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Map of the Arabian Peninsula in the Ottoman Empire, 1606. The map labels Gulf as "Sinus Arabicus." This early map includes the territories between the Balkans, Turkey, the Levant, Arabia and North Africa. Published by Henricus Hondius in Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditations Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati, in 1606. The details are derived from the cartographic map of Mercator; the details of the Arabian Peninsula are more accurate than in earlier maps. As is expected for such an early map the peninsula of Qatar is missing and the Caspian Sea is horizontal in shape. The decorative cartouche on the left portrays the Sultan Mahomet, Emperor of the Turks. This map comes from the Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditations Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati figure Hondius and reprinted in all subsequent editions. Copper engraving, coloring old with touches of color, in excellent condition. French edition. Bibliography: Tibbets, Arabia in Early Maps, p. 63, 62. Dimensions 18x15."

Item Number: 14752
Price: $4,200


Ptolemaic engraved map of the Arabian Peninsula titled "Arabia Felice Nuova Tavola." The mapmaker is Girolamo Ruscelli who created an original version based on the 1548 map designed by famed Italian cartographer, Giacomo Gastaldi (Al Ankary). The map serves as the first modern illustration of the Arabian Peninsula, which, for the first time, delineates Baharam [Bahrain], Aba [Abu Dhabi] and Qatar, whose formation is clearly shown. This map was printed in Venice in 1561. During this time, Ruscelli and Gastaldi revolutionized cartography by incorporating copper as the medium, rather than wood, thus allowing more detailed and accurate illustrations of the geography. Page size is 9 x 11 1/2 inches. In very good condition.

Item Number: 14460
Price: $2,500


Antique map "Persicum Regnum" by Hondius, London, circa 1625. This bold, simple map gives us the representation of Persia but unlike most maps of the last 500 years the Gulf region is not named "Sinus Persicus" but is titled "Sinus Arabicus," or Arabian Channel. This makes this map a scarce find. The Strait of Ormus is also identified. As is expected for such an early map the peninsula of Qatar is missing. and the Caspian Sea has a horizontal shap. The map is printed on a page with English text. Text also on verso. Title and scale displayed in decorative cartouches. Map measures 5.75" x 7". Page measures 12.75" x 8". In very good condition.

Item Number: 14760
Price: $1,750


Antique map "Persicum Regnum" by Hondius, London, circa 1625. This bold, simple map gives us the representation of Persia but unlike most maps of the last 500 years the Gulf region is not named "Sinus Persicus" but is titled "Sinus Arabicus," or Arabian Channel. This makes this map a scarce find. The Strait of Ormus is also identified. As is expected for such an early map the peninsula of Qatar is missing. and the Caspian Sea is horizontal. Title and scale displayed in decorative cartouches. Text on verso. Colored. Map measures 5.5x7.5" on a 7x9" page. In very good condition.

Item Number: 14758
Price: $1,750


Antique map "Persicum Regnum" by Hondius, London, circa 1625. This bold, simple map gives us the representation of Persia but unlike most maps of the last 500 years the Gulf region is not named "Sinus Persicus" but is titled "Sinus Arabicus," or Arabian Channel. This makes this map a scarce find. The Strait of Ormus is also identified. As is expected for such an early map the peninsula of Qatar is missing. and the Caspian Sea has a horizontal shape. The map is printed on a page with English text. Text also on verso. Title and scale displayed in decorative cartouches. Map measures 5..5" x 7.5". Page measures 11" x 7". In very good condition.

