Antique Maps, Illuminated Manuscripts, First Edition Books

The rare books, manuscripts, and maps for sale here are exquisite artifacts of exploration across cultures. Here, plates from Audubon join signed letters by Einstein, Freud, Gandhi, and Lincoln to form an encyclopedic collection of the written word. Our dealers put forth an impressive offering of the finest antique maps, first edition books, celestials, handwritten letters, and rare books, all for sale. Also on offer are a signed first edition of Gone with the Wind, city views, rare maps and atlases, and impressive star catalogues. These join unique typed manuscripts, an illuminated manuscript of the Book of Hours, and a hand-written nineteenth century whaling journal. Every form of the written word is taken into account in this intellectually stimulating collection of printed masterpieces encompassing several centuries and generations of readers.

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Science & Philosophy

Important scientific or philosophical texts and documents are on offer by our member dealers within. View a first edition copy of The Origin of Species alongside the first European copy of the works of Confucius. First edition of Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA and many zoological studies are also on display. Illustrations, photos and articles are all included in the historical and rare science section of the books category.

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Illuminated Manuscripts and Leaves

View this fine selection of historic manuscripts including illuminated manuscripts, manuscript leaves, and texts. Our dealers present items such as an intact 19th century whaling journal, an autograph letter by Freud, and a land grant from William Penn. Some of the manuscripts are bound and printed while others are illustrated and printed but in loose pairings, evidence of a work in progress or work that has changed several hands and locations over time. Many of the pages, though aged, are still intact and in wonderful shape.

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The rare books, manuscripts, and maps brought together on The Curator's Eye are artifacts of thought and exploration across cultures. In this section, you will discover an assortment of volumes, printed text, articles and prints that tell many historical tales of success and adventure from hundreds of years ago. For anyone looking to peruse a wide range of rare books and documents, browse these pages for ample options of rare and antique books offerings.

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Historical Books

These texts are immensely important in recording the history of human civilization. Historical texts from antiquity through the Second World War can be found in our dealers’ handpicked offerings available only at Curator’s Eye. Find a first published copy of Historie Florentine by Niccolo Machiavelli alongside Darwin’s original account of the Voyage of the HMS Beagle. There are also several journals and original accounts of voyages and ship expeditions included in these historical texts that tell us about life on the high seas hundreds of years ago.

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Documents, Letters and Autographs

Offered here are a plethora of historic documents—items important to the history of world cultures, such as an autograph note from Gandhi and a letter from Einstein. View an Abraham Lincoln signed naval commission, among other notable documents from countries and cultures around the world. These pieces feature signatures and notes that may be over a few hundred years old. Some are drawings signed by artists; others printed on typewriters and then signed beneath the text. This is an exclusive gathering of signatures, letters and memos by some of the most influential people in the world.

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Prints, Etchings and Lithographs

John Audubon, William Swainson, Antonio Quadri and Joseph Lycett are all representing within this collection of Prints, Etchings and Lithographs. Rare books containing some of the most important prints from the history of printed word are on offer within this collection, including the rare Zoological Illustrations by William Swainson. There are also Native American portraits and international landscape pictures available from the most elite dealers in prints, etching and lithographs. The fine art and print collector will have a pleasant selection to browse through with very rare images to choose from.

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Rare Maps, Atlases and Celestials

Fine antique maps, Atlases, and celestials make up this collection of antique cartography. View a Chinese woodcut fan map, thirty-inch standing terrestrial globes, a Hondius map of the Chesapeake, and other rare maps and globes from Japan and China to the Americas, and many places in between. Some of the maps show specific countries and regions within a nation while others show an entire hemisphere or globe. You can search for atlases dated in different decades and centuries to follow the changing landscape and structure of your favorite nations.

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Religious Texts

Our dealers put forth the finest religious texts in human history to provide you with the premier antique religious text selection in the world. Find the first Hawaiian Bible, at first printing of the Decrees from the important Council of Trent. Bibles, prayer books, missals and religious texts are all on display within this collection that contains a selective assortment of valuable religious documents and books from international faiths. This is the place to look for any collector who is desirous of obtaining texts and documents from some of the world’s most popular religions.

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Mark Twain, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare are among the giants of literature represented within this collection. Find a first edition Huckleberry Finn or view an extremely rare first edition copy of “In Our Time.” Literature is one of the great art forms and here you will have the opportunity to enjoy the greatest international and American classics in their period, with original first editions and print runs from the time of publication.

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Art Books

Giorgio Vasari and his pivotal work "The Lives of Artists" is at the forefront of this prime selection of art books spanning the past 500 years. Frans Balthazar Solvyns and Joan Miro help round out an impressive collection that will surely pique the interest of any art lover and avid reader. Some of the books are antiquities while others are newer and focus on fine art painting, photography or multiple genres. There is a wealth of information within these publications from some of the most prolific art writers and artist in the industry.

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All Categories of Art from Leading Dealers

View artworks from leading dealers in all categories, including; Asian Art, Ancient Art, Books, Decorative Arts, Ethnographic Arts, Fine Art, Modern and Contemporary, Jewelry, and Natural History.

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View the upcoming AUCTIONS that include Books, Manuscripts and Maps

Included in these upcoming and engaging auctions are rare books, manuscripts, and maps, artifacts of thought and exploration across cultures. Bid in these auctions on an encyclopedic collection of the written word, before the opportunity eludes you!

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