Fine Americana & the Exploration of the West
Asian-American History & Art
Travel – Maps
Among the highlights:
- James Cook's 'Third Voyage' of Pacific discovery, when he discovered and was killed on the Hawaiian Islands, 3 quarto text volumes and the folio atlas with 61 plates, 1785. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.
- Charles Preuss' Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon, 1846, on seven large sheets, a landmark map, based on the great Frémont/Preuss map of 1845 but in much more detail over the area depicted. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000.
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Alan Turing's notebook
The notebook features 56 pages of Turing’s thoughts on the foundations of mathematical notation and computer science, and potential buyers in Hong Kong were the first outside the US to see the papers ahead of the sale by Bonhams on April 13. The notes date to 1942, when Turing worked at Bletchley Park’s code-breaking centre where he helped to break the ‘unbreakable’ Enigma code.
Part of the sale price will go to US gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign. Turing was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952 because of his homosexuality, and committed suicide two years later after undergoing so-called ‘chemical castration’ as an alternative to prison. He was officially pardoned in 2013.
The notebook only recently came to light after it was bequeathed to Turing’s friend Robin Gandy, who died in 1995. Potential buyers can see the book at Bonhams' Admiralty offices, by appointment, until Sunday.
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