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New Additions: Maps of the Southeast

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSToday we are sharing three new additions to our extensive map inventory. These maps focus on the American Southeast, and when viewed together show the growth in both settlements and cartographic knowledge of the area. All of the maps have been added to our website and can be viewed and purchased in our Washington DC gallery.

Virginia et Florida. Jodocus Hondius. Published by Michaell Sparke, London. Copper plate engraving, 1607 (1635-7). 5 3/4 x 7 1/4" (148 x 184mm) plus margins. Very good condition. Black & white. LINK.

Virginia et Florida. Jodocus Hondius. Published by Michael Sparke, London. Copper plate engraving, 1607 (1635-7). 5 3/4 x 7 1/4″ (148 x 184mm) plus margins. Very good condition. Black & white. LINK.

One of the most desirable early small maps of the American Southeast. The cartography is based upon the larger Mercator-Hondius 1606 map, which was the most important map of the region until Ogilby’s 1671 map of Carolina. The area shown is from St. Augustine, Florida north to the Chesapeake Bay. John Smith’s firsthand information was not yet available, so the Chesapeake as shown bears little resemblance to its actual geography. This map was first issued by Jodocus Hondius, appearing in his “Atlas Minor”. In the early 1620’s, the original copper plates were obtained by several London booksellers and were reprinted in “Purchas his Pilgrimes” (1624-26) and “Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas.” (1635, 37 and 39). This particular impression appeared in the 1637 edition of “Historia Mundi” published by Michael Sparke. Sparke supplemented the original titles with English titles in the left margin. This example also has one leaf of accompanying descriptive text in English.

Carte de la Caroline et Georgie. Jacques N. Bellin. Published by Jean Francois de Le Harpe, Paris. Copper plate engraving, 1757. Image size 7 1/2 x 11 1/4" (19 x 28.5 cm) plus margins. Good condition. Black & white. LINK.

Carte de la Caroline et Georgie. Jacques N. Bellin. Published by Jean Francois de La Harpe, Paris. Copper plate engraving, 1757. Image size 7 1/2 x 11 1/4″ (19 x 28.5 cm) plus margins. Good condition. Black & white. LINK.

This is a finely engraved 18th century map of the Carolinas and Georgia, covering the region between Albemarle Sound and the Altamaha River.  It is by French hydrographer and geographer Jacques N. Bellin, for La Harpe’s “Abrege de l’Histoire generale des voyages”. The publication was a wonderful French produced, small-sized atlas that depicts many parts of the known world. Shown are numerous English settlements along the coast and Indian villages throughout, including a number west of the Appalachian Mountains. In a change from earlier maps, several rivers and settlements west of the Blue Ridge are now identified and mapped.

Amer. Sep. No. 57 Partie des Etats Unis. Philippe M. Vandermaelen. Published by P. Vandermaelen, Belgium. Lithograph handcolored, 1827. Image size 18 1/8 x 19 3/8" (459 x 491 mm) plus margins. Very good condition. Original outline hand coloring. LINK.

Amer. Sep. No. 57 Partie des Etats Unis. Philippe M. Vandermaelen. Published by P. Vandermaelen, Belgium. Lithograph handcolored, 1827. Image size 18 1/8 x 19 3/8″ (459 x 491 mm) plus margins. Very good condition. Original outline hand coloring. LINK.

This colorful 19th century map of the Southeastern United States is Plate No. 57 from Philippe M. Vandermaelen’s “Atlas Universel”, which was the first commercial atlas printed using lithography as the printing medium. It was also the first atlas of the world with all maps on the same scale (printed at the unusually large-scale of about one inch to 26 miles). Vandermaelen constructed the sheets as a portion of a single projection, so that they could theoretically be pasted onto a large sphere to make a terrestrial globe. Although no one would feasibly do this, because of its immense size, Princeton University Rare Map division has digitized every map in “Atlas Universal” and has created a virtual globe. From the library’ website:

“The library’s Digital Studio joined in our project to digitize the sheets so that they could be made available, in high-resolution, over the web. In addition, because of the projection of the maps, we felt that stitching the continental maps together and wrapping their “skin” over a generic globe would provide a unique viewing experience–creating a virtual 3D version of Vandermaelen’s physical globe.” See the virtual globe via this link.

The particular map shows an area extending from North Carolina to Northern Florida. In Georgia, a large area is set aside for the Creek Indians.

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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.

