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2015 Miami International Map Fair

The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands. Thomas Jefferys. Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map and printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, London. Copper plate engraving, hand-colored, Feb. 20, 1775. Image size 18 5/8 x 24 5/8". Very good condition with attractive wash color. A beautiful nautical chart of Florida and the Bahama issued at the beginning of the American Revolution. Because of its large scale and great detail, it was used by both the British and French navies. Florida's interior was still largely unexplored, but the coastal information regarding bays, safe harbors and soundings is extensive. From Jefferys' "The American Atlas: or A Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America..." LINK.

The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands. Thomas Jefferys. Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map and printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, London. Copper plate engraving, hand-colored, Feb. 20, 1775.
Image size 18 5/8 x 24 5/8″. Very good condition with attractive wash color.
A beautiful nautical chart of Florida and the Bahama issued at the beginning of the American Revolution. Because of its large scale and great detail, it was used by both the British and French navies. Florida’s interior was still largely unexplored, but the coastal information regarding bays, safe harbors and soundings is extensive. From Jefferys’ “The American Atlas: or A Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America…” LINK.

Miami International Map Fair 

February 6- February 8, 2015

We will be attending the 22nd 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 can’t make it down to Florida this weekend, 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 or build upon your personal map collection.  As one of the best and largest map fairs in the world, the event brings together top-notch dealers, lecturers, and collectors for a weekend of engaging and spirited discussion and sharing of maps. For more information on tickets, lecturers, receptions and tours, please visit the HistoryMiami website.  

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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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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.
CLICK TO READ!

We hope you enjoy it!

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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!

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Sea Monsters

New map collectors often ask us what to collect and how to decide which maps to seek out and invest in. There are many answers to this, and we regularly help collectors find maps made by a particular cartographer, maps showing a state or region of interest, or maps from particular time period. Maps offer rich representations of some of the most important historical, political, and scientific developments and discoveries to happen to our world. But maps can also be fanciful, ornate depictions of things unknown, whimsical, or mythological. And it can be not only fun, but truly fascinating, finding maps that show creatures and beasts so far beyond our imagination, swimming and roaming lands so intricately and scientifically charted. So today’s blog post will be a roundup of sea monsters found on  maps we currently have in the OPG shop.

Sea monsters were used on old maps to indicate places where actual peril awaited sailors and to evoke the mythic, perilous nature of the sea. They served as a visual reminder of the danger of travelling to unknown lands, and the courage it took to set sail for uncharted waters. Many of these monsters show a faint resemblance to real ocean inhabitants- several share the scales or fins of fish or the sheer size and powerful blowholes of whales. But most seem to be true manifestations of the imagination: aquatic lions with whisker-like strands of hair, animals with bears paws and pig snouts, or sea dragons with long scaly tails. These maritime monsters were also joined by representations of the Roman god Neptune and Greek god Poseidon, or mermaids and mermen bare-chested and welding tridents.

We hope you enjoy these fearsome watery beasts!

From: Asiae XII Tab. (Ceylon.) by Gerard Mercator. Copper plate engraving, 1578. WEB LINK.

From: Asiae XII Tab. (Ceylon.) by Gerard Mercator. Copper plate engraving, 1578.
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From: China. By Jodocus Hondius. Published by J. Hondius, Amsterdam. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1606, c.1628. WEB LINK.

From: China. By Jodocus Hondius. Published by J. Hondius, Amsterdam. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1606, c.1628. WEB LINK.

From: Africae nova descriptio. Willem J. Blaeu. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1630, c.1640. WEB LINK.

From: Africae nova descriptio. Willem J. Blaeu. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1630, c.1640. WEB LINK.

FROM: Asia noviter delineata. Willem J. Blaeu.  Published in Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1617-30, c.1650. WEB LINK.

From: Asia noviter delineata. Willem J. Blaeu. Published in Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1617-30, c.1650. WEB LINK.

From: America. Jodocus Hondius. Published by J. Hondius, Amsterdam. Copper engraving, French issue, 1630. WEB LINK.

From: America. Jodocus Hondius. Published by J. Hondius, Amsterdam. Copper engraving, French issue, 1630. WEB LINK.

From: Terra Sancta. Abraham Ortelius. Copper plate engraving, 1584. Shows Jonah falling off his ship into the jaws of the Whale. WEB LINK.

From: Terra Sancta. Abraham Ortelius. Copper plate engraving, 1584. Shows Jonah falling off his ship into the jaws of the “Whale”. WEB LINK.

From: Guiana siue Amazonum Regno. Joannis Blaeu. Published by Guiljelmum Blaeu, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, c.1642. WEB LINK.

From: Guiana siue Amazonum Regno. Joannis Blaeu. Published by Guiljelmum Blaeu, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, c.1642. WEB LINK.

From: Palestinae Sive Totius Terrae Promissionis Nova Descriptio Avctore Tilemanno Stella Sigenensi. Abraham Ortelius. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1573 German text edition. WEB LINK.

From: Palestinae Sive Totius Terrae Promissionis Nova Descriptio Avctore Tilemanno Stella Sigenensi. Abraham Ortelius. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1573 German text edition. WEB LINK.

From: Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni typus. By Abraham Ortelius. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1570. WEB LINK.

From: Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni typus. By Abraham Ortelius. Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1570. WEB LINK.

From: Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas Dictarum... Willem J. Blaeu. Published by W. Blaeu, Amsterdam. Handcolored copper plate engraving, c.1633. The highly embellished cartouche features Neptune astride the royal coat of arms of England, trident in one hand and a galleon in the other. WEB LINK.

From: Mappa Aestivarum Insularum Alias Barmudas Dictarum… Willem J. Blaeu. Published by W. Blaeu, Amsterdam. Handcolored copper plate engraving, c.1633. The highly embellished cartouche features Neptune astride the royal coat of arms of England, trident in one hand and a galleon in the other. WEB LINK.

From: Africae Tabula Nova. Abraham Ortelius. Published by Abraham Ortelius, Antwerp. Copper plate engraving, c.1612. WEB LINK.

From: Africae Tabula Nova. Abraham Ortelius. Published by Abraham Ortelius, Antwerp. Copper plate engraving, c.1612. WEB LINK.

*And if you are interested in more watery beasts, I suggest reading the newly published Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps by Chet Van Duzer.

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