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L.S. Delarochette. "Scandia or Scandinavia." London: William Faden, February 10, 1794. 25 3/8 x 20 (neat lines). Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 16 sections and mounted on linen. Engraving by W. Faden. Original outline color. Strong impression. Very good condition.

A typically impressive political map of Scandinavia by the Geographer to the King, William Faden. Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are shown with excellent detail of topography, towns, roads, and political divisions. A lovely title cartouche graces the top left corner, containing images related to the area, including fishermen and a variety of fish, waterfalls and woods, and in the background a sled being pulled by a reindeer. $525



Charles Smith. "Smith's New Map of England and Wales with Part of Scotland." London: C. Smith, 1827. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 42 sections and mounted onto linen. 44 3/4 x 27. Engraving. Original hand color. Some slight surface smudging. Very good condition. In original paper slip case with circular label. Some wear and separations at edges of case, but generally very good.

A very large and detailed transportation map by Charles Smith, "Engraver and Map Seller Extraordinary to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales." The focus of this map is best explained by the subtitle: "Including the Turnpike, and principal Cross Roads. the Course of the Rivers & Navigable Canals; The Cities, Market Towns, and most considerable Villages: pointing out the distances from London to every principal Town: likewise the distance from one Market Town to another." $525



Robert Seaton. "New Map of England & Wales." London: J. & C. Walker, c. 1830. Separately issued map: dissected into 40 sections and mounted on linen. 48 7/8 x 37 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Buckram end papers with buckram slipcase. Scattered light spots; else, very good condition. With stipple engraved and etched vignette portraits and views in margins.

An attractive, crisply detailed map of England Wales at the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Though the extensive railroad and postal road systems illustrate a forward-thinking economy, the portrait vignettes surrounding the map demonstrate a proud national heritage of artists, philosophers, scientists, and military leaders. On the eve of Queen Victoria's reign, Great Britain was a nation of growth, prosperity, and international stature. A growing empire abroad and an industrial revolution at home combined to produce a proud nation that would reach its zenith during the nineteenth century. As hydrographer to the king, Robert Seaton skillfully communicates his nation's status with this elegant and precise map. $575



James Wyld. "European Dominions of the Ottomans, or Turkey in Europe." London: J. Wyld, 1837-40. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 24 sections and mounted on linen. Engraving. Original hand color. A few blemishes, but overall very good condition.

Beginning in 1821, the Greeks began their war of independence against the Turkish Empire. With the usual complex web of European intrigue, the resulting conflicts almost led to the collapse of the Turkish Empire. The Turks did keep suzerainty of most of the Balkans, but their control there was weak. Beginning in 1832, a new threat appeared in the south from the Sultan's nominal vassal, Mohammed Ali of Egypt. Britain, France, Russia and Prussia did not want the Ottoman Empire to collapse, so they continued to support the Sultan, but all the while gaining agreements to their own advantages. This map shows Anatolia and the European parts of the Turkish Empire, an empire on its last legs, during this period of turmoil. $425



William Johnson. "Johnston's Map of the County of Linlithgow with the Railways." Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1837+, but no later than 1857. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 20 sections and mounted on linen. Steel engraving by W. & A.K. Johnston. 20 1/2 x 26 3/4. Folding into original red folding covers, stamped in gold. Hinges splitting.

Attached to one section of this map is an advertisement by the firm for a series of maps of The Counties of Scotland, though we find no record of an atlas of these maps being made. This map was one of a number of maps that sold as a sheet for 5 shillings and in a case for 8/6. At the top of this map is the Firth of Forth with many small towns to the south connected by the railroads. Fine details and an inset of "Town of Linlithgow." $250



A. H. Dufour. "Carte Administrative, Physique et Routiere de la France indiquant les Canals, les Rivieres, les Routes de Poste evec leurs Relais et Distances &c." Paris: Ches Simonneau, 1840. Separately issued folding map; dissected into 35 sections and mounted. With original slip case, featuring publisher's label with map showing location of his shop. Engraving. 43 1/2 x 39, full sheet. With two insets: "Environs de Paris" and "Corse." Hand color. Unobtrustive ex libris. Lovely and clean copy.

