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SRI LANKA (CEYLON): [UNTITLED MANUSCRIPT MILITARY MAP FOCUSING ON THE INTERIOR OF CEYLON (SRI LANKA), ESPECIALLY THE KINGDOM OF KANDY].
Of great historical importance – a fine original manuscript that is one of the earliest known detailed and broadly accurate maps of the interior of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), focusing on the territories of the Kingdom of Kandy, drafted by an anonymous British military engineer, predicated upon pioneering reconnaissance undertaken in the period just before and during the Uva Rebellion (1817-8), following which Britain annexed Kandy and assumed control of the entire island; apparently the seminal source for John Davy’s groundbreaking printed map of the island; bound within a an example of Robert Fellowes’ ‘The History of Ceylon’.
[Map bound into an example of a book:]
[Robert FELLOWES (1770 - 1847)].
The History of Ceylon, From the Earliest Period to the Year MDCCCXV... By Philalethes... To Which is Subjoined, Robert Knox’s Historical Relation of the Island, with An Account of his Captivity During A Period of Near Twenty Years.
London: For Joseph Mawman by J.F. Dove, 1817.
4° (28 x 22.5 cm / 11 x 9 inches): Collation Complete - [2 Parts:] xxii, 341; , viii, 383, plus 15 full page plates and 1 folding map of Ceylon (43 x 27 cm / 17 x 10.5 inches) contemporarily mounted upon linen [+ Aforementioned Mss. Map]; bound with original half calf with gilt tooling to spine (Good, text overall clean with only a couple light stains to a few pages and a few neat contemporary annotations in pen to latter pages of Part 1; some spotting to some plates, pronounced spotting to printed map of Ceylon; binding re-backed retaining most of original spine).
This highly important original manuscript is one of the earliest known surviving maps to give a broadly accurate and detailed rendering of the southern interior of Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka), with a special focus on the traditional heartland of the legendary Kingdom of Kandy. The map was drafted by a British military cartographer, almost certainly just before or during the Uva Rebellion (1817-8), the final showdown between Kandy and Britain, upon which the latter utterly vanquished the former, absorbing its territory into British Ceylon. The mapmaker is unknown, but circumstantial evidence suggests that it could quite plausibly have been Captain John Fraser, a military cartographer who worked closely under the supervision of Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg (in office, 1812-20), the ‘carto-literate’ supreme commander of the British forces during the rebellion. Importantly, the map appears to be either the seminal source, or closely related to the seminal ...
WORLD WALL MAP: MAPPAMONDO COSTRUTTO SU QUELLO DI GARDNER, ACCRESCIUTO DI TUTTE LE NUOVE SCOPERTE E DEDICATO A S. M. FERDINANDO II RE DEL REGNO DELLE DUE SICILIE, DALL’UMILISSIMO E FEDELISSIMO SUDDITO RAFFAELE MANCINI INGEGNERE DEL REALE OFFICIO. / EMISFE
A colossal and exquisitely engraved map of the World, measuring almost 1.4 x 2.5 metres!, granting a panoptic view of the globe as it appeared during the 1830s, published in Naples for the court of King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies, by Raffaele Mancini, the official state engineer – 1 of only 3 known examples.
This colossal, arresting production is a double-hemisphere map of the World produced for the court of King Ferdinando II of the Two Sicilies, constructed by the state engineer Raffaele Mancini and printed in Naples. It grants a panoptic view of the globe as it appeared during the 1830s, a time of great transition and development, particularly in the Americas, Africa and Oceania. A sumptuous, expensive production, it was issued in only a very small print run, and is today exceptionally rare, this being 1 of only 3 known surviving examples. In creating the present map, Mancini employed James Gardner’s 1825 World map as a model, although, importantly he updates the map with more recent details. Gardner drew his cartographic sources from Aaron Arrowsmith's 1814 World Map on a Globular Projection featuring 36-inch hemispheres; as well as maps by James Wyld the Elder, amongst other works. Mancini’s production is done to the same gargantuan scale as Gardner’s map, which is regarded as perhaps “one of the largest World Maps produced in the early 1800’s”. Please see a link to the Garner map in the David Rumsey Map Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~38006~1211026:Western-Hemisphere--Eastern-Hemisph
Mancini’s World Map and the Last Gasp of Royal Court Patronage in Italy: Mancini’s gargantuan World Map represents one of the last great examples of Italian royal court patronage of cartography in Italy, which for centuries had maintained a tradition responsible for many of the world’s finest and most historically important maps and globes. The production of the present map ...
U.S. CIVIL WAR: STANFORD’S MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR IN AMERICA.
Rare – a stellar example of one of the finest general maps showcasing the grand theatre of the U.S. Civil War; very large, exquisitely designed and originally hand coloured; with several key battle sites contemporarily underlined in manuscript; produced by the firm of Edward Stanford, then the rising star in global cartographic publishing.
