1803 Poirson Map of the Mississippi River Valley (French Louisiana)
A scarce 1803 map by Jean-Baptiste Poirson illustrating French Louisiana on the cusp of the Louisiana Purchase. Centered on the Mississippi River Valley, the map extends from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, including parts of Texas, both East and west Florida, and contiguous parts of the United States. The map is primarily noteworthy for its illustration of the fading Franco-Spanish presence in Louisiana.
1943 Japanese WWII Map of North and South America
This is an unusual large-format World War II Era 1943 (Showa 18) Japanese map of North and South America. Coverage extends from northern Canada and the Hudson Bay to Tierra del Fuego and as far west as French Polynesia. Oceanic depths are illustrated by shading. Air routes to and from major cities are also noted.
This unusual map was issued by Daidō Shuppansha (大同出版社) or Daido Publishing Company. It is stylistically similar to the map of the East Asian Co Prosperity Sphere Series, but clearly not a part of that set. Issued at the height of World War II, this map illustrates Japanese interest in the New World as part of their eventual path of conquest.
1944 World War II Allied Target Map of Qingdao (Tsingtao), China
This is a 'top-secret' or 'confidential' Allied 1944 map of Qingdao (Tsingtao), China, probably by the United States Army Air Forces, with potential bombing targets labeled throughout (Despite the fact that Tsingtao was never priortized for heavy bombing). The map depicts the city from Qingdao harbor to across the city to Iltis Bay and from the Great Harbor (Tai Kiang) to Tsingtao Wan. Ninety-four different locations, strike targets, throughout Qingdao are numerically identified and correspond to a numerical index located along both the left and right sides of the map. Most are Japanese military installations, including several different Japanese military barracks, the Japanese Army Intelligence Headquarters, Japanese Navy seaplane hangars and ramps, and the Japanese Army motor pool, but Japanese schools, businesses, and transportation facilities are also singled out. Dispersed throughout the city, these targets appear to not be prioritized in any manner, simply identified.
1775 Jefferys Map of Cuba and the Florida Keys
A rare and important 1775 Thomas Jeffreys and Robert Sayer sea chart or nautical map of Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Grand Bahama Bank. The map's coverage extends from just west of Havana down to the Sierra Maestra, the Cayman Islands (in the lower left), most of the Florida Keys (in the upper left), and the southern part of the Bahamas, including Nassau (upper right). It includes while the vital shipping passage of the Strait of Florida in the upper left quadrant.
1844 Bowden Quaker Map of North America w/ American Indian Nations
A fascinating 1844 map of the United States, the Republic of Texas, and Canada. This map was made for the annual Society of Friends (Quakers) Aborigines' Committee of the Meetings of Sufferings. This was an annual meeting focused on the wrongs done to indigenous peoples all over the world. The map also serves the dual purpose of illustrating the regional geographical chapters of the Quakers in relation to their annual meetings. American Indian nations are identified throughout as are assigned reservations west of the Mississippi. The map also illustrates the Republic of Texas at its largest.
1784 Santini Map of the World on a Dual Polar Projection
An impressive and unusual 1784 map of the world on dual polar projections by François Santini and the Remondini family. This map was originally drawn by Nicholas-Antoine Boulanger and published in Paris by Chez R. J. Julien in 1753. Boulanger divides the world into separate hemispheres, a Hemisphere Maritime and a Hemisphere Terrestre, asking the question, why is most of the world's land mass limited to only one half of the sphere? The map simultaneously lionizes France by emphasizing that this unique projection is possible only when the prime meridian runs through Paris. The finely engraved allegorical surround, notably striking even compared to other maps of the period, was drawn by Pierre Philippe Choffard (1730 - 1809) and succeeds in underscoring the map's underlying Franco-centric argument.
1821 Qing Chinese Qianren Huang Map of China
A seminal 1821 (Daoguang 1) Qing Dynasty Chinese map of utmost importance and rarity, this is Huang Qianren's (黃千人, 1694–1771) grand and spacious map of the Great Qing Empire of China. Although ostensibly a map of China, the coverage of this map in fact extends to all lands touched by the influence Qing Empire, including England, Holland, Southeast Asia, and Africa. As such it can be considered a political manifesto lionizing the unity and majesty of Qing China as well as a functional administrative document. This edition of the map, 1821, was issued to memorialize the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor and celebrate the coming Daoguang reign.
1824 Ogawa Jihei and Maekawa Senpan Cartoon Map of the World
This is a rare Taisho 13 or 1924 Japanese manga or cartoon map of the world by artist Maekawa Senpan and Ogawa Jihei. The map was published by Toshiaki Ishihara (石原俊明) and the International Information Company (國際情報社). Centered on Japan, the map covers most of the known work with the exception of the Atlantic. Cartoon figures illustrate geography, culture, historical events, flora, fauna, and more.
1835 Seitaien Map of Qing China (w/ Korea, India, and Japan)
A 天保 Tenpō 6 map of China under the Qing Dynasty, covering from India to Japan, inclusive of all of China and Korea, reflecting a pan-Buddhist perspective. The Great Wall is evident at the top of the map and in fact forms part of the title. The Gobi Desert is also identifiable at the top left. Hainan is at bottom center. Taiwan or Formosa does not appear obviously present, but the large landmass roughly located in the same area represents the Ryukyu Kingdom, specifically Okinawa. Its outsized proportion reflects the importance of the semi-independent Kingdom to Chinese-Japanese maritime trade, the direct execution of which was, at that time, forbidden by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Along the bottom of the map of the map a series of small islands represent the East Indian Archipelago, but the nomenclature includes various other parts of the world.
