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  AMERICA 
 North America 

HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. [A Dutch edition of Herrera y Tordesillas's map of North America]
Descripçion de las Yndias del Norte. Amsterdam: Michiel Colijn, 1622. 210 x 290mm,
A Dutch copy of one of the few Spanish maps of the Americas printed during the period of exploration, from an updateded edition of Herrera's 'Descriptio Indiæ Occidentalis', first published in 1601. After a century of official silence on Spanish exploring, Philip II appointed Herrera y Tordesillas Historian of the Indies and allowed him full access to the official archives. The result was a comprehensive study of Spanish involvement in the New World. The 14 maps, regarded as very accurate for their time, were derived from the manuscript charts of Juan López de Velasco and are some of the very few printed Spanish maps of America. The Spanish fixation with secrecy means there are only twelve place names on the entire map. Although this Dutch edition was updated, the only difference on the map is that the title is top left rather than top right. BURDEN: 197.
[Ref: 17447]    £600.00 ($808 • €686 rates)


BLOME, Richard. [The first English folio atlas map of North America]
A New Mapp of America Septentrionale, Designed by Moūsieur Sanson, Geographer to the French King, & Rendred into English, & Illustrated by Richard Blome. By his Majesties Especiall Command... 1669. London, 1670. 385 x 485mm. Trimmed close to plate at sides due to the width of the map, Left margin restored.
A scarce map of North America, engraved by Francis Lamb and published in Blome's 'Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World'. It is the first English map to show all five Great Lakes and has 'New Yorke' over an erasure, presumably 'New Amsterdam'. The dedication is to Cecil Calvert (1605 -1675), 2nd Baron Baltimore, the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, and, in theory only, proprietor of the Province of Avalon on Newfoundland. As a catholic, Calvert promoted religious tolerance and showed great political acumen by retaining control of Maryland through the English Civil War, the Commonwealth and into the Restoration. BURDEN: 397, second state of five, first published state.
[Ref: 15173]    £3,200.00 ($4,307 • €3,658 rates)


DE ROSSI, Giovanni Giacomo. [An Italian edition of Sanson's important map of North America]
L'America Settentrionale Nuovamente corretta, et accresciuta secondo le relationi piu moderne, da Guglielmo Sansone... Rome, 1677. Original outline colour. 410 x 560mm. Very fine example.
Engraved by Giorgio Widman, this is a derivative of Guillaume Sanson's map of North America, in turn a reduction of his father Nicholas' four-sheet wall map of 1666. California is shown as an island, and the western Great Lakes are open-ended. McLAUGHLIN: 65, first state of three.
[Ref: 18322]    £1,850.00 ($2,490 • €2,115 rates)


CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [17th century two-sheet Italian map of North America]
America Settentrionale Colle Nuoue Scoperte fin all'Anno 1688. Venice, 1691. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined, total 605 x 880mm.
A large and highly decorative two-sheet map of North America, with two large cartouches and many vignettes from de Bry engraved in the interior and seas. Despite showing California as an island the map contains the most current information: as map-maker to Louis XIV Coronelli had access to the most recent reports by French explorers, including Marquette (1673) and La Salle (1682). Cumming notes that 'his delineation of the Great Lakes is the best and most accurate on a general map before the eighteenth century'. CUMMING: Exploration of North America, p.148.
[Ref: 18328]    £9,500.00 ($12,787 • €10,859 rates)


HONDIUS, Henricus. [A classic map of North America showing California as an island]
America Septentrionalis. Amsterdam: Schenk & Valk, c.1700. Original colour. 470 x 555mm.
A highly decorative map of North America, first issued 1636, this is the last state of three, with Schenk & Valk's names in the cartouche lower left. Because of the prominence of the Hondius business this map did more to promote the misconception of California as an island than any other (Speed's map, although published a decade earlier, was only published with an English text). McLAUGHLIN: 6; BURDEN: 245, 'beautifully engraved'.
[Ref: 18326]    £2,500.00 ($3,365 • €2,858 rates)


