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Sebastian Munster.[Hungary & Poland] "Nuovas descrizzione della Polonia, & dell' Ungaria." 10 1/8 x 13 1/2. 1575. Woodcut. Very good condition.

Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) was one of the first great cartographers, working in the era before the Dutch "modern" cartographers such as Mercator and Ortelius. He studiously compiled the best information available in the sixteenth century, corresponding with scholars all around Europe and visiting book fairs and libraries whenever possible. Munster issued many influential maps in his editions of Ptolemy’s Geographia and his own Cosmographia which were published beginning in 1540. This full page map shows regions just south and well to the north of the Danube. $550

Mercator Hungary
Gerard Mercator. "Hungaria." From the Mercator-Hondius Atlas. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius, 1613. Engraving. 14 1/2 x 17 1/2. Full original color. Fine condition.

Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) ranks as one of the greatest cartographers in history, not only for the extremely fine maps he produced, but also for the innovations which he introduced into cartographic science. Through his constant accumulation of new geographic and cosmological data, Mercator was able to produce the most accurate and current maps of his day, which unlike most of his contemporaries’ maps were mostly original work. This is a fine example of the Mercator map of Hungary from the 1613 edition of his Atlas. $950

Johann Baptist Homann. "Regni Hungariae Tabula Generalis ex Archetypo Mülleriano..." Nuremberg, ca. 1720. Engraving. Full original hand color. Strong impression. Excellent condition.

A German map of the Kingdom of Hungary which, like other German maps of the period, is particularly noteworthy for its elaborately executed title and scale cartouches. In the top left, eagles hold the banner of the title cartouche in their talons, while an angel holds the nation’s escutcheon. On the top right, a pastoral image of three horsemen riding as if hunting, dominates the scale of Hungarian and German miles. Copious topographical information is clearly presented and political divisions are shown in contrasting pastel shades. $525

Tobias Conrad Lotter. "Transylvaniæ, Moldaviæ, Walachiæ, Bulgariæ nova et accurata Delineatio." Augsburg: T.C. Lotter, ca. 1760. 19 1/4 x 22 3/4. Engraving by Lotter. Full original color. Very light surface dirt in lower right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

A boldly colorful map of Transylvania, Bulgaria and lower Danube by Tobias Lotter, another of the prolific German cartographer of the eighteenth century. The cartographic information is shown in an almost naive manner and strong coloring typical of Lotter’s work. The rococo title cartouche is also typically German in style, with its fascinating picture of native soldiers, uncolored so as to better show the detail. The whole presentation is fascinating and strikingly attractive. $350

Jean Janvier. "Le Royaume De Hongrie..." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & Delalain, ca. 1775. 12 x 17 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Jean Janvier was a French cartographer who worked in Paris in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Among his output were some fine maps which appeared in Jean Lattré’s Atlas Moderne. This atlas contained maps of all parts of the world engraved by Lattré, the "Graveur Ordinaire du Roi." Janvier’s maps contained the best information available at the time. This map contains information on regions, towns, cities, lakes, and rivers. This information is neatly engraved and highlighted with lovely hand color. A nicely etched title cartouche in the baroque style graces the map in the top right corner. $350

Cary Hungary
John Cary. "A New Map of Hungary..." London: J. Cary, 1799. 18 x 20 1/4. Engraving. Full original hand color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

A bright, detailed map of Hungary, stretching from Poland to the Danube River and including Transylvania and Croatia. Drawn at the end of the eighteenth century, the map shows the region at an interesting period of its history. The detail is impressive and clearly presented, including many towns, rivers, roads, and other information. With its fine engraving and beautiful color, this is an historically impressive and visually attractive map. $450

Darton map of Hungary etc.
William Darton, Jr. "Turkey in Europe, and Hungary." From Atlas to Walker's Geography. London: Vernor and Hood, etc., 1802. 7 1/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition.

William Darton, Sr. started his mapmaking business in 1787 in London, and thus began a cartographic publishing house that would last, in various manifestations, until the 1860s. William Darton, Jr. joined his father late in the eighteenth century and these are maps engraved by him for Walker's Geography. While not large, the maps contain an impressive amount of detail carefully presented. The information used was the best available in London at the beginning of the nineteenth century, meaning the best in the world, so these maps are not only attractive, but provide an excellent cartographic picture of the world at the time. This map of the region from Hungary south through Greece includes good information and notes the various political division in this complex region as they existed at the time. $150
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