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Maps by Sebastian Munster. Woodcuts. Very good condition.

Maps from Sebastian Munster's Geographia and Cosmographia. One of the main features of these seminal works were the maps and views of cities and countries around the world. Issued when there was a growing population is Europe interested in places beyond their own neighborhood, Munster's work presented for many the first glimpse they had of the wider world. The views were often based on first hand drawings and the maps were based on the latest geographic information available to Munster, who was in contact with scholars and geographers around the continent. As such they present a remarkable glimpse of Europe in the early Rennaissance.

Girolamo Porro after Giovanni Magini. From Geographiae Universaetum Tum Veteris Tum Novae. Cologne, 1597. Printed by Peter Keschedt. Octavo. Ca. 4 7/8 x 6 3/4. Engravings. Full margins. Very good condition.

From a strongly engraved series of maps from Magini's edition of Ptolemy's Geography. The maps were drawn by Porro, probably under the direction of Magini. One group of the maps is based on Ptolemy's conceptions from the second century, and these are generally recognizable by the trapezoidal border. The other maps, such as these are modern, based upon the best maps available at the time by such cartographers as Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius. These are excellent sixteenth century maps: classic Ptolemaic renderings and fine examples of cartography in the early days of modern cartography.

Blaeu: Ancient Rome
Johannes Blaeu. "Roma Vetus Nobilissimo, Prudentissimoque Domino . . ." [Ancient Rome]. Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu, 1663. From Theatrum Civitatum et Admirandorum Italiae. 19 x 21 1/2 (neat lines). Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition. Framed.

North is oriented to the left on this detailed bird's-eye plan of ancient Rome. The Tiber River flows through the walls, and dozens of important buildings, churches, monuments and theaters are shown. The map is dedicated to Simon van Hoorn, who was a Mayor of Amsterdam and Governor of the VOC (better known as the Dutch East India Company), and features his coat of arms. $1,500

"Carta Georgraphica, la quale rappresenta lo Stato della Republica di Genova . . ." Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, ca. 1743. 19 x 21 3/4. From Atlas Novus. Engraving. Wear and wrinkling along center fold, old cellophane tape, and resulting staining. Poor condition.

Johann Baptist Homann (1663-1724) was one of the most important German cartographers of eighteenth century, and his firm was carried on by his son Johann Christoph (1701-1730), and then the 'Homann Heirs' from 1730 until 1813. The maps issued by all the firms had the same style, with strong engraving and elaborate uncolored cartouches. This is a good example of their output: throughout the map, towns, rivers, and roads are shown with profuse detail. A wonderful cartouche graces the center of the map with an inset plan of the port city of Genoa, and below a lovely birdseye view of the city illustrating the political and cultural flourish of eighteenth-century Europe and the importance of this particular city in European trade. $150

Robert Wilkinson. "A New Map of the Dominions of the King of Sardinia, with Part of the Estates of Genoa." London: Richard Wilkinson, 1794. 10 7/8 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Smiudges in lower right and into margin, else, very good condition.

A typically informative and lovely British map of Northwestern Italy and Sardinia. English maps of the time are known for their neat and detailed style. With the subtle hand color, the map is decorative as well as historically interesting. $40

"The Late Seat of War in Italy." From The British Military Library; or Journal: comprehending a Complete Body of Military Knowledge. London: R. Phillips, 1799-1801. 7 7/8 x 10 1/8. Engraving. Very good condition.

One of a group of maps illustrating the Seats of War, army encampments, battle sites, as well as the countries of the armies participating in the war. Plans of various systems of fortification including castles, cities, fields, forts and villages are represented. The maps and plans were published for officers engaged in foreign service as England was the only country with the power to resist the conquering tendencies of the French revolutionary governments. $35

Maps by John Cary. London: J. Cary. 17 7/8 x 20. Engravings. Original hand color. Very good condition.

These maps were drawn, engraved and published by John Cary (fl 1769-1836) in London for the 1800 edition of his New Universal Atlas. Amidst the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, British naval power was rising, and mapmaking as an art and science kept pace. Cary used existing maps and new surveys to provide his clients with the most up-to-date information on all parts of the world. Inaccuracies might be evident, but they reflect the state of knowledge in Western Europe when they were made. Attractive, with interesting information, these are excellent maps of Italy from the beginning of the nineteenth century.

