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  AMERICA 
 United States 

COLTON, J.H. [A two-sheet wall map of the United States]
Map of the United States of America, The British Provinces, Mexico, the West Indies and Central America, with part of New Granada and Venezuela. New York: J.H. Colton, 1853. Steel engraving with original hand colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 865 x 1075mm. A pristine example.
A brightly-coloured map of the United States surrounded by a decorative border of vines and grapes linking vignette scenes. Above the title is another vignette featuring a bald eagle in front of a port, with a locomotive and a paddle steamer. Two other insets show the North Atlantic and the trans-Panama railway. On the map Oregon Territory is still coloured in its pre-1853 entirety, prior to the creation of Washington Territory, although 'Washington' is written across the top half. Most of these large Colton maps were issued dissected and laid on linen, so to find an uncut example such as this is unusual.
[Ref: 17402]    £6,500.00 ($8,749 • €7,430 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 antique map of the United States, with the railways marked in red. An inset contains Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
[Ref: 12386]    £1,250.00 ($1,683 • €1,429 rates)


 Eastern Seaboard 

MEAD, Braddock. [Large scale map of New England just prior to the American Revolution]
A Map of the most inhabited part of New England containing the Provinces of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire, with the Colonies of Conecticut and Rhode Island, Divided into Counties and Townships: The whole composed from Actual Surveys and its Situation adjusted by Astronomical Observations. London: Thomas Jefferys, 1774. Original outline colour. Four sheets, dissected and laid on linen as one, 1050 x 1005mm. Laid on linen, slight wear at some edges.
A separate-issue map of New England, originally published in 1757, here re-issued during the increased tensions between Britain and her American colonies. The map shows the coast from Long Island Sound north to Casco Bay and inland to the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, with the 'Kats Kill Mountains'. The two inset maps are of Boston and its harbour, where the Boston Tea Party was staged less than a year before. The lack of an engraver's name has led to this map often being ascribed to the publisher, Thomas Jefferys: in fact it was actually drawn by his assistant, Braddock Mead (c.1685-1757), who used the pseudonym John Green to escape from a criminal past. Despite his imprisonment for defrauding an Irish heiress and charges of kidnapping, he seems to have higher standards than his contemporary cartographers: Cumming wrote that at a time 'when the quality and the ethics of map production were at a low ebb in England, he vigorously urged and practiced the highest standards; in the making of maps and navigational charts he was in advance of his time. CUMMING: p.45.
[Ref: 12336]    £5,000.00 ($6,730 • €5,715 rates)


CARRIGAIN, Philip. [The first accurate large scale survey of New Hampshire]
New Hampshire. New Hampshire by Recent Survey made under the Supreme Authority and Published According to Law by Philip Carrigain. Counselor at Law and Late Secretary of the State. Concord: Philip Carrigain, 1818. Folding map, dissected and laid on linen, total 1580 x 1230mm, red marbled endpapers. Endpapers faded, paper lightly toned, pinholes in edges, a few small signs of wear.
The second edition of Carrigain's important antique map, first published in 1816, with a large decorative title cartouche drawn by J.J. Barralet and engraved by W. Harrison,, inset maps of the U.S, vignette views of the White Mountains, the 'Great Boars Head and Hampton Beach' and the 'Gap in the White Mountains' (Crawford Notch). Philip Carrigain (1772-1842) was New Hampshire secretary of state 1805-10. He commissioned surveys from every village and town in the state, often demanding corrections, handing them to Phinehas Merrill (1767-1815), a professional surveyor, to compile. Carrigain's attention to detail caused many delays and ate into his finances so much that, despite the success of the map, he was buried in an unmarked grave. His carefulness did not extend to the views around the map: the view of Crawford Notch was reversed during the engraving!
[Ref: 12395]    £5,500.00 ($7,403 • €6,287 rates)


 West Indies 

OTTENS, Reinier & Joshua. [A magnificent wall map of the West Indies showing the War of Jenkin's Ear]
Grand Theatre de la Guerre en Amerique Suivant les Plus Novelles observations des Espagnols, Anglois, Francois & Hollandois. Amsterdam: Ottens, c.1741. Original colour. Six sheets conjoined, total 850 x 1590mm. Verdigris weaknesses reinforced on verso.
A monumental map of the West Indies published to illustrate the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1742), which broke out because of Spanish attempts to hamper British trade with Spain's colonies in the Americas. The eight inset maps shown St. Augustine, Havana, 'la Ville Espagnole de S. Domingue'; Porto Bello, Carthagena, Curaçao, Acapulco & Vera-Cruz. The war gained its name from an incident of eight years earlier: in 1731 Robert Jenkins was returning home from Jamaica in his brig the 'Rebecca' when the Spanish coastguard stopped him on suspicion of smuggling. Jenkins was tied to a mast and had one of his ears cut off by the Spanish captain, who handed it back instructing him to tell King George II that the 'same will happen to him if caught doing the same'. Trade rivalry continued and, at the end of the decade, Britain was concerned that Spain would withdraw the 'asiento' (permission for the British to sell slaves in Spanish America). In a Parliamentary debate about the possible loss of this lucrative trade, Jenkins waved his ear at the MPs and gave the pro-war faction a cause that the general public could understand.
[Ref: 13926]    £12,500.00 ($16,825 • €14,288 rates)


