Category Archives: Foreign Maps

New Additions: Maps and Views

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSToday we are sharing several beautiful maps and bird’s-eye views, recently added to our  inventory. The colors are just stunning for many of these engravings,  especially the Braun and Hogenberg view of trading ports in the East and the Lotter map and view of the Republic of Genoa. We hope you enjoy these new additions as much as we do!

Calechut Celeberrimum Indiae Emporium [on sheet with] Ormus [and] Canonor [and] S. Georgii Oppidum Mina. By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. Image size 13 1/4 x 18 9/16" (335 x 470 mm). Very good condition. Original handcoloring. LINK.

Calechut Celeberrimum Indiae Emporium [on sheet with] Ormus [and] Canonor [and] S. Georgii Oppidum Mina. By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. Image size 13 1/4 x 18 9/16″ (335 x 470 mm). Very good condition. Original handcoloring. LINK.

This engraving shows four views of the trading regions of the East, from Africa to India. The upper view shows the important 16th century Indian trading center Calecut. Located near Madras, Calecut was dubbed the “City of Spices” for its role in the Eastern spice trade, with red pepper as a main export. This view presents the town at the edge of a jungle, with red-roofed buildings and several larger stone structures. An elephant with a mahout standing on his back is watching while boats are constructed on the beach. Asian and European vessels are shown in the harbor, and a fishing scene occurs at the water’s edge. Beneath Calecut are smaller views of Ormuz at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Canonor in India, and the Portuguese fortress of El Mina in West Africa. This view is from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most famous and influential book of town plans published in the 16th Century.


 

Carte d'une Partie des Indes Orientales, Etats du Mogol les Cotes de Malabar et de Coromandel &c. Published by J. Covens & C. Mortier, Amsterdam. Copper engraving, original outline color, c.1700. Image size 21 3/8 x 19 1/2" (544 x 498 mm) plus margins. Very good condition. Original hand coloring. LINK.

Carte d’une Partie des Indes Orientales, Etats du Mogol les Cotes de Malabar et de Coromandel &c. Published by J. Covens & C. Mortier, Amsterdam. Copper engraving, original outline color, c.1700. Image size 21 3/8 x 19 1/2″ (544 x 498 mm) plus margins. Very good condition. Original hand coloring. LINK.

A fine and highly detailed depiction of India and the surrounding region, this map extends from the Straits of Hormuz to the Gulf of Bengal. The Amsterdam publishing firm of Covens and Mortier was the successor to the extensive publishing empire built by Frenchman Pierre Mortier (1661 – 1711). Upon Mortier’s death in 1711,  the firm was inherited by Mortier’s son, Cornelius, and son-in-law, Johannes Covens. The two set out to re-publish maps by great 17th and 18th century Dutch and French cartographers De L’Isle, Allard, Jansson, De Wit, and Ottens, among others. They quickly became one of the largest and most prolific Dutch publishing houses of the 18th century.


Lo Stato della Repubblica di Genova. Tobias Conrad Lotter. Published in Augsburg. Copper plate engraving, c.1770. Image size 19 1/8 x 22 1/2" (487 x 572 mm). Good condition. Tight lower margin, as issued. Nicely handcolored. LINK.

Lo Stato della Repubblica di Genova. Tobias Conrad Lotter. Published in Augsburg. Copper plate engraving, c.1770. Image size 19 1/8 x 22 1/2″ (487 x 572 mm). Good condition. Tight lower margin, as issued. Nicely handcolored. LINK.

An intricately detailed map of Republic of Genoa with a striking view of the harbor and city below. A numbered key identifies 64 buildings and locations along the harbor.  Genoa was an independent state from 1005 to 1797. Tobias Conrad Lotter (1717-1777) was a German publisher and engraver. He married the daughter of prominent map publisher, Matthaus Seutter, and upon Seutter’s retirement took control of the firm, updating and republishing many of his maps.


Carte Generale Des Etats-Unis et du Mexique comprenant L'Amerique Centrale et les Antilles. Eugene Andriveau-Goujon. Engraving, undated, c.1878. Overall 26 1/4 x 37 7/8" (55.6 x 96 cm). Segmented map. Removed from, but retains, original cover.  Very good condition. Original handcoloring. LINK.

Carte Generale Des Etats-Unis et du Mexique comprenant L’Amerique Centrale et les Antilles. Eugene Andriveau-Goujon. Engraving, undated, c.1878. Overall 26 1/4 x 37 7/8″ (55.6 x 96 cm). Segmented map. Removed from, but retains, original cover. Very good condition. Original handcoloring. LINK.

A large and highly detailed folding-map of the United States, Mexico, and West Indies. Four inset maps are shown: Central America, Lesser Antilles, New York and Long Island, and the Atlantic Ocean showing the connections to Europe. The map provides an up-to-date account of the political boundaries of the West, especially notable for a European map produced during that time period.


