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…
Abraham Lincoln Book Shop
World's Columbian Expo Myriopticon A true relic of the six-month long Exposition honoring the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s landing in America.
This charming souvenir, a wooden box designed to look like a stage, is bordered with lithographic images of a theater interior. The marquee reads "WORLD'S FAIR." The sides and top are covered with period illustrations of images associated with the Fair: Christopher Columbus on top, The Chicago Masonic Temple on one side, a stylized list of Presidents of the United States on the other.
Inside is a hand-colored lithographic scroll on two rollers, with two turned wooden knobs on the bottom. Turning the knobs advances the scroll in the cut-out, displaying the various scenes in sequence. The panoramic scroll contains 22 different images, some of World Columbian Expo sites, including Miner's Building; the Women's Building; U.S. Man of War; Manufacturing and Liberal Arts; Gallery of the Arts and many more.
Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books
Native Americans; Views United States West by: Albert Bierstadt, 1863
A rare Artist Proof before title to ascertain the quality of colors. Bierstadt's sketches made during his travels with Frederick W. Lander's Honey Road Survey Party in 1859.
The painting shows Lander's Peak in the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains, with an encampment of Native Americans in the foreground. It has been compared to, and exhibited with, The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church. Lander's Peak immediately became a critical and popular success and sold in 1865 for $25,000.
Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 – February 18, 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his lavish, sweeping landscapes of the American West. To paint the scenes, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.
Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps
The City of Chicago, by: Currier & Ives, 1874 / 1892
Striking grand format birdseye view of Chicago, drawn 3 years after the Great Chicago Fire devastated the City and published by America's most commercially successful print seller, Currier & Ives. Originally printed in 1874, this example was republished in 1892, in anticipation of the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.
The work shows in fine detail the spread of the city of Chicago with lake Michigan and the Chicago river in the foreground. The fine view depicts a thriving harbor of Chicago with steam- and sailing boats in the foreground, a gleaming modern train station and lively boat traffic on the Chicago river. The sketch of the individual houses, churches, parks and larger buildings is highly detailed, in the very background you recognize the expansion of the settlement towards the green fields, symbolic of the limitless growth potential for the city of Chicago.
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.
Evening Star Books
The Principle of Relativity: A Collection of Original Memoirs on the Special and General Theory of Relativity. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. (1923). First Edition. Einstein, Albert; Lorentz, H.A.; Minkowski, H.; Weyl, H.
The first trade edition of this collection of papers in English, preceding the American edition. All of the included papers had been published in book form previously in Germany (Das Relativitatsprinzip in 1922) and several appear in English in the 1920 book published by the University of Calcutta, but the majority of the papers appear here in book form for the first time in English.
This book includes the following Einstein papers, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on its Energy Content?" (the famous E=mc^2 paper), "On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light", "Hamilton's Principle and the General Theory of Relativity", "Do Gravitational Fields Play an Essential Part in the Structure of the Elementary Particles of Matter?", and "Cosmological Considerations on the General Theory of Relativity", both of the papers by Lorentz, and the paper by Weyl.
A collection of scientific papers concerning the theory of relativity whose historic importance cannot be overstated. The first experimental confirmation of the theory occurred in 1919, after which Einstein became a worldwide celebrity and his new theory subsequently displaced the classical Newtonian theory. In 1921, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
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.
A previously unknown Meiji 37 or 1904 Japanese broadsheet serio-comic map relating to the Russo-Japanese War. This map was issued in May 28 of 1904, immediately following Japan's successful siege and bombardment Russian held Port Arthur (Dalian). Of the four Japanese serio-comic maps associated with the Russo-Japanese war, this is the second, predated only by Kisaburō Ohara's April 1904 A Humorous Diplomatic Atlas of Europe and Asia.
Although Serio-Comic maps were common in Europe from at least the 1860s, there were first discovered by Japanese printers during the Russo-Japanese War, when they became popular tools for both internal propaganda and communicating Japanese solidarity with European powers, specifically England.