This very large and beautifully rendered map was published in the opening months of the U.S. Civil War (1861-5), and showcases the grand theatre of the conflict, being one of the finest works of its kind. The present example is stellar, due not only to its lovely condition, but also the heightening of all railways in red ink (being vital corridors of military movement) and its contemporary manuscript underlining of key battle sites. The map embraces much of the Eastern United States, from New York City westwards to a point beyond the Mississippi River; and from Montreal, in the north, all the way down south past Tampa, Florida; thus taking in the vast majority of the theatre of the war. Each state is bathed in its own beautiful wash colour, while the coasts are outlines in a bright aquamarine hue. The map is immensely detailed, labelling virtually every city, town and fort of ...
POLAND / LITHUANIA / LATVIA / BELARUS: قلعي محالك لر
Extremely rare – the first map of Poland and Lithuania to have been printed in the Islamic world, published in Istanbul in 1803 by the Ottoman Military Engineering School Press, from Mahmud Raif Efendi’s revolutionary ‘Cedid Atlas’.
This extraordinary map is the first map of Poland and Lithuania to have been printed in the Islamic World, and was issued within Mahmud Raif Efendi’sCedid Atlas Tercümesi [A Translation of a New Atlas], the first Muslim-published world atlas based on European geographic knowledge and cartographic methods, published in Üsküdar, Istanbul in 1803 by the Imperial Military Engineering School Press. The atlas was issued in an exceedingly small print run expressly for use in elite Ottoman circles, ensuring that the present map is today extremely rare. The map embraces all of today’s Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and much of Belarus. The text and toponymy are entirely in Ottoman Turkish script, which dances elegantly across the composition. The scene showcases the political reality that existed between 1795 and 1807, after the ‘Three Partitions of Poland’, but before the revisions of the Treaty of Tilsit (1807). During this period, Poland ceased to be an independent state, its territory having been carved up and occupied by neighbouring powers, in stages, in 1772, 1793 and 1795. As shown here, the Polish lands taken by Prussia are bathed in a light blue wash; the territories occupied by Hapsburg Austria are coloured in green; while the lands consumed by Russia are coloured yellow. The map is finely detailed, depicting all major cities, towns, rivers and mountain ranges. The ...
CENTRAL AMERICA & WEST INDIES: انتيل أطحلرى امريقاى وسطي
A rare map of the Caribbean and Central America by Ali Şeref Paşa was published in an Ottoman press Matbaa-i Amire, which was a successor of İbrahim Müteferrika's press from the early 18th century.
This rare map of the West Indies and Central America in Ottoman script was publishes in an atlas ىگى جغرافىا آطلسى (Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası), which was issued in Istanbul in the late 19th century.
The maps from this atlas are not numbered and unclear is the exact date of publication. We could only trace one example of this atlas in libraries worldwide in the University of Chicago Library. The atlas includes 41 maps and is dated in circa 1892. The maps in our descriptions are dated in 1893 and 1896...
A rare map of Canada by Ali Şeref Paşa was published in an Ottoman press Matbaa-i Amire, which was a successor of İbrahim Müteferrika's press from the early 18th century.
This rare map of Canada in Ottoman script was publishes in an atlas ىگى جغرافىا آطلسى (Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası), which was issued in Istanbul in the late 19th century. The maps from this atlas are not numbered and unclear is the exact date of publication. We could only trace one example of this atlas in libraries worldwide in the University of Chicago Library. The atlas includes 41 maps and is dated in circa 1892. The maps in our descriptions are dated in 1893 and 1896...
MISSIONARY EDUCATION MOVEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.
An apparently unrecorded massive world map, in the form of a banner chromolithographed on cloth, displaying the globe on the newly-devised Goode’s Homolosine Projection, made for the Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada, a prominent Christian proselytizing organization.
This apparently unrecorded and gargantuan banner map on cloth depicts the World on Goode’s Homolosine Projection, and was published in New York by the Grinnell Litho. Co. for the Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada, a prominent Christian proselytizing organization. The map was likely made to grace the organization’s large meetings, as well as the walls of its mission offices across North America and beyond. The map is remarkable cartographically for being one of the very first maps to be published on Goode’s Homolosine Projection, which was copyrighted by the University of Chicago Press only one year before the present map was ...
ANGOLA ART DECO THEMATIC ATLAS: GENERALIDADES SÔBRE ANGOLA PARA O 1.º CRUZEIRO DE FÉRIAS ÀS COLÓNIAS PORTUGUESAS. 1935.
Rare – the first comprehensive thematic atlas of Angola, a beautiful Art Deco production with 13 large-format folding maps and charts, backed by short essays written by the colony’s leading scientists, one of the finest cartographic works sponsored by Portugal’s ‘Estado Novo’ regime, printed in Luanda, Angola by the Imprensa Nacional.
This elegant Art Deco production represents the first thematic atlas of Angola, produced on the orders of the colonial government, printed by the Imprensa Nacional in Luanda. As such, it is one of the earliest and most significant major cartographic productions of Portugal’s Estado Novo regime that placed a high priority on economic development and empiricism. All considered, the atlas is one of the most advanced and best-designed examples of thematic cartography entirely produced in Africa during the first half of the 20thCentury. The atlas is divided into 2 Parts, which together encapsulate 12 thematic subjects. Part 1, ‘De Terra e das Gentes’ [Of the Earth and the People], features: 1.Geology & Mines; 2. Elevation of the Country; 3. Climate; 4. Flora Zones; 5. Fauna Zones; 6. Ethnography. Part 2, ‘Da Colonização’ [Of Colonization], includes: 7. Communications / Transport; 8. Agriculture; 9. Veterinary Services; 10. Health Services; 11. Catholic Missions; and 12. (2 parts) Trade and Commodities Production...
