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Reverse side:

"Von den Inseln" (About islands)


Published in "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Muenster (1488-1552)

Basel, 1553

Muenster describes this fictitious map showing inhabited islands and 16th century sail ships as "places you cannot reach with dry feet". Probably inspired by new discoveries in Central America Muenster - up to date in news - depicts what had been reported by explorers. Naturally he makes sure to make over serves shudder at the sight of some sea monsters.

Full page. There are water stains on left, upper and lower margins. The lower margin has been supported with acidy paper. But the image of the islands is in very good condition. There is German text print below and verso with the complete article about "Islands" and above (unrelated) and verso. This page is number 3 i the Cosmographia

Image: 10,2 x 14,5 cm (ca. 4 x 5.7")

Page size: 31 x 20 cm (ca. 12.2 x 7.9")

$ 120.00


"Geographie D'Homer"

Steel engraving published 1844.

Light scattered spotting. Left margin is narrow.

Diameter: 10.5 cm ( 4.1 ")
Page size: 19 x 12 cm ( 7.4 x 4.7 ")


"Die Insel des Hl. Braudanus"

St. Brendans Island is a mystical island in the Atlantic. This fascinating image
shows the island in the upper area. In the lower left are the Isulae Fortunatae ( Canary Islands ). A priest is saying Mass on the back of the fish with a small group.
In the lower area is St. Brendan and two othe monks.

Wood engraving after Loewenberg on a page of text published ca 1900. Text continues on the reverse side.

8 x 19 cm ( 3.1 x 7.4 ")

$ 70.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY252407

No Title

Very special handmade map that shows a lot of imagination. Possibly for an engaement or wedding present.

Probably made ca 1840-1850.
Painted with watecolor ( aquarell ) and brown ink.
The margin is finely embossed. Mounted on paper backing.
Small corner of the backing is missing.Some creasing in margins.

Map image (brown line border): 10 x 17 cm ( 3.9 x 6.6 ")
Map size with embossed border: 12 x 19 cm ( 4.7 x 7.4 ")

$ 220.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY249725

Landverbingungen zwischen Europe and Africa

"Darstellung der alten Landverbindungen zwischen Europa und Afrika vor der Eiszeit"

Wood engraving after Professor. W. Bond Dawkins showng the land connections between Europe
and Africa before the Ice Age.Published ca 1900. Reverse side is printed.

8 x13 cm ( 3.1 x 5.1 ")

$ 30.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY246813

"Edrisi's Erdansicht um 1150"

Edrisi ( Abu abdallah Muhammed al Idrisi (1100 in Ceuta, Spain - 1165 in Ceuta Spain).

Wood engraving on a page of text about very early maps and exploration showing how various
peoples understood the world. Text continues on revrse side.
Published 1881.

Image: 11 x 11 cm (4.3 x 4.3")

$ 40.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY253115

"Andrea Bianco's Erdkarte"

Andrea Bianco made at least ten maps of the known world.

Wood engraving on a page of text about maps msde by Andres Bianco and Marino Sanuto.
Text continues on revrse side. Published 1881.

Image: 10 x 10 cm (3.9 x 43.9")

$ 40.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY253118

Zeig und Schlag-Uhr

„Geographische Universal - Zeig und Schlag-Uhr"

Copper etching. Original hand coloring. Published by Johann Baptist Homann in Nuremberg.Ca. 1730/40.

Astronomical clock showing the northern hemisphere in day and night during the course of sun and earth for 24 hours. The legend left and right of clock explains the astronomical connections. It is surrounded by the Zodiac symbols. For collectors: California is shown as an island.

The clock was built by famous Nuremberg clock maker Zacharias Land(t)eck

Except for some traces of age and use: Very good condition. The narrow margins have been professionally widened.

Ca. 49 x 57,5 cm (ca. 19.3 x 22.6")

$ 1200.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY248197


California as an Island

Signs of Zodiac

Homer's Earth

"Die Erde nach der Vorstellung Homers" ( the earth according to Homer )

WoOd engraving after Thomas published ca 1900.Map is on a page of text
that continues on reverse side.

11 x 11 cm ( 4.3 x 4.3 ")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY246814

"Himmel und Erde nach der Vorstellung der Babylonier"

Chromolithograph by P. Jensen after M. Raenicke. Published in Berlin 1915.

This very interesting print shows how the Babylonians understood the world in relation to the sky.
The text in German explains the aspects of their understanding.