India Orientalis. Jodocus Hondius. Copper plate engraving, 1606-c.1607. Image size 14 x 19" (355 x 483 mm). Good condition, save for tiny repaired hole in scale. Nice early color. Latin text on verso. LINK.

India Orientalis. Jodocus Hondius. Copper plate engraving, 1606- c.1607. Image size 14 x 19″ (355 x 483 mm). Good condition, save for tiny repaired hole. Nice early color. Latin text on verso. LINK.

A beautiful, early color example of Jodocus Hondius’ map of China and Southeast Asia. This is one of the finest early Dutch maps of the region. Cartographically, it depicts all of India and the Maldives, eastward to the Malay Peninsula, Indochina, northern Borneo and the Philippines. It also includes southern China with the Pearl River Estuary, Canton, and Formosa. The map is richly embellished with three strap work cartouches, two sailing vessels (one being an oriental junk), and a large sea monster.

Past/Present: Russia Maps

past present logo copyTomorrow is the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympic Games, held in Sochi. To celebrate, we have two early maps of Russia. ( Sochi however will not appear on either map, because it wasn’t founded until the mid-19th century).

The 17th century map is Willem Blaeu’s version of Hessel Gerritsz’ rare and important map of Russia. This fine map was compiled from manuscripts brought back from Russia by Isaac Massa. It is beautifully embellished with a large title cartouche, sailing ships, a compass rose, three Russian gentlemen, and a view of the port of Archangel. In the upper left is a large plan of the walled city of Moscow.

The 18th century map was published Homann Heirs in Nuremberg, and is a depiction of greater Russia, from the Baltic to Kamchatka, including Japan, Korea and the majority of China. Great detail is provided, including many city names, rivers and other topographical features.

Image on the Left: Tabula Russiae. . .MDCXIIII. Willem J. Blaeu. Copper plate engraving, 1614 – c.1640. Latin text on verso. LINK.

Image on the Right: Imperii Russici et Tatariae Universae. Homann Heirs. Published by Homann Heirs, Nuremberg. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1739. LINK.

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Past/Present: Africa maps

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Today we have two maps showcasing  the southern portion of Africa. The older map, Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior, was published by G. Blaeu in Amsterdam, circa 1635. This map covers an area from Congo-Zanzibar to the Cape and was largely based on Portuguese exploration, both real and imagined. This was the standard map of South Africa throughout the 17th century. Stylistically, the map is a fine example of 17th century Dutch maps- ornate, colorful, and beautifully engraved. The cartouche depicts two native Africans holding up an ox skin bearing the map title. At their feet are monkeys and tortoises. Several more animals roam the continent, while the seas are peppered with ships, possibly fluyts- the gem of the Dutch sailing and trading fleet.

The 19th century map, entitled Africa, is from “Colton’s Atlas of the World”. It shows Cape Colony, Trans Waal Republic, British Kafraria, Natal, Zulu Country, Mozambique, and Zanguebar. In contrast to the earlier 17th century map, this Colton engraving shows more of Madagascar, and the smaller islands in the Indian Ocean.

Image on the Left: Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior. By Willem J. Blaeu.Published by G. Blaeu, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, c.1635. Latin text on verso. Original handcoloring.

Image on the Right: Africa. (Southern Sheet.) By J. H. Colton. Published by J. H. Colton and Company, New York. Engraving, 1855-56. Handcolored.

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Holiday 2013 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new Holiday 2013 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The catalog features a wide range of prints and maps- including new Currier and Ives hand-colored lithographs, important early views from Henry Lewis’ Das Illustrirte Mississippithal, traditional holiday genre scenes, and a sampling of new contemporary prints (and accompanying  biographical information) from our local DC artists Deron DeCesare, Yolanda Frederikse, Jake Muirhead, Philip Bennet, and Susan Goldman.

Published in both traditional and digital media forms, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  To receive our next Showcase in print, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Click the image below to read the Holiday Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Holiday 2013. CLICK TO READ!

The Old Print Gallery Showcase.
Holiday 2013.
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We hope you enjoy it!

Miami International Map Fair

Save the date: February 7-9, 2014

map-web-tinyWe will be attending the 21st Annual Miami International Map Fair with our NY partners, The Old Print Shop. We hope to see our OPG map collectors at the fair, and will be bringing down our best material.  If you cant make it down to Florida in February, feel free to send us your “wish list”. We can look for special, rare, and exciting maps that you want for your walls. This is a great opportunity to create (if you are new to collecting) or build upon  your personal map collection.

A little bit about the Fair, from their fantastic website:

“This annual event showcases antique maps, rare books, panoramas and atlases from around the world. Peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world. Learn about cartography through a series of lectures by experts in the field and enjoy special events held throughout the weekend. “

And this year’s lecturers were just announced! Be sure to attend talks given by Alex J.C. Johnson Ph.D, Margret Pritchard, and Susan Schulten Ph.D.

