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  AMERICA 
 United States 

HILL, John William. [A large mid-19th century prospect of Boston]
Boston. London: Paul & Dominic Colnaghi; New York: Smith Brothers; Boston: Sowles & Wards; and Paris: François Delarue, 1857. Coloured proof steel engraving on chine collé, laid on original printed backing sheet. Total 735 x 1065mm. Some slight creasing and surface abrasion.
A large and impressive view of Boston from the harbour, illustrating the international shipping that made the port so vibrant. It was painted by John William Hill (1812-79, son of the English aquatinter John Hill, who had settled in New York in 1822), commissioned by Benjamin Franklin Smith (1830-1927). However, to spread the cost of such a large plate, it was published by a consortium of publishers in New York, Boston, London and Paris, including the Colnaghi brothers, who hired Charles Mottram to engrave the plate. Mottram (1807-76) had also engraved Hill's prospect of New York from Brooklyn in 1855.
[Ref: 18442]    £1,400.00 ($1,830 • €1,588 rates)


NOGUERA, C. [An uncommon Spanish sea chart of the Eastern Seaboard]
Carta Esferica de las Costas Orientales de los Estados Orientales en la America Setentrional desde el Rio de San Juan hasta Nueva York. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1826-c.1863. Touches of original colour. 640 x 950mm.
A Spanish chart of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States from Long Island south to the Georgia/Florida border, with Chesapeake Bay shown in detail. Bermuda is shown bottom right. The lighthouses marked in colour.
[Ref: 11858]    £1,700.00 ($2,222 • €1,928 rates)


LLOYD, James T. [Map of the American railways at the outbreak of the Civil War]
Lloyd's American Railroad Map, Showing the Whole Seat of War. New York & London, J.T. Lloyd, c.1861. Wood-engraved folding map with original colour, dissected and laid on linen in four sections, total 990 x 1280mm, folded into marbled slipcase. Paper lightly toned, a small amount of worming, some wear.
A large map of the United States railway system east of the Mississippi, on a scale of thirty miles to an inch, with insets of the railways of Texas and Pensacola Harbour. This is an early issue, including information about the Southern railroads, removed from latter examples. Of interest is the advert for 'Fowler and Wells', the famous phrenologists in New York.
[Ref: 12385]    £1,800.00 ($2,353 • €2,041 rates)


STANFORD, Edward. [Folding wall map of the United States, in fine colour]
Stanford's Map of the United States and part of the Dominion of Canada. London, Stanford, 1874. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen as issed, total 940 x 1540mm, with publisher's slipcase Paper lightly toned, some wear.
A large and colourful map of the United States, with the railways marked in red. An inset contains Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
[Ref: 12386]    £1,250.00 ($1,634 • €1,418 rates)


 Eastern Seaboard 

RUSCELLI, Girolamo. [One of the earliest maps of the American East Coast]
Tierra Nueva. Venice, Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1564, Italian edition. 185 x 260mm.
The Eastern Seaboard from Labrador to 'La Florida', with 'La Bremuda' for Bermuda. It shows the discoveries of Jacques Cartier's first voyage to Canada and Verrazzano's voyages around Cape Fear. Engraved by Sanuto for Ruscelli's 'La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo'. This example is from the first state (of three), with the platemark running off the top of the sheet; the crack in the printing plate near Bermuda that occurred by the 1562 edition is not very advanced. BURDEN: 30: MANASEK: figures 4.15 to 4.18, showing differing states.
[Ref: 15810]    £1,000.00 ($1,307 • €1,134 rates)


HONDIUS, Jodocus. [A 17th century miniature map of Virginia and northern Florida]
Virginia et Florida. Amsterdam, 1610, Latin text edition. Coloured. 150 x 185mm.
When this map was first published in 1607 it was the only regional map of North America in the Mercator/Hondius 'Atlas Minor'. It is a reduced version of Hondius's own folio map, in turn derived from John White's Virginia & Jacques le Moyne's Florida as interpreted by Theodore de Bry (1591). 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. BURDEN: 155.
[Ref: 18281]    £530.00 ($693 • €601 rates)


