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DeWit East Indies
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. $1,100

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

John Cary. "A New Map of the East India Isles, From the Latest Authorities." London: J. Cary, 1825. 18 x 20 1/4. Full, original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

This map was drawn, engraved and published by John Cary (fl. 1769-1836) in London for the 1825 edition of his New Universal Atlas. Amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, British Naval power was rising, and mapmaking as both art and science kept pace. Cary used existing maps and new surveys to provide his clients with the most up-to-date information on all parts of the world. Inaccuracies may be evident, but they reflect the knowledge in western Europe at the time they were made. This map shows the entire East Indies with excellent and geographically depicted detail. The original hand color adds a strong decorative appeal to this historic map. $450

"Birman Empire with Anam, Siam & Cochin China." From Family Cabinet Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 5 1/2 x 3 5/8. Engraving by F/ Damlwprtj. Original hand color. Very good condition. Denver.

In 1831, Thomas Starling issued his Family Cabinet Atlas in 12mo format, each small map filled with precise detail. A year later, the Philadelphia firm of Henry Charles Carey and Isaac Lea issued their version of this atlas, "Revised, Corrected and Enlarged." The maps were based on the British atlas, but with the plates re-engraved. Each map depicts towns, political divisions, rivers, lakes, and nicely engraved topography. The hand color and small size makes these maps as charming as they are interesting. $65

Burr East Indies
David H. Burr. "East India Isles." From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Thomas Illman, 1835. 10 1/4 x 13. Engraving. Full original color. Very good condition. Denver.

An excellent map of the East Indies by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. As a careful geographer, Burr is painstaking in this map to put in only information for which he felt there was a scientific basis. The map has excellent topographical and political information, as well as being beautifully colored. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $150

"Colton's East Indies." New York: G.W. & C.B. Colton & Co., 1866. 12 5/8 x 15 5/8. Lithograph. Original outline color. One spot off the coast of Sumatra; a few other scattered light smudges. 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. $95

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


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