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  AMERICA 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The most famous map of the Americas, the cornerstone of any map collection]
America Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1575, Latin text edition. Original colour. 355 x 480mm.
This map of America is one of the most important and influential maps of the continent published in the 16th Century. This example has the pagination of the 1575 edition of the Theatrum erased and the number of the 1579 edition added in old ink mss: the publishers were obviously using up the remainder of an old edition. It is printed from the first of three copper plates, all engraved by Frans Hogenberg, when the 1579 edition usually has the second. It comes from the third state, with the Azores now correctly named and the latitude number '230' erased. BURDEN: 39; VAN DEN BROECKE: 9, iii of iii.
[Ref: 12929]    £3,600.00 ($4,770 • €4,054 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The first map of the Pacific, in superb original colour]
Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulusque in eodem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. Antwerp, 1608 or 1612, Italian text edition. Fine original colour. 345 x 495mm.
The most sought-after map from Ortelius's map production, depicting the Pacific and most of the Americas. Engraved in 1589, it pre-dates the concept of California as an island, has a huge island of New Guinea and an unrecognisable Japan. The south Pacific is filled with a vignette of the 'Victoria', Magellan's ship: his route through the Magellan Straits is shown, with Terra del Fuego depicted as part of the huge 'Terra Australis'. VAN DEN BROECKE: 12.
[Ref: 13661]    £8,500.00 ($11,263 • €9,571 rates)


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 ($8,613 • €7,319 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'.
This item is currently on reserve


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 ($636 • €540 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 ($2,915 • €2,477 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 ($292 • €248 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 ($1,040 • €884 rates)


Anonymous. [Cook's voyage through the North Pacific]
Carte de la Partie Septentrionale de la Mer du Sud... Paris, c.1785. Coloured. 260 x 370mm. Repaired tear.
The north Pacific, with the route of Cook's Last Voyage marked. In 1778 he passed throught the Bering Strait but got blocked by the icepack. He turned south and met his death on Hawaii.
[Ref: 13562]    £150.00 ($199 • €169 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 ($8,613 • €7,319 rates)


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