Frederick De Wit. "Tabula Indiae Orientalis." Amsterdam, 1662ff. 18 x 22 1/4. Engraving by Joannes Shuilier, 1662. Original hand color. Full margins. Brown colors corroded some paper; archival backing to repair and strengthen. Strong strike. Else, very good condition. Koeman: Wit, 3 (17). Ref: Quirino, Philippine Cartography, p.84.
Most of the atlases by Frederick DeWit (1630-1706) were composite in nature, so they are impossible to date precisely, though this map was engraved in 1662. The map shows from southeastern Persia to northwestern Australia. Focus is on India, Southeast Asia, and the East Indies with the Phillipines. The many islands are clearly depicted, with ports shown as the most important information. The Celebes Islands were then being developed for the spice trade which would lead to hostilities among the European powers. $1,250
Thomas Kitchin. "East Indies from the best authorities." From A New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar by William Guthrie. 12th edition. London: C. Dilly and G.G.J. & J. Robinson, 1790. 7 1/2 x 11 1/8. Engraving. Narrow margins as issued. Very good condition.
An interesting, small map of the East Indies by one of the leading English cartographers of the late eighteenth century. The region is shown from the Caucasus Mountains to New Guinea and from Timor to the Himalayas. Rivers, mountains, lakes and major towns are shown. Along the extensive coasts, details of bays and rivers are given, and mountains, where reported by explorers. A good picture of the extent of knowledge of the region at the end of the century. $65
Robert Wilkinson. "The Islands of the East Indies with the Channels between India, China & New Holland." From Robert Wilkinson's General Atlas of the World, Quarters, Empires, Kingdoms, States etc. with Appropriate Tables. (London, 1806) 8 5/8 x 11. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A typically detailed and neat British map of the East Indies. English maps of the time are known for their neat and detailed style. Of course the British were also leaders in exploration and this map shows great detail of all the islands and waterways. With the hand color and precise engraving, the map is decorative as well as historically interesting $185
Mathew Carey. "The Islands of the East Indies with the Channels between India, China & New Holland." Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 8 1/2 x 11. Engraving. Original outline color. Full margins. Excellent condition.
An interesting and attractive map of the East Indies that was drawn, engraved, printed, and hand colored in Philadelphia. The map was published by Mathew Carey in 1814, and was from Carey's General Atlas which represented the best American cartographic work of the period. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first American specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate cottage system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, and coloring his maps utilizing the best independent artists directed to a common end. Carey is important, then, not only for the excellent maps he produced, but for his setting the pattern for American map publishing, to be followed by the likes of John Melish and Henry S. Tanner. This map of the East Indies is typical of Carey's output. It contains copious detail presented in a clear manner. Towns, rivers, political divisions and some topography is displayed. This is a fine example of American cartography at the beginning of the nineteenth century. $185
J.W.T. Assheton. "East India Islands." From The London Encyclopædia: Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature, and Practical Mechanics, Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings, a General Atlas, and Appropriate Diagrams,... Thomas Curtis, ed. London: THomas Tegg, 1829. 8 x 10 1/4. Engraved by J. Shury. With folds as issued. Very good condition. $55
"Colton's East Indies." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1855. 12 5/8 x 15 5/8. Lithograph. Original outline color. Chips in margins and into decorative border. Else very good condition.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The J.H. Colton publishing firm played a large role in that shift, producing crisp, clean maps like this one of the East Indies. $85
A.J. Johnson. "Johnson's Australia and East Indies." New York: A.J. Johnson, 1867. 22 3/4 x 17. Lithograph. Original hand color. Light time toning. Very good condition.
A handsome map of the south-west Pacific from A. J. Johnson's mid-nineteenth century atlas of the world. Johnson, who published out of New York City, was one of the leading cartographic publishers in the second half of the century, producing popular atlases and geographies. $85
"Indian Archipelago and Further India. Including Burmah, Siam, Anam &c." From Black's General Atlas of the World. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1879. 16 1/4 x 21 1/2. Although stated that it is "engraved and colored" by J[ohn] Bartholomew, it was lithographed in colors.
One of 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. These handsome maps are splendid examples of their output. $150
"Island of Luzon." with inset "Islands of the Philippines North of Luzon." Chicago: George F. Cram & Co., 1890. From The People's Illustrated and Descriptive Family Atlas of the World. 13 5/8 x 10 3/8. Colored cerograph. Very good condition.
The George Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but in the 1880s this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. The Chicago firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps using the process of wax engraving or cerography. This is a nice example of the Cram firm's output. Provinces are depicted with contrasting pastel colors and named; islands, cities, rivers and other topographical features are labeled as well. $50
"Philippine Islands." with insets "Manila Privince and Vicinity showing the Seat of War" and "Lower Part of Mindanao." Chicago: George F. Cram & Co., 1900. From The People's Illustrated and Descriptive Family Atlas of the World. 20 3/4 x 13 1/4. Colored cerograph. Very good condition.
The George Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but in the 1880s this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. The Chicago firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps using the process of wax engraving or cerography. This is a nice example of the Cram firm's output. Island groups are depicted with contrasting pastel colors and named; islands, cities, rivers and other topographical features are labeled as well. $75
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