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Gallery: Catalog/List 35

Dear Friends,

Later this year we will close our Evanston gallery and move to an office where we will see people by appointment only. After 41 years in the trade and now that we're in our mid-70s, we're ready to kick back a notch! In the meantime we invite those in the area to drop by and browse while you may. Take advantage of generous in-store discounts on non-map inventory such as natural history and other prints, reference books and more. These items are available in-store only, and all sales are final.

It's been a fun run. We greatly enjoyed meeting fellow map lovers at fairs, conferences, and in our gallery (30,000+ visitors at our Evanston location alone). We hosted dozens of gallery talks and our popular wine-and-antique-maps dinners, and issued over 100 lists in addition to our catalogs.

In this, our 35th catalog, we are pleased to feature American and Holy Land maps assembled over many years by a discerning collector. These include #33, #34, #35 and #36 relating to France's development of La Louisiane which led to the Mississippi Bubble – the first recorded stock market crash.

Other highlights: two 18th century wall maps, Pichon's Paris (#55), Nolin's Terre Sancte (#59). Also Pierotti's rare folding map of Jerusalem (#60) and three Van der Aa folio maps of continents with very crisp impressions – #14, #53 and #56.

Watch for further announcements with closing date and details about our new location. Until then we'll be at the same old stand, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


George & Mary


Click to enlarge  1. [North America] Lahontan, Nouveaux Voyages de Mr. Le Baron de Lahontan Dans L'Amerique Septentrionale, Qui contiennent une relation... The Hague, 1703. 2 vols. 2 pp. Frontis., [22]. 279 pp., two maps (one folding), 12 folding plates; 2 pp. Frontis., 220, [17] pp. + folding map, 10 folding plates. 12mo. Old speckled calf. Spines rebacked with modern calf in a contrasting color, raised bands and gilt lettered labels. First edition, first issue with the angel emblem on the title page of both volumes. The thrf ee maps are all first states without page numbers.  Sold

Condition. Volume one: Text generally clean with occasional foxing. The large Carte Generale du Canada has some stains, mostly at upper right where it touched a text page; the right margin is trimmed close where fitted into the book with a two inch fold tear and some creasing. The plate facing p. 242 creased with a small tear where folded into the book. Volume 2: Some creasing to large Riviere Longue map; minor transference; Plate facing p. 133 small tear where folded into book; lower corner of leaf C12 lacking, text not affected.

Lahontan was a keen observer and his easy-to-read book was popular, going through many editions. His narrative was widely accepted both because of his social rank and the fact he served ten years with the French military in North America. He provided valuable information on Indian beaver hunting grounds as well as location of forts, portages, Indian and Jesuit settlements. However, his depiction of the rivers and the Great Lakes is crude compared to those of De L'Isle. He exaggerated and gave fictitious accounts for areas outside where he had actually traveled. His most notable fabrication was the Riviere Longue supposedly connecting the Rocky Mountains with the Mississippi. Despite this he influenced other mapmakers. Howes L25; Karpinski p. 127; Kershaw #282, #289, #298; McCorkle 703.3, 703.4; Wheat #86.

Click to enlarge  2. [French road atlas] Desnos, Etrennes Utiles et Necessaires Aux Commercans et Voyageures ou Indicateur Fidel... Paris, 1771. 32 mo (4½ x 2½). Contemporary mottled calf scuffed and worn. Internally clean. Traces of gilt on spine. Front hinge starting. Ex-library w/stamp on t.p. The uncolored maps are cleanly engraved by Dezauche and provide surprising detail for such a small book, obviously designed to fit in a traveler's pocket. The two double-page maps are of France and of Paris with its environs. The 150 road maps cover routes throughout France as well as to important places elsewhere in Europe such as London, Amsterdam and Vienna. An arrow on each map indicates north. The key to symbols for cities, villages, churches, woods, rivers, etc. is on the last printed page. Shirley T-DESN-5a. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  3. [Atlas] Lucas, A General Atlas Containing Distinct Maps of all the known Countries in the World... Baltimore, 1823. Folio. 98 colored maps (several double-page), 3 plates (2 colored). Binding poor: lacks spine, covers detached. A number of maps are loose; many maps with tidemarks, minor age-toning, uneven margins, scattered offsetting and foxing. A rare atlas with handsomely engraved maps and delicate early color. The maps include 27 U.S. states and territories, and 20 West Indies islands. Phillips, Atlases #742; Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 266-8. Sold [details]


