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

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