1859 Colton / Ondarza Folding Wall Map of Bolivia - a seminal map!
A magnificent and important map of extreme and often underappreciated multilevel significance; this is J. H. Colton and Juan Ondarza Lara's great national map of Bolivia. This map is highly significant and influential on a number of levels, any of which would, singly, make this a seminal map. First, it is in all likelihood the largest and most important map of Bolivia to appear in the 19th century. Second, it is the second national map produced by an American commercial publisher, J. H. Colton, at the behest of a foreign government. Third, and unfortunately, Colton was never paid for this map, which forced him into bankruptcy in 1859 and thus into an unclear business arrangement A. J. Johnson, whose use of Colton's map plates catalyzed his rise to become, for a time, the world's largest publisher.
1811 Qing Chinese Qianren Huang Map of China - Blue Map of China! $425,000
The legendary Blue Map of China under the Great Qing, one of the rarest, largest, and most aesthetically magnificent Chinese maps ever made. Published in 1811 (Jiaqing 16) in the Qing Dynasty, this Chinese map by Huang Qianren (黃千人, 1694–1771) is of utmost importance and rarity. Although ostensibly a map of China, the coverage of this map in fact extends to all lands touched by the influence Qing Empire, including England, Holland, Southeast Asia, and Africa. As such it can be considered a political manifesto lionizing the unity and majesty of Qing China as well as a functional administrative document.
1890 Qing Map of Formosa / Taiwan illustrating Aboriginal Tribes
A discovery of considerable interest to Taiwan / Formosa enthusiasts, this 1887 / 1896 thematic map of Taiwan aboriginal population and tribes. It was drawn under the Qing as part of the Kaishan Fufan (開山撫番) policy to pacify and integrate the aboriginal tribes of Eastern Taiwan in the 1880s. Oriented with east at the top – itself quite unusual – the map covers all of Taiwan with particular attention to mountains, indigenous groups, and river systems (which appear in blue). #geographicus#raremap#raremaps#antiquemaps#antiquemap#qing#formosa#taiwanmap
1933 T'ou-sè-wè Map of Shanghai Showing Catholic Missions
This is an extremely rare 1933 map of Catholic Missions in Shanghai. The map was published in Shanghai by the T'ou-sè-wè Orphanage Press, a Jesuit printing press run as part of a vocational school / orphanage situated just southwest of the French Concession. The T'ou-sè-wè Orphanage is today a museum and is considered the birthplace of modern Chinese creative arts. The map is centered on the Bund and covers the old French Concession and International Settlement as well as the Walled Chinese City and surrounding areas. There are insets of Zi-Ka Wei (Xujiahui), where the T'ou-sè-wè Orphanage and Mission was located, Hongkeu (Hongkou), and Loukawè at the center of the French Concession. Catholic owned properties are highlighted in red with, in many cases, individual churches and buildings noted. The map also identifies important streets, parks, wharves, and more.
The first 'modern' map of the British Isles to be added to the Ptolemaic 'Geographia.' https://www.geographicus.com/P/AntiqueMap/BritishIsles-waldseemuller-1520
One of the earliest obtainable printed maps of the British Isles, this rarity was issued by Martin Waldseemuller's in 1520. It is considered to be the first 'modern' map of the British Isles to be added to the Ptolemaic Geographia. Drawn within Ptolemaic trapezium, the map covers all of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with parts of adjacent France. There is much of geographical interest, including the unusual elongated south-west and eastward orientation of Scotland. Ireland is situated too far north. There are scales of latitude and longitude for a trapezoid projection on the borders; graduated and labelled in degrees.
1828 Kendrick Map of the Northern Border of Indiana
This is a scarce 1827 Eleazer P. Kendrick map drawn to determine the Indiana-Michigan border. The map extends from Lake Michigan to Ohio and covers territory approximately 20 miles from north to south. When Michigan territory was established in 1805 its southern border, along with that of Ohio, was aligned with the southern limit of Lake Michigan. When Indiana became a state in 1816 the border was moved 10 miles north so that Indiana could have direct access to Lake Michigan.
1783 Zimmerman Zoological Map of the World - 1st Zoological Chart
This 1783 map by E. A. W. Zimmermann is the first thematic map of the world focused on zoology. Presented on a Mercator Projection and encompassing some 380 degrees of the sphere, Zimmermann's map ignores political boundaries to focus on Linnean zoology and the distribution of quadrupeds, or mammals and as such, is a pioneering document in the science of Biogeography.
1798 Houckgeest Narrative of the Titsingh Mission w/ Map of China
This is a rare 1797/98 Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest two-volume narrative of a VOC embassy to the court of the Qianlong Emperor, in China, and its accompanying maps. During this voyage, Houckgeest became the first American to meet a Chinese Emperor and visit Beijing (Peking). The two volumes describe the important 1794 - 1795 journey and are accompanied by multiple plates, a map of Macao, and one large, two-part, map of China.