TURKEY – STATISTICAL MINING ATLAS: معدن احصائياتي اطلاسي [MADEN IHSAIYATI ATLASI / MINING ATLAS OF TURKEY].
Extremely Rare – a highly sophisticated statistical mining and mineralogy atlas of the newly-founded Republic of Turkey, one of the earliest ‘Kemalist’ graphic scientific publications, and the first advanced thematic atlas ever produced in the Turkic world, printed in Ottoman Script shortly before that writing system was retired.
This extremely rare and surprising statistical mining atlas is one of the most impressive works of Turkish thematic cartography, perfectly embodying the modernist, scientific ethic of the Kemalist regime that established the new Republic of Turkey in 1923, mere months before the present work was issued. The atlas was printed in Ankara for the Turkish Ministry of Trade, which oversaw the country’s mines and quarries, and is the result of an unprecedentedly thorough and accurate scientific assessment of the nation’s abundant mineralogical wealth, done in the effort to support President Kemal Mustafa Atatürk’s ambitions national economic development programme. Significantly, the present work is the first advanced thematic atlas ever created in the Turkic world...
RUSSIAN CYRILLIC EDUCATIONAL ATLAS: УЧЕБНЫЙ АТЛАСЪ Э. ФОНЪ СИДОВА, СОСТОЯЩІЙ ИЗЪ СОРОКА ШЕСТИ РАСКРАШЕННЫХЪ КАРТЪ. ВТОРОЕ ИЗДАНІЕ. [UČEBNYJ ATLASʺ E. FONʺ SIDOVA. SOSTOJAŠČIJ IZʺ SOROKA ŠESTI RASKRAŠENNYCHʺ KARTʺ / LEARNING ATLAS E. VON SIDOW, CONSISTING
Rare and beautifully produced – Emil von Sydow’s ‘Učebnyj Atlas’, the special Russian Cyrillic version of his famous ‘Schul-Atlas’, the work that formed the popular basis for modern methodical cartography.
This rare and beautifully produced atlas is a special Russian Cyrillic edition of the Emil von Sydow’s Schul-Atlas, one of 19th Century’s most influential and important works of geographic educational literature. Emil von Sydow, a German military cartographer and educator, was a global pioneer in modern methodical cartography. While by no measure the inventor of the school atlas, Sydow introduced standard conventions for the representation of topographical features, thematic information and political boundaries, all with an elegant clarity of expression, which became the gold standard for educational maps worldwide. His methods were best expressed by his Schul-Atlas, which was published by the venerable firm of Justus Perthes of Gotha in ...
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…IITE. BERICHTIGE AUFLAGE. BERLIN: DIET
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.
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 predicated on the best sources, notably the mapping published in 1862 by the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, which was, in turn, based on the latest government and private scientific surveys. The scope of the map is vast, taking in all of European Russia (which then included all of today’s Western Russia, Finland, the Baltic Countries, Belarus, Ukraine, the Caucuses, and much of modern Poland), extending in the north to include most of ...
MOSCOW SUBWAY MAP: МОСКОВСКИЙ МЕТРОПОЛИТЕН ИМЕНИ Л. М. КАГАНОВИЧА. ПЛАН ЛИНИИ 1935 [MOSKOVSKIJ METROPOLITEN IMENI L. M. KAGANOVIČA. PLAN LINII 1935].
A legendary first pocket subway map of Moscow was published at the occasion of opening of the first line, on May 15, 1935. At the same time the line was the first subway in the Soviet Union.
This is the first pocket map of the Moscow subway, which opened on May 15, 1935. There was only one line without a name, which split in the centre in the direction of south-east. Text on the back lists connection with the bus lines. The subway included 13 stations. The station, which is today called Kropotkinskaya and still preserves its original character, is on the map called Palace of Soviets (Dvorets Sovetov) after a planned 415 meters high skyscraper...
MOSCOW, RUSSIA: MOSKAU.
A large map of Moscow for German tourist visiting theaters in Moscow, was made around 1930 in Art Deco style.
A decorative map of Moscow in Art Deco style in German language shows the places of cultural interests in Moscow. Marked are 19 public buildings, 38 theatres, 18 museums, 11 monuments, 6 train stations and 4 hotels. Number 1 marks the travel agency Infoturist, which issued the map. The map can be dated in the late 1920s or around 1930, after Lenin’s death in 1924. The building in the left lower corner – here still marked as Novodevichy Convent, was transformed to the Museum of the Emancipation of Women in 1922. In 1926, the monastery had been transformed into a history and art ...
LENINGRAD: PICTORIAL MAP PANORAMA OF LENINGRAD.
