Antique Maps of the Balkans

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"Thraciae Descriptio"

Cluver, Philipp (1580 - 1623) was an early author of historic maps.
His works were published long after his lifespan. This map( comes from a pocket size atlas (duodez):
Philippi Cluverii. Introductionis inUniversam Geographiam tam veterem quam novam Libri. Amsterdam, 1661.
The engraver was Peter Bertius (1565 - 1629). Originally colored.

The side margins have been added. Minimal foxing.

Size: ca.12 x 12.5 cm (ca.4.72 x 4.92").

$ 130.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP249819


"Bosnien, Dalmatien, Istrien, Kroatien u. Slawonien"

Detailed map printed in color, 1890. In the lower center is an inset showing the area
around Cattaro and Krivosije.

Map has a vertical centerfold. Light age toning in margins.

21 x 27 cm ( 8.2 x 10.6 " )

$ 35.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP242384


"Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia cum Dalmatiae parte"

Hand-colored copper etching by Gerard Mercator.

Published in the atlas by Henricus Hondius, Janssonius

Amsterdam, 1645

Map shows Mediterranian coast line from the island of Rab (Arbe) to the island of Brac (Brazza). In the north the run of the river Drau from Ptuj (Pettau) in Slowenia towhee it joins the Danube at Belgrade. So this map comprises parts of Slowenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia

Tiny repaired tear on lower margin edge. a few hardly visible. creases.
Small repairs on upper mrgin edge.

Wide margins. Very pleasant hand-coloring, Good condition.

46 x 37 cm (ca. 18 x 14.5")

$ 680.00

Order Nr.BALKANMAP246031


"Balkan-Halbinsel"

Wood engraving map by L. Ravenstein, printed in color ca 1870.
Attached to the map is an extra page with the list of names found on the map.

Image: 15.5 x 10.5 cm ( 6.1 x 4.1")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. BALKAN255291


Macedonia & c.

In the lower right is Malta and in the
lower left is Madeira.

Wood engraving printed in color, ca 1880.
Map has some tiny repaired tears on margin edges.

29 x 21.5 cm ( 11.4 x 8.4 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. MEDITERRANEANMAP1351


No title. Retia, Vindelicia, Noricum, Istria, Pannonia Superior, Pannonia Inferior, Illyriseu, Lyburnia, Dalmatia.

Wood cut by Martin Waldseemueller after Claudio Ptolemy. : From „Claudio Ptolemei...Geographiae opus novissima...MDXIII". Strasbourg, 1513. Very nice recent hand coloring.

This very early map in trapeze form shows the ancient regions named above. It reaches from Bregenz in Western Austria to the Macedonian border. Showing Svebia, Bavaria, Austria, Slowakia, Slowenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegowina, Hungary and parts of Romania south to the Macedonian and Albanian border.

Map has pleasant light age toninhg. Uper and lower margins have been added. Some traces of age and use of minor importance.

Trapeze: 33.3 x 43.5 to 50.5 cm (13.1 x 17.1 to 19.9"). Page size 37 x 58.8 cm (14.6 x 23.1")

$ 3200.00

Order Nr. BALKAN MAP 1044


"Theil der Illyrischen Provinzen - Parties des Provinces Illyriennes"

Copper etching by A. Buerck

This map of South Carinthia (Austria) Hermagor, North East Italy (area around Tarvisio and Slowenia (Bovec / Fritsch / Plezzo) is a most detailed map of a corner in Europe, where three countries meet: Austria, Italy, Slowenia.

This map was published by Geographisches Institut in Weimar, Germany. Since it was printed in the year 1807, the borders between the three countries have been altered and adjusted.

. Single sheet. Right upper margin corner a bit bent.

Image: 32 x 41 cm (ca. 12.5 x 16.1")

$ 90.00 (Please see discount at top of this page. Here 30% = $  63.00).

Order Nr. SLOVENIA254762


„Thraciae Veteris Typus". Original hand colored copper etching by Abraham Ortelius for his atlas „Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". Antwerp, 1585. Clean map belonging to the series of historical maps which Abraham Ortelius engraved himself!

