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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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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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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)


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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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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