MOLL, Herman. [Striking two-sheet map of North America]
To the Right Honourable John Lord Sommers... this Map of North America... is humbly dedicated... London: Thomas Bowles, John Bowles & Philip Overton, c.1732. Original outline colour with additions. Two sheets conjoined, total 590 x 960mm., Top centre fold reinforced on verso, wide margins, a very good example.
Moll's large format map of North America, with a large title/dedication cartouche engraved by George Vertue, a view of a Newfoundland fishery and ten inset plans of harbours. On the map California is an island, with a caption stating that 'New Albion' (the northern part of the island) is 'laid down According to the Observations made by St.Francis Drake AD 1578'. Moll also takes trouble to publicise the route and schedule of the Spanish treasure ships from Vera Cruz and Cartagena to Havana. McLAUGHLIN: 192.
[Ref: 10977]    £4,250.00 ($5,721 • €4,858 rates)


HEUVEL, Gerrit van den. [An extremely scarce etching of an American Bison]
Bison Iubatus. Rotterdam: Leendert Brasser, c.1766. Etching. 170 x 225mm. Trimmed within plate, old folds.
An early portrait of a bison, etched by Leendert Brasser (1727-93) after Gerrit van den Heuvel (1725-1809). The bison pictured was not wild but in a menagerie belonging to Arnout Vosmaer (1720-1799), who wrote ''Beschryving van den Amerikaanschen gebulten stier genaamd bison'', one of many pamphlets describing the rare animals in his collection, containing another version of this image. He founded his zoo in 1756, but soon it attracted the attention of Anne, Princess of Orange (daughter of George II of Great Britain) who bought the collection and appointed Vosmaer director. The only other example of this etching we can find is in the Rijksmuseum. RIJKSMUSEUM: RP-P-BI-4799.
[Ref: 18223]    £500.00 ($673 • €572 rates)


LOTTER, Tobias Conrad. [The first folio map to show Cook's discoveries in the North Pacific, including Hawaii]
Carte de l'Ocean Pacifique au Nord de l'Equateur, et des Cotes qui le bornent des deux côtés: d'apres les derniers Découvertes faites par les Espagnols, les Russes et les Anglois, jusqu'en 1780. Augsburg, 1781. Original body colour. 490 x 565mm.
An important map of the Pacific north of the equator, showing the route of Captain Cook on his Third Voyage, 1776-80, which was sent to try to find the North-West Passage from the west side of America. After visiting Tasmania and returning Omai to Tahiti, Cook sailed north to Hawaii, arriving on the 18th January 1778 as the first European visitor to the archipelago. Heading north again, the expedition explored the west coast of America before passing through the Bering Strait, only to be blocked by the ice wall. Cook then turned back to return to Hawaii, where he was stabbed to death in a violent confrontation. Captain Charles Clerke took over command and decided to make another attempt on the Bering Strait, this time following the Asiatic coast north. Again defeated by the icewall the expedition turned south, and, after Clerke died of tuberculosis, followed the East India Trade Route home from China, arriving in October 1780. This map is the first folio atlas map to show the new discoveries, pre-dating the official account: according to the text under the map it is based on one published in the Gentleman's Magazine in December 1780, while the official account was still being compiled.
[Ref: 18094]    £1,000.00 ($1,346 • €1,143 rates)


Anonymous. [A map of North America after Cook's Third Voyage]
Amerique Septentrionale. Paris, c. 1785. Coloured. 200 x 225mm.
A small format map of North America showing the mapping of the Pacific coast by Captain Cook on his Third Voyage, but pre-dating Vancouver's discoveries of 1791-2.
[Ref: 17179]    £160.00 ($215 • €183 rates)


WALKER, John. [A rare map of North America published in Dublin]
North America. Dublin: John Walker, 1785. 190 x 240mm.
A very scarce map of North America, based on the small-format map by Thomas Jefferys of c.1751, but with an elaborate vignette integrated into a tree, covering the unknown parts of the west coast. At the top is a bear entering a cave, with wild horses, a bison, deer, wolves, natives and a waterfall underneath. Over the Atlantic is the title cartouche featuring whaling. It was issued in 'Elements of Geography', written by John Walker (1759-1830) and published during his residence on Usher's Island on the Liffey in Dublin, where he had set up a school, teaching classics and mathematics. The son of a Cumberland blacksmith, he is known to have engraved copper plates, so perhaps this map is his own work. However he is best known for his work after he left Dublin: he turned to medicine and, after studying at Guy's Hospital, he became an early advocate of inoculation. Although often at odds with the better-known Edward Jenner, he became director of the London Vaccine Institution in 1813, with Jenner as President. He later boasted that he had vaccinated 100,000 people.
[Ref: 16046]    £700.00 ($942 • €800 rates)


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