Atlas of China to Headline Old World Auctions September Sale

. August 29, 2008

An important atlas of China with 42 maps, executed in Paris in 1737 by the renowned French cartographer Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville, is the anticipated top lot of an online auction (#125) planned for September 10-24 by Old World Auctions. The atlas constitutes the first scientific mapping of China, for the Emperor Kang-Shi. It is expected to bring $14,000-$18,000.

The atlas – just one of hundreds of important maps, atlases and other items slated to change hands in the sale – was the principal cartographical authority on China for the rest of the 18th century. It provides the first accurate depiction of the Pacific coastline and features the first map of Korea by a European cartographer. It also has detailed coverage of China and the first serious study of Tibet.

“The weekend before the auction’s close, we will be exhibiting and previewing selected lots at the Rocky Mountain Map Fair in Denver,” said Curt Griggs of Old World Auctions. “The event will be September 19-20, at the Denver Public Library. We will have on hand approximately one hundred of the better maps and atlases.” For more details on the map fair, you may log on to

Old World Auctions has been based in Sedona, Ariz., since 1993. The firm specializes in cartography and conducts five sales each year. The auctions are always held online; the firm has no floor auction. In addition to Internet bidding, phone, fax and mail bids are accepted. Last year, Old World Auctions celebrated its 30th year of offering quality cartographic material to clients worldwide.

To learn more about Old World Auctions, and to view the lots that will be featured in Auction #125 (on-line September 10th), click on The firm is accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a historical map or a collection, you may call them at (928) 282-3944, or toll-free, (800) 664-7757. You can also e-mail them, at

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