1943 Showa 18 East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere Full Map Set (20 Maps)
This is an important and rare full set of 20 maps from the 1943 Showa 18 World War II (WWII) Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere series. The series of maps covers from India to Hawaii and from Japan to Australia. Those areas of particular interest and important to the Japanese war effort, particularly Malay, the Philippines, Australia, and Java, are double mapped.
1929 Gillican and Andrews Pictorial Map of New Orleans - signed
This is a rare 1929 pictorial map of New Orleans issued and signed by Lucile Gillican and Louis Elizabeth Andrews Fischer (1901-1974). The map covers the New Orleans French Quarter or Vieux Carre highlighting historic buildings and New Orleans culture. Among other sights, the map highlights the site of voodoo rituals on Congo Square (now Beauregard Square), the home of the pirate Jean Lafitte, and John James Audubon's studio.
1944 Albert Richard Pictorial Broadside Map Promoting U.S. Military Aviation
This is an extremely scarce 1944 F. E. Cheeseman and Albert Richard pictorial propaganda broadside map promoting U.S. military aviation. Situated at the center of the broadside, a map depicts the world using an azimuthal equidistant projection, with the projection centered on the North Pole. A series of nine different air routes are overlaid onto the world map, illustrating the comparative distances to different cities across the globe. Information concerning historic flights is included, such as the first Transatlantic flight, Amelia Earhart's first solo flight across the Pacific, and the first flight around the world. Other wartime information is also overlaid on the map, such as the location of all fifteen U.S. Air Force Commands, along with General Chennault's Flying Tigers in Southeast Asia and the now famous Doolittle Raid. A table of air routes (specifically those depicted on the world map) is included on the upper left of the globe, with current, and projected, flight times.
1790 Kummer Map of Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal - a milestone!
This is a remarkable and rare 1790 map of Tibet, a milestone in the mapping of that region, and one of the first maps of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan with any pretense at accuracy. The map was prepared by Paul Gotthelf Kummer to illustrate Matthias Christian Sprengel and Johann Reinhold Forster's Neue Beiträge zur Völker- und Länderkunde (New Contributions to International and Geography). The map covers Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and parts of northern India. Bhutan, appearing in the lower right quadrant, is identified as Bramsong, Bramshion and Bredshiong. The title translates roughly to 'Tibet from all the latest information,' and is remarkable cartographic achievement given the largely unexplored an inaccessible nature of the region at the end 18th century.
1846 Bradford Map of the Republic of Texas (after Austin)
This is Thomas Gamaliel Bradford's important 1846 map of Texas, issued at the end of the Republic of Texas period and of the Mexican American War (1846 - 1848). The map covers the eastern three-fourths of modern Texas, extending from the Red River to the Rio Grande and from Mexico to Lake Sabine and the United States. It names both newly established counties and the empresario land grants following Stephen F. Austin's map of Texas issued in the same year.
1906 Matasuzaki Hotel Business Map of Shanghai, China
An extremely rare c. 1906 map of Shanghai, China prepared to promote the Japanese run western style hotel Matasuzaki (松崎洋行) , founded in 1882. Centered on the intersection of Suzhou Creek (Soochow Creek) and the Huangpu River (Whangphoo), the map covers the central part of the International Settlement, the northern part of the Chinese walled city, and the entire c. 1900 - 1914 French Concession. The map is undated, but the development of the French Concession, the undeveloped state of streets east of Hong Kew Creek, and the businesses identified suggest a date between 1900 and 1914.
1639 Van Lochom Map of the British Isles - rare!
This is an extremely rare and unusual 1639 map of the British Isles by Michel van Lochom. Centered on the Irish Sea, the map extends to cover all of the British Isles, including England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. There is an inset map of the Orkney Islands in the upper right. The Wall of Hadrian, fortifications built by the Roman Empire to defend against the unruly tribes of the north, separates England and Scotland.
1836 J. H. Colton and J. Calvin Smith Map of Long Island, New York
A fine first edition example of John Calvin Smith and J. H. Colton's 1836 map of Long Island. This is the largest, most significant, and most beautiful map of Long Island to be issued in the 19th century. Covering all of Long Island, the map also includes the Long Island Sound, New York City, and parts of the New Jersey and Connecticut coastline. Inset maps detail Brooklyn, Newark, New Haven, New Brighton and Tompkinsville.
The fantastical voyage of St. Brendan is one of the most important sea tales of the early Irish. After surviving sea monsters, griffins, and a dense, 7-year-long fog, Brendan and his band of monks finally reached the paradise island for which they were searching.
The story was widely popular in the Middle Ages and St. Brendan’s Island, also San Borondón, was a cartographic myth featured on maps from the 13th to 17th century. Here we see it on Coronelli’s 1691 map of the Atlantic Ocean. #irish#stpatricksday#cartography#map#maps#antiquemaps#neatlinemaps#raremap#raremaps
This important map of the world appeared in 1570 in the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Abraham Ortelius, the first known significant collection of maps to be published in one tome, compromising all the elements of the modern atlas. #antiquemap#raremap#worldmap
An unusual example of Charles Desilver's 1856 pocket map of the United States. The map covers the United States from coast to coast during the post-Mexican American War / pre-Civil War Period - a era of incredible national optimism, Indian Wars, the California Gold Rush, and rapid westward expansion. This map is from the first Desilver edition of Mitchell's Traveller's Guide, and is the first map in that series to illustrate the United States from coast to coast. An inset map in the lower left details the California Gold Region - the final destination for many of the travelers who would be using this map.