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Mapping America

The Old Print Gallery is celebrating maps in 2014, with a mini exhibit of antique American maps displayed on our gallery walls. We selected eight maps from our collection, starting with the influential Munster 1588 map Americae sive Noi Orbis Nova Descriptio, and ending with Mitchell’s 1861 Military Map of the United States. Gallery friends are invited to stop by and see “snapshots” of our great country over time, through wars and conflict as well as periods of prodigious exploration and expansion, as told by maps.

Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio. Sebastain Munster.  Published by Sebastain Petri, Basel. Woodcut, 1588. 1628 edition. Image size 12 1/8 x 14 1/8" (306 x 360 mm) plus margins. Very good condition; black and white. Framed in acid-free zinc mat with gold line, in gold frame and UV glass. Framed map $3,100.

Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio. Sebastain Munster. Published by Sebastain Petri, Basel. Woodcut, 1588. 1628 edition. Image size 12 1/8 x 14 1/8″ (306 x 360 mm) plus margins. Very good condition; black and white. Framed in acid-free zinc mat with gold line, in gold frame and UV glass. Framed map $3,100.00. Click on map for better detail.

This influential woodcut map from Munster’s Cosmographia replaced the earlier and highly speculative Munster map of 1540. Cartographically based on Ortelius’ 1570 map, this map features a typical Ortelian treatment of the western coastline of North America. Place names like Quieriva, Anian, and Tolm are artfully engraved in the Northern continent, along with river ways and mountain ranges, including the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The map shows an oversized southwestern coastline of South America, sometimes referred to as the “Chilean bulge”. A massive southern continent, Meridies Tierra del Fuego, sits at the bottom of the map.

This map was issued unchanged from 1588 through 1628. A secondary title in German appears above the map, “Die newen Inseln so hinder Hispania Gegen Orient bey dem Landt Indie Gelegen”.

America. Jodocus Hondius. Published by J. Hondius, Amsterdam. Copper engraving, c.1606. French issue, 1630. . Image size 14 3/4 x 19 3/4" (373 x 500mm). Good condition save repair near lower centerfold. Black and white. Framed in acid-free tumbleweed mat with cream top mat, in a wooden frame with panel and UV Plexiglas.  Framed $7850.00

America. Jodocus Hondius. Published by J. Hondius, Amsterdam. Copper engraving, c.1606. French issue, 1630. . Image size 14 3/4 x 19 3/4″ (373 x 500mm). Good condition save repair near lower centerfold. Black and white. Framed in acid-free tumbleweed mat with cream top mat, in a wooden frame with panel and UV Plexiglas. Framed map $7,850.00. Click on map for better detail. 

Hondius engraved this map for his first edition of Gerard Mercator’s atlas.  It was issued in his atlases until 1630.  The enlarged North American continent includes many errors, notably the northeast portion in the current U.S., which is badly distorted, and an oddly protruding Virginia coastline. It does have a more accurate depiction of the southwest coast of South America.

Various scenes which were taken from the earlier volumes of de Bry’s Grand Voyages adorn this map.  The inset in the lower left margin is an intriguing Brazilian native scene, illustrating the method used to make a local beverage.

America with those known parts in that unknown worlde both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged by I.S. Ano. 1626. John Speed. Published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, London. Copper plate engraving, 1626 (1676.)  Image size 15 1/8 x 20" (385 x 506 mm) plus narrow margins. Good condition save for tear in lower portion of image just left of the centerfold. Early twentieth century hand coloring. Framed map $7,975.00.

America with those known parts in that unknown worlde both people and manner of buildings Discribed and inlarged by I.S. Ano. 1626. John Speed. Published by Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell, London. Copper plate engraving, 1626 (1676.)  On the verso is a two-page English text “The Description of America”. Fourth state of four. Image size 15 1/8 x 20″ (385 x 506 mm) plus narrow margins. Good condition save for tear in lower portion of image just left of the centerfold. Early twentieth century hand coloring. Framed map $7,975.00. Click on map for better detail.

This is a quite decorative and highly desirable map of the Americas. It appeared in Speed’s atlas Prospect of the Most Formed Parts of the World, the first English world atlas, although the copperplates were engraved by Abraham Goos in Amsterdam, the center of the European map trade.

This was the first map published in an atlas that depicted California not as a peninsula, but as an island, a cartographic misconception that endured for nearly 100 years. The map has a fairly accurate rending of the East Coast, especially between Chesapeake Bay and Cape Cod.  Many English colonies appear on the map, including Plymouth in the northeast and Iames Citti in Virginia. The northwest coastline is very faint.

