Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions will host an important sale of Books and Works on Paper on Wednesday 27 July 2016 with a fascinating selection of works relating to the history of travel and exploration. The auction will take place at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street.
A rare and complete Latin first edition of Hippocrates, Octoginta volumina, from 1525 is an important historic work and is expected to realize £7,000 – £10,000 (Lot 83). Marco Fabio Calvo of Ravenna undertook the project of preparing a complete Latin translation of the Hippocratic corpus in the early sixteenth century. A friend of Raphael, Calvo had translated Vitruvius into Italian for the use of the artist, and also prepared the first archeological mapping of ancient Rome. Calvo’s Latin translation of Hippocrates was printed in Rome in 1525.
Lot 42 is a first Latin edition of Narratio Regionum Indicarum per Hispanos Quosdam Devastatarum Verissima by Las Casas (BARTOLOME DE, Bishop of Chiapa) (Est: £4,000-£6,000). This classic work features the notorious series of engravings depicting atrocities committed by the Spanish settlers against the indigenous peoples in 1598.
A highlight of the sale is an extremely rare and complete set of aquatints by Lt General Elisha Trapaud entitled Twenty Views of India from 1788 (above) and estimated at £20,000 to £25,000.