An extraordinarily rare discovery – an original, large military field manuscript map from the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42), depicted the region to the north of Kandahar, then, as now, a hotbed of tribal insurgency, made during the period of the ‘Derawat (Deh Ravod) Rebellion’ by Edward Sanders and Charles Frederick North, military engineers serving under General William Nott, the…
A very rare ‘Restricted’ map of Agra made during World War II, when the city was feared to be a target of Japanese bombing, such that the dome of the Taj Majal was covered in camouflage, published in Dehra Dun by the Survey of India. Colour print (Good, some wear along old folds, some conspicuous toning to lower…
The first wall map of Azerbaijan SSR, made in 1925 by a pioneer of Azerbaijani map-making İbrahim Ağa Vəkilov Colour lithography, printed on four sheets and originally mounted on linen, 100 x 135 cm (39.8 x 53.1 inches) (small tears, folds and holes with tiny loss of material, light staining).
An extremely rare, large format map of Calcutta, depicting the revolutionary fire prevention and control infrastructure devised by its new Fire Chief, Bernard Westbrook, giving the city one of the most advanced fire systems in Asia, saving untold lives and properties. Zincograph in colours by the Vandyke Process, mounted upon original linen and folding into original black cloth…
Colour print, 56 x 67 cm (22 x 26.3 inches), accompanied by an original brochure with an index: 8°, 11 pp., wrappers with title, stapled. Housed in an original illustrated wrappers with a flap (a small hand-written monogram of the previous owner, otherwise in a near-mint unused condition with a minimal stains on the spine of the wrappers).
A great monument in the modern cartography of China – a colossal wall map (measuring 1.5 x 3 metres!) of Sichuan Province, the finest cartographic rendering of the region made during the Late Qing Dynasty, created by Fu Chongju (傅崇榘), the father of modern journalism in Chengdu and the first local mapmaker to adapt Western scientific cartographic methods to…
A magnificent early 19th Century overview of China’s Beijing-Wuhan corridor and the complete line of the Jinghan Railway made from three originally joined sheets from the colossal ‘Karte von Ost-China’, a masterpiece of scientific cartography created by the Prussian Land Office in the wake of the Boxer Rebellion, in part from the mapping of Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen, to…
Very Rare – the first issue of the first large-format printed sea chart of the South Coast of Hainan, based on a reconnaissance survey conducted by John Haldane of the British East India Company, from Sayer & Bennett’s magnificent ‘The East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator’.
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