This is a 1944 Army Corps of Engineers map of the Weapons of War exhibition in Grant Park in Chicago. The map depicts Grant Park from Soldier Field nearly to the intersection of Leif Eriksen Drive and Columbus Drive and from the 'lagoon' to the Illinois Central Railroad rail line running parallel to Columbus Drive. Part of the ever-present push to sell war bonds, numerous aspects of the war effort were on display. The Army Corps of Engineers made up part of the exhibition, along with the medical department, the chemical warfare service, the ordnance department (which per the map was displaying tanks and artillery pieces) and the quartermaster corps. The WACs (Women's Army Corps) and the Signal Corps were also present. Before installing in Grant Park, the Weapons of War exhibition had been in Central Park in New York City, (for which a similar map was issued) where the highlight of the event was a 'sham battle'. A combat area, complete with seating, is included on the Grant Park map as well, implying that the battle was also part of the attraction in Chicago. It also looks like DUKWs, known as 'ducks', were also part of the exhibition, and were either demonstrated for onlookers, or attendees of the exhibition may have even been given rides in them. Ducks were amphibious vehicles used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War, and an 'amphibian vehicle ramp' is labeled along the lagoon, implying that they were at least demonstrated for the visitors. A detailed view of the Army Corps of Engineers exhibit is printed on the verso.
This is a 1940 F. E. Cheeseman and Albert Richard football map of the United States. The map depicts the continental United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to Mexico. Pennants from universities and colleges from coast to coast are illustrated throughout the map. The pennants of both traditional powerhouses and smaller schools are present, such as Auburn, Florida, Navy, Princeton, Penn State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, U.C.L.A., Oregon, Washington, and Texas, along with too many more to list here. Other schools are labeled on the map using megaphones (Vanderbilt and Cal – Berkeley), footballs (Alabama, Miami, and Notre Dame), drums (T.C.U. and Wyoming), and even football players (U.S.C. and Texas A and M). Bowl game scores, and the stadiums they were played in, are also illustrated on the map, including the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Orange Bowl. A small map depicting the make-up of the major college football conferences is situated on the lower right.
A nearly unknown but wonderful 1935 pictorial map of downtown Brooklyn published for the Downtown Brooklyn Association and prepared by the Hagstrom Company. The map was drawn to promote the shopping and nightlife in downtown Brooklyn, with particular attention to retail stores, theaters, business opportunities, with, let's not forget, easy access to plentiful parking. The map centers on the Fulton Street Mall and extends from henry Street to Oxford Street and from Tillary Street to Atlantic Avenue. Color coding identifies Financial Institutions, Retail Sores, theaters, public buildings, hotels and clubs, office buildings, churches, and of course, parking. At this time the New York City Subway System was run by several small companies and here the BMT, the IRT, and the Trolley lines are all noted. Important business are identified by name on the map, with smaller business being identifiable via a large index below the map proper. On the verso there is a general map of Brooklyn, as well as a historical overview of the region. The copyright for this map was granted to Hagstrom Company on January 3, 1935.
A very rare map of the island of Manhattan, New York City, as is presumably appeared in 1609, shortly after the Dutch began settling the island. This map was issued by Townsend MacCoun and is base, cartographically, on the great 1867 survey of Egbert Viele, which it follows almost exactly. To this geography, MacCoun has added, in red, the site of various American Indian villages, as well as the American Indian name of several Manhattan rivers and inlets.
This is a 1944 Navy Department pictorial map of the Mediterranean region. The map depicts the region from the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, including Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and the Red Sea and from the English Channel, Germany and Switzerland to the North African coast. Highly detailed and visually stunning, this NavWarMap effectively summarizes Allied operations in the Mediterranean theater through the Allied invasion of Italy in September 1943.
This is a 1944 Navy Department pictorial map of northwestern Europe and the North Atlantic. The map depicts the region from the Atlantic Ocean to Russia and from the Arctic Ocean to central France and Switzerland. Illustrating two crucial aspects of the war in Europe, the Battle of the Atlantic and the Allied strategic bombing campaign of targets in France and Germany, a clear portrait of the current state of the war is painted here.
An extremely rare and previously unknown c. 1902 map of Bermuda issued to promote the Bermuda-Atlantic Steamship Company. The map covers all of Bermuda and some of the surrounding reefs. Shows roadways, shipping channels, streets, and some undersea topography. An inset map in the upper right illustrates Bermuda within proximity to other Atlantic destinations. An illustration of the Bermuda-Atlantic flagship, the S.S. Oceana, appears in the lower right.
A scarce 1852 hand colored aquatint view of Niagara Falls based upon a painting by Hippolyte Victor Valentin Sébron and engraved by Friedrich Salathé. This important view of Niagara Falls is considered among the among the most realistic mid-19th century views of the falls. Sébron visited the falls in person in 1850, when the original paintings must have been made.