More info to come soon!

New Additions: Bird’s Eye Views

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NEW ADDITIONSToday we are sharing several new bird’s-eye views of foreign cities.  Though generally not drawn to scale, these city views were based on detailed studies, provided from in-person travels or writing from well-known travelers and explorers. They provide great insight into the town during its depicted period- important buildings, like government, military, and religious structures, are almost always labelled. Additionally, side margins or cartouches will sometimes feature people in period clothing, list important city dates or events, or show key travel routes.  We hope you enjoy these intriguing, detailed prints!

Rhotomagus, Galliae Lugdunensis as Sequanam flu. Opp. vulgo Rouen. (France). By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. A fine view of the town of Rouen, France, on the River Seine from Braun & Hogenberg’s “Civitates Orbis Terrarum." Good condition. Period coloring. $495.00. LINK.

Rhotomagus, Galliae Lugdunensis as Sequanam flu. Opp. vulgo Rouen. (France). By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. A fine view of the town of Rouen, France, on the River Seine from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Good condition. Period coloring. $495.00. LINK.

Rimini. (Italy). By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. A fine view of the city of Rimini from Braun & Hogenberg’s “Civitates Orbis Terrarum.” Rimini is located between the Rivers Marecchia and Ausa on the Adriatic Sea in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Good condition. Period coloring. $600.00 LINK.

Rimini. (Italy). By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. A fine view of the city of Rimini from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Rimini is located between the Rivers Marecchia and Ausa on the Adriatic Sea in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Good condition. Period coloring. $600.00 LINK.

Ierusalem. By Daniel Stoopendaal. Copper engraving, c. 1716. This bird's eye plan of old Jerusalem is based on Villapando's imaginary city plan; it was designed by Bastiaan Stoopendaal, then revised by Daniel Stoopendaal. It was included in a Dutch Bible. The plan has an extensive key identifying landmarks, which include the palaces of David and Herod, Solomon's Temple and various markets. At the top is an elevation of Solomon's Temple and along the sides are religious icons and figures of a high priest and Solomon. Good condition with modern color, save small break at lower centerfold. $750.00. LINK.

Ierusalem. By Daniel Stoopendaal. Copper engraving, c. 1716. This bird’s-eye plan of old Jerusalem is based on Villapando’s imaginary city plan; it was designed by Bastiaan Stoopendaal, then revised by Daniel Stoopendaal. It was included in a Dutch Bible. The plan has an extensive key identifying landmarks, which include the palaces of David and Herod, Solomon’s Temple and various markets. At the top is an elevation of Solomon’s Temple and along the sides are religious icons and figures of a high priest and Solomon. Good condition with modern color, save small break at lower centerfold. $750.00. LINK.

Lisabona magnificentissima Regia Sedes Portugalliae et florentissimum Emporium ad ostia Tagi situm. By George Matthaus Seutter. Published by George Mattheus Seutter, Augsburg. Copper engraving, hand colored, c. 1756. This impressive split view shows a bird's eye view of Lisbon, capital city of Portugal, from above the Tagus River. Churches, palaces, monasteries and other public sites are identified on the view. In the center a large description in German is flanked by galleons. Along the bottom is an astonishing panoramic view of the great earthquake and accompanying tsunami which largely destroyed the city in 1755. Buildiings are disintegrating amidst widespread fires, while at sea ships are swamped by the tsunami. Good condition with light hand color save repaired centerfold and trimmed outer margin with restored neat line. $1,200.00. LINK.

Lisabona magnificentissima Regia Sedes Portugalliae et florentissimum Emporium ad ostia Tagi situm. By George Matthaus Seutter. Published by George Mattheus Seutter, Augsburg. Copper engraving, hand colored, c. 1756. This impressive split view shows a bird’s-eye view of Lisbon, capital city of Portugal, from above the Tagus River. Churches, palaces, monasteries and other public sites are identified on the view. In the center a large description in German is flanked by galleons. Along the bottom is an astonishing panoramic view of the great earthquake and accompanying tsunami which largely destroyed the city in 1755. Buildings are disintegrating amidst widespread fires, while at sea ships are swamped by the tsunami. Good condition with light hand color save repaired centerfold and trimmed outer margin with restored neat line. $1,200.00. LINK.

 

October 2013 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new October 2013 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The catalog features a wide range of prints and maps- striking portraits of American revolutionary heroes, important early maps and views of the Americas and Holy Land, traditional fall hunting scenes, and a sampling of contemporary and early 20th century prints from our two most recent shows, PER-FORM and Alessandro Mastro-Valerio: A Retrospective.

Published in both traditional and digital media forms, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  We are already working on our next issue, just in time for the holidays. To receive our next Showcase, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Read the October Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. October 2013. CLICK TO READ!

The Old Print Gallery Showcase.
October 2013.
CLICK TO READ!

We hope you enjoy it!