 Central America 

BARNARD, J.G. et al. [The Tehuantepec Isthmus surveys of the 1850s]
[Eight maps from the survey to create a trade route across the Tehuantepec Isthmus.] Plan of that part of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec between the Jaltepec River and the Pacific Plains; Embracing all of the Engineering difficulties... [&] Chart of the Entrance and Channel of the Boca-Barra... [&] Mouth of the Coatzacoalcos River... [&] Map of the Coatzacoalcos River... [&] Map of the River Uspanapa... [&] Sketch of the Mouth of the Coatzacoalcos River... [&] Charts of the Ports of Laventosa & Salina Cruz... [&] Map of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec embracing all Surveys of the Engineering & Hydrographic Parties and Shewing the Proposed route of the Tehuantepec Rail Road... New York & New Orleans: the Tehuantepec Rail Road Company, 1847-1851. Eight engraved & lithographic maps, dissected and laid on linen, with the labels of French mapseller Andriveau-Goujon, with cloth gilt slipcase. Some spotting, some old manuscript.
A series of maps of Mexico created during an attempt to create a trade route by canal and railroad across the Mexican Isthmus of Tehuantepec, linking the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific, half a century before the Panama Canal. The rights to build a canal and railroad here were sold by Mexican President Santa Anna, and passed through the hands of a British bank before becoming the property of Peter A. Hargous and the Tehuantepec Rail Road Company of New Orleans in 1849. After funding surveys and buying land, the project failed because of disagreements between the Mexican and U.S. governments. Hargous sold his stock, reporting losses of $5 million. The government of Panama proved to be more amenable to American companies.
[Ref: 12388]    £2,000.00 ($2,692 • €2,286 rates)


 South America 

HOLLE, Leinhart. [Wall map of South America]
Schulwandkarte von Süd-America gezeichnet, lithographirt und gedruckt von L. Holle... Wolfenbüttel: Holle & Geographisch-Lithographisches Institut, c.1870. Original colour. Lithographic map, dissected and laid on linen, as issued, total 1370 x 1050mm. A few small stains, lacking a brass hanging ring.
A scarce wall map for schools, with an inset map of the Galapagos Islands. As the Gran Chaco region (between Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina), is marked as part of Argentina, it would seem the map was published soon after the end of the Paraguayan War (also known as War of the Triple Alliance), 1864-70. Such school maps are rare, usually disposed off when damaged or superceded.
[Ref: 12844]    £400.00 ($538 • €457 rates)


  ASIA 

JOHNSTON, A.K. [A 19th century wall map of Asia in fine original colour]
Stanford's Library Map of Asia constructed by A. Keith Johnston F.R.S.E., F.R.G.S. &c. London, Edward Stanford, 1862, First Edition. Dissected and laid on linen edged in blue silk, total 1550 x 1720mm, loose within black morocco covers. Paper lightly toned, some slight spotting.
A monumental antique map of Asia, with the British possessions marked in red.
[Ref: 12310]    £1,800.00 ($2,423 • €2,057 rates)


 Central Asia 

K.K. MILIT GEOGRAFISCHEN INSTITUTE. [Wall map of Central Asia]
General-Karte von Central-Asien bearbeitet nach den besten und neuesten Russischen u. Englischen quellen. Vienna, 1874. Lithographic map with outline colour, dissected and laid on linen, marbled covers, folded into original green gilt boards. 1320 x 1550mm.
An incredibly detailed large map of Central Asia, detailing the competition between Russia and Britain for territory known as the 'Great Game'. The extents are Muscat in Arabia east to Brahmapur and Kazakhstan south to the Gulf of Cambay.
[Ref: 12041]    £2,500.00 ($3,365 • €2,858 rates)


 India 

RENNELL, James. [An impressive 18th century wall map of India]
A New Map of Hindoostan from the latest Authorities, Chiefly from the Actual Survey made by Major James Rennell, Surveyor General to the H.ble East India Company, of the Bengal Provinces, and of the Countries lying between them and Dehly: the whole exhibiting All the Military Roads and Passes as wall as the most accurate Division of the British Possessions in the East Indies. London, Laurie & Whittle, 1794. Original outline colour. Four sheets conjoined, total 1200 x 1440mm. Minor repairs to binding folds.
A huge map of India incorporating Rennell's landmark mapping of Bengal. However of equal interest are the borders settled after the Treaty of Seringapatam ended the Third Anglo-Mysore in 1792, only two years before this map's publication. Areas of Mysore (which is marked as the 'Dominions of Tipu Saib' are coloured to denote their transferal to the control of the East India Company.
[Ref: 16014]    £2,500.00 ($3,365 • €2,858 rates)


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