Lewis & Clark Among Top Lots at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Auction

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CHICAGO, IL.- A crowded sales-room, busy phone lines and aggressive internet bidding contributed to strong prices realized at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ highly successful Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in Chicago on August 12. Director Mary Williams said, “We are delighted with the results, which show an impressive upswing in the market for cartographic works and books with ornithological or botanical plates.” Private collections with property fresh to the market continued a trend of far exceeding pre-sale estimates. An impressive private collection of antiquarian maps and atlases included a first state of Henricus Hondius, Nova totius terrarum orbis, 1630, sold for $6,344 (estimate $4,000-6,000); and Nicholas Visscher, Orbis terrarum nova, c. 1658, sold for $3,904 (estimate $600-800). The highlight of the collection was a rare first English edition of Gerard Mercator’s Atlas, 1636, which sold for