A map showing part of the eastern end of the Mediterranean, the work of the Dutch engraver Pieter van der Aa (written here as Pierre vander Aa). It was originally included in Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde, first published in 1713, but this copy is dated 1736. Condition: Excellent. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 16 1/8 in x h 13.5 in.
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A map of the Touraine region of France published in Amsterdam by Dutch cartographers Willem and Johannes Blaeu. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and several small age spots. A central crease. Matted and framed, with some chipping and loss of material to the frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 26.75 x h 22 3/8 in.
A map of France produced by the Amsterdam publishing house Covens and Mortier, and released in 1721. The map highlights rivers, towns, and churches, and some elements are highlighted with color. Condition: Good. Age toning, age spots, and a central crease. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 32 5/8 in x h 26 5/8 in.
A composite image containing multiple maps of La Rochelle, a seaport town in western France, and plans of fortifications in the city. Condition: Good. Age toning and age spots, along with water damage along the bottom edge. Several creases. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 33.75 in x h 24.5 in.
A map of the Persian Empire by the famous cartographer Abraham Ortelius, covering the region from Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea in the west to the oasis towns of the Silk Road in what is now western China. This landmark map of Persia was included in the original Ortelius atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, first produced in 1570. This atlas was the first to present all maps in a uniform format and is considered to be the first true modern atlas. It was highly successful and from its original seventy maps and eighty-seven bibliographic references in the first edition (1570), the atlas grew through its thirty-one editions to encompass 183 references and 167 maps in 1612. Throughout the epic publication history of the atlas, this map was one of only a few that never had any changes made to the original plate. The cartography was based on Gastaldi’s map of Asia Minor (1564) and Ortelius’s own map of the Asian continent (1567). The map presents an inaccurate shape to both the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf. Rivers and mountain ranges are displayed, and numerous principal cities and towns are noted. Latin text. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; two small dark stains and one small puncture in center. Matted but not framed. Dimensions w 25.75 in x h 20.5 in.
The work of the distinguished Italian cartographer Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617), this oval projection draws from the work of another great cartographer, Abraham Ortelius. Most notable are the large landmasses of Terra Incognita and Terra Autralis at both poles. Six wind-heads are arranged above and below the map. Condition: Excellent, with even age toning. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 12.75 in x h 11 1/8 in.
A color example of the map of the Azores by Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), one of the most important 16th-century cartographers. This map was first published as part of a 1583 addendum to his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas. Condition: Very Good. Some age toning, particularly in the upper right corner. Text from the verso of the page is visible in the margins, particularly on the left side. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 29 5/8 in x h 23 5/8 in.
A composite containing maps of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, S. Ioannis, and Margareta, all by Jodocus Hondius the Elder (1563-1612), one of the most significant cartographers of his generation. Condition: Very good. Age toning, several creases. Double matted and framed. Dimensions w 26.5 in x h 21 in.
Based on material collected by the Dutch Astronomer Peter Laicksteen, who travelled to the Holy Land in 1556. Christian Sgrooten (here written “Schrot”), royal geographer to King Phillip II of Spain produced a nine-sheet map of Palestine in 1570 from Laikstain’s information. This map was condensed into the present form by Abraham Ortelius. Ortelius, the creator of the first modern atlas, collected and edited maps from all over Europe for his book. Many of the original mapmakers rose to fame solely through Ortelius’s decision to include their maps in his atlas. Laicksteen took thorough and accurate notes, and the original Laicksteen and Sgrooten map contained improvements over earlier maps. For instance, the River Kishon is here shown as flowing from the mountains near the Sea of Galilee, not, as was previously thought, from the Sea of Galilee itself. However, the Levantine coastline Sgrooten (and Ortelius) depicted is hardly recognizable to modern eyes. The map is replete with fanciful bays and peninsulas, though some of the most recognizable features of the coastline, such as the outcrops of land at Haifa and Beirut are absent. Ortelius had originally used another map of the Holy Land (by cartographer Tilleman Stella) in the early editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It covered a far more extensive territory, including part of Egypt and Syria. Oddly, the coastline in this first map was much more accurate than in the Sgrooten map. Laicksteen and Sgrooten’s original map included a small inset with an extended geography. However, their mapping of the Dead Sea and surrounding areas was so controversial that Ortelius chose to leave out this region completely. The strange anecdote written in the Dead Sea is Ortelius’s own addition. It describes how the Dead Sea was once a fertile valley, but was transformed by an act of God into a barren sea to punish the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the bottom left hand corner is a hand colored illustration of the story of Jonah. Above the luscious cartouche Ortelius has added three miniatures featuring the Crucifixion, the Nativity, and the Resurrection of Christ. The French text on the verso, a long-winded description with little relevance to the map, was changed to a more “reader-friendly” version shortly after the publication of this edition. 525 copies were made of this edition of Ortelius’s map. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; central crease. Matted and framed between two panes of glass so that the text on the reverse of the map is visible. Dimensions w 27.75 in x h 22 7/8 in.
