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1597 World
Girolamo Porro after Abraham Ortelius. "Universi Orbis Descriptio." From Giovanni Magini's Geographiae Universaetum Tum Veteris Tum Novae. Cologne: Peter Keschedt, 1597. 5 1/8 x 6 5/8. Engraving. Very good condition. Shirley: 203.

Girolamo Porro took Ortelius' popular oval projection and reduced it to octavo size for Magini's geography. There is some loss of detail, but the information is very clearly presented. The world is surrounded by six winds, and the geography of the map is quite up-to-date. The great, hypothetical southern continent is shown along the bottom of the map, and the equally mythical islands around the north pole are also indicated. Porro shows a northwest and a northeast passage, both ending in a 'strait of Anian' separating North America from Asia. A delightful example of the current understanding of the world at the end of the sixteenth century. Two misspellings on this map differentiate it from the 1596 Venice edition. In the upper left top and bottoms of the map area is "Terra Icognita" instead of "Incognita" and "Circulus Anterticus" instead of "Antarcticus" as in the earlier version. The probability is that this represents a newly engraved plate. $575

Alexis Hubert Jaillot. "Nova Orbis Tabula ad usum Serenissimi Burgundiæ Ducis./Mappe Monde ou Description Du Globe Terrestre & Aquatique." Paris: A.H. Jaillot, 1694. 19 1/2 x 24. Engraving. Original outline color. Time toned. Otherwise, very good condition. Shirley: 561.

A rare and spectacular world map by Alexis Hubert Jaillot issued near the end of the seventeenth century. This large world map is quite scarce and is one of the most decorative of the later seventeenth century. The geographic information is up to date, with much of Australia shown, and the coastlines of the major continents quite accurate, except for the famous cartographic myth of California being shown as an island. Other cartographic myths illustrated include the remnants of the old "Tierre Australe et Inconnue" (Southern and unknown land), a large island of Jesso between Asia and America, El Dorado in South America, and many fictitious islands.

The decoration of this map is superb and quite unusual. Eight large allegorical figures surround the two hemispheres. In the four corners are figures representing the continents: Europe shown as a Queen surrounded by symbols of power and learning; America as an Indian surrounded by a monkey and parrots, with many ships shown off the horizon; Asia holding an incense burner and sitting next to a camel, and Africa as a maiden sitting under an umbrella by a pyramid, surrounded by a crocodile, lion and elephant. In the center, two at the top and two at the bottom, are the four natural or cardinal virtues: Justice, with her staff and scales; Fortitude (or Strength), with her lion's head cap and columns; Prudence, with her snake and mirror; and Temperance, diluting wine with water. This is a wonderful and rare example of the combination of decoration and information for which world maps of the seventeenth century are famous. $4,200

Alexis Hubert Jaillot after Nicolas Sanson. "Mappe-Monde-Geo-Hydrographique, au Description Generale du Globe Terrestre et Aquatique en Deux Plans-Hemispheres..." Paris: A. H. Jaillot, 1696. 21 1/2 x 35 1/2 (neat lines) plus full and generous margins. Engraving with outline hand coloring to map and full color to decorative elements. Fine impression. Very good condition. Framed to archival specifications.

A striking 17th-century map that shows the development of early modern cartography. Jaillot, in re-engraving and publishing the then less widely known work of his compatriot, Nicolas Sanson, brought French cartography forward to compete with the hitherto unchallenged work of the Dutch. This beautiful world map illustrates the beginnings of the precise and scientific mapping associated with the French. The decorative flourishes remain strong, but they are confined to the elaborate Baroque cartouches.

North America does not yet have the Mississippi River and tributaries (thus missing information from LaSalle of 1682), and the five Great Lakes are present but incomplete. The only English colony named is Virginia with the rest designated as regions. The major accomplishment of this map is showing the full size of the world using an equal area projection. A fine accomplishment by this French mathematician. Altogether a map of aesthetic and historic importance. $3,800

Emanuel Bowen. "A New and Accurate Map of the World." From John Harris' Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. or, A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. London, 1744. 11 1/4 x 21 1/4. Engraving. Narrow margin at left, as issued. Very good condition.

This chart of the world on an oval projection appeared in John Harris' Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels, which included many accounts of explorations that could be followed by the reader on this detailed map. Bowen was careful to shown only explored parts of the world, so the northwest part of America is blank except for the label "Parts Undiscovered." The western coast of Australia, the southern outline of Tasmania, and the western coast of New Zealand, all discovered at the time, are shown, with a shade line on the eastern part of Australia showing a projected coastline there. Bowen's map is based on the records of the circumnavigations of Magellan, Drake and Anson, whose tracks are shown. A wonderful document of the state of knowledge about the world prior to Cook's voyages. $1,250

Mr. Wauthier. The World & the Four Continents. London, 1797. Each ca. 13 x 15. Engravings. Original outline color. Some creases, but overall very good condition.

