Highly Important and Rare – a great monument of Enlightenment Era thematic cartography - Vicomte Grenier’s of sea chart showcasing his new, faster sailing routes across the Indian Ocean, discoveries which revolutionized European-Asian transportation and geopolitics.
Very Rare – two charts of Madagascar harbours on a single sheet, presenting the famed pirate base of St. Mary’s Harbour and Antongil Bay, from William Herbert’s magnificent sea atlas, ‘A New Directory for the East Indies’.
A fantastic large-format propaganda broadside, or ‘wall newspaper’, made to celebrate the exploits of German General Erwin Rommel, the ‘Desert Fox’, and his Afrikakorps, printed in Fascist Spain in July 1942, before the pivotal showdown at El Alamein had been decided.
A fine map of the Red Sea depicting Italy’s first major operation to establish an overseas colony, in Eritrea, commissioned by the Società Africana d’Italia, an influential lobbying-research organization, and originally published in an issue of their rare journal.
A scarce British edition of a sea chart that represents the first broadly accurate general mapping of the Seychelles and Amirantes Islands, based on the cartography of the Chevalier Grenier, conducted during his important expedition of scientific and commercial discovery.
An original manuscript sketch map of the Grahamstown-Great Fish River region of South Africa, the strategically critical ‘Eastern Frontier’ of the Cape Colony, made immediately in the wake of the Sixth European-Xhosa War (1834-6).
A set of original, exquisitely executed manuscript plans of the blockhouse of the Prince of Wales Battery, one of the key components of the elaborate new defensive system that the British constructed around Cape Town (South Africa) during their first occupation of the colony from 1795 to 1803; drafted by Captain (later Major-General) George Bridges, the commanding Royal Engineer…