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Paulus Swaen Old maps specializes in maps, atlases and globes from the 16th - 18th century.
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Time Line of Explorers and Mapmakers.
Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas was a chronicler, historian, and writer of the Spanish Golden Age, author of "Historia general", better known in Spanish as "Décadas" and considered one of the best works written on the conquest of the Americas. Most maps are based upon manuscript charts derived from Juan Lopez de Velasco, between 1575 and 1580, of which four copies have survived. (read more)

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Karl Bodmer.
Painter of perhaps the finest of all Plains Indian portraits, was born on February 11, 1809, in Zurich, Switzerland, where he received artistic training from his uncle, landscape painter and engraver Johann Jakob Meyer.
In 1832 naturalist and explorer Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied contracted Bodmer's services for an expedition to North America. Their journey lasted from July 1832 to July 1834, but the most important phase began in April 1833, when they set out on a voyage up the Missouri River by steamship and, later, keelboat. During stops at trading posts and encampments, Bodmer composed watercolor portraits of Omaha, Dakota, Assiniboine, Atsina, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfeet chiefs and warriors but occasionally women and children as well. (read more)

 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 Nuremberg Chronicle..
The Liber Chronicarum or the Nuremberg Chronicle, as it is also known, is a history of the world from creation to 1493, dividing earthly history into six ages: from the creation to Noah, from Noah to Abraham, from Abraham to David, from David to the Babylonian captivity, from the Babylonian captivity to the birth of Christ and from the birth of Christ to the end of the world. (read more)

Les Maitres de l'Affiche
At the turn of the 19th century into the 20th Paris outdoor and indoor walls of buildings flowered with posters that took their themes from the passing show of 'La Vie Parisenne.'
The poster had not only caught the fancy of the broad public, but its best examples were already being regarded as works of art, collected and reprinted in a manageable form.
The "Les Maitres de l'Affiche" series was offered as a subscription series to collectors.
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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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Johann Ludwig Gottfried.
In 1631 Johann Ludwig Gottfried, inherited the Theodor De Bry’s publishing firm. Gottfried issued together with Matthaeus Merian a one-volume condensation "Newe Welt Vnd Americanische Historien" that used many of the original copper plates and supplemented them with new ones of more recent voyages. The book was published by Matthaeus Merian. The work was reprinted in 1655 / 1657. (read more)

La Gazette du Bon Ton..
The "Gazette du bon ton" was published from November 1912 to summer 1915 and from January 1920 through December 1925. The complete run consisted of twelve volumes. The "Gazette" featured elegant fashions of pre- and postwar France by leading designers, utilizing the technique that revolutionized fashion illustration pochoir, or stenciling by hand with watercolor.
It employed many of the most famous Art Deco artists and illustrators of the day, including Georges Lepape, Georges Barbier, Etienne Drian...(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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