Harlan J. Berk Antique Maps

Featured Map of the Day 7/19/17 July 19 2017, 0 Comments

High Resolution Image By: Abraham Ortelius Date: 1584 (Published) Antwerp Dimensions: 14.25 x 19.75 (36.2 cm x 50.2 cm) This important early map by Abraham Ortelius depicts a large area of the North Atlantic, extending from Scandinavia and the Polar regions in the Arctic Circle and in the East, to the mythical islands of Drogeo, Frisland and Icaria. Also included are Greenland, Iceland and North America. This map was influential in its treatment of the Arctic regions. Engraved by Frans Hogenberg, the map shows the influence of Mercator’s wall map of 1569, as well as other works of the era. The outline of Scandinavia is impressively accurate, bordering the Mare Congelatum, Latin for the ‘frozen waters of the Arctic’. Latin text on the verso provides descriptions of the various regions and countries covered by the map. The map is embellished in the usual style of Ortelius, with a variety of sea monsters and mythical creatures, including one half-man half-seahorse playing a an early cousin of the violin, and another creature combining aspects of a lion, a buffalo and a sea serpent is depicted with holding its live prey with its paw. Two lovely frigates also grace the seas.   Condition: This hand colored map is in B condition. One worm hole to the left and right of the centerfold at the bottom of the map. Light water staining confined to portions of the left and right margins. The map has been repaired with archival materials on the verso. Inventory #10881

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Featured Map of the Day! 7/18/17 July 18 2017, 0 Comments

High Resolution Image By: Johann Christoph Weigel Date: 1724 (Published) Nuremberg Dimensions: 5.25 x 7.25 inches (13.3 cm x 18.4 cm) A decorative title cartouche embellishes the upper right quadrant.   Johann Christoph Weigel was an erudite scholar and prolific mapmaker. Born in 1654, Weigel created engravings covering a wide range of topics and themes along with a large number of superb maps such as this of Prussia. Condition: This map with original color is in B+ condition. Toning is quite even. Inventory #10859

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Featured Map of the Day! 7/17/17 July 17 2017, 0 Comments

High Resolution Image By: Nicolas De Fer Date: 1713 (dated) Paris Dimensions: 43 x 62 inches (109 cm x 157 cm) This is an exciting and original example of De Fer’s rare and extraordinarily influential wall map of the Americas, published at the tail end of the 17th century. At the time of its publication, European nations were in an all-out race to colonize the “new world.” New information was at a premium and the need for financial and national support was crucial in the efforts to conquer these new lands and bear all the riches that came with them. This exceptional map by De Fer accomplished both of those initiatives in a most alluring style. The map is in four sheets and is the work of Hendrick van Loon and Nicolas Guérard. We may presume that van Loon engraved the map and Guérard designed and engraved the wonderful cartouches and inset scenes surrounding the whole. This map is most famously known for being the first to include two spectacular scenes which reference the major industries and opportunities for wealth and enterprise in the new world; Cod Fishing and Beaver Pelts. In the top left, a colony of beavers is shown in a most industrious fashion, building a damn with Niagara Falls in the background. The scene in the top right depicts a Cod fishing factory situated within the Grand Banks of North America. These scenes would later be used by Herman Moll for maps that carry high value, in part because of the inclusion of such scenes. Surrounding the map are several smaller scenes that according to Burden depict, “Canadian savages, ancient Mexico, people of New Mexico, the Buccaneers or Filibusters, people of La Plata, Peru, Chile, Brazilians, Virginia and Illinois. These are framed by six medallions of Ferdinand Magellan, Artha Balipa, Christophe Colombe, François Pissar., Mote-Zuma Roy de Mexique and Americq Vespuse.” Extensive panels of text descriptions flank the map on either side and offer a wealth of information to accompany this already remarkable cartographic masterpiece. Condition: This map is in B condition, with light soiling and some ink spotting throughout. There are several small areas of paper loss mostly confined to but not limited to the margins. The map at one point was partially colored and backed with a fine archival paper. Inventory #10865

