Swann Galleries auction house in New York City, and which is a specialist auctioneer of antique and rare works on paper, organized an auction of maps and atlases during which 265 lots were presented, according to Fine Books magazine.
One of these lots was the first world atlas in the Armenian language. This work topped the sale, reaching more than five times its $6,000 high estimate to sell for $37,500, a record for the work.
Hovhannes Amira Dadian created this atlas in the Armenian monastery on the Venetian island of San Lazzaro, in 1849.
The unique atlas boasts ten hand-colored double-page maps.