Antique map titled ‘Tab XII Asiae Taprobanam’. Ptolemaic map of Taprobana (Sri Lanka). Ptolemy drew on the accounts of travelers and sailors and though the information was secondhand and often inaccurate it represented the most advanced account of the world’s geography at that time. This map depicts the island with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy with the island straddling the Equator and nearly divided by a ridge of mountains. A small part of India is incorrectly shown in the northeast corner of the map. The stipple engraved sea is filled with an oriental ship and two great sea monsters. Embellished with a strapwork title cartouche.
Conditions: General age-related toning, blank verso. Please study images carefully.
Dimensions: 53.5 x 45 cm.
Description:Â Antique world map titled 'De Werelt Caart'. Double hemisphere world map showing Australia asÂ Niew HollandtÂ and according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages in 1642-44. California as an island and the north west coast of America is namedÂ Terra Esonis.Â In Asia, Korea is a elongated peninsula. The two main hemispheres are surrounded by six smaller spherical sections, two covering the polar surfaces of the earth, two showing astronomical measurements relative to the earth, one featuring a geocentric view of the solar system and the other representing the Sun and its relationship with both the Earth and the Moon showing how eclipses are produced. Originates from a Dutch bible.Â
Artists and Engravers:Â Made by or after C. Danckerts.Â
- Date: c.1720
- Overall size: 54.5 x 41 cm.
- Image size: 51.5 x 36.5 cm.
- Condition: Very good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Turdus, junco, minor'. This print depicts the Eurasian reed warbler with nest and eggs (Dutch: kleine karekiet).Â The Eurasian reed warbler, or just reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. It breeds across Europe into temperate western Asia. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.
This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven', Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.
Original text page included.
Artists and engravers:Â This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.
- Date: 1789
- Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
- Image size: 27.8 x 41.6 cm.
- Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'SĂĽd-Asiatische Thiere'. Engraving of various animals of Southeast Asia including the tailor bird, cockatoo, a goose, hornbill, bird of paradise, a bengal tiger and a leopard species. Source unknown, to be determined.Â
Artists and Engravers: Anonymous.
- Date: c.1860
- Overall size: 19 x 25 cm.
- Image size: 18 x 23 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Some wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.