Antique Maps of the Mediterranean Islands

Archipelagi Insula:rum Aliquot descrip.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1606, English text edition.

Crete and other Greek islands including Santorini, Rhodes, Chios and Milos. From the rare English text edition of the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. Marcel van den Broecke records that Skelton's estimate of a 1000 copies of this edition is probably much too high. A number of 250 seems more likely. Compare this number with up to 7000 examples of some of the other Ortelius maps produced. Unlike others editions of the atlas this one was produced by first printing the plates in Antwerp and then adding the text in London. The text was printed by John Norton and John Bill. RARE.

Condition: Fine original colouring; minor defects, but otherwise good to fine.

Size: 360 x 505mm (14¼ x 20 inches).

Reference: 6701

Price: £280

Balearic Islands; Valetta, The Capital of the Island of Malta; Corsica and Sardinia.

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S.D.U.K.

Origin: London, 1831.

Three maps on one sheet. The Balearic Islands top left and below this a detailed plan of Valetta on Malta, and then to the right Corsica and Sardinia.

Condition: Original outline colour; light age-toning to the margins and minor soiling, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 310 x 380mm (12¼ x 15 inches).

Reference: 12162

Price: £40

Balearic Islands; Valetta, The Capital of the Island of Malta; Corsica and Sardinia.

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S.D.U.K.

Origin: London, 1831.

Three maps on one sheet. The Balearic Islands top left and below this a detailed plan of Valetta on Malta, and then to the right Corsica and Sardinia.

Condition: Original outline colour; light age-toning to the margins and minor soiling, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 310 x 380mm (12¼ x 15 inches).

Reference: 12468

Price: £45

British Possessions in the Mediterranean.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, John Tallis & Co.1851.

The islands in the Mediterranean: including Malta, Gibraltar and Corfu, with engraved vignette views of Gibraltar, Valetta and Corfu. John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.

Condition: Original outline colour; minor marginal soiling and light spotting to printed border, otherwise good.

Size: 355 x 255mm (14 x 10 inches).

Reference: 7447

Price: £58

Candia, oli, Creta.

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BLAEU, Johannes.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1645, Latin text.

A fine map of the island of Crete.

Condition: Original colour; water staining to the edges of the margins, light soiling, otherwise a good example.

Size: 385 x 530mm (15¼ x 20¾ inches).

Reference: 10730

Price: £280

Chart of the Mediterranean Sea.

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THOMSON, John.

Origin: London, 1821.

A detailed chart of the Mediterranean Sea, with insets of Marseilles, Genoa, Gibraltar, Leghorn Road (Northern Italy), Algezira, Algiers and the Gulf of Smyerna.

Condition: Original colour; minor age toning to the edges of margins, slight darkening of centrefold due to guard paste, short tear to edge of lower margin, otherwise very good condition.

Size: 490 x 600mm (19¼ x 23½ inches).

Reference: 11325

Price: £230

Creta Iouis Magni, Medio iacet insula ponto.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1624, Latin text edition.

Four maps of islands in the Mediterranean Sea on one sheet: Crete, Corsica, Sardinia and and the Ionian Islands. Published in the Parergon.

Condition: Finely coloured; light creasing at centrefold, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 345 x 495mm (13½ x 19½ inches).

Reference: 10311

Price: £320

Gruppo Delle Isole di Malta.

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ZUCCAGNI ORLANDINI, Attilio.

Origin: Florence, c.1845.

A rare map of Malta and Gozo from the "Atlante Geografico dell ' Italia". Engraved by G. Pozzi and drawn by G. Maina & V. Stanghi.

Condition: Original outline colour; sgort repaired tear to lower margin, well away from printed area, light marginal soiling, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 335 x 520mm (13¼ x 20½ inches).

Reference: 11988

Price: £340

Isle de Corfo.

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MALLET, Alain Manesson.

Origin: Paris, 1684. German text edition.

A fine miniature map of the Island of Corfu. From the German text edition of the five volume work 'Description de l'univers'.

Condition: Uncoloured; light staining to the edges of the margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 150 x 105mm (6 x 4¼ inches).

Reference: 9976

Price: £95

Isola di Malta, Gozzo Comino e Cominotto.

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ROSSI, Giacomo.

Origin: Rome, 1686.

A fine and decorative map of the Islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino.. A highly decorative rococo style cartouche surrounds the detailed plan of the fortifications and harbour of Valletta. Engraved by Franciscus Donia Messanensis and published in the Rossi atlas of 1715.

Condition: Uncoloured; minor waterstaining and light soiling to margins, light age-toning to the edges of the margins, slight darkening of centrefold due to guard paste, otherwise a fine dark impression.

Size: 405 x 555mm (16 x 21¾ inches).

Reference: 11989

Price: £2250

La Mer Mediterranée divisée en Mer de Levant et de Ponant Subdivisées en Leurs Principales Parties ou Mers.

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SANSON, Nicolas & Guillaume.

Origin: Paris, 1692.

A superb large map of the Mediterranean Sea, from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Holy Land, also shows the Black Sea.

Condition: Original colour; some colour offsetting (particularly the orange) some minor cracking to the green areas due to verdigris, other short nicks and tears repaired, marginal soiling, minor lifting of centre due to joining of two sheets, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 580 x 880mm (22¾ x 34¾ inches).

Reference: 10572

Price: £850

Malta olim Melita.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, Jan B Vrients, 1602, Latin text edition.

A miniature map of Malta. From the 'Epitome theatri Orteliani' by Jan B Vrients

Condition: Uncoloured; very minor marginal staining, overall slight age-toning, otherwise very good.

Size: 90 x 115mm (3½ x 4½ inches).

Reference: 8250

Price: £190

Melite Insula vulgo Malta.

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DAPPER, Dr. Olivier.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1688.

A finely engraved map of the islands of Malta and Gozo, with highly decorative figured cartouche and various sailing vessels in the sea area. From the German translation of the works of Montanus.

Condition: Uncoloured; fine dark impression, minor marginal spotting, light offsetting of print, small brown stain in sea area, small nick to egde of paper well away from the printed surface, otherwise very good.

Size: 275 x 355mm (10¾ x 14 inches).

Reference: 12887

Price: £850

Valetta civitas Nova Maltæ olim Millitæ.

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DAPPER, Dr. Olivier.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1688.

A finely engraved plan of Valetta, with inset location key. From the German translation of the works of Montanus.

Condition: Uncoloured; fine dark impression, light overall age-toning, minor spotting to margins, otherwise fine condition.

Size: 285 x 365mm (11¼ x 14¼ inches).

Reference: 12886

Price: £580

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MUNSTER, Sebastian.

Origin: Basle, 1550 - Latin text edition.

This woodcut appears several times within the 'Cosmographia' and is of a collection of islands, on one example the reference is to Columbus and the Fortunate Island or Canaries, but on this one it appears to be of Rhodes, Delos and other Greek islands.

Condition: Uncoloured woodcut set in a page of text; light soiling, mostly confined to the text area, otherwisea good example.

Size: 105 x 145mm (4¼ x 5¾ inches).

Reference: 10377

Price: £52