A decorative large bird’s-eye view of Leningrad was made around 1930 to introduce new achievements of the city to tourists.
OPERATION BARBAROSSA – KIEW, UKRAINE: OSTFELDZUG DER III. A. R. 195.
An extremely rare, seemingly unrecorded long mimeographed map is a first-hand account of the German attack on Kiev during WWII, and combines a road map and a time chart, with added historical and personal data, as well as humorous-drawings.
An unusual, very rare map, was privately printed in German language in 1941, during WWII, and it shows a march and attack on Kiev, made during the Operation Barbarossa. As the manuscript on the back says, the map was given to the members of a German Rifle Division 195, as a memory of the adventures in this march. The attack on Kiev, Ukraine, was a part of the Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, starting Sunday, 22 June 1941. By 19 September, Kiev had fallen, and the Wehrmacht destroyed the entire Southwestern Front east of Kiev during September. The map is dated in October 1941, but marks, they came to a town Browary, east of Kiev, on November 5, 1941. The map, which is a road map and a time chart at the same time, begins telling the story in the lower left corner...
OPERATION BARBAROSSA - MOSCOW: VORMARSCH DER 7. DIVISION IN RUSSLAND.
A rare large size map of the Operation Barbarossa during WWII, showcasing the route of the 7th Infantry Division from Warsaw to Moscow, was given by German Wermacht as a Christmas present in the winter of 1942.
A rare large size map of the Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union, starting Sunday, 22 June 1941. The map shows the route of the 7th Infantry Division (7. Infanterie-Division), which took part in the surprise attack on the Soviet Union on the first day of the Operation Barbarossa. The troops marched from Warsaw to Moscow, which suburbs they reached by the end of November.
BINDING & MAP: UEBERSICHTS-KARTE FÜR DIE CONCENTRIRUNG DES X. DEUTSCHEN BUNDES-ARMEE-CORPS 1858 [GENERAL MAP OF THE MANEUVERS OF THE 10TH CORPUS OF THE GERMAN ARMY. 1858].
A German military map was bound in a highly decorative red binding with gilt embossed royal coat of arms.
A map, showcasing the military manoeuvres of the 10th corpus of the German army south from Hannover and west from Hildesheim in Lower Saxony in 1585 was bound as a presentation copy in a highly decorative red embossed binding with a gilt coat of arms...
MINEROLOGICAL MAP - HARZ, GERMANY: TOPOGRAPHISCHE CARTE DES HARZ GEBIRGES AUFGENOMMEN UND GEZEICHNET VON GEORG SIGISMUND OTTO LASIUS.
A stellar example of an edited version of the first mineralogical map of the Harz, the highest mountain massive in Northern Germany, and one of the first German minerological maps.
The map embraces the area of the mountain massive the Harz in Germany, which extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. Marked are 11 different types mines, closed mines, paper mills, farms, cattle farms, saws, blue colour works, etc. To this state of the map were also added symbols for calcit, gypsum, and postal routes, and below colours for swamps (brown) and state borders of Hannover, Braunschweig, Prussia, and Saxony. The map was first published in a book Beobachtungen über die Harzgebirge: nebst einer petrographischen Charte und einem Profilrisse, als ein Beytrag zur mineralogischen Naturkunde. The first separately published edition bore a title Petrographic map, which was soon changed to Geographic map and Topographic map. Our version is the corrected edition, with an added key of the borders between the states in the bottom...
CARINTHIA, AUSTRIA: NOVISSIMA CARINTHIAE TABULA.
A rare large separately published map of Carinthia by Johann Baptist Zauchenberg, printed in Augsburg on the costs of the Carinthia government, served as a draft to later maps of Carinthia by Homann, Seutter and Le Rouge, among others.
This magnificent, separately published map of Carinthia in Austria, with parts of Slovenia in the south, was made by an Carinthian Jesuist Johann Baptist Zauchenberg and dedicated to his teacher Karl Adrian. The map shows the borders of Carinthia, with detailed geography and road connections. Zauchenberg based the map on the 17th century map by Isreal Holztwurm, but modernised the details and details on the infrastructure. The upper view of Klagenfurt is based on a copper engraving from Valvasor’s Topographia archiducatus Carinthiae from 1668...
SICILY GEOLOGICAL MAP & NARRATIVE TEXT: GEOGNOSTISCHE KARTE VON SICILIEN AUS DEN HINTERLASSENEN MATERIALIEN VON FRIEDR. HOFFMANN.
Geognostische Beobachtungen. Gesammelt auf einer Reise durch Italien und Sicilien in den Jahren 1830 bis 1832.
Berlin: Dietrich Reimer, 1839.
8° (21.5 x 13 cm / 8.5 x 5 inches): Collation Complete – 726 pp. + 1 folding plate, bound in modern full stiff vellum with gilt-on-grey title label to spine (Good, wide margins, some sporadic foxing due to the natural acidity of the paper).
Very Rare - the first printing of the first scientific geological map of Sicily, by Professor Friedrich Hoffmann, accompanied by his engaging account of his expedition to Italy.
