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Paulus Swaen Old maps specializes in maps, atlases and globes from the 16th - 18th century.
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 Cartographical Curiosities.
When reading maps, we expect map makers to use standard conventions, especially in regard to projection, orientation, scale, and symbols. When a map maker does not use generally-accepted practices, we ask why? What is the story the map maker is trying to tell?
The Leo Belgius, and the Pegasus map by Bünting are likely the most welknown cartographic curiosities. Cartographic Misconceptions, such as a lavish seventeenthcentury maps depicting California as an island, Mer l'Ouest, The mythical island of Frisland are only a few samples.
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Schedel Johannes Walch..
The imperial city of Augsburg was a leading center of map production for Central Europe in the 18th Century. Johannes Walch became active from about 1790 as engraver of his own map designs. Walch, taking into account the taste of the time, completely renounced ornamentation. His maps are clear and fine. The large maps by Walch are not part of an Atlas, so they are quite rare on the antiquarian market. (read more)

Braun Hogenberg

Braun and Hogenberg..
The Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Atlas of Cities of the World) by Hogenberg was the second oldest printed atlas in the history of the world cartography, and the first atlas of towns. Its principal creators and authors were the theologist and editor Georg Braun, the most important engraver and publisher Franz Hogenberg, the engraver Simon van den Neuvel, the artist and draftsman Georg (Joris) Hoefnagel, the topographer Jacob van Deventer and others.
Although published outside the Netherlands, the Civitates is, nevertheless, one of the best examples of the work of the Antwerp school of cartographers. (read more)

Medieval manuscript Atlas of New York and vicinity.
De Beer's county atlas "Atlas of New York and vicinity", was a documentary record of nineteenth century life and delightful specimens of American folk art. F. W. Beers, along with other members of his family, were among the leading county atlas publishers in period immediately following the Civil War. Their atlases provide "a detailed cartographical, biographical, and pictorial record of a large segment of rural America in the Victorian age" (Ristow). Beers first published his Atlas of New York & Vicinity in 1867.(read more)
Propaganda The Art of Chinese Propaganda Posters.
Propaganda posters can leave a lasting impact. The widest possible range of emotions is conveyed, from sweet sentimentality to brutal aggression. The country shown on the posters is of course an imagined China, the China of of the Communists Party's propaganda. (read more)

Pictorial maps..
Pictorial maps have a history that stretches back centuries. Unlike regular maps, the emphasis is less on illustrating a particular area to scale and more on the selection of particular landscape features in order to illustrate a place or process and sometimes to emphasize a specific feature.
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Johann Ludwig Gottfried.
In 1631 Johann Ludwig Gottfried, inherited the Theodor De Bry’s publishing firm. Gottfried issued together with Matthaeus Merian a one-volume condensation "Newe Welt Vnd Americanische Historien" that used many of the original copper plates and supplemented them with new ones of more recent voyages. The book was published by Matthaeus Merian. The work was reprinted in 1655 / 1657. (read more)

The modern poster is considered to have been born in the latter half of the 19th century, 1866 to be exact. Paris outdoor and indoor walls of buildings flowered with posters that took their themes from the passing show of 'La Vie Parisenne.' Jules Cheret and Toulouse-Lautrec created La Belle Epoque posters in France.
The Art Nouveau style, typified by Hans Hollwein’s woodcut-inspired surfaces, advanced the evolution of the poster on the artistic front. (read more)

Medieval manuscript Perspective prints (optical prints).
Perspective views were produced from the early eighteenth century to the beginning of the nineteenth, the greatest number of them probably between c. 1740-1790. lt is difficult to give them a precise definition because of their many variations, but there are a number of common characteristics. Firstly, they are usually etched and invariably designed to be seen through a viewing machine, with consequent reversals of text and image. (read more)
Medieval manuscript Medieval Manuscripts.
During the medieval period, books were written and decorated on parchment, a type of animal skin. Most parchment came from cow skins which were prepared through an elaborate process that involved soaking, scraping, drying and treating the skins. The finest quality parchment, noted for its thin and supple character, was called vellum. Once the necessary number of vellum skins were prepared and cut to size for pages, they were then marked along both margins with small pinholes. Using these holes as a guide, lines were then inscribed or drawn on the page to establish the layout for the scribes and decorators. (read more)

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