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NOLIN, Jean Baptiste.
[A double-hemisphere wall map with side panels] Le Globe Terrestre Represente en Deux Plans-Hemispheres Dressé Sur la Projection de M.r de la Hyre de l'Academie Royale des Sciences... Paris, Crepy, 1767. Coloured. 1190 x 1500mm. Minor restoration, as is usual in these large wall maps.
A four-sheet map of the world, presented as a pair of hemispheres held aloft by allegorical figures of the Four Seasons. The added borders containing vignette scenes from the Old Testament, including the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark and the Ten Commandments. According to a small text the decorations were drawn and engraved by Bocquet from Nolin's ideas. The map, published only a couple of years before Captain Cook's first voyage, still shows only a partial outline of New Zealand and an unbroken Australian coastline joining Tasmania to New Guinea. In North America the 'Strait of Anian' forms a North West Passage from Hudson's Bay, and the St Lawrence River continues west from Lake Superior. SHIRLEY: World 605, 'one of the finest Large-scale world maps to be produced '
($86,800 • €81,900 rates)
[A striking wall map of the world at the end of the 18th century] Bowles's New Four-Sheet Map of the World on Mercator's Projection Exhibiting the Several Quarters of the Globe divided into their respective Empires, Kingdoms, States, &c. agreeable to the latest Treaties and Political Regulations now existing; Together with All the New Discoveries and most interesting Tracks of those eminent Circumnavigators Cook, Byron, Bougainville &c. &c. London: Bowles & Carver, 1795. Original wash colour lightly refreshed. Four sheets conjoined, total 1020 x 1180mm.
A large and rare chart of the world, decorated with a title cartouche featuring a naval officer examining a chart and a midshipman using a sextant, and four compass roses. In the bottom corners are two text panels giving instructions on how to measure distances correctly on the map. There are still several cartographic inaccuracies, for example: Tasmania is still connected to mainland Australia; Nova Zemlya is too wide; and Hokkaido is made up of a group of large islands. The map was originally drawn up by Carington Bowles but does not seem to have been published before his death in 1793. This example, published by his son Henry Carington Bowles and Samuel Carver, has the earliest date we have traced. Another later edition, updated with Vancouver's discoveries in Canada and the Bass Strait in Australia, was issued c.1800. An unusual undissected issue of this map.
($17,360 • €16,380 rates)
COLTON, G.W. & C.B.
[A huge American missionary map on linen] Missionary Map of the World Showing the Prevailing Religions of its Various Nations and the Central Stations of All Protestant Missionary Societies. New York: Colton, 1892. Colour-printed wood engraving on ten linen sheets stitched together, total 2050 x 3550mm, with hanging string stitched in across top. A few small scorch marks, a little damp staining, otherwise fine.
A very scarce double-hemisphere world map with the land coloured according to the dominant religion, probably used as a backdrop at fund-raising events. The key lists Protestants, Greek and Eastern Churches, Roman Catholics, Jews, Mohammedans and Heathen, although the Jewish population is too spread out to show on the map. The 'Heathens' (those not members of an Abrahamic religion, numbered at 838 million by the key, outnumbering all the other religions combined) fill Arctic America, the interior of South America, central Africa, East Asia and Australia
The founder of the Colton firm, Joseph H. Colton, published a missionary map of the world by Rev. J.M. Campbell in 1845, apparently the same size as this map and also on cloth priced at $10; after George Woolworth Colton and his brother Charles took over their father's business, c.1865, they issued a version, along with a 120-page manual in 1878. In the early 20th century the firm became August R. Ohman & Co., which issued a smaller version of this map (with the Heathens increasing to 845,000,000); and finally we have found a reference to a map published by Ohman Map Co, with the title ending 'central stations of the Seventh-day Adventists', tentatively dated 1916. Of all these variants we have only been able to locate one example of this 1892 map, for sale in 2001, and an example of the 1906 map, which we offered in our Catalogue 3 in 2016.
($8,432 • €7,956 rates)
[A double-hemisphere wall map of the world illustrated with costumes] Le Petit Journal. Mappemonde. Paris, c.1900. Colour-printed wood engraving. 940 x 1095mm. Minor repairs to folds.
A highly decorative map of the world, with a vignette scene from each continent in the corners and cusps, including an American paddle steamer, and eighty-one costumes from around the world in three rows. On the map the shipping routes are marked with sailing times, for example London to Australia and New Zealand in 45 days. As this map was published as a supplement to the French 'Petit Journal' the ephemeral nature of this map makes surviving examples very unusual.
($2,852 • €2,691 rates)
OHMAN, August R.
[A rare American missionary map on linen] Missionary Map of the World Showing the Prevailing Religions of its Various Nations and the Central Stations of All Protestant Missionary Societies. New York: August R. Ohman & Co. Inc, c.1906. Colour-printed wood engraving on two linen sheets stitched together, total 1250 x 2120mm. A few stains, loss in top right margin.