Image without text: 13 x 19.5 cm ( 5.1 x 7.6 ")



"Noachiden Erdkarte aus dem 11 Jahrhundert"
( Map of the decendents of Noah in the 11th Century)

Wood engraving on a page of text about very early maps showing how various
peoples understood the world according to their beliefs. Text continues on revrse side.
Published 1881.

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

$ 35.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY252948

"Carte de la Dispersion des Peuples après le Deluge"

Map of the dispersion of people after the deluge

Colonie des Enfents de Japhet - marked in yellow original color

Colonie des Enfents de Cham - marked in blue original color

Colonie des Enfents de Sem - marked in red original color

According to the Old Testatement Noah had three sons: Japhet, Cham and Sem

According to Flavius Josephus these three sons moved to different areas after the deluge (ca. 100 A.D.) This maps shows the areas to which people moved. And the map states: Colonie des Enfans de Japhet (yellow coloring), Colonie des Enfans de Cham (blue coloring) and Colonie des Enfans de Sem (reed coloring).

Copper engraving from:"Atlas de la Geographie ancienne, du moyen-age et moderne". By Felix Delamarche, who followed his father Charles Francois Demarche (1740-1817) in his cartographic business.

Paris, dated 1829

Map has light general age toning and shows some minor traces of age an use

27,5 x 39,8 cm (ca. 10.8 x 15.7")

$ 240.00

Order Nr.NEAREASTMAP241751

Ranulf Higden

"Weltkarte des Ranulfus Hyggeden aus dem 14 Jahrhundert" ( Ranulf Higden )

The original of this map is in the British Museum.

Published ca 1900. Reverse side is printed.

18.5 x 13.5 cm ( 7.2 x 5.3 ")

$ 70.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY249033

"Tiergeograhie" ( Animal geography )

Map showing the habitats of various animals published 1895. In the lower left is a
color key showing the climatic regions of habitat and lines of various design showing the animals that live in the region.

Map has folds to fit original book size. Light age toning along ceterfold.

Image 28.5 x 51.5 cm ( 11.2 x 20.2 ")

$ 40.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY244027

Globe by Martin Behaim

"Ozean Seite auf dem Globus des Martin Behaim aus dem Jahre 1492"
( Ocean side of the globe by Martin Behaim in 1492 )

Very interesting map from the globe of Martin Behaim with Europe and Africa on the right side
and Japan, Asia and Southeast Asia on the left side.This map was made before the discovery of
the American Hemisphere. In the ocean are the Canary and Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa.
On the left side are the islands of Japan and the Philippines off the coast of Asia.

This map was made after Knrad Kretchmer and published 1900. Reverse side is printed.

Diameter: 13 cm ( 5.1 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. ATLANTICMAP248793

"Tierverbreitung in Deutschland"
( Animal habitat in Germany )

In the lower right is a key with various line designs that shows the habitat regions of the birds,
fish and other animals in Germany. Published in 1895.

Light age toning. Vertical centerfold.

Image: 21 x 27 cm ( 8.2 x 10.6 ")

$ 20.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY244026

"Comparative Size: Lakes / Islands"

Upper image left: "Lakes in the Western Hemisphere. "
Upper image right: "Lakes in the Eastern Hemisphere"
Lower left image:Islands in the Western hemisphere"
Lower right image: Islands in the Eastern Hemisphere"

Type of print: Lithograph

Color: Original hand coloring

Publisher: George W. Colton

Published in: "Colton's Atlas of the World illustrating physical and political geography"

Published: New York, 1856

Overall pleasant light age toning. Minor signs of age and use.

32 x 39.5 cm ( 12.5 x 15.5 ")

Order Nr.WORLD239573SOLD

Upper image: " Erdkarte nach dem Vorbild des Tisches der mosaischen Stiftshuette"
Lower image: "Die Erde von den Himmelsmauern umschlossen"

"Grundriss des die Erde bildenden Berges"

"Die Ursachen der langen und kurzen Naechte"

Three pages with wood engraving images showing some of the very eary maps that were drawn to
explain natural phenomenon. Published 1905.

Page size: 26 x 19 cm ( 10.2 x 7.4 ")

Price for the three pages: $ 45.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY 246278

"Asia-Europa in Beziehung auf das Fliessende und seine Vertheilung in Stromgebiete." Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. Original outline coloring.

Map shows the "Fliessende" (means flowing) with the many rivers in great detail in Europe and Asia.

Map is clean. Thin fold on right side. Tiny repaired tear on left margin edge.

