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  • Antique Maps by John Melish
    original Documents Revised And Improved Under the supervision of Wm E Morris Civil Engineer Philadelphia R L Barnes 1848 1849 Copyright R L Barnes 1848 50 x 74 Engraving by Edward Yeager Original hand color Conserved and mounted on new linen backing Very good condition In 1816 the Pennsylvania State legislature passed a law to produce an official state map and this project was given to the supervision of Philadelphia mapmaker John Melish Melish called for each county to produce a standardized map which he would then use to compile a full state map He worked for six years on this map which was finally produced in 1822 with revised editions issued in 1824 1826 and 1832 As each of these maps was produced one could see the internal growth and development of the state with new roads and canals settlements and other features making their appearance with each new issue By the 1830s however it became clear that the tremendous growth of the state demanded an updated and revised version of this official state map Civil Engineer William E Morris was authorized to gather updated information from each county and he proceeded to revise and improve Melish s map with the new engravings done by Philadelphia craftsman Edward Yeager The map was copyrighted and first issued in 1848 and this example was issued a year later with some updating The size of this map and its myriad public uses determined that the map would be issued in the format of a wall map Its sheets were joined mounted on canvas and varnished so that it could be hung in public plates throughout the state Added along the bottom of the map are several tables of information These include Anthracite Coal Trade of Pennsylvania Public Works of Pennsylvania Approximate Estimate of Bituminous Coal Mined in 1847 and Statistical Table Shewing The Prominent Features of each County It map is a superb picture of Pennsylvania at mid century and it is the last of the great engraved maps of the state 6 500 Small regional maps by John Melish Beginning with his Travels through the United States Melish included small regional in many of his publications These first hand maps focused on cities towns or transportation hubs and included topography and information on local settlements and roads The maps were regularly updated with each publication and they provide some of the best local maps of early nineteenth century America From Travels Through The United States of America in the years 1806 1807 and 1809 1810 1811 Philadelphia J Melish 1812 Engravings Ca 6 1 2 x 4 18 Very good condition Melish s first publication He noted in the preface as I have always considered books of travels to be very defective when unaccompanied by maps I have spared no labour nor expence sic to have a good set of maps to illustrate this work These were Melish s first maps and obviously he was inspired by the process of making

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  • Jedidiah Morse's Universal Geography
    of the detailed information they provide on the United States at the end of the eighteenth century and because they are among the best examples of early American map making WORLD Double Hemisphere Map of the World from the Best Authorities 1796 7 1 2 x 14 Engraving by A Doolittle Wheat Brun 33 150 WORLD Mercator Projection Chart of the World on Mercator s Projection 1796 7 1 4 x 9 3 4 Engraving by A Doolittle Wheat Brun 31 125 NORTH AMERICA A General Map of North America from the Best Authorities 1796 7 1 2 x 8 3 4 Engraving by A Doolittle Wheat Brun 55 225 MASSACHUSETTS A Adams Map of Massachusetts from the best Authorities 1802 7 3 8 x 11 3 8 Engraving by Enoch G Gridley Some surface wrinkling but very good condition A completely redrawn map compared to the earlier version by Denison 325 PENNSYLVANIA Cyrus Harris Pennsylvania Drawn from the Best Authorities 1796 7 3 4 x 13 1 8 Engraving by A Doolittle Trimmed to neat line and paper somewhat toned Otherwise very good condition Wheat Brun 446 375 VIRGINIA Virginia 1796 5 3 4 x 7 5 8 Engraving