Item Number: 14766
Price: $1,750


ORTELIUS, Abraham. Turcici Imperii Descriptio. Double-page engraved map, 18x22", wide margins, Latin text on verso; hand-colored with oxidation of verdigris pigment. Notably, this map labels the Gulf as "Mare Elcatif" in the northern sector and "Sinus Persicus" to the south. While maps frequently designate the Gulf as "Sinus Persicus" during the period, "Mare Elcatif" is more rare and draws its name from the Elcatif desert region lying just inland and south of Qatar. Four ships sail the seas throughout the map and a beautiful illustration of two cherubs and two sirens is engraved in the bottom left corner with the words "Turcici Imperii Descriptio. Moderate toning, remnants of canvas tabs on upper corners verso. Van den Broecke 169. [Antwerp, circa 1609]

Item Number: 14482
Price: $1,500


America Settentrional - by Nicolas Sanson, the great seventeenth century French cartographer. 6" x 7" Italian edition of Sanson's famous prototype, showing California as an island, 1650/1656 map of North America, this published in Italy circa 1690. Small decorative title cartouche; upper left corner has "Tom. I". Rather than the more common flat northern California coastline sloping up to the east, this has the much scarcer indented northern coastline with "R. de Eslite" at the tip. McLaughlin & Mayo ("California as an Island") identify editions in French, Dutch and Latin, but none in Italian. There is a light water stain in the upper left corner, and an ink stain in the center of the image and in far right margin. A bit soiled, separation at folds have been reinforced. Matted but unframed. In very good condition.

Item Number: 12792
Price: $1,250


Two Beautiful 17th Century map of North America and South America. Each about 8 x 6", Dated 1690, two truly historic beautifully detailed very early maps. One is titled "L'AMERIQUE Septentrionale." in a cartoushe with a woman with sword and man. The other one "L'AMERIQUE MERIDIONALE." in a cartouche with two indigenous Indians holding arrow and the tomahawk, palm trees in the back. Both engraved by "M. Ogier", in French. What makes these 2 maps fascinating are the erroneous geographical knowledge of the 17th Century. North America and Canada are on the first map titled "L'AMERIQUE Septentrionale". Greenland touching Canada on top and California is depicted as a large island in the West, upper tip of the California Islands is higher than Lake Erie or New York. Since the map predates Lewis and Clark by over 100 years, it is missing Utah's Great lake, and has disproportionately smaller western United States. The North West is basically blank. Florida's tip bends inward toward the Golf. A truly fascinating Map. Also included is a separate 1690 map of Map of South America from the same Atlas by "M. Ogier", Titled "L'AMERIQUE MERIDIONALE." in an attractive cartoushe with two Indigenous Indians. Here errors include the absence of the Andes. The formation of South America itself is somewhat flattened and shorter, significantly reduced is the southern tip of South America. Two great 1690 maps of the Americas. Both maps are in excellent condition.

Item Number: 10220
Price: $1,200


Original Engraved Map of Arabia, Syria, and Mesopotamia by Sebastian Münster published in Cosmographia, in 1598. 16" x 13." A bold engraved map depicting Syria, Mesoptamia, and Arabia as they appeared in the late 16th century to cartographers. In the bottom center of the map appears Arabia, Arabia Deserta, and Arabia Felix. This map displays an incredible amount of detail, including rivers and lakes, mountains, and over 150 city names. Such extensive detail is unusual compared with other maps of the region and time period. However, as usual for this time period, the Island of Bahrain and the Peninsula of Qatar are entirely absent. The Cosmographia by Sebastian Münster, originally published in 1544, is the earliest German description of the world. It was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century, due to the notable woodcut illustrations and maps. It was most important in reviving geography in 16th-century Europe. This artistically rendered map of Arabia from the Cosmographia is published in the original German, with sweeping calligraphic writing. General age related toning with two small wormholes inside map-area, which do not take away from the attractiveness of the map. Original binding centerfold. Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14464
Price: $850


A beautiful copper engraved, hand-colored map of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, Turkey, and India from 1705 by famous Dutch publisher Pieter Van Der AA (1659-1733). Map size 6.5" x 9.5" with wide blank margins. Next to the cartouche, in th left hand corner is an ornate illustration of a British voyage in1609, as told by Robert Covertes, which resulted in shipwreck. In the center of the map is the Arabian Peninsula with the Golfo di Balsara, and notes the cities of Medina, Mecca, and Sohar, Mascate, and El Catif along the Arabian coast. We can see the island of Bahrain, which is oversized and the peninsula of Qatar is totally missing.The map shows the complete Arabian Pennisula at its center and covers the area from Constantinopole to India. In very good condition.