A huge double-hemisphere world map with the land coloured according to the dominant religion, probably used as a backdrop at fund-raising events. The key lists Protestants, Greek and Eastern Churches, Roman Catholics, Jews, Mohammedans and Heathen, although the Jewish population is too spread out to show on the map. The 'Heathens' (numbered at 845 million by the key, outnumbering all the other religions combined) fill central Africa and seem to include the Hindus of India, Buddists of China and Shinto of Japan. August R. Ohman & Co publishers evolved from the more famous Colton firm: 'G.W. & C.B. Colton' became 'Colton, Ohman & Co. in 1898', and Ohman dropped the Colton name three years later, after which he published a number of bird's-eye views of American cities. We have dated this map from the 'Statistics of Missions, 1906' at the bottom. We have been unable to trace another example of this map, although we have found a reference to a map published by Ohman Map Co, with the title ending 'central stations of the Seventh-day Adventists', tentatively dated 1916, which we have been unable to verify.
($8,060 • €7,605 rates)
[A wall map of the world at the end of the Second World War] Philips' School Room Map of the World on Mercator's Projection Showing the British Empire, other Colonial Powers & Commercial Highways. London: George Philip & Sons, 1948. Colour lithograph, dissected and laid on linen as issued, brass hanging rings. Total 1190 x 1840mm. A very fine example.
A huge map of the world with the British Empire in red and its protectorates in pink, The possessions and protectorates of France, Italy (although Libya, Somalia and Eritrea were all under British control at the time), Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States are also shown. Across the seas are lines marking the shipping routes and communication cables laid by the British.
($2,294 • €2,165 rates)
[A map of the oil fields of the world] Le Petrole dans Le Monde. Paris: Union des Chambres Syndicals sw l'Industrie du Pétrole, 1958. Colour lithograph. Sheet 985 x 1210mm. Folded as issued.
A large map of the world on Mercator's Projection, marking the oil fields and areas with oil-producing potential. Insets show details of North America, Venezuela and the Middle East, a map showing the tanker routes during the Suez Crisis of 1956, and tables of oil production expansion and sources of power since 1900.
($2,046 • €1,931 rates)
CHÂTELAIN, Henri Abraham.
[A monumental wall map of the Pacific and America] Carte très curieuse de la Mer du Sud, contenant des Remarques Nouvelles et très utiles non seulement sur des Ports et Îles de cette Mer, mais aussy sur les principaux Pays de l'Amerique tant Septentrionale que Méridionale en a été faite. Amsterdam, 1719. Four sheets conjoined, total 830 x 1410mm. A superb example.
A large map of the western hemisphere, centred on the Americas but showing the coasts of Western Europe & Africa on the right, China & Japan on the left, with the partial outlines of Australia & New Zealand. California is shown as an island, but the north of the island has lighter shading to suggest doubt, as has the western half of the Terra del Fuego. Jesso and Companies Land are also shown above Japan, but two large vignettes of beavers cover the gap between Asia and America. Other vignettes include portraits of the most important explorers; plans of Panama, Acapulco, Mexico City & Havana; depictions of mining, panning for gold, sugar milling, a cod fishery and human sacrifice. The map was included in Chatelain's seven-volume 'Atlas Historique', published between 1705 and 1720. This encyclopedic work was devoted to the history and genealogy of the continents, with a text, written by Nicolas Gueudeville, on topics including geography, cosmography, topography, heraldry, and ethnography. GOSS: Mapping of North America 52, 'a veritable pictorial encyclopaedia of the western hemisphere'.
($14,880 • €14,040 rates)
ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Gilles.
[A scarce wall map of the Americas] L'Amerique Septentrional et Meridionale divisée Suivant Ses Différens Pays... Delamarche, Paris, c. 1792, coloured, 1130 x 980mm. Backed on linen.
A decorative large scale map of the Americas. In the lower right corner is a large, beautifully engraved title cartouche by Arrivet in the rococo style, featuring American flora and fauna such as alligators and macaws. Originally published around 1760, the plate was purchased before 1786 by Charles Delamarche, who heavily revised it to show the new political alignments in North America that resulted from the Treaty of Paris (1783). The new United States, plus Spanish Louisiana, Florida and Nouveau Mexique are carefully delineated, and the watersheds of the Missouri and other Great Plains rivers are surprisingly well-drawn. In the Pacific Northwest a great inland sea is labeled "Entrée de Martin d'Aguilar en 1603". With an inset in the bottom left hand corner of Hudson and Baffin bays.
($4,340 • €4,095 rates)
[Wall map of America at the beginning of the 19th century] Map of America. London: Aaron Arrowsmith, 1804. Original colour. Four sheets, dissected and laid on linen as one, as issued, total 1220 x 1480mm. A little wear to linen folds.
A large wall map of America by the leading British cartographer of the period, carefully compiled from the latest sources, including Mackenzie's exploration of Arctic America, George Vancouver on the Pacific north-west and William Bligh's second Breadfruit Voyage in the South Pacific (the Mutiny on the Bounty occured on the First). It is a fine example of Arrowsmith's more scientific approach to cartography, with decoration giving way to precise detail; however he still included a finely-engraved title cartouche, featuring a moose, breadfruit and other flora and fauna.
($3,472 • €3,276 rates)
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