Click to enlarge  4. [World] Visscher, Orbis Terrarum typus de integro in plurimis emendatus auctus et icunculus illustratus. Amsterdam, 1657. 12 x 18½. Fine. Full color. Very decorative with double hemispheres surrounded by vignettes representing the four continents. Among the many creatures on the map are "fat-tailed sheep." Insets top and bottom illustrate Copernican and Ptolemaic solar systems, while a celestial double hemisphere fills a blank area in the Indian Ocean. This is Visscher's first world map to appear in a bible. Shirley 401. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  5. [World] van der Aa, Nova Delineatio Totius Orbis Terrarum...Niewe Werelt Caart. Leiden circa 1720. 10¼ x 13½. Attractive full color. VG+. Reduced from a map originally by Colom and then by Van Meurs. The design is notable for six strong figures of Apollo as day and Venus as night plus the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. In this state the cartouche at lower right has a second title in Dutch. California is an island. Shirley 417. $2,000.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  6. [World; Isle of California] Jaillot / Ottens, Nova Orbis Tabula, Ad Usum Serenissimi Burgundiae...... Amsterdam, circa 1730-40. 19¼ x 24. Old body color refreshed with later hand color on cartouche and vignettes. With California as an island; the great unknown Southern Continent. French possessions in North America are marked Canada ou Nouvelle France. The surround is adorned by personifications of the continents with appropriate attributes, allegorical figures of Justice, a River God. See Shirley 561. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  7. [World] Chatelain, Mappe-Monde pour Connoitre les Progres & les Conquestes les Plus Remarquables des Provinces-Unies... Amsterdam, 1719. 13 x 17¾. Color VG. Double-hemisphere world map with California as an island. A numbered key lists 47 voyages and discoveries of Dutch trading companiesthroughout the world. Chatelain used the plate of a scarce 1670 map and added embellishments such as ships, the arms of the Dutch Republic. Shirley 447. $850.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  8. [World] Robert de Vaugondy, Mappemonde ou Description Du Globe Terrestre... Paris, 1752. 18¼ x 28. Old color refreshed. VG. First State. Shows tracks of Anson and other voyages of the period (such as the l'Aigle and la Marie). Dots in the South Pacific represent the "antipodes des principales Villes d'Europe" such as Madrid, Stockholm, Paris. The cartouche which is designed by Charles Cochin, Jr. and engraved by Tardieu, features Fame, Cybella, goddess of cities and measurement, other figures. Pedley #8, state 1. Sold [details]


Click to enlarge  9. [Western hemisphere] Waldseemuller / Fries / Treschel, Oceanus Occidentalis. Lyon, 1522 (1535). 11¼ x 16½. BW. Faint show-thru in margins, else Fine. Reduced from Waldseemuller's important 1513 map, the first printed atlas map devoted to the New World, but with added information and decoration. The map shows a continuous coast line from the river Caninor (at the correct latitude for the mouth of the St. Lawrence), south to near the mouth of the Rio de la Plata. While geographically similar to Waldseemuller, several changes indicate growing knowledge of the New World. South America is now Terra Nova rather than Terra Incognita. A Spanish flag now flies over Isabella (Cuba). An inscription in the Caribbean credits Columbus with discovery of the New World. Next to Terra Nova are vignettes of cannibals and an opossum. On the other hand, the mythical island of Brazil is seen west of England. $14,500.00

This map is from an edition edited by Michael Servetus who was burned at the stake for heresy by Calvin who also ordered the book destroyed. Thus, examples of this map are less common than otherwise would be the case. Burden 4; Karrow 28/29; Moreland & Bannister, p. 246. [details]

Click to enlarge  10. [Western hemisphere] Munster, Die Neuwen Inseln... Basle, 1540 (1572). 10 x 13½. BW. Bottom and right margins are rough; a small void in a blank area at the upper centerfold is expertly repaired. Good+. The first atlas map to show the Americas as a distinct landmass, though with many distortions. Yucatan is an island. Magellan's ship Victoria is seen in the Pacific Ocean below Zipangri (Japan), which mistakenly lies near the West Coast of America. A large body of water (the sea of Verrazano) nearly cuts through north America, leaving only a narrow isthmus on the east coast. The word "canibali" appears next to an image of body parts about to be cooked. The 7448 islands in the Pacific come from Marco Polo's narrative. Burden 12, state 13. $6,500.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  11. [Western hemisphere] Ortelius, Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio. Antwerp, 1587 (1603). 14 x 19. A few minor marginal stains, else Fine. Attractive full color. Good impression. State One of Plate Three. From an era when information and beauty were often found together. On this plate Ortelius corrects South America's west coast and adds the Solomon Islands (discovered 1568) as well as new names on the west coast of North America. Misconceptions remain, notably the large southern continent which encompasses Tierra del Fuego and even New Guinea. Decoration is in the form of an elaborate mannerist cartouche, sailing ships, a sea monster. Burden 64; Van den Broecke 11.1. $6,500.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  12. [Western hemisphere] Hondius, America noviter delineata Auct: Henrico Hondio 1631. Amsterdam, 1631. 15 x 19½. Original color. Cracking caused by old green expertly strengthened verso, else VG. Latin text verso. Inset maps of Greenland and of the unknown southern continent. A classically beautiful map with ships and sea monsters. Burden 192, state 3. $2,500.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  13. [Western hemisphere] Moll, America. London, 1709. 6½ x 7½. Fine. Colored. On a text leaf headed A General and Particular Description of America. The Island of California is on the Briggs model with no place names. A great defender of the theory of an insular California, Moll also shows the coast of Jesso nearly touching the northern part of the "island." With a hint of the Great Lakes. McLaughlin 173. $475.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  14. [Western hemisphere] Van der Aa, L'Amerique Selon les nouvelles observations... Leiden, 1713. 18½ x 26. BW. Lightly age-toned, printer's crease, else VG. Crisp impression, good margins. With the Island of Calif. Many historical notes. Striking cartouche features a warrior princess, severed heads at her feet, while cannibals feast in the background. Koeman Aa 6 (42), Leighly 124 & 140; McLaughlin 184; Tooley, America #71, pl. 54. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  15. [Western hemisphere; Isle of California] De Fer, L'Amérique Méridionale et Septentrionale... Paris, 1717. 8¾ x 13. Outline color. Fine. There is a large Island of California off the west coast of North America. The Great Lakes are shown only in outline. Neither they nor a large lake at the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers is named. An attractive map with three cartouches and a compass rose. Burden 759, State 3; McLaughlin 135. $950.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  16. [Western hemisphere] Bowen, A New General Map of America... London, 1752. 14 x 17. Outline color. VG. Large parts of North America remain "Undiscovered" with nothing delineated above Cape Mendocino on the Pacific Coast. There are islands in Lake Superior. Apaches are noted along the Rio Grande (North R.) just above "S. Fee." The interior of Brazil is "Country of the Amazones." Several notes in the Pacific "Land seen by an Englishman in 1636" off the Tropic of Capricorn; "Port discover'd by Sr. Francis Drake near Cape Horn. $750.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  17. [North America] Jansson, America Septentrionalis. Amsterdam, 1647. 18¼ x 21½. Original outline color. No text verso. North America with the island of California after Briggs. Many place names on the Pacific coast of California, but none on the eastern side. Thanks to distribution by a major Dutch publisher this map influenced the debate on California's insularity. A large "Lac des Iroquois" is an indication of the Great Lakes. The map names "Real de Nueva Mexico" (Santa Fe). Very attractive with many animals in the interior, ships and sea monsters in the ocean. State 2 with Jansson's name in the cartouche at lower left. Burden 245; Karpinski VI; Leighly, #13, plate V; Tooley, MCCS 8, #6, pl. III; van der Krogt 9100:1.2. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  18. [North America] Hennepin, A Map of a New World between New Mexico and the Frozen Sea... London, 1698. 10¾ x 17½. BW. Close bottom and right margins. 1½" tear in right side repaired; archival backing.

