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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 and since 1996 a fully Internet based auction devision was added to the company.
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Linschoten's Travel book.

LINSCHOTEN - Histoire de la Navigation. Amsterdam, Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638. LINSCHOTEN, Jean Hugues. Histoire de la Navigation. Amsterdam, Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638. Folio (4) ff. [including half-page engraved portrait], 36 plates and 6 maps. Bound in 17th century red Morocco binding, gold stamped spine. Excellent.

A stunning copy of Linschoten's classic illustrated travelogue to the East and West Indies, termed by Lach "the most important of the firsthand accounts published independently of the great travel collections" (I.198). No other book contained so much usable intelligence on the East and West Indies as Linschoten's.te; Alden, Vol. I, p. 52, #542/22; Stevens (Ptolemy) 49; Karrow, Mapmakers of the Sixteenth Century, p. 422.
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Theatrum orbis terrarum - including the 'Parergon' and 'Nomenclator.

Ortelius Vrients. Theatrum orbis terrarum, Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603. 3 parts in one volume (including the 'Parergon' and 'Nomenclator'), folio (45 x 31cm). Mounted on guards throughout. With full period hand-colouring throughout. Hand-coloured engraved allegorical general title, with full-page engraving of the arms Philip II of Spain on the verso, engraved full-page memorial to Ortelius incorporating a small circular portrait of him, full-page engraved portrait of Ortelius by Phillip Galle, hand-colored engraved section-title to the Parergon with architectural surround, uncoloured engraved vignette on letterpress section title to the Nomenclator.
156 double-page hand-coloured engravings on 151 mapsheets (including 38 in the Parergon, 2 costume plates, 3 views), numerous woodcut initials.
Contemporary brown calf, covers bordered and panelled in gilt and blind, covers with a large central design in gilt, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, blind ruled in gilt on either side of each band, compartments with date "1603" and title "ORTELLI THEATRVM ORBIS".
The front and back cover are richly tooled with center piece. Front cover has "THEA / TRUM OR / BIS TER / RARUM". Verso a center piece with Goddess of justice surrounded by a motto "QUOD TIBI FIERI NON VIS ALTERI NE FECERIS" (Do unto others as you would have done unto you.) The gilt has been faded but is partly still visible. With expert restoration at board edges.
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  Johannes Vermeer used this map in his painting "The Geographer".

Willem Blaeu - Pascaarte van alle de Zécuften van EUROPA. BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1571-1638). Pascaarte van alle de Zécuften van EUROPA. Nieulycx befchreven door Willem Ianfs. Blaw. Men vintfe te coop tot Amsterdam, Op't Water indevergulde Sonnewÿser. Amsterdam, 1621 or later, but before 1650] 687 x 868mm.
Copper engraving on parchement, coloured by a contemporary hand. Cropped, as usual, on the neat line, to the right cut about 5mm into the printed area. The imprint is on places somewhat weaker and /or ink has been faded out. One small hole (1.7 x 1.4cm.) in lower part, inland of Russia. As often, the parchment is wavy, with light water staining, usual staining and surface dust. First state of two. The title and imprint appear in a cartouche, crowned by the printer's mark of Willem Jansz Blaeu [INDEFESSVS AGENDO], at the center of the lower border. Scale cartouches appear in four corners of the chart, and richly decorated coats of arms have been engraved in the interior. The chart is oriented to the west. It shows the seacoasts of Europe from Novaya Zemlya and the Gulf of Sydra in the east, and the Azores and the west coast of Greenland in the west. In the north the chart extends to the northern coast of Spitsbergen, and in the south to the Canary Islands. The eastern part of the Mediterranean is included in the North African interior. The chart is printed on parchment and coloured by a contemporary hand. The colours red and green and blue still present, other colours slightly faded.
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Leo Belgicus map by Claes Jansz. Visscher with an unrecorded date (1641).

Leo map by Visscherthe most important edition of all Leo Maps being the birth certificate of an Independent Country. It is well-known that the Leo maps are a symbol of strength and bravery in their heraldic representation. The series of Leo-maps should be placed in the context of the Eighty Years' War or "Dutch War of Independence" (1566-1648). They symbolized the revolt of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands against the Spanish (Habsburg) Empire.

Claes Jansz. Visscher acquired the copperplate from Henricus Hondius of The Haque. He added two medallions portraits to the plate of the contemporary rulers and negotiators Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange (Stadholder 1625-1647) FREDERICUS HENRICUS PRINCEPS ARAUSIO COMTES ETC. GUBERNATOR FOEDERAT PROVIN BELGIO, and the Spanish Archduke Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand (governor of the Low Countries from 1634-1641).
Ferdinand died on 9 November 1641, therefore the plate will have been published before November 1641.
It was not before 1650, two years after the peace of Münster which ended the War, that C.Jz. Visscher changed the date (1650) and started selling the plate, likely on a larger scale, as of this is the most commonly found state.
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  Sea Atlas with 6 additional maps by Visscher.

Janssonius, Novus Atlas Absolutissimus.JANSSONIUS HEIRS, J. - Novus Atlas Absolutissimus... Die Wasser-Welt, oder See-Atlas. Amsterdam, 1657 [after 1664]
39 Copper-engraved maps with 38 maps in very fine period hand-colouring and 1 uncoloured map. Original publisher's vellum, panelled in gilt with central gilt arabesques and corner pieces. Text and maps with some browning and foxing.

