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Gallery: List 107 – Autumn 2019

LIST 107 - AUTUMN 2019

Click to enlarge  1. [Classical World] Ortelius, Aevi Veteris Typus Geographicus. Antwerp, 1590. 12¼ x 17½. Color. Minor surface dirt and creasing else VG. $1,000.00

The central map is 4 x 7½ and the remainder of the engraved surface delineates longitude and latitude and identifies inhabited and uninhabitable regions. The corners contain roundels depicting the continents as perceived by Ortelius and his contemporaries. Van den Broecke #186. [details]

Click to enlarge  2. [Classical World] Jansson, Orbis Terrarum Veteribus Cogniti Typus Geographicus. Amsterdam, c. 1650. 16 x 20. Color Lower cf repair, else VG. Sold

Parts of Africa south of the equator and part of Madagascar are included. Shows the Mountains of the Moon and locates man-eaters on the east coast; baroque embellishments with sailing ships and galleys in the ocean. State One with blank dedicatory cartouche and no text verso. Van der Krogt 0800 H : 1 : 11; Shirley #385. [details]

Click to enlarge  3. A.J. Johnson, Johnson's World on Mercator Projection. New York, 1865 (1868). 16½ x 23. Original color applied by stencil; a few marginal chips else VG. $250.00

With a large compass indicator, scale bar and decorative border. The tracks of the Wilkes' Expedition (1839-42) and various voyages of Captain Cook are shown as well as current routes between major cities such as New York and Liverpool. The Transatlantic Telegraph is located, and several interesting captions appear in Greenland. One notes "Dr. Kane's Furthest," another marks the wintering place of the Advance (1853-54-55) and names Mr. Williams and Dr. Hayes with no further explanation. [details]


Click to enlarge  4. [North America] Cooke, A New & Accurate Map of North America Including Nootka Sound: with the new discovered Islands of the North East coast of Asia. London, 1791. 10 x 17½. Outline color. Repair to fold separation, margins strengthened. Good+. Sold

Though much blank space surrounds the Frozen Ocean and Parts Unknown, many place names are given in the Aleutians and along "Kamtschatka." "Land seen by the Spaniards 1775" is noted above Nootka (King George's Sound). Scores of Indian tribes are named and natural features identified include Niagara, the Falls of St. Anthony, Falls of the Ohio, and the sources of the Mississippi. The boundaries of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia extend west to the Father of Waters. [details]

Following are three copies of Levasseur's lovely map of North America, from various editions of the Atlas Universel Illustre. All with original hand outline color. Overall 11 x 17 with large decorative surrounds, map alone 8 x 7. Designed and engraved by Raimond Bonheur (father and teacher of the famous animal painter, Rosa Bonheur). All show the southern border with Mexico per the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 and the northern border in the far west extending to 54º 40' (changed to the 49th parallel in the 1846 Oregon Treaty).

Click to enlarge  5. [North America] Levasseur, Amerique Septentrionale, ca. 1840. Small rubbed spot, else VG. Bright color, With Independent Texas outlined in blue, and with a population of 200,000. Texas was an independent nation from 1836-45. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  6. [North America] Levasseur, Amerique Septentrionale, ca. 1845. Bright, fresh impression with pastel color. The elaborate surround includes flora, fauna, and representative vignettes from a ship trapped in the ice to Monctazuma's Temple. Explanatory panel also lists populations (the U.S. has 16,580,000 inhabitants). $300.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  7. [North America] Levasseur, Amerique Septentrionale, circa 1845. Age-toned. Bright outline color. Minor surface dirt, else VG. $275.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  8. [New England / NY] Hinton / Seale, A New and Accurate Map of the Present War in North America. London. 1757. 10¾ x 14¼. Pale wash color, greatly faded. Edge tear extending into the printed area, professionally repaired. Good+. Part of the imprint has been scraped away (the second time we've encountered this on this particular map – a mystery to us) but the dimensions, title and names of publisher Hinton and engraver R.W. Seale are identical to the map appearing in the May, 1757 issue of The Universal Magazine. Jolly, Univ-58; McCorkle 757.5; Sellers & Van Ee 79. $450.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  9.[[French & Indian War] Universal Magazine, A Perspective View Of Lake George / Plan of Ticonderoga. London, Nov., 1759. 10 x 6¼ overall. BW. VG. The top part of the view shows the floating battery on Lake George. It illustrates Gen. Amherst's attack on Fort Ti avenging Gen. Abercrombie's humiliating defeat the previous year. After two days the French abandoned the fort, but booby-trapped it as they left. Deserters warned Amherst but no one took his offer of a 100 guinea reward to cut the fuse, and the fort was destroyed in a spectacular explosion. A key identifies 20 points of interest or action; a caption says the breastwork is "made of Felld [sic] trees to defend the Road." Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  10. [French & Indian War] Gentleman's Magazine, Plan of Fort Frederick at Crown Point. London, Nov., 1755. 3 x 4 plan on 8 x 5 text leaf. Outline color. VG. With 3 x 2 map of surrounding environs on same leaf; the letterpress describes the fortifications and Gen.Johnson's maneuvers against the French. The crude woodcut maps and brief article suggest the Magazine's editor was struggling with a deadline to include the latest war news. Jolly GENT-93. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  11. [Southeast] Mercator, Virginia Et Florida. London, 1635. 5¾ x 7½. Color. Slight show-thru, else VG. From Saltonstall's edition of Mercator's Historia Mundi. From the Chesapeake to St. Augustine with detailed Carolina coast. Shows an imaginary large sweet water lake and notes silver and gold ay be found in the "Apalacci" mountains. Cumming, SE #37 (p. 142). Sold [details]