Present here is the first scientific geological map of Sicily, by Professor Friedrich Hoffmann, “one of the most prolific and inspiring geologists of his time” (NDB); along with his detailed and engaging account of his three year scientific expedition to Italy, undertaken between 1829 and 1832. The map and the related book are both very rare (the map especially so), and while presumably meant to have appeared as a pair, were, in fact, published by two different houses, and are very seldom found together. The attractive map, the Geognostische Karte von Sicilien, presents a detailed and highly precise topographical map (featuring all major settlements, roads, fortifications and battle sites), upon which is transposed 26 different geological zones, each expressed in unusually rich, thick hand colours. Taken in once glance, it reveals Sicily’s exceptionally complex and diverse geological composition, which is explained in the ‘Erklärung’ (Table of Signs), in the bottom margin of the map, that categorizes the different zones: Schist Formations account for zones 1 to 4; Apennine Formations encompass 5 to ...
ROMANIA: ÜBERSICHTSKARTE VON RUMÄNIEN IM AUFTR. D. KARTOGRAPH. ABT. D. STELLVERTRETENDEN GENERALSTABES D. ARMEE NUR FÜR DEN DIENSTGEBRAUCH
A very rare gigantic road and transportation wall map of Romania was made in German language during WWI, in the year when Romania joined the Entente Powers.
This beautifully executed highly detailed gigantic map of Romania showcases different types of railroad, railroads under construction, roads, roads under construction and smaller routes. The survey was made by a Prussian Survey Office for military purposes, in 1916, when Romania entered the World War I, joining the side of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. The success of the war was short lived in Romania. After the initial progress of the Romanian military campaign, the Central ...
TIMOK, BULGARIA & SERBIA: КАРТА ОД БАЛЕЈСКЕ ЗЕМЉЕ НА СРБСКОЈ СТРАНИ [KARTA OD BALEJSKE ZEMLJE NA SRBSKOJ STRANI / MAP OF BALEI LAND ON THE SERBIAN SIDE]
A unique hand drawing of the land around Balei, what is today the northmost point of Bulgaria, in Serbian Cyrillic and Ottoman Turkish was made in 1873, to establish a new border between the Ottoman Empire and Serbia.
A unique hand-drawing in ink embraces the area of what is today the northmost point of Bulgaria on the river Timor, close to the town Balei, on the border with Serbia. The map shows the land between a course of the Timok river, going from the south to north part on the right-hand side, and a course of so called Old Timok – a partly dried river course, closed by a Turkish damp in the south...
TURKEY – PERGAMON / CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: PLAN DE L’ACROPOLE DE PERGAME COPIÉ BASSÉ SUR CELLE DE INSTITUT ARCHÉOLOGIQUE ALLEMAND AVEC QUELQUES NOTES SURE PERGAME MODERN DE CONSERVATEUR DES ANTIQUES A. G. SOFIANO.
A very rare and fascinating separately-issued map of the Acropolis of the Pergamon, one of the greatest archaeological sites of Classical antiquity, located near modern Izmir, Turkey, based upon the pioneering excavations of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, plus more recent observations, with text in 5 languages, compiled by the conservator Aristodème G. Sofiano.
This very rare, separately issued map showcases the Acropolis of Pergamon, one of the greatest sites of Classical antiquity, and since the late 19th Century one of the Mediterranean’s most impressive archaeological sites. Pergamon is located near the city of Bergama, not far from Izmir, Turkey, about 26 km inland from the modern-day shores of the Aegean Sea....
TURCICA: CANONS OU RÈGLEMENTS DE SULTAN SÉLIM II À SON RETOUR À CONSTANTINOPLE APRÈS UNE VICTOI[RE] COMPLETTE SUR LES ALLEMANDS, CONCERNANT LES ODGIAKS ET CASERNES DES JANISSAIRES. TRADUIT DE L'IDIOME TURC EN IDIOME FRANÇAIS PAR JEAN BAPTE ADANSON
A unique manuscript French translation of an unpublished Turkish text with valuable information on Janissaries in the 16th century in Turkey, was written by a French Orentalist and translator Jean-Baptiste Adanson.
The manuscript in French language is a translation of an unpublished Turkish hand-written text on Janissaries in the 16th century, under the rule of Selim II (1524 –1574). The Janissaries were a special elite infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan's household troops, bodyguards and the first modern standing army in Europe. The members of the Janissaries were mostly kidnapped Christian boys and slaves (the Muslims were not allowed to enslave other Muslims), who had to convert to Islam and undergo a strict military training. As soldiers they received a high salary and were enjoying a special social status, but were ...
IRAN: GENERAL MAP OF IRAN WITH COMPLETE DETAILS.
A stunning 1950s map of Iran with 11 thematic in-set maps and original hand colour, was based on the free-hand drawing by Abbas Sahab - Father of Iran's Cartography.
This magnificent map of Iran with eleven in-set thematic maps and one chart was printed in Tehran in 1955. The in-set maps show:
- Iranian Industries, Factories, Handicrafts,
- Historical Monuments,
- Tribal Costumes,
- Mountain Chains,
- Fauna and Flora,
- Principal Air Routes,
- Highways, Railways, Waterways and Distances,
- Location of Iran in the World,
- Forest Regions,
- Mineral Mines,---
KUWAIT - GEOLOGICAL MAP: دولة ىلكويت. SYNOPTIC GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT.
