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BRAZIL / URUGUAY SEA ATLAS & PILOT: THE BRAZIL PILOT; OR, A DESCRIPTION OF THE COAST OF BRAZIL. TRANSLATED FROM THE PORTUGUESE OF MANOEL PIMENTEL, PRINCIPAL HYDROGRAPHER TO HIS MAJESTY JOHN THE FIFTH, OF PORTUGAL. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, CHARTS, OF SOME OF IT


Rare and historically important – the first edition of the first pilot book of the coasts of Brazil to be illustrated with charts, featuring text by the esteemed late Portuguese royal hydrographer Manuel Pimentel, augmented by 15 entirely new, original charts by Aaron Arrowsmith, published immediately in the wake of Britain being granted comprehensive trading rights in Brazil, highly influential and the most authoritative work of its kind for many years; a unique example with fine period manuscript additions, bound in a splendid contemporary tan suede binding.

 

Author: Manoel PIMENTEL (1650 - 1719) / Aaron ARROWSMITH (1750 – 1823).
Place and Year: London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, and A. Arrowsmith, 1809.
Technique: 4° (28 x 23 cm / 9 x 11 inches): Collation Complete: [2 ff., Half Title and Title], iv pp. (Tables), 1 folding chart (54 x 37 cm / 21 x 14.5 inches), 78 pp. with 14 charts interleaved through text, [2 pp., Publisher’s Advertisements] + Additions Not in Original Publication, on paper watermarked ‘Peter A. Mesier’ [Bronx, New York]: [1 f., modern Mss. drawing in pen], [3 pp. with Mss. Nautical Remarks], [1 p., Mss. chart of signal flags, watercolour illustrations], [1 p. Nautical Remarks], 40 ff. Blank; bound in contemporary tan suede with tooling, title in gilt on red leather label to spine (Good, large general chart of Brazil with short clean splits along folds and discreet 10 cm tear entering chart closed with old repair; half title loose and strongly toned along edges, some sporadic foxing and light staining to printed text and charts, with some print transference from charts to opposite text pages; additional pages including manuscript sections clean and bright; suede binding a little worn and scraped, chipped at head and tail of spine with minor loss).
Code: 65649

This is a unique and especially fine example of a rare and historically important work, being the first pilot book of the coasts of Brazil to be illustrated with sea charts, specifically fifteen charts from manuscript sources never before published.  It was published in London, under the direction of Aaron Arrowsmith, one of the era’s preeminent cartographers, created in direct response to Dom João of Portugal’s proclamation of the Carta Régia(January 28, 1808), an unprecedented edict that gave Britain comprehensive trading rights in Brazil for the first time.  The edict sparked an intense demand for accurate sea charts and nautical information on Brazil, driven by the Royal Navy and merchant mariners.  Hitherto, such authoritative information was scarce, and The Brazil Pilot was specifically designed to act as a reliable and comprehensive guide for mariners.  The work translates the highly regarded textual pilot directions of Manoel Pimentel, the late Cosmógrafo-Mor of Portugal, into the English for the first time, with the translation undertaken by an expert team that included the Romantic poet Robert Southey.  The charts, designed by Arrowsmith from authoritative original manuscripts, are generally far better that any that hitherto published.  The work’s large general chart of Brazil is accompanied by fourteen charts of major harbours and nautical hazards along the coasts of Brazil (including a single Uruguayan chart).  Importantly, in addition to the traditional main harbours of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Recife-Olinda, the work includes the key provincial ports that would become increasingly vital to Anglo-Brazilian trade.  While competing sea charts made by the likes of William Heather and William Faden appeared at ...

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INDIA – MYSORE GEOLOGICAL MAP: GEOLOGICAL MAP OF MYSORE. SCALE 1 INCH - 8 MILES.

 

Very rare – the first edition of the first scientific geological map of Mysore, a princely state of fabled mineral wealth, created under the supervision of William Frederick Smeeth, the director of the state’s geological department, published in Bangalore by the Mysore Government Press. 

 

Author: William Frederick SMEETH (1865 - 1951).
Place and Year: [Bangalore: Mysore Government Press], June 1915.
Technique: Lithograph in colour, dissected into 16 sections and mounted upon original cloth, folding into original plain green card covers (Very Good, bright and clean, just some minor chipping to the neatline at one small point on the right side), 76 x 97.5 cm (30
Code: 65650

This very rare, large format map is the first edition of the first scientific geological map of the Kingdom of Mysore, one of British India’s greatest princely states, which occupied what in now south-central and south-eastern Karnataka State.  The map represented the culmination of over two decades of advanced surveys on the part of the Mysore Geological Department, under the direction of William Frederick Smeeth.  Mysore, the descendent of a wealthy and militarily powerful independent state that dominated Southern India, was long famed for its mineral wealth, notably by the legendary Kolar Gold Fields.  On the present map all of Mysore’s geological and mineralogical wealth is revealed with scientific precision for the first time...

1.500 EUR

 

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WWI EAST AFRICA CAMPAIGN / MOZAMBIQUE (NORTHERN): MAP OF NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE. 

 

An extremely rare ‘top secret’ map that was one of the most important field maps used during WWI’s East Africa Campaign; the first scientifically accurate, detailed general map of Northern Mozambique, made by NORFORCE, a special British frontier unit, used as the blueprint to check the German General Emile von Lettow-Vorbeck’s guerrilla-style invasion of Mozambique.


Author: NORFORCE, South Africa Topographical Section.
Place and Year: Pretoria: Government Printing Works, 1918.
Technique: Photo-lithograph in 3 colours, contemporary manuscript additions in red pen and pencil, mounted upon original linen with old folds, former owner’s inscription in pen to verso linen (Very Good, overall clean and bright, some minor toning along old folds, some very light stains, some wear at folds along margins), 98 x 74 cm (38.5 x 29 inches).
Code: 65519

This is one of the most important single maps of World War I’s East Africa Campaign.  It has the distinction of being the very first scientifically accurate and detailed general map of Northern Mozambique, in addition to being the authoritative map used by British forces during their relentless, yet unsuccessful, pursuit of General Emile von Lettow-Vorbeck’s Schutztruppethrough thousands of kilometres of jungles, swamps and savannas, from March to August 1918.  The Northern Mozambique theatre featured some of the most dramatic action of the East Africa Campaign, which is regarded as one of the greatest frontier guerilla contests of all time, and the most ...

1.200 EUR

 

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CONGO FREE STATE: DER CONGO-STAAT UND DAS FREIHANDELSGEBIET.

 

One of the first separately issued maps of the Congo Free State and its free-trade territories, made by the Gotha Geographical Office for the German trade in the colonies in Africa. 


Author: Hermann HABENICHT (1844-1917).
Place and Year: Gotha: Justus Perthes, April 1885.
Technique: Lithography in colour, 53 x 40,5 cm (20.8 x 15.9 inches) (Good, soft folds with tiny tears, light foxing).
Code: 65436

This rare separately published map shows the Congo Free State, a state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908, which was in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium under Leopold II. The state was founded in early 1885 at the Berlin conference.

The map, published in April 1885, shows the newest boundaries of the Congo Free State (green), stations of the Congo Company (cities underlined with red), and free-trade territory in the Congo Basin (beige). Other colours show the German, British, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian colonies, as well as the Sultanate of Zanzibar.

According to the text on the left-hand side the author, Hermann Habenicht, based the map on the latest available information from official sources...

950 EUR

 

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ALGIERS, ALGERIA: CARTE VON ALGIER MIT SEINEN UMGEBUNGEN.


A rare, seemingly unrecorded lithographed broadside, printed in Switzerland, shows Algiers, besieged by French in 1830. 


Author: Hans Jakob BRUPBACHER (1792–1831).
Place and Year: Wädenswil, Switzerland: Brupbacher [1830 or 1831].
Technique: Lithograph with original colour in outline (Very Good, soft folds in white margins) 42 x 34 cm (16.5 x 13.4 inches).
Code: 65437

A rare seemingly unrecorded lithographed broadside, printed in Switzerland, shows Algiers, besieged by French in 1830. The large map below showcases Algiers with its surrounding, the upper left in-set map a connection between Toulon and Algiers (the sea voyage lasted 188 hours), and the upper right in-set map Algiers. The text below gives basic statistic information on the city and its surroundings. The map is not dated, but had to be made in the year of the French siege of the city in 1830, as the information below are already influenced by France, or a year later, when th4e lithographer Hans Jakob Brupbacher died...

450 EUR


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SOUTH AFRICA - EASTERN CAPE / XHOSA WARS: [UNTITLED MANUSCRIPT SKETCH MAP OF THE ‘EASTERN FRONTIER’ OF THE CAPE COLONY / GRAHAMSTOWN-GREAT FISH RIVER AREA].

 

An original manuscript sketch map of the Grahamstown-Great Fish River region of South Africa, the strategically critical ‘Eastern Frontier’ of the Cape Colony, made immediately in the wake of the Sixth European-Xhosa War (1834-6).


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [‘Eastern Frontier’, Cape Colony], 1837.
Technique: Manuscript, pen and brown ink, with pencil, on paper (Good, chipping along edges with minor loss, old folds), 39 x 20.5 cm (15.5 x 8 inches).
Code: 65468

This intriguing manuscript sketch map was made by an English settler, in 1837, and depicts the ‘Eastern Frontier’ region of the British Cape Colony, in the immediate wake of the Sixth European-Xhosa War (1834-6).  Importantly, and as will be explained further, the map features the locations of several of the conflict’s key battles. The map’s scope embraces the “Sea” (Indian Ocean) coast roughly between the mouths of the Kareeg and Great Fish Rivers, and extends inland to include Grahamstown, a good stretch of the Great Fish River, a tract of the Keiskamma River, and further inland to a point just beyond Beaufort.  Most of the territory depicted, being the lands west of the lower Great Fish and the Kat Rivers (known as the Albany and Beaufort Districts), is implicitly assumed to the part of the Cape Colony, inhabited largely by recently arrived English ...

750 EUR

 

 

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SOUTH AFRICA: POTCHEFSTROOM (NORTH WEST PROVINCE). MAP OF POTCHEFSTROOM SHEWING FIFTEEN MILE RADIUS.


An Exceptionally rare - seemingly unrecorded – and impressively large ‘Sunprint’ or cyanotype map on cotton cloth, depicting Major Robert Lyle McClintock’s advanced topographical survey of the environs of Potchefstroom, South Africa, executed in the period following the Second Anglo-Boer War, made in Potchefstroom after the original survey composed in Pretoria. 


