World Charts and Maps

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284Antique nautical chart of the entire world by Magini dated 1598DetailsMagini, Giovanni Antonio1598
Descrittione di Tutto'l Mondo, Secondo la prattica de' Marinari
Magini, Giovanni Antonio
$850.00Magini--Giovanni-AntonioDescrittione-di-Tutto-l-Mondo--Secondo-la-prattica-de--MarinariExquisitely-engraved small antique chart of the entire world by Tolomeo Magini executed in the style one would find in larger sea charts of the late 16th century, with rhumb lines. At the time the copperplate engraving was made the outlines of the continents were becoming more accurate. This chart reflects those cartographic achievements with the glaring exception of a large southern landmass "Terra Australis Nondum Cognita", which stretches from West to East at the chart bottom. Much finely engraved detail and calligraphy by Porro with stippling throughout all the world's oceans and seas.<BR> </BR> 5" x 7" engraving set in a larger sheet of Italian text measuring 8" x 12". <BR> </BR> Verso contains text descriptions of Caribbean islands with large woodcut capitals. These descriptions include the islands of Jamaica (L' Isola Iamaica, o di S. Iacomo), Cuba (L' Isole Cuba, o Fernandina) and Canibalori (L'Isole de Canibalori, o de Caribi). Overall a very interesting piece. Chapter 35.
5374Rare celestial diagram by Philippe Millot.DetailsMillot, Philippe1620
Rare celestial diagram by engraver Philippe Millot.
Millot, Philippe
$550.00Millot--PhilippeRare-celestial-diagram-by-engraver-Philippe-Millot-Rare celestial diagram signed by French master engraver Philippe Millot ca 1620: "Totius Corporeæ Machinæ ex 12 Coelis et 4 Elementis Compactæ Descriptio." Folio 98. <br></br> No copy of this item is found online. Latin text.
918Antique print of the globe.DetailsMallet, Allain Manesson1683
Antique print of the terrestrial globe
Mallet, Allain Manesson
$55.00Mallet--Allain-ManessonAntique-print-of-the-terrestrial-globeCharming antique print of a castle with hundreds of mounted soldiers streaming out towards nearby ships. Set into that background is a view of the globe including the North and South American continents with Europe and Africa. By Allain Mallet, Paris, 1683. <br></br> Published by Mallet in "Description de l'Univers". Allain Mallet (1630-1706) was a French engineer, soldier, and cartographer. He served in the court of King Louis XIV as a techer of mathematics. In addition to "Description de l'Univers" Mallet also published "Les Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la Guerre".
1060Previouly unrecorded Dutch Golden Age nautical chart of the world.DetailsLoots, Johannes1708
Unrecorded Late Golden Age Dutch Sea Chart of the World
Loots, Johannes
$95,000.00Loots--JohannesUnrecorded-Late-Golden-Age-Dutch-Sea-Chart-of-the-WorldPreviously unrecorded nautical chart of the entire world by Dutch cartographer Johannes Loots. Not recorded in Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. Not found online. Not in AMPR. <br></br> Likely the only Dutch late Golden-Age unrecorded world nautical chart to surface in the 21st century. Differs from other sea charts of the period in that Loots places van Diemen's Land much farther east (13 degrees) than the others (Robijn, Roggeveen, Goos, Morden, Keulen, Wit, Doncker, Moxon, Halley) all of whom tend to place van Diemen's Land at the longitude of the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula (de Fer an exception). One possible explanation for the mis-alignment is that Hendrik Doncker never included van Diemen's Land on his charts, and as Doncker's apprentice, Loots was never required to deal with that area. <br></br> Covers the entire world. Loot's newly-discovered chart with title cartouche in four languages (1) Is the only known example of any world chart by Loots. (2) Is of a unique design found in no other world chart. (3) Includes tracks of explorers in the southern passage up to 1708, include le Maire, Schouten, Halley and "Vaisseau St. Louis, 1708" the last, just one year after Loots disolved a partnership with Antoni de Winter and Claas de Vries. (4) Is on Mercator's projection. (5) Shows the “Terre Austral du St. Espirit”. <br></br> From Koeman's biography of Johanne's Loots (1665[6]-1726) we know Loots was born in Amsterdam and is not as is sometimes believed one of the two sons of Anthonie (Theunisz) Jacobsz who named themselves Lootsman to confuse cartographic researchers in future centuries. Loots served an apprenticeship under Hendrick Doncker . <br></br> Contact for price.