The John Smith Map of Virginia, Naming Jamestown

Click to enlarge  12. [Virginia] Blaeu, Nova Virginia Tabula. Amsterdam, 1635. 14¾ x 18¾. Color. VG. North is to the right on this influential map based on surveys made by Smith and on reports from Native Americans. Inset upper left depicts Powhatan in his lodge; the warrior on the right is copied from DeBry. With compass rose, Royal arms, decorative key. Burden 193; Tooley Mapping of America pp 161-2; Van der Krogt 9410 : 2 .2. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  13. [Virginia] Finley, Virginia. Philadelphia, circa 1826. 8¾ x 11¼. VG. Attractive original color. Names the Blue Ridge, Cumberland, Iron, Clinch and Allegheny mountain ranges as well as locating Mt. Vernon, the Dismal Swamp, and salt works. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  14. [New Orleans] Jefferys, Plan of New Orleans. London, 1759. 13 x 19. Outline color. VG+. Detailed plan of New Orleans with many places named. A levee is indicated as a "Bank to preserve the town from the inundation." On the right half of the sheet are two maps (1) The course of the Mississippi from Bayagoulas to the Sea, and (2) The East Mouth of the Mississippi... A large compass rose at center separates the three maps. Sellers & Van Ee 1677. Sold [details]


Click to enlarge  15. [London] Garbutt, Underground, circa 1976. 17½ x 28¼. Printed color. VG. Framed. The London Tube system printed on cloth. By Paul Garbutt who continued to develop Harry Beck's brilliant original design for London Transport. Garbutt's plan has a vacuum flask shape for the Circle line. A note states the Heathrow Central Line is under construction and will open late 1977. The Hatton Cross station (just before Heathrow) opened 1975 and is shown on this map. $175.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  16. [Road map] Ogilby, The Continuation of the Road from London to Flamburgh, 1676. 14 x 17½. Color. Lightly age-toned, else VG. A strip map from the first English road atlas. Hills are shown gaphically and wind roses indicate changes of direction as the road meanders. Many landmarks such as windmills, signal beacons. Wood bridges are noted as well as the "Flambrough" Lighthouse. The handsome cartouche features Venus in her sea shell and Neptune. $450.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  17. [Road map] Taylor & Skinner, The Road from Edinburgh to Dundee, Aberbrotbick, Montrose, Inverbervie & Stonehaven, 1776. 18 x 7½. Color. VG. Framed. From Maps of the Roads of North Britain, or Scotland... Engraved by J. Prockter. Road map in three vertical strips. Verso are three shorter road maps. landmarks are noted such as inns, ruined castles and homes of the gentry including that of a Miss Allardice near Inverberverie. Attractive hand color. Shirley, Maps in the Atlases of the British Library, T.Tayl 1a, #34. $250.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  18. [Venice] Merian, Venetia. Frankfurt, circa 1650. 12 x 28 on two sheets joined. Edge tears and fold separations professionally repaired. Strong impression. Birds-eye view of Venice and its lagoon. Detailed depictions of many buildings. Numerous ships are in the lagoon. The arms of Venice are at upper right. Sold [details]


The Crimean War was fought October 1853 to February 1856 by the Russian Empire against the Ottoman Empire and its allies France, England and Sardinia.

The immediate cause was a dispute between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religious orders over jurisdiction of Jerusalem's holy sites, and between their respective "protectors," France and Russia. As the Holy Land was part of the Ottoman Empire, the Turks were also drawn in. Britain chose to get involved to uphold its policy of preserving the balance of power in Europe.