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Featured Map of the Day! 7/16/17 July 16 2017, 0 Comments

High Resolution Image By: Jaro Hess Date: 1930 (dated) Grand Rapids, Michigan Dimensions: 25 x 37 (63.5 cm x 94 cm) This is an authentic example of a most imaginative and wonderful original map by Jaro Hess. His work depicts a marvelous wonderland including castles from every culture, and from his very own imagination. We see such familiar figures as the cow jumping over the moon, Jack climbing the Bean Stalk, the Emerald City of Oz, the house that belongs to Grandfather Know-All, Hansel and Gretel and the Gingerbread House, to name just a few of the well-known marvels of this wondrous poster. We also see figures such as mermaids, peculiar fishes and the mysterious island. This is an example of the first edition, identifiable by “The Wandering Jew.” Later reprints of this map from the 1950s replace the caption with “The Wanderer.” This map by the Czech-born artist Jaro Hess has been stimulating the imagination of youngsters of all ages since its original publication in 1930. Hess' painting, "Adventure in Storyland," which offered a dazzling Grand Unifying Theory of the world's fairy tales, was turned into a poster by The Child's Wonderland Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The poster provides not only a glimpse into the best-known fairy tales from different parts of the world, but also a glimpse into the inner world of Hess, who, due to the Great Depression, found it necessary to do whatever job came to hand, while at the same time indulging his passion for art. Condition: This map was dry mounted like nearly all other examples sometime in the 1930s. The map has been framed with uv-protective acrylic glass. Some light scuffs are apparent, but the overall image is very pleasing. Inventory #10889 31 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602 | T: 312-609-0016mp10889a

Featured Map of the Day! 7/15/17 July 15 2017, 0 Comments

High Resolution Image By: George Vancouver Date: 1799 Dimensions: 11 x 8.75 inches (28 cm x 22.2 cm) Description: This important and influential map is part of a series depicting regions of the west coast of America which were charted by the famed English explorer George Vancouver, who, in 1792 became the first Englishman to pass the Golden Gate and enter San Francisco Bay. Though he provides sparse detail for the interior, his maps of the coastline are so accurate that they were relied upon for years following their appearance for navigating the West Coast of America. This map covers the coastline from approximately San Francisco in the north to Santo Domingo, Mexico. Vancouver was one of the first Englishman to visit, map and report on Spanish settlements along the Pacific Coast.   Today Vancouver is memorialized by Vancouver Island, which he discovered, the Hudson Bay Company's Fort Vancouver, the city of Vancouver, Vancouver Peninsula Australia, Mount Vancouver, the 8th highest mountain in Canada, Vancouver Bay in Jervis Inlet, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. For his 250th birthday, the Canada Post issued a special postage stamp in his honor. Condition: This map is in B+ condition. Minor offsetting of text and a scarcely discernible water stain. Inventory: #10772

Featured Map of the Day! 7/14/17 July 14 2017, 0 Comments

High Resolution Image By: Jodocus Hondius / Henrie Fetherstone Date: 1625 (published) London Dimensions: 5.7 x 7.3 inches (14.5 x 18.5 cm This was originally from the Atlas Minor by Gerard Mercator and Johannes Janssonius, 1628. It displays six separately framed maps, Cuba at the top with Hispaniola below, and stacked insets at the left, of Havana Port, Jamaica, St. John, and Margarita (island off the coast of Venezuela, northwest of Trinidad). The text, in English, describes the city of Santo Domingo and its history under the Spanish and the introduction of sugar cane. The reverse is text headed “Spanish plantations, Ports, numbers in Hispaniola.” Condition: Right edge of page appears to have been trimmed in binding, slightly cutting into the map’s lower right margin, so a strip of paper has been added. Inventory #19181 31 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602 | T: 312-609-0016

Featured Map of the Day! 7/13/17 July 13 2017, 0 Comments

16th Century World Map with Grotesque Figures