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Guide to the Auction with Terms and Conditions
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GUIDE TO THE AUCTION


CATALOG

Each item is described as completely as is practical. Please feel free to request additional information on any item. We will be pleased to describe the item more fully and give a detailed condition report. However, we ask that you not request additional information on the last day of the auction, as we are fully committed to taking telephone bids during that time.

The catalog is organized by subject or geographical region. The Table of Contents is provided to help you find items. You may also search the catalog with our search engine to find specific items matching your criteria.

Each lot description follows a basic format, and includes:
Title - exactly as it appears, in the language of the publication. Titles in [square brackets] indicate the map is untitled or the title appears on the verso.
Maker - cartographer, artist, engraver, author, or publisher.
Date - dated, published, or circa
      Note: dated maps are not necessarily published on this date as it was common practice to publish maps for a period of time without changing the date. If we have information about the actual publication date it will be noted in the description.
Source publication, if known
Condition Code - see below
Color - uncolored, hand-colored, or printed color. If we are certain that the coloring is original we will note that in the description. The age of coloring is often difficult to determine with certainty. Please contact us directly if you would like more information on the color of a map.
Size - width before height, to include only the printed image (within 1/4")
Description - including the salient features, historic significance, and references. Also included is a description of any significant flaws, damage or repairs.


CONDITION

Every effort is made to accurately describe the condition of each item. While condition is important, it must also be kept in mind that all items are original, generally several hundred years old, and should not be expected to be as new. Insignificant flaws, such as tiny spots or printer's creases have only a minimal effect on the value of an item and are not considered imperfections. Folds and binding trims that were done at the time of publication are also not considered defects.

We have used the following guidelines to develop the condition code system. These condition descriptions are meant to provide a general guide to what can be expected. Significant flaws are noted in addition to the code. Please contact us if you need further information. We will be happy to provide a detailed condition report or to discuss the condition with you personally.

(A+) Fine condition with no noticeable imperfections in the image or blank margins. Any minor restorations or repairs are confined to the margins and have been accomplished professionally.
(A) Near fine condition with no noticeable imperfections in the image, and only minor imperfections in the blank margins such as edge tears, short fold separations or small stains. Any minor restorations in image or margins have been accomplished with archival materials.
(B+) Very good condition with unobtrusive imperfections, such as light toning, offsetting, soil, damp stains or tiny spots in image and margins. May have fold separations or tears that are confined to the blank margins. Any minor restorations in image or margins have been accomplished with archival materials.
(B) Good condition with no significant imperfections. The paper is sound or any paper weakness has been reinforced with archival materials. There may be tiny wormholes, stains, foxing, uneven toning, repaired tears or short fold separations in the image. Any restorations or repairs in the image have been accomplished with archival materials.
(C+) Satisfactory condition with noticeable imperfections. The paper may have some minor weakness. May have trimmed margins, weak or uneven impression, wormholes, spotting, foxing or uneven toning, repaired tears in the image, or fold separations with slight image loss. Any restorations or repairs in the image have been accomplished with archival or removable materials.
(C) Fair condition with noticeable imperfections in need of repair. May have trimmed margins with minor loss of border, or tears or long fold separations that can be easily repaired. May have repairs that have been accomplished with unknown materials.
(D) Poor condition with defects in need of significant repair or cleaning. Paper may be highly acid and brittle, severely toned or soiled. May have missing image or significant flaws. May have inappropriate repairs that will require the attention of a professional.


USING THE ON-LINE CATALOG, BIDDING QUESTIONS...


An estimate is provided as a guide to the item's value. These estimates are conservative and based, wherever possible, on past auction prices. Lots may end up selling for more or less than the estimated price. You may bid any amount, but you must bid according to the bidding increments. Bids received, which are not in accordance with these increments, will be reduced to the next lower increment. See the bidding increments.


RESERVES

Reserves are set for each lot and are between 50% and 75% of the low estimate. If a reserve is set at more than 75% of the low estimate, it will be noted in the catalog description. If a reserve is 75%, or less, than the low estimate it will be kept confidential. If you submit a bid below the reserve it will be accepted at the amount submitted and you will be notified that the seller is not obligated to accept the bid. As a general rule, bids less than 50% of the estimate may be rejected.


