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  AMERICA 

SPEED, John. [Speed's important map of America]
America with those known parts in that unknowne worlde, both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged by J.S. 1626. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 405 x 525mm. Repaired tear entering printed border top left.
A landmark map of America, being the first atlas map to show California is an island. It was engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. Above California is the outline of another large, unnamed island; nothing is shown of the Great Lakes; and Raleigh's 'Parime Lacus' and 'Manoa' appear in South America. An inset shows Greenland, Iceland and the mythical island of Friesland. Originally published in 1627, the plate was altered in the 1660s to add English place names including Boston, 'Long Ile', 'Mary Land' and Carolina. Along the top of the map are prospects of eight cities, including Havana, Cartagena, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes of native Americans, including the kings of New England & Florida, a Virginian and Greenlander. BURDEN: North America, 217.
[Ref: 17815]    £6,500.00 ($8,255 • €7,384 rates)


CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham. [A monumental wall map of the Pacific and America]
Carte très curieuse de la Mer du Sud, contenant des Remarques Nouvelles et très utiles non seulement sur des Ports et Îles de cette Mer, mais aussy sur les principaux Pays de l'Amerique tant Septentrionale que Méridionale en a été faite. Amsterdam, 1719. Four sheets conjoined, total 830 x 1410mm. A superb example.
A large map of the western hemisphere, centred on the Americas but showing the coasts of Western Europe & Africa on the right, China & Japan on the left, with the partial outlines of Australia & New Zealand. California is shown as an island, but the north of the island has lighter shading to suggest doubt, as has the western half of the Terra del Fuego. Jesso and Companies Land are also shown above Japan, but two large vignettes of beavers cover the gap between Asia and America. Other vignettes include portraits of the most important explorers; plans of Panama, Acapulco, Mexico City & Havana; depictions of mining, panning for gold, sugar milling, a cod fishery and human sacrifice. The map was included in Chatelain's seven-volume 'Atlas Historique', published between 1705 and 1720. This encyclopedic work was devoted to the history and genealogy of the continents, with a text, written by Nicolas Gueudeville, on topics including geography, cosmography, topography, heraldry, and ethnography. GOSS: Mapping of North America 52, 'a veritable pictorial encyclopaedia of the western hemisphere'.
[Ref: 17821]    £12,000.00 ($15,240 • €13,632 rates)


DANET, Guillaume. [A scarce map of the Americas]
L'Amerique Meridionale et Septentrionale... Paris: L.C. Desnos, 1760. Original colour. 480 x 690mm. Centre fold restored, printer's crease in bottom border.
Map of the Americas decorated with a large baroque title cartouche and a decorative border containing roundel portraits and the signs of the zodiac. In the north west is the fictitious 'Mer de l'Ouest' with a presumed channel leading to Hudson's Bay. Bottom right is an inset showing the supposed Russian discoveries in the North Pacific as reported by Joseph de l'Isle. The map was only occasionally published in composite atlases and is therefore quite scarce.
[Ref: 16630]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)


 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 ($8,255 • €7,384 rates)


 Eastern Seaboard 

DANCKERTS, Justus. [The English and Dutch colonies in America with an early view of New York]
Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae nec non Pennsylvaniae et Partis Virginiae Tabula. Amsterdam, c.1690. Original colour. 470 x 550mm. The finest original colour we have seen on this map.
A scarce map, showing the eastern seaboard of America from Chesapeake Bay north to Pennobscot, with the as-yet unexplored St Lawrence River running across the top. Vignette animals include turkeys, beavers and bears and a Mohawk, based on the De Bry engravings, fills the middle left edge. Bottom right is a version of the Blaeu view of 'Nieuw Amsterdam', regarded as the earliest published view of New York. First published c. 1673, this third and last state has been updated to reflect the new status quo, in which the English dominance is acknowledged: the view has been renamed 'Nieuw Yorck', and Philadelphia, founded 1682, is marked. BURDEN: 434.
[Ref: 16467]    £9,000.00 ($11,430 • €10,224 rates)


