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 Polar Maps 

MARZOLLA, Benedetto. [Iatlian map of the North Pole]
Carta generale del Polo Artico. Naples, 1854. 440 x 580mm.
Rare map of the Arctic regions, by Neapolitan mapmaker, Benedetto Marzolla. From 'Atlante Geografico corredato di notizie relative alla Geografia Fisica e politica '. Set in extensive Italian text
[Ref: 18111]    £340.00 ($449 • €381 rates)


WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin. [The Fries version of Wäldseemüller's 'Admiral's map' of the Americas]
[Tabula Terræ Novæ .] Vienne: Michael Servetus, 1541. Woodcut, printed area 285 x 430mm.
One of the earliest obtainable maps to show the New World, this example being the fourth and last issue of the Fries reduction of Wäldseemüller's famous map, which is the first printed atlas map devoted to the Americas and said to have been compiled with the assistance of Columbus himself. It shows the eastern coasts of America and the western coast of Europe & Africa 55º North to 35º South, with a rudimentary 'Florida', Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. In his version Fries added a Spanish flag over Cuba and a vignette scene in South America depicting cannibals and an opossum, both reported by Vespucci. It was Wäldseemüller's world map of 1507 that first used the name 'America', placing in southern South America, after Vespucci, who explored that region and proved it was not part of Asia. When the name began to be used for the entire landmass Wäldseemüller used this map to emphasise Columbus's importance: a Latin text above 'Terra Nova' reads 'This land and the adjacent islands were discovered by Christopher Columbus on the mandate of the King of Castile'. This map was originally intended not for an edition of Ptolemy but for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller: his death c.1520 caused the project to be shelved, so the woodcuts were used to publish a smaller sized and so cheaper edition of the 'Geography'. The title, as above, is on the reverse within a plain border. BURDEN: 4.
[Ref: 17900]    £9,750.00 ($12,870 • €10,920 rates)

SEUTTER, Matthäus. [18th century map of the Americas with California as an island]
Novus Orbis sive America Meridionalis et Septentrionalis... Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour. 500 x 585mm.
A fine map of the Americas, engraved for Seutter by Gottfried Rogg. California is shown as an island, and one of the two huge and elaborate cartouches hides the lack of information about the northwest. McCLAUGHLIN: 211, second state of five.
[Ref: 18107]    £1,350.00 ($1,782 • €1,512 rates)

LE ROUGE, Georges-Louis. [18th century map of North & South America]
Amerique Suivant Le R.P.Charlevoix Jte, Mr de la Condamine, et Plusieurs autres Nouv.le Observations. Paris, c.1746. Original colour with additions. 495 x 630mm. Small repairs.
The Americas, using the mapping of Charlevoix in Canada (including a North West Passage) and Condamine in Peru.
[Ref: 8586]    £480.00 ($634 • €538 rates)

BRION DE LA TOUR, Louis. [Map of the Americas with a separately-printed border]
L'Amerique Dressée pour l'étude de la Geographie... Paris: Desnos, 1766. Original colour. Total printed area 285 x 315mm.
A decorative map of the Americas with a decorative title cartouche and a frame-like printed border. The map shows the North West Passage as a waterway t the Great Lakes.
[Ref: 14330]    £220.00 ($290 • €246 rates)

 North America 

MÜLLER, Gerhard Friedrich. [18th century Russian discoveries in the North Pacific]
Nouvelle Carte des Decouvertes faites par des Vaisseaux Russiens aux cotes inconnues de l'Amerique Septentrionale Avec les Pais Adiacentes. St Petersburg: Academy of Sciences, 1773. Folding map, dissected and laid on linen, 505 x 690mm.
A map charting the Russian explorations in the North Pacific published just a few years before the Captain Cook's Third Voyage took him to the Bering Strait. The Asian coastline has taken some shape, with Kamchatka recognisable, but neither Hokkaido or Sakhalin delineated. The American West Coast has few details, with no recognisable Alaska, but Mount St Elias is shown, as are the landing points of the Russian explorers Bering and Chirikov, Drake's New Albion, and a North West Passage from Hudson's Bay.
[Ref: 12496]    £785.00 ($1,036 • €879 rates)

