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Benedetto Bordone. 1528. 38 cm x 21 cm. Black and white, excellent condition.

One of the most important very early world maps. Far in advance of anything else of its time - it gives a better delineation of the New World than later maps such as the Grynaeus, the Fine, or even the Munster map of 1540. Shirley No. 59. $$$$


Lons/Jansson . Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula, 1632. 55 cm x 45 cm. Black and white. Generally very good condition, slightly age toned. Some restoration at the lower centerfold, no loss of printed surface.

Large, extraordinarily rare, world map. Based on the map by Dirck Lons of 1622 (which had no figured borders and of which Shirley records only a single copy), Jansson created this map a few years later. The vignettes surrounding the map are exquisite engravings of town views, figures in local costume, and magnificent portraits of various rulers on horseback. This maps is known in only three or four copies and is one of the greatest creatinos of the period of Dutch cartographic supremacy. A unique acquisition. Shirley No. 309. $$$$$$

Apianus.   Cordiform world,  1544.  29 cm x 20 cm.  Black and white.   Very good condition. 

This is the only early world map to show a pre-1540's mapping of North America that is obtainable at a modest cost.  Though scarce, it is more readily obtainable than the Grynaeus, Vadianus, Fine, Frisius,  and Waldseemueller maps because the volume it appeared in was highly popular and produced in a large number of editions from 1544 through the 1580's.  The map is also one of the very few cordiform projections world maps obtainable.  Shirley No. 82. $$$$


W Blaeu.   Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographica Tabula, 1606. 52 cm x 40 cm.  Magnificent contemporary color. 

The classic Blaeu world map with figured borders, in stunning original color and excellent condition.  This map, and Blaeu's America,  are justly called the pinnacle of early decorative cartography.  Shirley.  No. 255.  $$$$$$



P. Kaerius. Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographica Tabula, 1607.   52 cm x 40 cm.  Beautiful early color. 

Kaerius was strongly influenced by Blaeu and produced this world map in the Blaeu style with figured panels on all four sides,  one year after the appearance of Blaeu's map.  Kaerius' creation is equally beautiful but, because of the greater commercial success of Blaeu compared to Kaerius, the latter is many times rarer.  Indeed, on today's market, it is very seldom seen at all.  Shirley.  No. 264.  $$$$$$


Gerard Mercator. Septentrionalium Terrarum Descriptio, 1595/1606. 39 cm x 36.5 cm. Color.

The classic map of the Arctic region, representing the late Medieval concept of four islands surrounding a centralized whirlpool. This polar depiction was an expansion of the concept shown on his earlier world map, but augmented by the polar explorations and discoveries of Martin Frobisher (1576-1578) and John Davis (1585-1587). In this, the second state of the map, the plate has been re-engraved to reflect the discoveries of Willem Barentz (1594-96) in Nova Zembla, Spitzbergen and the insularity of Greenland. Ref: Kershaw, Early Printed Maps of Canada, Entry 22a, Plate 15. $$$






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