Volume IX (Sea-Atlas) of the "Novus Atlas Absolutissimus". German text, letterpress title on slip within hand-coloured engraved architectural border, heightened in gilt, 39 maps of which 38 are finely coloured by a contemporary hand. With 6 additional maps by Visscher listed in the index : ("Insulae Americanae", "Insula Matanino", "Novi Belgii", "Indiae orientalis", "Insularum Melitae" et "Insula Candia").
Including Northeast/ New York City. JANSSON J./ VISSCHER, C. J. Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae... 18 ¼ x 21 ½ inches. A most attractive example of a map that is as historically important as it is beautiful. It was the culmination of all the surveys of the area conducted by the Dutch colonists of New Netherlands during their first three decades in America. It is also the first printed map to delineate the shape of Manhattan with relative accuracy; it had been shown as a triangle earlier. Also, English towns that were just being settled at the time, such as Milford, Guilford, Stratford, and Stamford, are shown along the Connecticut shoreline. Every Indian tribe encountered by the colonists, most of which are long extinct, as well as every town and settlement in existence at the time, are believed to be on this map. Read more or order this atlas.


An (unrecorded) important sea atlas.

GOOS, P. Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer…GOOS, P. Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer… (Amsterdam, 1676)
Folio. 3 parts in 1 volume. Contemp. brown calf, gilt spine (separating), ribbed, title on gilt red morocco label. Good copy of an (unrecorded) important sea atlas.

Unrecorded French text edition. Engraved title-page, 32 double-page charts, 1 engraved text-chart of St.MALO, numerous woodcuts of astronomical diagrams, compass, geometrical instruments and coastal lines, as well as 2 volvelles in text. With an Almanak from 1670-1680. Errors in paging: 57 instead of 61 and 217-224 instead of 117-124.
Pieter Goos's sea-atlas "reflects a high professional standard" (Koeman IV, p. 192). The De Nieuwe Groote Zee-Spiegel follows the prototype of pilot guides, opening with an introduction into navigation, followed charts of the coasts west and south from the Netherlands. A chapter with sailing directions is devoted to each section of coastline. It is accompanied by a chart, engraved on one side of a folded leaf, and woodcut coastal profiles are interspersed throughout the text.
Contents A2-K2 Instruction en l'art de Navigation. Table. 1-34 Le premier Livre. Le deuxiesme Livre. 77-114 Le troiziéme Livre. 115-224 Le quatriéme Livre.
The composition of the French edition is entirely different from the Dutch and English editions. It contains the Western Navigation with charts and descriptions of Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Coast of Marocco with Canary Islands, and 3 charts on a sheet, and full- page chart of Canary Islands. The translation into French is by Paul Yvounet.
Very decorative engraved frontispiece with printed title. In lower part three large vessels in the foreground and two smaller ones in the distance.
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Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'ANVILLE - Atlas.

anvilleAtlas in elephant folio (book block measuring 580 x 375 mm.), bound in contemp. half calf with gilted label on spine "ATLAS DE D'ANVILLE", 59 pages multisheet maps, actual map sheet count is 42. Maps dated 1743-1786. This set is accompanied by a 4 pages printed broadsheet "Mémoire instructif. . . En Mars MDCCXXXII D'Anville, Geographe ordinaire du Roy. Permis d'imprimer ce 21 Mars 1732, Herault" and 4 pages manuscript text in pen and brown ink "Mémoire instructif pour faire la carte (de d'Anville)..."

The maps are copper engravings with original outline colour, most are double page, some folding, multi sheet maps. The first 39 maps have a number 1-39 in brown ink in a contemporary hand on verso. The cartouches on many of the maps are designed by his brother; Hubert-François Bourguignon, commonly known as Gravelot (26th March 1699 - 20th April 1773). Gravelot was a engraver, a famous book illustrator, designer and drawing-master.
D'Anville's maps draw on material gathered from several French expeditions made during the first half of the eighteenth century.
It is known that Thomas Jefferson acquired seven maps by d'Anville in 1787, and although the titles of the maps he acquired are not known, Jefferson must have been familiar with d'Anville's maps of North America, including "Carte de la Louisiane." In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin relating to a newly commissioned map of North America, Jefferson discussed the use of d'Anville as a reference for the lower Mississippi basin. Meriwether Lewis obtained a copy prior to the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
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Japanese world maps representing Buddhist cosmology with real world cartography.

ZUDA ROKASHI (Priest Hotan) - Nansenbushu bankoku shoka no zu.[Outline Map of All Countries of the Universe]. Published in Kyoto, 1710 (Hoei 7 = Year of the Tiger) by Bundaiken Uhei (fl. 1680 - 1720).
This map is a great example for Japanese world maps representing Buddhist cosmology with real world cartography. It is the earliest one and - therefore - the prototype for Buddhist world maps.
The map centred on 'Jambu-Dvipa', the mythological heart of Buddhist cosmography where Buddha was born in Northern India with the sacred lake of Anavatapta, and the four sacred rivers Ganges, Oxus, Indus, and Tarim flowing from it, the map extending from Ceylon to Siberia, and from Japan to the British Isles 'Country of the Western Woman', with Europe as a group of islands, Africa figured as a small island, and a land bridge connecting China with an unnamed continent to the East [America?].
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Yangzi River across Shanghai map - Used by the "Even-Victorious Army".

ANONYMOUS. Militairy manuscript map of the end of Yangzi River across Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang areas. China, ca 1862. 1019 x 1600mm. In original colours. Manuscript map in brown ink, with red and green and wash colour. A few holes, and paper missing on old foldings. The maps has been backed with thin paper for protective reason.
A military map including the end of Yangzi River across Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang areas with 3 red seals of the "Ever-Victorious Army". More than thousand houses with a red flag are named, military camps, mountains, forests, and battle fields are drawn in. In the lower left corner a inset map of the area covering present-day Shanghai (265 x 355mm.)
The map served the "Ever-Victorious Army" during 1860 -1862 when the Taiping rebels ruled the region and twice attacked Shanghai and destroyed the city's eastern and southern suburbs, but failed to take the city.
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