Maps from Sebastian Munster's great compendium of knowledge, Cosmographia. One of the main features of this seminal work is the series of depictions, both regular maps and views, of cities and countries around the world. Issued when there was a growing population is Europe interested in places beyond their own neighborhood, Munster's work presented for many the first glimpse they had of the wider world. The views were often based on first hand drawings and the maps were based on the latest geographic information available to Munster, who was in contact with scholars and geographers around the continent. As such they present a remarkable glimpse of Europe in the early Rennaissance.
Girolamo Porro's modern rendition of Sardinia and Sicily, issued in Giovanni Magini's translation of Ptolemy's Geography. Based upon the Ortelius map, this image these two Mediterranean islands is most interesting, standing in contrast to Porro's Ptolemaic depiction issued in the same atlas. Rivers, towns, and some topography are neatly presented with precise engraving. The coastline is quite accurate, derived from the coastal charts used at the time. A nice early map from the end of the sixteenth century. $90
Nicolas Sanson. "Haute Lombardie et Pays circomvoisins." 16 1/2 x 21 3/4. 1648. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.
An interesting map of Lombardy by 'the father of French cartography,' Nicolas Sanson. Modern cartography is usually thought of beginning with a period dominated by the Dutch school, with such notables as Ortelius, Mercator, Blaeu, and Hondius. This age was followed by a period of dominance by the French school of cartography, the beginning date of which is usually given as 1650, when Nicolas Sanson began publishing his important maps. The importance of Sanson is reflected by the fact that it is with his maps that the center of cartographic publishing and influence shifted from the Low Countries to France. Whereas the Dutch cartographers are known for their fabulous decorations and coloring, the French cartographers, led by Sanson, are known for their pioneering the scientific method of cartography. This map is an attractive and very interesting map. $375
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Georg Matthäus and Albrecht Carl Seutter. "Ducatus Mediolanensis . . ." From Atlas Minor. Augsburg: G.M. Seutter, 1744. 10 1/4 x 7 3/4. Engraving by T.C. Lotter. Original color, with uncolored cartouches as issued. Very good condition.
One from a beautiful group of maps from Georg Matthäus Seutter's Atlas Minor. Seutter entered the cartographic world in 1697 as an apprentice to Johann Baptist Homann, but he soon set up his own flourishing map business in Augsburg. He was so successful that he was appointed as the Geographer to the Imperial Court. His son, Albrecht Carl, joined his father and eventually inherited the business. The maps from this atlas were drawn by the two Seutters and were engraving by Tobias C. Lotter, who later took over the business from Albrecht. These maps, typically of German output, are highly detailed and engraved with a bold hand. Equally strong is the original hand color in the body of the map. The cartouches were left uncolored in order to emphasize the elaborately detailed illustrations for which German maps are especially prized. One of the most decorative and interesting maps of the mid-eighteenth century. $175
Rigobert Bonne. "L'Italie." From Bonne's Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe Terrestre. Paris, 1780. 12 1/2 x 8 3/8. Engraving. Full margins. Very good condition.
Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts, though this extended to maps of islands around the world. With his Royal connections and access to the cartographic documents in Paris, Bonne was able to compile maps containing some of the most up-to-date information of his time. This map of Italy is a very good example of his work, including an accurate and precisely drawn coastal depiction, and much information of the interior. Included are indications of topography, towns, rivers, and off-lying islands. A good example of the best cartography of the end of eighteenth century. $135
Maps by John Cary. London: J. Cary, 1799. 17 7/8 x 20. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition.
These maps were drawn, engraved and published by John Cary (fl 1769-1836) in London for the 1800 edition of his New Universal Atlas. Amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, British naval power was rising, and mapmaking as an art and science kept pace. Cary used existing maps and new surveys to provide his clients with the most up-to-date information on all parts of the world. Inaccuracies might be evident, but they reflect the state of knowledge in Western Europe when they were made. Attractive, with interesting information, these are excellent maps of Italy from the beginning of the nineteenth century.
A typically informative and lovely British map of Southern Italy. English maps of the time are known for their neat and detailed style. With the subtle hand color, the map is decorative as well as historically interesting. $85
"Kingdom of Naples." From Cary's New Universal Atlas. London: J. Cary, 1816. 9 1/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Scattered, light foxing; mostly in margins. Otherwise, very good condition.
