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

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

Im Fluge durch die Welt (Flying through the World).

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ANON.

Origin: Germany, 1899.

A German postcard map of the World, shows ancient ruins, the Sphinx a steam train and a German castle.

Condition: Chromolithograph; a used postcard, with contemporary ink manuscript front and verso, postmarked "99" and the stamp has been removed, light age-toning.

Size: 140 x 88mm (5½ x 3½ inches).

Reference: 15679

Price: £28

La Carta del Atlantico.

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GILL, (Leslie), MacDonald.

Origin: London, George Philip & Son Ltd c.1943,

A rare Spanish text edition of Gill's 'Time and Tide' map. Circulation was never very large and it is therefore one of the scarcest of the pictorial maps by Leslie MacDonald Gill (1884–1947). He was an artist and decorative cartographer, born on 6 October 1884 at 2 Prestonville Road, Brighton, he was the younger brother of Eric Gill, one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. MacDonald Gill was commissioned by the British Time & Tide magazine (1920-1986) following the World War Two Atlantic Charter agreement between the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill "for a better future for the world" 14 August 1941. The Atlantic Charter was a gesture of solidarity at a moment when Nazi Germany had just turned against the USSR and looked all but invincible. In time the charter would form the basis for Allied war aims and the post-war foundation of the United Nations. Gill takes an optimistic view of the Charter and of the future. In the foreground is a black and white figure of a muscled worker taking a sledgehammer to a tank and munitions, while in the distance is an idyllic scene of ploughing and reaping. There is an acknowledgement from the book of Isaiah and the turning of 'swords to ploughshares'. The map is adorned with quotes by Cicero, Emerson, Pope and Aristotle on the virtues of peace. Gill is probably best known for his 1913 'Wonderground map of London' and this map is still very much in the decorative and pictorial style that Gill became famous for.

Condition: Colour lithograph; old folds, small tape repairs to verso, slight creasing, occasional marginal repaired closed tears, otherwise overall a good example.

Size: 765 x 1100mm (30 x 43¼ inches).

Reference: 15661

Price: £4800

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

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