Both the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian Falls) and the American Falls are depicted under a blue sky. The white spray of the falls and the steam rising from the crashing water is almost opaque. Carriages and boats wait to take tourist for a closer look. At the base of the American Falls, a steam boat appears dangerously close to the fury. The is what appears to be a small whirlpool in the waters of the foreground.
Sébron's original painting was well received in the art salons of New York and New Orleans, where it was exhibited at Faivre's Music Store on Royal Street. The popularity of the view was such that it was immediately pick up by Goupil and Company, French publishers who issued the map in New York City. Although titled in both English and French, presumably to appeal to both markets, this view was printed and copyrighted in New York. This is one of two views of Niagara Falls issued by Sébron and Salathé, the second being more specifically of the Horseshoe or Canadian Falls.
A scarce 1852 hand colored aquatint view of Horeshoe Fall or Canadian Falls part of Niagara Falls based upon a painting by Hippolyte Victor Valentin Sébron and engraved by Friedrich Salathé. This important view of Niagara Falls is considered among the among the most realistic mid-19th century views of the falls. Sébron visited the falls in person in 1850, when the original paintings must have been made.
The Horseshoe Falls are depicted as dark storm clouds roll in. The white spray of the fall is by contrast almost opaque, especially near the foreground rim where intense winds blow at the scarves and hat decorations of awed Victorian onlookers. A carriage waits to whisk the onlookers away as a worried carriage man points out the threatening impending storm. In the distance buildings are visible, including a watchtower and grand hotel. At the base of the falls, a steam boat appears dangerously close to the fury.
This is a rare and magnificent 1851 case map of the world on Mercator's projection by French cartographer Alexandre Vuillemin. The map depicts the world in extraordinary detail with numerous decorative embellishments and prolific notations. Offering 11 decorative vignettes throughout, ranging from whaling ships at sea, to Eskimos hunting in the arctic, to armies of horsemen battling across the Sahara. In the American Northwest, some of Lewis and Clark's recent discoveries are noted and there is some attempt to notate the various American Indian tribes of the region. Alaska is labeled as 'Russian America.' The ice flows of both the Arctic and Antarctic are decoratively and beautifully rendered in profile. Nautical routes between major cities are noted. There are also innumerable historical and textual notations throughout the map, referencing various expeditions, when islands were discovered by European explorers, and other historical events. The bottom portion of the map features two engravings depicting the traditional consumes of various world cultures, along with a chart comparing the elevation of the world's mountains and another comparing the length of its rivers. All text is in French. A much smaller and edited down version of this map was published in Vuillemin's important Atlas Illustré de Géographie Commerciale et Industrielle. Edited by Fatout of No 17, Boulevard Poissoniere in Paris.
This beautiful 1814 map, along with Pinkerton's similar map, is most likely the most important large format English atlas map of the American Southwest to be produced in the 19th century. The map depicts Mexico from the Yucatan north to what would soon become the Republic of Texas, the Louisiana Territory, and what would eventually be the U.S. States of New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California, Nevada, Utah, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Colorado. Based largely on the maps of Alexander von Humboldt and Zebulon Pike, the general treatment of the Rocky Mountains is drawn directly from Humboldt's important map of 1811, issued just 3 years prior. The 1806 – 1807 explorations of Zebulon Pike in modern-day Colorado are also in evidence, as is Pike's Peak, here noted as the 'Highest Peak.' The name Texas appears on this map only as the name of a settlement on the Colorado River, which is here mapped twice. The Great Salt Lake is mapped according to the limited knowledge preserved from the Escalante-Onate expedition of 1776. Here both the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake are mapped, both with indistinct borders. The Louisiana region is especially well notated with numerous annotations regarding the Indian tribes inhabiting the region and a number of advances over Humboldt – such as the correct mapping of the Arkansas River.
This is an 1851 Alexandre Vuillemin and Aristide Michel Perrot folding map of Europe. The map depicts the region from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains and from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa. Each of the countries is labeled, along with each capital city. Numerous other cities and towns are depicted and labeled, along with roads, railways, lakes, and rivers. Vignettes of several European cities dot the map, with scenes from Plymouth, Cherbourg, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Venice, Constantinople, and Hamburg among them. Various symbols are used throughout the map to depict different resources of the animal, vegetable, and mineral varieties, with a key for reading the symbols situated along the right. Along both the right and left borders, vignettes from numerous European countries are illustrated. On the right, caricatures of the typical inhabitants of different European countries are situated, including French, English, German, and Swedish people. On the left, views of European capital cities are included, such as Paris, London, Vienna, Berlin, Madrid, and Naples.
This is a 1929 Walter Knapp map of Oberlin, Ohio and Oberlin College with fascinating 'Underground Railroad' and temperance references. The map depicts the town of Oberlin from the Lorain, Ashland, and Southern railroad line to North Crosby Street and from the football field to West Hamilton Street. Nearly all the streets are labeled, while houses and other buildings illustrated throughout. Churches, inns, taverns, and the yacht club are labeled as well. Some of the labels, such as the haunted house and the mermaid next to the 'bridge of size' are charming and reflect local folklore and whimsy. For example, a dinosaur inhabits the top right corner of the map, near 'Ye land flowing with milk and honey.' The train for New York City cuts through town.