Author: Robert Lyle McCLINTOCK, R.E. (1874 - 1943).
Place and Year: Potchefstroom: ‘Tracing made from Sunprint by A. Mitchell’, June 14, 1907.
Technique: Cyanotype on cotton cloth (Very Good, overall impressive condition for a map of its nature and size, some tack marks and small tears in blank margins of corners, minor fraying along edges, some wear along old folds, minor staining), 91 x 76.5 cm (36 x 30 inches).  
Code: 65654

This excellent map showcases Major Robert Lyle McClintock’s 1907 advanced topographical survey of the environs of Potchefstroom, South Africa, the traditional de jure capital of the Transvaal, which here has been printed on cotton cloth by the gorgeous cyanotype, or ‘sunprint’, method.  Indeed, this is one of the largest and most finely produced cyanotype maps were have ever encountered...

850 EUR


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THAILAND – WWI VICTORY PROCLAMATION BROADSIDE: ROYAL PROCLAMATION ON THE OCCASION OF THE GREAT VICTORY OF THE ALLIES. (TRANSLATION).

 

An extremely rare broadside issued by the Royal Court of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) of Siam, celebrating the Allied victory in World War I, translated into the English language and published in Bangkok for the benefit of Siam’s Western expatriate population. 


Author: KING VAJIRAVUDH (RAMA VI) OF SIAM (1880 - 1925).
Place and Year: [Bangkok], November 19, 1918.
Technique: Folio Broadside (47.5 x 28 cm / 19 x 11 inches), lithographed (Good, some old folds and light staining, mounted upon archival Japanese tissue).
Code: 65521

This extremely rare broadside was printed on the orders of the Royal Court of Siam (Siam would not become Thailand until 1932), in the name of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), and celebrates the end of World War I, and Siam’s role as one of the victorious Allied powers.  The broadside was issued in the English language (after a Thai language broadside) for the benefit of the many Westerners resident in Bangkok, some of whom wielded significant influence upon their home government’s attitudes towards Siam.  In this sense, the broadside was a key part of Vajiravudh’s ongoing (and highly successful) nationalist propaganda campaign, which sought to stoke patriotic sentiment at home (to the benefit of this rule), while strengthening Siam’s status abroad...

1.500 EUR

 


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ANTI-CATHOLIC MEGA-BROADSIDE / PORTUGUESE AND SPANISH INQUISITION: A VIEW OF THE PRACTICES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE TRIBUNAL OF THE INQUISITION; ALSO OF THE CEREMONIES PRACTICED BY THE ROMAN CATHOLICKS ON ASH WEDNESDAY & GOOD FRIDAY.

 

Exceptionally rare – an extremely large broadside composed of 12 panels, conveying Anti-Catholic rhetoric by showcasing the horrors of the Iberian Inquisitions as practiced in Portugal, Goa (India) and Spain, published by the prominent London printmaker John Bowles, after templates by Bernard Picart.


Author: John BOWLES (1701 - 1779), after Bernard PICART (1673 - 1733).
Place and Year: London: Printed and Sold by John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill, [circa 1735].
Technique: Broadside (58.5 x 93 cm / 23 x 36.5 inches), composed of 12 distinct panels each with full original hand colour, dissected on the panel boundaries and mounted upon original linen (Very Good, lovely original colour, light even toning, some chipping with minor loss to blank marginal areas of middle and bottom left panels; light vertical line of toning to second row of panels; printers crease to right middle panels).
Code: 65535

This resplendent broadside is one of the rarest, largest and most impressive Anti-Catholic prints published in England during the 18th Century.  Issued by the prominent London printer John Bowles it capitalizes on the virulent Anti-Catholic sentiment that was prevalent in Hanoverian England in the years between the two Jacobite invasions of 1715 and 1745.  In resplendent fashion, the broadside features twelve illustrated panels, all with brilliant full original colour, depicting a different aspect of the Inquisition as practiced in Portugal, Goa (the capital of Portugal’s Asian empire), and Spain, accompanied by explanatory text. ...

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SAN FRANCISCO / OTTO VON BISMARCK / FINE MANUSCRIPTS: DER DEUTSCHE VEREIN IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIEN, GIEBT SEINER VEREHRUNG UND DANKBARKEIT FÜR DEN SCHÖPFER DEUTSCHER GRÖSSE UND EINHEIT BESCHEIDENEN AUSDRUCK, IN DEM ER GESTATTET SEINE DURCHLAUCHT DEN

 

A large and exceedingly well executed decorative manuscript commissioned by the Deutsch Verein (German Society) of San Francisco, California, presented to the ‘Iron Chancellor’ Otto von Bismarck, in honour of his role as the Unifier of the German people, drafted by Carl Eisenschimel, a skilled Austrian Jewish artist and the Bay Area’s foremost forensic handwriting expert; with provenance from the noble estate of the Bismarck family. 


Author: Carl EISENSCHIMEL (1846 - 1932).
Place and Year: San Francisco, August 15, 1893.
Technique: Manuscript, single leaf folio (66 x 52 cm / 26 x 20.5 inches): pen and ink and watercolour, heightened in metallic hues, on light card (Very Good, resplendent colours, overall lovely, just some light toning, minor specks of discoloration and a very small closed tear lower-left).
Code: 65540

This unique and extremely well-executed, large format manuscript is a certificate made to honour Otto von Bismarck, the founder of the modern German state, especially commissioned by the Der Deutche Verein (The German Society) of San Francisco, California, and drafted by the Austrian Jewish calligraphic artist and renown forensic handwriting expert, Carl Eisenschimel.  The certificate honours the retired German chancellor with its felicitations and confers upon him honourary membership in the Verein.  At that time, Bismarck was by far and away the most internationally known and revered German figure, considered by many to be one the most successful political and military leader of the 19th Century...

3.500 EUR


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FINE CANADIANA – BAY OF FUNDY / ENTRANCE OF PASSAMAQUODDY BAY, NEW BRUNSWICK. [UNTITLED – 2 VIEWS: THE WOLVES ENTRANCE AND THE ENTRANCE TO PASSAMAQUODDY BAY, NEW BRUNSWICK].

 

A beautiful, seemingly unfinished, proof state plate showcasing two J.F.W. Des Barres views, of The Wolves and the Entrance to Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick, with the lower view featuring exquisite full original colour – an extremely rare find.

 

Author: J.F.W. DES BARRES (1721 – 1824).
Place and Year: [London, circa 1781].
Technique: Copper engraving with aquatint, 2 views on a single sheet, lower view with original full hand colour (Very Good, exquisite colour on lower view, a some very light points of toning, faint vertical printer’s crease though middle, wide blank margins with a few tiny closed tears and chips along periphery), sheet: 82 x 60.5 cm (32 x 24 inches). 
Code: 65612 

This exceptionally attractive large-format plate depicts a pair of views of The Wolves and the Entrance of the Passamaquoddy Bay, New Brunswick.  Importantly, the plate seems to be an unfinished proof state.  Not only does it lack titles or an imprint, but only one of the views is coloured.  As Des Barres created dozens of views and maps, and often published and sold unfinished or intermediate states of his plates, it is perhaps not surprising that many proofs, unrecorded states and even unknown plates by Des Barres have been discovered, either on the market, or upon the careful inventory of library holdings.  That being said, Des Barres proof plates are especially rare.  We have been able to trace another, identical, example of the present proof plate, with the same colouring scheme, in the collections of the Osher Map Library, in Portland, Maine, which correctly identifies the views as being ‘Sepia colored  ...

1.200 EUR

 

 

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COMPOSITE ATLAS WITH 26 MAPS

 

Author: Carl Ferdinand WEILAND (1782 - 1847).
Place and Year: Weimar: Verlag des Geographischen Instituts 1820-1824.
Technique: Folio. Composite atlas with 26 copper engraved maps, all originally coloured in outline, all folded in the middle: 52 x 68 cm (20.4 x 26.7 inches), unless noted otherwise. Contemporary half-calf binding with blue paper covers, label on the cover.
Code: 65510

 Includes following maps:

  1. MAP OF THE WORLD: Oestliche und Westliche Halbkugel der Erde. 1824.
  2. EUROPE: Europa. 1824.
  3. ASIA: Charte von Asien. 1821.
  4. AFRICA: Africa. 1821.
  5. AMERICA: America. 1821.
  6. AUSTRALIA: Australien. 1823....

2.200 EUR 

 

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VOLCANISM WORLD MAP: SÜDLICHE UND NOERDLICHE HALBKUGEL DER ERDE NACH DEN NEUESTEN ENTDECKUNGEN DER VULKANISCHEN-LINIEN.


An uncommon map of the World with marked vulcanic lines was published to accompany a scientific article by a German researcher of antiquity and Egyptologist Friedrich Sickler in 1812.

 

Author: Friedrich SICKLER (1773-1836), Draft.
Place and Year: Weimar: Verlag des Geographischen Instituts 1812.
Technique: Copper engraving with original colour in outline, printed on blue paper (Very Good, usual soft folds, slightly stained along the folds) 46 x 60 cm (18.2 x 23.6 inches).
Code: 65511

An uncommon map of the World, shows the volcano lines, was published to accompany a scientific article on volcanoes by a German researcher Friedrich Carl Ludwig Sickler (1773 – 1836) in 1812, in Weimar, Germany. Sickler was a teacher, Egyptologist, researcher of Antiquity and a friend of Wilhelm von Humboldt. In his article Sickler analyses the role of the volcanoes in the antiquity through ancient texts and myths. In the second part of the text, which is relevant for our map, the author explains the main lines, connecting the active and ancient volcanoes of the Earth...

650 EUR

 

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MOON: TELESCOPIC APPEARANCE OF THE MOON.


An attractive translucent map of the moon, printed on a thick paper, and backed with thin blue paper.


Author: James REYNOLDS.
Place and Year: London: James Reynolds, 174 Strand [circa 1850].
Technique: Coloured Lithoraphy with originally cut out details and blue thin paper mounted verso in the area of the moon (Very Good) 29,5 x 22,5 cm (11.6 x 8.8 inches).
Code: 65534

This attractive print with a map of the moon was made in the mid 19th century by James Reynolds in London. The text gives basic information on the moon. The image has cut-out details and is backed with thin blue paper. The print of the moon, printed on thick paper, could be purchased separately, or in a series of other prints with celestial motives. Reynolds made various different impressions of this image in different sizes, and in black and white, as well as coloured versions. More elaborate examples were, such as this one, backed with thin blue paper, so the spectator could observe the print against the light. The cut-outs in the paper made the image of the moon appear three-dimensional...

250 EUR

 

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NEW ZEALAND: DIE COLONISATION VON NEU-SEELAND. EIN VORTRAG, IM WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN VEREINE ZU BERLIN AM 22. JANUAR 1842, VON KARL RITTER.

 

Very rare – the first printing of the famous geographer Carl Ritter’s insightful and influential discourse on the early colonization of New Zealand, based upon his extensive interviews of principals of the New Zealand Company, featuring an original map, published in Berlin in 1842. 


