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3637Moll: Terra Firma.DetailsMoll, Herman1701
Moll's fine map of Terra Firma or Northern South America
Moll, Herman
$180.00Moll--HermanMoll-s-fine-map-of-Terra-Firma-or-Northern-South-AmericaHerman Moll's scarce map of Terra Firma and the Caribbean Islands. No sale of this item is recorded in AMPR in the last 17 years. <br></br> Covers from Cuba south as far as the Amazon River. Includes the modern day nations of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guyana and Brazil. Moll notes the city of Manoa and the location of El Dorado (lost city of gold) west of the Prime or Parima Lake. <br></br> During Spain's New World Empire, its mainland coastal possessions bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico were referred to collectively as the Spanish Main. The southern portion of these coastal possessions were known as the Province of Tierra Firme ( Terra Firma ), or the "Mainland province". (Source Wikipedia. <br></br> From Moll's "A System of Geography: Or A New and Accurate Description of the Earth In all its Empires, Kingdoms and States" (London), 1701.
2485d'Anville:  Bay of Cartagena, Colombia.DetailsAnville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'1730
Fine antique plan of the Bay of Cartagena, Colombia
Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'
$700.00Anville--Jean-Baptiste-Bourguignon-d-Fine-antique-plan-of-the-Bay-of-Cartagena--ColombiaEarly and very scarce map of the area surrounding Cartagena, Colombia in northern South America. Hilly or mountainous areas are shown in relief. With depth soundings of the channel from Boca Chica into the inner harbor at Cartagena. <br></br> From Charlevoix's history of the Caribbean. Noted features on this copper-plate engraved plan of Cartagena include <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>La Cienega de Tesca</li> <li>Mancanillo</li> <li>La Madre de Popa ou Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (a hilltop religious complex dating to 1607).</li> <li>Boca Chica (entrance to Cartagena Bay)</li> <li>La Isla de Varu</li> <li>Paso a Caballos</li> <li>Isla de Brugas</li> <li>el Fuerte de Santa Cruz</li> </ul> </div>
2484Jefferys: Cartagena, Colombia plan.DetailsJefferys, Thomas1762
Jefferys' scarce plan of the city of Cartagena, Colombia
Jefferys, Thomas
$800.00Jefferys--ThomasJefferys--scarce-plan-of-the-city-of-Cartagena--ColombiaScarce large-scale birds-eye plan of the city of Cartagena, Colombia (1762) by engraver Thomas Jefferys. Emphasis on the considerable defences of Cartagena with more than one dozen defensive bastions identified by name. Secondary fortified position is labeled "Xemani or the suburb." Shows Fort Saint Philip- St. Lazaro or Baraxas and the long road to Bosquilla. Plate 5 Page 13. <br></br> After an apprenticeship to Emmanuel Bowen, Thomas Jefferys was one of the more prominent commercial cartographers in London during the middle of the eighteenth century. Although he was responsible for a wide variety of prints and for maps of much of the world, he is particularly remembered for his publication of many maps of North America. <br></br> Upon George III's accession to the throne in 1760, Jefferys became "Geographer to the King", a title signifying the status of a favored tradesman, and a reputable publisher with a sufficiently large collection of maps to fill the King's personal needs. Later, bankruptcy forced Jefferys into a partnership with Robert Sayer, a successful publisher of a diverse range of materials. Sayer provided the capital to reprint many of Jefferys's existing plates and presumably took the larger share of the profits. <a href="" target="_blank">(Online. Osher Map Library.)</a>
2535Bellin: Plan of Cartagena, Comombia. 1764.DetailsBellin, Jacques Nicolas1764
Intresting antique plan of Cartagena Colombia
Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
$250.00Bellin--Jacques-NicolasIntresting-antique-plan-of-Cartagena-ColombiaA very interesting plan of the walled city of Cartagena, Colombia in South America with North oriented to the bottom left. Cartagena was an important hub of the Spanish empire in South America. The plan includes a key at top that identifies the important public buildings, numerous churches, powder magazine, prison and fortifications. Unlike other maps and plans of the period this map provides little detail of the hydrographic nature of the surrounding bay. <br></br> Cartagena, a major port, was founded in 1533, and named after Cartagena, Spain, which in turn was named after Carthage in Tunisia. Settlement in the region around Cartagena Bay by various indigenous peoples dates back to 4000 BC. During the Spanish colonial period Cartagena served a key role in administration and expansion of the Spanish empire. <br></br> From J.N. Bellin's "Le Petit Atlas Maritime: Recueil de Cartes et de Plans des Quatre Parties du Monde" (Small maritime atlas: collection of maps and charts of the four parts of the world), in five volumes containing 581 maps in total.
4817de Hora: Nechi River Gold Mining Map. 1913.DetailsdeHora, Manuel Herrera1913
Antique Manuscript Gold-mining Map Antioquia Region in Colombia
deHora, Manuel Herrera
$7,500.00deHora--Manuel-HerreraAntique-Manuscript-Gold-mining-Map-Antioquia-Region-in-ColombiaEarly <b>gold-mining map</b> in manuscript pen and ink on surveyor's tracing "cloth" by New York based mining engineer <b>Manuel Herrera de Hora</b> (1849-1934). Rare manuscript trace document of the gold field leases, including Oroville Dredging Company, near the Nechi River in Colombia, S.A. ca. 1913. For use in reproducing multiple blueprint (cyanotype) copies of the map. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblock"> "In my opinion, there is <b>no part of the world so favorable for investment</b> and so <b>attractive from the gold miner’s point of view</b> as the Department of Antioquia. [Colombia]" <br></br> "Dredgeman's paradise". <br></br> </div> In his <a href="/ZoomifyImages/SC_4817/de Hora 2.pdf" target="_blank">presentation</a> to the American Institute of Mining Engineers in August 1913 de Hora made the business case for the profits that could be made using barge-mounted dredges to mine the thick gravel placer gold deposits along the Nechi, Cauca, and Porce Rivers near Zaragoza in Colombia's Antioquia department. <br></br> In his analysis de Hora reviews the history of gold-mining in the Antioquia region, describes topography and the physical properties of the region's gold, estimates risks and resource availability, and provides useful information on Colombia's liberal mining laws and climate. (de Hora, M.H. The Gold Placers of Antioquia, Republic of Colombia, South America. Bulletin American Institute of Mining Engineers. July 1913. p. 1197.) <br></br> The New York Times <a href="/ZoomifyImages/SC_4817/Manuel deHora.pdf" target="_blank">obituary</a> of de Hora in 1934 reads like chapters in an adventure novel: <div class="indenttextblock"> <li>COLONEL DE HORA ADVENTURER, DIES</li> <li>As Soldier of Fortune and a Mining Engineer Had a Thrilling Career.</li> <li>Shanghied in his Youth</li> <li>Reported to have Seized a Warship and Steamer--A Police Chief in South Africa</li> </div>