Antique Maps of theAtlantic Ocean and Bordering Countries
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"Luftströmungen auf dem nordatlantischen Ocean im westlich. Gebiet der alten und im oestlichen Theiß der neuen Welt"
Chart of air currents over the Atlantic Ocean west of Europe and Africa and east of North America.
Steel engraving. Original hand coloring.
Published in Schweinfurt, Germany. Ca. 1850
Only very light traces of age and use.
20,8 x 27,3 cm (ca. 8.2 x 10.7")
"Carte de L'Ocean Meridional .....". Copper etching by Bellin. Dated 1746. Modern hand coloring.
The southern Atlantic with boarding continents is the subject of this interesting map showing wind directions. In the lower left is Tierra del Fuego. The South American coast reaches as far north as the mouth of the Amazon River. The African coast is shown from the Equator southward to the Cap de Bonne Esperance. In the lower left is a tiny piece of land titled: Cap de la Circonsision. St. Helana and Tristan d'Acuã are clearly shown along with other smaller islands.
Upper margin has been widened. Almost invisible folds to fit book size. Otherwise Almost Very Good condition.
34.1 x 45.2 cm ( 13.4 x 17.8 ")
Order Nr. ATLANTIC235164SOLD
ăPas Caart van de Vlaemsche Eylanden" Azore Islands
Copper etching from the Sea Atlas by Hendrick Doncker (1626-1699)
Original hand coloring. Reverse side blanco.
The entire Azores Island group. Baroque cartouche held by a group of winged putti and Neptune.
No sequence number. This is a RARE MAP! Doncker's maps are noted for their acuracy and authenticity.
Printed on wondefully heavy paper. General age toning. Some spotting. Except for that the condition is almost very good.
43,2 x 53 cm (ca. 17 x 20.9")
Order Nr. PORTUGALMAP238108
"Karte vom Atlantischen Ocean Zur
Uebersicht der Stroemungen und Handelsstrassen der Waerme
Verbreitung des Seebodens" Steel
etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer
Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855.
Map has a small repaired worm hole in upper right corner. Vertical centerfold.
21.5 x 27.3 cm ( 8.4 x 10.7 ")
Order Nr. ATLANTICMAP2241
"Die neuwen Inseln so hinder Hispanien gegen Orient bey dem land Indie ligen"
Early map of the Americas. Woodcut published in "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Munster (1488-1552).
This woodcut is from a German edition of the "Cosmographia"
printed in Basel, 1553.
"The "New World", still oddly shaped before mapping got more precise. We have to realize, that the discovery of America was just about half a century before this map was carved into a woodblock and published. But that's the charm of very early map making! In the Caribbean Sea some of the islands were already named and placed fairly accurately: Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola. Sciana (now Puerto Rico) carries the pennant of Spain. On the North American (US)-mainland we have only Florida named and shown much larger than the State of Florida comprises in modern times.
For the first time on a map the Pacific Ocean is named as such: Mare pacificum. While South America is definitely recognizable (even the Magellan Strait is mapped), the West Coast of North America is totally undiscovered. An interesting marginal note is the placing and naming of Japan. Japan is shown as one island quite near to North America and iras name is "Zipangri". Name and placement were taken from a globe produced by Johannes Schoener, which is a precious piece of art at the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg.
Condition: Woodcut has typical but new hand coloring. There is general light age toning. Margins all around show traces of age and use. Lower margin has reinforcements for no obvious reasons, applied probably centuries ago. A slightly visible crease through the Atlantic in lower right corner. Considering the age of the print, it condition is much better than good.
25,7 x 34,2 cm (ca. 10.1 x 13.5")
Order Nr. SOUTHAMERICA251769
"America noviter delineata"
Copper etching by Matthaeus Merian ( 1593 - 1650 ).
This attractive map shows North abd South America based on the world map by Willem Blaeu.
At the top of the map is a small inset showing Iceland and Greenland.
The Azores, Canary Islands, and Cape Verde Islands are clearly shown off the coast of Africa.
Notice how much of North America is yest to be discovered and mapped.
Map has very pleasant contemporary hand coloring.
This map was published in Frankfurt in 1638.