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.
HJB Antique Maps
Geologic Map of the Middle and Western States
By: James Hall, 1843 Dimensions: 23 x 32 inches (58.5 x 81 cm)
This is a beautifully colored geological lithograph map by the iconic American geologist James Hall. The map covers most or all of the states of Illinois and Wisconsin in the west, to the New Jersey, Maryland and New York in the east. Every Great Lake except for Superior is included in the northern portion and it extends as far south as the Kentucky – Tennessee border. The map is color coded by 23 geological formations for which there is a key in the lower right.
Hall’s map can be regarded as a landmark work as it was one of the earliest known maps to employ the “New York System,” of stratigraphic nomenclature developed by Hall and others at the New York Geological Survey. The system emphasized the importance of paleontology for delineating geological units and introduced the concept of "type locality," a primary reference location used for defining the characteristics of geological formations. This map is the first regional application of the system, which evolved into the standard nomenclature used today for North America and much of the rest of the world.
James E. Arsenault & Company
Map of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Rail Road, Designating Lands granted by Act of Congress, to Aid in its Construction. Boston: From Office of George C. Rand & Avery, 3 Cornhill, [c. 1859]
A rare, early, and large map of the first railroad across Missouri, intended to promote the lands granted by the U. S. government to fund its construction. Likely published while the railroad was under construction, this map depicts the Hannibal & St. Joseph in its entirety, extending across the northern part of the state, with lands for sale both north and south of the railroad shaded in gray. A large grid is superimposed on the map, with further subdivisions within the region of the land grant.
First planned at an 1846 meeting held in the Hannibal, Missouri office of Mark Twain’s father, John Marshall Clemens (local judge & merchant), construction of the Hannibal & St. Joseph began in both cities in 1851 and ended in February of 1859, when the two lines were joined in Chillicothe. Spanning the entire state of Missouri and connecting the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the Hannibal & St. Joseph proved a railroad of great importance for the development of the state, as well as westward expansion in general. At the time of the completion of the railroad, St. Joseph was the westernmost city accessible by rail and remained such until 1867, when the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad reached Council Bluffs.
OCLC records just one copy of this map, at Yale, described as “printed on linen.” The copy offered here is printed on paper, but was mounted on its original linen when James Arsenault acquired it. They have since had it removed and backed with mulberry paper.
Main St. Fine Books & Manuscripts
BLIGH, William. The Log of the Bounty: Being Lieutenant William Bligh's Log of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Armed Vessel Bounty in a Voyage to the South Seas, to Take the Breadfruit from the Society Islands to the West Indies.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, . Introduction and notes by Owen Rutter. Illustrations by Lynton Lamb. Complete 2-volume set. Tall 4to. Brown, beige and green cloth with gilt spine lettering. 435pp, 259pp. Four wood engravings (two across each two-page title pages). Very good. Bindings a tad corner and edgeworn and rubbed, though internally fine and tight.
First of this edition, a handsome set of this beautifully-produced pair by the legendary British fine press. Limited to 300 sets (this #205). Scarce and lovely.
Neatline Antique Maps
Venetia, Giovanni Antonio de Paoli c. 1600 (Rome)
Edited in Rome, the plan follows the model started by Giacomo Franco and Bernardo Salvioni at the end of the sixteenth century, depicting the procession of the Doge of Venice below the city.
Giovanni Antonio de Paoli was an editor and printer active in Rome between 1589 and 1630, where he had a print shop in Santa Maria della Pace. Historical sources show that he obtained publishing privileges from the Pope in 1599, 1605, and 1624. However, it is possible that this plate is not the direct work of De Paoli; he often reprinting works by other publishers, acquiring the plates after their deaths. This is likely a Roman version of the Salvioni plan, created for the local market, in competition with Venetian and Tuscan productions, and therefore the work of an unknown publisher and dating back to the early 17th century.
Thomas Suarez Rare Maps
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”).
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.