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.
1101Coming Soon!Detailsde Vaugondy, Robert1774
Carte de La Californie et des Pays Nord Ouest
de Vaugondy, Robert
$475.00de-Vaugondy--RobertCarte-de-La-Californie-et-des-Pays-Nord-OuestTwo maps of the West Coast of North America, from the Strait of Anian to Cabo San Lucas and the southern tip of Baja California in Mexico. The work by Vaugondy consists of comparative geography from two maps derived from Mercator (1612) and Petrus Plancius (1641). The larger map (by Mercator) shows the Strait of Anian, Anian Regnum, Quivira Regnum, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and Nova Albion. Includes over 30 coastal place names, including Cabo Mendocino, San Miguel (San Diego), Cape Fortuna, and Laguna de los Apostolos. On both maps the lower end of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is referred to as "Cabo Califonia" but only on the larger map is northwestern Mexico called "Nova Granada". <br></br> The smaller inset map (by Planicus) also shows the Strait of Anian, and depicts an open sea above, suggesting a Northwest Passage in the Arctic Circle. The northwest coastline on North America differs radically, and only Anian Regnum and Quivira Regnum are located, the latter considerably south of the location on the larger map. The smaller map includes a similar number of coastal placenames including Cabo Blanco , Cabo de San Francisco and los Farilones (the Farralon islands).
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.
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.