The World and the four continents, each presented in a "Plain Map or Emblematic Chart for the Geographical Game" and drawn "According to the Method of the Abbé Gaultier By Mr. Wauthier his Pupil." The maps are intended for some sort of educational "game," and so while the major political divisions and geographic features are indicated, there are no words other than those in the title cartouche. The outline of the continents, the rivers and lakes, and the borders and mountains, are shown with the best information available, and the lack of labels gives the maps a most interesting appearance. For the set, $425

Finley: World 1827
Anthony Finley. "The World on Mercator's Projection." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 8 1/2 x 11. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand-color. Full margins. Fine condition.

Anthony Finley is considered one of the leading cartographic publishers in America during the early 19th century. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. This map is typical of his work. Each continent is indicated in contrasting shades. The bright colors makes this map as attractive as it is informative. $275

John Dower. "The World on Mercator's Projection." From A New General Atlas of the World. London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1834. Folio. Engraving by J. Dower. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A map 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. $300

Thomas Cowperthwait: World 1855
"A New Map of the World on the Globular Projection." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1855. 9 3/8 x 14 1/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Outline original hand color. Full margins. A few light spots. Else, very good condition.

A fine map of the world from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the globe in a double hemisphere projection. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including major rivers, towns, lakes, islands, as well as indications of explorations of the period. Published by the great Philadelphia firm of Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., this is a nice example of mid-nineteenth century American cartography. Overall, a fascinating historical document. $300

S.A. Mitchell Jr. "Map of the World on the Mercator Projection, Exhibiting the American Continent at its Centre." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell Jr., 1860. 14 1/8 x 17 3/4. Lithograph. Full original hand color. 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 issued in 1860, and it is an excellent example of the firm's work. Towns, roads, railroads, rivers, lakes, and political and geographical boundaries are clearly marked. A fine example of American cartography, this map depicts the most current topographical information available at the time. $195

"Johnson's Map of the World on Mercator's Projection." New York: Johnson & Ward, ca. 1867. 16 3/8 x 25 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Scattered spots; else, very good condition.

As the industry of mapmaking grew in the United States at the mid-nineteenth century, A.J. Johnson's firm was at the forefront. Their colorful atlases kept readers up-to-date not only on westward expansion in the United States, but on border changes and shifting politics around the world. Here, growing colonialism in Africa is illustrated alongside the "unexplored region," and Europe is dominated by Prussia to the north, Austria to the east, and Turkey in the south. Alaska is still noted as "Russian Territory," and nations between the Caspian Sea and the Sea of Japan are subsumed by "Independent Tartary" and the "Chinese Empire." A fascinating historical snapshot of the world in the midst of great change from one of the leaders in American mapmaking. $175

Richard H. Laurie after John Purdy. "Laurie's Chart of the World On Mercator's Projection." Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 32 sections and mounted on linen. London: R.H. Laurie, 1870. 24 x 39 1/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Excellent condition. With original buckram cover.

A superb Victorian map of the World by Richard Holmes Laurie, "Chartseller to the Admiralty." The map was reduced by Laurie from a large world map by John Purdy, and Laurie states that this is a "New Edition: Materially Improved." Detail is impressive throughout the world, with particularly good detail of the oceans, showing the routes of various expeditions and a multitude of islands. Countries are indicated with bright hand color, giving the map a decorative appearance. $675

"G. Lang's Erdkarte in Merkators Projection." Leipzig: Georg Lang, 1892. Separately issued wall map; dissected into sixteen sections and mounted on linen for folding. Color cerograph. Very good condition.

A large and boldly designed map of the world by Leipzig map publisher George Lang. The focus is on political and transportation information. Each country is marked with contrasting colors, with the political spheres of the major European powers indicated by a color code in the title cartouche. Railroad lines and steam boat routes are prominently marked as are telegraph lines. Included are a number of insets of South East Asia and Africa, especially where the German colonies were located. $525

"The World upon a Globular Projection and with a Gazetteer of Information." Boston, Ottawa, New York: The Home Educator Company, 1907. 32 1/2 x 38.

Large folding map, the oval map (on a scale of 655 miles per inch) printed in color and surrounded by general information especially about the United States and Canada, plus tables, etc., comparing the finances, military strength, and the like, of the largest nation states of the time. Folded into original black boards (9 x 5 1/2). $150

"The United States in the Modern World." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., ca. 1940. Separately issued folding map: dissected into 24 sections; mounted on linen. With original buckram covers. Rivets at top edge for hanging. 37 1/2 x 56. Color cerograph. Very good condition. Ex-libra.

Obviously produced as a didactic tool, this map from the Earle McKee American History Series offers a very interesting depiction of the world as presented to American students just prior to WWII. The main map depicts the nations of the world color keyed to show national control. Shipping routes by steamship and "principal airways" are clearly indicated, with very few routes shown for the latter. A number of graphic charts are included, including one showing the amount of land controlled by different nations. The British Empire is largest, followed by the Soviet Union, France, China and then the United states. A large number of other charts are given, including national wealth, international trade, loans made since WWI, and other items of considerable interest. $175


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