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  AMERICA 
 Central America 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early plans of Mexico City and Cusco]
Mexico, Regia et Celebris Hispaniæ Novae Civitas; Cusco, Regni Peru in Novo Orbe Caput. Cologne, 1572-, French text. Coloured. 270 x 475mm. Evidence of a crack in the printing plate, as usual with this map.
Two early 'map-views' on one sheet, showing Mexico City and Cusco, the capital cities of the Aztecs and Incas, with the major buildings shown in profile with little consideration for perspective. In the foreground of each are illustrations of Aztec and Inca figures. This plate was published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first systematic series of printed town plans, a monumental six-volume work published 1572-1618. These were the only two American cities depicted. KOEMAN: B&H 1.
[Ref: 19120]    £1,500.00 ($1,991 • €1,731 rates)


DE WIT, Frederick. [A fine chart of Central America]
Novæ Hispaniæ, Chili, Peruviæ, et Guatimalæ Littoræ. Amsterdam, c.1688. Original colour. 490 x 560mm. Narrow top margin.
Highly decorative chart of central America and north west South America, orientated with north to the left, showing Yucatan south to Peru and Chile, as well as parts of Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica. Despite being known to Europeans as early as 1535 the Galapagos Islands are omitted. The chart was published in the 'Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas', with a highly decorative cartouche in full colour, featuring Conquistadors, Incas, allegorical figures including Mercury and sea nymphs. KOEMAN: Wit 16.
[Ref: 19263]    £1,200.00 ($1,592 • €1,385 rates)


ALLARD, Carel. [Campeche]
Campeche. Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, c.1720. 170 x 205mm. Centrefold strengthened.
A view of the fort at Campeche, with two very imaginative figures of local indians in the foreground.
[Ref: 9995]    £125.00 ($166 • €144 rates)


TIRION, Isaak. [Eighteenth century map of Panama]
Kaart van de Landengte van Panama. Amsterdam, c.1745. Original colour. 275 x 315mm.
A map of the Isthmnus of Panama, marking the city of Panama, Chagres and Portobelo. The mountain ranges and rivers are carefully delineated, as the interest in crossing the isthmus was so strong.
[Ref: 17016]    £200.00 ($265 • €231 rates)


MOUNT & PAGE. [Map of the Scottish Darien Scheme]
An Exact Draught of the Gulf of Darien & the Coast to Porto Bello with Panama In the South Sea & the Scotch Settlement in Calledonia. London: W. & J. Mount and T. Page, 1748. 435 x 540mm.
An English chart of the Panama Isthmus, with most cartographic detail on the Caribbean coast, but marking Panama City on the west coast. However, of most interest is the depiction of 'New Caledonia', the Scottish colony on the Isthmus of Darien, shown here in a large inset despite the failure of the colony nearly half-a-century before. The Darien Scheme was an attempt by Scotland to have international trade independent of England. Led by William Paterson (1658-1719, one of the founders of the Bank of England) the plan was to create a trading base on Panama to receive goods from the Far East transported across the isthmus. 'New Edinburgh' was established in 1698, but, due to a bad choice of location, disease, the unhelpfulness of the English and military action by the Spanish, the colony collapsed in 1700, at a cost to Scotland of half a million pounds. Part of the deal for the Act of Union in 1707 was that the losses of the investors would be met by England. Despite this failure the cartographer here still has hopes for the scheme: around the 'Trato River', leading of the southern end of the Gulf of Darien (Uraba) are notes of explorers, for example 'These Indians are best Aquainted with ye Countrey' and This River runns into the Bowels of the Countrey'. This chart was first published in the 1737 edition of 'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book Describing The West India Navigation... Also, a New Description of Newfoundland, New-England, New-York, East and West New Jersey, Dellevar-Bay, Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina'. The original title read '...Porto Bella with a perticular Draught of the Scotch Settlement...'; Shirley lists a 1749 edition in the British Library as the first appearence of this state. See SHIRLEY: Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, M.M&P-5c for an edition of the following year.
[Ref: 15468]    £550.00 ($730 • €635 rates)


MASI, Giovanni Tommaso. [Panama with the Darien Scheme]
Carta Rappresentante l'Istmo di Darien o'sia di Panama. Livorno, 1763. Coloured. 250 x 215mm.
Map depicting the eastern half of Panama and part of the western coastline of Colombia. Marked on the map are many cities, including' Nuova Edinburg' - New Edinburgh, the famous Darien Scheme colony established by the Company of Scotland as a trading settlement in 1698. Although well located, with a good harbour, the colony was short lived. Attacks by Spanish galleons, and devestating illnesses caused the failure of the 'Darien Scheme' as it was now. This contributed to the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and led to the Act of Union with England in 1707.
[Ref: 17635]    £170.00 ($226 • €196 rates)


BONNE, Rigobert. [Gulf of Mexico]
L'Ancien et le nouveau Mexique avec la Floride et la Basse Louisiane. Partie Orientale. Paris, c.1785. Coloured. 220 x 340mm. Stain in top left corner.
Antique map showing Florida, Texas, western part of Cuba and Central America. Showing many place names, extensive river systems, mountain ranges and featuring the Gulf of Mexico
[Ref: 13231]    £160.00 ($212 • €185 rates)


LUFFMAN, John. [Early 19th Century plan of Portobelo]
Porto Bello. Engrav'd for Luffman's Select Plans. Porto Bello, a most excellent harbour on the Isthmus of Darien in the territory of Terra Firma, in the West Indies. It was discovered by Colombus in 1502. London: Luffman, 1801. 170 x 135mm.
Old chart of the environs of Portobelo, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'.
[Ref: 13184]    £180.00 ($239 • €208 rates)


PINKERTON, John. [Southern Mexico]
Spanish Dominions in North America. Middle Part. London, Cadell & Davies, 1815. Original outline colour. 530 x 710mm. A very fine example
Engraved by Neele for 'Pinkerton's Modern Atlas', issued in parts between 1809-14 and as a whole in 1815. Southern Mexico, showing Mexico City and Yucatan, also showing Belize and part of Guatemala.
[Ref: 13845]    £260.00 ($345 • €300 rates)


WYLD, James. [Antique map of the Central American crossings]
Map of Central America Shewing the Different Lines of Atlantic & Pacific Communication. London: James Wyld, 1850. Original colour. Lithographic map, sheet 600 x 810mm. Trimmed on left, binding folds.
Antique Map of Central America from Vera Cruz in Mexico south to the Gulf of Darien, showing the possible crossings of the isthmus, including Tehuantepic and Panama. An inset map shows the geology of the Panama route, and four sections display the altitudes of the routes.
[Ref: 12409]    £800.00 ($1,062 • €923 rates)


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