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  EUROPE 
 Iceland 

JANSSON, Jan. [A 17th century map of Iceland]
Tabula Islandiæ Auctore Georgio Carolo Flandro. Amsterdam, c.1630, blank verso. Original colour. 380 x 500mm.
A fine map of Iceland, based on a map by Joris Carl (1601-25), a pilot from Enkhuizen. It is decorated with an ornate title cartouche, a pair of compass roses, a galleon and seamonsters. This map is one of the symbols of the intense rivalry between Jansson and Blaeu. Joris Carl's map was first engraved by Jodocus Hondius II (son of the firm's founder and Jansson's brother-in-law). When Jodocus died in 1629 many of his plates were sold to Willem Blaeu, who added his name to the plates and used them to publish his first atlas in 1630. Angered by the sale, Jansson had the Hondius plates slavishly copied. This plate, which only differs from Blaeu's by the lack of his name under the title, was first issued the same year. The lack of text on verso suggests this could be the first issue, from the 'Atlantis Maioris Appendix'. KOEMAN: Me 31a.
[Ref: 17310]    £900.00 ($1,150 • €1,009 rates)


 Finland 

SEUTTER, Matthäus. [18th Century Map of Finland]
Magni Ducatus Finlandiæ... Augsburg, c.1730, original colour, 490 x 480mm
A superb map of Finland with parts of surrounding countries, in fine original colour. With an attractive title cartouche surrounded by allegorical figures.
[Ref: 11101]    £600.00 ($767 • €673 rates)


Anonymous. [Antique map of Finland]
Magnus Ducatus Finlandiae. St Petersburg, Russian Academy of Sciences, c.1745. 520 x 580mm.
One of the few maps focussed on Finland, apparently a variant of one in the 'Atlas Russicus', published by the Russian Academy of Sciences, with placenames in Latin, not Cyrillic characters.
[Ref: 12271]    £2,200.00 ($2,812 • €2,466 rates)


PACKER, Thomas. [Ariel view of Helsinki and the Fortress of Sveaborg during the Crimean War]
Panoramic View of the Fortress of Sveaborg, Commanding the Entrance to the Town and Harbour of Helsingfors in the Gulf of Finland. The Fortress of Sveaborg is built on seven rocky islands, through which lies the only channel for shipping. They mount upwards of 2000 guns, most of which can be bought to bear upon vessels entering the harbour. The islands are connected my means of wooden bridges & most of the batteries are bomb proof. The harbour & town of Helsingfors are the great commercial depôt of the trade & commerce of Northern Russia. Projected from illuminated charts & Imperial Russian surveys recently published at St Petersburg. London, Stannard & Dixon, 1855. Tinted lithograph, printed area 485 x 690mm. Repaired tear in title, minor printer's crease on left.
A map-view (not to scale) looking down on the heavily-fortified Russian fortress, built to defend the approaches to Helsinki. It was issued to illustrate the actions of the Baltic Fleet in 1854, during the Crimean War. Under Sir Charles Napier, an Anglo-French force blockaded the Gulf of Finland, preventing Russia's North Fleet leaving St Petersburg, Russia's only northern port open all year around. However Napier refused to Sveaborg, considering it too well defended. The British press pilloried Napier for his lack of action, causing the Admiralty to terminate his command at the end of the year. In 1855 a better-equipped fleet bombared Sveaborg for nearly two days, but failed to knock out the Russian batteries before withdrawing.
[Ref: 14080]    £1,200.00 ($1,534 • €1,345 rates)


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