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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: Bilderbuch fur Kinder

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSToday we are sharing three new additions to our inventory of natural history prints- beautiful crystal etchings from F. J. Bertuch’s “Bilderbuch fur Kinder.” An elaborate pictorial encyclopedia, Bertuch’s work was designed to teach children about the physical world- its geography, natural phenomena, flora and fauna- as well as the many people inhabiting the world, with notes and images on customs, dress, architecture and technological advancements.

The series appeared in 12 volumes, released in monthly installments from 1790 to 1830. A total of 1185 pages and an impressive 6000 hand-colored illustrations make up this beautiful compendium. “Bilderbuch”  was published in German and French, and was one of the first pictorial encyclopedias created – a landmark in educational publishing. Of all the amazing and rich content in each volume, Bertuch made special effort to emphasize and include as many illustrations as possible, believing that children would learn best from precise and true representations of science. We hope you enjoy these prints!

Verm, Gegenst. XVIII. Meanges. XVIII (crystals).  Published by Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar. Etching, hand colored, 1792-1810. Image size 7 3/4 x 6 3/4" (196 x 172 mm). Good condition with original hand color. LINK

Verm, Gegenst. XVIII. Meanges. XVIII (crystals). Published by Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar. Etching, hand colored, 1792-1810. Image size 7 3/4 x 6 3/4″ (196 x 172 mm). Good condition with original hand color. LINK.

Verm: Gegenst. XVII. Meanges. XVII (crystals). Published by Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar. Etching, hand-colored, 1792-1810. Image size 7 1/2 x 6 3/4" (190 x 172 mm). Good condition with original hand color. Accompanied by text sheet in French and German. LINK.

Verm: Gegenst. XVII. Meanges. XVII (crystals). Published by Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar. Etching, hand-colored, 1792-1810. Image size 7 1/2 x 6 3/4″ (190 x 172 mm). Good condition with original hand color. Accompanied by text sheet in French and German. LINK.

Verm. Gegenst. LXV. Meanges. LXV (crystals).  Published by Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar. Etching, hand-colored, 1792-1810. Image size 7 1/4 x 6 5/8" (185 x 169 mm). Good condition with original color save light offsetting. Accompanied by text sheet in Engllish and Italian. LINK.

Verm. Gegenst. LXV. Meanges. LXV (crystals). Published by Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, Weimar. Etching, hand-colored, 1792-1810. Image size 7 1/4 x 6 5/8″ (185 x 169 mm). Good condition with original color save light offsetting. Accompanied by text sheet in Engllish and Italian. LINK.

 

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Rare Confederate imprint of “Map of the Seat of War”

Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell, 3 Broad St, Charleston. S.C. Lithograph, c.1861. Image size 20 1/2 x 25 5/8" (521 x 650 mm) plus margins. LINK.

Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell, 3 Broad St, Charleston. S.C. Lithograph, c.1861. Image size 20 1/2 x 25 5/8″ (521 x 650 mm) plus margins.  LINK.

The map we are sharing in today’s blog post is an extremely rare Confederate imprint, Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia by Evans & Cogswell.  Printed in 1861, this unusual pocket map shows the coastal area from Georgetown, South Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, and territory inland as far north as Kingstree, South Carolina, and west to Barnwell, South Carolina. The map notes the location of forts, rivers, roads, railroads, ferries, bridges, dwellings with names of inhabitants, churches, and post offices. In the lower right is an inset map titled “Portion of Georgia” which shows Savannah and the nearby areas to the south and east. Drawn on a scale of one inch to five miles, this map was originally issued as a folding pocket map, although this particular example lacks the original covers.

(detail of) Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell. Lithograph, c.1861.  LINK. A detailed look at  the inset map,  “Portion of Georgia.”

(detail of) Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell. Lithograph, c.1861. LINK.
A detailed look at the inset map, “Portion of Georgia.”

Very few examples of this map are known to exist. During the Civil War, map publishers in the South were limited by access to paper, presses, and experienced lithographers and engravers. Those who did publish from the Confederate states did so in smaller edition sizes and with much less frequency.

(detail of) Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell. Lithograph, c.1861.  LINK. A close-up view of the publisher's imprint.

(detail of) Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell. Lithograph, c.1861. LINK.
A close-up view of the publisher’s imprint.

This map, a lithograph, was printed by Evans & Cogswell, a company based at 3 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina. The firm of Walker, Evans & Cogswell was founded in Charleston in 1821. They were printers as well as stationers. In 1860, Walker died and the business continued as Evans & Cogswell. While the firm printed a handful of maps during their existence, they are best remembered for printing the Ordinance of Secession. They also printed small denomination currency, Government bonds, the Soldier’s Prayer Book, books on war tactics, stamps, and medical books for the Confederacy. Later in the war, the firm moved to Columbia hoping for protection from the war. Soon after their move, the business was burned during Gen. Sherman’s infamous March to the Sea. We urge all map enthusiasts to stop by our gallery to see this map in person. This imprint would make an impressive addition to any Civil War map collection.