Hennepin was a Recollet missionary who accompanied LaSalle in exploring the western parts of New France. He wrote several influential books about the New World. Hennepin exaggerated and fabricated what he had seen and done, but did make contributions such as discovering St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi. This map shows the Mississippi entering the Gulf of Mexico far to the west of its true position. The Great Lakes are distorted though recognizable. California is in peninsular form. A caption in the West "Tract of Lands full of Wild bulls" refers to bison. With an inset of the Land of Jesso and Japan. The elaborate cartouche is laudatory of dedicatee Protestant King William III of England, an unexpected patron of a Catholic missionary. Burden #746; Karpinski XXIX (French text edition); McCorkle 698.5. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  19. [North America] Moll, The Isle of California, New Mexico, Louisiana, the River Misisipi. [sic] and The Lake's [sic] of Canada. London, 1701. 6½ x 7½. BW. Fine. First edition. On text leaf with page number 152 is from Moll's A System of Geography, the first appearance of this map. "Moll published a beautiful little map...on which he crowded a vast amount of information – as well as much misinformation." (Wheat TM I, p 55.) This at a time when little was known about the interior of the American West. Besides the Isle of California with a number of place names there are numerous mountains and rivers including an extensive upper Missouri. A Recollet Mission is in western Canada below L. Assinibouels. The Mississippi enters the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Rio Grande. Indian tribes are noted. Forts are shown along the Mississippi and in the Great Lakes region. McLaughlin #144; Tooley #78; Wagner #487, Wheat #81. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  20. [North America] Robert de Vaugondy, Carte des parties nord et, ouest de l'Amérique. Paris, 1772. 11½ x 14½. Color. VG. Based on Samuel Engel's synthesis of American maps. California is part of the continent. The west has several huge lakes, bigger than any of the Great Lakes, and a number of east-west rivers. Lahontan's mythical Riviere Longue connects to the Mississippi. The continent projects too far west. The Straits of Anian separate America from Asia. Only a few native American tribes are listed, the west being mostly Allies des Sioux. A caption above present-day Astoria marks the discoveries of Yazoo Indian Monchact-Apé who reportedly traveled in the early 1700s from the Mississippi River to the Pacific and back. Pedley 453; Wheat 158. $250.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  21. [North America] Pownall, A New and Correct Map of North America with the West India Islands...which Compose The British Empire... London, 1777. Original outline color. Strong impression. VG+. Four sheets joined two and two, each pair 20 x 45½; if joined 40 x 45½ overall. Created in 1755 by Emanuel Bowen and John Gibson, this map drew its geography from John Mitchell's landmark map of the same year, though it extends further south to include the West Indies and Central America. After the 1763 Treaty of Paris Bowen updated it to reflect new boundaries, as well as including text of several Treaty articles in the Atlantic. The 2nd issue during the Revolutionary War. Pownall was Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony and adds his observations. The western borders of Virginia and North and South Carolina now end at the Appalachians rather than the Mississippi. Two large inset maps: Baffin and Hudson Bay, and California after Father Kino shows it as a peninsula. Attractive large title cartouche plus a second with distance scales. Stevens & Tree 49(f) $4,000.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  22. [North America] Brion de la Tour, L'Amérique Septentrionale ou se remarquent Les Etats Unis. Paris, 1779. 20 x 28¾. State one of the rare second map to name the United States. Outline color. Surface dirt, light stain in ocean, old repairs, foxing in margins, else VG. Names the United States while theRevolutionary War is still under way. Preceded only by Eliot's ground-breaking 1778 map, based on another map by Brion de la Tour. Much detail in the eastern and southern parts of the continent; the northwest is "unknown." The large, decorative cartouche includes ships in a harbor, contrasting the Rousseau-like vignette of an Indian princess nursing her twins. Sellers & Van Ee #166, State 1; see also Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp 61-2. $4,000.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  23. Lucas, United States. Baltimore, 1823. 11½ X 18¾. VG+. Color. Among the earliest coast-to-coast maps published in an American atlas. The West Coast consists of Mxico and the Oregon Territory. With New Albion, New California and Old California (Baja) located. Oregon goes east almost to the Mississippi and north well beyond the 45th parallel. Major Long's "Great Desert" is named. Engraved by B.T. Welch & Co. Scarce. Phillips, Atlases 742, #49. $950.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  24. [U.S.] Prince Maximilian of Wied / Carl Bodmer, Map to Illustrate the Route of Prince Maximilian of Wied in the Interior of North America... Coblenz or Paris or London, 1839-43. 16 x 31¾. Original outline color. Large margins, a small tear in lower margin, else VG+. With Bodmer's blind stamp in the lower part of the plate. French and German titles also. Prince Maximilian, an experienced naturalist, traveled in the American west with Swiss artist Carl Bodmer as far as what is now Montana. Theirs was the first such expedition by a led trained scientist with a skilled illustrator. "The Missouri as far as the Great depicted with high accuracy."– Wheat. Inset plans of the Missouri's Great Falls and Lake Itasca, the Mississippi's headwaters. Graff 4649; Wagner-Camp 76; Wheat 445. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  25. [Northeast] 1561-98 Ruscelli, Tierre Nueva. 1561-98. 7 x 9½. BW. Right side of title faded, some show-though, else Good+. A significant early map of the Atlantic coast based on Gastaldi's 1548 map. State three with added names of Virginia and Nova Francia as well as a sea monster. Burden 30; McCorkle 1561.2. $1,200.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  26. [Northeast] Blaeu, Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova. Amsterdam, 1635 (1644-55). 15¼ x 19½. Original color. Light age-toning, else VG. A beautiful and important map. The coast is largely derived from Dutch trader Adriaen Block's manuscript map but with changes such as Cape Cod being reconnected to the mainland. Inland Lake Champlain (Lacus Irocoisiensis) is too far south and east. Sources of the Delaware and Hudson Rivers are separate. North is to the right. The map is illustrated with sailing ships and canoes in the ocean; the interior abounds with wildlife such as deer, turkey, beaver, wolves and bears. Depictions of Indian villages from De Bry are also seen. Burden #241; McCorkle #635.1; Van der Krogt #9310:2. $4,500.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  27. [Northeast] Jansson, Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova. Amsterdam, 1647. 15¼ x 19½. Outline color. VG. Verso blank. From Virginia to Nova Scotia. State two with a more elaborate cartouche and added decoration such as an Indian village and depictions of bears, beaver, birds, etc. An influential map, the geography is derived from De Laet's scarce 1630 map of the same title. The names "Manbattes" and "N. Amsterdam" indicate location of the Dutch trading post that became New York City. A large "Grand Lac" at the top of the map hints at the Great Lakes. Burden 247; Karpinski VII; McCorkle, 636.2; van der Krogt 9310:1A.2. $2,250.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  28. [New York harbor] Political Magazine, CHART and PLAN of the HARBOUR of NEW YORK & the County Adjacent, from SANDY HOOK to KINGSBRIDGE, Comprehending The WHOLE of NEW YORK and STATEN ISLANDS, and Part of Long Island & the JERSEY SHORE: And SHEWING the DEFENCES of NEW YORK Both by Land and Sea. London, November, 1781. 16½ x 9½. Full color. VG. Engraved by John Lodge. $1,800.00

Captured by the British in September of 1776, New York was again in the news when this map was published. After Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown on October 17, 1781, British troops were concentrated in New York while peace was negotiated. Captions relate to events at the beginning of the War, noting for instance British General Howe's landing on long Island, and where "the Rebels were defeated." A gibbet is seen, appropriately, at Gallows Point on Oyster Bay, and the "Breach made by the Sea in Winter of 1777-78" is identified at Sandy Hook. Sand banks are marked and soundings given. With compass rose and scale bar. Guthorn, British Maps 156-12; Nebenzahl, Bibliography #104; Jolly POL-40. [details]

Click to enlarge  29. [Spain's New World empire] Ortelius, Peruviae...La Florida...Guastecan... Antwerp, 1584 (1592). 13 x 18. Old tear repair in lower margin outside map, else VG. Attractive hand color. Three maps on one sheet showing the extent of Spain's New World empire. One of the few 16th century printed maps based on Spanish sources; Ortelius attributes La Florida to Geronimo Chaves, Spain's Cosmographer Royal. Mountain ranges in the North American interior are presumed sources for the many rivers emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Burden #57; Cumming #5; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, 73; Van den Broecke #15. $1,800.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  30. [Great Lakes; NE] Sanson, Le Canada ou Nouvelle France... Paris, 1657 (1662). 8½ x 12. Old outline color. VG+. A reduced version of Sanson's important 1656 map showing five Great Lakes, with Superior and Michigan (Lac des Puans) open to the West. The Appalachians are shown running northwest from Virginia, while the towns of Gustaveburg and Christina appear in New Sweden. Many tribal names given. Burden #325. State 2; Kershaw 135 (pl. 83); McCorkle #657.3; Pastoureau, Sanson II B 1662. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  31. [Great Lakes] Coronelli, La Louisiana Parte Settentrionale... Venice, 1696. 10¼ x 16¾. BW. VG. The most accurate 17th century delineation of the Great Lakes. Coronelli's was the prototype map of the Great Lakes region for half a century. It's geography was not improved upon significantly until Bellin's cornerstone map of 1744. As cartographer to Louis XIV, Coronelli's authoritative maps were based on first hand reports of French explorers and missionaries. While the Great Lakes' outline was an improvement, oddities are palm trees and an alligator placed northwest of Lake Superior! Burden, Mapping of North America II #701; Heidenriech & Dahl, French Mapping of North America, 1600-1760 (The Map Collector offprint, 1982), pp. 8-9; Karpinski XXVII; Kershaw #163; Tooley, The Mapping of America, pp. 306, 314. $4,800.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  32. [Great Lakes] Lahontan, Carte Generale de Canada, 1703 (1741). 9 x 12. BW. Nearly invisible repaired tear at right, else VG. Baron Lahontan was a military officer who served ten years in the upper Great Lakes. His books were popular, going through more than 20 editions in several languages. Despite distorted and imaginative geography his maps influenced cartographers such as Chatelain and Moll. Lahontan locates Indian tribes and beaver hunting grounds, forts, rivers and portages. This is a later state of the 3rd edition of his medium-size general map. Heidenreich & Dahl, French Mapping of North America, 1600-1760 (The Map Collector offprint), p. 14; Karpinski XLII; Kershaw #295; McCorkle 703.2 (illustrating several Lahontan plates). Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  33. [Central, southern U.S.] De Fer, Partie Meridionale de la Riviere Missisipi... Paris, 1718. 18¼ x 25. Old outline color. A few faint ink smudges, rust spot in Gulf of Mexico, else VG. State 2. Many changes from the rare 1715 first state including added captions and vignettes of scenes such as Indian villages, hunting and sailing ships. On the Illinois River the caption beneath Fort Crevecoeur now states it was constructed by La Salle in 1679. Now notes La Salle's failed 1685 expedition to the mouth of the Mississippi. Covers a vast area from New Mexico to the Great Lakes. Much details about Indian settlements. For comparison with the first edition see the De Fer first edition in our Catalog 34. Cumming, SE #169; Holland, Mississippi River, pp 96-100. Reserved [details]

