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Waghenaer: N Spain
Lucas Jansz Waghenaer. "Die Zee Custen va Biscaijen tusschen Laredo en Sentillana . . ." [Northern Spain]. Antwerp, 1583. 13 x 20 (neat lines). Engraved by Joannes Doetecum. Full original hand color. Very good condition. Framed.

A fine and detailed sea chart of the northern coastline of Spain along the Bay of Biscay. Soundings, anchorages, and other navigational information appear along the coast, with nice topographical detail shown inland. Two vessels, two sea monsters, and a 32-point compass rose decorate the sea. The title and distance scales are each enclosed by their own ornate cartouche. There is a land approach view running across the top of the sheet. Waghenaer's charts are renowned for their fine engraving by the best craftsmen of the period including Theodor de Bry and the Doetecum brothers. $2,500

Ruscelli Spain
Giordano Ruscelli after Giacomo Gastaldi. "TABULA EUROPA II." Venice: Giordano Ziletti, [1561]-1574. 7 1/2 x 10 (platemarks) plus full margins. Engraving. Woodblock decorations on verso. Slight book worm damage at top of centerfold. Otherwise, fine condition.

An enlarged version of Gastaldi's map of the Iberian Peninsula. Both geographers produced ancient maps based on Ptolemy's depictions and simultaneously issued modern or Renaissance maps. Here is a beautifully engraved map that was printed in Venice when creativity and commerce were the heart of that city. $450

Girolamo Porro after Giovanni Magini. "Portugalliae Regnum." From Giovanni Magini's Geographiae Universaetum Tum Veteris Tum Novae. Cologne: Peter Keschedt, 1597. 5 x 6 3/4. Engraving. Full margins. Strong impression. Excellent condition.

Girolamo Porro's modern rendition of Portugal, issued in Giovanni Magini's translation of Ptolemy's Geography. A delightful early map. $150

Mercator Valencia
Jodocus Hondius. "Regni Valentiæ Typus." From the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Amsterdam: J. Hondius, ca. 1615. 13 3/4 x 18 3/4. Engraving. Very good condition. French text on verso.

Jodocus Hondius' map of Valencia in southern Spain. The map is extremely decorative, with two elaborate strapwork cartouches, a sea-monster and a sailing ship off the coast in the moiré sea. $425

Willem Blaeu. From Nouvel Atlas. Amsterdam: Willem & Joan Blaeu, 1643-50. Ca. 15 x 20. Engravings. Excellent original hand color. French text on verso. Very good condition, except as noted:

Sanson Portugal
Alexis Hubert Jaillot after Nicolas Sanson. "Le Royaume de Portugal et des Algarves ..." Paris: A.H. Jaillot, ca. 1700. 29 5/8 x 21 3/4 (neat lines). Line engraving (hand coloring). Strong impression. Full margins with a few reapired tears, not affecting image.

A fine map of Portugal 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. Sanson's early maps were redrawn and issued in a larger format by his son-in-law Hubert Jaillot. This lovely map is from the later, larger issues that were much more decorative.

Whereas the Dutch cartographers are known for their fabulous decorations and coloring, the French cartographers are known for their pioneering the scientific method of cartography. This map is excellent evidence of this shift in emphasis, with the topographical information presented representing only that data that could reliably be counted as having a scientific accuracy, and with this information depicted with a clear and precise simplicity that contrasts sharply with the busyness of the Dutch maps. A fine historic, French document. $325

Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannoni. "Mapa dos Reynos de Portugal E Algarve." (two sheets) From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & J. Thomas, 1762. Each ca. 12 x 16 5/8. Engraving. Original hand color. A few small spots in margins. Overall, excellent condition.

A handsome map of Portugal 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 coastline with depths noted. An elaborate baroque title cartouche graces the lower left corner. $450

Jean Janvier. "Les Royaumes d'Espagne et de Portugal divisés par Grandes Provinces." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & J. Thomas, 1762. 11 7/8 x 17 1/8. Engraving. Original outline color. A few light spots, else, 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 counties, towns and rivers. This information is neatly engraved and highlighted with lovely hand color. A decorative cartouche graces the map, done in the baroque style. $150

Guillaume Delisle after Sylva. "Carte de l'Espagne Dressée par Guillaume Delisle sur la Description de Rodrigo Mendez Sylva . . ." From Recueil des cartes sur la geographie ancienne. Paris: Lattré, 1765. 18 3/4 x 23 3/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Some separation along lower center fold, expertly repaired. Very good condition.

A dramatic, hand colored map of the Iberian peninsula by one of the great names in the history of cartography, Guillaume Delisle. Delisle is known as the "father of scientific cartography," an honorary title earned through his production of maps based upon the scientific principals of using only first-hand information, survey reports and accurate readings of longitude and latitude. Delisle's maps had an immense impact on the history of cartography, for they were the genesis of the eventual establishing of these principals as the standard for all cartographers. This map is a fine example of his work. Detail is very good, including rivers, some orography, and towns. The engraving is strong and clear. Typical of the French school of cartography, the decorative elements of the map are kept to the cartouches. $375

Blair: Iberia
Rev. John Blair. "Iberia sive Hispania Vetus." London: J. Blair, 1768. From Chronology & History of the World. 16 3/4 x 22 3/4. Engraving. Very good condition.

A lovely map depicting the ancient Iberian Peninsula. This map was drawn by Rev. John Blair for his history of the world. It is based on the latest information available in the eighteenth century of the ancient world. $275

Jean Janvier. "Les Royaumes D'Espagne et de Portugal, divisés par Grandes Provinces Dressées sur les Observations Astron. par le Sr. Janvier Géographe." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & Delalain, ca. 1775. 12 x 17 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Creasing at center fold. Else, 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. $275

Homann Heirs. "Regnorum Hispaniae et Portugalliae . . ." Nuremburg: Homann Heirs, ca. 1782. 18 1/8 x 23. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was one of the most important German cartographers of eighteenth century, and his firm was carried on by his son Johann Christoph (1701-1730), and then the 'Homann Heirs' from 1730 until 1813. The maps issued by all the firms had the same style, with strong engraving, bold hand coloring, and elaborate uncolored cartouches, and many of the maps were from Johann Baptist's original plates. This lovely map includes a decorative cartouche in which symbols of the Catholic Church, the arts, and riches of the Spanish Kingdom are depicted. $450

Bowen: Spain
Thomas Bowen. "A New and Accurate Map of Spain and Portugal, Drawn from the best Authorities by Thos. Bowen." From Thomas Bankes' A Modern, Authentic and Complete System of Universal Geography. London: C. Cooke, ca. 1790. 7 3/8 x 11 1/2. Engraving. Very good condition.

An interesting map of Spain and Portugal from a wonderful series of engravings issued in the Rev. Thomas Bankes' Geography, published near the end of the eighteenth century. Bankes was the Vicar at Dixton, Monmouthshire, and he compiled his geography of all parts of the world, including "a Genuine History and Description of the Whole World." Also included in this work were images and reports from James Cook's three voyages, so that Bankes' volume provided as complete and up-to-date a report on the known world as was available at the time. The Geography is particularly interesting for the "near Two Hundred beautiful Engravings, ...executed in a much superior Stile than any Thing that has ever appeared in this Kingdom." Included were maps of most parts of the world by Thomas Bowen, including this image of the Ibearian peninsula. $65

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