Map has three cartouches: title and two historically explanatory ones. All of them with decorative Renaissance cartouches. Very detailed focus on Dardanelles and Bosporus. Also on Athos and the islands of Lemnos, Imbros, Samos, Thasus, Tenedos. It also shows in detail the Romanian coast of the Black Sea. It gives detailed historical names of peoples who lived in this wayward area. Verso text: Latin.

Left margin has insignifican spot. Beautiful patina through general age toning. No tears or other blemishes! One tiny hole alongside centerfold. Very good general condition and pleasant appearance to the eye.

35.4 x 47.6 cm (13.9 x 18.7")

Because of its special beauty: $ 720.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP1040


"Transylvania, Siebenburgen". Copper etching by Gerhard Mercator and edited by Johann Janssonius. Amsterdam, ca 1640. Original hand coloring.

This map shows the region of Siebenburgen in Rumania. The area is bordered by the Carpatian Mountains, the Bihar Mountains. Verso: Text in French.

Map has wide margins that are lightly browned. The text from the backside shows lightly in the image. Some water stains in margins and a repair on the lower margin edge. Condition is Almost Very Good.

33.6 x 42.7 cm ( 13.2 x 16.8 ")

$ 580.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP1034


"La Macedonie La Thessalie L'Epire"

Copper engraving map by Jaques Benigne Bossuet (1627-1704).
Published in Paris by Chez Arkstree et Merkusm 1742.51.
From "L'Histoire Universelle despuis la commencement du monde,
jusqu a present, traduit de l'anglois d une societe de gens de letrtres"

Very attractive hand coloring. Two original vertical folds to fit book size.
Very minor signs of age and use in margins.

Map image: 20 x 31.5cm (7.8 x 12.4 ")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. GREECE252929


"Transylvania". Copper etching by G. Bouttats from "Erster Atlas von Ungarn und Dalmatiien" published in 1690. Modern hand coloring.

Hermannstadt, Weissenburg and Kockelburg are almost in the center of this map of Transylvania. In the upper right is the Bruth river and in the lower right is a bit of the Walachei. In the lower left is part of the course of the Merisch river. There are many topographical details on this map. some place names are in two languages.

Some minimal scattered spotting in margins. Piece of lower left margin corner has been replaced. Folds to fit book size. Overall condition is Almost Very Good.

31.1 x 39.5 cm ( 12.2 x 15.5 ")

Order Nr. BALKANMAP1035 SOLD

"Transylvaniae, Moldaviae, Walachiae, Bulgariae nova et accurata Delineatio magnem partem hodierni Theatri Bellici ob oculos ponens opera et sumtibus Matthei Seutteri, S. Caes. et Cathol. Reg. Majest, Geographi, Augustae Vindel."

Copper etching with very fine original hand coloring.

Published by Matthaeus Seutter (1678-1757)

Augsburg, ca. 1740

This map, is handsomely originally hand colored. It shows the geographical area (from the north): Moldova, Romania (including Transylvania) and Bulgaria - towards the delta of the River Danube and the Black Sea.

Upper margin has been professionally added with adequately old paper. Minor signs of age and use in margins.

Map has baroque title cartouche and, at bottom right, a small cartouche with explanations of used symbols, adorned with four coats of arms of Valachia, Transylvania, Moldavia and Bulgaria.

Reverse side is blank.

Image:49,8 x 58 cm (ca. 19.6 x 22.8")

$ 520.00

Order Nr. BALKAN253953


"Regiones Danubianae, Pannoniae, Daciae, Moesiae cum Vicino Illyrico"

Historic map showing the Balkans. Both sides of the Danube from Comagena (Tulln, Austria) to its mouth (Black Sea). Roamn coins and medals around title cartouche.

Type of print. Copper etching

Color: Original hand coloring

Author: Samuel Faber (1657-1716)

Publisher: Christoph Weigel (1654-1725)

Published: Nuremberg, 1720

Edition: Weigel reissued "Atlas Scholastichodoeporicus…" which Faber originally published in 1716.

