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 Far East 

DE WIT, Frederick. [A superb chart of the Far East and Australia]
Orientaliora Indiarum Orientalium cum Insulis Adjacentibus à Promontorio C.Comorin ad Japan. Pascaaert van t'Oosert gedeelte van Oost Indien van C. Comorin tot Iapan Amsterdam, c.1688. Fine colour, with gold highlights. 445 x 545mm. A very fine impression on heavy paper, bottom centre fold strengthened on verso.
De Wit's famous chart of the East Indies and Australia, orientated with north to the left. Japan appears top left and Australia, according to Tasman, top right. Published in the 'Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas', with a fine title cartouche representing the wealth possible from the East India trade in full colour. TOOLEY: Australia, p.1369, plate 100; WALTER: 40, illus; KOEMAN: Wit 16.
[Ref: 16648]    £6,000.00 ($7,620 • €6,816 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's landmark map of China in fine original colour]
Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. auctore Ludovicio Georgio. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603, Latin text edition. Fine original colour. 370 x 470mm. Verdigris crack in unprinted area of map repaired; text trimmed on verso with edges reinforced with archivist's tissue.
The most decorative map of China: oriented with north to the right, there are cartouches for the title, scale and privilege; on the map are elephants, Tartar tents and land-yachts. Japan has an extra landmass to the east, with its further reaches hidden by the scale cartouche. The Philippines appear, but with little accuracy or detail; they were not even named until the second state (c.1588). WALTER: 11f, illus; VAN DEN BROECKE: 164.
[Ref: 17444]    £5,000.00 ($6,350 • €5,680 rates)


SPEED, John. [The famous English carte à figures map of Tartary]
A Newe Mape of Tartary... London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 395 x 515mm, with wide margins.
A highly decorative map of the Russian Empire, finely engraved by Dirck Gryp for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', with eight costume vignettes down the sides and four city prospects, including Astrakhan & Samarkand, along the top. On the map the Caspian Sea is still wider than it is tall; the Straits of Anian appear with no sign of Kamchatka; and Korea is an island.
[Ref: 16982]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)

GOOS, Pieter. [A 17th century sea chart of the north Pacific and Siberia]
Noordoost Cust van Asia van Japan tot Nova Zembla. Amsterdam, c.1680. Old colour. 450 x 550mm. A few signs of age.
A scarce Dutch sea chart showing the coast of mainland Asia from the Bohai Sea in China north and west around Siberia to Novaya Zemlya, with Korea correctly shown as a peninsula, Japan and the partial outlines of Eso and 'Compagnies Land'. The title is on a blanket over the back of a camel, with a rider and two walkers.
[Ref: 17602]    £2,750.00 ($3,493 • €3,124 rates)

 Central Asia 

GOOS, Pieter. [A pair of 17th century sea-charts of the Indian Ocean with Australia]
Pascaerte Van't Westelycke Deel van Oost Indien, Van Capo de Bona Esperanca tot C. Comerin. [&] Paskaerte zynde t'Oosterdeel Van Oost Indien, met alle de Eylanden daer ontrendt gelegen van C. Comorin tot aen Japan. Amsterdam, c.1680. Old colour. Each c. 445 x 545mm. A few signs of age. West sheet with small repaired tear in lower centrefold, entering the printed surface by 2cm; small area of verdigris weakness reinforced with archivist's tape, hardly noticeable from the front..
A pair of decorative sea charts showing from from the Cape of Good Hope to northern and western Australia, orientated with north to the left, including Sri Lanka, Japan and the Philippines and the western coasts of New Guinea and Australia. The Dutch discoveries in northern Australia are marked, including those of Abel Tasman's second voyage of 1644, although Tasmania, discovered by him in 1642, is omitted. These are unrecorded states, with plate numbers in the corners.
[Ref: 17621]    £22,000.00 ($27,940 • €24,992 rates)


SPEED, John. [17th century English carte à figure map of Persia]
The Kingdome of Persia with the cheef Citties and Habites described. London: Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm.
A very decorative map of Persia, published in John Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. It is decorated with four city prospects (Isfahan, Ormus, Tabriz & Gilan) along the top and with eight costume vignettes down the sides. The Caspian Sea still has not been mapped properly: it is shown wider than it is tall.
[Ref: 16745]    £2,000.00 ($2,540 • €2,272 rates)

 Near East 

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Early sea chart of the Middle East]
Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae freti Mecani: al. Maris Rubri: Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae.. Amsterdam, c.1596. 390 x 540mm, with unusually generous margins.
A highly decorative map, engraved by Henricus van Langren for Linschoten's Itinerario, a manual for sailing to the East Indies, based on Linschoten's own experiences. It 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, also including the scales; across the Indian Ocean is a large, finely-engraved compass rose, surmounted by a fruit garland; sea-monsters and galleons fill the seas, while a lion, elephant and camel appear in Arabia, and just south of Delhi are a pair of unicorns. The map shows Cyprus top left, Bokhara and Samarkand top right, Sumatra bottom right and Ethiopia bottom left, with Delhi, Bahrain and Kabul named. All are synonymous with the famed riches of the East, the inspiration for the Itinerario. TIBBETS: 46.
[Ref: 17696]    £7,000.00 ($8,890 • €7,952 rates)


SPEED, John. [The first English map of the continent of Africa]
Africæ, described, the manners of their habits, and buildinge: newly done into English by J.S. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 405 x 525mm. Repairs in margins of bottom corners.
A landmark map of Africa, engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. Along the top of the map are prospects of eight cities, including Alexandria, Cairo, Tunis and Algiers. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes of African natives, including an Egyptian, Abyssinian Madagascan and a man from the Cape of Good Hope. BETZ: Africa, 62, state 3.
[Ref: 17814]    £4,000.00 ($5,080 • €4,544 rates)

DANET, Guillaume. [A scarce French map of Africa]
L'Afrique Dressée Sur Les Relations & nouvelles decouvertes de differens Voyageurs Conformes aux observatio.ns Astronomiques. Paris: Louis Charles Desnos, 1760. Original colour. 490 x 720mm.
A large and rare map of Africa, not listed in either Tooley or Norwich. It is decorated with a large allegorical cartouche featuring a female Europe and a male Africa, both holding manacles, representing the valuable slaves trade. The engraved border is filled with 4 armorials, European and Asian as well as African, interspersed with shells. 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. The crack in the printing plate in the right border was present in the 1732 edition,
[Ref: 16496]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)

 Southern Africa 

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Two important 16th century maps of Southern Africa]
Typus orarum maritimarum Guineæ, Manicongo, & Angolæ ultra promontorium Bonæ Spei Usq... [&] Delineatio Orarum maritimarum, Terræ vulgo indigetatæ Terra do Natal... Amsterdam, c.1596. Coloured. Two maps, c. 400 x 540mm. Backed with restorer's tissue.
Two highly decorative maps, engraved by Arnold van Langren for Linschoten's 'Itinerario', a sailing guide to the East Indies that broke the Portuguese monopoly on the trade routes. The western map shows the South Atlantic from Sierra Leone to the Cape of Good Hope, with inset coastal profiles of St Helena and Ascension Island, with a note describing the sirens swimming in Lake Zaire. The second shows the south east coast of Africa with Madagascar, to the Maldives and tips of India and Sri Lanka. Both are filled with decoration: ornate strapwork title and scale cartouches; compass roses, galleons and sea-monsters.
[Ref: 17222]    £12,000.00 ($15,240 • €13,632 rates)

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