Map of the newly-created United States is offered to lucky bidders
Drawn up even before George Washington became President, the Robert Sayer work is up for sale
Old World Auctions has completed another of its sales of fine and rare maps, which as always saw some spellbinding works go under the hammer with bidders fighting for the right to help them find their way to a new home.
However, there are always a few left over, and these are currently on offer at the seller's reserve price. There are a few real gems for investors to pick up. For example, a 1786 work by Robert Sayer:
A New Map of North America, with the West India Islands, Divided According to the Preliminary Articles of Peace, Signed at Versailles 20 January 1783, wherein are Particularly Distinguished the United States, and the Several Provinces, Governments.
This large, influential map had a long and varied publishing history. Originated by Emanuel Bowen & John Gibson and published by Robert Sayer in circa 1755 to illustrate the seat of the French and Indian War, the map went through numerous revisions and editions to document the expanding cartographic knowledge and political landscape of North America.
This is the tenth edition; the second issue following the formation of the United States. The map provides an extremely detailed view of the continent at the conclusion of the American Revolution.
It is currently available for an extremely reasonable price of $3,250 and should make an excellent investment.
- Click here to view our Books & Manuscripts stock items for sale
- Learn how you can get pleasure and profit by investing in collectible books and manuscripts
- Read all the latest Books & Manuscripts and Memorabilia news
Recent and related articles...
· Apian's $52,000 'early Americas' map brings three times estimate in NY | 3 December 2010
Heavily inspired by its era's pioneering world maps, buyers couldn't resist this seminal piece from 1520
· The rare book collections of the 'Galileo of Graphics' Professor Edward Tufte | 1 December 2010
Professor, artist and Presidential appointee, Tufte's collection is headed by Galileo and Picasso
· The story of America's history, told through rare antiquarian books |30 November 2010
Bruce McKinney's collection will be led by a $120,000 book by an explorer of Ohio
· Oh! Say can you see... The $300,000 first edition Star Spangled Banner | 23 November 2010
The only first edition of the US national anthem on the private markets is going up for sale in New York
· Aristotle, Astronomy and the Occult come to Swann's rare books auction | 8 November 2010
Covering early printed material mixing science with magic, the early printed works will sell in New York
Images: Old World Auctions