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4825Picart's map of the North Pole and Arctic CircleDetailsPicart, Jean1657
Scarce original engraving of the North Polar Region
Picart, Jean
$480.00Picart--JeanScarce-original-engraving-of-the-North-Polar-RegionPicart's map of the North Pole (second state) based on Jansson's Septentrionalium Terrarum Descript from the Atlas Minor. An early map of the Arctic region seldom found in this fine condition.
4832Early view of Kronstadt, Kotlin Island, and St. Petersburg, Russia.DetailsLimiers, Henri Philipp de1721
Fine etched view of Kronstadt and St. Petersburg, Russia
Limiers, Henri Philipp de
$265.00Limiers--Henri-Philipp-deFine-etched-view-of-Kronstadt-and-St--Petersburg--RussiaEarly original engraved view of fortifications of Kronstadt (Cronstadt), Russia which Peter the Great founded on Kotlin (Retusari) Island in winter 1704 during the Great Northern War. Kotlin Island separates Neva Bay from the rest of the Gulf of Finland. <br></br> Despite the frigid conditions Imperial Russian forces quickly erected fortifications on the island: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> Under the command of Governor-general … Menshikov, workers used thousands of frames made of oak logs filled with stones which were carried by horses across the frozen sea, and placed in cuttings made in the ice. Thus, several new small islands were created, and forts were erected on them, virtually closing access to Saint-Petersburg by sea. Only two narrow navigable channels remained, with forts guarding them. (Online: </div> <br/> A few of the major features on this antique view of St. Petersburg may be identified by letter: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>A- St. Petersburg, Russia</li> <li>C - Kotlin Island (Retusari)</li> <li>D- Kronstadt Fortifications</li> </ul> </div> From "Histoire de Suede sous le Regne de Charles XII" by Limiers. Published from Amsterdam by Jansons & Waesberge. Tome 4. Page 188. <br></br> This view predates Bodenher's later, derivative print "Prospect von S. Petersgurg und der Insul Retusari" by 14 years.
4829Antique chart of Fort Royal, Martinique by Laval.DetailsLaval, Antoine1728
Rare early map of Fort Royal Bay, Martinique
Laval, Antoine
$500.00Laval--AntoineRare-early-map-of-Fort-Royal-Bay--MartiniqueRare, earliest (1728) chart of the entirety of Fort de France Bay. By Father Antoine Laval. Laval's antique chart of Fort Royal, based on surveys of 1720, should be considered a foundational artifact for collectors of Caribbean Island cartography as it is the first detailed printed chart to cover the entire Baie de Fort de France on the island of Martinique. It was almost 35 years later when the next accurate harbors plans of the "Cul de Sac Royal" were printed by Bellin (1764) and by Caylus (1760). <br></br> This map was included in the report of French astronomer Father Antoine Laval: "Voyage de la Louisiane", an account of the 1720 expedition to the Florida and Louisiana coasts led by French officer Valette de Laudun. Laval is recorded as mathematician or astronomer on that voyage. Laval was a professor of hydrography and mathematics based in the city of Toulon, France. Page 48. <br></br> Vallette de Laudun led the French expedition to Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico between March and November, 1720. The 262-member crew embarked from Toulon, France, on the ship Toulouse , encountering Madeira, Martinique, Saint-Domingue, and Cuba before entering the Gulf of Mexico. Following a month at Dauphin Island, the expedition returned to France.
4828Antique chart of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea.DetailsMannevillette, d'Apres1775
Antique chart of Jeddah Gedda Saudi Arabia
Mannevillette, d'Apres
$900.00Mannevillette--d-ApresAntique-chart-of-Jeddah-Gedda-Saudi-ArabiaRare. Early French nautical chart of the anchorage of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea. Shows the passage into the port of "Gedda" with a defensive wall. Curved elevation view of the coastline near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. <br></br> From J. B. d'Apres de Mannevillette's sea atlas "Le Neptune Oriental ou routier general des Cotes des Indes orientales et de la Chine." Jean-Baptiste d'Après de Mannevillette (1707 - 1780) was a French sailor, navigator, and hydrographer active in the mid-18th century. Mannevillette studied mathematics and navigation in Paris before winning a commission as an officer on a merchant vessel headed for the West Indies. Mannevillette collected and revised a number of regional nautical charts during numerous voyages around Africa to India and China. <br></br> Antique copper-engraving, published in Paris, ca. 1775. No folds. (Jiddah)
4830Engraved map of the bay and islands of Santorini, Italy.DetailsRansonnette, Nicolas1783
Scarce antique map of the Bay at Santorini, Italy
Ransonnette, Nicolas
$175.00Ransonnette--NicolasScarce-antique-map-of-the-Bay-at-Santorini--ItalyInteresting antique engraved map of the bay and islands of Santorini (Santorin), Italy. Shows the central portion of the volcanic caldera on "Isle Nouvelle" as emitting steam or smoke, an indication of recent and continuing volcanic activity on the island. Shows the Chateau de Searo. From "Illustrations de Lettres édifiantes et curieuses" by Nicolas Ransonnette (1745-1810). Tome 1, Page 78.
