This chart of the world on an oval projection appeared in John Harris' Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels, which included many accounts of explorations that could be followed by the reader on this detailed map. Bowen was careful to shown only explored parts of the world, so the northwest part of America is blank except for the label "Parts Undiscovered." The western coast of Australia, the southern outline of Tasmania, and the western coast of New Zealand, all discovered at the time, are shown, with a shade line on the eastern part of Australia showing a projected coastline there. Bowen's map is based on the records of the circumnavigations of Magellan, Drake and Anson, whose tracks are shown. A wonderful document of the state of knowledge about the world prior to Cook's voyages. $1,250
Emanuel Bowen. "A New & Correct Chart of all the Known World." From John Harris' Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. or, A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. London, 1744. 14 3/8 x 17 7/8. Engraving. Narrow margin at top, as issued. Very good condition.
Another world map from Harris' Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels, this a sea chart on the Mercator projection. Bowen adds notes throughout of land "discovered" but not fully explored. $850
Tobias Conrad Lotter after Guillaume Delisle. "Mappa Totius Mundi." Augsburg: T.C. Lotter, ca. 1770. 17 7/8 x 25 1/8. Engraving by Lotter. Full original hand color to map. Good margins. Very good condition.
A double hemisphere map by German cartographer Lotter, based on the great Frenchman Guillaume Delisle. Considerable information is given, including some explorer tracks in the Pacific (e.g. Tasman, Magellan, le Maire...). Interestingly, this must be one of the latest maps to show the mythical island of Frisland, which disappeared from most maps in the late seventeenth century. In the upper corners appear a northern and southern hemisphere map, the later without the great southern continent that had been so popular in earlier times. These hemispheres, colored in a traditional, strong German style, are set into an finely engraved framework, with a delightful baroque title cartouche. A good example of eighteenth-century German cartography. $2,600
Rigobert Bonne. "L'Ancien Monde et Le Nouveau en deux Hemispheres." From Bonne's Atlas de toutes les parties connues du Globe Terrestre. Paris, ca. 1790. 8 1/2 x 16. Engraving. Folds as issued, two light spots in margins. Else, very good condition.
Rigobert Bonne was the Royal Hydrographer of France, so he had considerable interest in the oceans of the world. Here he shows the continents in a double hemisphere world map, the main nations and rivers noted. In the oceans, he carefully depicts the latest information of islands and newly explored coastlines, such as in northwestern America and Australia. Major cities are also noted, as are some lakes and deserts. A nice picture of the world at the end of the eighteenth century. JT OUT ON APPROVAL
Mr. Wauthier. The World & the Four Continents. London, 1797. Each ca. 13 x 15. Engravings. Original outline color. Some creases, but overall very good condition.
The World and the four continents, each presented in a "Plain Map or Emblematic Chart for the Geographical Game" and drawn "According to the Method of the Abbé Gaultier By Mr. Wauthier his Pupil." The maps are intended for some sort of educational "game," and so while the major political divisions and geographic features are indicated, there are no words other than those in the title cartouche. The outline of the continents, the rivers and lakes, and the borders and mountains, are shown with the best information available, and the lack of labels gives the maps a most interesting appearance. For the set, $425
Anthony Finley. "The World on Mercator's Projection." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 8 1/2 x 11. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand-color. Full margins. Fine condition.
Anthony Finley is considered one of the leading cartographic publishers in America during the early 19th century. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. This map is typical of his work. Each continent is indicated in contrasting shades. The bright colors makes this map as attractive as it is informative. $275
"The World (on Mercator's Projection)." From Family Cabinet Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 3 1/2 x 5 3/8. Engraving by P.F. Hamm. Original hand color. Very good condition.
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. This map shows the world on Mercator's projectoin, with major countiers, cities, lakes and rivers noted. The hand color and small size makes this map as charming as it is interesting. $45
A nice French world map from the middle of the nineteenth century. Presented in the "classic" double hemisphere projection, the map shows the world as known by the best authorities at the time. Information of the major geographical features are depicted, including the early discoveries along the Antarctic coastline. The decorative appeal of the map is enhanced by a rendering of a terrestrial globe just below the map. A nice example of French map publishing. $325
"Johnson's Map of the World on Mercator's Projection." New York: Johnson & Ward, ca. 1863. 16 3/8 x 25 1/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Spot just under title and in Arctic Ocean; else, very good condition.
