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BACHMANN, John. [An early bird's-eye view of Havana]
Vue Générale de la Havane a Vol d'Oiseau. Dess d'apres nat. par Bachmann, Lith. par Asselineau. Paris: Wild, c.1850. Tinted lithograph finished with hand colour. Sheet 530 x 720mm. Some restoration.
A spectacular elevated prospect of Havana from the harbour. John Bachmann (1814-96) was born in Switzerland and worked as a lithographer in Switzerland and Paris before emigrating to America c.1847. He produced the first major series of bird's-eye views of American cities, including New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Boston as well as Havana.
[Ref: 19264]    £3,250.00 ($4,284 • €3,787 rates)

IMRAY, James. [A 19th century blue-back sea chart of Cuba]
Island of Cuba. London, James Imray & Son, 1854-63. Touches of original hand colour, 670 x 1015mm, backed with blue paper as issued, with Imray's title label and chart-seller's trade card label on reverse. One small tear in edge, otherwise remarkably in good condition for a blue back chart.
A large and detailed 'blue-back' chart of Cuba and the surrounding islands, including Grand Cayman, South Andros and Inagua. Underneath the chart are six inset details, including Havana, Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba and Matanzas. The trade label applied on verso is of Alexander Cairns, 'Chronometer, Watch and Nautical Instrument Manufacturer', who operated at 12 Waterloo Road, Liverpool, c,1850-80).
[Ref: 19010]    £2,800.00 ($3,690 • €3,262 rates)

 Central America 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early plans of Mexico City and Cusco]
Mexico, Regia et Celebris Hispaniæ Novae Civitas; Cusco, Regni Peru in Novo Orbe Caput. Cologne, 1572-, French text. Coloured. 270 x 475mm. Evidence of a crack in the printing plate, as usual with this map.
Two early 'map-views' on one sheet, showing Mexico City and Cusco, the capital cities of the Aztecs and Incas, with the major buildings shown in profile with little consideration for perspective. In the foreground of each are illustrations of Aztec and Inca figures. This plate was published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first systematic series of printed town plans, a monumental six-volume work published 1572-1618. These were the only two American cities depicted. KOEMAN: B&H 1.
[Ref: 19120]    £1,500.00 ($1,977 • €1,748 rates)

DE WIT, Frederick. [A fine chart of Central America]
Novæ Hispaniæ, Chili, Peruviæ, et Guatimalæ Littoræ. Amsterdam, c.1688. Original colour. 490 x 560mm. Narrow top margin.
Highly decorative chart of central America and north west South America, orientated with north to the left, showing Yucatan south to Peru and Chile, as well as parts of Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. Despite being known to Europeans as early as 1535 the Galapagos Islands are omitted. The chart was published in the 'Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas', with a highly decorative cartouche in full colour, featuring Conquistadors, Incas, allegorical figures including Mercury and sea nymphs. KOEMAN: Wit 16.
[Ref: 19263]    £1,200.00 ($1,582 • €1,398 rates)

 South America 

JANSSON, Jan. [17th century map of Colombia]
Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan. Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1636, German text. Original colour. 380 x 490mm.
Jansonius's map of Colombia, part of Ecuador extending south to Esmereldas, and Venezuela extending east nearly to Caracas.
[Ref: 17079]    £600.00 ($791 • €699 rates)

SANSON, Nicolas. [A mid-17th century French map of Peru]
Le Perou, et le cours de la Riviere Amazone, depuis ses sources jusques a la Mer. Paris: Pierre Mariette, 1656. Original outline colour. 410 x 555mm.
The first state of Sanson's map of Peru, also showing the full length of the Amazon. The large title cartouche features an urn piled with coins and ingots, celebrating Potosi, the mountain of silver that was the treasure trove of the area. At the top of the map is the fictitious Lake Parime and 'El Dorado', the city of gold.
[Ref: 19055]    £340.00 ($448 • €396 rates)

SANSON, Nicolas. [A mid-17th century French map of Colombia and Venezuela]
Terre Ferme, ou sont les Governations, ou Gouvernemens de Terre Ferme, Cartagene, S.te Marthe, Rio de la Hache, Venezuela, Nouvelle Andalusie, Popayan, Nouveau de Grenade, &c. Paris: Pierre Mariette, 1656. Original outline colour. 405 x 540mm. A little restoration to bottom margin.
The first state of Sanson's map of Colombia and Venezuela, but also showing the fictitious Lake Parime and 'El Dorado', the city of gold.
[Ref: 19056]    £600.00 ($791 • €699 rates)

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Colombia]
Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan. Amsterdam, 1665, Dutch text edition. Coloured. 380 x 490mm.
Decorative map of Colombia, part of Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama, extending south to Esmereldas and Venezuela extending east nearly to Caracas. Featuring two large compass roses, and two large cartouches. This map was one of the plates bought by Willem Blaeu from the estate of Jodocus Hondius II, much to the chagrin of the Hondius firm.
[Ref: 18851]    £525.00 ($692 • €612 rates)

DU VAL, Pierre. [A map of early French attempts to colonise Guiana]
Coste de Guayane autrement France Equinoctiale en la Terre-Ferme d'Amerique. Paris, c.1671. Original outline colour. 265 x 340mm.
Du Val's scarce map of Guiana, showing from the mouth of the Orinoco south to that of the Amazon, with an inset of Cayenne. Off the coast is 'Isles aux Diables', later the famous 'Devil's Island' prison island. Du Val first published this map in 1654, during their second attempt to found a colony there, which was abandoned by attacks from the local tribes. A third colony attempt of 1664 was more successful, although it was briefly captured by the English in 1667, before being returned by the Treaty of Breda later in the year. This undated state seems to have been published shortly afterwards. Issued in Du Val's atlas 'Cartes de Geographie'.
[Ref: 19093]    £350.00 ($461 • €408 rates)

FER, Nicolas de. [French chart of Cartagena and surrounds]
Plan des Villes, Forts, Port, Rade et Environ de Cartagene Située dans l'Amerique Meridionale dans le Province de Terre Ferme appartement aux Espagnols. Paris, 1705. 230 x 340mm. With a separate sheet of descriptive text.
Detailed plan of Cartagena in Colombia, with a 12 point key. Its importance as a transit port for precious the metals from the mines in the New Granada and Peru made it a frequent target for pirates and rival European powers. Engraved on copper by Inselin.
[Ref: 18422]    £220.00 ($290 • €256 rates)

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