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[NILE RIVER EXPLORATION ARCHIVE:] AN ARCHIVE CONSISTING OF 1 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH AND 13 MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENTS FROM THE PERSONAL PAPERS OF GABRIEL AUBARET, THE CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER OF THE COMTE D’ESCAYRAC’S 1856 EXPEDITION THAT AIMED TO DISCOVER THE SOU
An impressive archive consisting of a stellar original photograph and thirteen manuscript documents relating to the Comte d’Escayrac’s 1856 planned expedition to find the source of the White Nile, two years before John Hanning Speke successfully accomplished said objective, from the personal papers of Gabriel Aubaret, the mission’s second-in-command and subsequently a famous diplomat and a leading figure in the economic management of the Ottoman Empire.
Present here is an unusually extensive and intriguing archive relating to the Comte d’Escayrac’s planned expedition to discover the source of the White Nile, formally named the ‘Exploration du Soudan recherche des sources du Nil’. In the mid-1850s, the upper course and source of the White Nile remained one of the last great enduring geographic mysteries of the world, the unlocking of which promised to yield vast riches in mineral wealth and scientific knowledge. Naturally, a race ensued to see who could be the first to discover the source of the river, and consequently which nation would most benefit. The expedition in question was the brainchild of Ferdinand de Lesseps (of Suez Canal fame), was generously backed by both the French and Egyptian governments, and seemed to have a jump on the competition, both chronologically and in terms of its impressive resources and manpower.
The Comte d’Escayrac, an accomplished explorer of Northern Africa, was hand-picked by Lesseps to lead and form an expert intonational team, of which the second-in-command was Gabriel Aubaret, a polyglot French Navy Lieutenant, who would later gain international distinction as the diplomat most responsible for bringing Vietnam under French rule, and as the chief economic administrator of the Ottoman Empire...
TRANSPORTATION MAP, ANATOLIA, OTTOMAN EMPIRE: اناطولى خريطه سى [ANATOLI HARITA-SI / MAP OF ANATOLIA].
A large rare official transportation and road wall map of Anatolia in Ottoman Turkish, was made in 1889, in a year after the demanding and expensive project of the Anatolian railroad proceeded under control and financing by the Deutsche Bank. The map also showcases the newly constructed macadam roads and the planned routes.
A rare large wall map in Ottoman language, made for an official use, shows the latest built transportation lines and the lines, which are being planned to be built in the next years with help of the Deutsche Bank. The black lines mark the new railoard lines and the red lines the newest achievement – the new macadam roads and roads in construction. Broken lines showcase planned railroads and macadam roads. The map delineates some of the world’s most strategically important railway lines. The Haimidian era marked intense railway construction in both the European and Asiatic parts of the Ottoman Empire, with profound ramifications to both the national economy and geopolitics. In South-eastern Europe, the map depicts the first Trans-Balkan rail route, built at the initiative of the Chemins de fer Orientaux, that connected Istanbul with Vienna, and beyond to the general European railway system. Against much political and technical difficulties, this line was completed in 1888, and beginning the following year hosted the Orient Express; running from Paris to Istanbul, it is history’s most famous ultra-luxe rail service, immortalized in ...
SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS / ISLAMIC QUADRANT: ربع دائِره نك صورت استعملى [RUBU DAIRENIN SURET-I İSTI'MALI / USER’S BOOK OF QUADRANT]
A rare manual, published to revive the ancient knowledge of the use of Islamic Quadrant was written in the time of the Zenith of the Ottoman Empire, by a painter, scientist and captain at the Kuleli Military High School Ahmet Ziya Akbulut.
A book includes instructions on the use quadrant, accompanied by illustrations and charts. An Islamic quadrant, also called a “computer of the Ottoman Empire”, is a scientific instrument with two sides, which determines the prayer times, the sun elevation angle, the projection line of a certain latitude. It also calculates spherical trigonometric functions, and position of the celestial objects. A quadrant is one of the oldest astronomical instruments. It is recorded from the 2nd centuy on and was widely used in the Islamic world in the 16th and 17th centuries, usually made of hardwood, such as boxwood. The use of the quadrant fell out of fashion in the first half of the 19th century during so called Tanzimat Reforms, which lasted from 1839 to 1876, when the ancient knowledge in Ottoman schools was revoked by the Europeanisation of the system, started by Mustafa Reşid Pasha (1800 – 1858)...
