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 'Chinese Punishment of the Rack'.Â Print of Chinese punishment of the rack. TheÂ rackÂ is a torture device consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame.Â 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:Â Thomas AllomÂ (1804â€“1872) 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 â€˜Asien gegen ende des 18th Jahrhunderts. Die Briten in Indien; das Reich der Mandschuâ€˜. 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 â€“ 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:Â Antique map titled 'India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes'. BeautifulÂ map of Southeast Asia, extending from India to Tibet to Japan to New Guinea.Â It was the first popular map to depict part of Australia. Includes aÂ dedicational cartouche to Laurens Real.
Artists and Engravers:Â Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas,Â Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus.Â Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his fatherâ€™s business rather than practice. After his fatherâ€™s death, the brothers took over their fatherâ€™s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his fatherâ€™sÂ Atlas novus,Â eventually releasing his masterpiece, theÂ Atlas maior,Â between 1662 and 1672.
- Date: c.1640
- Overall size: 60 x 49.5 cm.
- Image size: 50.5 x 41 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Repair on folding line and repaired tear near Borneo. Few stains, mainly in margins. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.