4839Antique map of the Sea of Azov and Crimea.DetailsTardieu, Ambroise1783
Antique Chart of the Sea of Azov Azof and Crimean Peninsula
Tardieu, Ambroise
$800.00Tardieu--AmbroiseAntique-Chart-of-the-Sea-of-Azov-Azof-and-Crimean-PeninsulaFine original antique map of the Sea of Azof and environs, based on Jan-Hendrik Van Kinsbergen's map of Crimea from 1776. Detailed inset chart of the Kerch Strait (Detroit de Zabache) linking the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea.
4774Scarce Spanish chart of Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville, Florida.DetailsDireccion Hidrografia1818
Scarce antique Spanish chart of Tampa Bay, Florida
Direccion Hidrografia
$1,950.00Direccion-HidrografiaScarce-antique-Spanish-chart-of-Tampa-Bay--FloridaA scarce Spanish antique nautical chart of a large area now encompassing St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida, and all of Tampa Bay. With anchorages identified, depth soundings, and several Spanish place-names. One unidentified location, "Cayo de Aguada" or Watering Key, remains unknown to me. That location likely would have been very attractive to pirates and privateers as it offered both close proximity to fresh water and to the nearby deeper entrance channels to Tampa Bay. <br></br> Contains numerous coastal locations with their second-Spanish period names: Longboat Key ("Id. Larga"), Passage Key ("Cayo del Passage"), Sweetwater Creek ("Rio de Aguadulce"), Little Manatee River ("Rio de Manaties"), Point Pinellas (Punta de Pinar [Sp. pine]). During the research for Spanish place-names our search turned up an exact match for "Punta de Piedras" or Rocky Point on the northeast shore of Old Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, that location for "Punta de Piedras" is on the wrong side of the bay. The search continues. <br></br> From the second part of "Portolano de la America...", published in 1818 by Spain's Admiralty department, the Dirección de Hidrografía. In 1809 the Direccion first published this atlas of plans of bays, harbors, and ports from Spain’s New World possessions: "Portolano de la America Septentrional Construido en la Direccion de Trabajos Hidrograficos". Plate 36.
48331870 manuscript map of Erie Railway property in Jersey City,DetailsErie Railway Company1870
Rare manuscript Erie Railway trace map Jersey City
Erie Railway Company
$2,500.00Erie-Railway-CompanyRare-manuscript-Erie-Railway-trace-map-Jersey-CityOne-of-a-kind post civil-war inked manuscript map of Erie Railway Company and Long Dock Co. property [1] in Jersey City, New Jersey from 1870. On surveyor's tracing cloth, this artifact was likely used as the master copy for producing other cyanotype (blueprint) maps [2]. <br></br> Made during a period of great change and great fortunes made by railroad speculators such as Jay Gould who attempted to take control of the Erie Railway in 1873. In fact it was just one year before this map was made that Gould and partner James Fisk caused financial devastation with a scheme to control the gold market. <br></br> Shows the Long Dock Company Tunnel (Bergen Tunnel) built in 1861. The new tunnel was used by the Erie Railway to reach the Pavonia Depot on the Hudson River. Copious explantion of the lands, raildoads, docks and piers; and improvements. Scale 400 feet to one inch. Title states "Made in compliance of an Act of the Legislature of the State of New Jersey. Approved March 17, 1870. <br></br> [1] The property of the Long Dock Company was operated by Erie Railway Company and its receivers Jan. 1, 1861 to May 31, 1878. The Long Dock Company was incorporated by special act of the State of New Jersey in 1856,for the purpose of constructing a railroad within the limits of Hoboken and Jersey City, N. J. with docks, piers, and bulkheads and establish a ferry at or near Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, N. J.<br/> [2] Blueprinting, a new photo-reprographic process, was introduced by Herschel in 1841 and by 1870 was commercialized, supporting the production of an unlimited number of copies from a single surveyor’s master trace. A blueprint was created by overlaying the traced map (as we have here) onto a piece of paper treated with a photo-sensitive compound. After exposure to sunlight the paper was washed and dried with the end product a blue negative copy of the trace.