A detailed map of southwest Italy 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. When the Napoleonic Wars ended, the victorious powers met to settle the borders of post-war Europe at the Congress of Vienna, and this map shows the Kingdom of Naples at the period. Rivers, towns, roads, and other information is clearly presented with very crisp engravings, with an almost three-dimensional topographical appearance. The subtle hand coloring adds a decorative touch to this fine early nineteenth century historic document. $140
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Anthony Finley. "Italy." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1824. 11 1/4 x 8 5/8. Small folio. Engravings by Young & Delleker. Original full hand coloring. Excellent condition.
In the 1820's, Anthony Finley produced a series of fine atlases in the then leading American cartographic center, Philadelphia. Finley's work is a good example of the quality that American publishers were beginning to obtain. Each map is elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and very attractive pastel hand shading. Topographical and political information is copious, including counties, towns, rivers, roads and so on. Finley was very concerned to depict as up-to-date information as was possible, and thus his maps present an accurate picture of the world in the early decades of the nineteenth century. An excellent series of maps from the nascent American cartographic world. $110
John Cary. "A New Map of the Kingdom of Sardinia."London: J. Cary, 1824. 17 7/8 x 20 1/4. Engravings. Original hand color. Light creasing at center. Very good condition.
Another map from the influential John Cary. Following the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire in 1814, the Italian states were reconstituted under the reign of Austria. $200
David H. Burr. "Southern part of Italy." From Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835. 10 1/4 x 12 1/2. Engraving. Full original color. Very good condition.
An excellent map of Southern Italy by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. As a careful geographer, Burr is painstaking in this map to put in only information for which he felt there was a scientific basis. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $145
Italian city plans by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: SDUK, 1830-40. All ca. 12 x 15. Engravings. Original outline hand-coloring. Some minor chipping in some margins. Very good condition, except as noted.
Detailed and clearly drawn maps of major cities of Italy by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of geographical understanding. These precise views of 19th-century geography are splendid examples of the Society's work. Each city map shows the streets, topography and major buildings of the city depicted. Also included are either inset views of the city and its buildings or a series of sketches of the facades of major buildings. Decorative and informative.
Maps by the SDUK. London: SDUK, ca. 1840. 15 1/2 x 12 1/4. Engravings. Original hand outline color. Very good condition.
Detailed and precisely drawn maps of Italy by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. These maps of Italy are typical of the Society's output. The Ancient Italy maps include Roman miles and markings of both Forums and Temples along with the usual topographical information.
A map of today's Israel and Lebanon by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. Beginning at the end of the second decade of the nineteenth century, Tanner, produced his important American Atlas, the finest American produced atlas to the time. The American Atlas was a huge success and this inspired Tanner, in 1834, to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size. This atlas contained excellent maps of each state, focusing on the transportation network, including roads, railroads and canals. All details are clearly presented and these include towns, rivers mountains, political boundaries and transportation information. In 1844 Carey & Hart issued an updated edition of the Tanner atlas. These maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., but maps from the early Carey & Hart edition are quite rare. This is a typical example of the maps from that atlas. $85
Maps by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. Philadelphia, 1853. Each 12 1/2 x 15 3/4. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition.
Three fine maps of portions of Italy from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the continent at an interesting period in its history. Each map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, cities, political borders and indications of major mountains and transportation systems.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. This maps of Italy is an excellent example of mid nineteenth century American mapmaking. The regions are represented in contrasting pastel colors and the entire image is finished with a decorative border. $50
A. J. Johnson. "Johnson's Italy." "Venetia, Kingdom of Italy, Piedmont and Lombardy, Aemilia Tuscany, The Marches and Umbria, and the States of the Church." New York: A. J. Johnson, 1863. 23 x 15 7/8. Lithograph. Original hand-color. Some very light, very scattered spots. Overall, very good condition.
An attractive map of Italy and major provinces from A. J. Johnson's mid-nineteenth century atlas of the world. Johnson, who published out of New York City, built a very successful business producing popular atlases, geographies and so on. At the time of publication, Italy was still in the midst of their struggle for independence from foreign rule. It was then decided that four states would be created and ruled under presidency of the pope. The states were Upper Italian Kingdom (Piedmont, Lombardy, Venetia, Parma, and Modena), Kingdom of Central Italy (Tuscany with Umbria and the Marches), Rome, and the Kingdom of Naples. $125
Desbuisson & A.T. Chartier. "Italie." From Géographie Universelle Atlas-Migeon. Paris: J. Migeon, 1881. 15 x 10 7/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good 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. While the French did not dominate cartographic publishing in the nineteenth century, as they had done in previous eras, the quality of map shows that their output continued to be excellent. $125
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