1126Antique print of a terrestrial globe and a celestial globe.DetailsLe Rouge, George1760
Terrestrial and celestial globes
Le Rouge, George
$180.00Le-Rouge--GeorgeTerrestrial-and-celestial-globesAntique old French copper-plate engraving ca. 1748 of two globes: a terrestrial globe and a celestial globe. A celestial globe is a spherical representation of the celestial sphere, showing the apparent positions of the stars and constellations in the sky. The engraving includes additional representations: of the points of the compass, a solar eclipse, lunar eclipse, and the relative sizes of the astronomical bodies. <br></br> From le Rouge's "Atlas Nouveau Portatif à l'usage des militaires et du voyageur" published from Paris. George Le Rouge was a Paris-based engineer and surveyor originally from Germany who had a shop on the Rue Des Grands Augustins. Le Rouge's tireless work earned him the title "Geographe du Roi".
1124Finely engraved 18th century Ptolemaic armillary sphere.DetailsAnonymous1777
Ptolemaic armillary sphere
$100.00AnonymousPtolemaic-armillary-sphereFinely engraved Ptolemaic armillary sphere. This early engraving served as the source for a later similar image with celestial and terrestrial globes, published by Citoyen (Citizen) Berthelon in Paris ca. 1799, for the "Nouvelle Edition" of the Atlas Modern Portatif. <br></br> An armillary sphere is a model of objects in the sky consisting of a spherical framework of rings, centered on the Earth or the Sun, that represent lines of celestial longitude and latitude and other astronomically important features such as the ecliptic. As such, the armillary sphere differs from a celestial globe, which is a smooth sphere whose principal purpose is to map the constellations. <br></br> With the Earth at the center, an armillary sphere is known as a Ptolemaic sphere. With the sun at center, it is known as a Copernican sphere.
429Engraving of a armillary sphere of John SenexDetailsSenex, John1786
Celestial Globe
Senex, John
$90.00Senex--JohnCelestial-GlobeSmall delicate copperplate engraving of a John Senex armillary sphere possibly by Guthrie. Senex (1690-1740) was a successful London Fleet-street engraver and globe maker.
1413Pre-Antarctica Northern Polar projection by R. Bonne.DetailsBonne, Rigobert1787
Antique Northern Polar Projection or Hemisphere Septentrional
Bonne, Rigobert
$180.00Bonne--RigobertAntique-Northern-Polar-Projection-or-Hemisphere-SeptentrionalAttractive North polar projection covering the Northern Hemisphere or "Hemisphere Septentrional" from the North Pole to the Equator. Early French copper-plate engraved map produced by Rigobert Bonne and crisply and finely engraved by Andre' to include mountain ranges and numerous place names. Surrounded by two tables of climatological data and a view of the "Sphere Parallele." Published in Paris in 1787. Plate 22. <br></br> Rigobert Bonne (1727-1794) was the successor to Jacques Nicolas Bellin as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Bonne first came to prominence when he published a number of charts in the Atlas Maritime in 1762, but Bonne is better known for later publications, including the Atlas Encyclopedique, which he collaborated on with Nicholas Desmarest, as well as the maps he produced for Raynal's Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues du Globe Terrestre.
142319th-Century Map of North AmericaDetailsAnonymous1890
19th-Century Map of North America
$55.00Anonymous19th-Century-Map-of-North-AmericaTwo 19th-century maps on a single sheet. On recto is a bold, colorful map of North America. On the verso a map of the eastern Hemisphere.
