For those interested in more recent history, over fifty pictorial maps from the twentieth century will be offered in the sale. These propaganda, advertising, and tourist maps are currently one of the fastest-growing categories among map collectors due to their visual storytelling. One interesting example is William Gropper's America Its Folklore (1946), which is a colorful representation of American folklore and culture that became embroiled in the post-World War II, anti-communist campaign fueled by Joseph McCarthy. Gropper’s map is Lot 173, estimated at $1,500 - $1,800.
Bibliophiles will be pleased to see an extensive selection of books and atlases for auction, including important American atlases by Carey & Lea (1827), Finley (1832), Tanner (1837), Greenleaf (1843), Cowperthwait (1855), and a unique cerographic atlas by Morse & Breese (1845). See Lots 789-813 for books and atlases.
View the auction catalog for this sale online beginning September 1, with high-resolution images and full condition reports on each item. Bids can be placed through September 15 at 10 PM Eastern. Register to bid online or call for more information.
Established in 1977, Old World Auctions is a leading specialist in antique maps. The company has researched and listed over 100,000 maps and atlases in their auctions, and offers their research free to the public through their online archive. Old World Auctions offers a 100% money-back guarantee on the authenticity and condition report of every item sold and maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The company is owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia, by University of Virginia alumni, Eliane & Jon Dotson.