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  • John Reid's American Atlas
    others were new maps though both these maps and the concept was certainly greatly influenced by Mathew Carey s atlas of the year before Though Philadelphia was the center of most American mapmaking in the eighteenth century the atlas was engraved and produced in New York and when issued it was only the second American atlas published in this country Carey appears to have had better commercial instincts for while his atlas went into further editions this is the only edition of the Reid atlas and its considerable scarcity seems to indicate it was not a success The maps however are rare and important examples of nascent American cartography The Province of Maine From the best Authorities 1795 14 1 2 x 9 3 4 Very good condition Wheat Brun 176 1 600 Vermont from the latest Authorities Engraving by Roberts 16 1 2 x 13 1 2 Wheat Brun 198 1 150 Benjamin Tanner The State of Rhode Island from the Latest Surveys 1796 17 x 13 Engraving by B Tanner Light stains in right corners Otherwise very good condition Wheat Brun 254 1 150 Benjamin Tanner Connecticut From the best Authorities Second state Engraving by B Tanner 13

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  • Antique Maps By Nicolas Sanson
    from the Low Countries to France Whereas the Dutch cartographers are known for their fabulous decorations and coloring the French cartographers led by Sanson are known for their pioneering the scientific method of cartography The maps following are excellent evidence of this shift in emphasis with the topographical information presented representing only that data that could reliably be counted as having a scientific accuracy and with this information depicted with a clear and precise simplicity Besides his up to date modern maps Sanson also produced a very interesting group of maps showing the ancient world There was considerable interest in this period during the seventeenth century so Sanson took the best information he had available on the countries cities and peoples of the distant past and placed it on his modern geographical rendering These are very interesting examples from one of the great map makers of early modern cartography All the are decorative as well as historically significant for they have attractive hand color and decorative baroque cartouches and all are engraved in a precise elegant manner All maps listed below were published in Paris by Sanson They are all engravings with original outline color All are in very good condition except as noted EUROPE L Europe 15 1 2 x 21 3 4 An outstanding map of the continent in the middle of the seventeenth century Filled with finely engraved detail Information on towns cities and political divisions is most interesting 725 Western Roman Empire Romani Imperii Occidens 1637 15 1 2 x 20 3 4 With old stain in top center 425 EUROPE SPAIN Ancient Spain Hispaniæ Antiquæ Tabulæ 1641 16 x 20 3 4 Some incidental smudges 350 SCANDINAVIA La Scandinavie 1647 12 x 12 5 8 575 Ancient Scandinavia Baltia quæ et Scandia Finningia Cimbrica Chersonesus

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  • Antique Maps From G. Matthaus Seutter's Atlas Minor
    were engraved by Tobias C Lotter who later took over the business from Albrecht These maps typically of German output are highly detailed and engraved with a bold hand Equally strong is the original hand color in the body of the map The cartouches were left uncolored in order to emphasize the elaborately detailed illustrations for which German maps are especially prized These are some of the most decorative and interesting maps of the mid eighteenth century As issued all maps with narrow margins and in very good condition except as noted Some maps issued trimmed to neatline and mounted on separate sheet for inclusion in atlas Some maps with small worm holes these are not noticeable and if anything add some historic charm to the maps All maps with vibrant color good impressions and very attractive Click on underlined text to view digital image Please contact us to request a scan of any maps not already illustrated Europe Europa 425 Portugal Portugalliæ With inset of Brazil Mounted 350 Spain and Portugal Novissima et accuratissima Regnorum Hispaniae et Portugalliae 350 Russian Empire Imperium Russiæ Magnæ Tiny worm hole 375 Crimea Nova et accurata Turcicarum et Tartaricarum 150 Low Countries XVII

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  • Antique Maps from Joseph Scott's United States Gazetteer.
    publisher Joseph T Scott was along with fellow Philadelphian Mathew Carey one of the first American cartographic publishers His important United States Gazetteer included a map of the United States and separate maps of all the states As noted in Wheat Brun s Maps and Charts Published In America Before 1800 A Bibliography these maps are among the earliest mappings of each state and they are all fascinating in the