BURMA: BURMA AND ADJACENT COUNTRIES.
A stellar example of the first complete, broadly accurate map of Burma, predicated upon recent British military surveys conducted in the wake of the Third Anglo-Burmese War (1885), whereupon the Britain conquered the entire country, published in Calcutta by the Survey of India Office.
This excellent piece is the first complete, broadly accurate map of Burma, being the first map to consolidate all the various regional surveys in the wake of Britain’s conquest of the entire country during the Third Anglo-Burmese War (November 14-27, 1885). The map was made by the Survey of India (Burma had been annexed to British India) under the direction of Colonel Henry Ravenshaw Thuillier, the Surveyor General of India, and was printed at their headquarters in Calcutta in March 1890. The map embraces all of Burma, plus Assam, parts of Bengal (including the Calcutta area), various Indian border states, plus part of Siam (Thailand) and Tibet. It shows both Lower and Upper Burma with great detail and accuracy to a scale of 32 miles to 1 inch, the result of scientific British surveys. All coastlines and rivers are carefully delineated, while mountains ranges are shown by hachures, with spot heights in feet. Most prominent is the mighty Irrawaddy River, the lifeline of the nation. Every significant city and town is marked, while all of Burma’s districts are named and outlined in orange ...
BURMA / NORTHEASTERN INDIA: EASTERN BENGAL, ASSAM, BURMAH, AND PARTS OF CHINA AND SIAM MOSTLY ADAPTED FROM THE MAPS OF THE SURVEYOR GENERAL OF INDIA BY ROBERT GORDON, ESQ., M.I.C.E. AND M.I.M.E.
A fascinating, very rare large-format map of Burma and Northeastern India composed by Robert Gordon, a prominent explorer, Ruby prospector and the principal engineer of the Irrawaddy River system, published in Calcutta by the Surveyor General of India’s Office.
This very rare map of Burma is the finest overall rendering of the country available before Britain conquered Upper and Northern Burma during the Third Anglo-Burmese War (November 14-27, 1885). It was compiled by Robert Gordon, a prominent explorer, ruby prospector and river engineer, as the key map of his atlas of the Irrawaddy River system, published by the Survey of India Office in Calcutta in 1880...
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA: HALIFAX HARBOUR…CATCH HARBOUR…
A colossal and resplendently decorative sea chart of Halifax Harbour, then the headquarters of the Royal Navy in North America, predicated upon advanced original surveys by J.F.W. Des Barres and printed by him at the height of the American Revolutionary War.
This is one of the finest and most important sea charts in both the history of Canada and the American Revolutionary War era. It is a gargantuan map of Halifax Harbour, the North American headquarters of Britain’s Royal Navy, printed during the height of the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). It is based upon the mapping of the eccentric genius J.F.W. Des Barres, a Swiss-born cartographer who conducted advanced trigonometric surveys of all of the coasts of Peninsular Nova Scotia between 1764 and 1770, of which his charting of Halifax Harbour was his signature achievement. The present chart, printed on three enormous copper plates, was beautifully designed and printed under Des Barres’ direct supervision as part of his epic sea atlas of North American waters, The Atlantic Neptune (printed in various collations and formats, London, 1777-84).
This unique documentary view, painted in oil on wood, shows the suburbs of Hamburg, with woodcutters in the front and images from a daily life at the back: strollers, carriages and marching soldiers in red uniforms.The author Carl Timotheus Friedrich Kreutzfeld (sometimes written Kreutzfeldt) was recorded as a fayence painter in Lübeck and later in Hamburg as a landscape painter. The stamp verso reads Hamburgensien-Meyer, what was a name of an antiquarian print dealer from Hamburg...
BRAZIL – RIO GRANDE DO SUL STATE – GERMAN COLONIES: CARTA GEOGRAPHICA DO ESTADO FEDERAL DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL.