Author: Carl RITTER (1779 - 1859).
Place and Year: Berlin: Wilhelm Besser, 1842.
Technique: 8° (20.5 x 12.5 cm / 8 x 5 inches): Collation Complete – 52 pp., 1 folding map (23.5 x 28 cm / 9 x 11 inches), bound in contemporary marbled boards (Very Good, old library stamps to title, text and map clean and crisp, binding with shelf-ware).
Code: 65477

This is the very rare first printing of Carl Ritter’s discourse on the early colonization of New Zealand, published in Berlin barely four years after the New Zealand Company had begun its activities in earnest.  Ritter, along with his friend Alexander von Humboldt, is considered to be the father of modern geography, and while he never stepped foot anywhere near New Zealand, he maintained a particular fascination for this distant land, with its unusual geography, native Maori peoples, and endemic species of wildlife.  In 1841, Ritter traveled to London to interview several of the main backers of the New ...

1.200 EUR


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TRINIDAD, WEST INDIES (2 MAPS): PORT OF SPAIN AND SAN FERNANDO: INSURANCE PLAN OF PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD. FEBRUARY 1895. 


A rare complete suite of Charles Goad’s magnificent and fascinating insurance maps of Trinidad’s two main cities; namely his gargantuan 13-sheet set of Port of Spain (plus the rare index sheet) and the 3-sheet set of San Fernando; the most important and detailed printed urban plans of fin de siècle Trinidad.


Author: Charles Edward GOAD (1848 - 1910).
Place and Year: London, 1895.
Technique: Lithograph with original hand colour, Complete Set, 1 Key Plan Sheet + 12 Detailed Sectional Plan Sheets + Index Sheet (Good, Key Plan with some areas of toning, surface abrasion and natural paper thinness on left side (not really affecting printed area); Detailed Sectional Plan Sheets generally with some minor marginal chipping and repaired marginal tears; Index Sheet with marginal tears and small loss of blank space on right) Key and Detailed Sectional Plan Sheets, each 63.5 x 53 cm (25 x 21 inches), Index Sheet, 33 x 53 cm (13 x 21 inches); 12 Detailed Plan Sheets would, if joined, form a map approx. (irregular) 190 x 158 cm (75 x 62 inches).
Code: 65652

[And:]

Insurance Plan of San Fernando, Trinidad. February 1895.

 

London, 1895.

 

Lithograph with original hand colour, Complete Set, 1 Key Plan + 2 Detailed Sectional Plan Sheets (Very Good, just some minor marginal toning and chipping and tiny closed marginal tears), each sheet, 63.5 x 53 cm (25 x 21 inches); 2 Detailed Sectional Plan Sheets would, if joined, form a map 63.5 x 106 cm (25 x 42 inches).

 

This is a complete suite of Charles Goad’s insurance maps of the two main cities of Trinidad, West Indies, including his gargantuan 13-sheet set covering Port of Spain and his 3-sheet set of San Fernando.  In massive scale the maps are by far and away the most accurate and detailed printed plans of Port of Spain and San Fernando made during their era.  Each map features a single sheet key map, while the other sheets are ultra-detailed, sectional maps that can be joined to form a larger map.  The sectional sheets name every street, railway line, alleyway, park, cultural site, institution, and monument, while precisely outlining every property and building, naming proprietors and businesses.  They provide an unprecedented wealth of information regarding the economic and social life of British West Indian ports during the fin de siècle period. Importantly, the maps are replete with information relating to fire prevention and risk. Buildings are colour coded either in soft pink (to denote brick buildings) or yellow (wooden buildings), and in outer areas, symbols denote whether building are built attached or as separate structures.  There is also much information on water sources, the fire brigade and prevailing winds.  Indeed, it was fire that was by far and away the biggest threat to property and ...

1.500 EUR


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TRINIDAD (WEST INDIES): MAP OF TRINIDAD.


A highly attractive and information-packed little map of Trinidad, based on the latest official surveys, published by the controversial banknote printer Waterlow & Sons.


Author: WATERLOW & SONS.
Place and Year: London, Dunstable & Watford: Waterlow & Sons Limited, [1925].
Technique: Chromolithograph (Good, lovely colours, original folds, a chip in the upper right margin with minor loss to neatline, small closed marginal tears, closed scarcely noticeable 5 cm tear entering image upper left, some minor points of toning, irregular right
Code: 65539

This unusually attractive map depicts the island of Trinidad, West Indies, in resplendent colours, predicated on official surveys completed in 1923.  The topography of the island is elegantly rendered, while the map employs several different hues to show cities, towns and villages; county and ward boundaries; the delineation or roads (both completed and under construction); road district boundaries; as well as the routes of coastal steamers; while the numerous forest reserves are tinted green.  It is certainly one of the most visually pleasing 20th Century maps of Trinidad...

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NICARAGUA INTEROCEANIC CANAL – BOOK WITH LARGE MAP: CARTE D'ÉTUDE POUR LE TRACÉ ET LE PROFIL DU CANAL DE NICARAGUA PAR THOMÉ DE GAMOND, INGÉNIEUR CIVIL, PRÉCÉDÉE DE DOCUMENTS PUBLIÉES SUR CETTE QUESTION PAR M. FÉLIX BELLY. 


Rare – the first serious and detailed published proposal for an interoceanic canal across Nicaragua, compiled by the French journalist and speculator Félix Belly, with a large, magnificent, chromolithographed map by the engineer Thomé de Gamond.


Author: Thomé de GAMOND (1807 - 1876) / Félix BELLY (1816 - 1886).
Place and Year: Paris: Chez Dalmont & Dunod, 1858.
Technique: 4° (28 x 23 cm / 11 x 9 inches): Collation Complete: 90 pp., 1 f., plus 1 large folding chromolithographed map mounted upon original linen (71 x 96 cm / 28 x 38 inches), all bound in original boards with pastedown title and advertisements, spine in original green cloth with gilt title (Very Good, Map generally bright and clean, staining in the folds and in the linen; some text pages with light foxing; last page with small tears in the gutter; covers with some shelf-ware, overall an attractive example).
Code: 65469 

This fascinating and historically important work is the first serious, detailed published proposal to build a transoceanic canal across Nicaragua, illustrated by a large and magnificent original map.  The dream to build a navigable route across the isthmus of Central America, so connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific oceans, is almost as old as the European presence in the Americas itself.  While the Panama Canal was completed in 1914, and that no version of the Nicaragua Canal was ever built, it will surprise some to learn that during much of the second half of the 19th Century, Nicaragua was considered to be a far more promising location for an interoceanic route than Panama.  While many proposals had been explored, from the 16th Century onwards, it was only in the late 1850s, when the French duo of Félix Belly, an impresario and journalist, and Thomé de Gamond, an eccentric, but brilliant, engineer, that the first technically credible proposal to construct the canal was published...

1.400 EUR

 

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VENEZUELA / RAILWAY HISTORY: BOLIVAR RAILWAY CO. LTD. VENEZUELA. SKETCH MAP. SHEWING THE COMPANY’S RAILWAY AND STEAM BOAT SERVICE ALSO THE CART ROAD TO BARQUISIMETO.


An extremely rare early ephemeral map of the ‘Ferrocarril Bolívar’, the first railway line in Venezuela, connecting the famous Aroa Copper Mines with the sea, published in London for the benefit of the mines and railway’s British investors.

 

Author: BOLIVAR RAILWAY COMPANY (NEW QUEBRADA COMPANY LIMITED).
Place and Year: [London, circa 1880].
Technique: Lithograph in 2 colours (Very Good, clean and bright, 2 clean horizontal folds, some minor marginal tears repaired from verso), 32 x 20 cm (12.5 x 8 inches).
Code: 65557

This intriguing little ephemeral map depicts the first railway in Venezuela, the Ferrocarril Bolívar (Bolivar Railway), and specifically shows the first leg of which that ran from the port of Tucacas to the famous Aroa Copper Mines, completed in 1877.  The railway was constructed and operated by the Bolivar Railway Company, a subsidiary of a British consortium, the New Quebrada Company Limited, which likewise owned the mines.  The map was issued around 1880 by the company as a promotional piece to attract British investors, as New Quebrada sought additional capital to both expand its mining operations and, eventually, the railway network...

250 EUR


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BELIZE: COLONY OF BRITISH HONDURAS.


A highly attractive and information-packed little map of British Honduras (Belize), based on the latest official surveys, published by the controversial banknote printer Waterlow & Sons.


Author: WATERLOW & SONS.
Place and Year: London, Dunstable & Watford: Waterlow & Sons Limited, [1924].
Technique: Chromolithograph (Very Good, just a short, insignificant closed tear at hinge on left-hand side), 30.5 x 19 cm (12 x 7.5 inches).
Code: 65536

This unusually attractive little map depicts British Honduras (Belize), based on official surveys undertaken in 1909, updated to 1921.  The colony is divided into its six districts (Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek, and Toledo; each distinguished by its own bright hues), while the map skillfully packs a wealth of information into a small space, labeling all major topographical features, every major town (noting the district seats), as well as delineating roads, roads with telegraph lines, railways, police stations and lighthouses. The map was originally published within a government report, The New Edition of the Consolidated Laws of British Honduras, 1924 (London, 1924), the latest issue in an updated series that had been printed by Waterlow & Sons since 1887...

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MADAGASCAR / MOZAMBIQUE: A MERCATOR'S CHART OF THE COAST OF AFRICA MADAGASCAR ISLE, THE INNER PASSAGE AND ADJACENT ISLANDS: ACCORDING TO THE LATEST OBSERVATIONS.

 

The especially rare Henry Gregory edition of William Herbert’s sea chart of Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique, an important work for African and Asian navigation, as well as the history of the rise of British power in the Indian Ocean Basin. 


Author: Henry GREGORY I (1716 - 1780) & Henry GREGORY II (fl. 1753 - 1789).
Place and Year: London, 1779.
Technique: Copper engraving with modern hand colour (Good, restoration to upper margin with small section of upper neatline reinstated in facsimile), 41 x 52 cm (16 x 20.5 inches).
Code: 65604

This fine sea chart features all of Madagascar and the Mozambique Channel, and is and ultra-rare Henry Gregory edition of William Herbert’s A New & Correct Chart of the Inner Passage between Madagascar Isle and the Coast of Africa (1754).  This edition, dated 1779, appeared only in the 1780 and 1787 Gregory editions of Herbert’s important sea atlas, A New Directory of the East Indies, which were issued in very limited print runs.  The present Gregory edition is virtually identical to the Herbert issue, save for the change in title, the replacement of the cartouche, and the addition of two cartographic insets...

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MADAGASCAR / MOZAMBIQUE / COMOROS: A CHART OF THE INNER PASSAGE BETWEEN THE COAST OF AFRICA AND THE ISLE OF MADAGASCAR FROM THE CHARTS OF D’ANVILLE AND D’APRÉS COMPARED WITH THE DRAUGHTS & JOURNALS OF THE BRITISH NAVIGATORS.

 

An excellent large format sea chart of Madagascar and the Mozambique Channel, featuring a wealth of recent observations from British mariners, considered the era’s most detailed and accurate chart of this vital maritime passage. 


