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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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title pages Title pages.
Since the 16th century many atlases of maps and, more widely, works of geography, cosmography, exploration and travel have been preceded by highly decorative titlepages and/or frontispieces presenting their contents in symbolic form. Their aim is to attract the potential reader, first opening the book, by a visual expression of the contents of the work that is to follow.
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Dare to go in Black Dare to go in Black.
All early maps are printed in black and white and many were kept that way for a long time. A black and white map in an early and strong impression is a rarity now-a-days.
Colouring is still being added to maps today, preferably by experienced colourists who know the right colouring for each map-maker and time period.
But unfortunataly we see these days some many maps coloured up more to the taste of the colourist and colours applied without proper sizing of paper. Even maps who originally where never coloured are often coloured up.
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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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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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