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Gold rush-era clipper ship sailing card, est. $10,000-$15,000

Clipper ship card to set sail at PBA Galleries May 5 auction

Gold rush-era clipper ship sailing card, est. $10,000-$15,000
Gold rush-era clipper ship sailing card, est. $10,000-$15,000

BERKELEY, Calif. – PBA Galleries announces an auction of Americana – Travel – World History – Cartography to take place Thursday, May 5. The sale includes more than 500 lots of interesting and valuable material relating to California, the Americas and the far reaches of the globe. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Leading the selection of ephemera presented in the May 5 auction is a Gold Rush-era clipper ship sailing card for the Fanny S. Perley, a vessel bound for San Francisco from the harbor of New York. The color card on porcelain coated stock announces her imminent departure, and carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. Another major lot in this section is a scarce miner’s cover from the Gold Rush, an envelope designed and printed in San Francisco to convey a letter sent from California to loved ones back East. This example shows the Traveling Miner design and an Ophirville cancellation. It is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.

William James’ ‘Account of the Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains…under the command of Maj. S.H. Long,’ est. $5,000-$8,000
William James’ ‘Account of the Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains…under the command of Maj. S.H. Long,’ est. $5,000-$8,000

Works related to exploration and travel include a 1790 first edition of John Meares’ narrative of his two fur-trading voyages to the northwest coast of North America, estimated at $5,000-$8,000. These trips, made from 1786 to 1789, helped solidify British claims to the region. Another major work is Edwin James’ Account of the Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains … under the command of Maj. S.H. Long. The example in the sale is the first English edition from 1823, in three volumes, describing an important expedition up the Platte River. Its estimate is $5,000-$8,000.

A number of atlases and maps will be offered, including Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita, a map of Palestine by Abraham Ortelius that details the wanderings of the Patriarch Abraham through the Holy Land. It is surrounded with engraved vignettes of scenes from his life from the 1608 Italian language edition of the Theatrum, and is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.

‘Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita,’ map of Palestine by Abraham Ortelius, est. $2,000-$3,000
‘Abrahami Patriarchae Peregrinatio, et Vita,’ map of Palestine by Abraham Ortelius, est. $2,000-$3,000

Other sale highlights include Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times, by Kara Elizabeth Walker, being the future vision of a soon-to-be emancipated 19th-century African American woman, with four double-page pop-up silhouette illustrations. It carries an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Also present in the sale is the James Earle Jewell collection of early Bohemian Club Grove Plays, Grove Play props, Boho publications and ephemera, including the plan layout for the 1969 Grove Play Rip Van Winkle. The lot is estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

For more information about upcoming sales, to schedule a Zoom preview or phone bidding for a future auction, please contact PBA Galleries at 415-989-2665 or pba@pbagalleries.com.

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