As the industry of mapmaking grew in the United States at the mid-nineteenth century, A.J. Johnson's firm was at the forefront. Their colorful atlases kept readers up-to-date not only on westward expansion in the United States, but on border changes and shifting politics around the world. Here, growing colonialism in Africa is illustrated alongside the "unexplored region," and Europe is dominated by Prussia to the north, Austria to the east, and Turkey in the south. Alaska is still noted as "Russian Territory," and nations between the Caspian Sea and the Sea of Japan are subsumed by "Independent Tartary" and the "Chinese Empire." A fascinating historical snapshot of the world in the midst of great change from one of the leaders in American mapmaking. $175
Richard H. Laurie after John Purdy. "Laurie's Chart of the World On Mercator's Projection." Separately issued, folding map: dissected into 32 sections and mounted on linen. London: R.H. Laurie, 1870. 24 x 39 1/4. Engraving. Original outline color. Excellent condition. With original buckram cover.
A superb Victorian map of the World by Richard Holmes Laurie, "Chartseller to the Admiralty." The map was reduced by Laurie from a large world map by John Purdy, and Laurie states that this is a "New Edition: Materially Improved." Detail is impressive throughout the world, with particularly good detail of the oceans, showing the routes of various expeditions and a multitude of islands. Countries are indicated with bright hand color, giving the map a decorative appearance. $675
S. Augustus Mitchell Jr. "The World in Hemispheres. With other Projections &c. &c." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S.A. Mitchell Jr., 1872. Lithograph. Original hand-coloring. Folio; 11 1/2 x 13 1/4 including decorative border. Full margins. Very good condition.
For most of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the firm founded by S. Augustus Mitchell dominated American cartography in output and influence. This fine map is from one of his son's atlases issued in 1872. It depicts as current geographical information as was available at the time. The map uses a double hemisphere projection and major topographical features are illustrated and named. Below the main map are three different perspectives on the world, and above is a chart of the length of major rivers. With its fine decorative border and nice hand coloring, this is an fine example of mid-nineteenth-century American cartography. $125
"G. Lang's Erdkarte in Merkators Projection." Leipzig: Georg Lang, 1892. Separately issued wall map; dissected into sixteen sections and mounted on linen for folding. Color cerograph. Very good condition.
A large and boldly designed map of the world by Leipzig map publisher George Lang. The focus is on political and transportation information. Each country is marked with contrasting colors, with the political spheres of the major European powers indicated by a color code in the title cartouche. Railroad lines and steam boat routes are prominently marked as are telegraph lines. Included are a number of insets of South East Asia and Africa, especially where the German colonies were located. $525
"Scarborough's Map of the World...Shewing Countries and their Colonies, Principal Transportation Lines, etc." Boston: The Scarborough Company, 1908. 39 1/8 x 37 3/8. Double-sided. Photomechanical process printed on oilcloth. Folding map in original, tooled leather slipcase. Some losses to slipcase. Light wear along map foldlines and at edges; scattered, light stains. Else, very good condition. Denver.
With this highly informative map of the world, one could navigate the fastest steam lines, traveling between countries armed with the commercial knowledge of the savviest merchant, the military information of a shrewd officer, and the demographic statistics of a well-read diplomat. All such information is carefully arranged around the edges of this detailed map, which is crisply printed in hemispheres on either side of a durable piece of oilcloth. With aesthetic drama, it illustrates the pervasion of international commerce and travel. With such extensive shipping lines and railways, national borders had grown increasingly transparent. Carefully inserted at the edge of the map, though, are statistics on the military might of major powers, each with far-flung colonial holdings to protect. Increasingly friendly and open, this map illustrates that nations still watched themselves and their neighbors carefully. $150
A.C. Webb. "The Commonwealth of Nations--Or, the British Empire." From The Christian Science Monitor. London, April 22, 1937. Chromolithograph. 14 1/2 x 21 1/2. Some light discoloration near centerfold and two repaired tears at bottom. Overall, good condition. Denver.
A colorful and historically interesting map showing the British Empire at the beginning of King George VI's reign. Issued in a special color section of the Christian Science Monitor to celebrate the King's coronation on May 12, 1937, the map is a graphic depiction of the empire near its zenith. An outline world map has the British nations bordered in red and elaborately gilded heraldry surrounds. Two quotes, one by Milton and one by Emerson, praise the strength and endurance of the empire. This is ironic in retrospect, as already Ireland was beginning its pull back from the empire and within a decade its decline began in earnest. $250
"The United States in the Modern World." Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., ca. 1940. Separately issued folding map: dissected into 24 sections; mounted on linen. With original buckram covers. Rivets at top edge for hanging. 37 1/2 x 56. Color cerograph. Very good condition. Ex-libra.
Obviously produced as a didactic tool, this map from the Earle McKee American History Series offers a very interesting depiction of the world as presented to American students just prior to WWII. The main map depicts the nations of the world color keyed to show national control. Shipping routes by steamship and "principal airways" are clearly indicated, with very few routes shown for the latter. A number of graphic charts are included, including one showing the amount of land controlled by different nations. The British Empire is largest, followed by the Soviet Union, France, China and then the United states. A large number of other charts are given, including national wealth, international trade, loans made since WWI, and other items of considerable interest. $175
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