Interesting and Uncommon Material on the History, Exploration, Cartography, and Culture of the Four Corners of the Globe

Original photos of sailing ships

On Thursday, December 13th, PBA Galleries will host an Americana – Travel & Exploration – Hunting & Sporting – World History – Cartography Sale. Up for auction will be over 550 lots of rare, interesting and uncommon material on the history, exploration, cartography, and culture of the four corners of the globe, ranging from travels into the Ottoman Empire and the Levant to cattle drives in the American west. Included are books, manuscripts, photographs, ephemeral material, graphic items, and a wide range of maps. There is a special section of hunting and sporting books, many from the Derrydale Press.

Highlighted in this sale are some San Francisco related works such as, original photos of sailing ships, from the R.J. Waters Company of San Francisco, with some over 430 gelatin silver prints ($3,000-$5,000). A scarce Merry-makers Map of San Francisco, 1940, showing all the night clubs, saloons, fine restaurants, and other entertainment venues of “Baghdad by the Bay,” the streets crosded by men in suits and hates, and women in nothing at all ($1,200-$1,800).

Kaempfer’s History of Japan, 1728

PBA will be offering a variety of world history material: a 4th century sculpture of the head of the world-conqueror Alexander the Great, this was from the ancient Gandhara civilization in present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan ($10,000-$15,000). Nicolas de Nicolay’s popular illustrated work on the Ottoman Empire, Les navigations peregrinations et boyages, faicts en la Turquie, 1576, with depictions of the various peoples under Turkish suzerainty ($5,000-$8,000). The History of Japan, by Engelbert Kaempfer, 2 volumes, 1728, with 45 engraved maps and plates, most folding or double page, a key work in shaping western perceptions of Japan ($5,000-$8,000).

The Americana section includes rare Civil War broadside advertising a concert organized by “The Ladies of Charleston” (South Carolina) to raise money for the construction of a gunboat for the Confederate Navy, which was to become the ironclad ram CSS Palmetto State ($2,000-$3,000). Helen H Taft’s memoirs, Recollections of Full Years, 1914, signed by her and her husband, President William Howard Taft, in a rare dual signing ($2,000-$3,000). Also an autographed note of love an affection from American patriot John Hancock to his wife in 1971 ($3,000-$5,000).

Lastly, to be featured is a hunting/sporting piece, a rare issue bound in full ion skin, of Rowland Ward’s Record of Big Game XIth Edition, 1962, one of an estimated 35 to 70 copies so bound ($1,000-$1,500).

The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, December 10th, 1 – 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 11th and 12th, 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, December 13th, 9-11 am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected]