Maps, Atlases & Natural History
The dedicated team of specialists in Freeman’s Maps, Atlases & Natural History Department has an established international reputation for sales in this category. Their extensive knowledge of this genre, along with an understanding of the current market, become ingredients essential to the overall success of sales for consigned antiquarian hand-drawn and engraved maps, botanical and other naturalist prints, as well as cartography and topographical surveys, at our Philadelphia-based auction house and online.
Because of Freeman’s Philadelphia location—a city at the heart of America’s early history—the Maps, Atlases & Natural History Department has exceptional access and expertise regarding maps and surveys of Colonial and Revolutionary-era importance. Early topographical surveys and city plans of Philadelphia and other “British Colonies” are a regular feature of these auctions, much to the delight of American history and cartography enthusiasts.
Eighteenth and nineteenth-century American and English naturalist printings are often the highlights of these auctions. Works of the eighteenth-century English naturalist Mark Catesby and the famed American naturalist, John James Audubon, are perennial favorites of collectors, and Freeman’s specialists have seen great successes with hand-engraved folios, such as the frequently sought-after “Snowy Owls" by Audubon, which sold for $86,500.
Freeman’s offers maps, atlases and historic print items three times each year in our Books, Maps & Manuscripts auctions, as well as the annual Pennsylvania Sale; through our website, we have become a leader in hosting online auctions for these works. For more information about consigning your works to an upcoming auction, please contact one of our specialists to make an appointment for a private and complimentary consultation.