NEW YORK – The 18th-century voyages and discoveries by European explorers in the South Pacific are chronicled in one of more than 100 antiquarian maps offered in an online auction that will be conducted by Jasper52 on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
The routes of Cook, Cartaret, Wallis, Byron and Mouats are shown through Polynesia, Melanesia and around New Zealand, New Guinea and the east coast of Australia in the hand-colored map engraved in 1776 by Antonio Zatta. This authentic map (above), published in Venice in 1779, measures 13¼ by 17¼ inches. It is expected to sell for $1,500-$2,000.
Another Zatta map from the same era shows the North Pole and the surrounding regions. Alaska is represented by a group of islands clustered off the coast of Russia, and the northwest coast of North America is filled with the fictitious system of rivers and lakes of the Northwest Passage and discoveries of Admiral de Fonte. The pictorial title cartouche includes several incongruent animals: a crocodile, an elephant, a rhinoceros and an ostrich (est. $700-$800).
Dutch cartographer Frederico de Wit created a decorative map of the Netherlands in 1680. It depicts a host of mermen pulling a sea chariot with the Dutch coat of arms and a pair of surveyors decorating the scale cartouche at the bottom. The map shows great detail including canals, roads, marshes, villages and major cities including Amsterdam. The West Frisian Islands are shown in an inset (est. $450-$550).
J.H. Colton’s 1857 map of the United States and Canada shows the railroads, canals and stage roads with distances from place to place. It is an important transitional map that shows a large Indian Territory. Bright and crisp, the map folds into brown embossed cloth covers with the title embossed in gilt (est. $1,100-$1,500).
An early map of North America shows it divided into colonies of Spain (red), France (blue) and Great Britain (yellow), with the then British territories forming a precariously thin sliver along the Atlantic seaboard. Numerous towns are named in New England and the British colonies, including St Augustine, Port Royal, “N[ew] York or Manate” (a distortion of Manhattan), Charleston, Salem, Boston, Philadelphia and New Plymouth. The map was originally published by Guillaume de l’Isle in 1703 and updated and republished by Philippe Buache 1745; these dates are printed on the map. The large 18th-century atlas map is printed on thick, good quality paper with original hand coloring and decorative title and scale cartouches (est. $2,500-$3,000).
The Jasper52 Premium Antiquarian Map Auction will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 21, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.