104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2455 | Lot 303
    Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
    • Click Image To Enlarge

    • Sale 2455 Lot 303

      (EARLY EXPLORATION.) Sarmiento de Gamboa, Pedro. Viage al Estrecho de Magallanes. 3 folding plates. lxxxiv, 402, [2], xxxiii pages. 4to, contemporary tree calf, rebacked in cloth with fragment of original backstrip laid down, rear board partially restored; inked stamp erased from verso of title page causing a pinhole tear, minor dampstaining to a few early leaves, minor foxing. Madrid, 1768

      Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

      first edition of an important narrative of early naval adventure and exploration, published from a manuscript found at the University of Madrid after almost two centuries. Sarmiento de Gamboa was a Spanish naval commander who set off from Peru in pursuit of Sir Francis Drake in 1579. He never caught Drake, but did undertake an early passage through the Straits of Magellan, then made visits to the Azores and the African coast. Appended is Tomé Hernandez's account of Sarmiento's later disastrous Patagonia colony at 'Port Famine' (Puerto Hambre). Borba de Moraes, page II:777; Hill 1526; Palau 302364; Sabin 77094.