Author: Robert LAURIE & James WHITTLE.
Place and Year: London, 1797.
Technique: Copper engraving (Good, strong printing impression, slight vertical creasing near centre of chart, some professionally filled loss to blank margin in lower-right corner, with a very small part of the neatline replaced in facsimile), 63 x 80 cm (25 x 31.5
Code: 65438

This excellent sea chart is by far and away the most accurate and detailed chart of Madagascar and the Mozambique coast, including the vital Mozambique Channel, available during the critical era in which Britain gained dominance over the Indian Ocean, including an attempt to make Madagascar a client state.  It was considered to be the chart of record used by the mariners of the Royal Navy and the East India Company (EIC) from the time of its publication, in 1797, until the 1820s. The chart takes in all of the Madagascar, the Comoros and the Mozambique coast from ‘Da Lagoa Bay’ (Maputo), in the south, up to Cabo Delgado, in the north.  While not scientifically perfect, the coasts of Madagascar assume a more accurate, elongated shape than the bulbous form that prevailed on ...

900 EUR

 

 

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EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MAP – CALCUTTA CHOLERA MAP: PLAN OF THE TOWN OF CALCUTTA. RED DOTS INDICATE CHOLERA DEATHS FOR THE YEAR 1887.


A very rare Cholera map showing the outbreak of the disease across the city of Calcutta in 1887, published in Calcutta, almost certainly under the authority of that city’s medical department.


Author: [MEDICAL DEPARTMENT OF CALCUTTA].
Place and Year: [Calcutta, circa 1890].
Technique: Lithographed in 2 colours (Very Good, light marginal toning, stitch holes to left margin), 33 x 20.5 cm (13 x 8 inches).
Code: 65603

This grimly fascinating epidemiological map depicts the spread of cholera within the city of Calcutta during the year 1887.  The map was almost certainly issued under the auspices of the Medical Department of Calcutta and, due to the style of the printing and nature of its content, was published in that city.  The underlying template of the map (printed in black) is predicated on a recent official city plan, while red dots indicate the locations of cholera deaths (while a note specifies that the map excludes deaths in hospitals).  Thus the purpose of the map is to show the even natural spread of the epidemic across the city...

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EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MAP / MAP OF 1892 RUSSIA CHOLERA EPIDEMIC: КАРТА РОССІЙСКОЙ ИМПЕРІИ / NO. 18. ОБЩЕЕ НАИРАВЛЕНІЕ ПУТЕЙ РАСПРОСТРАНЕНІЯ ХОЛЕРЫ ВЪ ЕПИДЕМІЮ 1892 Г. [MAP OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE / NO. 18. THE GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE ROUTES FOR THE SPREAD OF CHOL


An extremely rare epidemiological map depicting the spread of the 1892 Cholera Epidemic across Russia, printed in Russian Cyrillic, lithographed in St. Petersburg shortly after the outbreak.

 

Author: C. de CASTELLI (fl. c. 1880 - 1905), Lithographer.
Place and Year: [St. Petersburg, circa 1893].
Technique: Lithograph in 2 colours (Very Good, some light toning along old folds), 36 x 41.5 cm (14 x 16.5 inches).
Code: 65532

This extremely rare map depicts the spread of the Russian Cholera Epidemic of 1892, which officially claimed 267,800 lives.  The map is one of only a handful of Cholera maps to have been printed entirely in Russian Cyrillic, and was lithographed in St. Petersburg not long after the outbreak by C. de Castelli.  The map embraces the western two-thirds of the Russian Empire, extending eastward just past Lake Baikal.  The Russian Cholera Epidemic of 1892 was part of the Fifth International Cholera Pandemic (1881-96), and as shown here by a series of red arrows, the epidemic first entered Russian territory from Persia.  From there it travelled across the Caspian Sea, through the Caucuses ...

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RUSSIA (IN EUROPE): KARTE DES RUSSISCHEN REICHS IN EUROPA, IN 6 BLÄTTERN, VORZÜGLICH NACH DER 1862 VON DER K. RUSSISCHEN GEOGR. GESELLSCHAFT IN ST. PETERSBURG IN 12 BL. HERAUSGEGEBENEN KARTE BEARBEITET VON H. KIEPERT. BERLIN: DIETRICH REIMER, 1875.


A stellar example of Heinrich Kiepert’s excellent wall map of the Russian Empire in Europe, beautifully chromolithographed, predicated on the best sources, one of the finest maps of the region made during the second half of the 19th Century.


Author: Heinrich KIEPERT (1818 - 1899).
Place and Year: Berlin: Dietrich Reimer, 1875.
Technique: Chromolithograph, dissected into 24 sections and mounted upon 2 sheets of original linen, folding into original card covers bearing printed title, neat manuscript former owner’s inscription in pen to front cover (Excellent, map resplendent, clean and crisp; covers in stellar shape, with only a tiny blemish), total when assembled: 142 x 124 cm (56 x 49 inches).
Code: 65435

This stellar work is one of the finest maps of the Russian Empire in Europe to have been produced during the second half of the 19th Century, having been compiled by the preeminent cartographer Heinrich Kiepert.  Very large, and produced to the highest standards of chromolithography, the map is ...

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PRUSSIA - ANTI-GERMANIZATION PROPAGANDA: MAPA PRUS ZACHODNICH Z OZNACZENIEM - PRÓCZ 55 MIAST 228 WIEJSKICH POSIADŁOŚCI PRUSKIEJ KOMISYI KOLONIZACYJNEJ NABYTYCH PRZEZ NIĄ 20 L., TJ. OD ZAŁOŻENIA 1886 R. PO KONIEC 1906 R. Z DODATKIEM DÓBR I LASÓW KRÓLEWSKIC

 

A Polish, Anti-German map, ornated with a skull and crossbones marks the farm land of Prussia, which was Germanised between 1886-1906, in the time of Germany’s solving of “Polish problem”, with an official goal to diminish the political, economical and numerical weight of the Poles in Prussia. The map was made by a Polish author and editor of satirical political magazines Zygmunt Światopełk Słupski. 


Author: Zygmunt Światopełk SŁUPSKI (1851-1928).
Place and Year: [Poznan] : Zygmunt Swiatopelk Slupski 1908.
Technique: Lithograph in colour, printed on thicker paper (Very Good, soft folds with tiny holes and tears on crossings, lacking original wrappers) 75 x 69 cm (29.5 x 27.1 inches).
Code: 65617

Map of Western Prussia with the designation - without 55 cities, 228 rural properties of the Prussian Colonization Commission acquired in 20 years, i. e. from the foundation of 1886 to the end of 1906, with the addition of royal and governmental properties and forests.

This stunning map, made by a Polish author Zygmunt Światopełk Słupski (1851-1928), was made in 1908 to demonstrate the suppression of Poles and Germanization of Prussia between 1886-1906. The colours mark farmland and woods taken by the Prussian Settlement Commission to increase land ownership by Germans at the expense of Poles.

The list of the names on the left names the last Polish owners of larger and privileged estates (Ostatni właściciele Polacy większych i uprzywilejowanych posiadłości) and the names marked in red in the lower margin name the places, which were Germanized already. The chart in the lower part gives ..

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POLAND - STATISTICAL ATLAS:GEOGRAFICZNO-STATYSTYCZNY ATLAS POLSKI. GEOGRAPHISCH-STATISTISCHER ATLAS VON POLEN. ATLAS DE LA POLOGNE (GEOGRAPHIE ET STATISTIQUE).

 

An uncommon first edition of the Great Statistical and Geographical Atlas of Poland, with 32 thematic maps, by a Polish cartographer Eugeniusz Romer was crucial to establishing borders of the Second Polish Republic in 1918.


Author: Eugeniusz Mikołaj ROMER (1871 - 1954).
Place and Year: Warsaw & Krakow: Gebethner & Wolff. 1916. Maps by: Cartographic Institute of Freytag & Bernd, Vienna. Printed by: A. Holzhausen.
Technique: Small Folio (34 x 36,5 cm / 13.4 x 14.3 inches). [36] printed text on loose leaves, 32 interleaved loose maps lithographed in colour, inserted original advertisement in three language, printed on blue paper, inserted in original grey linen folder with black printed title and printed endpapers mounted on the inner side (Very Good, binding slightly stained with small tears in folds). 
Code: 65648

This is the first edition of the Polish Statistical and Geographical Atlas, published during WWI by a Polish cartographer Eugeniusz Romer (1917-1954). The atlas was a first modern statistical survey of the country and it played a crucial role in establishing new Polish borders after WWI, in 1918.  A Polish geographer, cartographer and geopolitician Eugeniusz Mikołaj Romer (1871 - 1954) was born in Lwów (today Lviv, Ukranie) and studied history, geology, geography and meteorology at the Jagiellonian ...

850 EUR

 

 

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WWII ATLAS FOR STYRIA, SLOVEINA: ERGEBNISSE DER BEVÖLKERUNGSBESTANDSAUFNAHME IN DER UNTERSTEIERMARK VOM 29. NOVEMBER 1942.

 

A disturbing, highly confidential Nazi statistical atlas was printed during WWII as a part of a project to Germanize a largely Slavic populated region of South Styria.


Author:
Place and Year: Marburg a. d. Drau (i. e. Maribor, Slovenia): Bundesführung des Steirischen Heimatbundes 1943.
Technique: Oblong Folio (31 x 47 cm / inches). [1] printed title page, 28 pp. printed text and full-page charts, XI plates and maps incl. 1 folding map lithographed in colour, 29-34 pp. printed full-page charts, XII-XIV maps lithographed in colour, 35-40 pp. printed full-page charts, XV-XIX maps lithographed in colour, 41-46 pp. printed full-page charts, XX-XXIII maps lithographed in colour, 47-52 pp. printed full-page charts, XXIV-XXXI maps incl. one folding map lithographed in colour, 53-76 pp. printed full-page charts, XXXII-XXXIV statistical charts in colour and in black, original brown binding with printed title (Very Good, binding slightly stained, linen spine replaced with modern brown linen, endpapers replaced with modern paper).    
Code: 65541

This larger detailed atlas shows statistic of the population of South Styria in 1942, in majority populated with Slovenians and Croatians, but at the time under Nazi German occupation. The chats, tables and colour maps give a detailed insight on the population of the region, such as average age, economical and housing situation etc...

850 EUR

 

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GREECE - METEOROLOGICAL ATLAS: ATLAS CLIMATIQUE DE LA GRÈCE.

 

A detailed meteorological atlas of Greece with 119 coloured maps was printed in 1935 in Greece. This copy was dedicated by the author Elias Mariolopulos to his professor, a British meteorologist Sir William Napier Shaw.


