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Valk: Mediterranean
Gerard and Leonard Valk. "Mare Mediterraneum . . ." Engraving (outline color). Amsterdam: G. & L. Valk, ca. 1695. 19 x 45 1/4 (neat lines). Full margins with small replacements at bottom left and right margins.. Excellent impression.

A very detailed map by Gerard and Leonard Valk, a father and son cartographic publishing firm from Amsterdam. This map shows an amazing amount of topographical scape from the Iberian Peninsula and the tip of Northwest Africa to the Black Sea and Holy Land in the west. Data, including islands, rivers, lakes, mountains, forests, cities, and a plethora of small villages; all are indicated quite clearly by means of the precise engraving and strong impression. While some of this information is inaccurate or imaginary, the map does provide an excellent record of what the entire Mediterranean world was thought to be like by Europeans at the beginning of the eighteenth century. With its interesting shape and original color, this map is also very attractive. $750

Seutter Atlas Minor: Europe
Georg Matthäus and Albrecht Carl Seutter. "Europa." From Atlas Minor. Augsburg: G.M. Seutter, 1744. Ca. 8 x 10" (19.5 x 25.9 cm). Engraving by T.C. Lotter. Full original color, with uncolored cartouche as issued.

One of a series of beautiful maps of all parts of the world. Georg Matthäus Seutter was one of the most important of the German cartographers, being appointed as the Geographer to the Imperial Court. His son, Albrecht Carl, joined Matthäus and eventually inherited the business. The maps from this atlas were drawn by the two Seutters and were engraved by Tobias C. Lotter, who later took over the business from Albrecht. These maps, typically of German output, are highly detailed and engraved with a bold hand. Equally strong is the original hand color in the body of the map. The cartouches were left uncolored in order to emphasize the elaborately detailed illustrations for which German maps are especially prized. These are some of the most decorative and interesting maps of the mid-eighteenth century. $425

Emanuel Bowen. "A New & Accurate Map of Europe." From John Harris' Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. London, 1748. 14 1/2 x 18. Engraving. Small spots in lower right and left corners, not affecting image. Else, very good condition.

Emanuel Bowen was a map engraver, printer and publisher in London in the mid-eighteenth century. He achieved considerable success in this field, being appointed as engraver to both Louis XV of France and George II of Britain, and later as Geographer to the latter. He produced some of the most interesting maps of his time. Despite his royal appointments and apparent success, Bowen died in poverty in 1767. Through all the vicissitudes of his life, however, Emanuel Bowen's maps continued at a very high level of quality, as exemplified by this nicely detailed map of Europe, "Drawn from the best Authorities, assisted by the most approved Modern Charts & Maps, and adjusted by Astronomical Observations." Interior detail is copious and accurate. Bowen includes charming decoration on the title cartouche, an allegorical depiction of the rivers of Europe and a small sailing ship as homage to the British tradition of trade. $275

Fielding Lucas: Europe
Fielding Lucas Jr. "Europe." From A New and Elegant General Atlas Containing Maps of each of the United States. Baltimore: F. Lucas, Jr., 1816. Folio. Engravings. Full original hand color. Light manuscript and blemishes in margins. Scattered small spots. Else, fine condition.

A fine map showing all of the Mediterranean by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas Jr. (1781- 1854). Lucas appears to have become involved in the publishing and book trade while a resident of Philadelphia from 1798 to 1804, when he moved to Baltimore. In 1807 Lucas joined Conrad, Lucas & Co., and then in 1810 he set up his own business at 138 Market Street. There Lucas first got involved in cartographic publishing with his New and Elegant General Atlas of 1816. In the second decade of the nineteenth century, through his Philadelphia contacts, Lucas was one of the major contributors to Carey & Lea's atlas of 1823. Concurrently with this involvement, Lucas brought out his own General Atlas, containing 104 maps of all parts of the world. Lucas, during his 50 years of residence in Baltimore, established himself as a prominent citizen of that city, serving as President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, President of the Board of School Commissioners, and as President of the Second Branch of the City Council. But it is for his important role in early American cartography that Lucas is best remembered. $150

Cary: Europe
John Cary. "Europe." From Cary's New Universal Atlas. London: J. Cary, 1816. 9 x 11 1/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Scattered light foxing, mostly in margins. Else, very good condition.

A detailed map of Europe by John Cary (ca. 1754-1835), the founder of the famous English cartographic firm. From about mid-way through the eighteenth century, British cartographers were the best in the world, and the maps produced by Cary are good examples of the quality they achieved. Cary was very concerned with the changing political situation in the world, so this map shows Europe at that date. Rivers, towns, political divisions, and topography are presented with crisp engravings, the hatchuring along the coastline giving the map a three-dimensional appearance. The subtle hand coloring adds a decorative touch to this fine early nineteenth century historic document. $150

John Thomson. "Chart of the Mediterranean Sea." From A New General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Thomson, 1817. 19 1/8 x 19 3/4. Engraving by Neele. Full original hand color. Fine condition.

A striking map of the Mediterranean with insets of seven locations along the coast, clockwise from top left: Marseilles, Genoa, Gibraltar, Gulf of Smyrna, Algiers, Algeziras and Leghorn Road. Countries are carefully named and indicated with contrasting outline colors. The delicate hand coloring highlights the information given, making the map both easier to read and pleasing to look at. Altogether, a fine example of early 19th-century British cartography. $250

From C. V. Lavoisne's A Complete Genealogical, Historical & Chronological Atlas. Philadelphia: M. Carey & Son, 1820+. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition.

Maps issued to illustrate Lavoisne's Historical Atlas. The maps in this atlas were issued on sheets containing text around the maps giving the situation and history of the areas depicted. These maps of the Mediterranean region show the sea, along with the surrouding nations.

Cooke: Barbarous Tribes
"Migrations, Settlements &c. of Barbarous Tribes illustrating the account which is given of them in Willard's Ancient Geography." Hartford: Oliver D. Cooke & Co., 1827. 8 3/8 x 11 3/8. Lithograph. Original hand color. Narrow margin at right; toning at edges of margin. Else, very good condition. $25

Bradford: Mediterranean
Thomas G. Bradford. From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: 1835-42. Ca. 7 3/4 x 10. Engravings. Original outline color. Full margins. Excellent condition.

Small maps published in Boston circa 1840 showing the Old World through the lens of the first half of the nineteenth century. Information shown includes rivers, towns and roads, both existing and proposed.

"The Mediterranean and Black Seas -- Physical." London: The London Geographical Institute, 1909-27. 12 3/4 x 18. Color offset by George Philip & Son, Ltd. Excellent condition.

A study of the two seas with elevations and sea depths depicted in color, with insets: "The Mediterranean and Black Seas showing the Visibility of the Land," and "A Section of the Mediterranean Sea." $45


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