Four small maps framed together, each illustrating some portion of North and South America. The set includes the following: 1) Nova Virginiae Tabula, by Pieter van den Keere and Jan Jansson, Amsterdam, 1631. A fine example of the 1631 German edition of Jansson’s derivative of John Smith’s highly important map of 1612, which was the only regional map of North America to appear in the Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris. The map shows a fascinating early look at the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding environs, including American Indian tribes, villages, rivers, and other early details. According to Burden, this is the first derivative of the Smith map to appear in an atlas, pre-dating the Hondius map by two years. 2) America, from Gerard Mercator’s Atlas Minor. This extremely popular volume was first published in 1607, but this map is c. 1610. 3) L’Amerique septentrionale, by Guillaume de Lisle (1675-1726). This map is taken from La science des personnes de la cour, de l'épée et de la robe, volume 1. This encyclopedia was published in Amsterdam by Francois L’Honore in 1707. 4) Descriptio Terrae Novae: Virginia et Nova Francia, 1618. This charming miniature map depicts the east coast of North America, and is based on Hondius’s world map from 1611. It does not incorporate new information from Samuel de Champlain (in Canada and along the Great Lakes) or of John Smith (in the Chesapeake Bay are and New England). The area from present-day New York to Maine is labeled Norenbega, and the area further south is labeled Virginia, with the Chesapeake Bay noticeably missing. A region just east of a large mountain range (the Appalachian mountains) is labeled Alpachen, and the St. Lawrence River features prominently at the top. Latin text on verso. Condition: all Very Good, with light to moderate even age toning. One map (3) shows a light crease, and one (2) appears to have a small tear at the bottom margin which does not impact the image. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 23.75 x h 18.5 in.
A map of the United States of America by American cartographer Henry Schenck Tanner (1786-1858), published in Philadelphia in 1812. This was Tanner’s first map, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps. Condition: Very Good. Light, even age toning with faint creases and some slight darkening along the right edge. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 21.5 in x h 17 in.
An old color example of Blaeu’s map of the Turkish Empire, based upon Blaeu’s map of a similar title. Willem Janzsoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Dutch astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals such as Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus. Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as a hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672. Dimensions w 28.5 in x h 24 5/8 in.
London: c. 1676. A map of the Roman Empire first released in John Speede’s Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, published in London in 1676. The map is colored, with an elaborate ornamental border. Condition: Good. Uneven age toning, including dark regions around the central crease and along the margins. Water staining at bottom of map, and slight chipping at edges. Dimensions w 23 3/8 in x h 18 1/8 in.
A map printed in two stages by Henri Petri, and was published in Sebastian Munster’s 1540 edition of Geographia Universalis vetus et nova complectens… by Claudius Ptolemaeus. The names were printed from a letterpress and the map from a woodcut, and the cartouche includes a compilation of old names and their modern counterparts. The map is oriented with the West to the top. Condition: Good to Very Good. Age toning, with a central crease and evidence of water damage in the center of the map. Currently housed in a protective frame, but can be shipped rolled. Dimensions w 18 3/8 in x h 14 3/8 in.
This map is the work of Dutch cartographer Pieter van den Keere (1571-c.1646), and was published in London in 1646 as a part of the miniature edition of John Speed’s Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World. Notably, this map portrays California as a peninsula at a time when it was generally shown as an island. There is also a distinct North West Passage and a vast southern continent labeled “Magallanica” and “Unknowne Land.” The map is surrounded by decorative strapwork banners bearing the legends “Water,” “Aire,” “Fire,” and “Earth” in the corners and a Hebrew legend in the center below the title. An exceedingly rare and finely engraved map. Condition: Excellent, with even age toning. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 12 3/8 in x h 10 7/8 in.
An attractive map of the island of Corfu by the Italian cartographer Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718). The map is richly illustrated with scenes and floorplans of fortifications, and this copy has been hand-colored. Coronelli was widely considered to have been one of the most important cartographers of his generation. Condition: Very Good. Light age toning, significant central crease. Double matted and framed. Dimensions w 30 in x h 23 7/8 in.
A detailed map of the Lombardy region of Italy, the work of Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), the celebrated Flemish cartographer. Condition: Good to Very Good. Age toning, a central crease with faint water staining toward the bottom. Matted and framed between two panes of glass, so that the text on the reverse is visible even while framed. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 26.25 in x h 23.25 in.
