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  • EXTRAORDINARY MAP COLLECTION TO BE SOLD IN DUBLIN

    LOT 369, THE EAST INDIES and the adjacent countries; with the Settlements, Factories and Territories, explaining what belongs to England, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal with many remarks not extant in any other map by Herman Moll (c1654-1732) (London) estimated at 2,500-2,700. (click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: This lot made 5,200 at hammer.

    THERE is something of everywhere for everyone at the Cartography Collection of the late Dr. Barry Hewson sale in Dublin on September 14.  The auction at James Adam will feature early maps of Ireland, sea charts, guides to Irish landed estates, coastal maps, sea charts, wind and current charts of the North Atlantic, the Bay of Bengal, The Malabar Coast, the west coast of North America, the Turkish Empire, Lower Egypt, maps of England and Europe and the Cape Verde Islands.

    A huge chart of part of the St. Lawrence River, lot 341, eight feet in length, estimated at 800-850. (click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: This lot was unsold.

    There is a map of the East India Archipelago western route to China and a chart of Kinsale Harbour in which the naming of one of the Stags rocks after a certain part of the King’s anatomy has been judiciously removed!  Lot 85, a chart of Kinsale Harbour by Capt. Greenvile Collins, omits the name of one of the rocks contained in an earlier Dutch version by Van Keulan which features as Lot 72.

    The sale features 447 lots with estimates ranging from around 100 euro to up to 10,000 euro.  Main lots include a folio of 17th century maps of Ireland by Sir William Petty (1623-1687), one of the most successful adventurers to benefit from the confiscation of the estates of Irish landowners. His survey of the estates of Irish landowners, known as the Down Survey, was carried out by 1,000 soldiers and took 13 months to complete.  The lot is estimated at 6,000-8,000.

    Dr. Barry Hewson, who died in 2008, was a Ballina native who trained as a dentist in Ireland and subsequently as a doctor in England. He practised in the north of England, made frequent visits to Ireland and was an inveterate collector with a wide range of interests.

    UPDATE:  THE top lot at the sale was the 17th century portfolio of maps by Sir William Petty which made a hammer price of 10,000.

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