4834Admiralty Chart of the South China Sea with SingaporeDetailsBritish Admiralty Hydrographical Office1912
China Sea Banka Strait to Singapore
British Admiralty Hydrographical Office
$1,450.00British-Admiralty-Hydrographical-OfficeChina-Sea-Banka-Strait-to-SingaporeFine orginal British Admiralty Chart of the South China Sea with Singapore featured prominently at top left. Singapore, at the south end of the Malay peninsula, was made a British colony in 1946 and in 1965 became an independent republic. Singapore is separated from the Malay Peninsula to the north by the Johor Strait. At the time of last correction (1912) the chart showed only tw o navigational lights on the island of Singapore. <br></br> South of Singapore, across the Singapore Strait, lie the Riau Archipelago (Kepulauan Riau) including the islands of Batam, Bintan, Rempang, Galang, and numerous smaller islands. <br></br> A scarce and desirable chart. <br></br> Moving south down the East Coast of Sumatra past the islands of Batam, Bintan, Ligga, and Singkep, the chart ends at the Banka Strait and Banka Island. <br></br> Verso with manuscript index labeling in several locations.
4796Cyanotype (blueprint) map of the Corita Vineyard, Los Altos Hills, CA.DetailsBarker, Curtis M.1925
Fine antique cyanotype map of Corita Vineyard, Palo Alto California
Barker, Curtis M.
$1,800.00Barker--Curtis-M-Fine-antique-cyanotype-map-of-Corita-Vineyard--Palo-Alto-CaliforniaRare and desirable original cyanotype (blueprint) topographic survey map of the <b>Corita Vineyard</b>, then located in Los Altos Hills, about 4 miles south of Stanford University and Palo Alto, California. The map is dominated by Page Mill Road and by Moody Road; a course table is inset for each thoroughfare. Dated within at 1905 but later, developed from a well-worn surveyor's trace. Little information is available online on Corita Vineyard, consistent with the apparent scarcity of this old cartographic artifact. <br></br> Title reads: <b>"Map of the Corita Vineyard. Being lots 3 & 4 of the Briones Partition of the la Purissima Conception Rancho the property of A.B. Blanco Surveyed in Feb. and Mar. 1905. Curtis M. Barker, Surveyor and C.E. San Jose, Cal."</b> 547 acres. Scale: 3600:1 . Contour interval: 25 feet. <br></br> <div class="indenttextblock"> <b>La Purissima Conception Rancho</b> - 4439 acre Mexican land grant given in 1840 by Governor Juan Alvarado to José Gorgonio and his son José Ramon. In 1844 Gorgonio sold the one square league Rancho La Purísima Concepción to Juana Briones de Miranda. <BR/> <b>Briones Partition</b> - Juana Briones (b. 1802) sold about three quarters of her rancho in 1861 to Martin Murphy Jr. of Sunnyvale, who had come to California with the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party in 1844. Briones gave the remaining 1,130 acres (4.6 km2) of her rancho to her children, who bore their father’s name, Miranda. Until it was demolished in 2011, the Juana Briones home, a California registered landmark, stood at 4155 Old Adobe Road.<BR/> <b>A.B. Blanco</b> - owner of the Corita Vineyard in 1905.<BR/> <b>Curtis M. Barker</b> - Licensed surveyor and Civil Engineer (b. 1861). Employed as assistant civil engineer by Leland Stanford University in 1885-1893. Surveyor and civil engineer in San Jose, CA from 1894.</b> </div>
4831Ex-libris for Andreae Sella; nautical chart after Michelot and BremondDetailsSella, Andrea1930
Rare Ex-libris la Rade du Gourjan Antibes for Sella
Sella, Andrea
$125.00Sella--AndreaRare-Ex-libris-la-Rade-du-Gourjan-Antibes-for-SellaNot 1727, but an early 20th century ex-libris or bookplate for Andreae (Andre') Sella after a early 18th-century nautical port plan by Henri Michelot and Laurens Bremond of the Cap d'Antibes. Circa 1930s. <br></br> Engraved by Georges Gorvel, active during the 1920's and 1930's. <br></br> Apparently from André Sella, manager of the Grand Hotel on Cap d'Antibes who had a large collection of documents and objects from the Napoleonic era. In 1952, the Navy granted him permission to use a site on the Cap d'Antibes site to house his growing collection. More than a decade later André Sella accepted the post of manager of the Association of Friends of Maritime Museums. <br></br> André Sella donated his collection to the Maritime Museum. With financial aid from Antibes council, the museum grew and became the Napoleonic Museum (Le musée Napoléonien), opened on May 30, 1964.
