Antique map titled ‘Newsmap for the Armed Forces’. This “newsmap” was issued on Monday, December 18, 1944, and covers the news from December 6-13, 1945 – the 275th week of the war. This large sheet, measuring nearly 4 feet by 3 feet, includes five inset maps of the war situation in both Europe and Asia including the “European Front”, “The Saar”, “Hungarian Front”, “Pacific Action”, and “Leyte Area.”
The verso of this newsmap contains a large illustration of an American convoy with various vehicles and artillery identified. Text at bottom encourages preventative maintenance and states “For every spare part you don’t use – You reduce the cost of victory!” Prepared by the Army Information Branch and issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
From 1942-46, the U.S. Army published “newsmaps” to keep American troops updated on the war. These weekly posters were distributed and posted in every American installation in the world and were intentionally more visual than descriptive to help engage and motivate personnel.
Condtition: Issued folding on a clean sheet with a few small separations at the fold junctions.
Dimensions: 117 x 86 cm.
Description: Antique print titled 'Avis pugnax mas'. Old bird print of the male ruff bird¬†(Calidris pugnax), amedium-sized¬†wading bird¬†that breeds in¬†marshes¬†and wet¬†meadows¬†across northern¬†Eurasia¬†. This highly¬†gregarious¬†sandpiper¬†is¬†migratory¬†and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. This print originates from 'The Natural History of Birds' by E. Albin. This is the rarest and most highly prized of Albin‚Äôs works as it was hand coloured entirely by Albin and his daughter, Elizabeth. There were only 89 sets published.¬†
Artists and Engravers: Eleazar¬†Albin was a German professional painter who settled in England in 1707, where he married and raised a family, changing his name from Weiss to Albin. He illustrated works on insects and spiders, earning his living by making watercolors of the collections of wealthy patrons, including Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection founded the British Museum. His work on birds was done late in his life & was the first large English work on ornithology, hand-colored by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth & published initially in London from 1731-1738.
- Date: c.1738
- Overall size: 22 x 29 cm.
- Image size: 21 x 24 cm.
- Condition: Good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Minor foxing, general age-related toning. Blank verso, please study image carefully.
Description:¬†Antique world map titled 'De Werelt Caart'. Double hemisphere world map showing Australia as¬†Niew Hollandt¬†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 named¬†Terra Esonis.¬†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.¬†
Artists and Engravers:¬†Made by or after C. Danckerts.¬†
- 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 'Chinese Punishment of the Rack'.¬†Print of Chinese punishment of the rack. The¬†rack¬†is a torture device consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame.¬†This print originates from 'The Chinese Empire: historical and descriptive. Illustrating the manners and customs of the Chinese,in a series of steel engravings, from original sketches' by T. Allom
Artists and Engravers:¬†Thomas Allom¬†(1804‚Äď1872) was an English architect, artist, and illustrator, who published books on his travels from Europe to the Middle East and throughout Asia.
- Date: 1859
- Overall size: 27 x 19.5 cm.
- Image size: 23 x 16 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor wear, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique map Asia titled ‚ÄėAsien gegen ende des 18th Jahrhunderts. Die Briten in Indien; das Reich der Mandschu‚Äė. This fascinating hand colored map depicts Asia at the end of the 18th century. The British had established themselves in India and the Chinese Empire was under Manchu control. Also depicts Southeast Asia in good detail with early versions of Vietnam (Anam & Tonkin), Cambodia (Kambodscha) and Thailand.
Artists and Engravers: Karl Spruner von Merz (15 November 1803 ‚Äď 24 August 1892), or Karl von Spruner as he preferred to be known, was a German cartographer and scholar. He is best known for his historical atlases. The first of these was his Historischer Atlas von Bayern (historical atlas of Bavaria), published in 1838. His greatest work was his Historisch-Geographischer Hand-Atlas, whose first edition appeared in parts from 1848 to 1853.
- Date: 1853
- PartNumber: 232
- Storage Location: (BG) B3-20
Description: Antique print titled 'Motacilla, Flava'. This print depicts the Western yellow wagtail with nest and eggs (Dutch: gele kwikstaart). The western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia.
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:¬†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 map Europe and Asia titled¬†'Geographie du moyen age'. This original antique map originates from 'Atlas de la Geographie Universelle ou Description de toutes les parties du monde sur un plan nouveau d'apres les grandes divisions naturelles du globe' by Malte-Brun, revised by J.J. N. Huot, printed in 1847, Paris.
Artists and Engravers: Conrad Malte-Brun (1755 - 1826), born Malthe Conrad Bruun, was a Danish-French geographer and journalist. His second son, Victor Adolphe Malte-Brun, was also a geographer.
- Date: 1847
- PartNumber: 218
- Storage Location: (BG) A12-37