Printed Books, Maps & Documents
Mathematics, Science & Computing: A Private Collection
Film Poster Artwork & Opera
A selection of lots being sold 30 January 2019
Souvenirs de Maurice, 1st edition, Port Louis, Mauritius: J. Maisonneuve, , 20 hand-coloured lithographs comprising 18 views and 2 hunting scenes, of which 12 after Alfred Richard, 4 after Edouard Pitot, 3 'from a daguerrotype', and 1 after E. Crook, each with printed series title 'Souvenirs de Maurice', bound with: Alfred Richard & others, 20 hand-coloured lithographs of fruit, Port Louis, Mauritius: J. Maisonneuve, [c. 1850], plus Edouard Pitot, Ile Maurice, Port Louis, Mauritius: Devaux et Cie, [c. 1850], 16 hand-coloured lithographs of trees after Edouard Pitot.
Toussaint & Adolphe, Bibliography of Mauritius 115 for the Souvenirs; the work was apparently issued monthly, though no collation is provided. Three extremely rare Mauritius-printed suites of hand-coloured lithographs, containing in total 56 plates, most of them by Mauritian artists Edouard Pitot (1778-1860) and Alfred Richard (1824-1880). A volume sold at Christie's (London) in 2004 contained 47 plates, including 22 apparently from the Souvenirs de Maurice, 21 botanicals, and a further three plates comprising two tinted views and an uncoloured plan; another set of the Ile Maurice series, comprising 16 plates, appeared in Paris in 2008 (Kahn-Dumousset, 4 April 2008, lot 18). The Bibliothèque nationale de France holds 25 lithographs from the Souvenirs series, including eight not found here, but lacking three plates which are found found in this volume (View at 'Riviere du Poste' (Savanna); 'Montagne du Rempart', from Plaines Wilhems; and Stag hunting); otherwise each series is institutionally untraced. There was an exhibition of Pitot's work at the National History Museum of Mauritius in 2018, and Alfred Richard is identified as a leading figure among the 'accomplished Mauritian artists' who emerged in the second half of the 19th century (De Kervern & Martial, Mauritius: 500 Early Postcards, page 11).
A full list of plates is available on request. Estimate £10,000-15,000
Andries De Leth, Mappe Monde ou Description du Globe Terrestre vu en concave ou en creux en deux Hemispheres, circa 1740. Estimate £1200 - 1500
Original poster artwork for 'A View To A Kill', 1985
Three photographs of Maria Callas in costume, each signed, dated 1958
(from a private collection of opera memorabilia).
A selection of works from a private library of mathematics, science and computing reference.
For further information please contact Nathan Winter or Chris Albury
01285 860 006