Surrounding this map on two sides are images of indigenous peoples found from Greenland to the Straits of Magellan. The figures on the left represent natives from the north, while figures on the right side are southern natives. Eight town views appear on top. Although the map depicts the English presence in North America, surprisingly none of the town views are English colonies. Rather, they show important early views of Havana, St. Domingo, and Rio, among others. An inset map shows Greenland, Baffin’s Bay and Iceland.

Accurata delineatio celeberrimae Regionis Ludovicianae vel Galliee Louisiane ol Canadae et Floridae adpellatione in Septemtrionali America . . . Mississippi vel St. Louis. Matthew Seutter. Published by Matthew Seutter, Augsburg. Copper plate engraving with original hand color, c.1730. Image size 19 3/8 x 22 1/2" (494 x 571 mm). Good condition, save several faint foxing marks in right margin and brown stain in lower right of image. Framed in an acid-free dark grey bottom mat, antique tan top mat, rounded gold frame with red rub, and UV Plexiglas. Framed map $3,355.00

Accurata delineatio celeberrimae Regionis Ludovicianae vel Galliee Louisiane ol Canadae et Floridae adpellatione in Septemtrionali America . . . Mississippi vel St. Louis. Matthew Seutter. Published by Matthew Seutter, Augsburg. Copper plate engraving with original hand color, c.1730. Image size 19 3/8 x 22 1/2″ (494 x 571 mm). Good condition, save several faint foxing marks in right margin and brown stain in lower right of image. Framed in an acid-free dark grey bottom mat, antique tan top mat, rounded gold frame with red rub, and UV Plexiglas. Framed map $3,355.00. Click on map for better detail.

This map shows North America as known in the early 18th century, with the English colonies along the Atlantic seaboard, a large Louisiana to the south, and Canada with New France taking up the northern tier. At upper left is a large inset of the Gulf coast from the Mississippi delta to Cap St. Blaise. The map prominently features the Mississippi River and Great Lakes.

This map has an elaborately engraved title cartouche, which depicts an allegorical scene of the Mississippi Bubble, a rather poor investment scheme by John Law to develop French Louisiana. The cherubs floating above the cartouche are shown issuing stock for Law’s trading company, while a female personification of the Mississippi River pours out riches and gold to frenzied buyers on her left. To her right, forlorn investors mourn their losses and stab themselves, while cherubs below blow bubbles, surrounded by worthless stocks.

A New Map of North America. Copper plate engraving, undated, c.1760. Image size 16 7/8 x 21 1/2" (429 x 546 mm) plus margins. Good condition, save for splitting along fold lines. Professionally conserved. Black & white. Framed with acid-free zinc mat, gold spandrel, zinc top mat, light gold beaded frame with gold panel, and UV Plexiglas. Framed map $2,230.

A New Map of North America. Copper plate engraving, undated, c.1760. Image size 16 7/8 x 21 1/2″ (429 x 546 mm) plus margins. Good condition, save for splitting along fold lines. Professionally conserved. Black & white. Framed with acid-free zinc mat, gold spandrel, zinc top mat, light gold beaded frame with gold panel, and UV Plexiglas. Framed map $2,230.00. Click on map for better detail.

This is an unusual folio-sized map of the English colonies, shown approximately at the close of the French and Indian War. No cartographer or publisher’s name is given. This scarce and highly detailed map later appeared as a folded insert in History of the War in America printed in 1779 Dublin, and the next year in An Impartial History of the War in America. It was engraved based on John Mitchell’s map of 1755.

The map, meant to acquaint the general reader with the North American theater of the Seven Years War, identifies Indian tribes and forts built by the French.

A Correct Map of the United States of North America Including the British and Spanish Territories carefully laid down agreeable to the Treaty of 1784. Thomas Bowen. Published London. Copper plate engraving, 1787-90. Image size 12 3/8 x 17 5/8" (314 x 447 mm). Good condition, save small marginal repairs.  Framed with acid-free black mat, antique top mat, brushed gold frame, and UV Plexiglas. Framed $2,220.00

A Correct Map of the United States of North America Including the British and Spanish Territories carefully laid down agreeable to the Treaty of 1784. Thomas Bowen. Published London. Copper plate engraving, 1787-90. Image size 12 3/8 x 17 5/8″ (314 x 447 mm). Good condition, save small marginal repairs. Framed with acid-free black mat, antique top mat, brushed gold frame, and UV Plexiglas. Framed $2,220.00. Click on map for better detail.

