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Caspian Sea detail [Detail]
Thomas Woodroofe. "A Plain Chart of the Caspian Sea." London: J. Hanway, 1753. 13 3/4 x 21 1/2. Engraving. With folds as issued. Split at fold at right and one tear just into image; repaired. Some light off-setting. Very good condition.

The first detailed chart of the Caspian sea based on the surveys of John Elton and Thomas Woodroofe. They were both Englishmen who surveyed the sea in the early eighteenth century as part of the British trade in the area. $450

Lattre Poland
Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannoni. "Carte Generale de la Pologne." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & Delalain, 1753-1782. 12 x 17 3/4 (neat lines plus margins). Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A detailed and very accurate map of Poland by Italian cartographer, Giovanni Antonio Rizzi-Zannoni (1736-1814). Though his output is small, Rizzi-Zannoni was a fascinating man. He studied astronomy and surveying and acquired the post of Geographer to the Republic of Venice. He was the first to carry out triangulation of Poland and he was appointed in 1772 as Chief Hydrographer of the French Dépôt de Marine. Among his maps is this excellent depiction which appeared in Jean Lattré's Atlas Moderne. With his experience as a hydrographer and his involvement in the 1757 survey of the French-British boundary in North America, Rizzi-Zannoni was well qualified to make this map of an important country in Europe. The rhumb lines, original color and elaborate baroque title cartouche make this as handsome a map as it is historically fascinating. $225

Jean Janvier. "Russie d'Europe avec la partie la plus peuplée de celle d'Asie." From Atlas Moderne. Paris: Jean Lattré & J. Thomas, 1762. 12 1/8 x 17 3/4. Engraving by Lattré. Original outline color. Very good condition.

Jean Janvier was a French cartographer who worked in Paris in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Among his output were some fine maps which appeared in Jean Lattré's Atlas Moderne. This atlas contained maps of all parts of the world engraved by Lattré, the "Graveur Ordinaire du Roi." Janvier's maps contained the best information available at the time, done with typical French precision and care. The map has a finely etched title cartouche, in the upper right corner. $275

Finley: Russia in Europe
Anthony Finley. From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1824. 11 1/4 x 8 5/8. Engravings by Young & Delleker. Full original hand-color. Full margins. Very good condition unless noted otherwise.

Early in the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley was a great popularizer of maps out of Philadelphia and one of the leading cartographic publishers in America. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. These maps of Russia are typical of his work. Towns, rivers, and and other topographical features are noted. Also indicated, with contrasting shades, are the political divisions of the nation. The bright color make these maps as attractive as they are informative.

Asian Russia
John Lothian. "Russia in Asia." From New Edinburgh General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Gellatly & London: Henry Washbourne, ca. 1840. 11 1/4 x 13 5/8. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A lovely and well produced map from John Lothian's New Edinburgh General Atlas. Published jointly in London and Edinburgh, this atlas contained maps with very good detail of towns and cities, river and lakes, orography, and political divisions. In this period, the United Kingdom had established itself as the dominate economic and cartographic nation and the maps from this atlas bespeak the quality of British mapmakers. Each map is finely hand colored, making them as attractive as they are historically interesting. This is a nice map of Asian Russia, with rivers, mountains, lakes and political divisions indicated. $150

Mitchell: Russia in Asia
S. Augustus Mitchell. "Russia in Europe." From Mitchell's A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1849. 15 3/4 x 12 1/2. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original hand color. A few light spots. Otherwise, very good condition.

A fine map of Russia in Europe from the mid-nineteenth century. The map is filled with myriad details, including major rivers, cities, and provinces. It is a fine example of American cartography near mid-century and a fascinating and decorative historical artifact. $55

Maps by Charles Desilver Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new roads, towns, and other information. These maps are typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. Attractive and fascinating documents of these countries.


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