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  AMERICA 
 South America 

LEVASSEUR, Victor. [Map of South America with illustrated borders]
Amérique Méridionale. Paris, c.1850. Original body colour with additions to the borders. 310 x 410mm.
Steel engraving, published in the Atlas Universel Illustre, with a highly decorative engraved border, with vignettes of catching horses with bolas, gold mining and animals.
[Ref: 17825]    £200.00 ($270 • €223 rates)


 Brazil 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Brazil]
Novus Brasiliæ Typus. Amsterdam, 1631, Latin text edition. Coloured. 380 x 495mm. Paper lightly toned overall.
Brazil, orientated with north to the right. The title cartouche is of two indians, an inset map shows the area around Salvador, and vignettes copied from de Bry show a hammock, goats, a battle and cannibals cooking lunch. The plate was engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jnr, son of the Jodocus who purchased the Mercator plates. When he died in 1629 many of his plates were sold to Blaeu, much to the chagrin of the Hondius firm run by Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson, who were forced to rush the engraving of new plates. This is a very early example of Blaeu's printing, published in the third edition of his 'Appendix Theatri A. Ortelii', a year after his first atlas and four years before the first issue of his 'Novus Atlas'. KOEMAN: Bl 3.
[Ref: 17969]    £950.00 ($1,284 • €1,058 rates)


VIVIEN, L. [19th Century Map of Brazil]
Carte Generale de l'Empire du Bresil. Par L. Vivien, Geographe... Paris, Ménard et Desenne: 1827. Original outline colour. 365 x 320mm.
French map of Brazil, published in Vivien's Atlas Universel.
[Ref: 17472]    £160.00 ($216 • €178 rates)


  ASIA 

SEUTTER, Matthäus. [Classic 18th century map of Asia]
Asia cum omnibus Imperiis Provinciis, Statibus et Insulis... Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour with additions to the cartouches. 500 x 585mm.
A decorative map of Asia, with two fine cartouches representing the wealth and culture of the continent. Both 'Yedso' and 'Companie Land' appear above Japan; Novaya Zemla is connected to mainland Russia; and New Britain is depicted in a squarish shape, exapnded from the southern coast mapped by Dampier in 1700.
[Ref: 16175]    £780.00 ($1,055 • €869 rates)


WYLD, James. [A contemporary map of the 'Great Game']
Map of the Countries lying between Turkey and Birmah, Comprising Asia Minor, Persia, India, Egypt & Arabia, and including the Black, Caspian & Red Seas. London: James Wyld, 1839. Engraved map with original hand colour, dissected and laid on linen as issued, total 790 x 1075mm, with original slipcase with printed publisher's label. Old ink ownership inscription on publisher's label of box, pencil delineation of a voyage around the Bay of Bengal.
A detailed map showing from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Nile, east through Arabia, Persia, the Tartar khanates and Afghanistan, to the borders of China and Burma. The two insets show the waterways of the Bosphorus and the Dandanelles. It ostensibly shows the land and sea routes to India, but of greater interest is the depiction of the theatre of the 'Great Game' during one of its pivotal phases, the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42). The 'Great Game' was a name coined by the British intelligence agent Arthur Conelly for the competition between Great Britain and Russia for control of the khanates of Central Asia (for example Bukhara), the lands that kept the Russians from threatening the northern borders of British India. At the time this map was published the British had invaded Afghanistan in an attempt to make the country a buffer state. However the following year the Kabul garrison was slaughtered as it retreated through Gandamak Pass towards the safety of India. The same year Conolly was publicly beheaded in a square in Bukhara. The ownership inscription is that of General Thomas Montagu Steele (1820-90), dated 1846 when, as a young officer in the Coldstream Guards, he was aide-de-camp to the governor of Madras. During the Crimean War he was military secretary to Lord Raglan and was mentioned in dispatches, earning himself the appointment as aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria in 1855. He was made Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the Birthday Honours of 1871 and promoted to full general in 1877.
[Ref: 17897]    £525.00 ($710 • €585 rates)


 Far East 

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Miniature map of the East Indies]
Isles de la Sonde vers l'Occident Paris, 1682. Coloured. 115 x 150mm.
Miniature map showing the western Sunda Islands, the Malay peninsula and the southern part of Indochina (from Cambodia to Singapore). It includes Java, Sumatra & Borneo. Published in Mallet's 'Description de l'Univers '.
[Ref: 17533]    £180.00 ($243 • €200 rates)


 China 

WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin. [The first map of China printed in Europe]
[Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae maioris.] Vienne: Gaspar Trechsel, 1541. Woodcut, trapezoid, printed area (at most) 290 x 460mm. Small spot in map area, small repairs in centre fold, repaired worm hole in border of map but affecting printed text.
A very important map of China, the first 'modern' map of the region, which includes Tibet, Tartary and Japan. Although it was published in an edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia', it was not a deduction of a map from the Wäldseemüller editions of 1513, but a new one prepared for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller. First published in 1522, this example comes from the last edition. He expanded the Ptolemaic map by adding information on Tartary and Japan gleaned from the accounts of Marco Polo. Japan is a large island called Zipangri, a name derived from the Chinese 'Land of the Rising Sun', which Polo learned about from the Chinese. The first recorded European visit to Japan was the year after publication, the landing of the Portuguese Alvarado in Okinawa, 1542. The title, as above, is on the reverse, with a descriptive text in Latin. MAPFORUM.COM 8; WALTER 'Japan, A Cartographic Vision', No.3.
[Ref: 17911]    £5,000.00 ($6,760 • €5,568 rates)


HONDIUS, Jodocus. [A classic early 17th century map of China]
China. Amsterdam, 1623, French text edition. Original colour. 350 x 460mm.
Interesting map of China, also showing Korea as an island, a distorted Japan and the tip of north-west America. Decorations include a land-yacht, a junk, seamonster and a western galleon, and a crucifixion scene within a strapwork cartouche.
[Ref: 17883]    £2,700.00 ($3,650 • €3,006 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic 17th century map of China]
China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta. Amsterdam, c.1640, French text edition. Original colour. 415 x 500mm. Minor repairs at centre fold.
An early map of China, also showing Japan and the 'island' of Korea. A large title cartouche with exotic Chinese figures in full colour fills the gap top right, where the enigma of 'Ezo' was to confuse Europeans until the late 18th century.
[Ref: 17884]    £1,400.00 ($1,893 • €1,559 rates)


JOLLAIN, Gerard. [17th century map of China]
La Chine. Paris, c.1660. Coloured, 135 x 190mm.
Small map of China, also showing Japan and the island of Korea. From Jollain's 'Tresor des Cartes Geographiques des principaux Estats de lUnivers'.
[Ref: 17841]    £400.00 ($541 • €445 rates)


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