Another important piece of Americana is a rare real estate map from 1912, “Gillette Regent Square in Santa Monica Cal.” This map advertises lots available for sale in the newly established Gillette Regent Square, named after the inventor of the safety razor who invested in development of the area. No institutional examples or dealer listings are known of this Santa Monica map, which is estimated at $600-$750.
One rarity that is only known in 6 surviving examples is Abraham Ortelius’ map “Gallia,” which was separately issued and didn’t regularly appear in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. This example comes from the private collection of the late Marcel van den Broecke, who was the foremost expert on Ortelius. “Gallia” is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.