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 World Maps 

SENEX, John. [An English world map after the Longitude Act]
A New Map of the World From the Latest Observations. Revis'd by I.Senex. Most humbly Inscribd to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. London, c.1720. Original outline colour with additions to the borders. 430 x 550mm.
An elegantly engraved double-hemisphere map of the world with four further spheres on different projections, an armillary sphere flanked by two figures (one being Hercules) and allegorical figures of the four continents around the title. On the map California is an island (although not on two of the smaller spheres), 'Jesso' is joined to mainland Asia, and Australia is joined to New Guinea via Carpentaria. Unusual features on this map are the faint outlines offering alternative coastlines around the countries furthest from Europe. The Longitude Act of 1714, in which a prize of £20,000 was offered for an accurate method of measuring longitude at sea, highlighted the fact that the exact locations of countries on the other side of the world had yet to be determined. This map displays an unusual admission of lack of certainty by a cartographer! Although this example is marked 'Revis'd' we have been unable to trace an earlier version. George was made Prince of Wales in 1714, and came to the throne of England in 1727 as George II.
[Ref: 17314]    £3,250.00 ($4,225 • €3,738 rates)

SEUTTER, Matthäus. [Highly-decorative double-hemisphere world map]
Diversi Globi Terr-Aquei... Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour. 510 x 590mm.
A fine double-hemisphere world map, with eight further hemispheres showing the Earth from different angles, surrounded by the allegorical wind-heads. California appears as an island; Ezo is a large adjunct to Japan, with 'Campangie Land' just to the north; and Australia and New Zealand are partial outlines.
[Ref: 17037]    £2,500.00 ($3,250 • €2,875 rates)

BOWEN, Emanuel. [World map depicting circumnavigator's routes]
A New and Accurate Map of the World. Drawn from the best Authorities and regulated by Astronomical Observations: Describing the Course of each of the following Circum-Navigators Viz Ferdinand Magellan, Sr. Francis Drake and Commodore Anson. London, 1748. 365 x 555mm.
A world map on an oval projection twenty years before Cook's first circumnavigation, thus showing an incomplate Australia and New Zealand. Also of interest are 'De Gama's Land' in the north Pacific and the note claiming that 'S.r Francis Drake was the First Navigator who made the Circuit of the Globe' because Magellan was killed in the Ladrones. Engraved by Thomas Kitchin, the map was published in the second edition of John Harris' 'Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels'.
[Ref: 17136]    £750.00 ($975 • €863 rates)

WALLIS, John. [A Georgian ''goose game'' world map]
Wallis's Complete Voyage Round the World. A New Geographical Pastime. London: John Wallis. 1796. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen as issued, map 335 x 640mm, together with rule sheet 170 x 660, both folded into marbled slipcase with publisher's title label. Slipcase worn.
An early educational ''goose game'', in which players race around the world, starting at Portsmouth and ending at London, through a hundred places, each with a fact and occassional penalty listed on the rule sheet. For example a player would miss a turn by visiting the 'Black Hole' of Calcutta. Worse was landing on 89, the Magellan Straights: ''the traveller is shipwrecked and loses his chance of the game''. According to the cover label this pocket version cost 6 shillings (as did tours though England, Europe and Scotland advertised on the map); boxed versions (containing the map on pastboard, totem and counties neccessary to play the game) were mentioned, unpriced. Totems were standardly used because dice were heavily taxed to discourage gambling.
[Ref: 17501]    £1,600.00 ($2,080 • €1,840 rates)

THOMPSON, George. [Georgian two-sheet, double-hemisphere map of the World]
A New Map of the World with all the New Discoveries, By Cap:t Cook & other Navigators Including the Trade Winds, Monsoons and Variations of the Compass, Illustrated with a Coelestial Planisphere, the Various Systems of Ptolomy, Copernicus & Tycho Bray, Together with the Appearences of the Planets &c. London: G. Thompson, 1798. Original colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 630 x 950mm.
A double-hemisphere map of the world at the end of the 18th century, surrounded by insets of polar and other projections, celestial spheres in the cusps and other astronomical diagrams. George Thompson (1758-1826) was a very successful London publisher, despite most of his output being derivative; he left an estate worth £70,000 although this was much reduced by the legal wrangles over the will that lasted until at least 1834. ARMITAGE: The World at Their Fingertips, Map 23.
[Ref: 13897]    £5,500.00 ($7,150 • €6,325 rates)

