Cartographic Curiosities

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948Coming Soon!DetailsRuscelli, Girolamo1598
Scarce Ptolemaic map of Greece
Ruscelli, Girolamo
$255.00Ruscelli--GirolamoScarce-Ptolemaic-map-of-GreeceColorful engraved antique map of Greece on a trapezoidal projection published in 1598, based on the work of <b>Claudius Ptolemy</b>. Coverage includes mainland Greece, the <b>Peloponnese Peninsula</b>, Crete, Cyclades Archipelago, the Sporades and Ionian Islands, and the Gulf of Corinth. <br></br> This scarce map is from the sixth edition of Girolamo Ruscelli's translation of Claudio Ptolemy's <b>Geografia</b> with 27 Ptolemaic maps and 42 other maps based on modern sources. Ptolemy (ca. 100 AD - 170 AD) was a Greco-Egyptian cartographer who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. Ptolemy's Geografia was a a compilation of geographical coordinates of the world's locations and geographic features known to the Roman Empire in the second century AD. <br></br> Girolamo Ruscelli (1504 - 1566) was an Italian cartographer and writer who, under the pseudonym <b>Alexius Pedemontanus</b>, published the popular book "<i>The Secrets of Alexis of Piedmont</i>". That book was an early contribution to the scientific revolution that arose during the Rennaisance.
1379Coming Soon!DetailsVaugondy, Robert de1778
Fine Antique Speculative Map of North America
Vaugondy, Robert de
$350.00Vaugondy--Robert-deFine-Antique-Speculative-Map-of-North-AmericaA good example of Robert de Vaugondy's 1778 map of North America's English Possessions incorporating his speculative geography of the American northwest. The map covers from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Atlantic Ocean to Texas, then "Nouveau Mexique". <br></br> This map's most interesting features are in the large inset in the upper left quadrant illustrating Vaugondy's speculative geography of the American Northwest. The map features the Sea of the West (Mer de L'Ouest), the discoveries of Admiral de Fonte, the discoveries of Bernarda, the Strait of Anian, and the mythical kingdoms of Quivira and Teguaio. <br></br> There is no reliable evidence to authenticate either the existence of Admiral de Fonte himself or of the voyage. The account of de Fonte's voyage, first published in 1708, took the form of a letter by de Fonte in which he described himself as “then Admiral of New Spain and Peru, and now Prince of Chili.” The story is now attributed to the editor of the London Magazine. <br></br> Perhaps Vaugondy was attempting a bit of "fake news" and trying to muddy the waters over the English claims to North American territory by including these speculative geographic features into the map. <br></br> From Vaugondy's "Nouvel atlas portatif ". Engraved by Dussy.
1107Coming Soon!DetailsDezauche, J.C.1800
Unique and unusual paste up engraver's copy of an unpublished Dezauche map
Dezauche, J.C.
$500.00Dezauche--J-C-Unique-and-unusual-paste-up-engraver-s-copy-of-an-unpublished-Dezauche-mapA very unusual 216 year old paste-up map-engraver's working copy before the era of photographic reproduction. The paste-up provides a rare glimpse into the map-making thought process and the cartographic design process of the early 19th century during the French Revolution. <br></br> The paste-up is a composite of cut-out portions of J.C. Dezuache's "Carte Itineraire" along with fresh manuscript geographic outlines and neatlines as required. The end result of the effort is the model for a new map of only the Morbihan department with detail from the earlier Dezauche map and showing Morbihan in context with its closest neighboring areas. No record exists that this new revised map was ever published. Bears the signature and date at bottom in manuscript "Dezauche 1800". <br></br> In 1800 Jean-Claude Dezauche published a map of Brittany (Bretagne) and its several departments: "Carte itinéraire de la Bretagne, contenant les départements du Finistère, du Morbihan, des Côtes-du-Nord, d'Isle-et-Vilaine et de la Loire-Inférieure, avec les routes de postes et autres routes de communications / dressée par Dezauche." It is from this map that Dezauche or his publisher extracted the bulk of the image that was to be repurposed into a new map of Morbihan.
