Nebenzahl Collection Nets $11.6 Million.

The private book collection of Kenneth B. Nebenzahl went on the block recently at Christie’s Auction House in New York with a sale total (hammer price + buyer’s premium) of $11,663,937 US. The Chicago rare-book dealer’s collection, noted for its early Americana and travel books, also featured some of the finest examples of early cartography anywhere: the most important illustrated, Renaissance travel book of the Eastern Mediterranean; several manuscript and printed atlases; and a first edition copy of Apianus’ first printed work, Isagoge in Typum Cosmographicum seu Mappam Mundi. My personal favorite is the manuscript portolan atlas by Battista Agnese produced on vellum in the early 1540s. (See esp. lots 155 - 165.)

Nebenzahl has been a prolific author on cartography and a strong supporter of Chicago’s Newberry Library. He and his wife Jossy are patrons of the Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography at the library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography.