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Gallery: List 106 Spring 2019

LIST 106 - SPRING 2019

Highlights in this list include two important world maps. The first is from the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), showing the world as understood before Columbus, and the second a beautifully engraved and colored example of the 1630 double-hemisphere map by Hondius.

Featured: maps and prints relating to major anniversaries including the 500th anniversary of Magellan's circumnavigation; the 400th anniversary of the founding of Batavia (Jakarta) as the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company; and the 275th anniversary of another circumnavigation, that of Commodore Anson. This year marks a sesquicentennial for Chicago suburb Winnetka, and it was 60 years ago that Alaska and Hawaii became our 49th and 50th states. Also, we offer maps of empires.

Click to enlarge  1. [Portrait[ Ogilby, Ferdinand Magellan. London, c. 1670. 11 x 6. BW. Printer's smudge lower left margin else VG. Bust portrait in a decorative oval. The explorer holds a small globe and dividers. From the English edition of Montanus. Although Magellan didn't survive the journey (only 18 of the crew of 265 were alive at the voyage's end), his discovery of the Straits named in his honor, and other discoveries in the Pacific ensure his place in history. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  2. [Straits of Magellan] DeFer, Le Detroit De Magellen. Paris, 1700. 9 x 13. Full Color. Tide marks entering printed areas, printer's smudge in title drape; ink ms page number in old hand upper margin. Overall Good condition. Reports Magellan's passage through the straits in October-November of 1520. Coordinates listed. Extensive soundings and two compasses rose aid navigators, and numerous captions identify locations for finding good water, wood, and edible plants. Also located: an oyster bed yielding pearls, and the home of "bonne taille gens" literally, good-sized people. Reports of this sort by Europeans morphed into the famous Patagonian giant stories. Engraved by Charles Inselin. $250.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  3. [Jakarta] Van der Aa, Plan de la Ville et du Chateau de Batavia in l'Isle de Java. Leiden, 1719. 10 x 14. BW. VG. With La Rade Batavia Faite sur observations de plus habiles Pilotes, 6 x 6 on a quarto size leaf. BW. VG. The Pair: $650.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  4. [Jakarta] Bellin, Plan de la Ville Et Du Chateau De Batavia... Paris, 1750. 8 x 11. Color. VG. Similar to Van der Aa above, but with less embellishment; includes scale bar and compass indicator. $150.00 [details]


Commodore Anson's voyage was not intended to establish scientific facts, nor directly expand Britain's commercial empire, but was essentially a buccaneering expedition. At the onset of the War of Jenkins Ear, 1740, career naval officer George Anson was appointed commodore of a squadron consisting of his flagship the Centurion and a rag-tag assembly of seven other vessels manned primarily with pressed crew. His orders were to harass Spanish shipping and settlements in Chile and keep an eye out for a Spanish treasure ship the Manila galleon.

Hampered by inaccurate charts, and forced to depart late in the season, Anson avoided Spanish pursuit in the Atlantic but his squadron was separated at Cape Horn. Many vessels were damaged in storms, and while two made it back to England, the Wager was a total loss. Her crew was eventually captured by the Spanish, including Lord Byron's grandfather Midshipman "Foul-Weather" Jack Byron. His exploits on this voyage and later in his career are the stuff of legend and in some ways rival the poet's romantic adventures.

The surviving ships took refuge at uninhabited Juan Fernandez Island, also known as Robinson Crusoe's Island. It was so called for the hero of Defoe's novel, published 1719, which is thus celebrating its 300th anniversary. The author was inspired by the experiences of sailor Alexander Selkirk who was marooned on Juan Fernandez for several years.

Anson's crew suffered from scurvy and other illnesses. After some weeks recuperating, basic repairs were made to the remaining ships and Anson, mindful of his orders, set out again. His forces attacked and took the city of Paita in Peru November 13-15, 1741. Collecting significant booty but leaving a surprising amount of good will thanks to humane treatment of prisoners, the English sailed on into the Pacific. Again meeting with adverse conditions, Anson was eventually reduced to just the Centurion, his crew down to 335 men from over a thousand.

He made for the island of Tinian in the Marianas, which had been abandoned by the Spanish and its population relocated. However it was a source of fresh water and food including breadfruit. His next stop was Macau where he hoped to replenish stores and recruit crew for the return to England. But Portugese officials, fearing Spanish retaliation, demanded he leave immediately. Anson protested and, though forced to leave Macau proper, he did obtain necessary supplies. Then, instead of returning to Britain he set out to find the Manila galleon. On June 20, 1743 Anson encountered the Nuestra Senora De Cobadonga off the coast of Cape Espiritu Santo in the Philippines. A fierce fight ensued, but the British, no doubt inspired by thoughts of prize money and home, prevailed.

Anson returned to Macau with the Nuestra Senora which he sold locally as it was too unseaworthy to return to Europe. He then sailed home by way of the Cape of Good Hope, laden with bullion and other treasure. By now Britain was at war with the France as well as Spain. Somehow avoiding a blockading French fleet in the English Channel during a heavy fog, the weary officers and crew made landfall at Spithead June 15, 1744. They were greeted everywhere with cheers and choruses of Rule Britannia. Cheering was indeed in order, not only for returning after a four year absence, but with treasure so extensive it filled 32 wagons! Every surviving crew member shared the prize money which would be worth over fifty million dollars today.

Anson's exploits gained him fame: he was created a baron, and won another stunning victory in the Seven Years' War at Finisterre where he captured six French war ships (out of nine engaged). He rose to admiral, formally organized the Marines in 1755, instituted navy reforms and earned a well-deserved place in history.

Read more about it: see Leo Heaps, Log of the Centurion, and Derek Wilson, The Circumnavigators.

The following plates and maps are from Rev. Walter's account, A Voyage Round The World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV, By George Anson, Esq. Now Lord Anson... (Walter was Anson's chaplain). The Paita view is from the first edition of 1748, the others from 1767.

Click to enlarge  5. [Paita] Walter, The burning of the Town of Payta in the Coast of Santa Fee in the South Sea, 1748. 9 x 19. BW. A few small marginal stains else VG. Part of the town is in flames; a key identifies English ships, Spanish wrecks, points of action. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  6. [Juan Fernandez Island] Walter, A view of Cumberland Bay at the Island of Iuan Fernandes. 1767. 7 x 13. BW. Vertical crease, else VG. The Centurion and supporting vessels in the foreground. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  7. [Juan Fernandez Island] Walter, A Survey Of The North East side of Iuan Fernandes Island In The South Sea, 1767 9 x 20. BW. Small stain in blank area upper right, crease, else VG. With compass rose, fleur-de-lis indicating north, and "The true North" and a scale bar. Soundings given. The Centurion and other ships are shown in Cumberland Bay. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  8. [Juan Fernandez Island] Walter, A View of the Commodores [sic] Tent at the Island of Juan Fernandes, 1767. 8 x 13. BW. A few minor creases in lower margin, else VG. Engraved by J. Mason. Officers stroll or chat in a pleasant glade a highly romanticized view. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  9. [Juan Fernandez Island] Walter, The east prospect of the Island of Iuan Fernandes in the South Sea, 1767. 7 x 16. BW. VG. The Centurion approaches from the left. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  10. Walter, A view of part of the N.E. side of Terra Del Fuego and the entrance of streights [sic] LeMaire, 1767. 7 x 19. BW. A few vertical creases else VG. The Centurion and its squadron. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  11. Walter, A view of the Watering Place at Tenian, 1767. 8 x 17. BW. Left margin rough, else VG. The Spanish called this island Bonavista and stocked it with cattle and poultry, left to run wild, to supply passing ships. The population had been relocated to other islands in 1718. Ruins of buildings appear among the vegetation which includes breadfruit trees. An officer (Anson?) looks on as sailors fill water barrels. The Centurion is seen at anchor. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  12. [Music] Roberts, Rule Britannia Set by Mr. Arne. London, 1762. Two leaves in one mat of engraved music, each 8 x 4 including a large vignette at top of page. BW. VG. From Henry Roberts' collection of popular works, Clio and Euterpe or British Harmony... Sold [details]


A number of Chicago's North Shore communities were incorporated in 1869, the result of developer and railroad investor promotions for towns such as Winnetka. Early maps and views of small towns are ephemeral, but we offer an example.

Click to enlarge  13. [Blue Print] Root & Hollister, Landscape Architects, Winnetka Property Of Mr. George Higginson, Jr.... Chicago, circa 1915. 11 x 17. Photostat in blue ink with a few marginal chips, else VG. With onion skin carbon copies of three letters relating to a proposed road to be built on Higginson's land. The plan includes the Water Works and Electric Plant at the waterfront, the Chicago & Northwestern (now Metra) depot, Village Hall and more. Pencil notes on various tracts. A working document, and a scarce bit of Winnetka history. Sold [details]

Statehood Anniversaries

Click to enlarge  14. [Alaska] La Perouse, Carte Des Cotes De L'Amerique... Paris, 1797. 19 x 26. Outline color. Faint tidemark in lower margin, else VG. The Pacific Rim from the Bering Strait south to Canton and Baja. In Alaska Nootka is the only settlement named, but Mt. St. Elias and several other peaks are identified. Along the otherwise empty northern coast are two small depictions of sightings by "Mac-Kenzie" (1789) and Hearne (1771). $350.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  15. [Alaska] Black, United States after Cession of Russian-America, April, 1867, Coloured Blue. Edinburgh, circa 1867. 5 x 6. Original stencil hand color. VG. Supplement to Black's atlas whereby the publisher extends the life of the plate by adding "Formerly" to Russian America, and ties the U.S. and its new possession by means of color. $125.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  16. [Alaska] Alden, Untitled map of Alaska. NY, 1888. 10 x 10. Printed outline color. Faint stain lower right margin, else VG. Published shortly before the Gold Rush, with much of the interior "Unexplored," though dotted lines indicate the "Supposed course of Tananah R. (From Indian Reports)" and some mountain ranges are sketchily depicted. Several Indian villages are located including those of the Attenmut, Tekshagemut and Aganik along with forts, portages and a missionary station. Similar details shown over the border in British Possessions including locating "H.B. [Hudson Bay] Posts." With inset of the Aleutians. $75.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  17. [Hawaii] La Perouse, Carte Des Partes Des Iles Sandwich...par les Boussole et l'Astrolobe... AND ...Carte des Iles Sandwich...aux Observations du Captaine Cook... Paris, 1797. Two maps on one leaf. Overall 26 x 19. Outline color. Old repair to marginal tear, small rust spot, else VG. Only a few coastal details areon the upper map though the path of lava flows on "Mowee" are visible; the lower map shows the track of the French frigates around the islands. $850.00 [details]


Click to enlarge  18. [Holy Roman Empire] Anon., The General Diet Of The Empire With The Order Of It's [sic] Different Colleges. nd, np but probably London, circa 1715-20. 8 x 11. BW. Lower border remargined, else Good+. Similar in design to the large inset of the Diet on Herman Moll's 1712 New Map of Germany... Liberty and other allegorical figures guard the entrance to the Diet chamber. Overhead view of the Emperor, the Electors, both secular and ecclesiastic, and others seated according to the reforms of 1648. $150.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  19. [China] Cluverius, Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio. np, nd but circa 1720. 8 x 10. BW. A few marginal stains, else VG. Divided by provinces, showing the Great Wall, naming the Gobi. Decorative cartouche with three figures, one in European dress. $150.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  20. Kitchin, The Russian Empire. London, circa 1750. 7 x 10. Outline color. Old signature verso dated 1835, a few marginal stains, else VG. From the Frozen Ocean to Western and Eastern Tartary, with compass rose, scale bar and decorative cartouche. Caption in the northeast Arctic reads "Land seen in 1723." $145.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  21. [Alexander the Great] Dufour, Empire D'Alexandre... Paris, circa 1830. 9 x 12. Original color. VG. Very attractive pastel color, decorative border. Shows the extensive empire carved out by the great commander. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  22. [Alexander the Great] Dufour, Empire D'Alexandre... Paris, circa 1860. 9 x 12. Original color. VG. Extends east to include "Sogdea" and Lahore; several cities of Alexandria appear, all named for the conquering hero. $125.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  23. Bowen, A Correct Map of the Ottoman Empire, Including all the Countries, Possess'd by, or Tributary to the Turks in Europe, Asia & Africa... London, circa 1790. 12 x 16. BW. A few light stains at folds, else VG. From Bankes' New System of Geography. Sold


Click to enlarge  24. Brooke, A Map of the Empire of Germany... London, circa 1790. 7 x 11. Outline color. Light stain at fold and in margins, else VG. Engraved by John Lodge for Brookes's General Gazetteer. With two scale bars, a compass rose and rococo cartouche. From the Low Countries to Vilna, south to Triest. $100.00 [details]

