Curiosities

  • 1628 - Daniel Angelocrator

    Daniel Angelocrator:  Doctrina de ponderibus, monetis et mensuris per totum terrarum orbem usitatis.

    Johann Nicolaus Stoltzenberger, Frankfurt, 1628

    Two rare sets of octant globe gores printed on 4 sheetsTwo sets of globe gores in a projection based on Leonardo da Vinci's idea. Bound into Angelocrator's work on surveying techniques,...

    Doctrina de ponderibus, monetis et mensuris per totum terrarum orbem...
    11222

    Antique map of the world. Printed in Frankfurt by Johann Nicolaus Stoltzenberger in 1628.

    4 800,00 €
  • 1720 - Johann Baptist Homann

    Johann Baptist Homann:  Neue Tafel vor alle Liebhabers und See-fahrende Personen Stellet vor ein Orlog oder Kriegs-Schiff...

    J. B. Homann, Nuremberg, circa 1720

    Large, old coloured engraving of a warship by Johann Baptist Homann. Published around 1720 in Nuremberg. Shows a three-master battleship with dinghies in the centre, below the cross section of the...

    Neue Tafel vor alle Liebhabers und See-fahrende Personen Stellet vor ein...
    11809

    Copper engraving of a maritim scenery. Warship. Printed in Nuremberg by J. B. Homann circa 1720.

    1 490,00 €
  • 1720 - Johann Baptist Homann

    Johann Baptist Homann:  Geographische Universal-Zeig und Schlag-Uhr

    J.B. Homann, Nuremberg, circa 1720

    Curious Depiction of California as an Island.Illustration of a geographical clock by Zacharias Landteck, who manufactured it in the early 1700's in Nuremberg. The engraving was created by J....

    Geographische Universal-Zeig und Schlag-Uhr
    11496

    Old coloured map of California as an Island. Printed in Nuremberg by J.B. Homann circa 1720.

    980,00 €
  • 1708 - Andreas Cellarius

    Andreas Cellarius:  Atlas Coelestius: seu Harmonia Macrocosmica

    Valk & Schenk, Amsterdam, (1660) 1708

    Old coloured title page of Andreas Cellarius' star atlas Harmonia Macrocosmica Seu Atlas Universalis Et Novus first published by J. Janssonius in 1660. This title page is from the reissue by Valk...

    Atlas Coelestius: seu Harmonia Macrocosmica
    11500

    Old coloured title page. Printed in Amsterdam by Valk & Schenk in 1708.

    850,00 €
  • 1914 - Anonymous

    Anonymous:  Humoristische Landkarte

    Verlag Hermann Bercker, Munich, 1914

    Comic map on a postcard with war propaganda published during the first months of World War I.

    Humoristische Landkarte
    11513

    Map of World War One, Propaganda Map. Printed in Munich by Verlag Hermann Bercker in 1914.

    150,00 €
  • 1574 - Sebastian Münster

    Sebastian Münster:  Von der Insel Giava

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    Early depiction of cannibalism in Southeast Asia. Verso a view of Pego. Transcription of the text to the right of the woodcut:In etlichen Stetten dieser Inseln frißt man Menschenfleisch,...

    Von der Insel Giava
    11533

    Woodcut of a historical scene. Cannibalism. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

    50,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  [Tropic of Cancer - Tropic of Capricorn]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A depiction of the tropics where the sun is in Zenith during the solstice.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575 in two volumes in Paris by...

    [Tropic of Cancer - Tropic of Capricorn]
    11619

    A symbolic description of the tropics. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    40,00 €
  • 1820 - Hyacinthe Langlois

    Hyacinthe Langlois:  Atlas

    Paris, circa 1820

    A boxed set of 8 jigsaw puzzles published around 1820 by Hyacinthe Langlois. A wonderful example of an early nineteenth century French educational tool for teaching geography to young children....

    Atlas
    11223

    Old coloured jigsaw puzzles. Printed in Paris in the year 1820.

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  • 1493 - Hartmann Schedel

    Hartmann Schedel:  Imago Mortis

    Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1493

    The famouse Dance of Death or Danse Macabre is one of the most sought after leaves of the Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel. This woodcut is attribute occasionally to Albrecht...

    Imago Mortis
    11518

    Dance of the Death (Danse Macabre) by Wilhelm Pleydenwurff from Schedel's world chronicle, printed in Nuremberg in 1493.

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  • 1574 - Sebastian Münster

    Sebastian Münster:  Mörwunder und seltzame thier, wie die in Mitnächtigen ländern gefunden werden

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1574

    One of the most sought after 16th century curiosities.The famous charts of mythical sea and land monsters by Sebastian Munster in beautiful colours. With fantastic fishes and lobsters...

    Mörwunder und seltzame thier, wie die in Mitnächtigen ländern gefunden...
    11685

    Beautiful coloured woodcut of sea and land monsters. Published by Heinrich Petri and printed in Basel in 1574.

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  • 1730 - George Matthäus Seutter

    George Matthäus Seutter:  Accurata Utopiae Tabula das ist der Neu-Entdeckten Schalck-Welt, oder des so Offt Benannten und...