Very Rare and historically important – Jacques & Vidal’s map of Rio Grande do Sul is one of the great masterpieces of 19th Century Brazilian cartography, beautifully chromolithographed in Porto Alegre, it is a sophisticated transport, statistical and topographical map that importantly details the German Colonies that were key the state’s development.
This very rare and important map embraces all of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s most southernly state, and is predicated upon advanced surveys conducted by the military engineers João Candido Jacques and Alfredo Vidal. A masterpiece of 19th Century Brazilian cartography, it was beautifully chromolithographed in 1891 in state capital, Porto Alegre, by the firm of Joaquim Alves Leite. The map successfully conveys a vast wealth of sophisticated transport, statistical and topographical information in a clear and attractive fashion. Importantly, it perhaps presents the finest general cartographic overview of the numerous German Colonies that, since 1824, had been established across the state, and which had a transformative impact upon the region’s economy and culture. The map captures the topography of the Rio Grande do Sul with great accuracy, predicated upon trigonometric surveys; all ranges of mountains and hills are express through shading, while all coastlines, rivers, lakes and marshlands are carefully delineated. All cities, towns and villages of any significance are labelled, as are all major roads. The ‘Convenções’, or table of signs, lower-centre, describes the symbols used to denote settlements of various sizes; churches; forts; railway lines (both operational and under construction); roads; boundary markers; lighthouses; bridges; mountain passes; shipping lanes; telegraph line routes; mines; boundary lines, and well as abbreviations used for a variety of topographical features. A chart that runs vertically along the left-hand side of the map, ‘Lista de ...
GUYANA: MAP OF BRITISH GUIANA / PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR, SIR GRAEME THOMSON, K.C.B. / REVISED AND CORRECTED TO DATE FROM THE RECORDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LANDS AND MINES, GEORGETOWN, DEMERARA / UNDER THE DIRECTION OF HON. G.
An excellent large-format official map of British Guiana, made under the direction of George D. Bayley, the colony’s Land Commissioner, rich in new information from recent surveys.
This stellar map was by far and away the best general survey of British Guiana (today’s Guyana) to date, predicated on the latest scientific surveys and reconnaissance. The manuscript for the map was composed in Georgetown under the careful direction of George D. Bayley, the colony’s Commissioner of Lands & Mines, before being sent off to London to be printed by the leading cartographic publisher, Stanford’s Geographical Establishment.
The map showcases all of British Guiana with unprecedented accuracy, yet at the same time reveals that apart from the relatively limited traditional areas of agrarian settlement along the main estuaries, the vast majority of the colony was still an untamed wilderness. British Guiana is shown divided into its three provinces, Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, with the capital, Georgetown, located in the upper centre. Most rivers of any consequence are precisely delineated, while areas of elevation are expressed through contour lines. As ...
[FLIEGERALARM – EYEWITNESS CHRONICLE OF THE WW2 AERIAL BOMBING OF BERLIN, ACCOMPANIED BY MAPS]. LWKO BERLIN ALARME SEIT JAN. 1940 TO 1945
A fascinating archive, featuring a detailed, real-time eyewitness record of the aerial bombing raids the struck Berlin during World War II; plus a set of five corresponding maps of the city, so as to contextualize the chronicle.
This fascinating and historically valuable archive consists of a detailed type-written list marking the exact dates, times, and locations of the bombs that fell on Berlin during World War II, plus a set of 5 contemporary maps that were sued to contextualize the written record. While the author of the chronicle is not known, he was clearly a resident of the city who would have been a direct eyewitness to much of the carnage. The chronicle of the systematic destruction of Berlin during the WW II meticulously lists 161 different events from the night of June 25/6, 1940 until December 12, 1943. As the first recorded Allied air raid upon Berlin occurred on the night of June 7/6, 1940, on the front end, the list misses only a few early, minor events. From December 1943 until the end of the war, in May ...
OIL / PETROLEUM WORLD MAP: MAPA POGLĄDOWA ŚWIATOWEGO PRZEMYSŁU NAFTOWEGO = ÜBERSICHTSKARTE DER WELT- NAPHTHA-INDUSTRIE = CARTE D'ORIENTATION DE L’INDUSTRIE DE PÉTROLE DU MONDE = GENERAL ORIENTATIVE MAP OF THE WORLD'S OIL INDUSTRY.
