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Records: 1 to 7 of 7

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Spitzbergen]
Spitzbergen et N.Nemble. Paris, c.1683. Coloured. 140 x 100mm.
Published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 8783]    £65.00 ($84 • €76 rates)

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Early 18th Century Battleplan of Fredrichshall]
Plan Der Belagerung Von Fridrichshall... Nuremberg,c. 1720, original colour, 485 x 590mm
A plan of the fortress Fredriksten under siege by the Swedish king Charles XII in 1718. 40,000 Swedes laid siege to the fortress of Fredriksten, overlooking the border town of Fredrikshald on the border between Norway and Sweden. The Swedish trenches had almost reached the main fortification walls when on the evening of December 11, 1718, a bullet struck and killed Charles XII while he inspected the work. The death of the king effectively ended Sweden's invasion plans.1718, a bullet struck and killed Charles XII while he inspected the work. The death of the king effectively ended the attack on Fredriksten and the invasion was called off.
[Ref: 11091]    £550.00 ($707 • €642 rates)

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Decorative map of Norway]
Regni Norvegiae Accurata Tabula in qua Praefecturae quinque Generales Aggerhusiensis Bergensis Nidrosiensis Wardhusiensis et Bahusienis... Nuremberg, 1720. Original colour. 600 x 500mm.
A decorative map of the Kingdom of Norway, from Gothenburg to the North Sea. The title cartouche is crowned by the coat of arms of the Norwegian Royal Family. The inset map at the top left shows regions of northern Norway and Trondheim. On the right is a cartouche entitled ‘notarum explicatio’ (known explanation) which contains a short political statement for some of the areas. The Peace of Roskilde in 1658 and the Peace of Copenhagen in 1660 are mentioned. These agreements ended the war between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Denmark conceded possessions in what is now southern Sweden.
[Ref: 17200]    £425.00 ($546 • €496 rates)

OTTENS, Reinier & Joshua. [Decorative antique map of Norway]
Norvegia Regnum... Amsterdam R. & J. Ottens, c.1730. Original colour. 585 x 500mm.
Original antique Map of Norway with an inset of the northern part, and a decorative cartouche of a merman and mermaid. Despite being ascribed to De Wit, the map is not a later state of his map but a copy of that of Danckerts. The Ottens brothers probably never acquired any De Wit plates but are just using De Wit's name to sell their map.
[Ref: 12260]    £800.00 ($1,028 • €934 rates)

PURCHAS, Samuel. [English whaling at Spitzbergen in the early 17th century]
['Greenland' & 'Edges Island'.] London: A. & J. Churchill, 1744. 295 x 335mm. A very fine example with wide margins.
Despite having 'Greenland' written across one island this is a map of Spitzbergen, flanked by eleven scenes of whale fishing & processing, and bear and walrus hunting (here called 'seamorces'). It was designed to illustrate the accounts of the whaling voyages of the Muscovy Company from 1611, including those by Thomas Edge (still remembered in the name of one of the islands, Edges Iland), William Baffin and Robert Fotherby. Purchas is not confusing Spitzbergen with the modern Greenland: the name was an anglicisation of Nicolo Zeno's name for the Arctic land he 'discovered' in the 14th century, 'Engroniland' or 'Grolandia'. The name stuck despite Fotherby writing that there was nowhere 'yet knowne and discovered that is lesse greene than it'. The discovery of Spitzbergen was the beginning of English whaling. In 1612 the Moscovy Company obtained a charter supposedly giving them exclusive rights to exploiting the islands; in 1613 a fleet of seven ships under Benjamin Joseph and Edge arrived to find 17 foreign ships, which they either bullied into leaving or forced to hand over half their catch. By 1625 competition from the Dutch made Spitzbergen less attractive to the English, so the whalers turned west to the real Greenland.
[Ref: 16125]    £980.00 ($1,259 • €1,145 rates)

PONTOPPIDAN, Erich. [The Natural History of Norway, including sea-monsters!]
The Natural History of Norway: containing, A particular and accurate Account of the Temperature of the Air, the different Soils, Waters, Vegetables, Metals, Minerals, Stones, Beasts, Birds, and Fishes; together with the Dispositions, Customs, and Manner of Living of the Inhabitants... London: A. Linde, 1755. Folio, rebound in full calf gilt with original front board, marbled edges; two parts in one; pp. xxiv + 206 + viii + 292 + (xi)(index); coloured folding map, 27 engr. plates and a plan, as called for.
First and only English edition of Erich Pontoppidan's description of Norway. Pontoppidan (1698-1764), the Bishop of Bergen 1747-54 and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Copenhagen, published the Danish version in 1752-3. The first part deals with geology and plants, the second animals, birds and sea creatures, including a depiction of a huge sea serpent. The folding map, a derivation of Homann's map "corrected by Martin Hubner, Professor of History at the University of Copenhagen", was probably engraved by Thomas Kitchin. There was no map in the Danish edition. GINSBERG: 19.
[Ref: 11264]    £1,950.00 ($2,506 • €2,278 rates)

ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Didier. [18th century map of Norway]
Norwege pars Robert de Vaugondy ... Paris, 1795. Original colours. 260 x 235mm.
French map of Norway, with an inset of Denmark. Originally published 1749 this example has been updated to 'Year Three of the French Republic', i.e., 1795.
[Ref: 15238]    £70.00 ($90 • €82 rates)

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