HALL, Ralph. [The first English derivative of John Smith's map of Virginia]
Virginia. London: Michael Sparke, 1636. 170 x 240mm. A pristine example
A scarce map of Virginia, orientated with north to the right, loosely based on John Smith's map of the environs of the new English colony at Roanoke. Engraved on a smaller scale by Ralph Hall, it was intended to be included in 'Historia mundi: or Mercator's atlas', an English edition of the Hondius miniature atlas, with text translated by Wye Saltonstall. However the plate had not been completed by the time the first edition was published in 1635, so an errata slip was added, claiming the map had been drawn in Virginia and explaining that 'when it comes, every buyer of the Booke shall have it given him gratis'. Being on a smaller scale much of the detail of Smith's map has been dropped and vignettes from Smith's illustrations (as published by de Bry) have been added. The Royal Arms and scene of Powhatan's council remain in the top left and centre, but the large native with a bow is much reduced. A native charnel house and village have been placed in the right corners and other vignettes, including Europeans firing muskets, galleons, canoes, a seamonster and pigs, around the map. Curiously a leopard appears with a river running over its back, and the engraver has invented 'Hall=poynt', adding his name to the terrain. BURDEN: 244.
[Ref: 18909]    £15,500.00 ($20,259 • €17,577 rates)


HONDIUS, Henricus. [A classic early map of Virginia]
Nova Virginiæ Tabula. Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1639, French text. Coloured. 385 x 495mm.
First published in 1630, this map is derived from John Smith's map of Virginia via the version engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jnr in 1618 (purchased and used extensively by Blaeu). However on this new version the Indian in the title cartouche faces Chesapeake Bay. The exact extents of Virginia are hard to define as they go inland into unexplored territory. BURDEN: 228.
[Ref: 17378]    £1,800.00 ($2,353 • €2,041 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Virginia & Florida]
Virginiæ partis australis, et Floridæ partis orientalis, interjacecentiumq. regionum Nova Descriptio. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin text. Original colour. 390 x 505mm. Minor marginal repairs well outside the printed area.
Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and northern Florida, with the English and French Royal Arms marking their areas of influence. Although much of the information dates back to Le Moyne (1565) and White (1590) Blaeu has reshaped the coastline and added a few new details, for example Jamestown and the Irish colony at Newport News on Chesapeake Bay. It has been claimed that to the left of the French armorial is a depiction of Niagra Falls, based on Indian hearsay and so well out of place. CUMMING: The South-East in Early Maps 41 - 'the most correct map of this area yet to appear'; KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 10145]    £1,350.00 ($1,764 • €1,531 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The earliest obtainable view of New York City]
Nieuw Amsterdam op t Eylant Manhattans. Amsterdam, c.1650. Etching, printed border 75 x 310mm. Corner of left bottom margin repaired, not affecting printed area; otherwise a very fine example.
A rare and important early prospect of 'New Amsterdam', only the second view to be published and now the earliest available to the collector. It shows the Dutch colony at a time of crisis, when the Board of Nine sent a petition to the council of the Dutch West India Company complaining about conditions and mismanagement of the colony's affairs by the Director-General Peter Stuyvesant. Blaeu published this view not in one of his grand atlases but as a loose print, printed anonymously to accompany a political pamphlet, 'Vertoogh van Nieu-Neder-Land', which drew public attention to the plight of the New Amsterdam colonists under Stuyvesant. The colonists had sent Adriaen van der Donck to Amsterdam in 1649 to petition the Council with a written 'Remonstrance of the Commonality of New Netherland', asking for Stuyvesant to be recalled. It included this view of New Amsterdam to show the conditions in the small settlement, with only ten points worthy of inclusion in the key. These include the fort, windmill, flagpole (to guide ships to port), church, Company's Warehouse and, to emphasise the brutality of life there, the prison and gibbet complete with hanging body. The unlisted wooden 'crane' in the centre is a fire-basket signal pole for signalling at night. The 'Remonstrance' also included a map of the region showing how the colony was in danger of being overwhelmed by the English and calling for more aid. Van der Donck's map was copied and published by Jan Jansson (as 'Nova Belgii...', 1650); it and Blaeu's view were both originally issued anonymously because of the political implications of supporting a near-revolt in the colonies. Despite the support of the two publishers the 'Remonstrance' was ignored: Stuyvesant remained Director General until 1664, with a regime noted for its religious intolerance. In August that year the colony was taken by the English with only 450 men. A feature of Blaeu's etching is that it lacks a plate mark, having been one of several views printed from one printing plate and cut into separate sheets for issue. It soon became the standard view of New Amsterdam: shortly afterwards Nicolaes Visscher published a corrected version of Jansson's map and added the prospect in the bottom right corner and as he was the first publisher to admit to his work the 'New Amsterdam' became known as the Visscher view. In 1991 a pen, ink and watercolour sketch was uncovered in the Albertina Collection of the Austrian National Gallery, which is believed to be the prototype. DE KONING: From Van der Donck to Visscher (Mercator's World Vol 5, no 4, 2000).
[Ref: 15516]    £10,000.00 ($13,070 • €11,340 rates)


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