An extremely rare, separately issued large-format oil map of the World, showcasing the early petroleum industry in great detail, published by Stefan Korytko, a specialist thematic cartographer in Lwów, Poland (today Lviv, Ukraine).
This extremely rare, large format work of thematic cartography is a relatively early World map of oil / petroleum production. It was published by the Polish cartographer Stefan Korytko in Lwów, Poland (today Lviv, Ukraine) in 1925, when the global industry was already a prime mover of global affairs, but almost a generation before mass production in the Middle East would utterly transform the world economy. This fascinating quad-lingual (Polish, German, French and English) map embraces the entire World, featuring immediate Post-WWI political boundaries, and employs symbols to designate the locations of oil wells, natural gas wells, oil storage stations, drilling sites, locations of oil shale extraction and the routes of pipelines. The map shows the petroleum industry be to a truly global affair, albeit one of a much different geographic distribution then the industry of today. The portrayal of ...
AGITPROP EASTERN GERMANY ECONOMICAL MAP: DURCH DES VOLKES KRAFT GESCHAFFEN. WICHTIGE NEU- UND ERWEITERUNGSBAUTEN DER VOLKSWIRTSCHAFT DER DEUTSCHEN DEMOKRATISCHEN REPUBLIK SEIT 1949 [GETTING POWER THROUGH PEOPLE’S STRENGH. IMPORTANT NEW AND RENOVATED CONS
A large map, made by the Propaganda Department of Eastern Germany in 1964, was made to present the results of the Seven Year Plan, as well as the future plan of development of the industry and transportation in the country.
A large detailed map, printed by the Propaganda Office in 1964, shows the development of the industry in Eastern Germany from 1949, especially after the so called Seven Year Plan, as well as the projects planned in the future. The in-set maps show important industrial location in 1949, electrification of the railroad system in 1963 and planned development until 1970 and 1977, electric plants, chemical plants, metal factories, factories for making machinery, and factories for making electric appliances. The Seven Year plan was introduced in the German Democratic Republic under the influence of similar plans in the USSR, which promised higher industrial production and construction of numberless housing projects. The project started in 1956 as the Second Five-Year Plan (1956–60) under the slogan "modernization, mechanization, and automation". In 1958–59 the government encouraged voluntary collectivization and 1959 some law-breaking farmers were arrested by the Stasi. By mid-1960, nearly 85% of all arable land was incorporated and by 1961 the socialist sector produced 90% of the GDR's agricultural products. As the Five-Year-Plan did not meet the planned results, it was replaced by the Seven-Year-Plan (1959–...
OTTOMAN ATLAS: ايلك اطلاس [ILK ATLAS / FIRST ATLAS].
The first edition of one of the first modern Turkish school atlases for children was published in 1927 in Istanbul by a geographer and a founder of the department for Geography at the Istanbul University Faik Sabri Duran.
A beautifully designed elementary atlas for education of children in Turkish schools, was made in 1927 by a Turkish cartographer Faik Sabri Duran. It includes maps of the continents, two world maps and maps of climate. Some of the sizes of the continents are compared to the size of Turkey.
The geographer Faik Sabri Duran was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul in 1882. He studied geography at the Sorbonne and was active in publishing articles for different magazines. He returned to Istanbul in 1912, but was invited to Germany as cartographer during WWI. With a German professor Erich Obst Duran established a department for Geography at the Istanbul University. He ...
OTTOMAN SCHOOL ATLAS: اقرتا اطلاس [ORTA ATLAS / MIDDLE ATLAS]
The first modern middle school atlas for children in Turkey was published in 1928 in Istanbul by a Turkish geographer and a founder of the department for Geography at the Istanbul University Faik Sabri Duran.
A beautifully designed thematic and geographic atlas for education of children in Turkish middle schools, was made in 1928 by a Turkish cartographer Faik Sabri Duran and was the first Turkish atlas for middle schools, based on the western educational system.