Author: Elias G. MARIOLOPULOS - Athanasios N. LEIBATHENOS.
Place and Year: Athens, 1935.
Technique: Oblong Folio. [4] loose printed title page and printed text, [1] loose plate, [1] loose colour lithographed map, 118 loose colour lithographed plates, inserted mimeographed sheet with errata, original tan folder with printed titles and black linen spine and corners (Very Good, title page with manuscript in the upper right corner, binding slightly stained, black strings on the binding torn, spine with small tears in the upper part).
Code: 65621

An uncommon atlas of Greece includes 119 colour meteorological lithographed maps, based on the observations of different 82 stations between 1900-1929...

750 EUR

 

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CRETAN STATE: DIE INSEL CANDIA ODER CRETA : (KRITI IM NEUGRIECH., KIRID IM TÜRK.) ; KRIEGSSCHAUPLATZ ; REDUCTION DER VOM HYDROGRAPHIC OFFICE IN LONDON 1862 PUBLICIRTEN, 1852 DURCH SPRATT AUFGENOMMENEN KARTE IN 2 BLATT (IN MASSSTAB 1:146.000)

 

An uncommon separately published map of the island of Crete, shows the theatre of war of 1897, which lead to the establishment of the Cretan state a year later.


Author: Thomas Abel Brimage SPRATT (1881-1888), after.
Place and Year: Berlin: Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen) [1897].
Technique: Lithography in colour (Very Good, soft vertical fold, old pencil annotations in white margins) 25 x 54 cm.
Code: 65526

This detailed separately published map of Crete shows the theatre of war of 1897. The ports marked with a red flag are sieged by the Greeks and the ports marked with a round red flag by foreign armies.

In 1897, the year this map was made, the Ottoman Empire declared war on Greece, which led the Great Powers, being Britain, France, Italy, Austria-Hungary and Russia, to intervene and declare war on the Ottoman Empire...

400 EUR


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ARCHAEOLOGICAL MAP OF TURKEY: ARCHÄOLOGISCHE KARTE VON KLEINASIEN.

 

An uncommon archaeological map of Turkey, with antique names marked in red, was published in the time of discovery of the remains of Troy. 


Author: Walter RUGE (1865-1943) - E. Friedrich.
Place and Year: Halle: Sternkopf 1899.
Technique: Lithograph in colour (Very Good, soft folds) 35 x 48 cm (inches).
Code: 65525

This uncommon map shows the Asian part of Turkey with antique names of archaeological sites, printed in red, in contrast to the modern names printed in black. The in-set maps show new roads in the area and different levels of Troy...

380 EUR

 

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RHODES, GREECE رودس اليونان.

 

A rare tourist map of Rhodes in Arabic language was made at the occasion of the 1949 Armistice Agreements between Israel and neighboring Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. 


Author: Tourist Department of Greece.
Place and Year: Athens, Greese: Pervolarkis Lzcozannis 1949.
Technique: Lithography in colour, printed from bout sides (Very Good, soft folds, slightly stained) 48 x 48 cm (18.9 x 18.9 inches).
Code: 65498

This unusual tourist map of Rhodes Island in Greece, with bacis information and transport routes explained in Arabic language was made in 1949, in the time 1949 Armistice Agreements, to formally end the official hostilities of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War...

250 EUR

 

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RUSSIAN FOREST MAP: КАРТА ЕВРОПЕЙСКОЙ РОССІН ЦЬ ПОКАЗАНИЕМЪ ЛЕСОВЬ [MAP OR EUROPEAN RUSSIA WITH INDICATION OF FORESTS].

 

A rare separately published map of European Russia showcasing forest, railroads and climatic zones, was printed in Saint Petersburg by Adolf Marks, the publisher of most popular weekly magazine Niva and Russian atlases.


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: Saint-Petersburg: Artističeskoe Zavedenie A. F. Marksa [Artistic Institute of Adolf Fyodorovich Marx] [circa 1905].
Technique: Lithograph in colour, originally mounted on brown linen and bound in original half-calf brown binding with embossed brown covers and gilt title on the spine (Very Good, tiny tears in folds, linen slightly stained, binding staines and slightly scuffed) 92 x 75 cm (36.2 x 29.5 inches). 
Code: 65607 

This rare separately published folding map shows forest industry of Russia. The green colour marks the percentage of woods indifferent regions, black lines indicate rail routes and lines printed in different colours the climatic zones, starting with Siberia in the upper part.  Marked are also rivers, where wood is transported...

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EUROPE, WWI: [MAP OF EUROPE PRINTED ON CLOTH IN COLOUR]

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: British, circa 1914.
Technique: Colouered wood-cut on linen (hardly noticeable age-toned, otherwise in a good clean condition, 49 x 68 cm (19.3 x 26.8 cm).
Code: 65651

Interesting map of Europe, printed on fine linen, embraces Central and Eastern Europe between the UK, France, Bolgaria and Russia. Marked are the borders between the countries and the railroads. The map is bordered by maritime ropework, printed in colour...

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WWI – BATTLE OF TANNENBERG / ‘INTELLECTUAL PROPAGANDA’: MERKBLÄTTER ZUM WELTKRIEG - DIE SCHLACHT BEI TANNENBERG 24. - 30. AUGUST 1914. (OSTEN BLATT 2). [LEAFLETS ON THE WORLD WAR – THE BATTLE OF TANNENBERG 24 – 30 AUGUST 1914 (EASTERN BROADSIDE 2)].


A rare and well-designed broadside showcasing ‘intellectual propaganda’ that sought to raise German morale late in World War I by highlighting key Central Power victories during the conflict, specifically here the Battle of Tannenberg (1914), a resounding German win over Russian forces. 


Author: Bodo ZIMMERMANN (1886 - 1963).
Place and Year: Berlin: H.S. Hermann for Karl Siegismund, [1918].
Technique: Lithograph in 3 colours (Good, some foxing, wear along old folds), 53 x 41 cm (21 x 16 inches).
Code: 65591

This well-executed broadside showcases the Battle of Tannenberg (August 1914), which occurred at the very beginning of World War I, when a German army of 150,000 crushed a Russian force of 230,000!  It was subsequently considered to be the Deutsches Heer’s (German Imperial Army’s) finest hour, making the German commanders, Marshal Paul von Hinderburg and General Erich Ludendorff, national heroes.  As boldly illustrated on the broadside, the German Army (in blue) enveloped the Russian army (in reddish-orange), utterly annihilating it.  The Russians suffered 170,000 casualties and their commander, General Aleksandr Samsonov, promptly shot himself.  The battle ...

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BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: 28 IMAGES OF THE OTTOMAN ARMY IN BUCHAREST DURING WWI.


A rare book in Ottoman Turkish includes photoreproductions with the locations of the Ottoman army in Bucharest in Romania, during the occupation of Romania’s capital by the Central powers between 1916-1918.


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: 1918.
Technique: Oblong 4°, [30] printed title page, printed text page and 28 printed full page photoreprodctions, original brown wrappers with printed title, originally bound with a string (Very Good, wrappers slightly scuffed and stained, first pages with very light foxing). 
Code: 65514

This rare book, written in Ottoman Turkish script, was published in the time of the occupation of the Bucharest by the Central powers, and includes 28 full-page images, showcasing the images from the life of the Ottoman army in the city between 1916 and 1918. The photographs try to present the military life in Bucharest as elegant and well organised. The locations, which are titled in Ottoman Turkish and German, are:

1- The Turkish Military Government Building,

2- The house of the Turkish appointed Lieutenant General Osman Nizami Pasha (1856-1939),

3- The house of the Turkish Chief of Staff Tevfik Bey,

4- Turkish officer corpus in Bucharest,...

650 EUR


 

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TURKEY (REPUBLIC): YENI TÜRKIYE CUMHURIYETI. [NEW REPUBLIC OF TURKEY].


A rare and decorative ephemeral map of the Republic of Turkey, printed entirely in the Turkish language, issued in Ankara in 1937, near the end of the rule of the legendary President Kamal Mustafa Atatürk, and not long before Turkey acquired the Hatay Province.


Author: M. AYYILDIZ (Publisher).
Place and Year: [Ankara:] M. Ayyildiz, 1937.
Technique: Colour off-set printing (Very Good, some light wear and toning along old folds, contemporary German exlibris stamp of ‘Fritz Beyer, Dresden’ in lower left blank margin and multiple times on verso), 41 x 57 cm (16 x 22.5 inches).
Code: 65527

This attractive, brightly coloured, ephemeral map depicts the Republic of Turkey as it appeared in 1937, the last full year of the administration of the nation’s founder, the legendary President Kamal Mustafa Atatürk (1881 - 1938), and about two years before Turkey acquired the southern Hatay Province.  The map was published in Ankara by the firm of M. Ayyildiz.The map is surmounted by the Turkish national flag, while all of the text is printed entirely in the Turkish language.  The republic is shown divided into its various vilayets (provinces), each distinguished by its own bright hue, while major cities and towns are noted.  The map also delineates all major roads, railways and ferry routes (with distances)...

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‘THE ARAMCO MAP’ - SAUDI ARABIA OIL / PETROLIUM MAP: ARABIAN PENINSULA. MAP I-270 B-1.


The rare first edition of ‘The Aramco Map’, perhaps the single most important and influential oil / petroleum map of Saudi Arabia, made by the United States Geological Survey for the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia and the Arab-American Oil Company, under the direction of the eminent geologist Glen F. Brown.

 

Author: Glen Francis BROWN (1911 - 2001) et al. / UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA.
Place and Year: Washington, D.C.: The Survey (U.S. Geological Society), 1958.
Technique: Colour off-set print (Good, overall attractive, some wear along original folds and some minor tears at fold vertices closed from verso with tape, some minor discoloration in part of upper margin), 121 x 138 cm (47.5 x 54.5 inches).
Code: 65079

This is one of the most important and influential oil maps ever produced, being the first accurate and comprehensive general oil / petroleum map of Saudi Arabia, with coverage of the entire Arabian Peninsula.  It is the result of 14 years of effort by a partnership between the Saudi government, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Arab-American Oil Company (Aramco).  All of the Arabian Peninsula’s topographical features are shown in great detail, while the major oil fields of northeastern and eastern Saudi Arabia (near the Arabian Gulf) are expressed in red, along with the routes of major oil pipelines and petroleum shipping terminals.  Much of the information relating to the oil / petroleum industry appears here for the first time on a printed general map, with many of the fields having been lately discovered and the infrastructure recently built...

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LIBYA - PICTORIAL MAP: ليبيا‎‎ .خريطت ليبيا الياحيت [MAP OF CONTEMPORARY LIBYA].

 

An unusual tourist pictorial map of Libya in Arabic script was printed for in 1960s, in the time of the country’s economic boom, after discovering of oil reserves in 1959 and before a coup d'état in 1969.


