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Munster Hungary
Sebastian Munster. "Universale descrittione dell'Ungaria...." From Cosmografia. Venice, 1540. 4 x 5 3/8. Woodcut. Full margins. Very good condition. Italian text.

From a series of woodcut maps by Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) from an Italian edition of his Cosmografia. Munster, a Swiss theologian, mathematician and cosmographer, was one of the greatest cartographers in the era before "modern" cartography, and he issued many influential maps beginning in 1540. He published many editions of Ptolemy's Geographia and his own Cosmografia, and his work was most influential cause of the spread of geographic knowledge during the middle years of the sixteenth century. This fine map of Hungary is a nice example of his work, with surprisingly good topographical information. $135

Mercator Hungary
Gerard Mercator. From the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius. Engravings. ca. 14 1/2 x 17 1/2. Full original color. Fine condition.

Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) ranks as one of the greatest cartographers in history, not only for the extremely fine maps he produced, but also for the innovations which he introduced into cartographic science. Through his constant accumulation of new geographic and cosmological data, Mercator was able to produce the most accurate and current maps of his day, which unlike most of his contemporaries' maps were mostly original work. These are fine examples of Mercator's maps.

Johann Baptist Homann. "Regni Hungariae Tabula Generalis ex Archetypo Mülleriano..." Nuremberg, ca. 1720. Engraving. Full original hand color. Strong impression. Excellent condition.

A German map of the Kingdom of Hungary which, like other German maps of the period, is particularly noteworthy for its elaborately executed title and scale cartouches. In the top left, eagles hold the banner of the title cartouche in their talons, while an angel holds the nation's escutcheon. On the top right, a pastoral image of three horsemen riding as if hunting, dominates the scale of Hungarian and German miles. Copious topographical information is clearly presented and political divisions are shown in contrasting pastel shades. $525

Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannoni. [Royaumes d'Autriche et d'Hongrie] From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & J. Thomas, 1762. 11 7/8 x 16 7/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Overall, excellent condition.

A handsome map of Austria and Hungary by Venetian cartographer Rizzi-Zannoni, one of the leading scientific cartographers of the second half of the eighteenth century. He was the first to carry out a triangulation of Poland, he assisted in the French-English border survey in America in 1757, and became the Hydrographer of the Dépot de Marine in 1772. This map shows his careful work, detailing the region. The coast along the Gulf of Venice is also shown with excellent detail. $225

Jean Janvier. "Le Royaume De Hongrie..." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & Delalain, ca. 1775. 12 x 17 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Jean Janvier was a French cartographer who worked in Paris in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Among his output were some fine maps which appeared in Jean Lattré's Atlas Moderne. This atlas contained maps of all parts of the world engraved by Lattré, the "Graveur Ordinaire du Roi." Janvier's maps contained the best information available at the time. This map contains information on regions, towns, cities, lakes, and rivers. This information is neatly engraved and highlighted with lovely hand color. A nicely etched title cartouche in the baroque style graces the map in the top right corner. $350

Samuel Dunn. "Hungary and Transylvania; with Croatia and Sclavonia: also Moldavia and Valakia, with Bukovina & Bessarabia by Samuel Dunn, Mathematician." London: Robert Sayer, 1789. 12 1/4 x 18 1/8. Engraving. Original color. Very good condition.

An attractive map of Hungary and Transylvania by Samuel Dunn (d. 1794). Besides being a mapmaker, Dunn was a sometimes publisher of maps and atlases, a mathematician, and teacher, who advertised his profession as "S. Dunn Teacher of the Mathematicks London. Boards Young Gentlemen, & Teacheth Penmanship, Merch'ts Acc'ts, Navigation, Fortification, Astronomy &c. Chelsea." Dunn's mathematical inclinations are demonstrated on the precision of this fine map which shows details of major cities, rivers, topography and islands. Though issued during the period of scientific cartography, this map has a decorative appeal as well, making it a particularly nice example of late eighteenth century mapping. $175

John Cary. "A New Map of the Circle of Austria from the Latest Authorities." London: J. Cary, 1801. 17 3/4 x 20. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A highly detailed map of Austria by John Cary (ca. 1754-1835), the founder of the famous English cartographic firm. From about mid-way through the eighteenth century, British cartographers were the best in the world, and the maps produced by Cary are good examples of the quality they achieved. Detail is copious and precisely delineated, including mountains, roads, rivers, towns, lakes and political divisions. Cary also gives a scale in German Miles, Swiss, Austrian and Hungarian Miles, British Statute Miles and Common French Leagues. Each kingdom or state has outline color in a contrasting pastel shade, which makes this a crisp, attractive map. Overall, this is a fine map of Austria from the beginning of the nineteenth century. $475

J. Dower. "Austrian Empire." From A New General Atlas of the World. London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1842. 13 3/8 x 16 3/8. Engraving by J. Dower. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A handsome map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by British cartographer J. Dower. Though other countries, including the United States, had by then developed cartographic industries of considerable quality, British map publishers were still the best in the world. This map is typical of their output, with clear and precise engraving depicting copious up-to-date information. Towns, rivers, roads, political boundaries and topography are shown from throughout. The hand coloring, beautifully applied, makes this map as handsome as it is interesting. $150

Desbuisson & A.T. Chartier. "Empire d'Autriche (Empire Austro-Hongrois)." From Géographie Universelle Atlas-Migeon. Paris: J. Migeon, 1881. 11 x 15. Engraving. Original hand color. Excellent condition.

A crisp, detailed map from J. Migeon's Géographie Universelle. The maps in this atlas were drawn by Desbuisson and Chartier, "Ingénieurs-Géographes," and they were reviewed by Vuillemin, a geographer who was a member of the Société de Géographie de Paris. Thus the maps contain very accurate information, precisely presented. Besides their geographic interest, the maps are quite attractive, with lovely original color and each map contains a charming vignette with a scene of the region depicted. While the French did not dominate cartographic publishing in the nineteenth century, as they had done in previous eras, the quality of these images shows that they continued to issue very fine maps. $125


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