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Printed Catalogues
Richard B. Arkway, Inc
25 September
Catalogue 52: Wall Maps, including the "Original Beaver Map", by Nicolas de Fer.
Also posted on their web site.
On-line Catalogues
Altea Maps & Atlases
15 December
Web Catalogue 7. Winter 2000
Richard B. Arkway, Inc
11 December
Revised web catalogue, with charts by Roggeveen and Des Barres.
Lee Jackson
30 November
Revised web catalogue.
10 November
Revised web site
Tooley Adams
22 September
Revised web catalogue.
The Printed Maps of Ireland 1612-1850.
By Andrew Bonar Law.
Dublin: The Neptune Gallery, 1997.
ISBN 0 9532241 0 4
Pp. 334, illustrated. IR £70 (cloth).
Distributed by:
The Neptune Gallery
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Dear Editor

I've enjoyed browsing your site this evening and wish to inquire if you have any prints depicting the ships or ship lanes traveled by the vessels of John Law's company, the Compagnie d' Occident; established in 1717.

In your article entitled, "John Law and the Mississippi Bubble" you mentioned several cartographers who issued maps/charts of the day; and specifically one or two who may have created charts pertaining to my request.

Don MacKay
The Editor: I am not aware of any printed maps that show routes of French ships to North America: not many merchant captains would be pleased to have their routes publicised!

Dear Editor

As an archaeologist working in southern New England,  I have discovered a "Dutch fort" in Branford, Connecticut.  My discovery came from reading the entire collection of Ezra Stiles,. However Sir Robert Dudley shows the fort at "Roduins" in the 1646 map of New Belgium.   Is there a journal, diary or log that goes along with the Dudley's Dell'arcano del mare?

The fortifications in Branford appear to pre-date the English settlement in Connecticut, possibly quite significantly. An information would be appreciated.

Dr. John Pfeiffer
The Editor:  Dudley's 'Dell'Arcano del Mare' is a multi-volume handbook on matters marine rather than a record of particular journeys, so there are no accompanying journals, logs or the like with the series of sea-charts.  'Rodwins' is engraved on the southern coast of New England, facing the eastern end of Long Island. 

Dudley's charts are most frequently compilations from existing manuscript or printed maps and charts. His chart of 'Nuoua Belgia' is largely based on Blaeu's New England (1635) but I could not see that name on the Blaeu. As there are few other printed maps of the region at this time, the source may be manuscript, in which case there is little chance of identifying the origin of the name. 


Dear Editor

On a recent trip to Italy, I found a reproduction of French map of the Mediterranean Sea, African Sea and Occidental Ocean.  The map has ports, gulfs and bancs sketched in great detail in boxes around the edge.  It is  written in French and seems to be commissioned after a war.  There is no date on the map and it looks as if the cartographer was Pierre Mortier.  The name of the map is Carte Nouvelle De La Mer Mediteranee. 

Melissa Warren
The Editor:  Pieter Mortier (d.1711) was a Frenchman who settled in Amsterdam, where he established himself as one of the leading map-publishers of his day. Four of the principal atlases he published (there are several more) were: 
  • Atlas Nouveau, first published in 1692, re-issued in 1696, 1700, and thereafter. This was published in conjunction with the French mapmaker Alexis Hubert Jaillot, who supplied the map, while Mortier engraved and published them, bearing Jaillot's address. Most of the maps are on two large sheets of paper joined, so the atlas is described as elephant folio. 
  • Neptune Francois, published in 1693; this was a pirated edition of the French Admiralty's Neptune Francois, a series of charts of the sea-coasts of western Europe from Scandinavia to Gibraltar. Again in elephant folio format. 
  • Suite Du Neptune Francois... (1700), charts of the other countries of the world. Elephant folio format. 
  • Atlas Maritime, first published in 1694 (although the title-page is dated 1693), with nine charts etched by Romein de Hooghe, one of the greatest exponents of that craft; the 'Atlas Maritime' was not intended for practical use, but rather as a lavishly produced library piece, which was dedicated toWilliam of Orange (William III of England). 
Koeman,. the authority on Dutch publishing wrote: "The Neptune Francois and its second part Cartes Marines a l'usage du Roy de la Grande Bretagne (the Atlas Maritime) was the most expensive sea-atlas ever published in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Its charts are larger and more lavishly decorated than those of any preceding book of this kind. For the engraving and etching Mortier had used the most qualified artists. Romein de Hooghe did the decorations on the charts in the second part" (Atlantes Neerlandici, vol. IV, p.424). 

These four volumes are frequently found together, and form a very impressive group. 

Your chart of the Mediterranean is the first chart from the Atlas Maritime; with its inset views of important towns and ports of the Mediterranean world, it is the largest and most striking chart of the Mediterranean that I know of, and well worth the $25. 

Dear Editor

I am searching for information on John Boydell's engravings. The information so far has revealed he was indeed famous for his engravings of people, landscapes and maps.

