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Richard B. Arkway, Inc
25 April 2002
Catalog 56 - Atlases. Including a rare 1767 Dublin edition of The English Pilot The Fourth Book; Bertelli/Camocio; Dutch maritime atlases by Van Loon and De Wit; the famous Atlante Veneto by Coronelli; a first edition first issue Wytfliet atlas; excellent examples of the Theatrum and Parergon of Ortelius; as well as
works by Quad, Sanson, DuVal, Mercator and Bertius.
On-line Catalogues
Lee Jackson
22 February 2002
Spring 2002 Antique Map Catalogue
Leen Helmink
23 Febuary2002
Revised web catalogue: the earliest Dutch chart of New Netherlands; Fries/Waldseemüller world map; Hondius' map of America; Ortelius' maps of Iceland, Africa, Far East; 1540 first edition of Münster Africa
Altea Maps & Books
14 December 2001
Web Catalogue 11: Speed's Prospect of the World; Jansson's Heptarchy, in old colour; Bellin's chart of the Singapore Straits; Ramusio's maps of West Africa & Cusco, 1556.from the first woodblocks; a French world map of 1840, comparing the British, French and Russian Empires.
Richard B. Arkway, Inc
11 April 2002
Updated web catalogue, with: the double-hemisphere world map by Vrients which appeared in Linschoten's rare Itinerario, 1596; Blaeu's classic map of
Bermuda, 1630; Munster's early woodblock map of the Western Hemisphere, 1540/1550.
Tooley Adams
15 April 2002
Recent Acquisitions, with maps by: Blaeu, Brion de la Tour, Buache, de Jode, le Rouge, Mentelle and Nolin, with a good selection of maps by
John Tallis.

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Dear Editor

 I have enjoyed the Map Forum since its begining and expect to continue doing so.  I must say, however, that the editorial comments regarding the acquisition of the Waldseemuller map by the Library of Congress (LoC) strike the ear as particularly peevish.

From the verbiage of the lead sentence ("a great blast of publicity") to the final paragraph (why didn't the German government or the EU or somebody, for God's sakes, stop it), the reader is left to wonder whether the real issue is great resentment that the LoC has acquired it and taken it to the New World.  If that is the case, then would it not be better to address it as such?

The attempt by the LoC to acquire the map was conducted in the open, not in secret, over a period of well over a year.  It seems odd to keep silent for that time but to decry it once concluded, yet a review of editorial comments in the six previous issues of the Map Forum make no mention of the issue. Indeed, the comments in Volume One, Issue Eight, quire rightly praise the work of the British Library.  "Some acquisitions, such as the so-called 'Mercator Atlas of Europe', have been made in the full glare of publicity, but much of the work in this area is done quietly, and without fanfare, as curators research items that are offered to the Library or read through catalogues received, to check if the Library has a particular item, and then evaluate its importance within the context of the collection."  The same words might be spoken about the work of the LoC Geography and Map Division.  It is difficult to see how it is commendable in one instance and not in another.

Perhaps the most untoward are the two paragraphs which begin with the admittedly  unverified understanding that the map was bound in a volume.  It then speculates that the map must have been removed from that volume, and to conclude "that...is a crime."  One normally establishes facts before branding an act as criminal.  One can be forgiven for thinking that the real "crime" is contained in the preceding sentence "to be put on display halfway round the World."

Best wishes are in order to John Hebert and his staff at the LoC Geography and Map Division.  One can reasonably hope that the map will eventually be made far more available to scholars and public alike than it has been in the past, now that it is in possession of an institution dedicated to such ends.

Hubert Johnson

The Editor: Firstly, I am pleased to clarify  that the Library of Congress paid US$ 10million for the map, half appropriated by Congress, and half to be found by the Library of Congress. 

I fear you read too much into the editorial.  I am happy that the map is now on permanent display in a major map collection - whether it be in Germany, the British Isles or America.  Clearly, the Library of Congress was the only library in the world I could envisage affording such a price tag.  Obviously, I wish that the map could have found a home in the British Library, but that was not to be. 

The map was first offered for sale in 1907, by the London firm of Henry Stevens Son & Stiles, who were under instruction from the owner His Highness Prince Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldsee.  At that time, the map was bound in the volume, as described in the Henry Stevens catalogue description, and the volume offered for US$ 300,000 (1,260,000 German marks) plus 5% commission for Henry Stevens. 

