Swann 2009 Auction Highlights: Maps

Swann's Maps & Atlases auctions in 2009 attracted scholars, historians, and cartographers, as well as interior decorators and others seeking attractive decorative images.

Of the diverse materials offered, Claudius Ptolamaeus's Geographia Universalis, 47 (of 48) double-page maps, Basel, circa 1542 (above), sold on June 11, for $12,000, and Thomas Jefferys's The Natural and Civil History of the French Dominions in North and South America, with 18 folding maps, London, 1760 (below), sold on December 3, for $16,800.

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