  ASIA 

SABATINI, Francesco. [Unrecorded carte-à-figures map of Asia]
Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata... Bologna: Sabatini, 1670, 455 x 555mm. Bottom right corner rebuilt with manuscript reinstatement, otherwise a very fine example.
A very rare and attractive carte-à-figures map of Asia, engraved by Pietro Todeschi. The side panels contain native costume figures and miniature vignette views of major towns and cities, amongst which are shown Goa, Macao and Calcutta. Of interest in the map is the North-Eastern truncation of China/Siberia, presumably due to a belief in a North-West passage through the Straits of Anian. This map was published by Francesco Sabatini, one of the many fringe figures in Italian map-making and publishing in the late seventeenth century. Unfortunately even accurate dates for his life and death elude us, while his work life can be established only by the rough dating of his maps dependent on the dedications on those maps bearing them, but he was apparently active as a printer and publisher (and possibly engraver) in the 1670s, probably in Bologna. This s a contemporary piracy of Dutch carte-à-figures maps, popularised in the first part of the seventeenth century, although it seems likely that the map was plagiarised from intermediate Italian copies, perhaps by Stefano Scolari, an engraver and publisher (or possibly two different men) active from the 1640s to 1660s. STOPP: 'Drie Karten von Francesco Sabatini'; SCHILDER: 'Mappæ Antiquæ Liber Amicorum' p.281-285.
[Ref: 10576]    £6,000.00 ($7,620 • €6,816 rates)


OVERTON, John. [Rare English carte-a-figure map of Asia]
A New Plaine and most Exact map of Asia described by NI Vischer and rendered into English with the habits of the countries and manner of the cheife citties. London, 1671. Coloured. 425 x 540mm with wide margins.
A scarce panelled map of Asia, featuring ten city prospects, including Jerusalem, Goa, Macao and Aden, eight costume vignettes and six fanciful portraits of Asian kings. Based on the Visscher issue of Keere's map of 1614, it was originally engraved in 1668; this is an example of the second state, with Overton's new address. Apparently Overton was planning a world atlas and lacked maps of the continents, so had them engraved. As the matching map of Africa is signed by Philip Holmes the stylistic similarity makes it likely that Holmes also engraved the Asia. Little of Overton's output was original: he bought the stock of Peter Stent after his death from the plague in 1665, and c.1700 he bought Speed's county map plates.
[Ref: 9340]    £4,250.00 ($5,398 • €4,828 rates)


SPEED, John. [Speed's map of Asia]
Asia with the Islands Adioyning described, the atire of the people & Townes of importance, all of them newly augmented by J:S: Ano. Dom: 1626. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm.
The first map of Asia by an Englishman (although Speed still had to turn to a Dutch engraver, Abraham Goos, to produce it), published in the 'Prospect of the... World', first published 1627. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes, and eight city prospects, including Jerusalem, Goa and Macao, run along the top of the map. On verso is an English text, 'The Description of Asia', containing a mixture of fact and amusing myth.
[Ref: 17816]    £4,000.00 ($5,080 • €4,544 rates)


DANET, Guillaume. [A scarce French map of Asia]
L'Asie Dressée Sur de nouveaux Memoires Assujetis aux observations Astronomiq. Corrigée et Augmentée... Paris: Louis Charles Desnos, 1760. Original colour. 515 x 725mm.
A large and decorative map of Asia, surrounded by a border containing the arms of Asian countries (including Cyprus), with the left and bottom borders dedicated to the Emperor of Japan and his nobles. On the map the semi-mythical land of Jesso joins Kamchatka, and the title cartouche hides the eastern end of 'Terre de Compagnie' in the North Pacific. Danet was the son-in-law and successor of De Fer, and republished many of his maps, but this item is apparently a new work, one of series of World and Continents originally published 1729-32.
[Ref: 16494]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)


 Far East 

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Breaking the Portuguese Monopoly on the East Indies Trade Routes]
Exacta et accurata delineatio cum orarum maritimarum... Amsterdam, c.1596. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined as issued, total 395 x 530mm. Restoration at bottom margin.
A highly decorative map, engraved by Henricus van Langren after Arnold Florent van Langeren for Linschoten's 'Itinerario', a manual for sailing to the East Indies, based on Linschoten's own experiences and secret Portuguese guides. The dissemination of this information broke the Portuguese monopoly of trade with the Far East. The map displays all the features that made this period the golden age of decorative cartography: the titles, in Latin and Dutch, are within a strapwork cartouche, as are the scales; in the sea are two finely-engraved compass roses, sea-monsters and galleons; filling the gaps in China are an elephant, camel, giraffe and rhinoceros. Shown are Burma, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, Borneo and the Philippines, around the coast of China to Korea & Japan. Korea is an almost round island; Japan is described by Walter as 'shrimp-shaped'. On the right edge is 'Beach, the Gold Province', often taken for Australia. This derives from Marco Polo's 'Locach', a place the Chinese told him was far to the south. In a 1552 edition of Grynaeus's 'Novus Orbis Regionum' the name was mis-transcribed to 'Boeach', then shortened to Beach. However today it is believed that 'Lochach' was 'Lo-huk', the Cantonese name for Lopburi, a kingdom in southern Thailand. WALTER 12.
This item is currently on reserve


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