LEVASSEUR, Victor. [Very decorative 19th century map of the world]
Planisphère. Paris: Pelissier, c.1845. Outline colour. 310 x 410mm. An excellent example.
A fine map of the world on Mercator's projection, with ornate engraved borders, with medallion allegories of the Four Seasons and vignettes of gods, goddesses, mythical figures, Adam and Eve, astrological symbols and animals. Under the map is a further vingette with Jesus seated on a throne with a cross in one hand. Around him can be seen Napoleon, Socrates, pyramids and a herm. It was published in one of the last decorative atlases, the 'Atlas Universel Illustré'.
[Ref: 15841]    £280.00 ($364 • €322 rates)

IUNCK, J. [World map showing the Geography of plants]
Geografia Delle Piante. Turin, 1854. Original colour. 350 x 450mm.
An interesting Italian guide to the geography of plants, and how they are divided by height and latitude.
[Ref: 17213]    £240.00 ($312 • €276 rates)

COLTON, G.W. & C.B. [A huge American missionary map on linen]
Missionary Map of the World Showing the Prevailing Religions of its Various Nations and the Central Stations of All Protestant Missionary Societies. New York: Colton, 1892. Colour-printed wood engraving on ten linen sheets stitched together, total 2050 x 3550mm, with hanging string stitched in across top. A few small scorch marks, a little damp staining, otherwise fine.
A very scarce double-hemisphere world map with the land coloured according to the dominant religion, probably used as a backdrop at fund-raising events. The key lists Protestants, Greek and Eastern Churches, Roman Catholics, Jews, Mohammedans and Heathen, although the Jewish population is too spread out to show on the map. The 'Heathens' (those not members of an Abrahamic religion, numbered at 838 million by the key, outnumbering all the other religions combined) fill Arctic America, the interior of South America, central Africa, East Asia and Australia The founder of the Colton firm, Joseph H. Colton, published a missionary map of the world by Rev. J.M. Campbell in 1845, apparently the same size as this map and also on cloth priced at $10; after George Woolworth Colton and his brother Charles took over their father's business, c.1865, they issued a version, along with a 120-page manual in 1878. In the early 20th century the firm became August R. Ohman & Co., which issued a smaller version of this map (with the Heathens increasing to 845,000,000); and finally we have found a reference to a map published by Ohman Map Co, with the title ending 'central stations of the Seventh-day Adventists', tentatively dated 1916. Of all these variants we have only been able to locate one example of this 1892 map, for sale in 2001, and an example of the 1906 map, which we offered in our Catalogue 3 in 2016.
[Ref: 16862]    £6,800.00 ($8,840 • €7,820 rates)

BACON, George Washington. [Wall map of the world at the beginning of the 20th century]
Bacon's New Chart of the World. Mercator's Projection. London: G.W. Bacon & Co., c.1907. Colour lithographic map. Dissected and laid on linen as issued , total 950 x 1200mm, folded into original covers
A large map of the world, showing the British Empire, at its height, marked in red. Around the map are inset details: with plans of towns including Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and New York; the Panama and Suez Canals; the British Isles; the two Poles; and a Universal Time Chart. Along the top are a selection of national flags and ensigns; along the bottom are Gazetteers and a list of Principal British Steamship lines.
[Ref: 16552]    £1,000.00 ($1,300 • €1,150 rates)

LONDON GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE. [A map illustrating the British dominance of the seas]
Navy League Map of the British Empire. London: George Philip, c.1924. Coloured printed map.495 x 630mm, laid on linen and folded into printed buckram covers, as issued.
A map of the world on Mercator's projection, with the British Empire coloured red and highlighting the shipping routes, surrounded by tables, 'Flags and Badges of the British Empire', naval rank insignia and silhouettes of ships showing the development of the British Navy from the 9th century through Tudor times and H.M.S Victory to H.M.S. Hood, one of the largest warships of the period. Despite her reputation as being invincible Hood was destroyed by the Bismark in 1941, with only three survivors from the 1418 crew. The Navy League was founded in 1895 as a pressure group aimed at influencing maritime thinking in Parliament and reminding the nation of its naval history and dependence on the sea, although they also sponsored cadets and sea scouts as the Navy League Boys' Naval Brigade.
[Ref: 17507]    £475.00 ($618 • €546 rates)

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