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  AMERICA 
 Western USA 

SANSON, Nicolas. [First State of Sanson's quarto map of California as an island]
Audience de Guadalajara, Nouveau Mexique, Californie, &c... 1657. Paris, 1657. Original colour. 205 x 240mm. A very fine and crisp example.
A famous map of the island of California and the adjoining part of Mexico, published in Sanson's 'L'Amerique en plusiers cartes'. The title is within a winged cartouche top right. Although the map is a reduced version of Sanson's own 'Le Nouveau Mexique et la Floride' of the previous year, it was published in an atlas first. With these two maps Sanson introduced the indented northern coastline of the island, which was the predominant depiction until it rejoined the mainland. BURDEN: 327; McLAUGHLIN: 16.
[Ref: 16930]    £1,200.00 ($1,584 • €1,344 rates)


DONCKER, Hendrik. [First state of Doncker's chart of California as an island]
Pascaart vertoonende de Zeecusten van Chile, Peru, Hispania Nova, Nova Granada, en California. Amsterdam, 1659. Original colour with later additions, with gold highlights. 435 x 540mm. A fine example.
The first state of this impressive chart of the west coast of America, which was updated the following year to show the Caribbean coast of Central America. Orientated with north to the left, it shows from a promontory called 'Aguebela de Cato' just north of California south to near Arica in Chile. However it is for its representation of California that this chart is so important, as it 'depicts California as an island on a larger scale than any earlier sea chart' (Burden). Insets show two other great cartographical mysteries: the partial outline of Tasmania, according to Tasman; and the mythical island of Yedso to the north of Japan. A third insert shows the islands around the Ladrones. See KOEMAN Don 2 for the first atlas issue, in 'De Zee Atlas Of Water-Waerelt...'
[Ref: 11230]    £2,200.00 ($2,904 • €2,464 rates)


MULLER, Johann Ulrich. [Uncommon miniature map, showing California as an island]
Nova Mexico. Ulm, 1692. 70 x 80mm, set in text.
Charming miniature map, with a letterpress text in German. McLAUGHLIN: 109.
[Ref: 8885]    £470.00 ($620 • €526 rates)


FER, Nicolas de. [De Fer's California as an Island, first state]
Cette Carte de Californie et du Nouveau Mexique... 1700. Paris, 1700. Old colour. 225 x 340mm.
An important map of California: engraved by Inselin for the 'Atlas Curieux', it shows the discoveries of Father Eusebio Kino, the first European to cross from the mainland to California. However it is still depicted as an island. The mainland is shown from Mexico City to Santa Fé, with an incredible 314-point key. McLAUGHLIN: 134.
[Ref: 15139]    £1,400.00 ($1,848 • €1,568 rates)


FER, Nicolas de. [De Fer's large-format map of the island of California]
La Californie ou Nouvelle Caroline, Teatro de los Trabajos Apostolicos De Compa.e. Jesus en la America Sept. Dressé sur celle que le Viceroy de la Nouvelle Espagne... Paris, 1720. Original outline colour. 460 x 665mm.
The largest representation of the island of California on a single-sheet map. It is an enlarged version of Fer's map of 1700, allowing the 314 names in the original key to be moved onto the map. In place of the key is a text telling the history of California up to 1695, and four vignettes. Bottom left is a cartouche, illustrated with creatures including a Spoonbill and an armadillo, which seems to be lacking extra text. Most of the detail in the Mexican interior comes from the work of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645-1711), an Italian Jesuit. It is interesting that it was Kino first claimed California was joined to the mainland, as early as 1702. This is the best example we have ever seen. MCLAUGHLIN: 196.
[Ref: 16627]    £8,500.00 ($11,220 • €9,520 rates)


KINO, Eusebio. [The beginning of the end of California as an island]
Tabula Californiae Anno 1702 Ex autoptica observatione delineata a R.P. Chino è S.I. Augsburg, 1726. 365 x 230mm. A very fine example.
Father Eusebio Francisco Kino's important map of California, drawn in 1702 but not published until it was included in Joseph Stöcklein's 'Allerhand So Lehr-Als Geist-Reich Brief, Schrifften und Reis-Beschreibungen, welche von denen Missionariis'. Kino (1645-1711), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to New Spain in 1682 and stayed there the rest of his life. He travelled extensively and used his knowledge of astronomy and mathematics to compile maps of the region. Although he never crossed to California by land, his obervations from a high point near the Colorado River, from which he saw only land to the west, caused him to state California was a peninsula. It was nearly another half-century before this was proved.
[Ref: 16945]    £1,600.00 ($2,112 • €1,792 rates)


ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Didier. [Antique map of California]
Carte de la Californie et des Pays Nord-Ouest separés de l'Asie par le Détroit d'Anian... Paris, Diderot, c.1772. Coloured. 320 x 405mm. Lower margin extended.
Two antique maps on one sheet, the west coast of the U.S. from California to Alaska after Vaugondy, showing " Nova Albion" with an inset of an earlier attempt by Plantius & Visscher. This interesting map was engraved for Denis Diderot's famous "Encyclopedie" comprising 27 volumes.
[Ref: 8953]    £220.00 ($290 • €246 rates)


LA PÉROUSE, Jean F.G. [Port of Bucarelli, Alaska]
Plan de L'Entrée du Port de Bucarelli, sur la Côte du Nord-Ouest de l'Amerique... Paris, 1797. Coloured. 510 x 700mm.
A harbour in Alaska discovered in 1775 by the Spaniards la Quadra & Maurelle, at Latitude 55N the furthest north that Spanish explorers reached. Although this chart was engraved by Bouclet for La Pérouse's 'Voyage autour du Monde', it is based on Spanish manuscripts, not La Perouse's discoveries. It was included because La Pérouse believed it was a probable entrance to the North West Passage. WAGNER: 843.
[Ref: 8544]    £180.00 ($238 • €202 rates)


FADEN, William. [Miniature map of the Pacific North West]
Western Coast of North America with Behring's Straits London: Faden, 1798. Original colour. Sheet size 155 x 180 mm.
Map of West Coast America, showing the Bering Straits, engraved by Palmer for Faden's 'Atlas Minimus Universalis'. Of interest is the tiny 'Fuca's Entrance' and 'Sea of the West', just prior to the inclusion of Vancouver's discoveries. William Faden was geographer to George III.
[Ref: 16387]    £200.00 ($264 • €224 rates)


MARZOLLA, Benedetto. [Gold-rush map of California]
Nuova California (Stati Uniti dell'America Settentrionale). Naples, 1851. Original colour. Printed area 430 x 590mm
A scarce and unusual map of the Southwestern United States surrounded by copious text in Italian giving details about the countryside, its products and inhabitants. With an inset of Monterey and San Francisco Bay. In this map Marzolla has updated Hypolite Ferry's map of 1850 by including extensive notes throughout. This map gives details of the situation of local tribes, the caravan routes, gold regions and a French colony is shown north of the Umqua River.
[Ref: 13301]    £520.00 ($686 • €582 rates)


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