(detail of) Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell. Lithograph, c.1861.  LINK.

(detail of) Map of the Seat of War, in South Carolina, and Georgia. Published & Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell. Lithograph, c.1861. LINK.

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New Additions: Decorative Lettering

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe recently added several beautiful prints from an 1880 engraved book of penmanship and lettering. Each page offers sumptuous script examples, ranging from the traditional to the ornate to the quirky. Lettering has a long tradition in books and prints- some of the earliest examples of ornamental script come from medieval and renaissance illuminated manuscripts. In the Victorian era, penmanship, calligraphy, and decorative lettering were taught in schools. Publications like this one gave interested students of script examples of lavish and lush type. The prints featured today are typographic gems, with the slightly slopping letters of calligraphy mixed in with  blocky, Gothic blackletter examples. A true gem is the print of two “Rustic Alphabets”, designed by Daniel T. Ames and Charles Rollinson. Curled leaves and twisted tree trunks transform into lower and uppercase alphabet letters, which are populated with small, sweet birds flying from letter to letter. We also added several engraved certificates, which are prime examples of vintage handwritten script and engraved decorative elements co-existing on one page. Hope you enjoy!

Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2" (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2″ (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2" (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Specimens. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 x 8 1/2″ (282 x 218 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of examples of lettering. Good condition. LINK.

Designs for Book Marking.  Page 44. Engraving, 1880.Image size 11 1/2 x 9" (295 x 230 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Four examples of ornately lettered book markers. LINK.

Designs for Book Marking. Page 44. Engraving, 1880.Image size 11 1/2 x 9″ (295 x 230 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Four examples of ornately lettered book markers. LINK.

Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames.  Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4" (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames. Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4″ (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames.  Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4" (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

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Rustic Alphabet by Daniel T. Ames. Rustic Alphabet by Charles Rollinson. Engraving, 1880. Image size 11 1/2 x 8 3/4″ (294 x 225 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. Two decorative alphabets are pictured. LINK.

Souvenir....   Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

Souvenir…. Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  Souvenir....   Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Souvenir…. Page 48. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (268 x 217 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A page of words and letters in ornate lettering styles. LINK.

I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers. Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

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I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers… Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

(DETAIL OF)  I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York... City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876...Francis Rogers... Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the "courteous manner in which he discharged his duties" as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

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I.O.O.F. Grand Encampment State of New York… City of Rochester Aug. 24th 1876…Francis Rogers… Engraving, 1876. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks to Francis Rogers for the “courteous manner in which he discharged his duties” as the Grand Patriarch. LINK.

City of New York... Hon. Jordan L. Mott... Board of Aldermen... Jan. 5th, 1880... Engraving,1880. Image size 11 1/8 x 9" oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A certificate of thanks for service as an alderman in 1879. LINK.

City of New York… Hon. Jordan L. Mott… Board of Aldermen… Jan. 5th, 1880. Engraving,1880. Image size 11 1/8 x 9″ oval (284 x 227 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A certificate of thanks for service as an alderman in 1879. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 41. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (255 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. An exquisitely decorative alphabet is pictured. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title)  Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8" (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship.  A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

(DETAIL OF) Decorative Alphabet. (Supplied title) Page 43. Engraving, 1880. Image size 10 x 8″ (225 x 204 mm). From a book of lettering and penmanship. A decorative alphabet with very ornamental letters below. LINK.

 

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New Additions: Washington DC Pocket Map

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe just added an early pocket map of Washington DC to our inventory. Pocket maps, sometimes called case maps, are separately-issued, folding maps attached or slid into a hard cover. They first appeared in the United States in the 1820s and 30s, partly prompted by the burgeoning development of railways. The early pocket maps emphasize new railroad lines, canals, and road distances, sometimes with charts of calculated travel times to and from key cities. During the Civil War, pocket maps had significant military use due to portability and lower production costs. Later pocket maps were used like advertisements, produced by entrepreneurial business owners and travel companies.

Hope you enjoy!

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Map of the City of Washington. By F. C. DeKrafft. Published by A. Rothwell. Stone engraving,1836. 15 3/8 x 20 3/4″ plus hairline margins. Retains original red leather covers with gold tooled title, “City of Washington.” Accompanied by a 18 page guide to the city with the title, “Picture of the City of Washington, Being a Concise Description of the City, Public Buildings, &c. Accompanied by a correct map.” Of note, the newly formed “Jackson City” (1835) in shown across the Long Bridge in Virginia. The railroad route to Baltimore is also shown prominently on the map. Engraved by Mrs. W. I. Stone. B. Homans, printer  LINK.

 

 

 

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