Author: الادارة العامة السياحة الليبية [Public Tourist Administration of Libya].
Place and Year: الادارة العامة السياحة الليبية [Public Tourist Administration of Libya] [1960s].
Technique: Lithograph in colour, accompanied by original illustrated lithographed slipcase (Very Good, soft folds, slipcase slightly age-toned with original stamps) 46,5 x 67 cm (18.5 x 26.5 inches).
Code: 65618

This uncommon decorative pictorial map of Libya shows the main tourist attractions, main roads, side roads and gravel roads, distances between cities, towns and settlements, oil fields and names landscapes. The map was published by the Public Tourist Administration in 1960s, in the time of Libya’s economic boom under King Idris. Libya declared its...

250 EUR

 

 

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KUWAIT - GEOLOGICAL MAP: دولة ىلكويت. SYNOPTIC GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT.

 

This is a first geological map of Kuwait, made in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Austria in 1968. 


Author: وزارة التجارة والصنغت. Ministry of Commerce and Industry [Wizārat al-Tijārah wa-al-Ṣināʻah]. Compiled by the Geological Survey of Austria.
Place and Year: [Kuwait] Government Printing Press [1968].
Technique: Lithograph in colour (Very Good) 44 x 56 cm (17.3 x 22 inches).
Code: 65633

This is a first geological map of Kuwait, made in 1969 in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Austria. The map was accompanied by text, written by H.F. Holzer, T.E. Gattinger and W. Fuchs, which was published in Vienna...

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KHARTOUM, SUDAN: KHARTOUM الخرطوم.

 

A stunning large map of Khartoum in Sudan, was made in 1952, under Anglo-Egyptian administration, at the beginning of the march towards Sudanese independence.


Author: Sudan Survey Department.
Place and Year: [Khartoum] Sudan Survey Department, November 1952.
Technique: Lithography in colour with original printed indigo grid over lithography (Very Good, soft folds) 65 x 92 cm (inches).
Code: 65622

This highly decorative detailed, lithographed map city plan of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, with titles in Latin and Arabic script, was made by the Sudan Survey Department in 1952, four years before Sudanese independence and in the year of the Egyptian Revolution, which supported the separation of Sudan...

380 EUR

 

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IRAQ: A MODERN GUIDE TO IRAQ.

 

An uncommon illustrated attractive guide book to Iraq was printed one year before a coup d'état, also known as the 14 July Revolution, in 1958.   


Author: Abdul RAZZAK HILALI.
Place and Year: Beirut, Lebanon: Dar-Alkashaf, 1957.
Technique: 8°, 120 pp. text with full-page illustrations and photoreproductions, [12] printed colour advertisements interleaved and bound throughout text, 2 folding maps (each 34,5 cm x 34,5 cm / 13.9 x 13.9 inches), original illustrated wrappers (Very Good, some pages slightly stained, two maps with usual tears in gutter).
Code: 65433

This attractive illustrated guide book gives detailed information on history, monuments and modern Iraq. It also includes useful addresses, telephone numbers, and a short dictionary...

120 EUR

 

 

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DJIBOUTI: REPUBLIOQUE DE DJIBOUTI. CARTE TURISTIOQUE.

 

A rare large tourist poster map of the Republic of Djibouti was mad after the independence in 1977.


Author: Le Bihan.
Place and Year: Paris: [Office of Tourism Development] [probably 1980s].
Technique: Lithograph in colour (Very Good, slightly stained in edges) 63 x 86,5 cm (24.8 x 34 inches).
Code: 65620

This rare large poster map was made by an Office of Tourist Development of Djabouti. The map shows different types of roads with scenic parts, distances between cities and settlements, hotels, restaurants, places with cold drinks, post offices, mountains, wadis, beaches etc...

280 EUR

 

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AUSTRIAN SOUTHERN RAILWAY: LÄNGENPROFIL DER SÜDLICHEN K.K.STAATSBAHNEN MÜRZZUSCHLAG BIS LAIBACH.

A rare seemingly unrecorded long engineer’s elevation profile of the Southern Austrian Rail shows the newly built rail between Graz, Austria, and Ljubjana, Slovenia, finished by 1849. The map bears contemporary annotations and is accompanied with an original slipcase. 

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Probably Vienna, between 1842-1845].
Technique: Lithography in black and red, originally dissected in 86 segments and mounted on brown linen on 5 pieces of different size, in original dark brown card slipcase with mounted orange label with gilt title (Slightly age-toned and stained, old pencil annotations in margins, linen torn on some spots and repaired with new white linen verso, slipcase with scuffed margins, label with loss of paper, otherwise in a good condition), slipcase 8°, print circa 41 x 600 cm if joined (16.1 x 236.2 inches).
Code: 65588

This is the only known example of an extremely long engineer’s elevation profile of the Southern Austrian Rail, showing the railroad between Mürzzuschlag, in the vicinity of Graz, Austria, and Ljubljana, Slovenia. This part of the railroad was a part of extremely important rail route, connecting Vienna and Trieste, one of the main engineering achievements of the late 19thcentury...

980 EUR

 

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AUSTRIAN HABSBURG EMPIRE POSTAL MAP: ÜBERSICHTS KARTE DER FAHRENDEN POSTEN IN DEM OESTERREICHISCHEN KAISERSTAATE. ENTWORFEN UND HERAUSGEGEBEN VON FRANZ RAFFELSPERGER.

 

An extremely rare, separately issued postal map of the Austrian Habsburg Empire, executed in an amazing proto-modernist style, by the boutique cartographer Franz Raffelsperger.


Author: Franz RAFFELSPERGER (1793 - 1861).
Place and Year: Vienna: [Privately Published by the Author], 1826.
Technique: Lithograph with original outline hand colour (Good, some staining and spotting largely confined to margins, some chafing with minor loss to lower-right blank margin), 52 x 72 cm (20.5 x 28.5 inches).
Code: 65614

This extremely rare, large format, separately issued, postal map of the Austrian Hapsburg Empire was privately issued by the innovative boutique cartographer Franz Raffelsperger.  Importantly, it features a proto-modernist deign, many decades ahead of its time.  The map embraces all of the Austrian Empire, which then possessed extensive boundaries, extending from Milan, in the west, to Transylvania, in the east; and from Bohemia, in the north, to Dalmatia, in the south.  The map outlines all provinces, and labels major postal centres.  The postal routes between the main points are executed in a remarkably progressive manner, with clean stylized lines, crossed to mark the locations of resting stops for the postal carriages.  Mileages are noted, while ...

SOLD


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GEOGRAFICAL BOARD GAME: GERMANY.

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Probably Germany] OMR [circa 1890].
Technique: Chromolithography, originally dissected into 4 panels and mounted on card, joined with linen stripes, blue edges (Good, one of the linen stripes repaired, edges slightly scuffed, slightly age-toned, a small scratch in the upper right side) 58,5 x 63 cm (23 x 24.8 inches). 
Code: 65509

An uncommon board game shows a map of Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and parts of France and the Netherlands. Views in margins show Zürich, a scene in Innsbruck, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Melk, Wroclaw, ships in the Baltic Sea, Amsterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg and a scene from the Swiss Alps...

SOLD


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BOARD GAME: ČEZ HRIB IN DOL [OVER HILL AND DALE].

A rare, seemingly unrecorded educational propaganda geographical game was made in post-WWII Yugoslavia for young children (pioneers). 

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: Maribor, Slovenia [between 1948 and 1954].
Technique: Lithograph in colour, originally dissected in two segments and mounted on card with yellow paper margins and connected in the middle with yellow linen stripe, verso mounted illustrated lithographed cover and letter-press text verso (Very Good, card slightly warped and stained) 45,5 x 47,5 cm (17.9 x 18.7 inches). 
Code: 65606 

This rare geographical board game was made in the first years after WWII to educate children about new borders and the industrial and touristic development of the north part of Yugoslavia. The cover shows a girl in a Yugoslavian pioneer hat leaning over a globe and the text on the back gives instructions how to play the game. The map embraces Slovenia, Croatia, Carinthia in Austria and north-east Italy with the Free Territory of Trieste...

220 EUR


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TRIESTE: TRST. KARTA KRAJEV, LEDIN, MANDRIJ, PAŠTNOV, BORŠTOV IN POTOKOV / SESTAVILO UREDNIŠTVO JADRANSKEGA KOLEDARJA ZA LETO 1952


This is probably the first map of Trieste, printed in Slovenian language at the Free Territory of Trieste after WWII, after the Slovenian language was supressed by the fascists for almost three decades.  

 

Author: Srečko ZUPAN.
Place and Year: Trieste, Free Territory of Trieste: Gregorčičeva založba, Lithoraphed by Migliorini 1952.
Technique: Lithography in red and black (Very Good, slightly stained, tiny holes in folds, one huse marked with red) 66 x 97 cm (26 x 38.2 inches).
Code: 65517

A map, lithographed in black and red, shows Trieste in Italy, which was in 1952 a part of a bilingual area of Free Territory of Trieste. The names are printed in slovenian language. Trieste had traditionally been a nexus of Italian, Slavic, Germanic and Jewish cultures and, for the most part, the different cultural communities had gotten along quite well over the centuries.   Indeed, there was quite a bit of intermarriage between the communities.  This all changed from 1920 under the new Italian Fascist regime, particularly after the ascension of Mussolini to become ‘Il Duce’ in 1922.  The regime embarked upon a policy of forced ...

320 EUR

 

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ROME, ITALY: ROMA. DIREZIONE GENERALE PER IL TURISMO. FERROVIE DELLO STATO.


A large map in the form of a bird's eye view, was made in the Fascist Italy, in order to promote the tourism in Rome.


Author: Instituto Italiano d'Arti Grafiche.
Place and Year: Rome / Bergamo: E. N. I. T. 1936.
Technique: Lithography in colour , printed from both sides (Very Good, soft folds with small tears and tiny holes on crossings) 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.6 inches).
Code: 65644
A decorative bird’s eye view of Rome was made in the Fascist Italy in 1936. Marked are antique monuments and buildings, erected recently by Mussolini’s government. The text on the back promotes the city in four different ...
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BERLIN: THE CITY OF THE FREEDOM BELL.


A pocket map in English language shows East in West Berlin in 1952, in the year when the border between the two halves of the city oficially closed. 


Author:
Place and Year: Berlin: BAE Berliner Annoncen-Expedition GmbH 1952.
Technique: Lithograph in colour (Very Good, soft folds with tiny tears), 62 x 58,5 cm (24.4 x 23.4 inches).
Code: 65530

A map, printed from both sides shows the main tourist attractions of East and West Berlin, with a border between two halves, where a decade later a so called Berlin Wall would be errected. As up until 1952, the lines between East Germany and the western occupied zones could be easily crossed in most places, the inner German border ...

120 EUR


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MOSCOW, WWII: РАЗГРОМ НЕМЕЦКО-ФАШИСТИЧКИХ ВОЙСК ПОД МОСКВОЙ [RAZGROM NEMECKO-FAŠISTIČKIH VOJSK POD MOSKVOJ / THE ROUTE OF THE GERMAN FASCIST TROOPS NEAR MOSCOW].

