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  AMERICA 
 Canada 

MORTIER, Pieter. [Arctic America]
Carte Particuliere de L'Amerique Septentrionale ou sont Compris Le Destroit de Davids, Le Destroit de Hudson, &c. Amsterdam, c.1705. Original colour. Two sheets conjoined, total 590 x 830mm. Very fine condition.
A large chart showing from the west coast of Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and the bays of Arctic America. The abundance of English placenames is a testament to their efforts to find the North West Passage, hoping to reach the East Indies without having to pass the French and Spaniards! Of interest are the pair of channels traversing the tip of Greenland, the upper one called 'Destroit de M. Vorbischer' (Strait of Martin Frobisher). These appear as a consequence of the Zeno hoax of 1558, which put the mythical island of Frisland on most maps of the period. Martin Frobisher (1535-94) sailed across the Atlantic in 1576 to look for the North West Passage: he landed on Greenland but thought it to be the non-existent Frisland shown on his charts. When he sailed on and touched land he thought he had arrived in Greenland when in fact he was at what is now Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Entering the bay he believed he had discovered a strait on Greenland, and even two more voyages (1577 & 1578) did nothing to make him doubt himself. Over a century later this chart was published with his mistake still included. Frobisher did not have much luck: he also mistook iron pyrite for gold-bearing ore and a narwhal corpse for a unicorn. Fortunately his career as an English privateer was more successful and his service during the Spanish Armada of 1588 earned him a knighthood. This chart was published in Mortier's issue of Jaillot's 'Atlas Nouveau', although it also appeared in Mortier's 'Neptune Francois' sea-atlas. KOEMAN: Mor 1.
[Ref: 8709]    £700.00 ($938 • €797 rates)


HARRIS, Moses. [An entomologist's map of Halifax, Nova Scotia]
A Plan of the Harbour of Chebucto and Town of Halifax. London: E. Cave, 1749. 225 x 275mm. Trimmed at bottom corners for binding as normally found.
Map of Halifax engraved by Thomas Jefferys for the Gentleman's Magazine, with many decorations including the 1624 arms of Nova Scotia; the shields of the seven Baronets of Nova Scotia; butterflies; a musk beetle and a representation of a porcupine. Although most famous as an entomologist, Moses Harris had training as a surveyor. He and his wife traveled to Nova Scotia in 1749 when Edward Cornwallis was made the first British Governor, and drew this plan after Cornwallis had picked a site for the new settlement of Halifax (named after the President of the Board of Trade, Lord Halifax). Although the beetle and the moth fit with Harris's interests, it is likely that the porcupine was added back in London, as the artist must have been working from a written description rather than life.
[Ref: 17219]    £800.00 ($1,072 • €911 rates)


TALLIS, John. [Map of Nova Scotia & Newfoundland with vignettes]
Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. London, John Tallis & Co., c.1851. Original outline colour. Steel engraving, printed area 260 x 330mm.
Old Map of eastern Nova Scotia & Newfoundland, with the Gulf of the St Lawrence, drawn and engraved by John Rapkin for the 'Illustrated Atlas', one of the last decorative atlases. It has an ornate printed border and vignettes of Halifax, the Newfoundland Cod Fishery and a Newfoundland dog.
[Ref: 17731]    £150.00 ($201 • €171 rates)


TALLIS, John. [Map of Canada with vignette views]
British America. London: J. & F. Tallis, c.1851. Steel engraving. Original outline colour. Printed area 265 x 340mm.
Detailed map of Canada, drawn and engraved by John Rapkin and published in John Howard Hinton's 'History of the United States of America, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time'. The map is within an ornate printed border and has vignettes of Eskimos, whale fishing, a view of Boston and the ships 'Fury' and 'Hekla', vessels used by William Parry in his Arctic explorations.
[Ref: 17750]    £180.00 ($241 • €205 rates)


TALLIS, John. [Map of Eastern Canada with vignettes]
East Canada and New Brunswick. London, J. & F. Tallis., c.1851. Original outline colour. Steel engraving, printed area 260 x 340mm.
A detailed map of eastern Canada, with the St Lawrence River and the cities of Montreal and Quebec, drawn and engraved by John Rapkin and published in John Howard Hinton's 'History of the United States of America, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time'. The map is within an ornate printed border and has vignettes of Quebec, American Indians, a bison and a mink. Of interest is the reference to 'Madawaska Settlements', an area left in dispute by Britain and the United States after the Treaty of Versailles set the border between the U.S. and Canada. Matters were brought to a head when a US settler, John Baker, attempted to declare the area a republic in 1827. After a failed attempt at arbitration by the King of the Netherlands in 1831 and the non-violent 'Aroostook War' of 1838-9, the matter was included in the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842.
[Ref: 17751]    £150.00 ($201 • €171 rates)


TALLIS, John. [West Canada]
West Canada. London, J. & F. Tallis, c.1851. Original outline colour. Printed area 260 x 340mm.
Map of Western Canada, showing the eastern coast of Lake Huron, with Lakes Erie and Ontario. Drawn and engraved by John Rapkin, the map has decorative borders and vignettes of the Niagara Falls, Kingston, an Indian encampment and beavers. It was published in John Howard Hinton's 'History of the United States of America, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time'.
[Ref: 18060]    £150.00 ($201 • €171 rates)


 West Indies 

BORDONE, Benedetto. [Hispaniola from the First Edition of the 'Isolario']
Spagnola. Venice, 1528. Woodcut, 85 x 150mm, set in Italian text Worm holes in text and margins filled.
A map of Hispaniola from Bordone's 'Isolario', one of the earliest printed maps of any part of the Americas. Now divided between Haiti and Santo Domingo, the island was the first landfall made by Columbus and so therefore was the first to be colonised in the New World. This small map reflects this advanced state of colonisation and marks the capital, Isabella, which was situated beside the Ozama river.
[Ref: 14435]    £700.00 ($938 • €797 rates)


LIGON, RIchard. [Scarce French edition of an English map of Barbados]
Description Topographique et mesure de l'Isle des Barbades aux Indies Occidentales avec les Noms de ceux a qui appartiement les habitations. Paris, 1674. 390 x 550mm. Trimmed close to printed border lower right for binding, as issued, minor staining.
An early map of the English settlements in Barbados, marking the owners of the plantations. Richard Ligon (1585?-1662) lost his fortune in the upheavals of the English Civil War, finding himself a 'stranger in my own country'. He decided to leave for Barbados in 1647 but, having contracted a fever, returned to England in 1650, where his creditors had him imprisoned for debt. He started work on an account of his time in the West Indies, which was published as 'A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes' in 1657. A second edition followed in 1673, with this French edition the following year where this rare antique map was issued.
[Ref: 12420]    £2,900.00 ($3,886 • €3,303 rates)


MOUNT & PAGE. [A British chart of the Lesser Antilles]
A Chart of the Caribe Islands. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 435 x 530mm.
A chart of the Lesser Antilles, orientated with north to the right, showing from Puerto Rico south to Trinidad and the Gulf of Paria. This example comes from Mount & Page's 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation...', the first sea atlas of America containing charts only from English sources.
[Ref: 15696]    £700.00 ($938 • €797 rates)


Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine. [An 18th century sea chart of Santo Domingo]
Carte Réduite des débouquements de St. Domingue... Paris: Dépôt des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, 1787. Coloured. 600 x 930mm.
A double-page sea-chart with rhumb lines, showing the northern coastline of Santo Domingo, featuring the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Lower Bahamas, eastern parts of Cuba and Jamaica, and the western end of Puerto Rico
[Ref: 17863]    £625.00 ($838 • €712 rates)


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