The geographer Faik Sabri Duran was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul in 1882. He studied geography at the Sorbonne and was active in publishing articles for different magazines. He returned to Istanbul in 1912, but was invited to Germany as cartographer during WWI. With a German professor Erich Obst Duran established a department for Geography at the Istanbul University. He received 10 awards for his work by the sultan Abdülhamit. Duran participated ...
CHINA - SIEGE OF PORT ARTHUR
An ephemeral and probably unique mimeographed work featuring maps of the Siege of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese war, likely made by a German officer or a German observer in the nearby port of Qingdao, who would have followed the events with great interest.
This unusual series of maps, printed on both sides of the paper, with German text, showcases the Siege of Port Arthur in China (now Lüshunkou District in Dalian). A large map on one side embraces a larger area and marks the movements of armies before the battle, as the smaller maps show the details of the battles, including the number of the ammunition. Pink colour marks the Japanese army and purple colour Russian. The Battle of Port Arthur, the deep-water port and Russian naval base, was the longest and most violent land battle of the Russo-Japanese War. The Russian side was led by Anatoly Mikhaylovich Stessel (also ...
OTTOMAN TURKISH WORLD WAR I NAVAL BATTLE MAP: [STRATEGIC PLAN OF THE DOGGER BANK ACTION. 24TH JANUARY, 1915].
A rare and intriguing contemporary map of the Battle of Dogger Bank (1915), one of the most important naval battles of World War I, printed in Turkey, employing Ottoman script.
This intriguing map was printed in Turkey, in Ottoman script, shortly after the Battle of Dogger Bank (January 24, 1915), a consequential naval altercation between Britain’s Royal Navy and the German Kaiserlichen Marine, during the early period of World War I. The battle came on the heels of a devastating German naval raid upon the Yorkshire coast in December 1914. Eager to head off another such calamity, ‘Room 40’, the Royal Navy’s communications espionage office, was desperately trying to crack German codes in order to gain advance warning of the next attack. Fortunately, the British managed to acquire a copy of the Signalbuch der Kaiserlichen Marine (SKM), the German navy’s wireless code book. They were thus able to learn that a sizeable ...
TRANSPORTATION MAP: SPECIAL-KARTE DER EISENBAHN- POST- U. DAMPFSCHIFF-VERBINDUNGEN MITTEL-EUROPA'S;- MIT ANGABE ALLER EISENBAHN-, POST- U. DAMPFSCHIFFSTATIONEN, SPEDITIONSORTE, ZOLL- U. STEUERÄMTER, BÄDER, MINERALQUELLEN U. GRENZEN DES ZOLLVEREINS.
A stunning gigantic 19th century transportation wall map of Europe was re-used and annotated during WWII, when school material and paper were scarce.
This large, extremely detailed wall map of Europe was made around 1860 and shows the contemporary railroads, railroads under construction, steamboat lines, stations, canals, customs etc. The wall map was published by the Verlagsbuchhandlung Carl Flemming, one of Europe’s largest geography book publishers, based in Glogau, Prussia (today’s Głogów, Poland) and regularly updated and reissued to keep up with the contemporary industrialisation and modernisation of Europe. It was drafted by a railway engineer C. J. C. Raab and corrected by a cartographer H. Müller, who in 1888 bought the Flemming's publishing house. This printed version can be dated in circa 1860, when the railroad track Maribor- Klagenfurt-Villach-Gorizia, planned since 1856, was only partly built...
RIVER TRANSPORTATION MAP, EUROPE: SCHIFFAHRTSTRASSEN VON CENTRAL-EUROPA. VOIES NAVIGABLES DE L’EUROPE CENTRALE. VIE NAVIGABILI DELL’EUROPE CENTRALE.
A rare transportation map, published in the last months of WWI in Switzerland, showcases the navigable river routes of the central Europe and the planned projects.
A map, embracing the area of central Europe showcases the navigable river routes of the area. Thick black and blue lines mark the navigable routes, thin black lines non navigable rivers, think blue lines navigable channels, broken blue line planned new channels and black line accompanied with patterned blue line planned rechanneling of existing rivers...
