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 Vintage Antique Maps of Baja California, México, are pictures of the old world's cultural beliefs and perceptions and document the social, political, and economic times in which they are produced.


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Maps serve many more purposes besides showing us how to get from one point to another. They are at once artistic, scientific, and technological creations with more than one level of meaning. Maps are pictures of the world reflecting a people's cultural beliefs and perceptions and document the social, political, and economic times in which they are produced.

Maps are not neutral instruments. Beyond providing topographical information, they represent attempts to claim and control land and inhabitants. Instruments of persuasion, maps speak to us about places, people, events, their makers, and their makers' motives.


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Description: Ruscelli's map is an enlarged version of Giacomo Gastaldi's map of 1548, except that the Yucatan is no longer shown as an Island. It is the second earliest obtainable map of the Southern half of the US. Not until Wyfliet's maps of 1597 would a better regional representation appear in a printed map. R. Spiritu Santu appears (Mississippi River). California is showns as a Peninsula. The R. Tontonteanc is either the Gila or the Colorado River. Florida and Cuaba are named. The placenames reflect the explorations of Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, and Moscosso. Perhaps the most influential map of the southwest during the 16th Century. Martin & Martin Plate 3, Burden 31. Nice example of the Italian text version of the first edition of the map.

Map 1660 to buy this map

Description: Rare map of California as an island, the second earliest map to focus on just California and the contigouous coastal regions, after Sanson's map of 1657. Identifies numerous place names on the west coast, inclduing Drake's Bay, Monterey, Pt. Concepcion, San Clemente Island and Cabo San Luca, plus the Island of Santa Cruz in the Mar Vermille. Quivera, Anian and N. Albion are named, along with Cibola. Lac de Conibas is shown. East of the Mountain range in New Meixo, the Apaches, Vaqueros mont suala and Poala are shown, along with a number of other settlements. Of all of the regional maps to focus on California, the Du Val is probably the rarest. Third state. Burden 3534, McLaughin 30.

Map 1683 to buy this map

Description: First regional map of America to show California as an Island. Prior to this map, all maps with California shown as an Island were either World maps, Western Hemisphere, North America, Pacific Ocean or some substantially larger geographical region. The region illustrated was still largely unknown. First map to show 2nd Sanson Model of insular California (two bays shown in Northernmost portion of the island). Nomenclature is a combination of Blaeu and Sanson. New Indian tribes named along the Rio Grande. The peninsula above California is a curious and unexplained addition. A seminal map, which influenced California Cartography for the next 50 years. A cornerstone map for California collectors. Burden 327; Leighley 9; McLaughlin 16; Tooley p.116. Curious outline color, otherwise an excellent example.

 Map 1683 to buy this map

Description: Perhaps the most famous of all miniature maps of California as island. A unique projection, not really following either Sanson or Briggs. Shows a number of place names and an nice charting of the Channel Islands. An essential map to any California as island collection. Maps of California as an island showing less than all of the Continent are rare…this is one of the earliest. From the first French edition of Mallet's remarkable work. McLaughin 87.

Map 1765 to buy this map

Description: One of the best mid 18th Century maps of California, Baja California and parts of Arizona and Mexico. Extends North to show the Channel Islands and Pt Concepcion, San Pedro and San Diego. Extends north along the Colorado and east along the Gila to include Casa Grande andthe Phoenix and Tuscon areas. The Missions in Arizona and Baja California are noted and in some cases, the founding date shown. One of the best mid 18th Century maps for California and Baja Collectors and certainly the most ambitious commercial effort to map the region. An essential map for Baja, Arizona and Southern California collectors.

Map 1779 Current Value $400.00 USD contract for more information

Denis Diderot is one of the towering figures of the 18th century Enlightenment period, thanks largely to his editorship of the Encylopédie, one of the great attempts to catalog human knowledge. A prolific writer and talented talker, Diderot moved away from his early Jesuit training to an atheistic materialism, and had a great influence on the intellectual and political development in pre-revolution France. Diderot never got rich (for ready cash he sold his private library to the empress of Russia, Catherine the Great), but his years working on the Encyclopédie made him famous, and his friends included Jean-Jacques Rouseau and  Voltaire.

1730-1740 Current Value $2,500.00 for information

Seutter, Mattheus (1678-1757).

Matthias Seutter was born in Augsburg in Southern Germany. He began as an engraving apprentice for Johann Baptist Homann. In 1707 he started his own cartographic printing company in Augsburg. Matthias Seutter produced maps, globes (starting in 1710) and atlases (starting in 1728). He became the official imperial geographer of Charles VI. After his death, the business was continued by his son Albrecht Karl (1722-1762) and his son-in-laws, Conrad Tobias Lotter and G.B.Probst. Around 1757/58 Lotter became the sole owner of the company. He removed the name of Seutter from the original plates and replaced it by his own.
Novus Orbis sive America Meridionalis et Septentrionalis... Augsburg, J.M. Probst, 1784. Original wash colour with additions. 500 x 585mm.
North & South America, engraved for Seutter by Gottfried Rogg. California is shown as an island, and one of the two huge coloured cartouches hides the lack of information about the northwest. McCLAUGHLIN: 211, state 4 of V. 

1787 Current Price $500.00 U.S.D. contact for information

Rigobert Bonne, (1727 – 1795, was one of the most importantcartographers of the late 18th century.

In 1773 Bonne succeeded Jacques Bellin] as Royal Cartographer to France in the office of the Hydrographer at the Depôt de la Marine. Working in his official capacity, Bonne compiled some of the most detailed and accurate maps of the period. Bonne’s work represents an important step in the evolution of the cartographic ideology away from the decorative work of the 17th and early 18th century towards a more detail oriented and practical aesthetic. With regard to the rendering of terrain Bonne maps bear many stylistic similarities to those of his predecessor, Bellin. However, Bonne maps generally abandon such common 18th century decorative features such as hand coloring, elaborate decorative cartouches, and compass roses.

While mostly focusing on costal regions, the work of Bonne is highly regarded for its detail, historical importance, and overall aesthetic appeal.

1862 Current value $250.00 U.S.D. contact for information

Description Johnson Map of Mexico. Hand colored, engraved map of Mexico, published in 1861 by Johnson and Ward. Each state within the country is separately colored. In the bottom left corner, there is a small map of the territory and isthmus of Tehuantepec. Above Mexico’s northern border, the US territory of New Mexico is shown extending from California to Texas. 14x18 in.

Map of Mexico city when the Aztecs were in charge


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