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  • Antique maps from the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
    Southern Europe Italy II 50 Italy III 50 Ancient Italy I 45 Ancient Italy II With stain at right 45 Africa Ancient Egypt 40 Ancient Africa or Libya Part II 45 North Africa or Barbary II Algier 60 North Africa or Barbary III Tunis and part of Tripoli 60 North Africa or Barbary IV Tripoli 60 North Africa or Barbary V Tripoli and Egypt With spot 45 Middle East G Long M A Persia with part of the Ottoman Empire 125 Ancient Syria 55 Asia India II Madras Presidency 50 India IV Central Coast along the Bay of Bengal 50 India V Northwest Coast along the Indian Ocean including the mouth of the Indus 50 India VI Vindhy Sautpoora Mountains and Bhopal 50 India VII Northeastern India West of Bengal 50 India Bengal Presidency NA India IX Includes Delhi 50 India X Includes Benares and the Kingdom of Oude 50 India XI Includes Lahore and the Himalayas 50 India XII Index Map 65 Australasia and Islands Western Australia Containing the Settlements of Swan River and King George s Sound Van Diemen Island 75 Polynesia or Islands in the Pacific Ocean 45 Islands in the Atlantic 45 North America North America Canada and the United States 155 North America Sheet I Nova Scotia with part of New Brunswick and Lower Canada 65 North America Sheet II Lower Canada and New Brunswick with part of New York Vermont and Maine 60 North America Sheet III Upper Canada with parts of New York Pennsylvania and Michigan 65 North America Sheet V Michigan and part of the Northwest Territory 175 North America Sheet VII Mid Atlantic 175 North America Sheet VIII Ohio with parts of Kentucky and Virginia 150 North America IX Missouri Illinois and Indiana 175 North America Sheet X Parts of Missouri

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  • Antique Maps By John Speed
    included intricate calligraphy coats of arms town plans small profiles of important buildings vignettes of battles fancy compass roses figures of local inhabitants cherubs and many other attractive features Speed s British maps were immediately popular and remained so well into the eighteenth century with this atlas going through many editions Maps from Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine London 1611 All with attractive hand color except as noted Engravings by Jodocus Hondius All ca 15 x 20 With narrow margins as issued and some tears at edges expertly repaired Otherwise very good condition except as noted Holy Island and Garnsey and Farne and Jarsey From Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine London John Sudbury and George Humble 1611 14 3 4 x 20 neat lines plus margins Engraving by Jodocus Hondius Some chips from margins Repaired tears in upper right corner and along left side Stains in upper corners Professionally conserved after having rough former wear 475 Hartfordshire 1611 15 x 20 Uncolored Some repair at top and bottom centerfold Otherwise very good condition With insets of Hartford and St Albans 975 Huntington Both Shire and Shire Towne With The Ancient Citie Ely Described 1676 15 x 20 Paper time toned Repaired tear extending 4 into bottom left corner Otherwise very good condition With insets of Huntington and Ely 650 The Isle of Man 1610 Uncolored Some repair at top and bottom centerfold and two spots at bottom Otherwise very good condition 650 Rutlandshire with Oukham and Stanford her bordering Neighbour Newely described 1676 Hole in bottom left corner of margin Time toned at margin edges With insets of Oukham and Stanford 325 After John Speed Wilt shire From John Speed s England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described London George Humble 1632 Engraving Ca 3 1 2 x 5 Very good condition About 1605 1610 Pieter van den Keere Petrus Kaerius issued a collection of 44 maps of parts of the British Isles probably intended for an atlas covering the entire isles The counties of England and Wales were after the maps of Christopher Saxton issued in 1579 those of Ireland were after the work of Abraham Ortelius and those of Scotland after B Boazio Within a few years John Speed issued his famous folio atlas of the British Isles and soon thereafter the van den Keere plates were in the hands of Speed s publisher George Humble Humble had new plates engraved for the sections of the British Isles missing from the original group had the titles changed to English and then in 1627 issued the new set of maps as a miniature version to accompany the second edition of the folio Speed atlas This miniature Speed atlas was probably issued again in conjunction with the 1632 Speed folio and it is from that edition that this charming map came It shows the county of Wiltshire based on John Speed s rendering A wonderful and early image 65 Go to page with other maps from the

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