March Sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts

11/01/2013     Chiswick Curates

Sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts, Tuesday 5 March 2013

Chiswick Auctions’ first major sale of Printed Books and Manuscripts in 2013 will be held on Tuesday 5 March. Already this important sale has a number of remarkable consignments.

Maps of the world are always in demand, particularly if they are early and decorative, and Giovanni Pietro Maffei’s Indiarum orientalium occidentaliumque description, engraved in Cologne in 1593, certainly qualifies on both counts. The map, complete with sea monsters, galleons and vast barely explored regions, is included in Maffei’s work Historiarium indicarum, a history of Portuguese discoveries, and it is estimated at £1,000-1,500.

German artist Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1767) was born in Ulm and is best known as an artist of hunting scenes. Included in our sale is a collection of his exquisite engravings of both wild and domesticated animals in naturalistic settings. Illustrated is “Das Asiatische Nashorn Rhinoceros unicornis”, one of 124 engravings in the lot, and they are estimated at £700-1,000.

This selected sale will include early printed books, travel, natural history, literature and modern first editions, in addition to maps, decorative prints and autographs and manuscripts.

If you would like to consign books, prints, manuscripts or maps to this sale, we would require entries by the middle of February. For a free valuation, without obligation, please send details to me at or contact me directly on 07746 713928.