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We usually have several other early decorative world maps available that are not shown on our web-site.  We also have several sources to obtain maps that we may not have in stock.  Please inquire.

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Abraham Ortelius, Typvs Orbis Terrarvm, c.1612. The map measures 14 by 19 1/4.   This is a map of the world from the first recognized atlas to be sold commercially to the general public.  It is attractively hand colored.  The map is nicely decorative and shows many interesting features.  Among them, a completed west coast of North America based on  lost Spanish exploration maps.  Alaska is correctly placed at a time when other mapmakers disputed this portrayal as late as the early 1700's.  California is correctly attached to the mainland, and not as an island as a multitude of mapmakers were inclined to show it,  based on an incorrect English portrayal in the early 1600's.   The "bulge", shown in earlier Ortelius maps, on the lower western part of South America has been corrected.  The rivers of North America tend to run more east/west than north/south.  The distance between present day Alaska and the east coast of North America is very exaggerated.  This is understandable when considering the limited tools available to mapmakers at the time to determine east/west distances. A very large southern continent is portrayed which includes present day Australia, and circles the whole South Polar region and extends to all but join South America.  A north west sailing passage is shown above North America which was believed to allow European sailors to enter the Pacific from the north.  Given the state of knowledge at the time this is a remarkably accurate accounting of the world.  In particular the North and South American continental coastlines are amazingly correct.  This is very interesting and important  hemispheric view of the world.   There are estimated to be less than 161 copies from this edition in circulation. This is a very rare map that will be the treasure of any collection.  We usually have more than one Ortelius world map in stock, so please inquire.  $17,000  


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Abraham Ortelius, Aevi Veteris, Typvs  Geographicvs, c.1590. This map measures about 12 3/8 by 17 1/4.   This is a wonderful map of the ancient world in attractive hand color.  The map is very decorative and shows a very interesting hemispheric view of the ancient world.   There are estimated to be less than 200 copies in circulation. This is a beautiful map that will be very handsome when framed.  We usually have more than one in stock so please inquire.  $3,750


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Abraham Ortelius, Geographia Sacra, c.1612. This is a world map based on sacred geography, and for that reason is limited to the area portrayed, or the "known" world at that time based on the Holy Scriptures.  The map measures about 14 by 19 and is in later hand color.   The map is very decorative and shows a very interesting view of the southern parts of Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East.  There are estimated to be less than 60 copies from this edition in circulation. This is a beautiful map that will be very handsome when framed.  $2,500


JohnTallis, 1850, The World on Mercator's Projection. Crisp, clear and nicely outline colored.   About 10 1/2 by 13 3/4 inches. A handsome world map with the Pacific at the center and the America's at the  left side of the map.   The state of exploration in the world is very evident.  As an example, the central part of Africa is shown as mostly unexplored and Australia has almost no internal features.  The map is laid out on the Mercator's projection (flat projection).  Tallis' maps are some of the best known and one of the most desirable of maps. This is due to the very decorative borders, vignette views, and the fact that these maps were one of the last that were engraved on steel. This map is no exception and includes no less than seven vignette views which surround the map.    Handsome with good detail of cities, towns and landforms. $225


Joseph Hutchins Colton, 1855, Colton's Map of The World on Mercator's Projection. Full hand color, about 17 1/2 by 24  inches. One of the really attractive maps with a decorative "rolled" border.  The map portrays the world on a "flat" projection.  Each country is differently colored.  "Russian America", and "British Possessions" in lieu of Canada are prominent in North America.  South America is in transition with "New Grenada" instead of Colombia, and Patagonia in the lower part.  Central Africa is largely undiscovered and the Colonial period is still in its infancy.  The map has North and South America positioned at center with Africa and Europe to the east and Asia and Australasia to the west.  Shows large cities, rivers and mountains.   Includes a compass.   $225 


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    A. J. Johnson, 1864, World on Mercator's Projection. Crisp, clear and brightly hand colored.   About 16 1/4 by 25 inches. A handsome world map with the America's at center. The state of exploration in the world is very evident.  As an example, the central part of Africa is shown as mostly unexplored.  The map is laid out on the Mercator's projection (flat projection). Includes a decorative border.  Different editions have slightly different borders  $225

 


A. J. Johnson, 1863, (1) Features of the Land and the Co-Tidal Lines (2) Ocean currents and Boundaries of River Systems. Colored, two world maps on a single sheet with a common border about 15 by 10 inches. Both maps on Mercator's (flat) projection. Illustrative tables are included. $50


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   A. J. Johnson, 1864, Johnson's Western and Eastern Hemisphere. Crisp, clear and brightly hand colored, about 16 1/2 by 26 3/4 inches.   This is an attractive and  handsome map shown in the traditional eastern and western  double hemispheres.  The state of exploration in the world is very evident.  As an example, the central part of Africa is shown as mostly unexplored. $225

(The map is crisp, clear and clean  The pink hue is due to our scanner.  The white areas of the map are slightly toned and uniform.)


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    Samuel Augustus Mitchell, c.1864, The World on Mercator's Projection. Colored about 18 by 14 inches.   A handsome World map with the American Continent as its center.  The state of exploration in the world is very evident.  As an example, the central part of Africa is shown as mostly unexplored.  This map also has a decorative border which makes this an  attractive map.  Mitchell's maps are some of the more attractive maps from this period, this map is enhanced with a decorative "garland" of flowers which provides a handsome border, making this an especially attractive map. Different editions have slightly different borders.  $250 


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    Samuel Augustus Mitchell, c.1867, The World in Hemispheres. Colored, about 11 1/2 by 14 inches.  A very handsome and detailed hemispheric map of the World.  The map includes several smaller polar projection maps, and also a interesting chart of the worlds rivers in length.  The state of exploration in the world is very evident.  As an example, the central part of Africa is shown as mostly unexplored.  This map also has a decorative border which makes this an  attractive map.  Mitchell's maps are some of the more attractive maps from this period, this map is enhanced with a decorative "garland" of flowers which provides a handsome border, making this an especially attractive map. Different editions have slightly different borders.  $250     


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    George Cram, 1887, The World with Polar Projections. Colored about 11 3/4 by 9 1/2 inches.   This is a handsome world map which is surrounded by four polar projections.   The map is decorated lightly with a garland . $45

 

 

 


George Cram, c. 1894, World. Full printed color, about 11 1/4 by 17 3/4  inches.  The map portrays the world on a "flat" Mercator projection.  Each continent differently colored.    The map has North and South America positioned at center with Africa and Europe to the east and Asia and Australasia to the west.  Shows large cities, rivers and mountains.     $30 


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 Rand McNally, 1895, World. Full printed color, about 13 1/2 by 20 1/2  inches.  The map portrays the world on a "flat" Mercator projection.  Each country is differently colored.   The extent of the Colonial reach in the world is very evident especially in Africa.  The map has North and South America positioned at center with Africa and Europe to the east and Asia and Australasia to the west.  Shows large cities, rivers and mountains.   A table with information about the population, type of government etc for each country etc., surrounds the map.   $30 


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    Matthew Northrup's Century Atlas, 1897, Hemispheres. Printed color, about 10 1/2 by 15 inches. A very fine "modern" looking map with a handsome "piano key" border. The map depicts landforms, including contours showing elevations above sea level. Includes 3 smaller hemispheres and a chart of mountain heights. $125