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Paulus Swaen Old maps specializes in maps, atlases and globes from the 16th - 18th century. The firm was founded in 1978.
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De Bry Mapping of Canada..
A century and a half after the first voyage of Columbus in 1492, northern North America beyond the Atlantic coastline was still barely known. Before 1656 thee entryways had been established: Davis Strait, Hudson Bay, and the St Lawrence valley It took another century and a half of laborious probing across the great plains and through the western mountains to reach the Pacific coast, where explorers met other Europeans who were arriving there too, overseas from the west. (read more)
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Des Barres.
Colonel Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres (1721 – 1824) was a cartographer who served in the Seven Years' War, in part, as the aide-de-camp to General James Wolfe. He also created the monumental four volume Atlantic Neptune, which was the most important collection of maps, charts and views of North America published in the eighteenth century. Finally, he was the Governor of Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island. Colonel Des Barres is buried in the crypt of St. George's (Round) Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Post Route maps.
Very few maps prior to 1650 showed roads, and it wasn't until around a hundred years later that it became common for roads to be depicted cartographically. Part of this was due to fact that roads were generally very poor, and most people did not have the opportunity, nor the desire to travel. Even travel by foot or horseback could be a harrowing experience since conditions on the unpaved roads changed with seasons and the type of soil crossed. Another deterrent to travel were the highwaymen who attacked and robbed people.
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Lafreri School type maps
The "Lafreri School" maps were the product of a high-point in cartography which took place in Rome and Venice from 1540-1570. Key figures at the time included Michele Tramezini, the Bertelli family, Givovanni Francesco Camocio and the Venetian cartographer, Giacomo Gastaldi. However the group took their name from Antonio Lafreri who was one of the most prolific map publishers.
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Henri Abraham Chatelain..
was a Huguenot pastor of Parisian origins.
Chatelain was a skilled artist and knew combining a wealth of historical and geographical information with delicate engraving and an uncomplicated composition. Groundbreaking for its time, this work included studies of geography, history, ethnology, heraldry, and cosmography. His maps with his elegant engraving are a superb example from the golden age of French mapmaking.
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  De Bry John Arrowsmith.
John Arrowsmith was an English mapmaker and member of the Arrowsmith family of geographers.
In 1834 John published his London Atlas, which were the best set of such maps then in existence. He followed the atlas with a long series of elaborate and carefully executed maps, those of Australia, America, Africa and India being especially valuable. (read more)

Heinrich Bünting
Heinrich Bünting rewrote the Bible as a travel book. The "Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura" is his most famous work and is in fact one of the rarest despite running to a number of editions in different languages.
The book is illustrated with several maps among the most famous a clover leaf image of the world. (read more)


Tips for prospective map collectors.
Most collectors have a theme for their collections. Often this is a geographical area, usually the one in which they live or are otherwise familiar with, or something else, such as the earliest of world maps after the discovery of the New World. Sometimes people collect examples of many cartographers or a single cartographer. Read more

Medieval manuscript Emile Prisse d’Avennes.
was a French Orientalist, author and artist, was one of the greatest pre-20th century Egyptologists. A French nobleman by birth, though impoverished, Prisse d'Avennes seems to have spent his life in the pursuit of the exotic.
Prisse d'Avennes spent many years in Egypt after 1826, first as an engineer in the service of Mehmet Ali. After 1836 he explored Egypt disguised as an Arab and using the name Edris Effendi; during this period he carried out archaeological excavations in the valley of the Nile. (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)
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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