5385WWII-era pictorial map of the British Commonwealth of Nations.DetailsBritish Information Services1942
Fine pictorial WWII-era map of the British Commonwealth of Nations
British Information Services
$300.00British-Information-ServicesFine-pictorial-WWII-era-map-of-the-British-Commonwealth-of-NationsFine pictorial world map showing the British Commonwealth of Nations. Issued during WWII by the British Information Services, an agency of the British Government. Mercator projection. <br></br> Includes two inset tables:<br> 1) "Forms of Government". This key uses color to signify the form of government administration and management of internal and external affairs. <br> 2) "Principal Products". A tabular representation by geographical area uses pictograms to represent the most valuable products produced in the Commonwealth. <br></br> Distributed by the British Information Services, an agency of the British Government, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York. Printed in England.
4806 Wilcox and Follet Co's Octovue world map on Pitner's projection.DetailsWilcox and Follett Co.1944
Advertisement for Octovue Map on Pitner's Projection
Wilcox and Follett Co.
$350.00Wilcox-and-Follett-Co-Advertisement-for-Octovue-Map-on-Pitner-s-ProjectionScarce color brochure from 1944 explains and promotes Wilcox and Follet Co's Octovue map, their <b>New Air Age Educational -- Indispensable! WORLD MAP.</b> All on one single folding sheet printed front and back with 8 pages total in color. Folded size 5" x 8". <br></br> The Octovue map was one of the few maps to use the Pitner map projection. According to this brochure with the Pitner projection: <div class="indenttextblock"> "The globe is divided into eight uniform spherical triangular sections: four North and four South of the equator…. each transposed onto a flat surface. … the first map ever made to transpose the round world onto a flat sheet without distortion or exaggeration of shapes, sizes, and distances." </div> <br></br> Last page details what the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in <i>Elements of Map Projections</i> consider to be the "Ideal Map" and provides reasoning for consideration of the Octovue map over all others. <br></br> Copyright 1944 by L.E. Pitner. Brochure edited by Harold B. Ward Ph.D. F.R.G.S.
5194The Illustrated World map or Octovue world map on Pitner's projection.DetailsPitner, L. E.1944
Illustrated Octovue Map on Pitner's Projection
Pitner, L. E.
$350.00Pitner--L--E-Illustrated-Octovue-Map-on-Pitner-s-ProjectionRare and unusual world map on the Pitner projection. First edition. Illustrated with hundreds of small drawings of flora, fauna, native tribes, buildings, transportation and landmarks. With 5 inset maps on the Mercator and other more common projections. Card covers with map still attached. <br></br> The Illustrated World Octovue Projection Edited by Harold B. Ward Ph. D. F.R.G.S. Designed and Published by L.E. Pitner 229 W. Mineral Street, Milwaukee, Wis. Copyright November 3, 1944 by L.E. Pitner The Octovue map was one of the few maps to use the Pitner map projection. The Pitner projection is explained as: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "The globe is divided into eight uniform spherical triangular sections: four North and four South of the equator…. each transposed onto a flat surface. … the first map ever made to transpose the round world onto a flat sheet without distortion or exaggeration of shapes, sizes, and distances." </div> An earlier version of the Pitner projection map was published in 1943 on a single-sided sheet as the "Air Age Octovue Map of the World". Again edited by Ward with a 1943 copyright by Pitner. That version of the map lacks the illustrations and some of the map elements from the verso of our map are on the recto of the 1943 version. <br></br> The Pitner projection was similar to the Lambert Azimuthal Equal-area projection. <br></br>
5474Lithographed Dymaxion Airocean World map by R. Buckminster Fuller.DetailsFuller, R. Buckminster1954
Dymaxion Airocean World Map Raleigh edition signed in manuscript by Fuller.
