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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 J.A.C. Buchon..
His "Atlas Gégraphique Statistique, historique et chronologique des deux Amériques" was an elegant Parisian publication of the Carey & Lea atlas of the Americas, issued first in Philadelphia in 1822.
However, it adds even more material than appears in any of the Carey & Lea editions, especially the western maps. Most of the atlas is devoted to the United States and its territories, and incorporates the latest geographical knowledge available.
These maps are a great example of a superior 19th century engraving technique. (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)

portraits Portaits of explorers and publishers.
We offer a selection of portraits of travellers, explorers and map publishers from the 16th to 19th cebntury.(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)

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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Sebastian Münster.
Being a Franciscan monk, he subsequently became friend of Martin Luther and in 1529 Sebastian Münster converted to reformation and took over the chair of Hebrew at the university of Basel, where reformation had just been established.
In the May of 1552, Münster died of plague in Basle, and was buried there, but his works remained influential in the period of the next generation of great modern map makers.
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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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