This is an 1879 Imperial German General Post Office map of world postal routes. The map depicts the world from Hawaii (the Sandwich Islands) to New Zealand and from the Arctic Ocean to Tierra del Fuego. Seventy-three different steamship routes are illustrated, each of which is numbered and corresponds to a route in the index situated along the left and right sides and along the bottom. Routes are distinguished by nation, with German, English, French, Austrian, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, American, and Japanese routes each illustrated using different symbols. Railroads and overland postal routes via highways are also depicted.
This is a c. 1890 Spanish map of the Philippines. The map depicts the region from Pasaleng Bay, northern Luzon to Mindoro and from the South China Sea to the Philippine Sea. Highly detailed, numerous cities, towns, and villages are labeled. Several different administrative districts, marked by different abbreviations, are also noted. Roads, railroads, and trails crisscross the islands. Myriad locations along the coastline of Luzon and northern Mindoro are also labeled. These notations are explained in a key situated in the lower left corner. A manuscript notation, included in the key, informs the viewer that the roads which are illustrated crossing mountains in the northeast are no more than trails.
Most likely used during the Spanish-American War by American troops, since the map is in Spanish this implies that it predates the war. The United States got involved following an explosion on the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor and resulted in American acquisition of Spanish colonial holdings in the Pacific. The U.S. Navy's Asiatic Squadron won a decisive victory in Manila Bay on May 1, 1898 and hostilities ended with a surrender signed on August 14th, 1898. By December 10th, the Spanish had officially ceded the Philippines to the United States.
This is an 1806 John Cary map of the Northeastern United States. The map depicts the region from Lake Huron and Ontario to Virginia and North Carolina and from Ohio and Kentucky to the Atlantic Ocean. The modern-day states of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as parts of Ontario and Quebec are included. The most interesting part of this map is the Northwest which is dedicated to the Great Lakes and the Western Territory. The Connecticut Western Reserve is labeled in what is today Ohio. The reserve, formally ceded to Connecticut after the Yankee-Pennamite Wars, was the last remnant of Connecticut's old colonial sea-to-sea grant of all territory falling between the 41st and 42nd parallels. A number of references to the American Indian nations occupying the region, including the Chippewa, the Ootawas, and the Six Nations are also indicated. The important cod fishing banks off Massachusetts and Maine are also noted. Numerous cities, towns, and villages are labeled throughout, along with roads, rivers, and other physical features. Points along the coastline are also labeled.
This is a 1946 Frederick Tilp map of the Potomac River. The map depicts the river and its environs from Washington, D.C. and Georgetown University to Indian Head, Maryland. Charmingly illustrated, several morsels of information concerning American history in the region are provided. The earliest tidbit presents the fact that Moyaone, a Native American village on or near the river, was noted on Captain John Smith's map in 1608. Several locations within Washington, D.C. are labeled, including the Naval Research Laboratory, Bolling Field Army Aire Base, the naval air station, and Georgetown University, complete with a vignette of the clock tower on Healy Hall. A wonderful illustration of the U.S. Capitol is situated along the left border. Other information provided on the map concerns events during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War.
This is a 1939 Arthur Lites pictorial map of Palo Alto, California and the surrounding area. The map depicts the region from the Golden Gate to the Lick Observatory and from Oakland and Berkeley to Half Moon Bay, the Pacific Ocean and some 'big redwood trees.' Numerous locations are labeled throughout the region, including Redwood City, San Mateo, Burlingame, Santa Clara, San Jose, Niles, Hayward, and San Leandro, with the focus falling on Palo Alto. 'Treasure Island', the location of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, is also included and labeled in San Francisco Bay. Highways are illustrated by orange lines, and of those labeled are U.S. Highway 101, 'El Camino Real', Skyline Boulevard, and Bayshore Boulevard. Stanford University occupies an enormous amount of space in comparison to other entities illustrated on the map. Sketches of various locations around Palo Alto create the map's border and feature the municipal airport, the community center, public schools, several buildings on Stanford's campus, a couple of homes, among others. Along the bottom, what appear to be colonial forces face off against modern technology in the form of cars, trains, and an airplane. Portraits of the explorer Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza, the explorer Comandante de Gaspar de Portola, the historian Father Pedro Font and Father Junipero Serra, a founder of a mission, occupies the corner.
This is a large 1853/54 J. H. Colton dissected wall map of the United States with significant Trans-Mississippi and Great Plains content. This is the largest and most significant of the three separate issue maps of the United States Colton issued in the 1850s. It covers the entire United States as well as most of Mexico, parts of southern Canada, and the Greater Antilles. Central America and the lower Antilles appear in insets. There are numerous ethnographical, geographical, and historical vignettes throughout including a wagon train, American Indians hunting, ships, palm trees, volcanoes, and more.
