoundland, New England, Virginia, Florida, New Spaine, and Nova Francia (shown at top of page) by Briggs, estimated at $16,000-$19,000. This is the first English map, and very likely the very first map overall, to show California as an island that features a flat northern coastline.

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White / De Bry map

The earliest collectible map of Eastern North Carolina and Virginia also will be a part of the November auction. Published circa 1590, Americae Pars, nunc Virginia by White/De Bry is a remarkable map of eastern North Carolina and a portion of Virginia and is one of the most significant milestones in the cartographic history of North America. It is the most accurate 16th-century map of any portion of North America and is the earliest collectible map of the region. It is also the first to show and name the Chesapeake Bay (Chesepiooc Sinus), and the second map of Roanoke. It is estimated at $15,000-$18,000.

Other items of note include:

  • Magnificent Carte-a-Figures World Map with Rare Blank Verso: Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula by Blaeu (1635). Estimate $12,000-$15,000
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Blaeu map

  • Complete Elephant Folio Atlas in Contemporary Color with 112 Maps: Atlas Universel by Robert de Vaugondy/Delamarche (1788). Estimate $9,000-$11,000
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Robert de Vaugondy atlas

  • Gorgeous Chart of the Mid-Atlantic & New England: Pas Caerte van Nieu Nederlandt en de Engelsche Virginies by Goos (1666). Estimate $7,000-$8,500
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Goos map of New England

  • Rare Example of Limited Edition Serio-Comic Map Depicting Outset of World War II: L’Europe en Sept 1939 by Vlaanderen (1939). Estimate $7,500-$8,500
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Vlaanderen map

  • Complete First Edition of Tanner’s Universal Atlas: A New Universal Atlas by Tanner (1836). Estimate $7,000-$8,500
  • Superb Gradual with Manuscript and Printed Music: Graduale Iuxta Morem Sacrosancte Ecclesie Romane by Liechtenstein (1551). Estimate $6,000-$7,500
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Liechtenstein music book

  • Rare Chart of Iceland and the Mythical Island of Frisland: Carta Particolare dell’ Isole di Islandia e Frislandia by Dudley (1661). Estimate $3,750-$4,500
  • Very Rare First Edition, First State of Fred W. Rose’s Iconic ‘Octopus’ Map: Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877 by Fred W. Rose (1877). Estimate $3,500-$4,250

Old World Auctions conducts five auctions each year. Its September event sold nearly 80% of the auction lots and totaled more than $343,000. For questions about any item in the November auction, call 804-290-8090 or email info@oldworldauctions.com.