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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

Anonymous. [Medieval woodblock T-O world map]
[Untitled circular world map from a woodblock of 1491.] Paris, Nicolas Couteau, 1543. Woodblock, two sheets joined. Circular map, diameter 300mm, letterpress in borders. A fine example.
A scarce circular woodblock world map, first issued in the 1491 edition of 'La Mer des Hystoires', published in Lyon. It follows the T-O format with east at the top of the map, so Asia filling the top half, Africa bottom right and Europe bottom left, with Jerusalem at the centre. The map shows different countries and cities as hills or islands, with the Pope shown behind the walls of the Vatican and England and Ireland on the edge just left of the centre. Other vignettes include the Devil, the Tree of the Sun and the Moon, dragons and a phoenix. 'La Mer des Hystoires' was a French translation of the ' Rudimentum Novitiorum', 1475, an encyclopaedic world history based on medieval theology, which contained the first detailed maps ever printed, pre-dating the illustrated editions of Ptolemy. Although this map is smaller than the 1475 original a number of mistakes were corrected and the text is much clearer than in the previous editions. Campbell calls it 'the work of a thinking individual'. SHIRLEY: Mapping of the World, 17.
[Ref: 10204]    £16,500.00 ($21,780 • €18,480 rates)


Anonymous. [A double hemisphere world map with California as an island]
Typus Orbis Terrarum. German? c.1700. Coloured. 175 x 255mm.
A small-format map of the world, showing the 'islands' of California and Korea, an indistinct Cape Horn and a Great Southern Continent. Under the map are representatiosn of the Four Seasons, with a salamander for fire, eagle for air, flowers for earth and a pair of unrealistic dolphins for water.
[Ref: 16640]    £750.00 ($990 • €840 rates)


Anonymous. [19th century world map]
Wereldkaart Amsterdam, c.1840. Original colour. 250 x 320mm.
World map with the western hemisphere and eastern hemisphere. Two smaller hemispheres show the north and south poles.
[Ref: 17843]    £120.00 ($158 • €134 rates)


Anonymous. [Souvenir flag for the Coronation of Edward VIII with a map of the British Empire]
Coronation King Edward VIII. 1937. Printed 1936. Colour-printed wood engraving on linen. 540 x 840mm.
A souvenir flag published in anticipation of the coronation of Edward VIII. A portrait of the King, a double-hemisphere world map with the British Empire coloured red and the Royal Arms are illustrated over a Union Jack background. The flag was printed in 1936 ready for the Coronation which was to take place the following year. However, Edward VIII chose love and marriage to Mrs Wallis Simpson rather than the throne and crown. Edward abdicated on 11th December 1936 and George VI was crowned instead.
[Ref: 17492]    £1,100.00 ($1,452 • €1,232 rates)


Anonymous. [A map of the oil fields of the world]
Le Petrole dans Le Monde. Paris: Union des Chambres Syndicals sw l'Industrie du Pétrole, 1958. Colour lithograph. Sheet 985 x 1210mm. Folded as issued.
A large map of the world on Mercator's Projection, marking the oil fields and areas with oil-producing potential. Insets show details of North America, Venezuela and the Middle East, a map showing the tanker routes during the Suez Crisis of 1956, and tables of oil production expansion and sources of power since 1900.
[Ref: 17415]    £1,650.00 ($2,178 • €1,848 rates)


  AMERICA 
 North America 

Anonymous. [Cook's voyage through the North Pacific]
Carte de la Partie Septentrionale de la Mer du Sud... Paris, c.1785. Coloured. 260 x 370mm. Repaired tear.
The north Pacific, with the route of Cook's Last Voyage marked. In 1778 he passed throught the Bering Strait but got blocked by the icepack. He turned south and met his death on Hawaii.
[Ref: 13562]    £150.00 ($198 • €168 rates)


 United States 

Anonymous. [An unrecorded map of North America]
North America. London, c.1755. 190 x 240mm. Binding folds flattened.
An unrecorded map of North America, based on the small-format map by Thomas Jefferys of c.1751, but with an elaborate vignette integrated into a tree, covering the unknown parts of the west coast. At the top is a bear entering a cave, with wild horses, a bison, deer, wolves, natives and a waterfall underneath. Over the Atlantic is the title cartouche featuring whaling. It is likely that this map was published in a periodical but we have been unable to trace it.
[Ref: 16046]    £1,200.00 ($1,584 • €1,344 rates)


 Eastern Seaboard 

Anonymous. [A map of Pennsylvania with an early use of 'Pittsburg']
Map of the Province of Pensilvania. London: T.Kinnersley, 1759, Sheet 135 x 210mm.
A map of the Province of Pennsylvania published to illustrate the conflict between the British, French and their native allies for control of the area during the Seven Years' War (known as the 'French and Indian War in America). In particular it marks Fort Duquesne, a French fort on the Ohio River. In September 1758 the British attacked the fort: an advanced force was crushed by the French, who then burned the fort and retreated before the main force arrived. The British then rebuilt it as Fort Pitt, which evolved into Pittsburgh. This map was published in 'The Grand Magazine of Magazines. or Universal Register', which was mostly written by David Henry. Published as a competitor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine', Henry appears not to have scruples about the sources of his illustrations; this map seems to have been adapted from Kitchin's map for the 'London Magazine', published in 1756, before these events. Thus this map is marked 'F.t du Quesne now called Pittsburg', a very early usage of the name.
[Ref: 14688]    £650.00 ($858 • €728 rates)


Anonymous. [Turn of the century view of New York]
New-York. German, c.1900. Chromolithograph. 625 x 825mm.
An imposing bird's-eye view of New York, centred on Manhattan with the Brooklyn Suspension bridge (here called the East River Bridge) spanning the East River. Governors Island is in the bottom right.
[Ref: 17176]    £2,800.00 ($3,696 • €3,136 rates)


 West Indies 

Anonymous. [Map of Guadeloupe to illustrate news of the Seven Years' War]
Guadalupe, with the Adjacent Islands. London: T.Kinnersley, 1759, Sheet 105 x 205mm, with 5pp. letterpress.
A map of the French colony of Guadeloupe during the 1759 capture by the British, with a text description of the actions. Because of the importance of the island's sugar to the French economy Guadeloupe became a target for British operations during the Seven Years' War (1756-63). Late in 1758 a fleet was sent to the West Indies with orders to attack French and Spanish Colonies, including Guadeloupe, Martinique and Cuba. Guadeloupe surrendered in May 1759, remaining in British hands until the island was handed back in the Treaty of Paris. This map was published in the March edition of 'The Grand Magazine of Magazines. or Universal Register'. Mostly written by David Henry, the magazine was published as a competitor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine'. The circulation was never high and it folded in 1760.
[Ref: 14898]    £250.00 ($330 • €280 rates)


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