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Robert Morden. "The Isles of Azores." London: 17th century. 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 (plate mark). Engraving. English text. Very good condition. $85

"A General Chart of the Sea Coast of Europe, Africa & America. According to E. Wright's' or Mercator's Projection." From Josiah Burchett's A Complete History of the Most Remarkable Transactions at Sea, from the Earliest the Conclusion of the Last War with France . . . London: Herman Moll, 1720. 14 x 11. Engraving. Two stains in map. Large margins with folds as issued. Else, very good condition.

A very nice example of Moll's map of the Atlantic, America, Africa and Europe. This map is from the foremost map publisher in England in the early eigtheenth century. Moll's prolific output covered a wide range from loose maps to atlases. His work was highly regarded and often copied due to the quality of detail found in his maps. This map includes nice detail along the various sea coasts, including some early and primitive cartography in Greenland and in the Hudson Bay area. $250

Bowen: Atlantic
Emanuel Bowen. "A New and Accurate Chart of the vast Atlantic or Western Ocean, including the Sea Coast of Europe and Africa on the East and the opposite Coast of the Continent of America and the West Indies Islands on the West extending from the Equator to 59 Degrees North Latitude." Line engraving. London: Mount & Page, 1778. 23 1/4 x 30 1/2 (neatlines) plus complete margins. National Maritime Museum Catalogue of the Library, p. 490. Excellent.

For over a hundred years the atlas known as The English Pilot continued to be published amid complaints from seamen that it was out of date. Changes were slow to appear even as Mount & Page took over from John Seller who had started it in 1671. Despite complaints, the charts continued to sell because they were inexpensive, and captains of small packets or other trading vessels could not afford better. This chart of the entire Atlantic Ocean exhibits the primitive look of the old English Pilot format, but it contains the improvements introduced by Edmund Halley earlier in the eighteenth century. Emanuel Bowen prepared this chart for Mount & Page, and it is first found in an atlas of 1778, probably to meet the demands of cross ocean travel during the American Revolution. Known as The Fourth Book, the American edition went through fourteen editions between 1689 and 1789, so this is one of the later maps. Comparing it to works by William Faden, Sayer & Bennett, or J.F.W. DesBarres would illustrate why not many were produced, fewer were sold, and many would have been lost with the poorer ships that carried them. Still, this is a dramatic sea chart with its strong rhumb lines and profuse coastal information. This is the tool that would have guided ships with slaves from Africa, food stuffs from the Mediterranean, and hardware from western Europe. A scarce and wonderful index map to a major atlas. $1,500

Rigobert Bonne. "Isles Açores." Paris: Rigobert Bonne, 1760s to 1780s. Engraved by Pietro Scattaglia. 9 x 13 1/2. Hand color. Light stain along center fold from binding hinge. Else, very good condition.

These mid-Atlantic islands have historically been a region of Portugal. Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so his primary interest was in marine charts. However, 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. $75

Rigobert Bonne. "I. Bourbons" "I. de France" "I. Rodrigue" with all three set into a panel below. From Guillaume Raynal's Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre. Geneva: J.L. Pellet, 1780-81. 8 1/4 x 12 1/2 (neatlines) plus full margins. Engraving. 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. The Mascarenes are in the Indian Ocean approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar. In 1814 due to the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte they were made British colonies. The Ile de France became Mauritius, and Ile Bourbons became Réunion. Included are indications of topography, towns, rivers, and off-lying islands. A good example of the best cartography of the end of eighteenth century. $85

John Thomson. From A New General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Thomson, 1816-7. 19 x 23 3/8. Engravings by Neele. Full original hand color. Full margins. Condition as noted.

Two of a striking series of maps showing in large scale and great detail the regions of the Pacific Ocean. Thomson's maps are particularly noted for their exacting details and very strong images. Towns are carefully named and much attention is given to geographical detail. The hand coloring highlights the information given, making the maps both easier to read and pleasing to look at. Fine examples of early 19th-century British cartography.

