1535 - woodcut - B/W as issued
31x43cm, mint condition
1535 edition (with title on top, no text on verso) of the first (1522) printed map to focus on the Southeast Asian islands and the only map to focus on this area in the first half of the 16th Century.
Showing anthropophagi (cannibals) on the island of Angama (Bali??)
Soria et Terra Santa Nuova Tavola
B/W as issued
Small map (26x20cm) of the Holy Land, lacking the upper margin
Ormus (Persian Gulf)
Amsterdam, Barent Langenes, 1598
pp 85 and 86 from the atlas, Caert Tresoor
Copperplate engraving, 9x12,3 cm.
Clear print. Unrestored in its original state.
Description of Ormus (see below) is in verso of the map in Dutch.
First map ever printed of the Persian Gulf as a stand alone. Extremely rare as only 13 copes of the original atlas are known to survive. In Sultan al Qasimis book the Langenes map is shown in an c 1610 example by Petrus Bertius. Only in its first edition of 1598 the map is presented without the framework of longitude and latitude, as is our map.
Text in verso of the map: description of Ormus
From the atlas, Caert Tresoor,
Middelburg, the Netherlands, 1598
Tibbetts 1978, map 56
B/W as issued, 9x12,3cm
The first map exclusively dedicated Arabia and the Red Sea is in the Ptolemy edition, in Rome of 1478. It is called Sexta Asiae tabula. The first modern depiction of Arabia and the Red Sea is in Waldseemullers Carta Marina of 1516 of which one copy only is known to exist. The first printed modern map of Arabia and the Red Sea is Arabia Felix Nova Tabula by Gastaldi in 1548. Tibbets calls the Gastaldi 1548 map the first printed map to specifically deal with Arabia. That map was copied and enlarged by Ruscelli in 1561.
In that same year, 1561 Gastaldi produced a larger map ...seconda parte ...
Contrafactur des Scharmutz
In part VIII of the Petits Voyages,
Johann Theodor and Johann Israel de Bry,
(Suarez, Mapping of SE Asia, Periplus 1999: 184; Church 218)
Copper plate engraving, 33x26 cm,
Small margins (circa 1 cm), good print, no restorations
This map (plate XIII) comes from the Latin version of the Petits Voyages, part VIII, published by de Bry in 1607. It is the oldest surviving printed map showing Singapore. It came out in identical form in the German version of the same de Bry volume, published in 1606
The north is to the left. The map shows Sinca Pora with the Batasubar (Johor) river to the east. The Sea, south of Sinca Pora is more ...
From the Petits Voyages, book VIII
Frankfurt, de Bry sons. 1607
Copper plate engraving
25,5x 32,5 cm
Ample margins, no restorations
Wattis fine art. Early views and maps of Macau, 1570-1890. Hong Kong May 1999
The Portuguese were the first to depict Macao in the West. These were unique drawings, not prints. The oldest manuscript images that I am aware of are in a 1636 album by Antonio de Mariz Carneiro. I add an image where you can see the development over time in building fortifications at strategic points on the peninsula.
De Bry in his Petits Voyages, publishes an engraved view of the city, a nice and convincing birds ...
Asiae Nova Descriptio
1614 - 43,8 x 56,2 cm - coloured - restored split of the central fold without loss, two smaller tears sideways, restored without loss. Fine copy of a beautiful map.
First carte à figures of Asia, showing the main cities, including Macao and Goa, six images of the kings, as well as eight figures of various countries.
Carte des Pays voisin de la MER CASPIENNE
contemporary full colour
slight browning, else excellent condition
tiny whole of 2x5mm, hardly visible
Detailed map of the Caspian Sea.
Carte de TARTARIE
original hand colour
slight browning, else excellent conditon
Highly attractive map of Russia and Siberia, still showing Nova Zembla as part of the continent, undecided whether the Street of Anian open or closed.
Carte generale du cours du Gange et du Gagra
Paris, Du Perron. 1784
(Gole, 1983: 102 2.1; Sommervogel, Vol VIII, column 21 & 22; Edney p 133) 59x75 cm, black & white as issued, copper plate engraving. Slight, overall browning. Else fine
A rare and fundamental map in the history of cartography of India.
Tieffentaller (born 1710) was a Jesuit who worked and travelled India (1742-1785). He used his knowledge of the higher Ganges area to draw this map, which was published in Paris in 1784 and used by Rennell for his pioneering work on the cartography of that country. Notably but not surprisingly for a Jesuit he used and ...
Suruga (Mount Fuji)
Woodcut map, printed in rice paper.
Colored in two more goes of other woodblocks with color: green and yellow
Apart from being informative and beautiful the map stands out using two and three dimensions in one and the same print. The province is shown in two dimensions emerging into a third dimension: mount Fuji.