What I am unhappy about is: 

1. I believe the German Government (or the European Union) should never have allowed an export licence for such an important and unique artefact, whether or not any German institution could afford to buy it or not. In today's global market place it is important that countries preserve their cultural heritage: try exporting a Russian icon or an Egyptian sarcophagus, neither unique items, and see how difficult it is.
2. I believe that the two Waldseemuller maps should not have been separated in this way.  When found, both were bound together in a volume which had once belonged to a German geographer Schoner.  Both have manuscript additions and annotations which would suggest that they were proof forms.  The importance of the maps is not just in their geography, but also in the context in which they were brought together, and in which they remained for four hundred years or so. 
I gather that the Library of Congress is also trying to buy the the 1516 wall-map of the world.  I wish them luck in their attempt to reunite the two maps, hopefully with the book and its other contents.  At this late stage, it is better to grant the licence and re-unite the items, than to condemn them to perpetual separation. 

If the Library of Congress is not successful, then I believe that an export licence should be refused, permanently. 

Dear Editor

I collect pre-1800 maps of Martinique and Guadeloupe and would like to know if you know of any articles on early maps of these islands.

Thank you for your effort.

Jeff Bodington
The Editor: Unfortunately, I don't know of carto-bibliographies devoted to these two islands. The Map Collectors Circle series contained a series of checklists of other West Indies' islands, which may give you some help, where series of maps of the individual West Indies' islands appeared, for example in books or atlases, although obviously not for the broadsheet maps.  There is a listing of the articles in The Map Collectors Circle series in MapForum.com Issue 5, and many of these articles can be purchased from Jonathan Potter. 
Addition: Joel Kovarsky of the Prime Meridian has e-mailed to suggest Sellers & Van Ee: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies 1750-1789, originally published in 1981, with a Martino Reprint 1999.

Dear Editor
I would be interested to learn more about the term "cartes à figures", coined in modern research to describe a certain type of  17th century Dutch maps. Who has introduced it? Is it correct to credit the invention of these maps with figural representations in the borders or cartouches to Jodocus Hondius the Elder and to ascribe it to the period of his stay in England?

Ulrike Ilg 
The Editor:  We are planning an article on these extrememly decorative maps next issue.


Dear Editor

These maps were given to me by my parents.  I broke the glass paneling on one by accident, and discovered that it was made from two pages from a book.  They look old, and I was wondering where I could get some more information on them, and get them appraised.


Brian Jackson

The Editor: Terra Firma: van der Krogt Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici New Edition Volume 1 ('t Goy-Houten, the Netherlands: HES Publishers, 1997), Map 9810:1 suggests that the map is from the 1633 L'Atlas de Gerard Mercator et Jodocus Hondius ..., volume II, map 106. The map was first published in 1630, and re-issued frequently thereafter, apparently unchanged.  (By coincidence the same map by Jansson's great rival Blaeu featured in the Letters section of the last issue!)

The Atlantic map is by an Italian artist, Battista Boazio, who was resident London, and is entitled: THE / Famouse West Indian voyadge made / by the Englishe fleete of 23 shippes and Barkes / where in were gotten the Townes of S.t IAGO= / S.to DOMINGO ... / Newlie come forth by Baptista B. [1a]. 

The map was issued as a separate, presumably in 1589, or in Walter Bigges' A Summarie and True Discourse of Sir Francis Drake's West India Voyage...', printed by Richard Field, [probably for William Ponsonby?], London, 1589.  It depicts Sir Francis Drake's routes across the Atlantic to the West Indies and South America and back again in 1585, while on a privateering mission at the orders of Queen Elizabeth. The map was accompanied by four town plans, Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands, St. Domingo, Cartagena and St. Augustine, all sacked by Drake on his voyage. All five maps are very rare.  Unfortunately, little is known of their engraving.  It is possible the plans were engraved either in London or more plausibly in Leiden, where they were published in 1588, to illustrate a Latin text the Expeditio Francisci Draki ...  I tend to think the general map was engraved in London, but this is no more than a hunch.  If so, it is one of the earliest maps engraved in England of a non-British region after an English prototype, rather than copying a foreign original.  This map, and the plan of St. Augustine are described and illustrated in Philip Burden The Mapping of North America (Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire: Raleigh Publications, 1996) as entries 70 and 65 respectively, with a guide to further reading. 