Click to enlarge  34. Chatelain, Carte de la Nouvelle France... Amsterdam, 1719. 16½ x 19¼. Lovely color. Fine. Reduced from De Fer's four-sheet map of 1718, it focuses on French possessions in North America. The French produced several such maps at this time to encourage emigration to America and the supposed riches of the region which led to the financial collapse known as the Mississippi Bubble. Packed with place names and captions. With scale bars and a short list of co-ordinates for New World cities. At upper left is a large inset, enclosed by scrollwork, of the Gulf coast from the Mississippi delta to St. Joseph Bay. At lower right is another inset with a map of Quebec's environs and a view of the city from the river. The interior has many figures of game hunted by Indians, while the sea is filled with ships and canoes. McCorkle #719.4. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  35. [Louisiana, Mississippi] John Senex, A Map of Louisiana and of the River Mississippi. London, circa 1720. 19 x 22½. Original outline color. Centerfold discolored, old tears repaired verso, else VG. "A bald plagiarism" of De L'Isle's 1718 map (Wheat). Many captions are direct translations including the Wandering Indians and Man-Eaters on the Texas coast. The paths of several explorers are indicated and the site of La Salle's murder is noted. A few western settlements are dated 1705 and one, the Pueblo de Pecuries, was "founded a little while ago." Dedicated to William Law, Baron Laureston, brother of John Law whose scheme to develop the region resulted in the first great stock market crash – the Mississippi Bubble of 1719. The cartouche features Fame, putti with cornucopias, a river god representing the Father of Waters, and two cherubs engaged in mining. It was thought the region teemed with silver and gold. Cumming #182; Wheat #100. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  36. [Louisiana, Mississippi] Seutter, Accurata Delineatio celeberrimae Regionis Ludovicianae... Augsburg, circa 1730. Original body color, cartouche BW as issued. Brownish stain near centerfold, else VG. Inset map upper left of the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi delta to the Florida panhandle. Seutter's version of de Fer's 1718 map. The intricate cartouche satirizes the Mississippi Bubble which arose from French Finance Minister John Law's scheme to colonize the Louisiana region. Fortune pours riches from a cornucopia while putti blow bubbles. Speculators on one side buy shares while on the other side defrauded investors contemplate suicide. McCorkle 730.3. $3,000.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  37. Lotter, Mappa Geographica Regionem Mexicanam et Floridam ... Augsburg, circa 1745. 18¾ x 22¾. Old body color refreshed. VG. Shows trade routes used by the Spanish with the large vignette lower left suggesting the riches to be found in the Americas. Inset maps are Bahia Portus Belli (Porto Bello, Panama) showing Admiral Vernon's 1739 attack, environs of Havana; environs of Cartagena and relate to incidents in the Seven Years War and the War of Jenkins Ear Tiny inset of Vera Cruz. Cumming, SE #137. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  38. De l'Isle / Covens & Mortier, Carte Du Mexique Et De La Floride / Tabula Geographica Mexicae et Floridae. Amsterdam, 1722. 19 x 23½. Superb full original color. From Mexico to New England and the Great Lakes to the northern coast of South America. Dutch edition of De l'Isle's important map with an added Latin title at the top. It was notable for an improved course of the Mississippi River and drainage system with it's mouth moved eastward to a more accurate position. This edition adds routes of Spanish treasure ships to Havana and then Spain. Though covering a vast territory, there is surprising detail. Cumming #137; Tooley, MCCS 33, #51. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  39. [New Orleans] Bellin Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans... Paris, 1744. 7½ x 11. Outline color. Worming at lower left patched, else VG. First state of the earliest obtainable plan of New Orleans with the printed date and the note that it was engraved by Dheulland. There is a lettered key to eighteen sites as well as numerous unnamed buildings indicated. New Orleans celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  40. [Gulf Coast] d'Anville, Carte de La Louisiane. Paris, 1752. 20¼ x 36¼. BW. A few dings at margin edges, one rust spot, else VG. Though not published until 1752, the map is based on surveys done by 1732. Nevertheless it is an excellent map. From Cabo del Norte on the Louisiana coast to Florida's Apalachicola River. Much detail noting water depth, forts and Indian villages. Attention is given to rivers, noting such detail as rapids along the Red River. The Alabama and Tombigbee extend above Mobile for many miles. A large inset follows the Mississippi to above its junction with the Illinois River, showing such information as Lake Peoria (L. Punitoui). Along the Missouri River names the Kansez Indians. Philips, Maps, p. 368 $1,800.