4826Map of Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation CompanyDetailsUnion Pacific Railroad1933
Map Oregon Washington Railroad and Navigation Company
Union Pacific Railroad
$350.00Union-Pacific-RailroadMap-Oregon-Washington-Railroad-and-Navigation-CompanyOriginal cyanotytpe map (blueprint) of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho with the rail lines and stops of the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company ca. 1933. Shows large and small railways some of which are now abandoned. <br></br> This map could be of interest for anyone with an interest in the Rails to Trails Conservancy or the Great American Rail-Trail initiative (a coast-to-coast multi-use trail of over 3,700 miles). Portions of this map inludes abandoned tracks that are incorporated into that coast-to-coast trail including the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (C. M. St. P and P.), now a part of the <b>Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail</b>. <br></br> Great detail and names of mountains in the Cascades Range including Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood. Coverage extends past Seattle to Everett, Washington. <br></br> The Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company operated from 1896 after a consolidation of several smaller railroads. Union Pacific (UP) purchased a majority stake of the line in 1898. In 1910 the line became a subsidiary of UP titled the <b>Oregon–Washington Railroad and Navigation Company.</b> Union Pacific formally absorbed the smaller railway into its system in 1936. <br></br> Dated 1933 based on 2 other similar items puchased in the same lot, each from the Chief Engineer's Office. <br></br> In the 1930's, minor abandonments of the company's Oregon lines included the partial abandonment of the line to Homestead, as well as joint operation with the Spokane, Portland & Seattle of the Oregon Trunk railroad line from the Columbia River south to Bend. <br></br> Drawn by REB. Published by the office of the Chief Engineer, Portland, Oregon.
4836Scarce waterproof WWII survival map for the north Atlantic Ocean.DetailsNavigators and Engineer Officers Union1942
WWII Atlantic Survival Chart NEOU
Navigators and Engineer Officers Union
$300.00Navigators-and-Engineer-Officers-UnionWWII-Atlantic-Survival-Chart-NEOUScarce waterproof privately-published WWII survival map for the north Atlantic Ocean from 1942. Only one other copy of this chart is found online, attributed as a lifeboat chart. Odd that we don't see more of these charts. <br></br> Although the Battle of the Atlantic had been underway since 1939 it was in January, 1942 that the first U.S. forces arrived in Britain and the first U-boats reached US waters sinking almost 160,000 tons of shipping. This chart, on waxed linen was intended for use in a lifeboat or raft of an Allied vessel. <br></br> The front chart contains current indicators and arrow diagrams for indicating wind directionality and average wind speed. The information provided on the charts was intended to be used: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "1) By men on rafts to estimate their drift from a known position and to help in choosing a course of action. 2) By officers directing air-sea rescue operations to help in choosing the search area and the method of search." </div> <br /> The verso of the chart contains textual descriptions of "Average Fog Conditions Over the North Atlantic". This entire artifact represents a contribution by British private industry to the war effort during a time of extreme hazard: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "Issued by the Navigators and Engineer Officers Union in War-time service to Members with grateful acknowledgement to Messrs. Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird, Ltd. And Henry Hughes & Son for their assistance and help." </div> <br /> Published by the Navigators and Engineer Officers Union, 78 Leadenhall Street, London, E.C.3. The Navigators and Engineer Officers Union was formed by in 1935 to take on the trade union functions of its predecessor Navigators and General Insurance Company Ltd. William Harry Coombs(1893-1969) served as the organization's General Secretary until 1943. (Longford, Mark. Navigators & General. Spring, 2011. Online). Bottom right corner: "M.B.F."