Condition: Beautifully bright original hand coloring. Reenforcement and small repairs along centerfold. Wide margins spotty and a bit wrinkly. Margins have traces of age and use.

30,8 x 38,8 cm (ca. 12.1 x 15.2")

Order Nr. BALKANMAP239220 SOLD


"Balkan Halbinsel"

Detailed map of Gteece and the Balkan States published 1892. Horizontal centerfold.

25.5 x 21 cm ( 10 x 8.2 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP249145


"Carte de L ´Albania et du Montenegro 1854 "

Line lithograph map published in Paris in 1879.

Map has folds to fit original book size. Tiny part of lower line missing in lower right corner.

22 x 18 cm ( 9 x 7.1 ")

$ 60.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP238182


"Bosnie, Servie, Valachie"

Line lithograph map published in Paris in 1879.

Map has three vertical folds to fit book size. Very light toning on centerfold.

18.1 x 22.9 cm ( 7.1 x 9 ")

$ 60.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP234971


"Spezial Karte der Dobrudscha" Wood engraving ca 1880. On the reverse side is an article ( in German ) about the Russian Turkish War.

Very detailed map showing the mouth of the Danube ( Donau ) into the Black Sea ( Danube Delta. The Danube flows into the map in the lower left corner.Map shows the main roads of the time.

Good condition.

23.5 x 31 cm ( 9.2 x 12.2 ")

Order Nr. BALKANMAP236078 SOLD


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Reverse:

"Tavola Sesta dell'Europa - Tabula Europae VI" Italien

Type of print: Copper etching

Artist: Girolamo Porro

Published in: "Geografia cioe Descrittione Universale della Terra"

Publisher: Gio. Battista & Giorgio Galignani Fratelli

First published in: "Geographia" von Claudius Ptolemy

Edition: Italian edition

Editor: Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617)

Text: Italian.

Published in: Venice

Date: 1598 Map shows all of Italy including parts of Sicily and Sardinia

Measurements:

Map size: Ca. 12,5 x 17 cm (ca. 4.9 x 6.7")

Page size: Ca. 28,5 x 19 cm (ca. 11.2 x 7.5")

Reverse side: Balkan. See description below.

Condition: Lower margin is missing a piece of paper (see foto). Map itself flawless.

Reverse side

"Tavola Quinta Dell'Europa - Tabula Europae Quinta"

Map shows on reverse side: the entire Balkan and an undefined Italy to create the geographical oversight.

$ 350.00

Order Nr. ITALIA236447


"Le Royaume de Naples Divise en Douze Provinces sur les Memoires les Plus Nouueaux"
"Presente a Monseigneur Le Dauphin"

Copper engraving by H. Jaillot ( 1632-1712) Published ca 1695 in Paris. Outline hand coloring.

This attractive map shows the Kingdom of Naples in fine detail. The map extends as far north as Ascoli Piceno.
On the right is part of Albania which was then part of the Turkish Empire. The island of Corfu is above the mileage chart.

Map has a vertical centerfold. Lower margin has been reeinforced. Map has some scattered creasing.
Crease in upper left corner margin. Some spotting in margins and minor repairs.

44 x 55.5 cm ( 17.3 x 21.8 ")

$ 375.00

Order Nr. ITALIAMAPPA242214


"Karte von der Moldau, Walachai u. Siebenbuergen nebst Theilen der angraenzenden Laender". Steel engraving by F. Handtke For C. Flemming in Glogau ca 1860. Some original hand outline coloring.

To the left of the title is Lemberg and Galizia. In the upper right is Kiev and Podolien. In the lower ight is part f the black Sea. In the lower center is part of Bulgaria with Tirnova and Varna. On the left is eastern Hungary. In the center is Romania.

Map is clean. Upper margin is narrow.

43.5 x 33.7 cm ( 17.1 x 13.2 ")

$ 85.00

Order nr. BALKANMAP1042SOLD


"Turquie d Europe" Steel engraving by Th. Duvotenay, 1840.

