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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

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 ($16,900 • €13,919 rates)


AA, Pieter van der. [Jacques Cassini's planisphere with superb decoration]
Planisphere Terrestre Suivant les nouvelles Observations des Astronomes Dressé et presenté au Roy tres Chretien par Mr. Cassini le Fils, de l'Academie Royal des Sciences. Leiden: van der Aa, 1713. Coloured, 550 x 665mm. Narrow top margin.
A close copy of Jacques Cassini's extremely rare map published by Nolin in 1696, showing the world on an Azimuthal equidistant projection (i.e. in a single sphere, centred on the North Pole, heavily distorting the Antipodes. This, in turn, was based on Jean-Dominique Cassini's 8-metre map prepared for the French Academy of Sciences in the 1680s, the first map to set standard longitudes for known places based on the observations of the moons of Jupiter. Here the sites where the readings were taken are marked with stars. In the Cassini-Nolin map the corners were left blank; here they have been embellished with designs by Jan Goree, with four large classical figures, including Mercury, cherubs and the signs of the Zodiac. On the map California is an island. See SHIRLEY 579 for Cassini's original.
[Ref: 17611]    £6,500.00 ($8,788 • €7,238 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 ($919 • €757 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.
This item is currently on reserve


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 ($379 • €312 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 ($541 • €445 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 ($642 • €529 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 ($203 • €167 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 ($203 • €167 rates)


SPOONER, William. [A rare folding game map of the world]
Geographical and Zoological Game of the World. Spooner's Map of the World, Showing the Distribution of the Principal Animals over the Globe. and Illustrated with the Comparative Heights of the Principal Edifices of the World; The Orbit of the Earth &c &c. London: William Spooner, c.1852. Original colour. Wood-engraved map with lithographed panels of animals, dissected and laid on linen together as issued, total 545 x 650mm, folded into original cloth covers with lithographed label on front board and letterpress rules on inside pastedown. Front cover a little scuffed.
A double-hemisphere map with a panel of illustrations of animals in fine colour above. The players move along lines of longitude and latitude until they pass the names of animals, for which they get a prize or lose a forfeit. A rare item: it is not listed in Whitehouse's 'Table Games of Georgian and Victorian Days'; we could find no institutional example and only one for sale in recent years.
[Ref: 17909]    £2,900.00 ($3,921 • €3,229 rates)


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