A lovely, folio map of the world illustrating the state of French cartographic knowledge from the middle of the eighteenth century. The French were the leading cartographers of the time and this map is a good example of their work. This rendering is based on that of Nicholas Sanson, updated by the Robert de Vaugondy publishing firm. Good detail is presented throughout, showing rivers, lakes, regions, mountains, and political divisions. The information includes is quite up-to-date, with the latest details of North America, including all five Great Lakes and the Mississippi River reasonably correctly depicted. California is attached to the main land, but the northwest is left blank for lack of correct information. Also of interest are the reflections of recent explorations, including partial depictions of Australia ("Nouvelle Hollande") and New Zealand. $3,200
Emanuel Bowen. "A New and Accurate Map of the World." From John Harris' Navigantium atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca. or, A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels. London, 1744. 11 1/4 x 21 1/4. Engraving. Narrow margin at left, as issued. Very good condition.
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
Archibald McIntyre. "The World from the best Authorities." From A New Geographical, Commercial and Historical Grammar. Edinburgh: Alexander Kincaid, 1790. Ca 7 1/2 x 14 1/2. Engraving. Very good condition. Denver.
An interesting, double-hemisphere world map from the late 18th century. The outlines of the continents (including "New Holland") are fairly well depicted, with major political features indicated, as well as some major cities. Of interest are the indications of some coastline for the Antarctic continent, though there is no record of its actual discover until the early nineteenth century. Also of note is an indicated of the "West R." in the northwestern part of North America, a reflection of the belief in the non-existent "River of the West." $175
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
J.B. Tardieu. "Mappe-Monde, en deux Hemisphères." Paris, ca. 1815. 9 3/4 x 17 1/4. Engraving by J.B. Tardeau; lettering by Giraldon. Original outline color. Some light spots. Overall, very good condition. Denver.
Jean Baptiste Tardeau (1768-1837) was one of the more prolific members of a large French family which devoted itself to cartographic productions from the early eighteenth century until the middle of the nineteenth. This map reflects the state of the world at the end of the Napoleonic Period and a French view during the influences of the Congress of Vienna. Among the European colonies those belonging to France are designated more than others. Also, true to French scientific intentions to show the true size of the world, the equal area projection is used to best illustrate the size of the continents. Many new discoveries are recorded on this map, such as Hawaii (Sandwich Islands) is shown, Australia (still called New Holland) is completely mapped, no northwest passage is suggested (due to Mackenzie and the Lewis and Clark Expedition), and the Bering Straits accurately show that North America is not connected to Asia. $425
John Dower. "A New Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection with the tracks of the most celebrated & recent navigators." London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1842. Folding map: dissected and mounted onto linen. Two sections, each ca. 50 x 37 1/4. Engraving by John Dower. Full, original hand color. With original cover, gold stamped title and border. With some occasional spotting, but overall very good condition.
A large, excellent quality British map of the world on the Mercator projection. Issued in 1842, it contains an excellent illustration of Texas as an independent republic. Mexico (pre-Mexican War), the United States, and Texas are shown with strong contrasting colors, emphasizing Texas' independent nature. Elsewhere the map contains as up-to-date and accurate information on the world as any map of the time. This large map was issued here in a folding format for ease of carrying and use; such maps are of considerable interest and much scarcer than the usual atlas maps. $5,800
"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.
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
"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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