Antique Maps of The World

A New Map of the Whole World with the Trade Winds...

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MOLL, Hermann.

Origin: London, Thomas Bowles & John Bowles, 1735.

Double-hemisphere world map showing California as an island, the partial outlines of Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand, and a large Jesso shown as a large peninsula of Asia almost connected to Japan. Underneath the map is a large vignette with allegorical figures representing the continents (including an armour-clad European with a flintlock) and a central figure of the Earth being showered with gifts.

Condition: Uncoloured; signs of old vertical fold, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 205 x 270mm (8 x 10¾ inches).

Reference: 9602

Price: £480

British Empire Throughout the World exhibited in one view.

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FULLARTON & Co., Archibald.

Origin: London & Edinburgh, 1874.

A map of the World, with the British Empire shown in red. Below is a mass of figures with titles 'Natives of the British Empire in Europe' - 'Natives of British Asia and of East Indian Islands' - 'Cape Colony and Southern Africa' and above 'Australian Settlers and Natives' on one side and 'North American White and Copper Coloured' on the other. Top left and right are Tables of British Possessions. From 'The Royal Illustrated Atlas of Modern Geography'.

Condition: Original coloured lithograph; short tear to upper margin, minor soiling to margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 430 x 530mm (17 x 20¾ inches).

Reference: 12944

Price: £530

Chart of the World on Mercators Projection.

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THOMSON & CO, John.

Origin: Edinburgh, John Thomson, 1821.

A detailed map of the world using Mercator's projection, showing the various explorers routes and dates, including Capt. Cook (1769-71-73-74-77-78), Capt. Furneaux (1773-74), Capt. Vancouver (1791-92-93-95), Capt. Perouse (1786) and Capt. Phipps (1773). There is a note by the Sandwich Islands stating "Karakakooa Bay (Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii), where Capt. Cook was killed February 14, 1779. Published by John Thomson & Company in 'A New General Atlas'.

Condition: Original outline colour; light marginal soiling and age-toning to the edges of the paper, very light toning to centrefold due to guard paste, short centrefold split, repaired, otherwise very good condition.

Size: 500 x 495mm (19¾ x 19½ inches).

Reference: 12001

Price: £180

Eastern Hemisphere.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, John Tallis & Company, 1851.

A highly decorative steel engraved map showing Africa east to Australia. Surrounded by an ornate pictorial vignette border of natives and wildlife, including a camel and a giraffe. 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; light age-toning to the edges of the paper, one or two light spots in the margin, otherwise a fine unfolded example.

Size: 265 x 335mm (10½ x 13¼ inches).

Reference: 7454

Price: £185

Nuova ed Esatta Carta del Mondo.

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BOWEN, Emanuel.

Origin: [London, 1744-].

A map of the World after Emanuel Bowen, but from an Italian text edition (title in Italian) and dated 1744.

Condition: Coloured; some expert repairs to the edges of the margins, light marginal soiling, signs of old folds, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 355 x 435mm (14 x 17¼ inches).

Reference: 11035

Price: £390

Oestliche und Westliche Halbkugel der Erde.

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WEILAND, Carl Ferdinand.

Origin: Frankfurt, 1819.

An inexpensive double hemisphere map - some decoration in the calligraphy and border. The geography is quite well advanced at this stage Tasmania is an island and New Zealand is virtually correct. The southern-most land mass being Sandwich Land (South Sandwich Islands) at 60° south. And in the north there is no indication of a NW passage, with Baffin's Bay completely land-locked.

Condition: Original outline colour; very minor age-toning, otherwise fine condition.

Size: 500 x 660mm (19¾ x 26 inches).

Reference: 7593

Price: £380

Orbis Typus Universalis Iuxta Hydrographorum Traditionem Exactissime Depicta 1522. L.F.

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FRIES, Laurent.

Origin: Strassburg, 1525.

This the first of two modern world maps from the atlas of 1522 is the work of Laurent Fries, unlike many of the other maps copied from the 1513 edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia' which were drawn by Martin Waldseemüller.

Condition: Uncoloured woodblock; light age-toning to the edges of the margins, short marginal tears (repaired), some minor nicks to lower corners of margins, other pin holes in the margins, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 315 x 480mm (12½ x 19 inches).