This is a giant version of a first geological map of Kuwait, made in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Austria in 1968.
This is a large version of the 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....
BATTLE OF DUMLUPINAR, TURKEY: BÜYÜK TAARRUZ VE BAŞKUMANDAN MEYDAN MUHAREBESI [GREAT OFFENSIVE AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF BATTLE].
A fascinating, extremely rare Turkish 20th century map by a military historian Hakki Tümerdem shows the development of the Battle of Dumlupınar, the last battle in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922.
A magnificent map in Turkish language shows the development of the Battle of Dumlupınar, fought from August 26 to August 30 1922, between the Turkish Army and the Greek Army of Asia Minor. It was also called Field Battle of the Commander-in-Chief or Dumlupınar (Meydan) Muharebesi or Başkumandanlık Meydan Muharebesi in Turkish. The blue lines represent Greek troops and red lines the Turkish ones...
SAAREMAA, ESTONIA: MERKBLÄTTER ZUM WELTKRIEG: DIE SCHLACHT VON RIGA, DIE EROBERUNG VON ÖSEL [BATTLE OF RIGA, OCCUPATION OF ÖSEL].
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 Eastern Front in 1917.
This well designed German propaganda broadside shows the Battle of Riga and a German occupation of the island Saaremaa (Ösel in German), during WWI, between September 1st and 3rd, and October 13th-16th, 1917. Estonian islands remained occupied (Operation Albion) until the end of hostilities. Estonia became independent after the October Revolution and the collapse of the Russian Empire.
MASURIA, POLAND : MERKBLÄTTER ZUM WELTKRIEG: DIE WINTERSCHLACHT IN MASUREN [WINTER BATTLE OF MASURIA].
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 Eastern Front in 1917.
This well designed German propaganda broadside shows the Battles of Masuria, a landscape today devided between Russia and Poland, between cities Suwałki in Poland and Tilsit (today Sovetsk in Kaliningrad Oblast), in WWI, between 8th and 21st February 1915. Bodo Zimmermann’s Merkblätter zum Weltkrieg Series: Intellectual Propaganda. In the early months of 1918, as Germany was loosing World War I to the Western Allied Powers, German officials and publishers were looking for ways to lend succour to the nation by highlighting the many impressive victories that the Central Powers had notched up, in an effort to soften the fact that the ...
POLAND - BUS TRANSPORTATION MAP: MAPA SCHEMATYCZNA LINII KOMUNIKACJI SAMOCHODOWEJ SCHEMATIC [MAP OF THE COMMUNICATION LINES FOR CARS].
A rare larger road map of Poland was printed around 1950 for a bus transportation firm PKS on cheap thick brown paper, which was available during the post WW2 rationing.
This crudely printed map of bus communication lines in Poland was printed for the firm PKS (Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacji Samochodowej) shortly after WWII. Marked are only the routes and the numbers of the buses...
YUGOSLAVIA: TRUDBENICI. ODMARALIŠTA ČEKAJU NA VAS. [WORKERS. RESORTS ARE WAITING FOR YOU].
A large, well designed Yugoslavian mid century tourist and transportation poster map, addressing the workers, shows the connections between tourist resorts on the coast and in the interior.
A large, well designed poster map shows plane, train and boat connections between resorts on the Croatian Dalmatian coast, Alps in Slovenia and a spa resort Aranđelovac in Serbia. The map was made to advertise low cost, high quality holidays for all the workers of post World War II Yugoslavia under the new government...
SOCREALISM: REPUBLIČKE III PARTIZANSKE IGRE. 17.-22. VI 1958 SARAJEVO. [NATIONAL 3RD PARTISAN GAMES. JUNE 17-22, 1958, SARAJEVO].
BEZENGI, RUSSIA & GEORGIA: SKUPINA BEZENGI [BEZENGI GROUP].
This is probably the first correct survey of the Bezengi Massive in the Caucasus, Russia, made in the mid 1960s by the Yugoslavian expedition, in cooperation with the Soviet mountaineers during the height of the Cold War.
A detailed, separately published map in black and blue colours on thin paper, embraces the area of the Bezengi Group in the Caucasus, between Bulungu in Russia on the north, and Adiši, in Georgia, on the south. The Bezengi glacier is marked vertically in the middle of the map...
KATHMANDU, NEPAL: KHATMANDU CITY.
An unusual, well designed map of Kathmandu that was printed in 1972, during the height of the Nepal-Himalaya tourism craze.
A well designed map shows Kathmandu in Nepal with smaller pictorial map of the Kathmandu Valley on the back. The printed text verso gives information on the region, hotels, banks, restaurants and bars, and trekking. The map was made during the height of the Nepal craze, with many international mountaineering teams conquering the peaks of the Himalaya. Kathmandu was also a popular destination on the Hippie trail, leading from Europe to India and Asia...
LALITPUR (PATAN); NEPAL: PATAN, NEPAL, THE CITY OF FINE ARTS.