A rare poster map, showing the Battle of Moscow and Stalin, was published by the Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the highest educational institution on the Soviet Union. 


Author: Высшая партийная школа при цк-бкп. Кабинет социалноь-экономических наук. [Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Cabinet for Social-Economical Lectures].
Place and Year: [Moscow] Государственное издательство политической литературы история СССР [State Publishing House of Political Literatry History USSR] [circa 1950].
Technique: Lithograph in colour (Very Good, slightly water-stained in margins, old library stamp in the lower right corner) cm (inches).
Code: 65522

A large poster with text in Russian Cyrillic, shows the Battle of Moscow during WWII and an image of Stalin at the Moscow front. The Battle of Moscow (Битва за Москву or Bitva za Moskvu) is the name given to two periods of strategically significant fighting on a sector of 600 km (370 mi) of the Eastern Front during World War II, between October 1941 and January 1942...

400 EUR

 

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KURSK, SOVIET UNION, WWII: БИТВА ПОД КУРСКОМ [BITVA POD KURSKOM / BATTLE AT KURSK].


A rare poster map, showing the Battle of Kursk during WWII, was published by the Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the highest educational institution on the Soviet Union. 


Author: Высшая партийная школа при цк-бкп. Кабинет социалноь-экономических наук. [Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Cabinet for Social-Economical Lectures].
Place and Year: [Moscow] Государственное издательство политической литературы история СССР [State Publishing House of Political Literatry History USSR] [circa 1950].
Technique: Lithograph in colour (Very Good, slightly water-stained in margins, old library stamp in the lower right corner) cm (inches).
Code: 65523

A large poster with text in Russian Cyrillic, shows the Battle of Kursk during WWII, with images of a defeated German battlefield and Soviet salute to Moscow. The Battle of Kursk was a Second World War engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union during July and August 1943. The poster was made as a part of an educational material by the Department of Social-Economics at the Higher School of Communist Party of the Soviet Union in Moscow. The Higher School of the Communist Party ‘Vladimir Ilyich ...

400 EUR



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CARTOGRAPHIC PROPAGANDA / WORLD WAR II / JAPANESE EMPIRE: LA BANDERA VICTORIOSA DEL JAPÓN ONDEA SOBRE EL PACÍFICO. [THE VICTORIOUS FLAG OF JAPAN FLIES OVER THE PACIFIC].

A magnificent large-format propaganda broadside, or ‘wall newspaper’ made in December 1942, during World War II, to celebrate the conquests made by Japan across the Asia-Pacific region, published in Fascist Spain.


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Fascist Spain], December 1942.
Technique: Colour off-set printing (Good, some wear along old folds, printed on very fragile paper), 59.5 x 83.5 cm (23.5 x 33 inches).
Code: 65428

This brilliantly designed, large format propaganda broadside, or ‘wall newspaper’, was issued in December 1942 to celebrate the impressive conquests that Japan had made during the early stages of World War II in the Pacific Theatre.  The work was issued in the Castilian language in Fascist Spain, likely sponsored by an unknown agent of the Nazi German government, Japan’s key ally.  The focus of the work is a powerful map that shows the entire theatre of the war, extending from India, across East Asia, and then all the way over to the west coast of North America.  Japan enjoys the pride of place, with bright arrows branching out in all directions, showing the paths and targets of Japanese conquests and attacks.  Indeed, by this time, Japan had vanquished all British, American and Dutch positions in East Asia, and was mounting sporadic attacks upon Allied positions as far war as Alaska and Sri ...

900 EUR

 

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WW2 NORTHWESTERN ITALY MILITARY MAP WITH IMPORTANT MANUSCRIPT ADDITIONS: CONFINI NORD OCCIDENTALI.


A fascinating and unique example of a military topographical map of Northwestern Italy, featuring original and extensive manuscript additions regarding the Italian Fascist High Command’s defensive plan made in response to the Allied invasion of the South of France in August-September 1944.


Author: ISTITUTO GEOGRAFICO MILITARE (ITALY):
Place and Year: Florence, 1936 [but with manuscript additions, dating from between August 1944 and April 1945].
Technique:
Code: 65593

This fascinating and unique piece comes in the form of a large-format printed military topographical map of Northeastern Italy, printed in Florence in 1936 by the Istituto Geografico Militare, but importantly augmented by original and extensive manuscript additions made by the Italian Fascist High Command to depict their defensive formations made in response to the Allied invasion of adjacent lands in the south of France, in August and September 1944.  The underlying printed map embraces all of Northwestern Italy, from Milan westwards; southwestern Switzerland; and all of the southern France as far west as the Auvergne and Montpellier.  All significant towns, roads, coastlines, ...

450 EUR

 

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WÜRZBURG: NEUESTER VERKEHRS-PLAN DER KREISHAUPT- & UNIVERSITÄTSSTADT WÜRZBURG MIT VERZEICHNIS DER SEHENSWÜRDIGKEITEN [THE NEWEST TRANSPORTATION MAP OF THE COUNTY CAPITAL AND UNIVERSITY CITY WÜRZBURG WITH A LIST OF TOURIST ATTRACTIONS].

 

A small uncommon pocket map of Würzburg in Germany, with a highly decorative Art Nouveau cover, was made for the occasion of a Franconian Singing Festival in 1904.

 

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: Würzburg: Franz Scheiner July 1904.
Technique: Lithography in colour, printed from both sides (Very Good, holes with small tears and tiny holes) 38,5 x 48,5 cm (inches).
Code: 65645

This attractive small map in the style of Fin de Siècle shows Würzburg with its street-cars lines, hotels, streets, restaurants and waiting places for “droshkies”, two-wheeled or four-wheeled public carriages. The first electric tram in Würzburg was opened in 1899...

120 EUR

 

 

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BUSHEHR, IRAN: .بوشهر. GUIDE MAP OF BUSHEHR. SAHAB DRAFRING & GEOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE.


A decorative map of a sea resort Bushehr in Persia, was made by a famous Iranian cartographer Sahab in 1974, before the Iranian revolution.

 

Author: Sahab Drafring & Geographic Institute.
Place and Year: Tehran, Iran: Sahab ٠٣٥٣ [1974].
Technique: Lithography in colour (Very Good, soft folds) 70 x 48 cm (27.5 x 18.9 inches).
Code: 65634

A large map shows a sea resort Bushehr in Persia n the Persian Gulf coast of south-western Iran, in 1974, four years before the Iranian revolution, in the year when the city was still developing. The main road on the map is still under construction and the following year a construction of a nuclear plant begun. The map was made by a cartographis institute by Persian most famous 20th century map maker Addas Sahab. Sahab - Father of Iran’s Cartography - The map was made by Addas Sahab (1921-2000), the so called “Father of Iran’s Cartography” He was born in Fam, in Tafresh district in Iran. His father Ostad Abolghasem Sahab Tafreshi was a famous writer and author of about seventy titles on on historical, geographical, religious, cultural and artistic topics...

150 EUR

 

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ZANJAN, IRAN: GUIDE MAP OF ZANJAN. زنجان


A decorative map of a Persan city Zanjan, was made by a famous Iranian cartographer Sahab in 1976, on the eve of the Iranian revolution.

 

Author: Sahab Drafring & Geographic Institute.
Place and Year: Tehran, Iran: Sahab Drafring & Geographic Institute 1976.
Technique: Lithography in colour (Very Good, soft folds) 57 x 87 cm (22.4 x 34.2 inches).
Code: 65640


A map shows a Persian city Zanjan with marked places of tourist attractions and points of interest. The colour photoreproductions show modern architecture of the city. The map was made in 1976, two years before the Iranian Revolurion of 1978. Sahab - Father of Iran’s Cartography: The map was made by Addas Sahab (1921-2000), the so called “Father of Iran’s Cartography” He was born in Fam, in Tafresh district in Iran. His father Ostad Abolghasem Sahab Tafreshi was a famous writer and author of about seventy titles on... 

150 EUR

 

 

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BOTSWANA – GABORONE / URBANISM: GABORONE TOWN PLAN.

A fascinating map of the ‘planned city’ of Gaborone, built in the 1960s to serve as the capital of the newly independent state of Botswana, printed in Gaborone around 1975, employing a bright palate of local colours.

 

Author: [GABORONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE].
Place and Year: Gaborone: Film Productions Botswana (Pty) Ltd., [circa 1975].
Technique: Colour off-set print, printed on both sides, original folds (Good, map proper is clean and bight, only an abrasion in lower right corner taking out a small piece of the surface of the border, verso cover / advertisements a little stained; some wear along original folds), 42 x 46 cm (16.5 x 18 inches). 
Code: 65496 

In the early 1960s, as the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland, in Sothern Africa, came close to obtaining its independence, its leaders had a major problem on their hands.  Strangely, Mafeking, although part of South Africa, had traditionally served as the colony’s administrative centre, yet could no longer be used as such.  The new country needed its own capital.  The problem was the entirely rural, arid country possessed no settlements that could play the part.  An entirely new city had to be built from scratch...

220 EUR


 

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SERBIA - PROPAGANDA MAP POSTER: ЗА СРБИЈУ БЕЗ КРИМИНАЛА. НАРОДНИ ПОКРЕТ ОТПОР! [ZA SRBIJU BEZ KRIMINALA. NARODNI POKRET OTPOR! / FOR SERBIA WITHOUT CRIME. PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT RESISTANCE!]


A large propaganda poster map was made by a Serbian protest group Otpor! against corruption and the policies of the Serbian authorities, in 2000, the year of the overthrow of Slobodan Milošević.

 

Author: Otpor! [Resistance!].
Place and Year: Belgrade, Serbia: Clockworks Studio [2000].
Technique: Lithography in colour (Very Good, soft folds and tiny scratches in margins, slightly stained in margins) 99 x 68,5 cm (39 x 27 inches).
Code: 65619

This propaganda poster, written in Serbian Cyrillic script, shows map of Serbia, composed of torn newspaper article titles, announcing political affairs, bank frauds, murders and violence in the country The poster was made by a Serbian a civic protest group Otpor! (Resistance!), which eventually turned into a youth movement. This organisation, employing nonviolent struggle against the president Slobodan Milošević, and the policies of the Milošević-controlled Serbian authorities was founded in ...

350 EUR

 

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QUÉBEC, CANADA: CARTE DE VACANCES QUEBEC ET GASPÉSIE. HOLIDAY GUIDE.


An attractive pictorial map of Québec and the Gaspé Peninsula was published by the Québec-Gaspé Péninsula Hotel-Motel Association for the summer holidays of 1966. 