Fuller, R. Buckminster
$5,250.00Fuller--R--BuckminsterDymaxion-Airocean-World-Map-Raleigh-edition-signed-in-manuscript-by-Fuller-<br></br>Scarce original offset-lithographed <strong>Dymaxion Airocean World map by R. Buckminster Fuller </strong> and Shoji Sadao [1]. From the "Raleigh Edition", (1954) of 3,000 copies. Red stamped sheet number "0138". Published by the Student Publications of the School of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. Verso blank. <br></br> R. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map projection is a method of projecting the spherical Earth onto a folded twenty-sided polyhedron known as an icosahedron. Fuller intended the map to be unfolded in different ways to emphasize different aspects of the world. This Dymaxion map displays mean annual low temperature. <br></br> An earlier version of Fuller's projection based on a cuboctahedron was featured in the March 1, 1943 edition of Life magazine. Titled “Life Presents R. Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion World”, the article included a pull-out section that could be assembled as a three-dimensional model. <br></br> Manuscript dedication to Carroll Williams signed "Buckminster Fuller" dated to June 1, 1956. From 1951-1954 Carroll Williams taught graphic arts at Black Mountain College, then in Black Mountain, NC Carroll collaborated with Buckminster Fuller on Geodesics, Inc. in Raleigh, NC during 1956-1957. <br></br> At bottom right is a pasted label with the return address for A.H. Fuller at 3013 Hillsboro Street. Here, A.H. Fuller is Fuller's wife Anne Hewlett Fuller d. 1983. <br></br> Includes a second large sheet with explanatory diagrams and text explaining the Dymaxion Airocean World Fuller Projective-transformation. U.S. Patent 2,393,676. <br></br> [1] Shoji Sadao (1927- 2019) Cartographer for the United States Army during WWII. Met Buckminster Fuller in the early 1950's while studying architecture at Cornell. Collaborated with Fuller in Raleigh, NC to draw the Dymaxion Airocean World map in 1954.
5438Map of worldwide catches of sperm and baleen whales in 1970.DetailsFAO United Nations1970
Map of the world distribution of sperm and baleen whale catches
FAO United Nations
$200.00FAO-United-NationsMap-of-the-world-distribution-of-sperm-and-baleen-whale-catchesScarce map of the number of catches of sperm whales and of baleen whales worldwide. From the "Atlas of the living resources of the seas" a publication of the Department of Fisheries for the <strong>Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations [1]</strong>. <br><br> Updating Maury one hundred years earlier, the color of whale pictographs are used to represent whale species. Location, and catch quantity also are represented on this chart of the world. Maury's chart reported whale sightings for sperm, baleen, and right whales, while this chart displays data on actual catches only of sperm and baleen whales. <br></br> [1] Online. Atlas of the living resources of the ses. United Nations FAO. <br></br> (Atlas des resources biologiques des mers; Atlas de los recursos vivos del mar)
5417World Cannabis March on the U.N. poster from 1983.DetailsYouth International Party Information Service1983
Fine 1983 World Cannabis March on the U.N. Poster
Youth International Party Information Service
$265.00Youth-International-Party-Information-ServiceFine-1983-World-Cannabis-March-on-the-U-N--PosterOriginal, scarce, World Cannabis March on the U.N. poster on good-quality newsprint from a Yipster underground newspaper. The "World Cannabis March", sponsored by the 5th Avenue Pot Parade Coalition, featured speakers, a holistic massage workshop, and reggae music. <br></br> Purpose was to advertise a protest parade in New York City against the Reagan Administration's policies on cannabis. Reagan's policies diverted funds from the enforcement of hard drug laws to enforcement of the marijuana statutes, considered by many at the time to be a less harmful "soft" drug. <br></br> The march was scheduled to start at 11 A.M. May 7, 1983 at Washington Square Park in New York City.
5408World Cannabis March on the U.N. poster from May, 1985 by Franzen.DetailsFranzen, Dana1985
Fine 1985 World Cannabis March on the U.N. Poster
Franzen, Dana
$275.00Franzen--DanaFine-1985-World-Cannabis-March-on-the-U-N--PosterStunning, scarce, original World Cannabis March on the U.N. poster (1985) on heavier, better-quality newsprint. Designed by Dana Franzen for A Yipster Times Publication. The poster was a center-fold insert. <br></br> The intent of the poster was to advertise a protest parade in New York City against the Reagan Administration's strict policies on cannabis. The march was to start "before high noon" on May 4, 1985 at Washington Square Park. <br></br> Contains text likely to appeal to members of the counter-culture who understood the double entendre meaning of some of the poster's copy:</br> "Appeal to a <b>higher power</b>"</br> "Meet at Washington Sq. Park before <b>high noon</b>"