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Greene shoots of exploration

Further discoveries from recent New York and London auctions including polar rarities

Books and works on paper

Works on Russian America and polar exploration from an impressive, 420-lot collection of books, maps and related material have provided a wealth of discoveries, covered on these pages and the ATG website.

Here, further rarities from that Martin Greene library, sold at Christie’s New York (25/20/12.5%) on December 7, dominate a survey of polar material offered at auction in recent times.

William Lauder was surgeon on the Queen Charlotte during a 1785-88 circumnavigation made by captains Dixon and Portlock that had as its principal focus the development of the fur trade in the Arctic regions.

An anonymous account of that Voyage Round the World… which appeared in London bookshops in 1789 is now recognised as Lauder’s work. In a period binding, Greene’s copy more than doubled the high estimate to sell for a record $70,000 (£52,240).

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