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Richard B. Arkway, Inc
27 August  2001
Recent Acquisitions, including the first printed map of Australia, De Jode's Novae Gvineae, 1593, a rare tri-lingual broadside concerning the island of St. Bart's, 1797, and a rare Spanish atlas of American ports, which includes the first printed chart of Galveston Bay, Texas.
Tooley Adams
24 August 2001
Revised web catalogue, including maps by Bertius, Blaeu, Braun & Hogenberg, De Fer, Jansson and Mercator
Lee Jackson
19 July 2001
Summer Map Catalogue,
Altea Maps & Books
3 July 2001
Map Catalogue 9, Summer 2001; including Ortelius: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1603, in original colour, Mortier: World (from the Neptune Françoise) Sylvanus: India, Clouet: Africa Wall Map
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 am searching for information on a map by N. Visscher ca. 1617.  It is a double hemisphere map with border illustrations depicting the Seasons, months of the year, the elements (Fire, Earth, Aer, Water), heroic figures on four corners, a long panel labelled "Europa" across the top and several story panels across the bottom which I cannot decipher. 

Ideally, what I would like is someting that explains everything on this map, the meaning of the inscriptions and story pictures and anything else available on the map and its creator.  I am coming to the conclusion that it is a very rare map since I have so far found nothing about it on the Web.

George Pedersen

The Editor: Rare indeed! The only known example is in the National Library in Vienna, bound into an atlas factice dated 1655,  indexed FKB 282-2. 

The best reference is of course Rodney Shirley's seminal work, "The Mapping of the World 1472-1700", item 294, which puts the date at c.1617 because of the lack of the Le Maire's Strait in South America.  Besides the details you've given above he describes the bottom panels as seven scenes of "Chritian piety", and lists the explorers in the cartouche in the Western Hemisphere as Magellan, Cavendish, Noort & Drake, with the busts of Columbus and Vespucci.

This work is soon going to be re-issued, its fourth edition. We will of course announce this when it happens.

Dear Editor

I have a 'First World War Zone Map of France' dated October 1939.  The map was hidden inside a book in the Victorian house I brought. Could you let me know if the map would be worth anything.

Emma Manning

Dear Editor

I have a immaculate silk escape map of Sweden and Norway. Where can I find out about the history and value of this.

Simon Doherty
The Editor: Twentieth century military maps are more for the military enthusiast rather than the cartophile. Perhaps try a Militaria dealer. However a map of W.W.I zones would probably have to be contemporary to be of interest.


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