Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) was one of the first great cartographers, working in the era before the Dutch "modern" cartographers such as Mercator and Ortelius. He studiously compiled the best information available in the sixteenth century, corresponding with scholars all around Europe and visiting book fairs and libraries whenever possible. Munster issued many influential maps in his editions of Ptolemy's Geographia and his own Cosmographia which were published beginning in 1540.
A hnadsome map from 'the first modern atlas, Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, or Theater of the World. The publication of this atlas marked an epoch in the history of cartography, for it is the first uniform and systematic collection of maps of the whole world based only on contemporary knowledge since the days of Ptolemy. Through his collecting and his antiques business, Ortelius was able to research contemporary maps, becoming the greatest expert of his day in the bibliography of maps. Ortelius based his work on the best maps available, drawing all the maps himself with the celebrated Frans Hogenberg cutting most of the plates. Unlike other atlas-makers, Ortelius cited the authors of the original maps from which he compiled his work. $225
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 the Mercator maps of Germany from the 1609 and 1613 editions of his Atlas.
A map issued by the Blaeu cartographic firm of Amsterdam, founded by Willem Blaeu (1571-1638). Willem studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world. It was later run by Willem's sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Joan. The maps issued by the Blaeu firm are known for their fine engraving, coloring and design, and have been called "the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art." This is a premier example of the Blaeu output. $375
Frederick De Wit. "S.R.I. in Germania Descriptio præ ceteris alii Longe Accuratior, Comprehendens, Novem Circulorum Regni Bohemiæ Belgii, Helvetiæ ..." Amsterdam: F. De Wit, ca. 1680. 19 5/8 x 23 5/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Uniformly toned; narrow margins at top and sides, separation along center fold. Overall, good condition.
A lovely seventeenth century map of Germany by Frederick de Wit. De Wit followed in the footsteps of the earlier Dutch cartographic publishers Jansson and Blaeu, and like them, he issued maps known for their beautiful engraving and hand coloring. Detail is dense and accurate, but it is for the aesthetic features that this map most shines. The original hand color is carefully applied and enhances the elaborate title cartouche in the lower left corner. Two cartouches, a scale of miles and another titled, "Benevole Lector" [Dear Reader], complete the decorative features. $550
Gerard Valk. "Circulus Saxoniæ Superioris; . . ." Amsterdam: G. Valk, ca. 1695. 19 3/8 x 22 7/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Trimmed to neatline at top. Excellent impression. Very good condition.
A very detailed map by Gerard Valk, a cartographer and publisher from Amsterdam. This map shows an amazing amount of topographical data, including rivers, lakes, mountains, forests, cities, and a plethora of small villages; all indicated quite clearly by means of the precise engraving and strong impression. It provides an excellent record of Lower Saxony at the end of the seventeenth century. With its interesting title cartouche and original color, this map is also very attractive. $225
Hermann Moll. "The South West Part of Germany ... by H. Moll, Geographer." From Modern History: or, the Present State of All Nations. By Mr. Salmon. Illustrated with Cuts and Maps . . . by Hermann Moll. Published in three folio volumes. London: 1737. 7 3/4 x 10 1/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.
Hermann Moll (d. 1732) was a Dutchman who arrived in London in 1678 where he worked as an engraver for many mapmakers. Around the year 1700 he established his own publishing house and produced maps and books with a strong tendency toward geographical works. Plates from his earlier works depicting foreign lands and peoples continued to be published until the mid-eighteenth century as part of a growing English presence in European graphic arts. This fine and detailed map of the Southwestern part of Germany is typical of the highly detailed, yet very decorative maps that Moll produced, leading to his universal popularity then and now. $135
J.B. Homann. "Bavariæ Circulus et Electorat . . ." Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, ca. 1740. 18 1/2 x 21 3/4. Line engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.
A German map of Bavaria. Like other German maps of the period, this map is particularly noteworthy for its elaborately executed title cartouche in the lower right. A group of mythical figures and natives adorn the title cartouche. A strong and lovely map of one of the German province. $250
J.B. Homann. "Charte welche das Deutsche Reich . . ." Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, ca. 1740. 18 1/4 x 21. Line engraving. Hand outline color. Expertly repaired tears/small losses just within neatlines; else very good condition.
A German map of Germany. Like other German maps of the period, this map is particularly noteworthy for its elaborately executed title cartouche in the upper left. A group of icons representative of the arts and sciences, as well as those of the kingdom, adorn the title cartouche. A strong and lovely map of Germany. $375
Matthew Seutter. "Marchinatus Brandenburgensis Ducatus Pomeraniæ ..." Augsburg, ca. 1730s. 18 3/4 x 21 1/4 (neatlines) plus complete margins but close at bottom. Engraving. Full original hand color. $350
Maps drawn by Georg Matthäus and Albrecht Carl Seutter. From Atlas Minor. Augsburg: G.M. Seutter, 1744. Maps ca. 8 x 10" (19.5 x 25.9 cm). Engravings by T.C. Lotter. Full original color, with uncolored cartouches as issued.
A series of beautiful maps of all parts of the world. Georg Matthäus Seutter was one of the most important of the German cartographers, being appointed as the Geographer to the Imperial Court. His son, Albrecht Carl, joined Matthäus and eventually inherited the business. The maps from this atlas were drawn by the two Seutters and were engraved 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. These are some of the most decorative and interesting maps of the mid-eighteenth century.
As issued, all maps with narrow margins and in very good condition, except as noted. Some maps issued trimmed to neatline and mounted on separate sheet, for inclusion in atlas. Some maps with small worm holes; these are not noticeable and if anything add some 'historic' charm to the maps. All maps with vibrant color, good impressions, and very attractive.