An early map of the United States, printed soon after the conclusion of the American Revolution. It was published in A New Royal Authentic and Complete System of Universal Geography by Rev. Thomas Bankes. The map shows the first 13 states; it was published prior to admission of Vermont, Kentucky or Tennessee. The map includes a great deal of information on the Great Lakes and Mississippi valley areas. It is also filled with extensive notations on everything from locations and characteristics of Native American tribes (ex: “Tintons- a Wandering Nation”) to land conditions (ex: “Extensive Meadows Full of Buffalos” and “Country Full of Mines”). East and West Florida are shown, as are a large Louisiana and New Mexico.

Charte uber die vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. Christoph Fembo. Copper plate engraving, 1818.  Image size 17 5/8 x 22 3/4" (447 x 575 mm) plus margins. Good condition. Original outline hand coloring. Framed with acid-free bluff mat, fieldstone blue top mat, beaded light gold frame with panel, and UV Plexiglas. Framed $2,260.00.

Charte uber die vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. Christoph Fembo. Copper plate engraving, 1818. Image size 17 5/8 x 22 3/4″ (447 x 575 mm) plus margins. Good condition. Original outline hand coloring. Framed with acid-free bluff mat, fieldstone blue top mat, beaded light gold frame with panel, and UV Plexiglas. Framed $2,260.00. Click on map for better detail.

This unusual map was first issued by Gussefeld / Homann Heirs of Nuremburg in 1784, showing the newly formed United States under the title “Charte über die XIII verinigte Staaten von Nord-America.” The plate was subsequently updated and reissued in 1818 to reflect additional states. Many of the new states are strangely shaped. Virginia is engraved with an almost straight north to south western border, and Kentucky and Ohio are wedge shaped. Indiana and Illinois are placed approximately 100 miles to the west of where they should be. Illinois does not touch Lake Michigan. Mississippi is shown as a territory, despite gaining statehood in December of 1817.  A very scarce map.

Mitchell's Military Map of the United States, showing forts, &c. With separate maps of states, vicinities of cities &c.  S. Augustus Mitchell. Published by S.A. Mitchell Jr., Philadelphia. Stone engraving, 1861. Image size 22 3/4 x 25 1/4" (64.1 x 57.8 cm) plus margins. Good condition, save for several short tears along sheet edges and fold lines. Small stain in upper title. Backed on rice paper.  Framed with acid-free black bottom mat, antique tan top mat, gold frame with aged patina, and UV Plexiglas. Framed $2,950.00

Mitchell’s Military Map of the United States, showing forts, &c. With separate maps of states, vicinities of cities &c. S. Augustus Mitchell. Published by S.A. Mitchell Jr., Philadelphia. Stone engraving, 1861. Image size 22 3/4 x 25 1/4″ (64.1 x 57.8 cm) plus margins. Good condition, save for several short tears along sheet edges and fold lines. Small stain in upper title. Backed on rice paper. Framed with acid-free black bottom mat, antique tan top mat, gold frame with aged patina, and UV Plexiglas. Framed $2,950.00. Click on map for better detail. 

A scarce separately issued broadside map produced at the beginning of the American Civil War. This map shows the new territories that were made after southern states seceded. As the trans-Mississippi region developed during the 1850s, there was a call to break up the very large territories into smaller ones. However, every newly created territory had an impact on the power struggle in Congress over the issue of slavery, so between 1854, with its Kansas-Nebraska Act, and 1860, no new territories were created.  After secession, the northerners in Congress were able to act quickly and create three new territories:  a large Dakota Territory, Territory of Nevada, and Colorado Territory- all present on this map.

Another feature of this map is the depiction of a never-existing horizontal border between the free territory of New Mexico and slave territory of Arizona. On August 1 1861, the Confederacy established Arizona Territory, consisting of the southern half of the Union’s New Mexico Territory; the Union still claimed the whole territory. The region was sometimes called Arizona before 1863, despite the fact it was still part of the Territory of New Mexico until 1912.

Two large inset maps show County map of Virginia, and North Carolina and County map of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Smaller inset maps show Hampton Roads, Washington, D.C., Pensacola Bay, Charleston Harbor, New Orleans, Louisiana, Baltimore and Richmond.

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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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2001 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER

FIND THE GIFTS HERE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Want more holiday gift suggestions? Check out our other OPG 2011 Holiday Gift Guides:  Gifts for the Foodie

 

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