As the title of the fair suggests, one can expect to find a wide array of maps, books, and ephemera for sale at the Newberry, May 3rd - 5th. With over thirty exhibitors, there is bound to be something for just about everyone that attends.
Until the, enjoy this preview of items you can expect to find at the fair, assuming they are not purchased beforehand…
B & L Rootenberg Rare Books
Tabularum geographicarum contractarum libri quinque. Amsterdam: Cornelius Nicolai, 1606. Five parts in one volume. Oblong 8vo (108 x 184 mm). [xvi], 679,  pp. Allegorical engraved title and 174 engraved maps. Contemporary vellum, ties present. Significant early annotations to numerous leaves and rear endpapers.
Bertius’ Tabularum geographicarum was the finest and most important edition of the Caert thresoor, Barent Langenes’ miniature atlas first published in 1598. Langenes (fl. 1598-1610) was a publisher in Middelburg and most likely the author of the text of the well-known and popular work that set the standard for the miniature atlas. Bertius’ revised Latin text and Ptolemaic arrangement first appeared in 1600 and remained influential throughout the following century. All of the maps are up to date, and of particular interest is the fact that the text is geared toward the specific maps as opposed to reciting general information. The fifth part of the present edition features 15 maps devoted to America, including Mexico, Cuba and Jamaica, the Yucatan, Hispaniola, Peru and Brazil, among others.
In the 19th century map copying was an important educational method at the primary level, seen as valuable both for the development of geographic knowledge as well as the skills of penmanship, drafting and drawing. The atlas was compiled by Ms. Clara O’Neil, a student at the Convent of the Holy Child Jesus in St. Leonards-on-Sea (now Hastings) in East Sussex, England. It is divided into four sections: “Geographical Series,” “Topographical Series,” Geological Series,” and “Astronomical Series,” consisting of a total 27 maps and plans and 18 astronomical and geological diagrams. In all, an extraordinary schoolgirl atlas, well worthy of further study to identify her source material and place the work in the context of the educational program at St. Leonards-on-Sea. $6,500
Byron, Lord (1788-1824). CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE. A ROMAUNT. London: Printed for John Murray; William Blackwood, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin. By Thomas Davison, White-Friars, 1812. First edition (Issued in 500 copies).
Facsimile of a Romaic letter bound in as frontispiece. Issued without a half-title. Bound without the advertisements in full red levant with red watered silk flyleaves, a.e.g., the spine with gilt titles, the four other panels richly gilt with a central 'B" surmounted by a crown on green inlays, the covers with the same "B" and crown at the four corners, and with a series of many rolled frames, the central panel densely gilt with inlaid green cornerpieces, the doblures of green morocco with cornerpieces and dentelles. Housed in worn morocco-lined cloth slipcase. Slight fade to backstrip inlays, slight rubbing to the joints, occasional spotting within. Actually a splendid copy of the book that established Byron's career. $4,000
George Ritzlin Antique Maps
Cruchley's New Plan of London Improved. Date: 1848 (London) Dimensions: 20 x 54½ inches
Dissected and mounted on linen with attractive plaid paper outer covers and dark green borders. Detailed plan of London folded into a contemporary case with printed label. Vivid outline color with color key for boundaries of the City, Westminster and Southwark, and rail lines. This edition not in Howgego. Title on case: "Cruchley's New Plan of London improved to 1848; Engraved in a superior clear style, extending east & west, from Hammersmith to Blackwall, A Distance of Twelve Miles with the Railway and Stations. G.F. Cruchley, Mapseller and Publisher..., Fleet Street. Highly detailed with ads for further maps of the London area. Extends from Regent's Park south to Vauxhall Gardens (closed 1859). Cruchley (1787-1880) worked under Aaron Arrowsmith, and later acquired the stock of George and John Cary. "Some of the clearest and most attractive London maps to appear after Faden's 1819 edition of Horwood were published by George Frederick Crutchley." – Howgego, p. 24. $3,000
Thomas Suarez Rare Maps
A Fifteenth Century history, with world map, in original color.
Rolewink, Werner, Fasciculus temporum. Venice, 28 May 1484. Chancery folio, modern sheep binding. First leaf cut and mounted on 18th century paper. pp (16), (131) leaves numbered to 66. 55 woodcuts (including repeats), diagrams, white-vine initials, rubricated.
First printed in 1474 (without a map), this was the first printed history of the world, published two decades before the much better known Nuremberg Chronicle of Schedel. The world map may be the addition of the printer Erhard Ratdolt, probably drawing on some now-unknown model. It is an individual work among the early “T-O” maps, Palestine forming a distinct region through a semi-circle joining the two segments of the “T”. Numbers indicate the subdivisions into which each of the three continents is subdivided.
Werner Rolevinck (1425–1502) was a Carthusian monk and historian who wrote about 50 titles. He was born near Laer, Westphalia, the son of a wealthy farmer. In 1447 he entered Cologne Charterhouse, where he later died. His most famous work was his history of the world from Creation to Pope Sixtus IV, the Fasciculus temporum (“Little bundles of time”).
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HJB Antique Maps
Air France - Celestial Map By: Lucien Boucher, 1950 (Published) Paris
This superb vintage travel poster by Lucien Boucher is the highly collectible larger format edition of this iconic work, a masterpiece of its kind.
The lithograph incorporates modern and antique map making elements and imagery, including angels in stardust in the four corners blowing into existence miniature earth-like planets. A myriad constellations are depicted, with the stars creating them and the figures after whom they are named all rendered. Superimposed over one area of constellations is a globe depicting most of the land masses, and crisscrossed by the routes used by Air France to a plethora of international destinations.
The TRAVELLER'S And TOURIST'S GUIDE Through the United States of America, Canada, Etc. Containing the Routes of Travel by Steamboat, Stage and Canal; Together with Descriptions of, and Routes to, the Principal Places of Fashionable and Healthful Resort; with Other Valuable Information. Accompanied by an Entirely New and Authentic Map of the United States, Including California, Oregon, Etc., and a Map of the Island of Cuba.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Grambo & Co., 1851. 1st edition (Clark III, 434; Graff 4687; New Howes W-487). iv,  - 216,  pp. Publisher catalogue last 20 pages. Fold-out map [24-3/4" x 29-1/2"] at rear, entitled "A New Map of the United States, upon which are Delineated its Vast Works of Internal Communication, Routes across the Continent &c. Showing also Canada and the Island of Cuba." Map hand-colored in outline with insets, including one depicting California & Oregon. Original publisher's wallet-style purple leather binding, with gilt title stamping to one side.
Condition: Leather faded to dark tan. Old paper repair to top of rear hinge. Map with some age-toning along the two center horizontal fold-lines.