Reference: 11974

Price: £3950

Planisphaer ter cum glob(o) coel et terr et sph(aer) armil. Et.

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RICHTER, J.A.

Origin: [Leipzig, 1741].

A double hemisphere map of the world. There is no attribution or engravers name to the plate, but I have identified it from the Glen McLaughlin collection at Stanford University Library. According to the notes listed it appears to be the same as state 2 indentified. The names J A Richter and Johann Martin Bernigeroth attributed to this work do not appear in the Tooley Dictionary of Mapmakers.

Condition: Coloured; light age-toning and minor soiling to the margins, old sticking tape stains to verson from a previous mount, otherwise good.

Size: 195 x 230mm (7¾ x 9 inches).

Reference: 13049

Price: £340

Planisphere Physique...…

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BUACHE, Philippe.

Origin: Paris 1756.

An early example of physical geography by Philippe Buache. Based in Paris, he was a mapmaker and publisher and also an active proponent of the 'school of theoretical cartography' during the mid-18th century in France. This dealt with the physical properties of the globe and the mapping of the north Pacific regions. This map illustrates the world's mountain ranges on land and their theoretical continuation under the seas.

Condition: Original colour; minor marginal defects otherwise fine.

Size: 350 x 440mm (13¾ x 17¼ inches).

Reference: 6890

Price: £480

Tabu Nova Orbis.

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WALDSEMMÜLLER, Martin - FRIES, Laurent.

Origin: Lyon, Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel, 1535.

This map of the world was the second modern world map in Fries' Ptolemaic atlas. It is a reduced version of the Waldseemüller map originally published in 1513, but lacks the criss-cross directional lines and shows only parts of the Americas to the very west of the map. Fries has added five throned effigies of kings, representing those of Russia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Taprobana and Mursuli. There is also an elephant, or possibly a mammouth placed just off the coast of Greenland. The editor of this edition, Michael Villanovanus, better known as Servetus, was tried for heresy in 1553. He was executed and many copies of this book and others by him were burned by order of Calvin. The woodcut borders and ornaments are said to be the work of Hans Holbein.

Condition: Uncoloured woodblock; some expert restoration to centrefold, visible when held up to the light and from the verso. Some soiling and staining to margins, otherwise overall a very good example.

Size: 320 x 460mm (12½ x 18 inches).

Reference: 11831

Price: £2650

The World on Mercator's Projection Shewing the Voyages of Captain Cook Round the World.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, John Tallis & Company, 1851.

A decorative steel-plate engraving showing the routes of Captain Cook's three voyages, with a fine vignette of what looks like HMS Discovery in the centre. 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; very light age-toning to the edges of the paper, minor soiling and spotting to margins, otherwise a fine unfolded example.

Size: 250 x 320mm (9¾ x 12½ inches).

Reference: 11937

Price: £280

The World on Mercator's Projection.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, John Tallis & Company, 1851.

A decorative steel-plate engraving, with a vignettes of Vesuvius, London, Gibraltar, the Pyramids, Niagara, Constantinople and Paris. Marked in red are the British Colonies and in blue the Steam Routes. 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; trimmed close by binder along top edge with minor loss of printed surface, bottom edge trimmed across imprint outside decorative border, light soiling in the margins and minor spotting, otherwise a very good unfolded example.

Size: 270 x 350mm (10¾ x 13¾ inches).

Reference: 8065

Price: £198

Typvs Orbis Terrarvm.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1595, Latin text edition.

The classic oval shaped map of the World, with a large land-mass to the bottom of the map. This map supersedes the first two plates of the same title replacing the clouds with strap-work. Medallions occupy the four corners and the South American coastline has been corrected.

Condition: Finely coloured; four very small worm holes, only visible when held up to the light, minor repair to lower centrefold, just into plate mark, other very minor spotting on the margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 360 x 495mm (14¼ x 19½ inches).

Reference: 8236

Price: £5600

Western Hemisphere.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, J & F Tallis, 1851.

The most decorative 'modern' map of the Americas available. A fine steel engraved circular map surrounded by vignettes depicting natives and wildlife found in the area, including a bison, a polar bear and a walrus.

Condition: Original outline colour; minor spotting mostly confined to the margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 260 x 345mm (10¼ x 13½ inches).

Reference: 7499

Price: £240