As to valuation: we do not give valuations, but the information here would be enough to find the retail value of the Jansson map by searching dealers' inventories.  The Boazio is more difficult: being far rarer the likelyhood of it being a reproduction is greater and the only sure way of authenticating it would be to show it to a dealer. Look through our various advertisers to find one close to you. 


Fifth European Map Fair
22 – 23 November 2002
in cooperation with the Museum of Breda
Breda 750
commemorating the birth of the town
Already for the fifth time this Map Fair, organized in the Netherlands, will take place in the beautifully restored “Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk”, situated in the historical centre of Breda. The number of participating map dealers has known a steady increase since the first Map Fair. From the start the offers for sale have been of a great variety, such as loose maps and prints, maps either framed or in passe-partouts,  rare atlases, a wide selection of modern reference-books, in addition to globes original ones as well as in facsimile and large wall maps. 

Next to antiquarian booksellers also restoration-studio’s and non-profit-institutions concerning historical cartography were participating. Four times The Foundation Historical Cartography of the Netherlands succeeded in organizing an attractive exhibition combined with the Fair.

This year the Fifth European Map Fair will be closely connected with the 750th anniversary of Breda as a town. Within the scope of a series of activities beginning in May, from September 27th until December 1st 2002 the Museum of Breda will exhibit a large collection of cartographical and topographical documents and pictures entitled “Breda in Kaart” (Breda in Maps), showing the vicissitudes of 750 years history of Breda. The exhibition in the “Grote Kerk’ during the Map Fair will also pay attention to the subject “Breda in Kaart’


Concerning the Map Fair: 
Secretariat Foundation Historical Cartography of the Netherlands, Meysberg 12, NL 4861 BP Chaam
tel. 31.161.492008
[email protected]

Concerning “Breda 750” 

 Scandia: Important Early Maps of the Northern Regions and Maps and Charts of Norway
from the Collection of William B. and Inger G. Ginsberg
April 17 - August 16, 2002
Scandinavia House, at 58 Park Avenue, is located between 37th and 38th Streets, on the westside, downtown traffic side,  of Park Avenue, New York
The exhibition Scandia: Important Early Maps of the Northern Regions and Maps and Charts of Norway from the Collection of William B. and Inger G. Ginsberg opens at Scandinavia House on April 17.  On view through August 16, 2002, this exhibition of 76 early maps and sea charts presents some of the most significant maps in the history of printed cartography of Scandinavia and Norway.  The exhibition also includes half a dozen historically important world maps that illustrate the context in which the mapping of Scandinavia  took place. 

From antiquity to the present day, cartography has both enhanced and reflected our understanding of the world.  Ancient maps depict gods and monsters, celestial bodies, and earthly terrain, demonstrating not only man's knowledge of natural boundaries, but his view of his place in the world.  This exhibition celebrates the earliest maps of Scandinavia, from the first map of the area in 1482, to the sumptuous maps of the major cartographers of the 17th century, to the detailed maps made by 19th century Scandinavians.  The diversity of source, purpose, and function of these maps, together with their elements of science and fantasy, decoration and utility, and history and propaganda, make them fascinating objects for
study, appreciation, and enjoyment.

Edward P. Gallagher, President of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), says, "For more than 90 years, the ASF has been dedicated to increasing the understanding and appreciation of Scandinavia in the United States.  The exhibition accomplishes this admirably while also providing a broad historical perspective and unique visual pleasures.  We extend our hearty thanks to Inger and William Ginsberg for sharing their collection and vision with us."

While the maps in the exhibition contain elaborate decorative elements, they have been selected primarily for their importance in the history of cartography.  They include maps printed from wood blocks and from copper plates, maps contained in books of maps (though not necessarily atlases in the modern sense of the word), maps published separately, and
maps included as illustrations in books.

The first part of the exhibition, "Important Early Maps of the Northern Regions," covers the earliest period of printed maps of Scandinavia, specifically 1482 to 1601.  The 43 maps comprising this section include the first printed map of Scandinavia (published in Ulm in 1482), maps of Scandinavia and Denmark from the first modern atlas (published by Abraham Ortelius in 1570), and rare world maps by Gastaldi (1546) and Rosaccio (a wall map first published in 1597).