Map shows Bosnia, Walachia, Albania, Transyvania (Romania) and Bulgaria as it was then part of turkey. Part of Turkey is shown in lower right corner. In the upper left is an inset showing the island of Creta.

Clean map.Right margin narrow. Lower margin line missing. Vertical folds to fit book size.

17.5 x 22.8 cm ( 6.8 ")

$ 90.00

Order Nr. ASIAMINORMAP18483


„Die Laender der unteren Donau vom Vten bis in das Xte Jahrhundert". Countries along the lower Danube from the 5th into the 10th century.

Steel etching by W. Alt. 1846. Faint borderline coloring.

Clean.

Page size: 37 x 43.8 cm (14.6 x 17.2").

$ 180.00

Order Nr. BULGARIAROMANIAMAP0903


"Rumaenien, Bulgarien, Serbien und Montenegro"

Detailed map of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro published 1892.
In the upper left is a detailed inset of Bukowina and Jassy,
Vertical centerfold. Light age toning in margins.

21 x 26.5 cm ( 8.2 x 10.4 ")

$ 55.00

Order Nr. ROMANIAMAP249144


"Europ. Tuerkei: Rumelien, Bulgarien und Walachei". Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. Original outline coloring.

Map shows part of Rumania in the north with Bulgaria shown in blue. In the upper left is a bit of Hungary with Serbia shown in pink. In the lower center is part of the Aegean Sea. In the lower right is Turkey and the Black Sea takes up the upper right area. The circle inset in the black Sea is Constantinople (Istanbul) on both sides of the Dardanelles and Maramara Sea. In the lower right is a circular inset of more details of the straits of Dardanelles.

Map has light browning on margins edges. Condition is otherwise Almost Very Good.

18.5 x 24.5 cm ( 7.2 x 9.6 ")

$ 85.00

Order Nr. BALKANMAP1037


Copper etching from: "Geographia" by Claudio Ptolemy. Originally edited and published by Willibald Pirckheimer. This edition, which comprises all 64 maps of the "B" edition, including the "New World", was published by Josephus Meletius 1562 in Venice.

This map shows Austria, southern Germany, the Balkans and Italy. In the north is the Danube river and the Carpathian mountains. In the upper left is a bit of the Rhine river. Text on backside gives historical data in Italian of Rhatien and Vindelicia.

Map has light browning and repairs along centerfold. General condition is otherwise Good.

17.7 x 24.2 cm ( 6.9 x 9.5 ")

$320.00

Order Nr.BALKANMAP1043


The spots on the reverse side are from the green coloring. This is a sign of original hand coloring.
The green color had special oxides that show on the reverse side.

"Schlavoniae, Croatiae, Carniae, Istriae, Bosniae, Finitimarumque Regionum Nova Descriptio Auctore Augustino Hirsvogelio"Copper engraving by August Hirschvogel for Abraham Ortelius ca 1600. Original hand coloring.

Flowing horizontally through the center of the map is the Sava River. IN the upper right is a small part of the Danube River at the confluence with the Drava River.In the upper left is part of Carinthia in Austria. Villach is on the left edge of the map. The map reaches as far south as Nin and Zadar on the Adriatic coast. On half of the backside is a bit of information (in Italian) about the map.

Minimal light creasing along centerfold. A few spots in margins. Repair in upper margin on centerfold.

33.5 x 45 cm (13.1 x 17.7 ")

$ 720.00

Order Nr. SOLVENIAMAP2417


"Moesiae et Daciae, Tabula Contiens una Poloniam, Russiam nigram, etc.". Copper etching by Peter Bertius (1565-1629) for Philipp Cluver Philipp (1580 - 1623) , an early author of historic maps. His works were published long beyond his lifespan. The This map comes from a pocket size atlas (duodez): Philippi Cluverii. Introductionis in Universam Geographiam tam veterem quam novam Libri. Amsterdam, 1661. Originally colored.Centerfold. Size: ca.12 x 12,5 cm (ca.4.72 x 4.92"). Narrow margins all around, especially on right side. General toning. Minimal foxing.

