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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

NOLIN, Jean Baptiste. [A double-hemisphere wall map with side panels]
Le Globe Terrestre Represente en Deux Plans-Hemispheres Dressé Sur la Projection de M.r de la Hyre de l'Academie Royale des Sciences... Paris, Crepy, 1767. Coloured. 1190 x 1500mm. Minor restoration, as is usual in these large wall maps.
A four-sheet map of the world, presented as a pair of hemispheres held aloft by allegorical figures of the Four Seasons. The added borders containing vignette scenes from the Old Testament, including the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark and the Ten Commandments. According to a small text the decorations were drawn and engraved by Bocquet from Nolin's ideas. The map, published only a couple of years before Captain Cook's first voyage, still shows only a partial outline of New Zealand and an unbroken Australian coastline joining Tasmania to New Guinea. In North America the 'Strait of Anian' forms a North West Passage from Hudson's Bay, and the St Lawrence River continues west from Lake Superior. SHIRLEY: World 605, 'one of the finest Large-scale world maps to be produced '
[Ref: 15148]   P.O.A.


 Polar Maps 

HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Mercator's North Pole from the 'Atlas Minor']
Polus Arcticus cum vicinis regionibus. Amsterdam, 1610, Latin text edition. Coloured. 135 x 185mm.
A reduction of Mercator's famous map of the Arctic, first published in the 'Atlas Minor' of 1607. The three roundel inset maps show the Faroe Islands, the Shetlands and the mythical island of Frisland. In 1621 the printing plate was sold to a London publisher, who republished it in 'Purchas His Pilgrimies'. Later Dutch editions used new plates by Jansson.
[Ref: 18284]    £525.00 ($697 • €600 rates)


BERTIUS, Petrus. [Arctic]
[Regiones Hyperboreæ.] Amsterdam, Jodocus Hondius jnr, 1616. 95 x 120mm.
The Arctic Circle, published in Hondius's revised version of Bertius's 'Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum', probably engraved by Hondius himself. It is derived from Mercator's folio map of 1585 (the 1606 state with Nova Zembla now a single, incomplete island), but has new borders of arctic animals rather than roundel maps. BURDEN: 184; KOEMAN: Lan 11a.
[Ref: 10130]    £420.00 ($558 • €480 rates)


KEIZER, Jacob. [The North Pole, with California as an Island]
De Noord Pool. De Eilanden van Sangir Sjauw en Pagasare. Amsterdam: Jan de Lat, c.1747. Original outline colour. 190 x 280mm.
A scarce Dutch map with the North Pole featuring California as an Island. The inset map shows the volcanic islands of the Sangihe Archipelago in Indonesia
[Ref: 17249]    £300.00 ($398 • €343 rates)


  AMERICA 
 North America 

RABATTA, Augusto & BAILOU, Jean Baptist de. [An 18th century playing-card map of North America]
America Settentrionale. Florence: Aniello Lamberti, 1779. Original colour. Sheet size 110 x 65mm.
A rare miniature map of North America, engraved by Lamberti for the 'Minchiate', the Florentine version of the Tarot, which had each card marked with an arcane symbol. The full set was published in Augusto Da Rabatta and Jean Baptiste De Baillou's pocket atlas 'Nuovo Atlante Generale'. Information on the map is minimal, but an extensive key gives the names of the various regions and their principal cities. Also shown is the ficticious North-West Passage.
[Ref: 12957]    £600.00 ($797 • €686 rates)


RABATTA, Augusto & BAILOU, Jean Baptist de. [An 18th century playing-card map of the North West Passage & Bering Straits]
Nuovo sistema combinate dalle Scoperto de Russi dell'Ammiraglia della Fonte, di M. Delisle ed altri per le Parti Nord Ouest dell'America, e Nord Est dell'Asia approvato dalla Reale Accademia dell Sceinzxe di Parigi. Florence: Aniello Lamberti, 1779. Original colour. Sheet size 115 x 75mm.
A rare miniature showing two maps, the ficticious North West Passage and the the Bering Straits. Engraved by Lamberti for the 'Minchiate', the Florentine version of the Tarot, which had each card marked with an arcane symbol. The full set was published in Augusto Da Rabatta and Jean Baptiste De Baillou's pocket atlas 'Nuovo Atlante Generale'. Information on the map is minimal, but an extensive key gives the names of the various regions. These were printed in the year that Cook entered the Bering Straits.
[Ref: 12995]    £650.00 ($863 • €743 rates)