An unusual, well designed map of Lalitpur that was printed in 1972, during the height of the Nepal-Himalaya tourism craze.
A well designed map shows Lalitpur (Patan) in Nepal with smaller pictorial map of the Kathmandu Valley on the back. The printed text verso gives basic tourist information. The map was made during the height of the Nepal craze, with many international mountaineering teams conquering the peaks of the Himalaya. Lalitpur was also a popular destination on the Hippie trail, leading from Europe to India and Asia...
TURKEY – IASOS / KIYIKIŞLACIK: ASIA MINOR / MANDELYAH GULF / PORT ISENE / JASSUS / BY COMR. THOMAS GRAVES / H.M.S. BEACON 1837.
Very Rare – the first edition of an Admiralty chart that represents the first scientific survey of the port of Iasos, near Bodrum, on Turkey’s Aegean coast, site of a once great Greco-Roman port, by the esteemed hydrographer and naturalist Commander Thomas Graves.
This very rare Admiralty chart showcases the port of Iasos, located on today’s ‘Turkish Rivera’, only a short distance south of Bodrum. The area is today home to the town of Kıyıkışlacık, and is a popular recreation area. The present work represents the first publication of the first scientific maritime survey of the vicinity, conducted by the esteemed hydrographer and naturalist Commander Thomas Graves, R.N., in 1837, executed as part of his larger mandate to chart much of the coasts of Western Anatolia and the adjacent Aegean Islands...
MONTENEGRO: VOYAGE HISTORIQUE ET POLITIQUE AU MONTENEGRO.
A stellar example of Vialla’s first-hand account on Montenegro’s geography, culture, flora and fauna, gathered during his time of serving as governor of Kotor under Napoleon. With a large originally coloured folding map and 12 originally coloured aquatints.
The two volumes on Montenegro include information on the country’s geography, customs, flora and fauna. The text is accompanied by a large folding map and 12 originally coloured aquatints, one of the showing a view of Kotor (Cattaro). The author Jacques Louis Vialla was a French military commander, who was under Napoleon, between 1808-1813, commander of troops n Kaštela and Duborvnik in Dalmatia and a governor of Kotor (Cattaro), Montenegro. Upon his return to Paris Valla published this book in two volumes on Montenegro culture and geography.
SARAJEVO: GRAND HOTEL CENTRAL.
A photograph of the social life around the Café of the Grand Hotel Central in Sarajevo, Bosnia, was made on the eve of WWI by a photographer Walter Tausch, who recorded the last images of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife minutes before their assassination in 1914 and documented the arrest of Gavrilo Princip.
A decorative original photography shows a café in the Grand Hotel Central in Sarajevo in the beginning of 20th century. The hotel was built in 1889 and was designed by a Croatian architect Josip Vancaš (1859 –1932), who was schooled in Vienna. He was mostly active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia. On 29 June 1914, he was one of the speakers addressing the crowd during the ...
KOREA - TURKISH BRIGADE: YURTTA SULH, CIHANDA SULH [PEACE AT HOME, PEACE IN THE WORLD].
A large, originally hand-coloured photograph with a map of Asia, centred on Korea, was made in the early 1950s in Turkey, to commemorate a member of the Turkish Brigade, fighting in the Korean War.
A large, unusual photomontage and hand retouched photograph shows a map of Korea, China, Japan, and a part of Siberia, a female figure, a personification of Turkey, wearing a Turkish flag, a torch and a sign Yurtta sulh, cihanda sulh [Peace at Home, Peace in the World], a portrait of a Turkish soldier and an image of a fighting soldier. The photograph was made between 1950-1953, when the Turkish Brigade, with a code name North Star, served with the United Nations ...
CRIME SCENE – KARMELENBERG, GERMANY: CARMELBERG BEI PASSENHEIM.
A unique 19th century drawing shows a crime scene at a chapel on the mountain Karmelenberg, near Koblenz in Germany.
A detailed drawing shows a chapel on the mountain Karmelenberg in German, where two young farmers found a body of a hermit Nicolaus Hoelzer, in the morning of January 1st 1827. The hermit was murdered by robbers, who were never traced down...
MICROGRAPHY: CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS.
A hand-drawing of the Crucifixion was made in ink on vellum in techniques of calligraphy, micrography and pointillism in the middle of the 18th Century.
A fine hand-drawing in ink on vellum was made in techniques of calligraphy, micrography and pointillism. It showcases Jesus on the Cross, surrendered by religious text in German Gothic Script and angels holding Arma Christi. An image below represents a woman praying to Jesus in a Chapel. The image is close to the art of Johann Thomas Köppel (1711-1762), active in Bavaria in the mid 18th century (see: Schrift als Bild, Berlin 2011, p. 180, image 22). Micrography -Micrography (from the Greek ‘micrographia,’ meaning small writing) is an art form first developed by Jewish scribes in Egypt and Israel around the 9th Century. Traditionally, Jewish artists were banned from drawing images of living creatures due to the rabbinical interpretation of the Second Commandment which states: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of anything] that is in heaven above, or that is in the ...
