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[Wall map of America at the beginning of the 19th century] Map of America. London: Aaron Arrowsmith, 1804. Original colour. Four sheets, dissected and laid on linen as one, as issued, total 1220 x 1480mm. A little wear to linen folds.
A large wall map of America by the leading British cartographer of the period, carefully compiled from the latest sources, including Mackenzie's exploration of Arctic America, George Vancouver on the Pacific north-west and William Bligh's second Breadfruit Voyage in the South Pacific (the Mutiny on the Bounty occured on the First). It is a fine example of Arrowsmith's more scientific approach to cartography, with decoration giving way to precise detail; however he still included a finely-engraved title cartouche, featuring a moose, breadfruit and other flora and fauna.
($3,500 • €3,304 rates)
[Wall map of Asia] Asia. To Major James Rennell, Esq.r F.R.S. &c. &c. This Map is Inscribed, by His much Obliged Humble Servant A: Arrowsmith, Hydrographer to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. London: Arrowsmith, 1801. Original colour. Four sheets, each c. 630 x 730mm, total joined approx. 1260 x 1470mm. Slight damage to left margin on each sheet.
A superbly detailed wall map, marking the routes of the explorers. It is a significant advance on other maps of the period, incorporating the work of surveyors like James Rennell, to whom the map was dedicated. Rennell was surveyor-general of the East India Company's dominions in Bengal and the information published in his 'Bengal Atlas' in 1779 appears here. Arrowsmith has also included topographical detail like mountain ranges in remarkable detail in regions as remote as Tibet.
($2,500 • €2,360 rates)
[Early 19th Century map of Hindoostan] Map of Hindoostan drawn for Mill's History of British India by A. Arrowsmith London: Sydney Hall, 1817. 620 x 520mm.
Detailed map of Hindoostan showing the British Possessions.
($750 • €708 rates)
[A late-Georgian wall map of England and Wales in fine colour] Map of the Hills, Rivers, Canals and Principal Roads of England and Wales Upon a Scale of Six Miles to an Inch. Exhibiting Most of the Places Whose Situation has been ascertained by the Stations and Intersections of the Trigonometrical Survey. London, 1813-1820. Original colour. Four sheets, dissected and laid on linen in four sections as issued, total if joined 1820mm x 14600mm, with marbled chemise.
An large and detailed map of England and Wales, with the counties delineated with fine original hand colour. Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823) was at the forefrond of the new, more scientific approach to mapping, reducing the ornament and concentrating on exactitude. However the quality of the colour means this is very striking map. Originally published in 1813, this example has been undated for re-issue in 1820, when Arrowsmith became 'Hydrographer to the King', when George IV became king instead of Prince Regent.
($1,125 • €1,062 rates)
[A Napoleonic-War era wall map of Germany] To his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, K.G. &c. This Map of the Physical Divisions of Germany, Exhibiting The Post Roads, Canals &c, Constructed from Original Materials Is with Permission Most humbly Inscribed by His Royal Highness's Faithful & most Devoted Servant A. Arrowsmith. London, 1812. Six sheets, dissected and laid on linen as issued, total if joined 2000mm x 2000mm, plus extension 205 x 285mm at bottom, edged with blue silk. Folded into box with calf gilt-lettered spine with marbled sides. Some minor spotting, calf spine scuffed.
An incredibly detailed map of Germany and Austria, with a pair of flaps extending down to the Gulf of Trieste. It wa published the year that Napoleon's defeat in Russia led in a resurgence in Germanic opposition to French domination, with Prussia and Austria joining the Sixth Coalition. The Hanoverian territories belonging to George III had suffered badly in the Napoleonic Wars, being overrun by Prussia (1801), France (1803), Prussia (early 1806) and finally France (late 1806), who integrated it into the the new Kingdom of Westphalia, ruled by Jérôme Bonaparte. Many Hanoverian soldiers left for England, where the 'King's German Legion' was formed in 1803. Their commander-in-chief was Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (1774-1850), seventh son of George III, to whom this map is dedicated.
($1,063 • €1,003 rates)
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