Map has repairs in the upper
and lower margins on the centerfold that are
27.5 x 36.5 cm ( 10.8 x 13.9 ")
Order Nr. SOUTHAMERICA250780SOLD
"Ozean Seite auf dem Globus
des Martin Behaim aus dem Jahre 1492"
Very interesting map from the
globe of Martin Behaim with Europe and Africa on the right
This map was made after Knrad Kretchmer and published 1900. Reverse side is printed.
Diameter: 13 cm ( 5.1 ")
Order Nr. ATLANTICMAP248793
"Pascaarte vande Zee custen van Guinea, en Brasilia; Van Cabo de Verde, tot C. de vona EsperançA: en van R. de Amazones tot Rio de la Plata, alles op wassende graaden gestelt. t Amsterdam." Copper etching von Johannes van Keulen (1654-1711) for "De Groote Nieuwe Vermeerderde Zee Atlas ofte Water-werelt". Published ca 1710. Original hand coloring.
This interesting map was made primarily for sailors. Notice the many windroses and ships in the Atlantic. On the right side is part of Africa and on the left this map shows the eastern part of Brazil with French Guiana and the mouth of the Amazon in the north. The coastline reaches as far south as Río de la Plata. A decorative cartouche adds to the attraction of this map.
Map is shown photographed against a light background. Margins are narrow. Map has been mounted on stronger paper. There is a 5 cm repaired tear on left edge. Along the upper edge is a dark spot. General condition is Much Better than Good.
51.5 x 59.3 cm ( 20.2 x 23.3 ")
Order Nr. SOUTHAMERICAMAP 2080
"Carte de L'Ocean Occidental Dressee pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages"
Hand-colored copper etching by Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772)
Published in Paris, dated 1746
Very attractive hand coloring. Several horizontal and vertical folds to fit book size.
One tiny hole in folds' crossing. Otherwise very, very good condition!
31,2 x 44,5 cm (ca. 12.3 x 17.5")
Order Nr. ATLANTIC240481SOLD
ăCarte Reduite des Costes Occidentales d'Afrique Premiere Feuille contenent Les Costes de Barbarie depuisnle Detroit de Gibraltar jusqu'au Cap Bojador et les Isles Canaries..."
Very attractive land and sea chart showing the Canaries and Madera in their exact location related to the African and European continents. Map of Gibraltar, Morocco, Canry Islands, Madera
Type of print: Copper etching
Color: Very fine original hand-coloring
Publisher: Depot General de la Marine
When: Dated 1753
Measures: 54,7 x 86,7 cm (ca. 21.5 x 37.1")
Order Nr. ATLANTICMAP238262SOLD
"Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip."
Hand-colored copper etching from ăTheatrum Orbis Terrarum"
By Abraham Ortelius
Antwerp. From the very rare First Edition, 1570
Atlas page nr. 45
This is the much sought North Atlantic map from the ăTheatrum" .
Map shows Scandinavia. Finland, The Baltic Sea with its roundabout coastline of Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia up to Pechora in Russia. the North Sea coastline along Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France as far south as Dieppe. It shows the British Isles, All island groups in the North Atlantic, Greenland, Iceland, the first hint of the American continent in Nova Scotia. It also shows the mythical island of Frisland, which appeared on all North Atlantic maps up to the 1660ies and the North polar region.
Adorned with sea monsters and sail ships this is one of the most collected maps ever.
Along centerfold some very minor repairs. Otherwise excellent, especially for this First Edition exemplar.
35,7 x 48,7 cm (ca. 14 x 19.1")
Order Nr. ATLANTIC237384SOLD
" Nord Atlantischer Ocean " Steel engraving by Herm. Burghaus for Stieler. Dated 1870.
Interesting map showing some of the early Trans-Atlantic routes. In the upper left are two insets showing the east end ( Ireland ) and the west end ( Newfoundland ) of the Atlkantic Telegraph line. The overland telegraph lines are shown in red. Ocean depths are given.
Map has a vertical centerfold. Condition is very good.
34.6 x 41.5 cm ( 13.6 x 16.3 ")
Order Nr. ATLANTIC236096SOLD
Steel engraving published 1840
showing New Foundland in the upper
17.5 x 10 cm ( 6.8 x 3.9 ")
Order Nr. ATLANTICMAP252098