Upper Rhine. "Mappa Circuli Rhenani Superioris." $175
Beginning in 1731, monthly news magazines made their appearance in Britain. . These magazines, with such names as Gentleman's Magazine and London Magazine, contained poetry, prose, and articles on events, fashions, personalities, and other items of the day that might be of interest to the English gentleman. One of their most popular, and historically important, features was the inclusion of prints and maps to accompany their articles. From 1754 to 1763,.all the major European powers were involved in the Seven Years War, much of which was fought in and around what is today Germany. The readers of the Gentleman's Magazine would of course have wanted news of the events of the war and so would have been interested in maps related to it. The following maps concern events of the war in in 1759.
A handsome map of Germany 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. $375
Samuel Dunn. "The Empire of Germany divide into Circles; with the Kingdom of Prussia by Samuel Dunn, Mathematician." London: Robert Sayer, 1786. 12 x 17 1/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Some marginal smudges. Very good condition.
A handsome map of Germany 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." Topography and political features are precisely engraved, and rivers and lakes also. Overall, a fine example of British map-making from a period of growing world-wide power by the nation. $225
John Cary. London: J. Cary, 1799. ca. 18 1/4 x 20 1/2. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition.
Highly detailed maps of Germany 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, 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 Germany from the end of the eighteenth century.
In 1794, Robert Laurie and James Whittle took over Robert Sayer's important publishing business in London and continued to produce maps of the highest quality into the early nineteenth century. With access to the best geographic records and the finest craftsmen, the maps issued by Laurie & Whittle are among the best of the period. $110
John Cary. "A New Map of the Circle of Lower Saxony . . ." London: J. Cary, 1801. 18 1/8 x 20 3/8. Line engraving. Original hand color. Full margins. Very good condition.
A highly detailed map by John Cary of Lower Saxony. Each duchy has outline color in a contrasting pastel shade, which makes this a crisp, attractive map. Overall, this is a fine map of Northern Germany from the beginning of the nineteenth century. $225
From Robert Wilkinson's General Atlas of the World, Quarters, Empires, Kingdoms, States etc. with Appropriate Tables. (London, 1812) 11 1/2 x 8 3/4. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition.
Typically detailed and neat maps from a British atlas of the early nineteenth century. With the hand color and precise engraving, these maps are decorative as well as historically interesting.
Johann Georg August Galletti. Allgemeine Weltkunde, oder Geographisch-statistisch-historische Übersichtsblätter aller Länder. Leipzig und Perth: Konrad A. Hartleben, 1818. Oblong folio. Original printed wrappers using blue paper. 108 pages and 26 full page, engraved maps. Some maps have engraving credited to "Fr. Karacs." Stains on covers and some maps. Subtle and useful. As found. Ref.: LeGear, Atlases, 6025.
A fascinating atlas issued through the eyes of Europeans who saw the world as a post-Napoleonic structure designed by the Congress of Vienna. Johann Galletti (1750-1828) issued a number of atlases according to LeGear. The Library of Congress owns one with 20 maps dated 1807-10, and LeGear mentions a 12th. edition printed in 1859. The map of the United States of America shows a very strange shape for Ohio with the rest of the old Northwest Territory labeled "Indiana." Dramatically more information is given for roads and topography in Europe than in Africa, Asia or the Western Hemisphere. Much information interestingly presented. $1,600
"Map of Germany, Divided according to the Treaty of Paris, and the acts of the Congress of Vienna..." From C. V. Lavoisne's A Complete Genealogical, Historical & Chronological Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey & Son, 1820. Map, 11 3/4 x 11 1/2; full sheet with text, 16 5/7 x 20 3/8. Engraving by P. Yeager. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A map of Germany issued to illustrate Lavoisne's Historical Atlas. The maps in this atlas were issued on sheets containing text around the maps giving the situation and history of the areas depicted.$175
Anthony Finley. "Prussia." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 8 3/4 x 11 3/8. Small folio. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original full hand coloring. With spots and discolorations, mostly in margins. Else, very good 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 attain. Elegantly presented, with crisp and clear engraving and attractive pastel hand shading, topographical and political information is copious, including counties, towns, rivers, roads, etc. Finley was very concerned to depict the most up-to-date information possible; thus his maps present an accurate picture of the world in the early decades of the nineteenth century. $50
Sidney Hall. "Central Germany, Comprising Saxony, Hesse, Nassau, &c." London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1828. 16 x 19 3/4. Engraving. Original hand outline color. Very good condition.
A clearly presented and handsome map of Central Germany by British cartographer Sidney Hall, issued in London in 1828. 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 in the 1820s. The region is bordered by Prussia and Hanover to the North, and Baden, Bavaria and Austria to the South. $175
Henry S. Tanner. "Prussia." with inset "Environs of Berlin." Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843. 11 1/4 x 14. Engraving by J. & W.W. Warr. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An excellent map of the world by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. In 1816, Henry, his brother Benjamin, John Vallance and Francis Kearny formed an engraving firm, Tanner, Vallance, Kearny & Co, in Philadelphia. Having had experience at map engraving through his work with John Melish, Tanner conceived the idea to compile and publish an American Atlas, which his firm undertook in 1819. Soon Tanner took over the project on his own, and thus began his career as a cartographic publisher. The American Atlas was a huge success, inspiring Tanner to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size. $110
J.H. Young. "A New Map of Germany." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Co., 1850. 16 x 12 3/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate by J.L. Hazzard. Full original hand color. Moderate paper toning, otherwise very good condition.
A fine map of Germany and Austria. This map was issued in 1850, and shows this region at an interesting period in its history, filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, towns, political borders and indications of major mountains. The maps issued by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. always showed excellent information on growing road and railroad networks, and this map is no exception. $80
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