Title: [Map of Africa]
A map of Africa with a small engraving of a crocodile and a fort on the lower left corner.
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Montanus, (fl. 1670-1671)
Title: Insulae Americanae in Oceeano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacenibus [Map of the Americas]
A map entitled, "Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali cum Terris adiacenibus" dated circa 1671. The map features Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, the island of Espanolia which is modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic, Jamacia, Puerto Rico and many small islands. The map features the countries and cities on the coast of Central America and South America; Honduras, Nicaragua, Cartagena, S. Martha and Venezuela. Also along the coast and within the islands many cities are named. There are images in the top left and bottom right corners of indigenous people working and leaving to hunt…
Visscher, Nicholas (fl. 1682)
Title: Novi Belgi Novaeque Angliae [New Netherland and New England]
This map marks the culmination of Dutch surveys of their possessions in what became New York and New Jersey. Cartouche includes panorama of New York City (New Amsterdam). Engraved map, handcolored. See R. V. Tooley, The Mapping of America, p. 285 no. 6.
Title: Settlements along the Susquehanna River
The map marks various settlements of the Senecas, Onondagas, and Cayugas along the Susquehanna River, and the length of travel between them. The accompanying text explains that a detailed account of the river is necessary so that settlers may find their way along it. The text also notes that the Indians were satisfied and happy when they were told that settlers would soon move into this territory, as it would ease and increase trade and transportation in that area.
Holme, Thomas (fl. 1687)
Title: A Mapp of the improved part of Pensilvania [Pennsylvania] in America
Shows the city of Philadelphia divided into streets and lots. Sold by Philip Lea. References: Snyder, City of Independence p. 16; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, Mapping of America, pl. 70; Deak, Picturing America 72, Streeter Sale 2: 945; Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers.
Nolin, I.B. (fl. 1689)
Title: L'Amerique Septentrionale, ou la Partie Septentrionale des Indes Occidentales
One map entitled "L'Amerique Septrentrionale, ou la Partie Septentrionale des Indes Occidentales," dated 1689. Illustrated by I.B. Nolin. Item is a reduced map of North America and the West Indies. Also noted is California as an island. The original was drawn by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli.
Sanson, Nicholas (1600-1667)
Title: Carte generale de la Caroline dresse sur les memoirs le plus nouveaux
Map of North and South Carolina in an early period of settlement. Includes an inset of the area around Charleston, which locates plantations. This copy has a pencil note "1740" in margin, but no evidence for dating. In fact, this map remained current without change in French atlases for more than half a century. Borders are colored in pink, yellow, and green. Reference number: Cumming 120, Phillips 3448.
De L'Isle, Guillaume (fl. 1718-1722)
Title: Carte de la Louisiane et du cours du Mississippi [map of North America]
Based on the notes of M. le Maire by Guillaume del'Isle. The first detailed map of the Gulf coast region and the Mississippi, and the first printed map to show Texas. With an insert of Mobile Bay. This map was also the first to show the land routes of earlier explorers: Desoto in 1539 and 1540 and his successor Moscoso in 1542, Cavelier in 1687, Tonty in 1702 and the recent routes of Denis in 1713 and 1716. The map's political implications outraged the English by laying claim to Carolina. Mapping of America 43.
Senex, John (fl. 1719-1721)
Title: A map of Louisiana and of the river Mississippi by John Senex
Engraved map of North America from Chesapeake Bay to the Rio del Norte. English version of the first map to show Texas, earlier land routes, and details of gulf region and the Mississippi. Original outline coloring. Scale: 1 inch = approximately 22 leagues. Dedication to William Law within a large ornamental cartouche illustrating a female angel blowing a horn, two putti with cornucopias (one with fruit, the other with money), old man supporting a gushing urn (symbolizing the source of the Mississippi), two putti laboring in mines. Nebenzahl, The Compass 42:26, associates this with the…
De L'Isle, Guillaume (fl. 1718-1722)
Title: Carte d'Amerique
Mercator projection including North and South America, with parts of Western Europe and Africa. Boundaries outlined in color. Shows North America from French perspective with English colonies restricted to the coast. Includes latitude and longitude lines and various port cities. Note marked "advertisement" on bottom right hand corner. Marked "70" on verso.
Title: Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii [New Netherland - New York]
Matthew Seutter, following Jansson and Nicholas Visscher. Engraved map, handcolored. The map shows the back-and-forth tussle between the Dutch and English over New York and New Jersey, and uses both sets of place names. Cartouche shows New York City (New Amsterdam) (incolored). The figures surrounding the cartouche include laboring slaves who, with other people, present produce to a seated monarch who may be George II. See R. V. Tooley, The Mapping of America, p. 291 no. 25 (no. 24 for citation on cartouche).
Schreibern, J.G. (fl. 1749)
One map entitled Africa, dated 1749. Contains the entire continent of Africa, as well as a small portion of the Middle East. The island of Madagascar is also included. The map and key are in German. Some sections are shaded indicating different kingdoms.
Kitchin, Thomas, (fl. 1750)
Title: A Map of Part of the Rivers Faleme & Sanaga with the Countries of Bambuk & Tamba Awra drawn on the spot by M. Compagnon
One map entitled A Map of Part of the Rivers Faleme & Sanaga with the Countries of Bambuk & Tamba Awra drawn on the spot by M. Compagnon dated 1750. Features detailed map of the Faleme and Sanaga rivers and the cities and countries that the river runs through. In addition to Bambuk and Tamba Awra the map shows the countries; Gayaga, and Galam, and marks the edged of bordering countries; Bondu, Haeren Kobe, Gadua, and Jaka. The map also notes the Kingdoms of Kontu, Kombre, Gudu and Makanna. There are multiple smaller rivers that run off the main rivers that are also named.
Washington, George (1732-1799)
Title: Map of the western parts of the colony of Virginia, as far as the Mississip[p]i
Rare folding map of Eastern part of what is today the United States to the Mississippi River. With orange color supplied on the borders of Virginia. Shows Washington's route from Williamsburg to French Fort. Removed from book due to condition 1997.
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