1774. An attractive copper engraved map of the world by French cartographer Rigobert Bonne (1727-1794). The directions of ocean currents are indicated with small arrows. Alaska (written here as “Alaschka”) is depicted as an island, and Tasmania as contiguous with Australia. Condition: Excellent. A central crease is visible, but shows no evidence of wear. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 18.25 in x h 14 1/8 in.
A map of Calabria Citra, a historical region of Italy once part of Magna Graecia and heavily populated with Greek settlers in antiquity. Condition: Very Good. A central crease showing minimal wear with light age toning and age spotting. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 24 3/8 in x h 20.5 in.
A map of South America produced by the English cartographer Thomas Kitchin (1718-1784). This map highlights the waterways of South America, and also includes the European names for many coastal towns. Condition: Good to very good. Minor age toning somewhat darker around the edges and several creases. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 23.75in x h 22.25 in.
A colored map of the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Churches are indicated with small symbols dotted in red, but the primary focus is on topographical features, including rivers and forests. All text in French. Condition: Very Good. Several creases are visible, but these show no evidence of wear. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 22.75 in x h 20 5/8 in.
Paris: 1758. This finely engraved hand-colored map covers the region from Denmark through to the Urals, and all of Scandinavia. The map includes great detail of the terrain and watershed and names scores of small towns and villages. It has a large decorative title cartouche with eight different distance scales used by various nations. A large inset at the upper left shows the island of Iceland. Engraved by G. de la Haye. Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (July 11, 1697-January 28, 1782) was a French geographer and cartographer who greatly improved the standards of map-making. From an early age d’Anville continued the reform of French cartography begun by Guillaume Delisle, but he was also a reputable classical scholar, and many of his memoirs and maps relate to ancient and medieval geography. He displayed exceptional judgement in his choice and use of past authorities and a detailed knowledge of measures of distance. He also adjusted his measurements where possible to astronomically determined positions. His Atlas Général, first published in 1743, was frequently revised. D’Anville was appointed first geographer to the king of France in 1773. Condition: Good. Light age toning, some bumping and minor closed tears to edges. Significant wear to upper portion of the map, which has been professionally restored. Dimensions w 40.25 in x h 28 7/8 in.
R. and J. Ottens, c. 1730. A regional map of the Netherlands showing Utrecht and Amsterdam created by the Dutch publishers R. and J. Ottens, c. 1730. Condition: Good. Some age toning, minor chips and closed tears to margins (as well as slightly longer tears at the edge of the central crease), and minor water damage to margins. Dimensions w 26.5 in x h 22.25 in.
Washington DC: 1891-1895. First edition. Elephant Folio. Condition: Fair. Housed in a binding made with two plywood boards and a clasp made from an old belt; each plate is a two-page folding map or illustration; brittle paper as is usual. Includes 163 of the 175 plates, and includes the plate 135 supplements, but lacks plates 161-175. Also lacking the 29-page preface, indexes and introductory material, as well as two-page errata sheet listing additional authorities for the map not listed in the original index. With 25 of the original 35 title pages; misbound, with title pages usually followed by 5/6 plates, as expected, but not always the 5/6 plates called for on the title page. Dimensions 16 in x 20 in.
Columbus Erdglobus, 1937/1938. A terrestrial globe produced by the German company Columbus Erdglobus. This model shows, in addition to contemporary political boundaries, global sea routes. It is mounted on a wooden stand. Condition: Good. Some cracking and separation at the seam at the equator, and some minor general scuffing to the surface of the globe. Dimensions w 14 in x h 26.5 in.
c. 1760. A map of the Peruvian port city of Callao, prepared by the English cartographer Thomas Jeffreys (c. 1719-1771), who was the geographer to George III. This map was originally published in a magazine, which has resulted in several folds (none of which show significant evidence of wear). Light age toning and some surface soiling in the left hand margin. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 20 in x h 14 in.
A map of the route from London to the coastal town of Rye. The work of Thomas Gardner, this map was originally part of the volume A Pocket Guide to the English Traveller, published by Gardner in 1719. Condition: Very Good. Light age toning and a central crease which shows no wear. Framed and matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 17 in x h 12.75 in.
A colored map of Basse Alsace (Lower Alsace), a historical region on the borders of modern France and Germany. The map shows the locations of numerous towns and churches, as well as topographical features. Condition: Very Good. Some limited age toning and age spotting, and a few light creases are visible. Tastefully matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 19 3/8 in x h 16 5/8 in.