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  EUROPE 
 Northern Italy 

Anonymous. [A scarce early 18th Century English plan of Venice]
A New Ground=Plot of the most famous City of Venice. London? c.1720. 260 x 390mm. Trimmed to plate at sides, margins added, very fine impression.
An English copy of Coronelli's plan of Venice published c.1690, even keeping the Italian 'Note', although with different decoration. Over one hundred buildings, bridges, canals, etc, are numbered, unfortunately with no index. Although the map is marked 'Plate 12 Voll 1 p.484' we have been unable to deduce in which book this map appeared. MORETTO: 122.
[Ref: 17687]    £800.00 ($1,102 • €900 rates)


 Central Italy 

Anonymous. [The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa]
Vue du Clocher de la Metropolitaine de Pise France. c. 1820. Aquatint. 230 x 160mm.
The Tower at Pisa ( Torre di Pisa ). The border has been painted to recreate the presentation of a watercolour. Engraved by Carocci.
[Ref: 16023]    £250.00 ($344 • €281 rates)


 France 

Anonymous. [A scarce bird's-eye view of Paris]
Parys. German, c.1680. Coloured. 250 x 350mm.
An unusual prospect of Paris in the 17th Century, based on Merian's view, with the title on a banderol, three armorials, texts in Latin and German and a 56-point key.
[Ref: 11573]    £1,200.00 ($1,652 • €1,350 rates)


 Brittany 

Anonymous. [A large 18th century map of Britanny, published locally]
Carte Generale de la Province de Bretagne Levée Geometriquement et Assujetie aux Observations Astronomiques de M.rs de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. Dediée a nos Seigneurs les Etats de Bretagne Par une Societé d'Ingenieurs. Rennes, 1775. Coloured. 510 x 720mm.
A detailed map of Britanny, marking the main roads. Unusually it was published locally: under the rococo title cartouche is 'Se Vend à Rennes Rue aux Foulon'.
[Ref: 14990]    £500.00 ($689 • €563 rates)


 Germany 

Anonymous. [The defences of Frankfurt during the Seven Years' War]
Plan of the Imperial city of Franckfort. London: T.Kinnersley, 1759, Sheet 105 x 205mm.
A plan of the defences of the Hessian city of Frankfurt, occupied by the French early in 1758, and not returned until the end of the Seven Years' War. This map was published in the January edition of 'The Grand Magazine of Magazines. or Universal Register'. Mostly written by David Henry, the magazine was published as a competitor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine'. The circulation was never high and it folded in 1760.
[Ref: 14897]    £200.00 ($275 • €225 rates)


Anonymous. [The Battle of Bergen, 1759]
Plan of the Battle of Bergen, fought April 13 1759. London: T.Kinnersley, 1759, Sheet 105 x 205mm. Narrow bottom margin.
The Battle of of Bergen, between an allied army of British, Hanoverian, Hessian & Brunswickian troops against the French, near Frankfurt-am-Main during the Seven Years' War. The allies, led by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick, were repulsed by the smaller French army. However Ferdinand redeemed himself at the more decisive Battle of Minden later in the year. This map was published in the February edition of 'The Grand Magazine of Magazines. or Universal Register'. Mostly written by David Henry, the magazine was published as a competitor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine'. The circulation was never high and it folded in 1760.
[Ref: 14896]    £150.00 ($207 • €169 rates)


Anonymous. [Map of the German theatre of the Seven Years' War]
A Map Showing the Winter Quarters of the Hanoverian & French Armies. London: T.Kinnersley, 1759, Sheet 105 x 205mm. Narrow bottom margin.
A map of Germany, centred on Westphalia and showing Frankfurt, Hanover, Cologne & Dortmund. In April 1758 Britain agreed the Anglo-Prussian Convention with Frederick II of Prussia. agreeing to subsidise Frederick's war efforts to the tune of £670,000 and supply 9,000 troops to his army. This was of greater interest to the British monarch, the Hanoverian George II, who was keen to protect his German realm, than to William Pitt, who was more concerned with Britain attacking France's overseas colonies. This map was published in the January edition of 'The Grand Magazine of Magazines. or Universal Register'. Mostly written by David Henry, the magazine was published as a competitor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine'. The circulation was never high and it folded in 1760.
[Ref: 14902]    £75.00 ($103 • €84 rates)


 St Petersburg 

Anonymous. [Italian town plan of St. Petersburg]
Pianta della Citta di S.Peterburg. Italy, c. 1760, copper engraving, 155 x 185mm.
Antique map of St Petersburg, with an inset view of Cronslot island.
[Ref: 12121]    £300.00 ($413 • €338 rates)


Anonymous. [View of the Old Stock Exchange, St Petersburg]
La Bourse. c.1840. Coloured lithograph. Printed area 245 x 340mm.
The Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange (also Bourse) and Rostra Columns are significant examples of Greek revival architecture. Designed by French architect Thomas de Thomon, and inspired by the Greek Temple of Hera at Paestum. The rostra columns erected on either side of the Stock Exchange were completed in 1811. The Old Stock Exchange is sited to fill the majestic sweep of the Spit (in Russian Strelka) of Vasilievsky Island, just opposite the Winter Palace. A monumental sculptural group similar in form to a quadriga featuring Neptune, and symbolizing maritime commerce, is mounted above the portico.
[Ref: 14104]    £650.00 ($895 • €731 rates)


  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

Anonymous. [A satirical map on the Mississippi Bubble]
Afbeeldinge Van't Zeer Vermaarde Eiland Geks-Kop. Amsterdam, 1720, 290 x 230mm. Trimmed close to neatline, bottom right corner repaired.
A map of the island of "Geks-Kop" (fools cap) from "Het Groote Tafereel Der Dwaasheid" (The Great Mirror Of Folly). The title translates as "A representation of the very famous island of Mad-head, lying in the sea of shares, discovered by Mr. Law-rens, and inhabited by a collection of all kinds of people, to whom are given the general name shareholders". At the center of the image is a map of an island depicted as the head of a Fool wearing his traditional cap; the place names include Blind Fort, Bubble River, and Mad House, surrounded by the islets of Poverty, Sorrow, and Despair. Around the map are scenes including a crowd stoning the headquarters of the Compagnie and a creditor fleeing his investors in a land-yacht. This satirical engraving of the Mississippi Bubble is one of the most famous cartographic curiosities. It represents the collapse of the French Compagnie de la Louisiane d'Occident, founded by the Scottish financier John Law in 1717, which was granted control of Louisiana. Its plans to exploit the resources of the region (the 'Mississippi Scheme') captured the popular imagination and people rushed to invest: share prices opened at 500 livres, but rapidly rose to 18,000 livres. At this point speculators indulged in profit-taking, causing a run on the shares. Confidence collapsed, causing a run on the company's capital and the company went bankrupt, ruining many, not only in France, but throughout Europe. As a consequence of this failure, confidence in many colonial schemes collapsed, forcing many companies into bankruptcy, including the English South Sea Company and a number in the Netherlands, prompting this satire.
[Ref: 10616]    £750.00 ($1,033 • €844 rates)


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