I have an original (sealed in original frame) engraving entitled: A North View of the Cities of London and Westminister, with part of Highgate taken from Hampstead near the Spainards. Published June 10, 1780 by John Boydell. Commissioned by John Boydell. One of the engravers name (bottom right) Daniel Lerpiniere (Feulspit - German/Engraver).

Linda Richelieu Wilhelm
The Editor: John Boydell 1719-1804

Boydell was an engraver and publisher whose success enabled him to become Lord Mayor of London in 1790. 

The earliest date on any of his prints is 1744, and he continued to engrave until about 1767, but he started to commission other engravers to create plates for him to publish. The first notable engraving was Woollett's plate after Wilson's ‘Niobe,’ published in 1761, for which Boydell agreed to pay £100, ‘an unheard of price, being considerably more than I had given for any copperplate.’ The prints sold for only 5 shillings (quarter of £1), but sales earned Boydell £2,000. Following this success Boydell could afford the best English engravers: his firm employed Earlom, Woollett, Valentine Green, John Smith, and Heath. Woollett’s ‘Death of General Wolfe’, engraved after West’s painting, earned receipts of £15,000. 

However an ambitious project caused his downfall. In 1786 he started a series of prints from Shakespeare to be published by subscription, after pictures he commissioned from English painters. He  built a gallery in Pall Mall dedicated to the series, and by 1802, the year of publication, the Shakespeare Gallery was exhibiting 162 paintings. However war with France has caused Boydell’s lucrative print selling trade in Europe to disappear, and the cost of the Shakespeare series put him in serious financial difficulties. In 1804 he got permission from parliament to dispose of his property by a lottery consisting of 22,000 tickets, all of which were sold. He paid his debts, but he died at his house in Cheapside on 12 Dec. 1804, before the lottery was drawn.

Boydell was very influential: his “History of the River Thames”, 1796, helped start a vogue for expensive books of coloured views, using aquatint to imitate watercolour paintings. He is now the most famous English print publisher and all his works are highly collectable.

You might also like to know that the Spaniard's Inn is still in Hampstead Lane, still in the buildings that existed in Boydell's time. It acts as a very effective bottleneck on a very busy road!

Dear Editor

I have enjoyed your articles on Munster.  Recently I saw a map of the City of  Amsterdam dated c. 1560.  It was Munster's copy of a map drawn c. 1540.  Done from a birdseye view it showed the area that is now the Central Railway  Station, part of the port and ships sailing up what now is Rakin Street.  Can you tell me where in all these publications, this lovely map fits?

Fredric Shauger
The Editor:   The plan was issued in the 'Cosmographia', in editions from 1550 onwards, and is signed by the woodblock cutter Heinrich Holzmuller. The original plan was drawn by Cornelis Anthoniszooon and published in Amsterdam in 1544.  The original version was on 12 sheets, and very few examples are known today

Dear Editor

I have an enquiry about a map of Dalmatia: on the title it is written that the map is by Sanson, but it is also written that it was completed at the house of Pierre Mariette in Paris, so who is the maker of this map?


The Editor:   The map is credited in the title as being drawn by Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667), the greatest French cartographer of his generation, and published by
Pierre Mariette in Paris. Just by the foot of the putti on the left can be seen the name of the engraver, Lhulier.

The title loosely translates as 'Coast of Dalmatia, where are shown the places belonging to the Repubic of Venice, the Republic of Ragusa and the Turkish Sultan, drawn from various authors by Mr. Sanson of Abbevile, Geographer in Ordinary to the French King [published] in Paris at the [publishing] house of Pierre Mariette in the Rue St. Jacques at [the sign of] l'Esperance with the privilege of the King for twenty years 1664.' 

The map appeared in Sanson's folio atlas 'Cartes Generales De Toutes Les Parties Du Monde ...', first published in 1658; the map of Dalmatia was one of a number of maps, particularly of eastern Europe, added to the 1665 edition. 

Dear Editor

I have a silk escape map from WWII. Approximately what is it worth?

Mark Morales
The Editor:   Silk maps are not something I know about, as they are a little too recent for my interest. Perhaps you should try a dealer in Militaria rather than map dealers.

We have been receiving a number of letters requesting valuations of maps. As it is almost impossible to give an accurater assessment without handling the maps we are unable to assist with these queries. We advise that anyone wishing such a valuation look through our advertisers to find either a dealer  local to themselves or one near the location shown on the map. We warn our readers that the a dealer will expect to see the map before giving a firm valuation and would expect a fee for an insurance valuation.


Dear Editor: I would appreciate your assistance in identifying the source of a colored map (ca 1890s?) which depicts the track taken by Columbus during his four voyages across the Atlantic.  The title reads: Carta del Oceano Atlantico con los derietores que seguio El Almirante D. Cisdtobal Colon en sus cuatre viagjes de Descubrimiento, Espasa y Compania, Editores, Barcelona.  It is 18" by 24" and is folded as if it had been attached to a book. 

Arduino Winslow.
The Editor:   I'm afraid I have no idea: Spanish is not a language I can read so my knowledge of books on Columbus in that language is minimal. Do we have any Spanish readers who can help?

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