PROPAGANDA NAZI BROADSIDE MAP: DIE FÜHRUNGSLOSE AUSWANDERUNG DEUTSCHE BAUERN UND BÜRGER NACH DEM OSTEN UND DIE PLANVOLLE UMSIEDLUNG INS GROSSDEUTSCHE VOLKSREICH ADOLF HITLERS [THE GUIDELESS EMIGRATION OF GERMAN PEASANTS AND CITIZENS TO THE EAST AND THE PL
A larger propaganda broadside showcases the Great Germany (Grossdeutschland), marked with red, and different directions of migrations and relocations of Germans. The map tries to show what is according to the Wehrmacht’s Educational Office a “guideless emigration”, and a planned relocation of the German population in the areas of the Great Germany, to expand the German population...
GULAG MAP - RUSSIA: MAP OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN SOVIET RUSSIA.
A large early map with anti-Soviet propaganda, showcasing the Soviet Gulags, was published in the days of liberation of Europe at an undisclosed location in Italy by the members of the Polish II Corps and the British army. The authors hid their names behind noms de plume to save their families in Poland from the revenge of the Russians.
A large early folding map showcasing locations of gulags in the Soviet Union and was published in rare book in Polish language with a sarcastic title Soviet Justice (Sprawiedliwość Sowiecka), and is one of the first detailed reports on the Soviet Gulags and politically corrupt justice system. The book was published in the last months or immediately after the end of WWII by a Polish II Corps under British command in Italy, probably in Rome. The authors Stanisław Staszewski and Kazimierz Zamorski signed themselves with false names Piotr Zwierniaka and Sylwester Mora. Stanisław Staszewski was a famous Polish architect and writer, who participated in the Warsaw Uprising and was later imprisoned in Mauthausen...
ČERNIVCI (CERNĂUȚI), UKRAINE: PLANUL MUNICIPIULUI CERNĂUŢI.
An attractive uncommon map shows Černivci (Cernăuți), today a part of Ukraine, between two World Wars, in 1930s, when this multicultural city belonged to Romania.
This is a rare map of the city Černivci (Чернівці́), or Cernăuți in Romanian, which is a part of Ukraine today, but belonged to Romania between the two World Wars. Text on the map, designed in an attractive Art Deco style, is written in Romanian language and marks most important buildings of the city. Until the early 20th century Černivci was a city on the south Austian-Hungarian border. It had a mixed, in majority Jewish population. After WWI, in 1918, the city came under Romania. In 1930 it had a population of 112,400: 26.8% Jews, 23.2% Romanians, 20.8% Germans, 18.6% Ukrainians, the remainder Poles and others. Černivci’s economy was supported by a strong trade, led by the Jewish population.,..
TALLINN, ESTONIA: TALLINNA. LINNA PLAAN. [TALLINN. CITY MAP.]
A colourful map in Estonian language shows Tallinn, the capital of the Estonian Republic,on the eve of WWII, in 1939, one year before the Soviet invasion. The map also includes streets, which were planned to be constructed in the following years.
A colourful, decoratively designed map of Tallinn shows the city in 1939, including the planned projects. Interrupted double black lines show streets under construction and planned streets, black lines the railways, interrupted single lines tram lines, blue interrupted lines borders of different police districts, and small images of locomotive train stations. Index on the right-hand side includes names of the streets and most important monuments and buildings in Tallinn. Original lithographed wrappers show a view of Tallinn and a map of the old part of the city...
CROATIA, INDEPENDENT STATE: "BAYER"OVA KARTA NEZAVISNE DRŽAVE HRVATSKE [BAYER MAP OF THE INDEPENDENT STATE OF CROATIA].
A larger school schedule with a map of the Independent State of Croatia was printed during WWII, in 1942.
A large school schedule with a map of Independent State of Croatia, image of Zagreb and Dubrovnik on one side and images of a Bosnian, continental Croatian and Dalmatian city verso, was made during WWII by a pharmaceutical firm Bayer.
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:...
ISTANBUL: УПРАВЛЕНИЕ ВОЕННЫХ ТОПОГРАФОВ. СТАМБУЛ.