PROXY BIDDING

The proxy bidding system is designed to simulate what happens in a floor auction. The computer system will act as your bidding agent by entering your bid competitively against other bidders. The winning bid is always reduced to one increment above the under bid or to the reserve amount if a reserve exists. For example, if the highest bid for a lot is $100 and the under bid is $60, the winning bid will be $65. If an item has a reserve, and no other bids exist, the bid will be reduced to the reserve. Therefore if there is a confidential reserve of $150 on a lot, and Person A has placed a high bid of $100, then a proxy bid of $200 by Person B will increase the current high bid to $150 due to the reserve. If then Person A places a proxy bid of $250, the current high bid will increase to $210, since that is one increment above Person B's proxy bid. Bids below $25 or those below the reserve are not reduced. Your maximum bid is always completely confidential.


BIDDING STATUS

Immediately after placing a bid, the computer will advise you of the status of that bid. Either you will be the current high bidder or not. Please read this screen carefully to determine the status of your bid. The current high bid will always be shown. Please note that if your bid ties with a previous bidder's maximum bid, then the previous bidder will have the high bid, even though the high bid amount shown matches your bid.

After placing bids, you may view the status of all your bids on the bid status page. You will need to provide your user name and password.


AUCTION CLOSING - ("10 Minute Rule" applies to individual lots)

The auction begins closing at 10:00 PM Eastern Time. During this time the message "Auction Closing" displays at the top of all pages. At 10 pm, all lots without a bid in the last 10 minutes will close immediately. A lot that has had a bid in the past 10 minutes will remain open until a bid has not been received for 10 minutes. Again this simulates what may happen in a floor auction. The auctioneer signals the impending close for a lot, but does not bring the final hammer down as long as there is bidding from the floor. The 10 minute rule also eliminates the problem of sniping often associated with Internet auctions.

During this period you may check your status at anytime through the Bid Status page and observe when items close, assuming you've bid on them, or they are on your watch list. Remember to use the refresh/reload button to see the latest information. Remember, the page you are looking at is current only from the moment you loaded it!

We strongly suggest that you simply enter your maximum bid early and let our Proxy system competitively enter your bids. This way you are relieved of closely monitoring the auction with the chance of losing the item. We get heavy traffic on the website, and on the telephone, at the close of the auction. All bids via phone, fax or email must be received 15 minutes prior to the close (10 pm) to give us time to enter them prior to the close. Remember that most lots close instantly at 10pm, but those remaining opened may take up to a half hour or more to close, depending on the activily.


BUYERS' PREMIUM

A 15% buyer's premium will be added to the winning bid of each lot.


INVOICING

Invoices will be prepared within five business days following the auction close and emailed to you. Please ensure that your registration information has your current email address. Payment is due on receipt of the invoice. You must approve the invoice or contact us directly within three days of the receipt of the invoice. Invoices that are not acknowledged within three days may be cancelled and the sale rescinded, at the option of Old World Auctions. Payment is due on receipt of the invoice. Invoices not paid within 30 days will incur a $25.00 additional charge, and may be rescinded, at the option of Old World Auctions. The items are shipped as soon as possible after receipt of your payment. We appreciate your prompt payment as this allows us to pay our consignors equally promptly.


SHIPPING

Packaging, shipping and insurance is extra and will be added to the invoice. Unless specific instructions are received, Old World Auctions will determine the best method of packaging and shipment. We generally ship via USPS, UPS or DHL depending on the value and destination of the package. The minimum charge is $7.50. Once your shipment is complete the ship date and tracking number will be posted to your invoice in the Customer Center.

Open and inspect your package immediately upon receipt. Any discrepancies, damage or missing items must be reported to us within 2 business days of receipt by you. All packaging materials must be retained until the discrepancy has been resolved.


GUARANTEE

We warranty the authenticity and condition of each lot described in this catalog. While we make every effort to carefully describe defects, it is not possible to note every minor problem in the catalog. If you have concerns about the condition of an item, please contact us for a complete condition report, prior to placing your bid. If any lot differs significantly from the catalog description it may be returned within one week of receipt. However, this should not be interpreted as a sale on approval. Returns will only be authorized when there are significant defects that affect the value of the item. Please call for a Return Authorization prior to returning. No returns will be accepted for any reason after 30 days following the auction close date.


