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  • Java (Iava Maior) – Barent Langenes, Cornelis Claesz – engraved by Benjamin Wright – c1600

    Java (Iava Maior) – Barent Langenes, Cornelis Claesz – engraved by Benjamin Wright – c1600

    A very early state of this classic miniature map of Java. Plate engraved by Benjamin Wright are scarce and it is particularly interesting to see his engraved signature in the cartouche.

    Printed map area 12.5cm by 8.8cm, strong black image, very good condition. Latin text on reverse. Uncoloured as it should be.

    Wright originally worked in London and then found employment on the continent. While in Amsterdam he worked for Cornelis Claesz on new plates for Caert-thresoor effectively a joint venture with Middleburg printer Barent Langenes; Java (this one), Madagascar, St Helena and Sumatra. The first printing was in 1598. The text was edited by Petrus Bertius and Jacobus Viverius.

    Accepted authority on Miniature Antique Maps, Geoffrey King writes bot this history, an example of the Benjamin Wright engraving is given at page 85. His text on the subject cross refers several pages and in its entirety is confusing and possibly contradictory. Our conclusion is to reference this important map as Wright/ Claesz/ Langes/ Bertius c1600.

    Price $390.00 unframed

    Early map of Java – Benjamin Wright signature in plate.


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  • Solomon Islands with the Unusual Fictitious Terre de Qvir – Mallet – 1683

    Solomon Islands with the Unusual Fictitious Terre de Qvir – Mallet – 1683

    An unusual and scarce original copper engraved map “Isles de Solomons” by Allain Mallet published in Paris in 1683 as part of his great work on “the Universe”.

    One of the most intriguing Mallet maps. It purports to show that Queiros had a theory that a great land mass existed between the Solomon Islands and New Zealand … here named “Terre de Qvir” … similar to, or as a part, of the supposed great southern continent “Terra Australis”. Decorated with nine sailing ships.

    In 1567 Alvarode Mendana de Neira (Mendana) set out from Lima to fine gold in the Pacific. Legend had it that the Biblical Ophir which had provided the gold for Solomon’s Temple lay somewhere out there. They sailed for over eighty days and 6,000 miles before the reached land … and here marked Isle St Isabelle. It was almost thirty years later in 1895 that Mendana set off on a voyage to colonise the Solomon’s, following Drake’s plundering of the Spanish interest on the west coast of South America . His Chief Pilot was Pedro Fernandes de Queiros and they set sail with four vessels and 378 individuals (including family, criminals, prostitutes etc). First, the discovered the Marquesas and treated the native people very badly, many of whom were killed as if for sport. They then went on to find the Santa Cruz Islands … but failed to find the Solomon Islands. They headed for Manilla and only 100 survived the dangerous adventure. Mendana died on the voyage.

    Allain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV and became a Sergeant Major and an Inspector of Fortifications a role which afforded him the resources required to produce this treasure.

    Price $190.00 unframed or $320.00 framed in Voyager style … enquire if you wish

    Historical important mallet Map for the Pacific region from the Solomon Islands to New Zealand


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  • Map of Ningbo Zhejiang China – Bellin after Thornton -1746

    Map of Ningbo Zhejiang China – Bellin after Thornton -1746

    An original copper engraved map titled “Carte de l’Isle de Che-chan ou Isle de Chusan de la Province de Che-kiang avec les Costes et Isles voisines”. Engraved by J van Schley for Jaques Nicolas Bellin Cartographer to the French Navy. It was published in Paris in 1746 as part of Prevost’s History of Voyages. The underlying charting ahd been completed by the Englishman Thornton.

    The great city of Ningbo near Shanghai is seen just off the map at the top named them Ning-po .. with a note that it is known by Europeans as Liampo. The Che Kian Province now known as Zhejiang.

    The map is 32cm by 21 cm to the border of the printed image. Folds as original. In pretty good condition with nice colouring and a nice compass rose. Now a very busy harbour its interesting to see so many depth measurements marked.

    Price $120.00 unframed

    Interesting chart of the coastal area around Ningbo


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  • Easter Island Monuments – Cook’s Second Voyage – Benard Paris 1785

    Easter Island Monuments – Cook’s Second Voyage – Benard Paris 1785

    An original copper engraving from 1785 of the monuments at Easter Island. Engraved by Benard and published in Paris as part of the French version of Cook’s Second Voyage.

    “Moumens dans l’isle de Paques” a deep and dramatic depiction. Classical overtones and yet in a modern sense even “Daliesque” … we really admire the structure.

    Printed area 36cm by 21cm with near invisible central fold as issued. Strong thick paper and a strong dark ink image.

    Would frame nicely in Voyager uncoloured map style in cream mat with black core and charcoal frame. Here priced unframed at $190.00. Just enquire if you wish the framing option.

    Striking Image for the Easter island Curios


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  • (Sancta Helena) Saint Helena Island – Bertius -1603

    (Sancta Helena) Saint Helena Island – Bertius -1603

    One of the most striking and coveted island maps from the early 17th Century – Sancta Helana.

    Engraved by Benjamin Wright for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1603 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”

    Distinctively signed by the elusive Wright in his abbreviated fashion near the bottom center of the plate.

    Am miniature map 12cm by 9cm to the printed borders. A Voyager favourite.

    Price framed in Voyager Miniature map style in beaded gilt frame with gilt fillet.


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  • Map of the Banda (Nutmeg) Islands – Bellin – 1755

    Map of the Banda (Nutmeg) Islands – Bellin – 1755

    An intriguing 18th century map of the Banda Islands (The Nutmeg Islands) in the Dutch East Indies by cartographer to the French Navy Nicolas Bellin published in Paris circa 1755. An original copper plate engraving with a strong clean image.

    The lucrative nutmeg trade first saw the Portuguese in the island group followed by the Dutch who built a substantial fort and became dominant. A total Dutch takeover was effected by Coen of the Dutch East India Company in 1619 when thousands of local inhabitants were massacred. The English tried around the edges until during the Napoleonic Wars took control briefly but in doing so moved many nutmeg trees to Sri Lanka reducing the long dependency on Banda for the exotic spice.

    Map dimensions 21cm by 19cm attractively coloured.

    Price $140.00 unframed.

    An interesting historical map … no nutmeg without Banda!


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