The quarrel started with a matter so small it reminds one of Jonathan Swift's satire, Gullliver's Travels, where the Lilliputians had a violent dispute over whether one should crack open an egg on the big end or the small end. In the matter of the Crimean War the dispute was over who had the keys to the front door of a church in the Holy Land. An Orthodox order had the keys to the front door, while a Catholic order only had keys to a side door. The aggrieved Catholics demanded keys to the front door also.

French Emperor Napoleon III and Russian Tsar Nicholas I as "protectors" of their respective religions got involved. The Turkish Sultan who controlled the Holy Land was pressured to make a ruling. The situation became so intense that eventually war was declared between Russia and Turkey.

Underlying all this was that the Ottoman empire was in decline and the European powers coveted control or at least influence in it's territories. Above all, they were determined to keep rivals from gaining power.

This conflict is considered the first modern war because of the use of steam ships, railroads, the telegraph, photography and other innovations. Entrenched habits at England's War Office caused untold hardship for men in the field, much of it exposed by the world's first war correspondent, William Russell. His reports to the Times of London caused consternation at home but also were an impetus to care for veterans and their families. We offer a selection of maps and prints relating to the war; also an early plan of the Kremlin, and an uncommon map of Moscow, both dating to early in the 19th century.

Click to enlarge  19. [Kremlin] Cadell & Davis, Plan of the Kremlin at Moscow... London, 1809. City plan 6 x 7¼; with engraved text 10¾ x 8 overal. Color. Fold repair, slight transference else Good+. The key identifies more than 70 places of interest including "Places of Amusement for the Royal Family," the "House of Count Schweinstof, now destroyed," and "Place for hiring Carriages." With scale bar and compass rose. $200.00. [details]

Click to enlarge  20. [Moscow] L.F. Peter, Plan de la ville capitale de Moscou. n.p., circa 1820. 17 x 29¼. BW. A few small stains, else VG. Scarce. Key to 20 arrrondissements in the roundel; scale in toises, with lettered key in caption under title. Peter's name is written in italic Cyrillic. Thanks to Steven Bowman and Prof. James Krokar for translating the text. $450.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  21. [Sebastopol view] Lemercier, Les Forts Du Nord Et Leurs Environs Pour Suivre Le Marche Des Operations Militaires, Dessine D'Apres Le Plans Et Dessins Releves Par Ordres Des Gouvts. Francais Anglaise Et Russie Etc. Paris, 1855. 18¼ x 26. Tinted litho. A few fold breaks, old paper reinforcements, overall VG. $650.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  22. [Crimea] Fullarton, Crimea according to Helot & Demidoff... London and Edinburgh, circa 1855. 5½ x 9. Outline color. VG. Steel engraving with inset of "Sebastopol according to a reduced Original Russian Plan Published at Berlin." Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  23. [Russian uniforms] Gleason's Pictorial, Uniforms Of The Russian Army Cavalry - Division Of Curassiers Of The Guard with Uniforms Of The Russian Army - First Division Of Light Cavalry Of The Guard. Boston, 1854. Each approx. 9 x 13 including brief letterpress descriptions. BW. Lightly age-toned, a few scattered stains. Good+. From one of America's earliest pictorial weeklies. The Pair: $100.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  24. Illustrated London News, Scene In A Street In Sebastopol – Allied Soldiers Singing..., Oct. 20, 1855. 9 x 14. BW. VG. Drunken soldiers stagger through the rubble, celebrating the "one perfectly planned and executed operation of the War" by the Allies according to DuPuy & DuPuy, Encyclopedia of Military History, p. 828. $100.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  25. Illustrated London News, Scene From The New Christmas Pantomime..., Dec. 29, 1855. 9 x 13. BW. VG. Elaborate holiday production of the climactic scene, the "Apotheosis of ye Belle Alliance." The stage is crowded with traditional Harlequin characters and cast members dressed in the uniforms of "every regiment in the English, French and Sardinian army." Also featured: a Turkish officer and a British tar. With photocopy of the glowing review. $100.00 [details]


Click to enlarge  26. Tokyo underground system, May, 1980. 10 x 11½. Printed color on "100% cotton cloth." Framed. Scattered stains from glue mounting, else VG. Done in the same style as the famed London tube maps designed by Beck. Probably issued as a souvenir, though it includes details such as the phone number of Lost & Found. Japanese text dates the map to the fifth month of the 55th year of the Showa era [go-gatsu gojugo-nen Showa = May 1980]. Shows metropolitan area railroads and subways. Interchanges between the companies comprising the system are marked. Thanks to Prof. Greg Rohe for translation. $150.00 [details]


Political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) created our familiar images of Santa, Uncle Sam, and the Democratic Donkey and Republican Elephant, but it was the patriotic cartoons and tableaux he designed for Harper's Weekly during the Civil War which first gave him a national following.