A very detailed map of France with topography delineated with hatchuring. Two inset tables give a list of the departments with information on each, plus another listing the former or old departments. $425



"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



"Map of the Country between Odessa, and Constantinople, embracing the Present Seat of War between the Russians & Turks." London: James Wyld, ca. 1854. Separately issued, folding map: mounted on linen for folding. 30 1/4 x 19 1/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition. Folded into original cloth covers.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the Holy Places in Palestine had fallen under the control of Greek Orthodox monks, supported by Russia. France, in support of the Roman Catholic monks, pressured the Turkish sultan to grant the Latins extra protection, which upset the Russians. To put pressure on the Turks themselves, the Russians occupied the Danubian Principalities (Wallachia and Moldavia) in July 1853. This led to war between the Turks and Russians, with Britain and France joining the Turks in March of the following year. By the beginning of August the Russians had been driven out of the Principalities. Sadly, this did not end the conflict, for neither side would give in on its "principals," and so the action soon moved on to the Crimea and all its bloody horror. This map was issued during the first part of this conflict and it shows the Principalities, as well as the lands further south as far as Constantinople and the straits it controlled that were so important to the British. $425



James Wyld. "Wyld's Military Map of the Theatre of War." London: James Wyld, ca. 1859. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 21 sections and mounted on linen. 21 x 32 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Foxing throughout, but bright and readable. Folded into original, blind-stamped covers.

A map of northern Italy and the Alps that marks a point in the long fought struggles by Italy to gain independence from Austria. The conflicts had begun as a result of the revolutions of 1848. By 1859 the Italians had gained considerable advantages due to the leadership of Camillo Benso, Conte di Cavour. King Charles Albert had agreed to grant liberal reforms and unity to the Italian people in 1848, but when his son Victor Emmanuel II assumed the throne, he reneged on those promises. So the struggles among the liberals, the royalists, the Papal States, Austria and even France and Russia resumed. In 1858 Cavour allied the northern Italian states with France under Napoleon III, but the latter ruler stopped the war when he made a separate peace with Austria. An inset on this map shows the political boundaries in Italy in 1859 that so angered patriots such as Cavour. $325



"Wyld's Map of the Baltic or East Sea, including the Gulfs of Botnia and Finland and Surrounding Countries Embracing the Present Seat of War." London: James Wyld, ca. 1863-64? Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 21 sections and mounted linen. 19 x 26 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition. Folding into original cloth covers; with some wear at hinge.

An excellent map of the lands around the Baltic Sea, including northern Germany, Denmark, Prussia, Russia, and the southern part of the Scandinavian peninsula. Folding maps like this were often issued to document a current crisis of interest to readers, and this map is no exception, for as the title notes, it shows the "Present Seat of War." Though undated, the mention that Wyld is Geographer to "the Queen and H.R.H. Price Albert," indicates a date after 1840, the year of their marriage. Though Albert died in 1861, the map could have been issued shortly after, as the royal title could still apply. The only war in this region during this period were the Schleswig-Holstein conflict (1863-64) and the second Polish Revolution (1863-64). Given the focus of the map, the former is more likely the war to which this fine map was a response. $375



James Wyld. "Strategic Map of the Theatre of War in Central Europe & Nth. Italy." London: J. Wyld, 25 June 1866. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 24 sections and mounted on linen. 31 3/4 x 24 3/5. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. Folding into original green cloth case. Ownership label of "Lt. Col. Tottenham" from Wales pasted inside front cover.

The year 1866 was momentous in the formation of the modern Italian state. France, Germany, and Austria all had claims and vital interests in the various Italian regions. Cavour died in 1861 and his diplomatic approaches were superceded by Garibaldi's more militant measures. On 12 May 1866 an alliance between Italy and Prussia countenanced by France led to inevitable war of independence by Italy with Austria. This map was printed five days after Italy declared war. In subsequent months Italy would lose the major battles, but due to pressures from France and Prussia the war ended with Italy further united. $375



George Lucas. "Plan of the Parish of Paddington Middlesex." London, 1869. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 20 sections and mounted on linen. Lithograph. 24 3/4 x 20 1/2 (sheet). Some hand color. Cloth case. Excellent condition..

