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 World Maps 

ZAHN, Johann. [A highly decorative pair of hemispheres]
Facies Una Hemisphærii Terrestris.; Facies Altera Hemisphærii Terrestris. Nuremberg, c.1696, coloured, each 360 x 415mm. Centre folds restored.
This fine pair of hemispheres were published in Zahn's 'Mundus Mirabili'. The geography is based on traditional Dutch maps of the 1660's and shows such anomalies as California as an island, Australia with an incomplete coastline and joined to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand denoted by only one coast. Also shown is the Strait of Anian which was thought to connect Siberia and Alaska. The borders of each map depict ithe seasons as classical figures and the signs of the Zodiac. Johann Zahn (1631-1707) was a philosopher of the Præmonstratensian order in Würtzburg, who wrote a number of pseudo-scientific works accompanied by engravings of the highest standard. His work was produced during a period of history known as the 'Enlightenment' when scientific experimentation and philosophical debate were encouraged by a European nobility hungry for new knowledge. Shirley 584 illus.
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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 ($8,255 • €7,384 rates)

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.
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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 ($3,175 • €2,840 rates)

DENIS, Louis. [A mid-18th century world map full of false assumptions]
Mappe-monde Physique Politique et Mathematique ou Nouvelle Maniere de considerer la Terre par la Disposition naturelle de ses parties par les differents Peuples qui l'habitant et par sa Correspondance avec le Ciel. Extraite des cartes des de Cassini, Danville, De l'Isle, Bellin et autres géographes. Paris: Denis, 1764. Original colour. Three sheets conjoined, dissected and laid on linen as issued, total 640 x 1275mm.
A double-hemisphere world map with the Americas in the right sphere, a decorative title cartouche, a world map is a single sphere in the lower cusp and geographical diagrams in the four corners. What makes this map so fascinating is the amount of cartographical conjecture: at the Poles are various islands, including a huge one incorporating New Zealand; Australia's east coastline reaches Vanutu; in North America are the Mer de l'Ouest, Lac de Fonte and a large island instead of Alaska; in Africa a chain of mountains stretches across Guinea, thirty years before James Rennell was accused of inventing the 'Mountains of Kong'. Although not listed in the list of sources, much of the information comes from Philippe Buache, 'Premier Géographe du Roi' from 1729. He believed that the mountains of the world were linked, crossing the ocean floors from continent to continent, most noticeably across the Pacific BAYNTON-WILLIAMS: New Worlds, p.171-3.
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BRION DE LA TOUR, Louis. [Brion's magnificent large-format map of the world]
Mappemonde où sont marquées les Nouvelles Découvertes. Paris: Esnauts & Rapilly, 1783. Coloured. 530 x 765mm.
A highly-decorative double-hemisphere map of the world, showing the routes of Captain Cook around the world. In the corners are female allegorical figures of the continents; the upper cusp has Helios in the chariot of the Sun and the lower cusp has the title in a cartouche of fruit and flowers.
[Ref: 15691]    £4,250.00 ($5,398 • €4,828 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 ($6,985 • €6,248 rates)

LEVASSEUR, Victor. [Very decorative 19th century map of the world]
Planisphère. Paris: Pelissier, c.1845. Outline colour. 310 x 410mm.
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: 17822]    £500.00 ($635 • €568 rates)

 Polar Maps 

PITT, Moses. [The only original map in Pitt's 'English Atlas']
A Map of the North-Pole and the Parts Adjoining. Oxford: Moses Pitt, 1680. Coloured. 460 x 590mm. A few small repairs, pinholes in crest.
A scarce map of the Arctic Circle, with the title on a curtain, with portraits of Lapplanders and a whaling scene. On the map the mythical island of Frisland is marked, as is a strait through Greenland, placed there instead of Canada by Martin Frobisher, who had been confused by the non-existence of Frisland. Further west the discoveries of the English explorers looking for the North West Passage are shown. Bottom left are the arms of Charles FitzCharles (1657-80), the son of Charles II, which consists of his father's arms with a baton sinister vair overall, signifying illegitimacy. He died of dysentery defending Tangier, which had been part of his father's dowry when marrying the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza in 1662.
[Ref: 17805]    £4,500.00 ($5,715 • €5,112 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The first map of the Pacific, in superb original colour]
Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulusque in eodem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. Antwerp, 1608 or 1612, Italian text edition. Fine original colour. 345 x 495mm.
The most sought-after map from Ortelius's map production, depicting the Pacific and most of the Americas. Engraved in 1589, it pre-dates the concept of California as an island, has a huge island of New Guinea and an unrecognisable Japan. The south Pacific is filled with a vignette of the 'Victoria', Magellan's ship: his route through the Magellan Straits is shown, with Terra del Fuego depicted as part of the huge 'Terra Australis'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 12.
[Ref: 13661]    £8,500.00 ($10,795 • €9,656 rates)

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