A rare large chromolithographed map of Turkey with Istanbul in the middle was published in Russian Cyrillic as a part of a detailed series of maps of European Russia, made in the late 1920s by the Soviet Military Topographic Office, under the command of the Red Army.
A large, highly detailed chromolithographed map, centered on Istanbul, embraces the area between south eastern part of Bulgaria, and Izmir and Yozgat in Anatolia. The map is printed in Russian Cyrillic...
[ISTANBUL OPERA BROADSIDE / ARMENIAN-OTTOMAN PRINTING:] TEATRO NAUM IN PERA IN COSTANTINOPOLI / PER LA SERA DI MERCOLEDÌ 16 MAGGIO 1855 / SERATA STRAORDINARIA DEVOLUTA A TOTALE BENEFICIO. DEL PRIMO BUFFO COMICO ASSOLUTO. VINCENZO GALLI PRIMA RAPPRESENTAZI
An amazing survivor – an early Istanbul opera broadside advertising the 1855 single-show performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ at the famous Naum Theatre in Pera (Beyoğlu), Constantinople, headlined by the legendary basso buffo singer Vincenzo Galli, published locally in Italian, Ottoman Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Armenian printed in the Ottoman Alphabet!
This incredible survivor is a broadside bill advertising a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera buffa (comic opera) masterpiece Don Pasquale, headlined by the legendary basso buffo singer Vincenzo Galli, performed on the night of May 16, 1855, at the Naum Theatre, one of the most important cultural centres of Tanzimat Era Constantinople (Istanbul). The Naum Theatre was in the heart of the Pera District (modern Beyoğlu), a culturally vibrant neighbourhood that had for centuries been the nexus of western and eastern ...
EGYPT, SUEZ CANAL, SINAI: مصر سفرى [MISIR SEFERI / EGYPT TRAVEL]. ...تايمس)ك تاريخ حربندن ترجمه اولنمشدر) ] (TAYMS)IN TARIH-I HARB'INDEN TERCÜME OLUNMUŞTUR... / TRANSLATED FROM THE HISTORY OF ...]
A rare pamphlet and map in Ottoman language showcasing the Sinai Campaign of 1915 and 1916, was published by a government press in Istanbul.
The map shows the north side of the Sinai Peninsula, with the Suez Canal on the left and the border on the right. Different lines mark the routes of the attacks of the German-led Ottoman army, during the so called Sinai Campaign in WWI, when from the beginning of 1915 the Ottoman force invaded the Sinai Peninsula, then part of the British Protectorate of Egypt, to unsuccessfully raid the Suez Canal...
NIGERIA / BENIN: [UNTITLED COLOSSAL MAP OF THE COAST OF WEST AFRICA FROM COTONOU, BENIN TO LAGOS, NIGERIA].
A Colossal, mysterious ‘whiteprint’ map of the West African Coast from Cotonou, Benin to Lagos, Nigeria, seemingly made by an anonymous British cartographer, perhaps in Lagos during the 1920s-30s, but after an 1880s antecedent, full of historically valuable demographic and geographic information.
This colossal, mysterious map showcases the critical stretch of the West African Coastline that runs from Cotonou, Benin to Lagos, Nigeria, as it appeared during the 1880s, before the region was formally divided into French and British colonial zones. However, the map appears by its style and the technique of its printing to have been made perhaps in the 1920s or 1930s, likely by a British government cartographer working in Lagos, who was reviving an 1880s manuscript. The map is made in the photoprint, or whiteprint, technique, which is the reverse of the better-known blueprint method. Cheap, but effective, the technique was commonly used in colonial ...
NEPAL / MT. EVEREST / HIMALAYAS: LATEST TREKKING MAP / LAMOSANGU TO EVEREST & SOLU-KHUMBU. 1991/92 EDITION.
An interesting, ephemeral photoprint map especially made for trekkers depicting the southern approaches to Mount Everest, published in Kathmandu, Nepal.
