Tuesday 9 April 2024
Art+Object’s first auction of Rare Books, for 2024, follows on from a successful 2023 year culminating with the sale of the John Elliot Lawford collection.
The upcoming April catalogue will feature several historic Napoleonic documents from a private Dunedin estate, including several documents signed by Napoleon, a 19th century photograph album of historic homes and buildings on St Helena and an 1816 Broadside, ‘Bathurst Warrant’, printed by A. Hill in St Helena (1816), and appointing Sir Hudson Lowe as jailor to Napoleon.
Other major items are some interesting and rare New Zealand maps including the ‘Carte De La Nouvelle Zeelande’ by Rigobert Bonne, Paris (1778), ‘A Chart of New Zealand taken from surveys by James Cook’, a copy of the rare booklet illustrated by Dr Seuss and published by the U.S. Government in 1943, ‘This is Ann. She's dying to Meet you’, a first edition of this illustrated booklet warning American troops stationed abroad about the perils of mosquitoes and the malaria they carry, and a copy of Stedman, John Gabriel’s ‘Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America’ (London, 1813).
The sale also features important collections of New Zealand literature, early Māori printings, and antiquarian books.
Entries for this sale are now invited.
Stedman, John Gabriel – Narrative of a Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America. London: J. Johnson 1813 in 2 volumes.
In 1772 [Stedman] volunteered to accompany an expedition sent out by the States-General to subdue the revolted Negroes in Surinam, or Dutch Guiana ... The field of his curiosity embraced not only all branches of natural history, but also economic and social conditions. His description of the cruelties practiced on the Negroes, and of the moral deterioration resulting to their masters, forms one of the most vivid indictments of slavery that have been penned' Abbey Travel 719; Sabin 91075.