A fine case map of this important part of London. The detail is excellent and the color focuses on the railway depot used for passenger service and freight. $275



"Map of Central Europe, Containing all the Railways in use with the Stations. Also the Principal Roads, Rivers, and Mountain Ranges." London: Edward Stanford, July 18, 1870. 34 x 45 3/4. Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 45 sections and mounted on linen. Engraving by B.R. Davies. Original hand color. Excellent condition. Folding into original cloth covers.

A spectacular map of Central Europe which focuses on the booming railroad network, but really is a map issued in response to the tensions that, just the day after this map was issued, would lead France's declaration of war against Prussia (the Franco-Prussian War 1870-71). Prussia is shown cresting this map in pink, crisscrossed with numerous rail lines. To the west is France, also with an impressive railway network, while to the south are the collection of kingdoms, grand duchies, and other smaller political entities that made up southern Germany. The immediate effect of Prussia's quick victory in the war was the unification of these states with Prussia to form the German Empire in January 18, 1871, just six months after this map was issued. This map, then, is a snap-shot of the fleeting political situation just before the creation of the German Empire. $575



"Rand, McNally, & Company's Map of the Eastern Hemisphere, Globe Series, Compiled from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1890. 54 x 39 1/2. Color cerograph. Folding map: dissected into 25 sections; mounted on linen. With original buckram covers. Rivets at top edge for hanging. Creases in upper left and lower right corners; else, very good condition.

Obviously produced as a didactic tool, this map from Rand, McNally & Company's Globe Series offers as much information about the history of public education as it does the state of the 1908 world. Below the hemispherical map, an inset of "The Old Testament World" lays out the Holy Land and indicates the prominent role that Christian morality played in turn-of-the-century public education. Enrollment in the American public schools is charted, according to state, at the lower edge of the map; at the top edge, two sturdy rivets make the map easy to hang on a classroom wall. In the spandrels surrounding the round map image, informative vignettes on London, Paris, and Berlin round out the map's educational potential. A bright, clear map, its crisp detail makes it a fine choice for any student of American pedagogy as well as scholars of world history. $185



London Geographical Institute. "Daily Mail War Map." London: George Philip & Son, circa 1914-15. Separately folding map with original paper covers. Wax engraving, printed in colors. 21 1/2 x 33 (full sheet). Short tears at some fold junctures. Two small tape repairs on verso. Else clean, bright and totally original.

This bright map was made to inform the British public of the geographical and economic situations of the countries lined up against each other for the First World War. This map, which shows those countries part of the "Triple Entente" and the "Triple Alliance" in contrasting colors, would have been used by those in England avidly following the events of the war. The main map is very clear in its depiction of the countries and cities of Europe, and it also includes indications of the placement of Army corps, forts, airship depots, and railroads. Along the side, the map features insets with graphic representations of comparative armies, navies, aircraft, and funds available. $250



George Philip. "New Hand-Map of Europe to Illustrate Territorial Changes Since 1914. . .." London: London Geographical Institute, ca.1923. With insets of Finland and Iceland. Wax engraving, printed in colors. 36 1/2 x 47 (full sheet). Folded into original paper case. Very good condition.

This fascinating map shows the results of the Versailles Treaty and the political geographical changes enforced by the League of Nations. It also dramatizes the situations which led to World War II. The Saar area and Alsace-Lorraine went to France, Posen and West Prussia to Poland, plebiscites were held in a number of former German areas. Austria-Hungary remains as an entity on this map but would soon have to document the independence of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary. Small, precise labels document treaties and dates the effected changes in many areas throughout the map. The effects on the western edge of Turkey are shown as a line established the Greco-Turkish Frontier of 1923. A vast amount of information. $450



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