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 ( 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.  

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