The second part is devoted to "Maps of Norway, 1602-1795" and "Sea Charts of Norway, 1585-1798."  Among the 33 maps in this section are the first map showing Norway alone, the first map of Norway drawn and issued by a Norwegian cartographer, and a sea chart from the first official coastal survey of Norway.

Gallery talks will be held at 12:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays: April 30, May 7 and 21, and June 4.

SYMPOSIUM: Mapping the Scene: Antique Maps and the 21st Century.
This symposium explores both the practical aspects of developing a map collection and the intellectual pursuit and study of historical documents. Moderated by John Noble Wilford, senior science writer at The New York Times and author of The Mapmakers (Knopf, 2000), the panel will include Robert Augustyn, partner, Martayan Lan, Inc. Fine Antique Maps and Rare Books, New York; Alice C. Hudson, Chief, Map Division, The New York Public Library; and Dr. Seymour Schwartz, map collector and author of The Mapping of America (Abrams, 1980), which has recently been released in a new edition.

Saturday, April 20, 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15, $10 American-Scandinavian Foundation members

An 96-page catalogue with 76 illustrations, many in color, will be available for $25 in The [email protected] House.  The catalogue provides extensive discussion of the relevant history of cartography and of the most important cartographers of these areas.  It also includes a selective annotated bibliography pointing the way to relevant reference material for
the viewer of this exhibition who is interested in learning more about cartography in general or the mapping of Scandinavia and Norway in particular.

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Scandinavia House is the home of The American-Scandinavian Foundation, which has been promoting educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and the Nordic countries since 1910.  The center brings to life the rich cultures and traditions of the five Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. 
A destination for New Yorkers and visitors to the city, Scandinavia House presents a wide variety of exhibitions and programs, including films, concerts, lectures, and additional events encompassing the visual and performing arts, literature, technology, science and business.

Scandinavia House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Transportation:  By bus, Number 1, 2, 3, or 4 up Madison Avenue; Number 1, 2, 3, or 5 down Fifth Avenue.  By subway, Number 6 to 33rd Street, Number 4, 5, 6, 7, or S to 42nd Street/Grand Central Station.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)
Founded in 1910, the ASF serves as the leading educational and cultural link between the United States and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  It is a publicly-supported, nonprofit organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and cultural understanding and carries on an extensive program of fellowships, grants, trainee placement, publishing, membership offerings, and cultural activities.  The Foundation has more than 6,000 members throughout the United States, and alumni and donors worldwide.  It is governed by a Board of Trustees that includes individuals from the United States and Scandinavia.  The five Nordic heads of state serve as the Foundation's patrons.

Public Information:  For information about exhibitions and other programs at Scandinavia House, the public should contact The American-Scandinavian
Foundation at 212-879-9779.

Press Information:  For additional information or visual materials, the press should contact Joan Jastrebski at 212-847-9717 or [email protected]

Alice C. Hudson
Chief, Map Division
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library
The New York Public Library
5th Avenue & 42nd Street, Room 117
New York, NY 10018-2788

[email protected]; 212-930-0589; fax 212-930-0027



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The Editors welcome enquiries from readers on the identification of maps and / or for biographical information relating to particular maps

These enquiries are deemed to be for publication, and will be dealt with only on that basis. The Editors will not normally reply separately to enquiries.

Therefore, all enquiries should be accompanied by a good quality illustration of the map, JPEG FORMAT, 50KB AT MOST, suitable for publication, with dimensions, and, if necessary, transcription of relevant titles, imprints and so on.

Enquiries should be restricted to a single topic, and be suitable for publication.

The Editors will not advise on matters of value, but may be able to recommend suitable avenues for vendors or appraisals. 


The Editors are currently working on a companion dictionary to the history of cartography, and hope to be in a position to be able to issue draft sections in 2002, and would be pleased to be informed of obscure, or little-known, map-makers, engravers, authors, publishers or so on.


The Editors have access to a substantial photograph library, principally of black and white images, but also colour transparencies, and would be pleased to deal with enquiries for reproduction and publication

It may be possible to supply copies of the images featured in this journal, subject to copyright restrictions.