Item Number: 14469
Price: $850


Dutch Van Kirk was the navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb. Real W.W.II Japan silk invasion map of Nagasaki, these maps were used by 20th AAF during World war II. In 1940, the British military intelligence unit, known as MI 9, started issuing silk maps for use by British aircrews shot down over enemy occupied territory in Europe. The silk maps were intended to assist airman in evading capture if shot down over enemy territory . After the US's entry into W.W.II, US military intelligence officers also began producing silk escape maps for US military personnel, including Van Kirk's 20th AAF . This Nagasaki silk map has great color details of Eastern Asia, a portion of Japan around Nagasagi, the sea of Japan and the East China Sea. The map is marked "Second Edition, 1944" and "For use by War and Navy Dept. Agencies only" Approximately 24" x 25." Van Kirk writes on the map: " Last Atomic bombardment - Dutch Van Kirk - Enola Gay - 6 Aug 1945". in excellent condition.

Item Number: 13605
Price: $685


CURZON, George. Memorandum On The Society's New Map Of Persia. London: Royal Geographical Society, 1892. 10 pages. Plus a large fold-out colour map measuring approximately 19.75 x 24.5 inches (50 x 62cm). Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is an exceptional report on the new updated Persia map created by the RGS and Lord Curzon. One of the major contributions to the study of Persian history. Curzon a most prolific writer and explorer is renowned for his committment to detail and exploration. This was the first time this new Persia map was published, which also shows Afghanistan and Beluchistan. Seldom found in such good and original condition.

Item Number: 14462
Price: $580


Original engraving titled "Ile Dormus ou de Jerun" (The Strait of Hormuz). Published in 1747. Engraving is from "Histoire generale des voyages." Illustrated by Bellin. On top is the "Cote de Perse." Engraving depicts "Fortresse," "Ile de Kishom ou Quixema," "Entre des Vaisseaux," "Porte de derriere," "Parade Alkoran," "St. Lucia," "Lardimira" with illustrations of ships and fortress. Arab ships on the left and European ships with large masts and multiple sails on the right. Five Arab ships in the foreground. In the foreground representing the Arabian peninsula. The Portuguese explorer, Afonso de Albuquerque, captured the island in 1507 and it became a part of the Portuguese Empire. The Portuguese constructed a fortress on the island, the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception which is represented in this etching. But in 1622 the island was captured from the Portuguese by a combined Anglo-Persian force. The island then became part of Persia and later part of Oman. Paper has been folded three times. Overall page size is 13.5" x 9.5." Image size is 7.5" x 9.75." Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14361
Price: $450


"Nouveau Continent Avec Plusiers Isles et Mers" original copper engraving, Figure 86 taken from "Description de L'Univers" [1685] by Allain Maneson Mallet. Later hand coloring. Attractive map of North and South America, showing California as an island 4.5"x6.5" inches matted to 8.5"x11" inches. Among the features noted are "Amerique" "N. Mexique Septentrionale" "Californie Isle" "Mer de Californie" "Magellanique" Teres Arctiques" "Teres Australes" and at the very bottom of the map "Terres Incognues." A small ship can be seen sailing in the Pacific Ocean. Attractively matted, with light scuffing to matte. The map itself is in very good condition.

Item Number: 14194
Price: $450


"D'Hispanola et P.Rico" original copper engraving, Figure 28 taken from "Description de L'Univers" [1685] by Allain Maneson Mallet. Later hand coloring. Attractive map of the Caribbean Islands 4.75"x6.75" inches matted to 10"x12" inches. Among the features noted are "Mer de I. Hispaniola Nort" "Cubano" "Ide P.to Prico" "I. Mayaguana" "Ynagna I. and "St. Germain." Six large and detailed saling ships can be seen to the North, South, and East of the Islands, with billowing clouds driving them forward and red flags atop their masts. Attractively matted and in very good condition.

Item Number: 14195
Price: $400