John Dower. "Chart of the Pacific Ocean." From A New General Atlas of the World. London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1834. Folio. Engraving by J. Dower. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A map of the Pacific by British cartographer John 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. Ports, rivers, political boundaries and topography are shown from throughout. The hand coloring, beautifully applied, makes this map as handsome as it is interesting. $150

From the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), 1833-40. Ca. 12 1/2 x 15 1/2. Engravings. Original outline color. Very good condition.

This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. They produced these maps of the Indian Ocean, with geographical and political information shown.

Thomas G. Bradford. "Atlantic Ocean." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: J.H. Wilkins & R.B. Carter, 1842. 9 7/8 x 7 3/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

A nice map from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford. This edition of Bradford's Atlas was issued in 1842 and it contained maps of the United States and other parts of the world, based on the most up-to-date information available at the time. This image of the Atlantic is typical of the output of the firm; a very nice example of early American cartography, showing the country at mid-century. $45

Tanner: Pacific
Henry S. Tanner. "Oceana or Pacific Ocean." Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1843. 9 1/2 x 14 1/4 (platemark). Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An excellent map of the Pacific 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. Containing excellent maps of regions the world over, Tanner's atlas also featured this attractive and informative map of the world, beautifully illustrating land and sea, as well as noting the voyages of such explorers as Captain James Cook. A fine example of the output of an early, noted Philadelphia mapmaker. $145

Johnston: Baltic Sea ...
"Johnston's chart of the Baltic Sea German Ocean & English Channel. With the adjoining countries showing the principal lines of Railway communication, to the coasts of Northern Europe." Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1854. Separately issued folding map. Mounted on oilcloth. 18 1/2 x 25 1/2. Color lithograph. Wear along folds; paper toned; scattered light stains. Else, good condition.

From religious custody struggles in Jerusalem's Christian holy places sprang the multi-national Crimean War. When France and Russia fought for exclusive control of the seat of Christianity, the Ottoman Empire and Great Britain were drawn in as committed opponents of Tsar Nikolai's Russian Empire. Though the major battles were fought in the Crimea, both Britain and France launched fleets in 1854 on the Baltic, hoping to contain any activity by Russian ships in St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. Anticipating the possibility of a Baltic theater of war, the Johnston firm issued this map, highlighting Russian port cities and strategic routes and distances between the British isles and the Gulf of Finland. Rail lines leading to the coast were also noted, as were fortified places in the coastal regions. With such a map, a British citizen could keep abreast of war news as it happened. Anticipating such utility, a note in the bottom margin, "Just Published - Johnston's Map of the Seat of War" reminded consumers of the important role maps could play for civilians during time of war. $275

"The Pacific Ocean including Oceanica with its Several Divisions, Islands, Groups &c." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 12 3/4 x 15 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new information as it became available. This map is typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. Insets showing the Hawaiian Islands and a portion of the Antarctic coastline. An attractive and fascinating document of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent land masses. $75

Mitchell: Oceanica ...
S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. "Map of Oceanica Exhibiting its various Divisions, Island Groups &c." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. 1860. 10 5/8 x 13 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand coloring. Full margins. Decorative border. Very good condition.

For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases. The map depicts the Pacific, its islands and surrounding continental coastlines. Each nation is colored in a contrasting pastel shade.5 A fine decorative border surrounds the map, and the whole effect makes for an attractive mid-nineteenth century map. $70

"The Canary Islands from British Surveys." Washington, DC: U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, [1871] corrected to 1885. 18 5/8 x 25. Lithograph with color highlights. Very good condition.

A large, functional sailing chart first issued by the British Admiralty. Produced by Capt. R.H. Wyman, U.S.N. Hydrographer to the Bureau of Navigation, this map was updated in 1885 and issued as a working chart. The map shows extensive information on coastal soundings, light house and island locations. $150


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