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  41. Bellin, Carte de la Floride, de la Louisiane, et Pays Voisins... Paris, 1757. 8¾ x 11¾. Color. VG. From the Rio Grande to the Great Lakes and from what is now Colorado to central Florida. Names places such as Taos, Santa Fe and New Orleans as well as native American tribes. Names many forts including Fort Checagou. There is a mountain range in Michigan. Extensive river systems are displayed. $400.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  42. Popple, A Map of the British Empire in America with French and Spanish settlements adjacent thereto... [above border] America Septentrionalis. London, 1733. 19½ x 19¼. Old outline color. A few dark brown stains lower right (mostly in margin) else VG. The key map for Henry Popple's great 20-sheet map, the most important of its time. First edition. This is the 1733 London edition of the key map engraved by W.H. Toms. In the upper corners are small views of Niagara, Mexico City, New York City and Quebec. At right are small plans of ports in the Americas. Southeast portion based primarily on Barnwell's circa 1721 manuscript. The title cartouche features native Americans; next to it is a scene of colonial merchants. There is a dedicatory cartouche to Queen Caroline and an endorsement by Sir Edmund Halley. Cumming, Southeast 216 & 217; McCorkle 733.2. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  43. [Mississippi River] Lt. Ross, Course of the River Mississipi from the Balise to Fort Chartres... London, 1775. 44 x 13½. Old outline color. Some creasing near folds, uneven age-toning where exposed to light, else VG. Large side margins. The first official survey of the Mississippi. The River marked the border between British and Spanish territory per the 1763 Treaty of Paris. This fine, detailed map was issued just as the American Revolution broke out – the issue date of June 1, 1775 is less than six weeks after the battles of Lexington and Concord. It covers the River from the Gulf of Mexico to just south of St. Louis. captions describe terrain: "Good quarries of stone," "good land." Locates Indian tribes. Destroyed forts and villages are indicated, as is a site on the Red River "where the 22 Regt. was drove back by the Tunicas 1764." State two with added information around New Orleans. Baynton-Williams, Unveiling of Our Continent.., p. 137; Holland, Mississippi River, pp. 83-4; Sellers & Van Ee 781; Stevens & Tree 31(b). Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  44. [Omaha] Davis, Map of Omaha City Nebraska. Omaha, 1866. 37½ x 27½. BW. VG. 38 x 27½. Among the earliest plans of Omaha. Much information with streets and many property owners named. The route of the Union Pacific RR is marked. A handsome lithograph with an acanthus leaf border, steam ferry in the Missouri River, decorative direction indicator. At top left is an idealized image of the neoclassical Territorial Capitol before its dome was completed. Oscar F. Davis was an early Omaha settler with a surveying and engineering business. He later became land commissioner for the Union Pacific. The map was printed by the St. Louis firm of Gast, Moeller & Co. Lithographers. Rare – no example has appeared in the AMPR. We could only locate examples at the Library of Congress, Yale and the Omaha Public Library. Phillip, Maps, p. 638. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  45. [California Isle] de Fer, Cette Carte de Californie et du Nouveau Mexique... Paris, 1705. 9 x 13¼. Full color. An important map of the region with a numbered table identifying 314 missionary and Indian settlements in the Spanish Southwest. Wagner states it is based on a 1696 ms. map now in Rome by Father Eusebio Kino who later disproved California's insularity. Kino's 1701 discovery that the Gulf of California terminated near the mouth of the Colorado disproved the island theory, but the myth died hard – not until an official pronouncement by Ferdinand VI in 1747. Burden 760, State 2; McLaughlin #134; Wagner, NW #462; Wheat, TM #78. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  46. [NW] Robert de Vaugondy, Carte de la Californie et Des Pays Nord Ouest... Paris, 1772. 11½ x 14. Outline color. VG. Historical map showing the Strait of Anian separating Asia and America. With large inset map of the northwest coast. Robert states the inset is based on Plancius while the larger map is after Visscher. Pedley #473; Wagner, NW #632; Wheat, TM, #159. $150.00 [details]