1457Coming Soon!DetailsGold, Joyce1804
Chart of the Supposed Course of the Florida Stream
Gold, Joyce
$400.00Gold--JoyceChart-of-the-Supposed-Course-of-the-Florida-StreamGraphically arresting thematic chart of the "Florida Stream" or Gulf Stream with its flow northwards up the east coast of the United States, well past Bermuda, and then into the North Atlantic Ocean. Direction of the Gulf Stream current is shown visually by arrows supplemented with written notations indicating the compass direction at several locations across the stream. <br></br> The map may be considered to be an example of persuasive cartography. The concept of the Gulf Stream was novel at that time (hence the "supposed"); many mariners had not fully adopted the notion when this map was published. The direction and flow of the Gulf Stream was proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1770 based on measurements he took during voyages from the U.S. to England and France. <br></br> London Published May 31, 1804 by J. Gold, 103 Shoe Lane.
1373Coming Soon!DetailsPatten, Richard1823
A Rediscovered Chart- Sheet 5 from Richard Patten's Block Island Sound to Cuba
Patten, Richard
$18,000.00Patten--RichardA-Rediscovered-Chart--Sheet-5-from-Richard-Patten-s-Block-Island-Sound-to-CubaA singular U.S. privately-printed copper-engraved coastal chart on two joined sheets sold by Richard Patten, "Mathematical Instrument Maker", 180 Water Street, NY. (Cartographer unknown). This sheet of Patten's epic chart covers the Florida Keys, Cuba, and Jamaica. <br></br> Believed to be sheet 5 and the only known example of any sheet of Patten's 5 sheet chart of the U.S. East Coast extending from Block Island Sound down the US coast to Cuba. One sheet from potentially the largest ever 19th-century U.S. privately-printed coastal chart at 63" X 135", all on a very unusual oblique orientation. <br></br> Features suggesting this is #5 of Patten's large chart include: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Oblique chart orientation is 30 degrees east of North (unusual). A rough layout drawn to match orientation, proportions, and # sheets confirms potential coverage from Block Island to Cuba in 5 sheets.<a href="" target="_blank">See additional images. </a>.</li> <li>Patten's trade card on verso confirms author/seller.</li> <li>Latitude and longitude scales on both sides and bottom margins. Lack of scale markings at the top margin suggests it was the joined edge.</li> <li> This sheet lacks title (assumed on Sheet 1).</li> </ul> </div> Holdings: No sheet of Patten's 5 sheet chart are recorded in OCLC, Antique Map Price Record, LOC, Internet, Guthorn. Charts by Richard Patten are rare. <br></br> Richard Patten is listed as a mathematical instrument maker in the New York Directories from 1813-1840. (Smart, The Makers of Surveying Instruments in America since 1700, Vol. I, p. 114) <br></br> <div style="margin:auto"><img src="/PageImages/PattenSurveyingCompass.jpg" alt="Smiley face" width="200" > </div> Surveying compass by Patten with 4 1/4-in. dia. engraved silvered dial signed 'Rich d Patten, New York', engraved star pattern with compass points in block lettering.
1054Coming Soon!DetailsGillray, James1851
Fighting for the Dunghill
Gillray, James
$450.00Gillray--JamesFighting-for-the-DunghillRe-strike satirical copperplate engraving of Gillray's famed "Fighting over the Dunghill". This caricature is by one of England's finest 18th century artists and satirists, James Gillray. Printed after Gillray's death from the original plate this engraving (recto) shows two colossal national figures sitting on the globe, Jack Tar, plump and hearty representing Britain, boxing an emaciated, half-naked Frenchman, possibly Napoleon, who has blood spouting from his nose, his torso and limbs heavily scarred with the tattooed name "Nelson", a British naval hero. <br></br> Hand-coloured etching with aquatint and attractive hand-coloring. <br></br> Originally published in 1798 by Hannah Humphrey this plate is from the Henry Bohn restrikes printed from the original plates during 1845 to 1851. Printed on both sides of heavy wove paper, the verso contains an unusable engraving due to trimming of the engraving on the recto.