This interesting ephemeral map was made especially for trekkers and depicts the ‘Roof of the World’, being the southern approaches to Mount Everest, which at 8,848 m (29,029 ft) is the highest peak in the World. The map’s coverage extends from Lamosangu to Solu-Khumbu, on the Nepali side of the Himalayas. The incredibly extreme gradations in elevation are expressed through contour lines at 500 metre intervals, with spot heights noting the summits of peaks, while the map labels trekking paths, metalled roads, villages, glaciers, as well as all manner of conventional topographical ...
UNTERFRANKEN UND ASCHAFFENBURG MIT DER EINTHEILUNG IN LAND- UND HERRSCHAFTSGERICHTE
A detailed separately issued folding map with highly decorative colour in outline shows the Lower Franconia and Aschaffenburg, today north western parts of Bavaria, Germany. An image in the upper right corner shows Marienberg Fortress in Würzburg, built in the 16th century. The key marks state, county, country and estate borders, different types of public and commercial buildings and roads and types of different courts.
In 1814, Aschaffenburg was transferred to the Kingdom of Bavaria by an Austrian-Bavarian treaty....
SWITZERLAND – RAILROADS: DIE SCHWEIZ ODER HELVETISCHE EIDGENOSSENSCHAFT.
One of the earliest maps of the first Swiss train line, opened between Zürich and Baden in 1847. A beautiful example, printed on bluish paper, contemporary mounted on linen with a seller’s tag pasted verso, and accompanied by a marbled paper slipcase.
A separately published pocket map of Switzerland, printed on light blue paper and mounted on linen was made in 1837 and corrected in 1847, when the first train line in Switzerland was built. It was connecting the Zürich with the town Baden....
ŠKOCJAN CAVES, SLOVENIA: [DIE REKA BEY ST. CANTIAN AUF DEM KARST]
A beautifully contemporary coloured aquatint showcasing the UNESCO protected Karst caves of Škocjan in Slovenia was in the 19th century changed to vue d’optique with tiny cut out windows, which produce a decorative effect against the light.
An aquatint with old colour showcases the caves of Škocjan in Slovenia, today protectd by UNESCO. The aquatint was transformed to a vue d’optique in the 19th century. For additional effect tiny holes have been cut out in the area of houses above the cliffs and men’s clothing below. When held against the light, ...
EUROPE: AN EMBLEM OF EUROPE.
A decorative personification of Europe, accompanied by books and scientific instruments, from a series of four continents, was published in London in 1798 by John Fairburn John Fairburn (1789 - 1840; fl) was a British publisher and printer, active in London. He was known for this decorative mezzotints with heavy contemporary colour. Mezzotint (meaning "middle colour") was invented in 1642 by Ludwig von Siegen. It became popular especially between portrait engravers in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. With this demanding technique, which is a version of copper engraving, the artist has to stipple the surface of the copper plate and then smoothen the parts that later appear dark on the imprint. The result is a print without thick lines, typical for the copper engravings. The main characteristics of a mezzotint are soft lines, shadows with dark contrasts and tiny spots as a result of stippling...
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Originally coloured copper engraving shows the genealogy of the Austrialn royal family Habsburg starting on the bottom with a figure of sleeping Lanzelin (Kanzelin or Landolt, † August 991), the father of Radbot, the founder of the castle of Habsburg in Switzerland. The genealogy finishes with the last male emperor from the Austrian line Karl VI. of Habsburg (1685 - 1740). The names of his young children, including of his successor-to-be Maria Theresa. The house of Habsburg occupied the throne of the Holy Roman Empire from 1438 to 1740, when it went extinct in the male person with the death of Charles VI. His daughter Maria Theresa was ruling until 1780, when it was ...
AURENTIAN LIBRARY, FLORENCE: BIBLIOTECA MEDICEA LAURENZIANA – LA ROTONDA – ARCHITETTO POCCIANTI.
MONT BLANC - PHOTOGRAPHS
Four vintage citrate prints, mounted on contemporary card, show male and female mountaineers climbing Mont Blanc (2 photos), as well as Mont Blanc from a distance and Mer de Glace in Chamonix. The photos were taken around 1900 and were originally mounted on cards...
WROCLAW, POLAND: TOWN HALL