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"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

Emanuel Bowen World
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

Wauthier World map
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. Africa, America, Asia & Europe. For the set, $425

Dower 1834 World map
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

Mitchell 1846 World map
S. Augustus Mitchell after H.S. Tanner. "A New Map of the World on the Globular Projection by H.S. Tanner." From Mitchell's A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846. 15 3/4 x 12 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. A few spots as to be expected. Else, very good condition.

A fine map of the world from the mid-nineteenth century, showing it as steamboats became the major means of travel. The map is filled with myriad details, including major rivers, cities and countries. Also shown is a slection of regions the geographer deemed important. Of particular note is the depiction of the transportation nexus in the oceans. This was also a time of great expansion in the U.S> This is an updated version of an earlier map by H.S. Tanner. A fine example of American cartography near mid-century and a fascinating and decorative historical artifact. $350

Mitchell 1860 World map
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

Black: World
Anon. "The World. With Comparative Views of the Heights and Lengths of the World's Mountains and Rivers." From Black's General Atlas. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1865. Lithograph printed in color. 19 3/4 x 15 1/4. Repaired tear along center fold. Else, very good condition. $250

A map from a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 80s, keeping their maps as current as possible. Note the progress of railroads out of Dublin. This handsome map is a good example of their output.

"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


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