"Savoy and Piedmont with the Isle of Sardinia." From A New and Elegant General Atlas. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1807. 9 3/4 x 7 7/8. Engraving. Excellent original color. Very good condition.

In 1794, Robert Laurie and James Whittle took over Robert Sayer's important publishing business in London and continued to produce maps of the highest quality into the early nineteenth century. With access to the best geographic records and the finest craftsmen, the maps issued by Laurie & Whittle are among the best of the period. This map of Northwestern Italy is a fine example, exhibiting great detail in a small format. Rivers, lakes and mountains are well illustrated and political borders highlighted in contrasting colors. An excellent snapshot of the region at the beginning of the nineteenth century. $110

Mathew Carey. "Italy and Sardinia from the best Authorities." Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1814. 13 1/8 x 14 1/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Light staining and wear along center fold. Else, very good condition.

An early American map of Italy, one of the first by a prominent Philadelphia cartographer. It was issued by Mathew Carey, one of the seminal figures in early American cartography. Carey, an Irish immigrant, established the first specialized cartographic publishing firm. He set up an elaborate system of craftsmen for engraving, printing, coloring and distributing his maps, and so was important not only for the excellent maps he produced, but also for his setting the pattern for early American map publishing. A excellent and attractive American document. $225

From Cary's New Universal Atlas. London: J. Cary, 1816. 9 1/8 x 11 1/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Scattered, light foxing; mostly in margins. Otherwise, very good condition.

Detailed maps of regions in Italy by John Cary (ca. 1754-1835), the founder of the famous English cartographic firm. From about mid-way through the eighteenth century, British cartographers were the best in the world, and the maps produced by Cary are good examples of the quality they achieved. When the Napoleonic Wars ended, the victorious powers met to settle the borders of post-war Europe at the Congress of Vienna, and this map shows that the period. Rivers, towns, roads, and other information is clearly presented with very crisp engravings, with an almost three-dimensional topographical appearance. The subtle hand coloring adds a decorative touch to this fine early nineteenth century historic document.

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Southern Italy
David H. Burr. "Southern part of Italy." From Universal Atlas. New York: Thomas Illman, 1835. 10 1/4 x 12 1/2. Engraving. Full original color. Very good condition.

An excellent map of Southern Italy, along with Sicily, Sardinia, and the southern part of Corsica by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. As a careful geographer, Burr is painstaking in this map to put in only information for which he felt there was a scientific basis. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $145

Maps by the SDUK. London: SDUK, ca. 1840. 15 1/2 x 12 1/4. Engravings. Original hand outline color. Very good condition.

Detailed and precisely drawn maps of Italy by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. These maps of Italy are typical of the Society's output. The Ancient Italy maps include Roman miles and markings of both Forums and Temples along with the usual topographical information.

Henry Tanner. "Kingdom of Sardinia." From Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1844. 11 5/8 x 15. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A map of Northwestern Italy and Sardinia by the great American cartographer, Henry Schenck Tanner. Beginning at the end of the second decade of the nineteenth century, Tanner, produced his important American Atlas, the finest American produced atlas to the time. The American Atlas was a huge success and this inspired Tanner, in 1834, to produce his Universal Atlas, of more manageable size. This atlas contained excellent maps of each state, focusing on the transportation network, including roads, railroads and canals. All details are clearly presented and these include towns, rivers mountains, political boundaries and transportation information. In 1844 Carey & Hart issued an updated edition of the Tanner atlas. These maps were later purchased by S. Augustus Mitchell, and then Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., but maps from the early Carey & Hart edition are quite rare. This is a typical example of the maps from that atlas. $85

"Kingdom of Sardinia." Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.: Philadelphia, 1853. 12 1/2 x 15 3/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A fine map of a portion of Italy from the mid-nineteenth century, showing the continent at an interesting period in its history. The map is filled with myriad topographical details, including rivers, cities, political borders and indications of major mountains and transportation systems. $60


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