COPYRIGHT

Old World Auctions is the exclusive owner of all intellectual property rights, including copyright, and other rights, in the printed and website catalog, in software used in or on this site, and in the compilation of all visual information, text and illustrations contained in catalogs or in this site. Copyright laws and international conventions protect these rights. It is unlawful for anyone to copy, reproduce or transmit such software, information, text or illustrations or to use Old World Auction's trademarks, without our specific written consent. You are granted a limited license to make personal use of this site solely to bid on or purchase items being offered at auction and for other purposes strictly related to your participation in the auction, and for no other purpose.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS


  1. All lots are offered for sale in USD ($) by Old World Auctions, either as owner or as agent for various Consignors. These CONDITIONS OF SALE, as set forth in this catalog, are the complete, and only, terms and conditions on which all property is offered for sale. By bidding at auction, the buyer agrees to be bound by these Conditions of Sale.
  2. Bids must be received by 10 PM Eastern Time of the closing date of the auction. Bids may be changed at any time up to the close, but cannot be cancelled after the close.
  3. In the case of identical high bids, preference goes to the first received. If any dispute arises, the auctioneer's decision shall be absolute and final.
  4. The estimated price shown for each lot should be used only as a guide. Lots may end up selling for more or less than the estimated price. Bids must be placed in fixed bidding increments. Bids received, which are not in accordance with bidding increments, will be reduced to the next lower increment.
  5. There is no obligation to sell items at less than the reserve price. There are no reserves on lots with estimated prices of $25 or under. Where reserves exist on higher priced lots, they are no more than 75% of the low estimate, unless noted. Reserves of 75% or less will be kept confidential. Generally bids of less than 50% of the estimate will be rejected.
  6. High bids will be reduced to the reserve, or to the increment above the next highest bid, which ever is greater. However, bids are not reduced below $25.
  7. A 15% buyer's premium will be added to all invoices.
  8. Invoices will be prepared within five business days following the auction close and emailed to you. Payment is due on receipt of the invoice. You must approve the invoice or contact us directly within three days of the receipt of the invoice. Invoices that are not acknowledged within three days may be cancelled and the sale rescinded, at the option of Old World Auctions. Payment is due on receipt of the invoice. Invoices not paid within 30 days will incur a $25.00 additional charge, and may be rescinded, at the option of Old World Auctions. The items are shipped as soon as possible after receipt of your payment. We appreciate your prompt payment as this allows us to pay our consignors equally promptly.
  9. Packaging, shipping and insurance is extra and will be added to the invoice. Unless specific instructions are received, Old World Auctions will determine the best method of packaging and shipment. The minimum charge is $7.50.
  10. Virginia residents will be charged sales tax at the rate of 5.30%, unless we are provided a copy of a reseller's permit.
  11. We warranty the authenticity and condition of each lot described in this catalog. Defects in lots offered for sale have been carefully noted. If a lot is found to be substantially non-conforming to its catalog description, thereby significantly reducing its value, the purchaser must notify Old World Auction within one week of receipt. Please call for a Return Authorization prior to returning. No returns will be accepted for any reason after 30 days following the auction close date.
  12. You must open and inspect your package immediately upon receipt. Any discrepancies, damage or missing items must be reported to us within 2 business days of receipt by you. All packaging materials must be retained until the discrepancy has been resolved. Failure to notify us within the two day limit will nullify any claim by you.
  13. Successful overseas bidders shall provide specific shipping and customs instructions when completing their invoice, including specific customs declarations, for any deliveries outside of the United States. You are solely responsible for, and agree to pay all local fees including but not limited to duty and customs charges, and brokerage fees. These fees are not collected by Old World Auctions and are in addition to the amounts on your invoice.
  14. The Internet being the fragile environment that it is, Old World Auctions cannot be held responsible for server down time, or your inability to access our site. Notifications sent by E-mail may possibly take longer than expected, and cannot be counted on to inform you of an item's status. In the event of technical problems, we reserve the right to cancel, restart, or extend an auction as the circumstances may dictate.
  15. These terms and conditions are binding upon you and may be amended by us at any time. You will be notified of such changes in writing or via email.


COMPANY PROFILE


Old World Auctions specializes in genuine antique maps, atlases and decorative graphics originating between the 14th and 20th centuries. We personally inspect all offerings, and catalog descriptions are carefully researched and prepared. We guarantee the authenticity and condition of each item. WE ARE NOT A PERSON-TO-PERSON INTERNET AUCTION. We do not have a live floor auction. All bidding is received either online, or by mail, telephone or fax.

Old World Auctions began operations in 1978 and through the years has grown tremendously from a small mail auction to one of the largest specialist auctions in the United States. Our professional staff combines years of diverse experience in collecting, preserving and dealing in genuine antiques.

Our firm prides itself on excellent, personal service. We are committed to making the auction market accessible to an ever-growing group of buyers and sellers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. The Internet provides us with the ability to provide information, in a convenient format, that you can access at any time of the day or night. However, if you can't find the information you need please contact us.

Old World Auctions
4325 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060 (USA)



Tel: 1-804-290-8090
Email: info @ oldworldauctions.com