General Maps & Prints

Click to enlarge  25. [World] Schedel, Secunda etas mundi. Nuremberg, 1493. Map 12 x 17; overall 14 x 20 with captions and panel of grotesque creatures. BW. VG. From the Latin edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, depicting the three known continents and their "patrons," Shem, Ham and Jephet, the sons of Noah. Among the earliest obtainable world maps. A pre-Columbian depiction of the world Columbus was returning from his first voyage as this map was in the press. Brown, The World Encompassed, 44, plate XII; Shirley 19. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  26. [World] Hondius, Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula.... Amsterdam, 1630. 15 x 21. Original Color. Slightly rubbed lower cf, side margins trimmed to neatline, vertical crease, else VG. Double hemisphere map with portraits of Caesar, Ptolemy, Mercator, and Jodocus Hondius. With California as an island, extensive speculative coastlines for the Great Unknown Southern Continent. Many decorative elements and vignettes. First state. Shirley 336. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  27. [Great Lakes] Van der Aa, Canada ou Nouvelle France... Leiden, 1714. 9 x 11. Color. Light impression, else VG. From Hudson's Bay to the Great Lakes. Shows Lahonton's speculative River of the West, sources of the Mississippi as reported by Native Americans. Elaborate cartouche with spouting whales, Indians dressed in deer skins, wild cattle, fur trade emblems and a sea monster. A compass rose and two scale bars complete the design. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  28. [Michigan] Buchon, Carte Geographique, Statistique Et Historique De Michigan. Paris, 1825. Map 14 x 10, with text 17 x 24. Original color (yellow refreshed). VG save a few marginal stains. Shows portages, Indian villages, and forts. The western border of the Upper Peninsula extends in a narrow strip south to the Milwaukee River. Also noted: the Painted Rocks at Lake Superior and the projected canal at Chicago. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  29. [NW Territory] Carey & Warner, The Northwestern Territories of the United States. Philadelphia, 1816. 7 x 9. Outline color. VG. Distorted Lake Superior with imaginary islands, exaggerated plateau in central Michigan. The Illinois / Indiana northern boundary just touches the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Uneven impression but ample margins and attractive pastel color. An uncommon map published in A General Atlas... Karpinski 36. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  30. [Africa] De Jode, Africae Vera Forma, et Situs. Antwerp, 1593. 12 x 17. BW. Fine Rare. From the 2nd edition of the Speculum with two great lakes in the interior and naming many kingdoms. Decorative elements include warrior figures, sailing ships, monstrous sea creatures. Betz 27; Koeman, AN II, Jod 2., fol. 4.D.; Norwich 19; Van der Krogt 8600:32B. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  31. Senex, Africa Antiqua Et Nova. London, ca. 1720. 8 x 10. Color. Surface dirt in Indian Ocean, else VG. Speculative interior showing lakes in central Africa as the source of the Nile. Uses modern English and classical Latin for nomenclature; charming lion in the cartouche. $150.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  32. Morse, Africa. Boston, 1796. 6 x 8. Pastel outline color. VG. Locates the "Tooth" (Ivory), Pepper and Gold Coasts and the Luna Mount (Mountains of the Moon). "Morasses" in much of central Africa, the description reads "These Parts are very little known." Engraved by J. Allen for Morse's American Geography with decorative cartouche and compass indicator. $100.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  33. Brookes, Africa from the best Authorities. Philadelphia & Richmond, 1812. 7 x 8. BW. A few scattered stains else VG. Names the Grain, Ivory, Gold and Slave Coasts, locates the head of the Nile below Gondor, and notes the presence of "Anthropophagos or Men Eaters." $100.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  34. SDUK, Africa. London, circa 1845. 12 x 15. Outline color. A few light scattered stains, else VG. Almost no interior information below the Horn of Africa except speculative notes regarding the sources of the Zaire, and sketchy depictions of other river systems. Population statistics given for seven nations, mainly in North Africa. An early owner has penciled in the track of a sea voyage to the Cape Verde Islands. $100.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  35. Mitchell, A Map Of Africa, Showing Its Most Recent Discoveries. Philadelphia, 1872. 10 x 13. Original color. VG. The "Unknown Interior" has shrunk considerable with discoveries of Speke, Burton and Livingston marked. Elevations of mountains and lakes noted. Features such as Victoria Falls, deserts, salt mines are shown, and dotted lines indicate the "Extreme Northern Limits of the Negro Races." With an inset map of St. Helena. Decorative grapevine border. $100.00 [details]

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