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 World Maps 

FRISIUS, Gemma. [An uncommon cordiform world map with wind heads]
Mappa mundi, oft generael Carte der Werelt... Antwerp, c.1553. Woodcut, sheet 230 x 295mm. Narrow margins, repair in bottom margin.
An unusual woodcut world map, prepared by Frisius for inclusion in Peter Apian's Cosmography. Three very similar versions of the block have been identified: this is the second, used 1553-1584, but this edition is Dutch, so is either 1553, 1561 or 1564. North America is shown as a narrow peninsula named 'Baccalearum', a reference to the cod fishing that was already so important. In the seas, ships, seamonsters and a mermaid are shown. The border of the map contains the signs of the Zodiac, outside which are a number of wind-heads, including three skulls blowing from the south. Above the two maps are a pair of god-like figures, one of whom has the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Emperor on his breastplate. SHIRLEY: 82 (see 96 & 131 for further details).
[Ref: 17820]    £2,400.00 ($3,120 • €2,683 rates)

SPEED, John. [Speed's world map, the first atlas map to show California as an island]
A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne according to ye truest Descriptions, latest Discoveries & best obervations y.t have beene made by English or Strangers. 1651. London: Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 395 x 515mm. Lateral margins repaired, tips of bottom corners reinstated.
The double-hemisphere world map from Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world, first published in 1627. It was probably engraved by Abraham Goos, who signed most of the other maps in the atlas. It was the first atlas map to show California as an island, an idea Goos introduced to print with a map of North America in 1624. On the other side of the world this map also shows Korea as an island and depicts 'Beach', the mythical kingdom located on 'The Southerne Unknowne Land'. Around the rims of the double-hemispheres is an abundance of decoration, including celestial spheres in the cusps, allegorical figures of the Four Elements, portraits of circumnavigators and diagrams of eclipses. On verso is an interesting English-text 'Description of the World'. Although this is a desirable factor today, only being published in the English language limited the overseas sales potential, enhancing the rarity value. SHIRLEY: World, 317.
[Ref: 17813]    £12,500.00 ($16,250 • €13,975 rates)

HALLEY, Edmund. [A French edition of the ''First Meteorological Map'']
[An untitled map of the Tropics.] Amsterdam: Wolfgang, Waesberge, Boom, & van Someren, 1687. 155 x 490mm. Laid on archivist's paper, a fine impression.
A chart of the prevailing winds around the world between 30º North and South, including the Trade WInds and Monsoon. The original was issued in Halley's 'Historical Account of the Trade Winds, and Monsoons, Observable in the Seas between and near the Tropicks...', published in the 'Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society' in 1686. This French edition appeared in the 'Bibliothèque Universelle et Historique de l’Année MDCLXXXVII'. Edmond Halley (1656-1742) is best known for his plotting the orbit of Halley's Comet, but his other interests included meteorology. In 1677-8 he stayed on St Helena island in the South Atlantic, observing the winds and cataloguing 341 stars visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
[Ref: 17548]    £475.00 ($618 • €531 rates)

CLUVER, Philip. [Double-hemisphere World]
Typus Orbis Terrarum. Amsterdam, c.1730. Coloured. 160 x 305mm.
Double hemisphere world with allegorical figures of the continents in the corners and Atlas supporting the world on his shoulders in the lower cusp. First published 1697. SHIRLEY: 586.
[Ref: 17534]    £680.00 ($884 • €760 rates)

EXPILLY, Jean-Joseph. [Miniature double-hemisphere world map]
Mappemonde Representee en Hemispheres. Paris, 1765. 105 x 165mm.
Small format world map by the French Abbot Jean-Joseph Expilly, published less than five years before Cook's first voyage, so showing only the partial outlines of Australia and New Zealand. Although it is not named, the fictitious 'Mer de l'Ouest' is shown in North America.
[Ref: 17435]    £280.00 ($364 • €313 rates)

BRION DE LA TOUR, Louis. [18th Century double-hemisphere world map]
Mappe-Monde Dressée pour l'étude de la Geographie... Paris, Desnos, 1786. Original colour. 280 x 315mm.
Double-hemisphere world map, with a decorative title cartouche & separately-printed frame-like border. Points of interest include: the uncertain coastlines of New Zealand and eastern Australia despite Cook's mapping fifteen years before; the 'Mer de l'Ouest' in North America; and the Island of Yeso above Japan.
[Ref: 17559]    £400.00 ($520 • €447 rates)

LEVASSEUR, Victor. [Very decorative map of the world]
Planisphère. Paris: Pelissier, c.1845. Outline colour. 310 x 410mm. A very fine example.
A fine map within highly decorative engraved borders, with medallion allegories of the Four Seasons and vignettes of gods, goddesses, mythical figures, astrological symbols and animals. It was published in one of the last decorative atlases, the 'Atlas Universel Illustré'.
[Ref: 15146]    £475.00 ($618 • €531 rates)

BERGHAUS, Hermann. [Map showing snake population throughout the world]
Schlegel's Versuch Einer Schlangen-Karte. Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1851. 345 x 405 mm
Three maps of the world on one sheet, showing the distribution of toxic and non-toxic snakes. The maps are accompanied with drawings of various snakes and statistical information.
[Ref: 17255]    £150.00 ($195 • €168 rates)

PERTHES, Justus. [An agricultural world map]
Verbreitungsbezirke Der Wichtigsten Kulturgewachse; Nebst Andeutungen Uber Den Lauf Der Isotheren Und Isochimenen Gotha, 1851. Original colour 340 x 430mm.
The large maps shows the distribution of grains throughout the world. The four smaller maps shows the distributions of sugar, coffee, pepper, tea and vanilla. Decorated with drawings of plants and flowers.
[Ref: 17269]    £150.00 ($195 • €168 rates)

PERTHES, Justus. [A map of the animals of the world]
Geographische Verbreitung. Gotha, 1851. Original colour. 340 x 430mm.
Map of the world with illustrations of animals down each side with niote on their population throughtout the world, including elephants, monkeys and rhinoceroses.
[Ref: 17274]    £150.00 ($195 • €168 rates)

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