 

Author: L'Association des Hôteliers de Québec-Gaspésie. Québec-Gaspé Péninsula Hotel-Motel Association.
Place and Year: Québec: 1959 (first version) - 1966 (this version).
Technique: Lithography in colour, printed from both sides (Very Good, soft folds) 47 x 81 cm (18.5 x 31.9 inches).
Code: 65642

This extremely attractive pictorial map in French and English, published in 1966, showcases roads and tourist attractions in Québec and the Gaspé Peninsula in Canada, with an in-set map of Québec in the upper left part. Images show historical events and figures (Montcalm, Frondrac, Wolf, Champlain, Colbert, Louis XIII and Jacques Cartier), coats of arms, local ...

300 EUR

 

 

 

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MARITIME ART / FRENCH NAVAL SHIP: [UNTITLED FINE MANUSCRIPT VIEW OF A 17TH CENTURY FRENCH NAVAL SHIP].


A beautifully drafted manuscript view of a 1660s Century French Royal Navy ship, copied after a famous contemporary engraving, drafted just before the French Revolution, but subsequently modified slightly during the Revolution to accord to new realities.

 

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: France, [n.d., but circa late 1780s, with alterations 1790 - 1794].
Technique: Manuscript, pen and ink and watercolour on laid paper, with a paper overlay flap (Excellent, slightly toned, a few insignificant closed marginal tears), 37 x 47.5 cm (14.5 x 18.5 inches).
Code: 65653

This exquisitely drafted and exceedingly detailed manuscript showcases a view of a large vessel of the Navire Royal (French Royal Navy) of the 1660s.  It clearly depicts and labels every major aspect of the ship, including components of its masts, rigging and flags, all in resplendent watercolour hues. The present manuscript nearly perfectly copies the content and general aspect of the famous engraved view, ‘Description d’un Navire Royal Avec les noms de touttes les pieces Necessaires pour la Construction d'iceluy & leur usage’ that was published within the Jesuit geographer Georges Fournier’s masterly work, Hydrographie contenant la theorie et la pratique de toutes les parties de la navigation (Paris: F.-G. Jollain, 1667), although there is evidence that the engraving was also sold separately...

1.400 EUR

 

 

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CALLIGRAPHY - HUNTSMAN’S CERTIFICATE: DESS DURCHLEUCHTIGEN FÜRSTEN UND HERRN HERRN CARL HERZOGEN ZU WÜRTEMBERG U: TECK..

 

A magnificent huntsman’s certificate, with unique elaborate calligraphy in the title was issued in 1752 in Baden Württemberg, Germany, by an office of Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg.


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: Cleebronn, Germany, 1752.
Technique: Ink and gouache on parchment, with two wax seals in the lower part (Very Good, soft folds, small smeared sports, tiny holes in parchment) 35,5 x 51,5 cm (14 x 20.3 inches).
Code: 65641

This highly decorative document on parchment, with an elaborate calligraphic ornament in the upper part, was made by the hunting administration of Charles Eugene (Carl Eugen), Duke of Württemberg (1728-1793), as a hunting permit for Johann Friedrich Hesselt from the Württemberg region of Zabergäu. The permit was signed and sealed at the bottom by a court head of ...

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POST – THURN & TAXIS DOCUMENT: WIR VON GOTTES GNADEN KARL ANSELM, DES HEIL. RÖMISCHEN REICHS FÜRST VON THURN UND TAXIS...

 

A document on vellum for a post manager in Braunau, Austria, by the Family Thurn und Taxis, a key player in the postal services in Europe from the 16th century on. 


Author: Karl Anselm VON THURN UND TAXIS (1733 - 1805).
Place and Year: Regensburg, December 19, 1789.
Technique: German manuscript on parchment. Ink and gouache with gilt details (Good, soft folds, light water staining in the folds, small cracks in the vellum, lacking original seal in the lower part). 51,5 x 69 cm (20.2 x 27.1 inches).
Code: 65646

A decorative document with calligraphy in the title and a colourful coat of arms in the lower margin was issued by Karl Anselm, 4th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (1733 - 1805), the fourth Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Postmaster General of the Imperial Reichspost, and Head of the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis from 1773 for the post master of a Tyrolian village Braunau an der Inn (today in North Austria)...

350 EUR

 

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LUBOK: ИВАНЪ ЯКОВЛЕВИЧЪ КУРЕЙША ВЪ ПРЕОБРАЖЕНСКОЙ БОЛЬНИЦИ ВЬ МОСКВИ [IVAN’’ JAKOVLEVIČ’’ KUREJŠA V’’ PREOBRAŽENSKOJ BOL’NICI V’ MOSKVI / IVAN YAKOVLEVICH KUREYSHA V PREOBRAZHENSKAYA HOSPITAL IN MOSCOW].

A rare 19th century photolithoraphed lubok (Russian popular broadside) with text in early cyrillic alphabet and with original colour shows a holy fool and a clairvoyant Ivan Yakovlevich Koreisha. 


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Russia, second half of the 19th century].
Technique: Photolithography with original colour (Very Good, slightly age-toned, tiny tears in margins) 50 x 38 cm (19.7 x 15 inches).
Code: 65643
A rare originally coloured lubok (Russian broadside) shows a portrait of Ivan Yakovlevich Koreisha (Иван Яковлевич Корейша 1783–1861), a Russian holy fool, revered by many contemporaries as clairvoyant, soothsayer and blessed, but not canonized and not glorified by the Russian Orthodox Church.  Extremely famous in the mid 19th century in the Central provinces of Russia, Ivan Koreisha was quickly forgotten after his death in 1861. In literature Koreisha was commemorated by Dostoyevsky, Ostrovsky, Leskov and Tolstoy, Bunin and others. Koreisha was hled in the Transfiguration (Preobrazhenskaya) hospital, today called Gilyarovsky hospital, founded 1808 as the first psychiatric hospital in ...

550 EUR


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LUBOK NO. 210, RUSSIA: ГОЛАНСКИ ЛѢКАРЪ І ДОБРЬІ АПТѢКАРЪ [GOLANSKI LEKAR’’ І DOBR’І APTEKAR’’ / A GOLAN DOCTOR AND A GOOD PHARMACIST.

 

A rare 19th century photolithoraphed lubok (Russian popular broadside) with text in early cyrillic alphabet and with original colour shows a variation of the motiv of a fountain of youth. 


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Russia, second half of the 19th century].
Technique: Photolithography with original colour (Very Good, slightly age-toned, tiny tears in margins) 36 x 47,5 cm (14.2 x 18.7 inches).
Code: 65552

The broadside shows men throwing their old wives to the furnace, which produces young women on the other side. The motive is a variation of a Fountain of Youth, which transforms old women into young ones, and also a variation of “Old Women Mill” (or Altweibermühle in German). The latter was a common motive between 17th-19th centuries in Slavic and German countries, used for popular entertaining broadsides, simple paintings and decoration of bee-hives (See: Bunte Bilder am Bienenhaus. Malerei aus Slowenien, 1991, pp. 84-91). Here a Nordic motive of a wind-mill was replaced by a furnace...

320 EUR

 

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LUBOK NO. 3, RUSSIA: LUBOK WITH SIBYLS AND ICONS FROM LIFE OF JESUS.


A rare 19th century photolithoraphed lubok (Russian popular broadside) with original colour shows four scenes from the life of Jesus, accompanied with figures of sibyls from ancient Greece.

 

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Russia, second half of the 19th century].
Technique: Photolithography with original colour (Very Good, slightly age-toned, tiny tears in margins) 54 x 41 cm (21.2 x 16.1 inches).
Code: 65554

A rare lubok with original colour shows five Orthodox icons with scenes from life of Jesus, each accompanied by a figure of a Sibyl, predicting the event. The sibyls were women believed were oracles in ancient Greece. Some prophesies were later interpreted by Christian authors as predicting the coming of the savior Jesus Christ. Lubki: Prints for the Russian Masses -  Lubok (лубо́к; Lubki, plural) were extremely important elements of Russian poplar visual culture from the second half of the 17th Century until the Russian Revolution.  They are broadside prints usually featuring simple ...

320 EUR

 

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LUBOK NO. 15, RUSSIA: LUBOK WITH SIBYLS AND ICONS FROM LIFE OF JESUS.

A rare 19th century photolithoraphed lubok (Russian popular broadside) with original colour ahows four scenes from the life of Jesus, accompanied with figures of sibyls from ancient Greece.

 

Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Russia, second half of the 19th century].
Technique: Photolithography with original colour (Very Good, slightly age-toned, tiny tears in margins) 54 x 41 cm (21.2 x 16.1 inches).
Code: 65556

A rare lubok with original colour shows five Orthodox icons with scenes from life of Jesus, each accompanied by a figure of a Sibyl, predicting the event. The sibyls were women believed were oracles in ancient Greece. Some prophesies were later interpreted by Christian authors as predicting the coming of the savior Jesus Christus. Lubki: Prints for the Russian Masses - Lubok (лубо́к; Lubki, plural) were extremely important elements of Russian poplar visual culture from the second half of the 17th Century until the Russian Revolution.  They are broadside prints usually featuring simple ...

320 EUR

 

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SLOVAKIAN SKI POSTER: JASNÁ NÍZKE TATRY.

A highly decorative 1950s poster for a Slovakian ski resort in Jasná Low Tatras, was designed by an architect and illustrator Vojtěch Kubašta, later known as a designer of pop-up books. 


Author: Vojtěch KUBAŠTA (1914-1992).
Place and Year: Bratislava 1951.
Technique: Lithograph in colour, (Very Good, small folds in white margins) 84 x 59 cm (33 x 23 inches).
Code: 65515

This amusing, highly decorative poster from 1951 advertises a popular Slovakian ski resort Jasná Nízke Tatre and was designed by a famous Czech illustrator Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992). Kubašta, born in Vienna to Czech parents, was trained as an architect, but dedicated his artistic career to illustration since his early student days. In the ...

980 EUR


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THEATRE PLAYBILL: THEATRE, COVENTRY.THE EASTER WEEK... THE CELEBRATED DISTIN FAMILY.


A rare playbill from the Coventry Theatre, presenting The Celebrated Distin family, a famous family of musicians, who played a vital role in popularization of Saxhorns and brass music in England and the United States, with a major influence on the American Civil War bands. 


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: Coventry: Charles A. N. Rollason, Smithford-Streer 1840.
Technique: Broadside. Letterpress on yellow paper (Very Good, soft folds, tiny holes in left margin) 49,5 x 19 cm (19.5 x 7.5 inches).
Code: 65579

This is a rare early illustrated playbill for theatre performances on the evening of April 20th, 1840, in the Coventry Theatre, featuring The Celebrated Distin Family on various brass instruments, accompanied by Mrs. Distin on Piano and a singer Mademoiselle Schiller from Berlin. The lower part of the playbill lists 19 musical numbers performed that evening. The Distin Family consisted of a father John Distin, a former member of King George IV’s Household Band, and his four sons, George Frederick (1817–1848), Henry John (1819–1903),William Alfred (1822–1879), and Theodore (1823–1893), who performed on brass instruments. In the 1840s they became world famous for their modern music, played on a completely new instrument – the saxhorn...

950 EUR