This is a 1948 Lowell E. Jones pictorial map of Kodiak, Alaska. Oriented from the east, the map depicts the whole of Kodiak Island from Shelikof Strait to Sitkaudak Island and from Olga Bay to Afgonak Island. Standing near the center of the map, a Kodiak bear stands on its hind legs and waves at the viewer, while a second Kodiak is illustrated on the upper left. Several caribou, eagles, and other wildlife are also included. Numerous bays, straits, and smaller islands are labeled throughout. Inhabited locations are few and far between, the town of Kodiak merits a star, while all other settlements appear to either be canneries or native villages. The site of the first white settlement in Alaska, which per the map was established in 1784, is also marked near Three Saints Bay. Half a dozen boats make their way through the waters surrounding Kodiak Island, some of which are steam vessels while others are sailing ships. Other content in present on verso, including a pictorial map of Alaska, information about Kodiak and a drawn bird's eye view of the city, along with a charming illustration of a Kodiak bear.
This is a one-of-a-kind c. 1977 Mandala Trekking Maps mimeographed map of the Khumbu, or Everest, region of Nepal. The map depicts the region from the Sun Kosi River to Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Lhotse Shar and from Tibet to Phaplu. As topography is incredibly important in this part of the world, topographic lines cover the map, with labeled peaks and elevations populating every corner of the map. It appears this map was used for a trek, although it is unclear exactly when the expedition took place. It began in Kirantichap and lasted twenty-five days and the villages where the hikers spent the night are underlined and numbered. Villages throughout the region are labeled, with elevations given for most of them. The famous Everest regions acclimatization stops were waypoints on this trip, including Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Gorak Shep, and Gokyo. Although the members of this expedition did not reach Everest Base Camp, they ascended Kala Patthar which offers even better views of Everest than those offered by Everest Base Camp. Three inset maps are included around the central map. One of these, along the top border, illustrates the route to Everest Base Camp and labels the villages along the way. Khumbu Glacier and the legendary Ice Fall are both labeled as well. The inset map detailing the 'Gokyo Course' is situated in the lower right corner. The Gokyo trek is one of the most popular in the region and allows for spectacular views of Everest. The third inset map is a city map of Namche Bazaar, which is the main trading center of the region and a popular stop for trekkers for altitude acclimatization. A profile view of the Himalayas is situated along the bottom border and labels o
This is a 1977 R. G. Dustin pictorial map of the Saranac Lakes and the Fish Creek campsite region in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. The map depicts the region from Altamont Township to North Elba township and from Santa Clara Township and Harrietstown Township to Harrietstown Township. Upper, Middle, and Lower Saranac Lake are all illustrated and labeled, along with numerous other ponds, brooks, lakes, and islands. Several campsites are labeled, including Rollins Pond Campsite and Fish Creek Campsite. The Saranac Inn near Upper Saranac Island is labeled, along with the town of Saranac Lake on the right side of the map. Numerous vignettes of tourists are included throughout the map, with fishermen, boaters, swimmers, and sunbathers sketched throughout. A hunter and a bear are illustrated in the upper right corner, each running in the opposite direction. The hunter even forgot his gun he wanted to get away from the bear so fast! Several deer are bounding through the forests, while campers are being towed and parked near the lakes. A small farm with a cow and a horse and a bright red barn is included in the lower left corner. A legend is included in the lower right corner, which explains all of the notations employed on the map.
This is a 1686 Olfert Dapper view of Cairo, Egypt. The view depicts Cairo from a hill on the opposite side of the Nile overlooking the city. Cairo stretches out below the viewer nearly to the horizon. Individual buildings are illustrated, and eleven locations are alphabetically identified. A corresponding index, situated along the bottom border below the view, is written in both Dutch and French. In the foreground, traders, craftsmen, and other travelers make their way along the road leading to Cairo, either on their way to the city, or away from it. Horses, oxen, mules, and camels accompany the travelers and are pulling carts, carrying baskets, or supporting riders. The Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx are illustrated on the right, along the Nile.
This is a 1686 Olfert Dapper map of the western central Africa. The map depicts the Atlantic coast of Africa from approximately Gabon to Angola, with the inland portions of the map depicting parts of the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Highly detailed, numerous towns and smaller settlements are labeled throughout, along with rivers, lakes, and mountain ranges. Mountains are illustrated along the coast and farther inland, with trees dotting the landscape and lining the tributaries of the Congo River (Rio Zaire). Several African animals are illustrated, including lions and elephants. The political divisions on the map are not well defined, but the Kingdom of the Congo and the Kingdom of Angola are both labeled. Lake Aquilunda, an apocryphal lake believed to be in Angola, is depicted here, with numerous rivers flowing out of it. Dapper consulted numerous sources when compiling Description of Africa, and Lake Aquilunda was widely reported by explorers in their accounts of the region, thus its inclusion here. Through a series of rivers, water from Lake Aquilunda both reaches the Atlantic and traverses the continent to join the Congo River. Some ships are illustrated in the Atlantic off the coast. A decorative title cartouche is situated in the lower left corner, surrounded by an ostrich, a rhinoceros, a monkey, and an elephant, along with three figures who appear to be slaves, and most likely a slave trader.
This is a large and impressive nautical chart of maritime map of the British Guiana, Surinam, and French Guiana coast in South America. The map covers from Trinidad and Tobago, and the mouth of the mouth of the Orinoco in Venezuela, east as far as Cape Orange and the River Uassa (River Oyapok), including the modern-day nations of British Guiana, Surinam (Dutch Guiana), and French Guiana. Insets detail the River Surinam, The Demerara and Essequibo Rivers, the River Maroni, Cayenne, the River Corentyn, and the Salut Islands. The chart contains copious annotations describing the difficult river navigation in this region. This chart was originally issued in 1873, the present example has been updated to 1875. All examples are rare.