CARY, John. [Detailed map of North America in the early 19th century]
A New Map of North America from the Latest Authorities. London, 1811. Original body colour. 525 x 600mm.
A colourful map of North America published the year before Britain and the USA fought the War of 1812. Although the Eastern Seaboard is shown in great detail, this peters out between the Mississippi and the west coast discoveries of George Vancouver, although the line of the Rockies (here the 'Stony Mountains') is marked. In the Arctic Ocean the mouths of the Mckenzie and Coppermine Rivers are marked, but between them and Baffin Bay the landmass is left vague. Across Greenland is 'Fin Whale Strait', a remnant of the erroneous 'Frobisher's Strait'.
[Ref: 17362]    £450.00 ($598 • €514 rates)


 Western USA 

DONCKER, Hendrik. [First state of Doncker's chart of California as an island]
Pascaart vertoonende de Zeecusten van Chile, Peru, Hispania Nova, Nova Granada, en California. Amsterdam, 1659. Original colour with later additions, with gold highlights. 435 x 540mm. A fine example.
The first state of this impressive chart of the west coast of America, which was updated the following year to show the Caribbean coast of Central America. Orientated with north to the left, it shows from a promontory called 'Aguebela de Cato' just north of California south to near Arica in Chile. However it is for its representation of California that this chart is so important, as it 'depicts California as an island on a larger scale than any earlier sea chart' (Burden). Insets show two other great cartographical mysteries: the partial outline of Tasmania, according to Tasman; and the mythical island of Yedso to the north of Japan. A third insert shows the islands around the Ladrones. See KOEMAN Don 2 for the first atlas issue, in 'De Zee Atlas Of Water-Waerelt...'
[Ref: 11230]    £2,200.00 ($2,922 • €2,515 rates)


 Canada 

MORTIER, Pieter. [Arctic America]
Carte Particuliere de L'Amerique Septentrionale ou sont Compris Le Destroit de Davids, Le Destroit de Hudson, &c. Amsterdam, c.1705. Original colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 590 x 830mm. Very fine condition.
A large chart showing from the west coast of Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and the bays of Arctic America. The abundance of English placenames is a testament to their efforts to find the North West Passage, hoping to reach the East Indies without having to pass the French and Spaniards! Of interest are the pair of channels traversing the tip of Greenland, the upper one called 'Destroit de M. Vorbischer' (Strait of Martin Frobisher). These appear as a consequence of the Zeno hoax of 1558, which put the mythical island of Frisland on most maps of the period. Martin Frobisher (1535-94) sailed across the Atlantic in 1576 to look for the North West Passage: he landed on Greenland but thought it to be the non-existent Frisland shown on his charts. When he sailed on and touched land he thought he had arrived in Greenland when in fact he was at what is now Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Entering the bay he believed he had discovered a strait on Greenland, and even two more voyages (1577 & 1578) did nothing to make him doubt himself. Over a century later this chart was published with his mistake still included. Frobisher did not have much luck: he also mistook iron pyrite for gold-bearing ore and a narwhal corpse for a unicorn. Fortunately his career as an English privateer was more successful and his service during the Spanish Armada of 1588 earned him a knighthood. This chart was published in Mortier's issue of Jaillot's 'Atlas Nouveau', although it also appeared in Mortier's 'Neptune Francois' sea-atlas. KOEMAN: Mor 1.
[Ref: 8709]    £700.00 ($930 • €800 rates)


 South America 

MONTANUS, Arnoldus. [Guiana, with Sir Walter Raleigh's El Dorado]
Guiana sive Amazonum Regio. London: John Ogilby, 1671. Coloured. 285 x 365mm.
A map of Guiana with elaborate cartouches for the title and scale, based on the account of Sir Walter Raleigh in his search for 'El Dorado', the legendary city of gold. The map shows a large lake, 'Parime Lacus', with 'Manoa or El Dorado' on the western shore. This example comes from Ogilby's 'America', an English edition of Montanus' 'De Nieuwe En Onbekende Weereld', published the same year by Meurs.
[Ref: 8755]    £250.00 ($332 • €286 rates)


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