Five by Zatta

Click to enlarge  47. [Illinois / Michigan/ Wisconsin] Zatta, Fogli IV. Il Paese De Selvaggi Outagamiani, Mascoutensi, Illinesi, e Parte Delle VI Nazioni. Venice, 1778. 12 x 16½. Old outline color. Small wormhole at centerfold patched, else Fine. From Zatta's twelve-sheet map of North America based on John Mitchell's crucial 1755 map. This sheet focuses on the wilderness area around Lake Michigan. Indicates rivers, lakes, forts. Displays Lake Michigan and areas west of the Mississippi. Numerous Indian tribes are located – hence the "savages" of the title – with many forts and missions named. Has the fictitious high plateau in Michigan and an impressive mountain range appears north of the Chicago River. Karpinski p. 58; Sellers & Van Ee 163. $750.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  48. [Mid-atlantic] Zatta, Fogl. V. La Pensilvania, La Nuova York, Il Jersey Settentrio... Venice, 1778. 12½ x 16¾. Old outline color. VG+. From Lake Huron to Lake Champlain. Up-to-date with many captions including a note on Burgoyne's Surrender at Saratoga in October, 1777. Rivers, roads, forts, Indian tribes and settlements noted. McCorkle 778.11; Sellers & Van Ee 163. $500.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  49. [New England; Nova Scotia] Zatta, Fogl. VI. L'Acadia, Le Provincie Di Sagadahook E Main, La Nuova Hampshire... Venice, 1778. 12½ x 16¾. Faded old outline color. Fine. New England Coast from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia. A caption states Falmouth was burned by the British in 1775. Fishing banks in the Atlantic noted. McCorkle 778.8; Sellers & Van Ee 163. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  50. [Midwest] Zatta, Fogl. VII. Il Paese De Cherachesi, Con La Parte Occidentale Della Carolina Settentrionale E Della Virginia. Venice, 1778. 12½ x 16¾. Original outline color. Fine. Centered on the area where the Ohio and the Missouri Rivers meet the Mississippi. Many captions on Indian affairs include citing an agreement between the Cherokee and the English in 1729. $375.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  51. [Eastern North America] Zatta, Il Canada Le Colonie luglesi con La Luigianne Et Florida. Venice, 1778. 12 x 15¾. Old color. Fine. With false islands in Lake Superior. Highly distorted borders for states and territories: Georgia and New York are radically squeezed. Most of what became the Northwest Territory is part of Canada while a large area south of the Great Lakes is captioned Ohio ou Alta Luigiana Inglese. What is now Mississippi and parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama is Bassa Luigiana Inglese. Just west of North Carolina is the land of the Cherokees, which approximates their original homelands. West of the Mississippi is a vast Luigiana which includes a presumed route of the Missouri River. McCorkle 778.9. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  52. Bowen, A New and Accurate Chart of the West Indies With the Adjacent Coasts of North and South America... London, 1752. 14½ x 17½. Outline color. VG. With a compass rose in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. Captions tell of English exploits including John Oxnam of Plymouth who in 1575 crossed the Isthmus of Darien to the Pacific and captured Spanish ships and gold. He was later taken by the Spanish and executed. Other notes refer to navigation and, for the enterprising, movements of Spanish treasure fleets. $750.00 [details]


Click to enlarge  53. [Europe] Van der Aa, L'Europe... Leiden, 1713. 18¼ x 25¼. BW; lightly age-toned, printer's crease near cf, else VG. The large cartouche features Europe as a queen, but instead of receiving homage from the other continents, she is surrounded by symbols of the arts and sciences and attended by Minerva and a Muse. A few descriptive captions and alternativee place names are provided, i.e., Russian, Persian, Turkish and Arabic names are listed for the Caspian Sea. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  54. [Ancient Britain] Cassini, Le Isole Britanniche Antiche... Rome, 1799. 14 x 19. Hand color. VG+. Beautifully engraved cartouche with Neptune riding a seashell chariot atop four sea horses. Britain is divided and named according to ancient times. The three distance scales are in Olympic stades, Roman miles and Gallic leagues. Sold [details]

18th Century Paris Wall Map With Rollers

Click to enlarge  55. Pichon, Nouveau Plan Routier de la Ville et Faubouge Paris..., 1782. 39¼ x 54¾. Uncolored as issued. Remarkable condition for a wall map of this age. Four sheets joined and mounted on linen. With old gilded wood upper rail and lower roller, painted teal blue to match the applied paper border at both sides of map. Engraved by Etienne Claude Voysard (1746-1812) and C.B. Glot (fl. 1777-1806). Published by Esnauts & Rapilly. Sold