LOTTER, Tobias Conrad. [The first folio map to show Cook's discoveries in the North Pacific, including Hawaii]
Carte de l'Ocean Pacifique au Nord de l'Equateur, et des Cotes qui le bornent des deux côtés: d'apres les derniers Découvertes faites par les Espagnols, les Russes et les Anglois, jusqu'en 1780. Augsburg, 1781. Original body colour. 490 x 565mm.
An important map of the Pacific north of the equator, showing the route of Captain Cook on his Third Voyage, 1776-80, which was sent to try to find the North-West Passage from the west side of America. After visiting Tasmania and returning Omai to Tahiti, Cook sailed north to Hawaii, arriving on the 18th January 1778 as the first European visitor to the archipelago. Heading north again, the expedition explored the west coast of America before passing through the Bering Strait, only to be blocked by the ice wall. Cook then turned back to return to Hawaii, where he was stabbed to death in a violent confrontation. Captain Charles Clerke took over command and decided to make another attempt on the Bering Strait, this time following the Asiatic coast north. Again defeated by the icewall the expedition turned south, and, after Clerke died of tuberculosis, followed the East India Trade Route home from China, arriving in October 1780. This map is the first folio atlas map to show the new discoveries, pre-dating the official account: according to the text under the map it is based on one published in the Gentleman's Magazine in December 1780, while the official account was still being compiled.
[Ref: 18094]    £1,000.00 ($1,320 • €1,120 rates)

 United States 

BARBIÉ DU BOCAGE, Jean Guillaume. [North America, showing Texas as a Republic]
Carte de L'Amerique Septentrionale... Paris, Maison Bassett, c.1846. Coloured steel-engraving. 310 x 230mm.
This interesting map shows Mexico in control of the Southwest and California. The northwest boundary with America extends well into Canada as part of the dispute between Britain and the United States. The Independent Republic of Texas is clearly shown with Bejar and Austin located. Indian Territory is here called Distict d'Ozark. Alaska is Amerique Russe. The map is decorated by a picture-frame style border and fancy scroll titling. Engraved by Charles Smith in 1843, this edition is revised to 1846
[Ref: 17329]    £220.00 ($290 • €246 rates)

 Eastern Seaboard 

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [An influencial map of the British colonies in Virginia, Maryland & Carolina]
Virginia Marylandia et Carolina in America Septentrionali Britannirum industria excultae. Nuremberg, c.1720. Original colour. 495 x 585mm.
The Eastern Seaboard from Long Island south to Cape Fear. This map appeared at a time of high emigration from Germany to the Americas: it has been suggested that the large title cartouche, showing an Indian trading with a European surrounded by the wealth of the Americas, was an attempt to persuade more of George I's German subjects to seek their fortunes in the New World.
[Ref: 17894]    £1,650.00 ($2,178 • €1,848 rates)

BROWNE, Christopher. [Senex edition of Browne's map of Maryland]
A New Map of Virginia, Maryland and the Improved Parts of Pennsylvania & New Jersey... London, John Senex, 1721, original outline colour, 490 x 550mm. Trimmed to printed border at bottom and just into printed border top left and right, expertly remargined with some manuscript fill. One small tear repaired.
The third state of Christopher Browne's important map of the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, Virginia, Maryland and part of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, first issued in 1685. Browne's map is the last major derivative of the Augustine Hermann Map of 1673, reoriented with north at the top and reduced to a single folio sheet. Philadelphia appears on the map. The Northern and Eastern boundaries of Maryland are shown. The boundary for Delaware (then part of Pennsylvania is shown), favouring the claims of Lord Baltimore, rather than the Cape Henelopen boundary, which was finally ratified by the British Courts when the dispute was settled in the 1730s and finally mapped by Mason & Dixon several decades later. New Jersey is divided into East and West Jersey. The shoals and soundings are drawn directly from the Hermann map. The cartouche depicts tobacco and shellfish, two of the significant products of the region during colonial times. From "A New General Atlas".
[Ref: 11037]    £2,300.00 ($3,036 • €2,576 rates)

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