    G. M. Seutter, Augsburg, circa 1730

    The famous fantasy map of Utopia.Schlaraffenland stand for the Land of Cockaigne in German and represents a country of idleness and luxury. This is a totally imaginary map, but...

    Accurata Utopiae Tabula das ist der Neu-Entdeckten Schalck-Welt, oder...
    11487

    Old coloured map of Cockaigne, Utopia. Printed in Augsburg by G. M. Seutter circa 1730.

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  • 1760 - George Matthäus Seutter

    George Matthäus Seutter:  Tabula Anemographica seu Pyxis Nautica, vulgo Compass Charte

    T. C. Lotter, Augsburg, circa 1760

    Wind map in stile of a wind rose. Original old colouring by the publisher.

    Tabula Anemographica seu Pyxis Nautica, vulgo Compass Charte
    10298

    Old coloured wind map. Printed in Augsburg by T. C. Lotter circa 1760.

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  • 1880 - Charles Verneau

    Charles Verneau:  Mappemonde en deux Hemispheres

    Paris, circa 1880

    Appealing cartographical toy, consisting of 20 wooden cubes, each side of each cube with a map section pasted on, thus forming 6 puzzle maps of the world, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and...

    Mappemonde en deux Hemispheres
    11309

    Cartographical toy consisting of 20 wooden cubes. Fabricated in Paris during the year 1880.

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  • 1550 - Sebastian Münster

    Sebastian Münster:  Mostri marini & terrestri, che si trouano in ogni luogo nelle parti d' aquilone

    Basle, circa 1550

    One of the most famous charts of mythical sea monsters by Sebastian Munster. The monsters are derivative from the 'Carta Marina' of 1539 by Olaus Magnus and have been used by many 16th and 17th...

    Mostri marini & terrestri, che si trouano in ogni luogo nelle parti d'...
    10944

    Coloured woodcut of seamonsters of the 16th century. Published by Seb. Munster in Basel during the year 1550.

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  • 1720 - Johann Baptist Homann

    Johann Baptist Homann:  Tafel in welcher alle gehörige Werck-zeuge zur Kriegs-Kunst, Vestungs-bau und Artillerie, zu...

    J. B. Homann, Nuremberg, circa 1720

    Large, old coloured engraving with numerous illustrations of siege and war technology by Johann Baptist Homann. Including different military equipment such as cannons, mortars, battle axes, various...

    Tafel in welcher alle gehörige Werck-zeuge zur Kriegs-Kunst,...
    11810

    Copper engraving of a military scene. Printed in Nuremberg by J. B. Homann circa 1720.

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  • 1300 - Anonymous

    Anonymous:  Palimpsest 1100 / 1300

    1100 (1300)

    A palimpsest with first hand writing partly erased from around 1100. On top of it, a Gothic script from around 1300. On parchment which was formerly used as part of a book cover.

    Palimpsest 1100 / 1300
    11616

    Manuscript on parchment written during the 12th and 14th century.

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  • 1747 - Emanuel Bowen

    Emanuel Bowen:  The Solar System, with the Orbit of 5 remarkable Comets.

    E. Bowen, London, 1747

    Fascinating model of the solar system out to Saturn. Showing the orbits of 5 comets, the date the comets first appeared, the period and a prediction on the next appearance. One comet out of the...

    The Solar System, with the Orbit of 5 remarkable Comets.
    11281

    Engraving of the solar system with comets. Published by E. Bowen in London in 1747.

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  • 1720 - George Matthäus Seutter

    George Matthäus Seutter:  Kalendarium Juliano-Romanum Perpetuum

    circa 1720

    Hand coloured copper engraving of Matthaeus Seutter. Showing large round calendar.

    Kalendarium Juliano-Romanum Perpetuum
    10004

    Old coloured engraving of a calendar. Published in 1720.

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  • 1747 - Emanuel Bowen

    Emanuel Bowen:  A Circle of Winds consisting of 32 points commonly called the Mariners Compass / Artificial Sphere

    E. Bowen, London, 1747

    Two engravings printed from one plate on one sheet. The left side shows a compass rose with 32 wind directions, the right shows an armillary sphere. Both images have cherubs with navigational...

    A Circle of Winds consisting of 32 points commonly called the Mariners...
    11280

    Engraving of a compass rose and an armillary sphere. Published by E. Bowen in London during the year 1747.

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  • 1750 - Tobias Conrad Lotter

    Tobias Conrad Lotter:  Germaniae Aliorumque Quorundam Loco-rum Europae Poliometria

    circa 1750

    Distance table from L.C. Lotter, with nice cartouche and explanation of usage.

    Germaniae Aliorumque Quorundam Loco-rum Europae Poliometria
    10066

    Old coloured distance chart. Printed circa 1750.

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  [Noah's Ark]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A very detailed woodcut of Noah's Ark.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575 in two volumes in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau and Michel Sonnius...

    [Noah's Ark]
    11620

    Woodcut of an old master drawing. Noah's Ark. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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