The plan is enhanced with an engraved picture frame border and flanked on all sides with 28 views of buildings and monuments. Extensive keys list coordinates for streets and parishes; the scale bar is in toises. Major buildings are identified, and several windmills are seen in adjacent fields. At upper right much land is given to cultivation of grapes as seen from fields studded with symbols for staked vines. The decorative cartouche features Fame, putti, and personifications of the River Seine and of the City of Paris (who holds the arms of the City). A pre-Revolutionary map in a remarkable state of preservation. [details]

Click to enlarge  56. [Asia] Van der Aa, L'Asie... Leiden, 1713. 18¼ x 25¾. BW. Fine save slight age-toning. Two inset maps: Eastern Tartary to Company's Land (a wildly exaggerated version of one of the Kuril Islands), and Verbiest's route in China. Mercury, the god of commerce, hovers over a caravan, while the personification of Asia offers a sacrifice. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  57. [Palestine] Ortelius, Palestinae sive Totius Terrae Promissionis Nova Descriptio... Antwerp, 1570 (1579). 13½ x 18¼. Original color. VG. First state. Latin text verso. From the Nile delta to Phoenicia. The Israelite's path in the desert is marked with each station numbered. The geography is derived from Tillemano Stella's seminal 1557 map. There is an unusual square compass with the needle pointed south. Nebenzahl, pp 84-6; Laor #539; van den Broecke #170. $1,200.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  58. [Holy Land] Mercator-Hondius, Terra Sancta quae in Sacris Terra Promissionis... Amsterdam, 1609. 14 x 19½. Beautiful full old color. Good margins. Fine. French text verso. Two Mannerist cartouches and a scene of Jonah and the whale. East is at the top. Laor 494; van der Krogt 8150:1A. $950.00 [details]

Rare Holy Land Wall Map From 1700

Click to enlarge  59. [Holy Land] Jean Baptiste Nolin, La Terre Sainte Autrefois Terre de Canaan et de Promission Divisee Selon Ses Douze Tribus... Paris, 1700. Four sheets joined, overall 39 x 48½. Faint traces of old outline color on the Mediterranean coast and the divisions of the twelve tribes. A few small rubbed areas, else VG condition. $8,500.00

An historical depiction of the Holy Land and adjacent areas. With two inset plans of ancient and modern Jerusalem and eight engraved vignettes and plans at each side. Liturgical imagery, both Jewish and Catholic, are featured in the cartouche. Hundreds of place names and events identified in the large lettered and numbered draped key which measures 22" x 25". Manuscript additions of a row of "x" marks on the east coast of the Red Sea below the illustrated escape from Egypt suggest a former map owner held different views as to the crossing's location.

Studded with captions of an historic or topographical nature as well as tiny vignettes such as Moses receiving the tablets atop Mount Sinai, the pyramids, and various oases with comments of the water quality. Each station of the Israelites during their wanderings in the desert is noted by a tent. Small figure illustrate the Israelites crossing the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army drowning behind them. Nolin credits sources such as the Old and New Testaments, Josephus, Jesuit P. Sallien and Father Paul de Miglionico (many years resident in the Holy Land).

Though Nolin was associated with Royal Geographer Coronelli and held appointments as Geographer to the Duc d'Orleans and to Louis XIV, he fell afoul of the law and in 1706 was successfully sued by De L'Isle for plagiarism. A striking example of a map intended for bible study. Laor, Maps of the Holy Land 535. [details]

Presentation Copy of a scarce Jerusalem folding map

Click to enlarge  60. Pierotti, Ermete, Plan De Jerusalem Ancienne & Moderne Par Le Docteur Ermete Pierotti, Architecte-Ingenieur... Paris, 1860. 21¼ x 36¼. Dissected and mounted on linen. Attractive original hand color. VG. Presented by Pierotti to famed author Alexandre Dumas. Laor, Maps of the Holy Land 1095. $5,500.00

A large engraved city map with 18 inset plans of holy sites including churches and mosques. There are several lettered or numbered keys, a colored guide to conventional signs, three scale bars (in meters, stades, and yards), and a population table by religion/ethnicity.

Presentation copy. Inscribed by Pierotti to author Alexandre Dumas – best known today for The Three Musketeers — both in the right margin and on the publisher's label verso, the latter dated October 23, 1861.

Below the right margin dedication is a circular stamp with the modest title "Architetto Ingegnere di Terra Santa" [Architect Engineer of the Holy Land]. However, the center of the stamp has a design with crosses copied from the arms of the Crusader Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099-1291). No Turkish pasha would approve such a design, and likely Pierotti devised the seal. Pierotti had been cashiered from the Sardinian Army for embezzlement. He subsequently was employed by the Pasha of Jerusalem (1854-61) as a surveyor and archeologist.

This was not Dumas' first encounter with a self-promoter of dubious origin. In 1855 he edited and published The Journal of Madame Giovanni, the pseudonym used by Marie-Louise Mirebello Callegari.

Debate over the author's true identity has been settled with the recent publication of Professor Douglas Wilkie's Journal of Madame Callegari which meticulously traces her career. She did indeed travel to the places she describes – Hawaii to Mexico to New York City. However, like Pierotti ignoring his embezzlement conviction, Callegari omits the reason she began her travels outside Europe – transportation to the Penal Colony of Tasmania in a convict ship.

In March 2017 Mary Ritzlin reviewed Professor Wilkie's book for Terrae Incognitae, the Journal of the Society for the History of Discoveries. The journal is available to Society members or by subscription.   Terrae Incognitae online. [details]

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