This is an extremely rare 1871 nautical chart or maritime map of norther part of the Baltic Sea in the vicinity of Stockholm, Sweden. The map cover from Gotland to the Åland Islands, and from the Swedish coastline to Riga, Latvia. Stockholm appears prominently just left of center. This chart is admirable for its profile illustration of the region's many lighthouses. There are inset detail harbor maps of Norrköping (Sweden), entrances to Stockholm (Sweden), Daugavgrīva (Latvia), Riga (Latvia), and Riga Bay.
The chart was published by the Royal Danish Chart Archive, first in 1869, and again here, with updates to 1871. This map is extremely rare and we have been unable to identify any examples in any collection, public or private .
An elegant 1875 James Imray nautical chart or map of the Canary Islands. This map was originally published by Imray in 1860, the present example being a later edition, based upon the important surveys of Captain Alexander Thomas Emeric Vidal of the Royal Navy. Centered on Gran Canaria, the map extends to cover all of the islands as well as parts of the adjacent west African coast. Insets details Santa Cruz (Tenerife), Puerto da la Luz (Las Palmas, Gran Canaria), Arreciffe (Arrecife, Lanzarote), the Strait of Rio, and Bocayna Strait. Profiles detail Tenerife, Grand Canaria, and Santa Cruz.
This is an enlarged, separate issue version of a 1944 Ted Kautzky map created for LIFE magazine. The map depicts the southern Pacific Ocean from Palawan in the Philippines and Borneo in Indonesia to New Guinea and from Luzon in the Philippines to Celebes and Halmahera in Indonesia. Hong Kong, Formosa, China, Korea, and Japan are illustrated in profile and labeled along the top border in an effort to place these South Pacific islands in the region. Individual islands throughout the region are labeled, including Mondoro, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Luzon, Leyte, and Mindanao in the Philippines, and Borneo, Celebes, Halmahera, and Morotai in Indonesia. Both Manila, Bataan, and Corregidor in the Philippines are labeled as well, names with which LIFE Magazine readers would have been familiar, after the fall of the Philippines and the infamous Bataan Death March two years earlier.
This is an enlarged, separate issue version of a 1945 R. M. Chapin, Jr. map of East Asia created for TIME Magazine. The map depicts the region from the Chinese coast to the Pacific Ocean and from Manchuria to Okinawa and Taiwan. Created to illustrate the naval blockade of the Japanese home islands, Chapin demonstrates how shipping from Japanese-occupied China and Korea is 'funneled' into the Kanmon Straits between Honshu and Kyushu. By taking advantage of this tactically vulnerable space from both sea and air, the American and Allied forces effectively cut Japanese supply lines. Using carrier-based aircraft, bombers from Okinawa, and naval vessels, the American blockade proved nearly impenetrable. The inland water routes and ports of Japan were also mined by the Army Air Forces to increase the damage done to Japanese shipping. Apart from the blockade, Manchuria, China, Korea, and the U.S.S.R. are labeled, along with numerous cities, such as Vladivostok, Mukden, Tientsin, and Shanghai.
This is an enlarged, separate issue version of a 1945 R. M. Chapin, Jr. map of Central Europe created for TIME Magazine. The map depicts the region from just west of the Rhine River to eastern Poland and the Oder River and from the Baltic Sea to Italy and the Balkans. The Allied advance, from both east and west, is illustrated as a flood bursting through dams and coloring all of gray Germany blood red. The Americans, British, Canadian, and French armies were 'flooding' across the Rhine in four different places, including Remagen, where American forces had famously captured the last bridge traversing the river. From the east, the Soviet army was breaking through from the White Russian (Belarussian) front, as well as in the Balkans. The drive into Germany was on. In the south, U.S. and British forces are noted as having reached just outside of Bologne, Italy. As the armies raced toward Berlin, Chapin presents the viewer with a question: Does Hitler have an inner fortress around Berchtesgaden, his fabled hideaway in the Alps? Chapin sketches a circle around Berchtesgaden, stretching from Trieste https://www.geographicus.com/P/AntiqueMap/thefloodscome-chapin-1945to Pilsen, perhaps proposing that, even though the Allied armies had broken through into Germany, the possibility of hard fighting still lingered.
This is an enlarged, separate issue version of a 1943 R. M. Chapin, Jr. map of the Balkans and eastern Europe created for TIME Magazine. The map depicts the region from Germany and Poland to Turkey and from Berlin and Belgrade to the Soviet Union and the Black Sea. Illustrating a proposed Allied advance across the Bosphorus and into Greece and Bulgaria, this little-known front of World War II saw some harrowing action. The map notes that Sofia, Bulgaria was bombed 'last week' and Ploeisti, Romania in August was the costliest Allied bombing raid of the war. In that raid 53 aircraft and 660 airmen were lost. Although an Allied invasion of this style never occurred, the simple threat tied down Axis (German) troops and stoked resistance efforts in the region. It also helped stall, and then reverse, the stretch of the 'shadow' of Nazi Germany.