This map concentrates on the ancient regions of Moesia and Daccia. In the northwest is Cassubia and Pomerania. To the southwest is then Poland, Hungary,Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and ancient Illyris. The green area in the north is Black Russia. Further south is Romania and Bulgaria with a small bit of the Black Sea to be seen in the southeast.

Order Nr. BALKANMAP10310SOLD


"Tavola Nvova de Schiavonia"

Copper etching from: "Geographia" by Claudio Ptolemy. Originally edited and published by Willibald Pirckheimer.
This edition, which comprises all 64 maps of the "B" edition, including the "New World", was published by Josephus
Meletius 1562 in Venice.

This very early maps shows Slovenia with Lubjana in the upper left corner and continues to Belgrade in the upper right corner. The many islands
are shown along the Adriatic coast which reaches as far south as southern Albania. Basically the map includes the Balkan countries of Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and most of Albania. Italy is shown with a few major cities as points of orientation. Notice the coat-of-arms in the lower
left corner. Text on one side of backside in Italian about the area shown on map.

Map has light browning along centerfold. Small worhole repair on centerfold. Upper right margin area has some brown spots. Light offsetting. Overall
condition is otherwise Almost Very Good.

17.5 x 24.2 cm ( 6.8 x 9.5 ")

$ 390.00

Order Nr. SLOVENIAMAP2411


"Carte von Dalmatien und dem Gebieth von Ragusa aus ächten Quellen gezogen und bearbeitet von …"

Herausgegeben von Joseph Schrevogel und Joseph Riedl 1810 Wien und Pest"

This oversize wall map measures (when the eight individual sheets are assembled) 85,5 x 225 cm (ca. 33.7 x 88.6")

Map is surrounded by an ornamental bordure.

Fragment:

To pour, right away, water into the wine: We have only six of the eight sheets.

Sheets Nr. 3 and Nr. 7 are missing. We have waited while trying several years hoping to complete the map. But we were unsuccessful. We are sure that there must be colleagues or private persons who happen to have just these missing links, who would be willing to offer us sheets 3 and 7.

The numbering of sheets are peculiar on this map: Normally sheet 1 to 4 would form the upper row from left to right and sheets 5 to 8 would be placed in the lower row.

Here sheet 1 is placed in the lower right with title and print details. Above sheet 1 is sheet 2. Sheet 3 (here missing), is in the lower row next to sheet 1. Above it is sheet 4. Then sheet 5, and above it sheet 6. Then sheet 7 (here missing), and above it in the upper left corner sheet 8. All sheets bear Roman numbers.

The map was cartographed, and the geographical names of places, islands, mountains, etc. this entire part of Dalmatia was part of the Habsburg Empire. The Italians were heirs to the long lasting Venetian rule in the area. The elites in Dalmatia spoke Italian and felt Italian, although the Italian population amounted to less than 3%. All this explains why this map was created in Vienna and why the place names on it are in the Italian and in the German languages.

There is another specialty with regard to this map: It shows the boundaries of the "Stato di Ragusa" or the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik). When this map was published in 1810 the Republic of Ragusa had actually vanished from existence. It actually ended officially in 1808, when Napoleon and his troops dissolved the city state - after more than 500 years from 1358-1808! Ragusa (Dubrovnik) was a Mediterranean Trade Capital, proud, successful and wealthy, flourished especially in the 15th and 16th centuries.

There are only few maps and hardly any as pricise and well cartographed of the Republic of Ragusa as this one.

All maps have a vertical centerfold with very light toning along centerfold.
The outer edges of the maps have a natural uneveness of handmade paper.
Some spotting and smudges in the margins. Heavy paper.

Measurement of the entire map (including the missing sheets):

85,5 x 225 cm (ca. 33.7 x 88.5")

The individual sheets measure (margins not included): Ca. 43 x 55 cm (ca. 16.9 x 21.6")

Price for the six maps $ 1800.00

Order Nr. CROATIA254091


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