FrontRunners April 2015: Map Quest
Rare atlases and travel manuscripts go to auction.
A collection of historic books, manuscripts, prints, and photographs from around the world will hit the block on April 30 at Sotheby’s London. Travel, Atlases, Maps, and Natural History (sothebys.com) will include a large assemblage of early photographs from Singapore, China, and Cambodia, along with rare tomes on the Middle East and manuscript maps of Sri Lanka. Expected to fetch upwards of $40,000 is The History of Travayle in the West and East Indies, a 16th-century account in English outlining the voyages of the Spanish conquistadors Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Juan de Grijalva, and Hernán Cortés.