21 x 29.5 cm ( 8.2 x 11.6 ")

$ 85.00

Order Nr. WORLD2231

"Weltkarte des Fra Mauro aus dem Jahre 1459"

Wood engraving after a drawing of an old map. Published ca 1900.
Image is on a page of German text that continues on the reverse side.
Text is about early exploration, especially about the area of the Indian Ocean.

Diameter: 11 cm ( 4.3 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY249447

" Karte von Europa. Zur Uebersicht der Waerme-Verbreitung in diesem Erdtheile". Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. Original outline coloring.

Map illustrates the warming patterns with colored lines from northern Africa to the Polar Circle.

Light browning of margin edges. Otherwise the condition is Almost Very Good.

20 x 27 cm ( 7.8 x 10.6 ")

$ 70.00

Order Nr. EUROPE2497

"Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanellis Karte"

Interest map shows the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and Asia. America was
not yet discovered. . In the center is the Island of St. Bradanus.

Wood engraving after a very old map. Published ca 1900.
Reverse side is printed.

13 x 18 cm ( 5.1 x 7 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY251745

"Erdkarte nach der Auffassung des Homer reknstruiert"

This map was made after the ideas of Homer. Published ca 1900.

Image is on a page of text that continues on reverse side.

Diameter: 11 cm ( 4.3 ")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY249034

"Die Isothernkurven Der Noerdlichen Halbkugel". Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. A bit of original outline coloring.

Map shows a polar projection of the world. The isothermic curves are shown, starting in the polar area. At the bottom left and right are diagrams of the temperature and snow levels of the major world mountains. In the lower left are mts. of the americas and in the lower right are those of Europe and Asia.

Map is very clean. Side margins are narrower. General condition is otherwise almost Very Good.

25.2 x 29.5 cm ( 9.9 x 11.6 ")

$ 110.00

Order Nr. WORLD2228

"Erdansicht des Eratosthenes"

Wood engraving of a map by Eratosthenes (270-190 B.C.). On the reverse side
is text (in German) about the work of Eratosthenes using astronomy to understand
the geography of the earth. Published 1881. Natural age toning.

Image: 10.5 x 16 cm ( 4.1 x 6.2")


"America Karte vom Laufe des Orinoco des Atabapo des Casiquiare und des Rio Negro" Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. Some original outline coloring.

This very interesting map shows the tributaries of several major world rivers. On the left side is the Orinoco. The inset in the lower left corner shows the Vasvia section of the river and to the right is a detailed inset of the currant and waterfalls of Maypures. In the upper right is a very detailed section of the Arno and Chian rivers that shows the region from Mt. Cimone as far south as Rome and the mouth of the Tiber. Another inset shows the connection of the Haase and Else with the Weser. In the lower right is Asia with the tributary system of The Irawadi, Panlaun, Mobraeh, Zittaun and Saluaen.

Tiny repaired tear in lower margin.

21.7 x 28.5 cm ( 8.5 x 11.2 ")

$ 90.00


"Karte von Manulphus"

Highly interesting map of the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea and those neighboring.

This wood engraving map is on a page of text about the sea traffic and trade
of the Venetians in the 14th Century. Text continues on reverse side. Published 1881.

Map size: 11.5 x 9 cm ( 4.5 x 3.5")

$ 35.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY253117

"Toscanelli's Erdkarte"

This map shows Spain and Africa on the right and Japan, China and Malaysia on the left.
The Americas were not yet discovered. The map maker, doctor, astronomer Paolo
dal Pozzo Toscanelli (1397-1482) was a Florentiner.

This map was published 1881.

Map image: 10 x 14 cm ( 3.9 x 5.5")

$ 45.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY253119

"Weltkarte des Aba Abdallah Muhammad al Edrisi ( 1154 )"

Wod engraving published ca 1900 made from a drawing of an old map.

Reverse side is printed. The print is light so that the map is not tooclear.

Diameter: 13 cm ( 5.1 ")


"Karte Der Magnetischen Meridiane und Parallel-Kreise." Steel etching from "Neuster Zeitungs Atlas. Alter und Neuer Erdkunde" by J. Meyer, ca 1855. Original outline coloring.

Map shows the magnetic meridians looking from the poles.

Map is in Almost Very Good Condition.

25 x 29.5 cm ( 9.8 x 11.6 ")

$ 90.00

Order Nr. WORLD2229

"Mittelalterliche Erd-Karte"
"Nach einem angeblich aus dem 12 Jahrhundert stammende Manuscript
on der Bibliothek zu Turin"

Wood engraving on a page of text. Reverse side is printed.

11.5 x 12.5 cm ( 4.5 x 4.9 ")

$ 30.00

Order Nr. MAPCURIOSITY249910

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