Lincoln called Nast "my best recruiting sergeant" and Grant credited the cartoonist (along with Sherman) of making his election possible. See Morton Keller, The Art and Politics of Thomas Nast. Below are a wood-engraved portrait of the artist mounted with his autograph, and four anti-war cartoons he produced 1877-78 when the Russo-Turkish War was raging in the Balkans.

Click to enlarge  27. [Autograph] Harper's Weekly, Thomas Nast, Artist of ‘Harper's Weekly,' Aug. 26, 1871. 12 x 9¼. BW. VG. WITH Nast's autograph in ink on card stock, dated Aug. 27, 1885. Portrait in oval-cut mat with signature mounted below. $500.00 [details]

The next four cartoons by Nast are $100.00 each or $300.00 for all four.

Click to enlarge  28. Harper's Weekly, The Advanced Age, May 18, 1887. 11 x 9. BW, VG. Cover page cartoon of Mercury, god of commerce, aghast as Mars, god of war, loads a great gun using the earth as a cannon ball. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  29. Harper's Weekly, The "Internationalists" Are To Make The World All One Millennium - (Chaos), June 1, 1878. 11 x 9. BW. VG. Cover page cartoon. Lightning bolts and storm clouds pummel the earth which seems to be morphing into a great skull. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  30. Harper's Weekly, On the Danube – "Bless You, My Children!" June 16, 1877. 20 x 13½. BW. VG. Center1717) fold cartoon. A towering skeleton spreads its arms and satanic wings over Russian and Turkish armies, arrayed on either bank of the Danube. Sold [details]

Click to enlarge  31. Harper's Weekly, Into The Jaws Of Death, Feb. 2, 1878. 11 x 9. BW. VG. Cover page cartoon. A swirling snow storm rages around the profile of a two-faced skull labeled "The Temple of Janus." The Turkish army enters the "Temple" from the left, the Russians from the right while snow covers the dead in the foreground. Sold [details]

Improving the View – A Trend in 17th Century Print Collecting

Today's connoisseurs prefer the objects of their interest to be as close to their original state as possible. It's a bit of a shock to find there was a time when art lovers intentionally – and substantially – altered prints in their collections. But alter them they did, especially in the late 17thand early 18th centuries.

William, Prince of Orange, who became King of England in 1689, succumbed to the taste for enlarging and embellishing existing engravings. Sometime between 1690 and 1700 he commissioned Anna Beek to update his collection of uncolored views published by Matthaus Merian around 1650.

Beek (1657-1717) was a publisher, printseller and noted colorist who was awarded the family business by the courts after her husband Barent deserted her and their seven children. She was a successful businesswoman who issued many battle plans and scenes (at least one of which was dedicated to William III) documenting the innumerable wars of the period.

One needn't be a professional conservator to admire Beek's skill in matching papers to extend the size of existing prints, effectively doubling their height. She covered the join by painting the sky with colorful clouds billowing over the manor house, castle or town depicted. The altered print was then mounted on a larger leaf and finished with a broad yellow border outlined in crimson.

William did not have long to enjoy Beek's handiwork as he died childless in 1702, and in 1713 his noted collection of paintings and other possessions in the Netherlands were offered at auction. The sale attracted the attention of European aristocrats who acquired his treasures for their own galleries and libraries. It wasn't until the mid-20th century that parts of William's collection again came up for auction. This time purchases by collectors and dealers resulted in the wide dispersion of individual plates.

The plates below were acquired by us at different times from different sources, but both display Beek's technical skills and painting talent.

Click to enlarge  32. [Birds-eye view] Merian / Beek, Klotze Furstlich Ambthause. Frankfurt, circa 1650. Enlarged and colored by Beek circa 1690-1700. Original engraving 3½ x 6¾ extended to 5¾ x 6¾ + ¾" colored border on its 10½ x 11 supporting sheet of matching paper. Brilliant original hand color. VG. View of a manor house or perhaps a princely hunting lodge with out buildings set amid a forest and fields. A horse-drawn cart and a pedestrian follow the road in the foreground. $650.00 [details]

Click to enlarge  33. [Birds-eye view] Merian / Beek, Grossen Sommern. Frankfurt, circa 1650. Original engraving 3½ x 12¼, extended to 6¾ x 12¼ + " wide colored border on its 10½ x 24¾ supporting sheet of matching paper. Brilliant original hand color. Two faint stains, else VG. Double-page view of a small town on the banks of a river. Bridge and carriage in foreground, and a smaller community is on the horizon to the left. $850.00 [details]

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