MEXICO – COLONIAL PRINTING: LIGERISIMO BOSQUEJO DE LA VIDA DE FRANCISCO.
An extremely rare Mexican colonial illustrated broadside celebrating the life of the late Italian Jesuit priest Francesco de Geronimo, issued to celebrate his recent beatification, published in Mexico City by the engraver and assayer Francisco Gordillo.
This extremely rare broadside celebrates the life of Francesco de Geronimo (1642 - 1716), an Italian Jesuit priest who was beatified by the Vatican in 1806. It was published in Mexico City by Francisco Gordillo, a Spanish-born engraver who is best known as the Chief Assayer of the Mexico City mint. The broadside is dominated by a fine frontal portrait of Francesco de Geronimo in his vestments, with Gordillo’s imprint appearing near the bottom of the platemark. The detailed letterpress text below recounts aspects of the priest’s life and accomplishments While Francesco de Geronimo never stepped foot in the Americas, his tireless and selfless life of work assisting destitute people in Southern Italy was well known in Mexico, even ninety years after his death...
BRAZIL – COLONIAL PRINTING / POSTAL & TRANSPORT HISTORY: CONVENÇÃO ENTRE OS MUITO ALTOS, E MUITO PODEROSOS SENHORES O PRINCIPE REGENTE DE PORTUGAL, E EL REY DO REINO UNIDO DA GRANDE BRETANHA E IRLANDA SOBRE O ESTABELECIMENTO DOS PAQUETES, ASSIGNADA NO RIO
A unique example with stellar provenance of an extremely rare work of considerable importance to Brazilian diplomatic, economic, postal and transportation history; the first printing of the Anglo-Portuguese convention which officially established the packet system between Brazil and England, one of the key elements of the transformative ‘Treaties of Commerce and Friendship’ (1810) agreed by Portuguese foreign minister Count Linhares and British Ambassador Lord Strangford, published in Rio de Janeiro by the Impressão Régia - the present offering being the vary example which Strangford included in his official dispatch to London.
This is a unique example, with stellar provenance, of the first printing of a highly important document in the Brazil’s economic, diplomatic, postal and transportation history. Printed in parallel Portuguese-English text, it is the convention between Britain and Portugal that officially established the packet shipping system between England and Brazil, created in the wake of the Portuguese royal court transferring its seat of government from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro, in 1808, in response the Napoleonic invasion of Metropolitan Portugal. The convention is a seminal part of the momentous ‘Treaties of Commerce and Friendship’ (1810) which laid out the parameters for the ...
BRAZIL: MAPPA DO BRAZIL, BASEADO NO MAPPA DA AMERICA DO SUL DE STIELER.
Extremely rare - a monumental, resplendently coloured map of Brazil, issued shortly before WWI as a promotional piece for ARP & Co., a Hamburg arms dealer and major supplier to the Brazilian Military, published by the venerable firm of Justus Perthes of Gotha.
This extremely rare and resplendently colourful, monumental map of Brazil was made as a promotional piece by the German arms dealer ARP & Co. of Hamburg, which maintained extensive business interests in Brazil in the years leading up to World War I. The map distinguishes each of Brazil’s states and territories in their own bright hue, and covers all aspects of human and natural geography in great detail. The ‘Convençãos’, below the title, upper right, identifies symbols for dozens of different features, including the locations of forts, lighthouses, reefs and ruins; as well as symbols distinguishing cities and towns of various sizes. The map also delineates Brazil’s extensive (and constantly growing) railway system, nothing completed lines in bold red, while lines under construction appear as intermittent red lines. It also delineates telegraph lines and major shipping routes. As noted in the title, the map is based on Adolf Steiler’s highly exact map of South America, and shows that, by this time, all of Brazil’s international boundaries ...
A rare map of Mexico by Ali Şeref Paşa was published in an Ottoman press Matbaa-i Amire, which was a successor of İbrahim Müteferrika's press from the early 18th century.
This rare map of Mexico in Ottoman script was published in an atlas ىگى جغرافىا آطلسى (Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası), which was issued in Istanbul in the late 19th century. The maps from this atlas are not numbered and unclear is the exact date of publication. We could only trace one example of this atlas in libraries worldwide in the University of Chicago Library. The atlas includes 41 maps and is dated in circa 1892. The maps in our descriptions are dated in 1893 and ...
RÉUNION: DÉCRET DE LA CONVENTION NATIONALE, DU 19 MARS 1793, L’AN 2D DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE, QUI CHANGE LE NOM DE L’ÎLE DE BOURBON EN CELUI DE L’ÎLE DE LA RÉUNION.
The extremely rare Marseille imprint of the Convention Nationale’s decree changing the name of Île de Bourbon to Île de la Réunion, issued at the height of the French Revolution.
This is the very rare Marseille imprint of the official decree which changed the name of Île de Bourbon to Île de la Réunion, as ordained by the French Revolutionary Convention Nationale...
MOMBASA, KENYA: MAP AND GUIDE TO MOMBASA. MOMBASA ISLAND.
A large tourist map of Mombasa was publised in Mombasa in 1958.