Arader Galleries

Arader Galleries is an established dealership specialising in antique works on paper, paintings and rare books. Founded in 1974 by W. Graham Arader III, in its early days Arader Galleries focused on rare maps, and has been credited with helping to elevate the status of antique maps as desirable collector's items. Arader has subsequently expanded its focus to include rare books, prints, and watercolours, especially works of natural history, and is now the largest dealer of the rare and highly sought-after folio prints from John James Audubon's famous 'Birds of America'.

In 1981, Arader established the Arader Grading System as a measure of the value (financial and historical) of rare maps, prints, and books, as defined by conceptual importance, aesthetic quality, condition, and rarity. Arader Galleries have supplied items to a number of prominent private collectors, and now has gallery premises in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

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Company School Botanical Study
Botanical Study. Company School (c.1820). Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on European paper (J. Whatman), with washed borders. 19 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches sheet Arader Galleries
Audubon Octavo, Arctic Jager
Arctic Jager, Plate 453. John James Audubon (1785-1851). From the Birds of America, Octavo Edition. Lithograph wth orginial hand-color. Philadelphia: John Bowen, 1840-44. Approximately 10 x 6 3/4 inches Arader Galleries
Perley Lithograph Map of East Coast of Canada
Map of the Eastern Portion of British America, Gulf of Lawrence. Henry F. Perley (fl. Late-19th century). Lithograph. Israel D. Andrews, 1853. 27 x 47 1/2 inches inches sheet. A rare, beautiful and large scale map of the Canadian Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edwards Island. Also includes much of Quebec and parts of New York and New England. Offers magnificent detail with regard to the towns, cities, and rivers systems of this area. Arader Galleries
Kun-yü Ch'üan-t'u
Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688). Korea, Seoul, ca 1860. Fine wood-engraved twelve-sheet map, with vertical sections joined to form six sheets, 6' 11/4" x 11' 6" overall. Fine Sino-Centric Map showing China as the Center of the Universe. Flemish scientist Ferdinand Verbiest joined the Jesuit order in 1641; he traveled to Macao in 1659, where he studied Chinese and Confucian classics and took his final religious vows. He was a polymath best known for this Chinese world map, a revised Chinese calendar, and astronomical works in Chinese and Latin. Notwithstanding his status as a foreigner he developed an unusually close relationship with the Kangxi emperor, who conferred mandarin rank on Verbiest and granted him an official funeral. For the emperor, cartography was a significant expression of his control over the regions under imperial domain. Verbiest's world map drew from contemporary Dutch maps and Chinese sources, but it presented the world in a format appropriate to a Chinese audience. Counter to Western mapmaking traditions that focused on Europe, the Kunyu quantu deferred to local conventions by placing China at the symbolic center, surrounded by countries that could be construed as tributary states" (Getty Museum online). In 1674 Ferdinand Verbiest produced one of the largest double hemisphere maps of the world to date. It was made for the second Qing Emperor of China, K'ang-hsi (1662-1722) and was part of a larger geographical work called K'un-yü t'u-shuo [Illustrated Discussion of the Geography of the World]. Approximately eight copies survive of the original map. Verbiest's unique map was primarily made for Chinese use and designed to open China's eyes to the rest of the world. It incorporates Chinese text with European cartographic knowledge of the globe at that time. In keeping with Chinese tastes and their belief that Peking was the cultural and political center of the world, China is placed at the center of the map with the rest of the world flanking it. The map is drawn using Mercator's projection. Descriptive cartouches explain geographic details and peculiarities of countries and oceans, as well as describing natural phenomena such as eclipses and earthquakes. Columbus' discovery of America is also discussed. The likely source for Verbiest's map was Joan Blaeu's monumental world map of 1648, Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula. Although the delineation of China differs, the maps are similar in size and a comparison and a concordance of geographical names shows clearly the relationship between the two maps. In total twenty-three different animals, believed to be unknown or little-known in China, decorate the margins. The illustrations were derived from Konrad Gessner's Historia animalium (1551) and this part of the map became most influential - the illustrations and their descriptions were copied into the imperial encyclopedia T'u-shu chi-ch'eng of 1723 and the transliterated names included in Chinese and Manchu dictionaries. Arader Galleries
Audubon Aquatint, Trumpeter Swan (Young)
Trumpeter Swan (Young), Plate 376. John James Audubon (1785-1851). First Edition Engravings with Original Hand Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. 38 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches sheet, 32 x 45 inches framed. Guidance: Neal Auction Co., 2011 - $41,825. An Example of this is being offered at the Rockefeller Sale by Christie?s on May 10th Arader Galleries
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Arader Galleries
29 East 72nd St.
New York , New York
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