Sea Monsters

From the Middle Ages until the 17th century, sea monsters, marine beasts, dragons and strange creatures appeared on maps and charts. They indicate unexplored areas and made unknown oceans seem strange and threatening. These monsters served as decoration or referred to famous myths. Here you will find original antique and old maps decorated with these fascinating and visually engaging sea monsters and unnatural creatures.
  • Johannes Janssonius:  Valentia Regnum

    Amsterdam, circa 1640

    Antique map of Valencia by Janssonius. Shows the Spanish Mediterranean coast from Torrevieja to Tarragona. With Alicante, Xàbia, Dénia, Gandia, Castellón de la Plana and L'Ampolla. In the centre...

    Valentia Regnum
    1640 - Johannes Janssonius
    12414

    Coloured map of Valencia. Printed in Amsterdam circa 1640.

    360,00 €
  • Nicolas Visscher:  De Gelegenheyt van't Paradys ende't Landt Canaan...

    Paulus Aertsz van Ravesteyn, Amsterdam, 1654

    Decorative map of the location of Paradise by Nicolas Visscher. Above biblical scenes with Adam and Eve, in between the title cartouche. In the Mediterranean Sea with Cyprus, a sailing ship and a...

    De Gelegenheyt van't Paradys ende't Landt Canaan...
    1654 - Nicolas Visscher
    12747

    Antique map of the Middle East. Printed in Amsterdam by Paulus Aertsz van Ravesteyn in 1654.

    390,00 €
  • Nicolas Visscher:  Perigrinatie ofte Veertich-Iarige Reyse der Kinderen Israels.

    Paulus Aertsz van Ravesteyn, Amsterdam, 1654

    Decorative map of the Holy Land by Nicolas Visscher. Showing the exodus of the tribes of Israel from Egypt. Below the camp of the tribes, the tabernacle, ark of the covenant and menorah. From the...

    Perigrinatie ofte Veertich-Iarige Reyse der Kinderen Israels.
    1654 - Nicolas Visscher
    12748

    Antique map of the Holy Land. Printed in Amsterdam by Paulus Aertsz van Ravesteyn in 1654.

    290,00 €
  • Anonymous:  Erschrecklicher und Erbärmlicher Schaw Platz Verüblter Frantzösischer Schandt Brandt und...

    circa 1675

    Extremely rare, large engraved pamphlet on 4 sheets joined. Shows dramatic scenes during the French-Dutch War (1672-1679). The unusual dramatic scenes of violence for this time of printmaking are...

    Erschrecklicher und Erbärmlicher Schaw Platz Verüblter Frantzösischer...
    1675 - Anonymous
    11205

    Extremely rare, large pamphlet of the French-Dutch War. Printed on 4 sheets in the year 1675.

    2 800,00 €
  • Nicolas Visscher:  Comitatus Hollandiae Tabula Pluribus Locis Recens Emendata a Nicolao Visscher

    N. Visscher, Amsterdam, 1677

    Antique map of Holland in the west of the Netherlands by N. Visscher. In the center Amsterdam, at the bottom left an inset map of the West Frisian islands Texel, Vlieland and Terschelling. In the...

    Comitatus Hollandiae Tabula Pluribus Locis Recens Emendata a Nicolao...
    1677 - Nicolas Visscher
    11829

    Old coloured map of Holland. Printed in Amsterdam by N. Visscher in 1677.

    790,00 €
  • Carel Allard:  Hyberniae Regni in Provincias Ultoniam, Connachian, Lageniam, Momoniamq Divisi Tabula...

    Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam, circa 1730

    Rare old coloured antique map of Ireland by Carel Allard. This is the edition by Covens and Mortier. Two impressive cartouches, numerous sailing ships in the Atlantic and Irish Seas. Very nice...

    Hyberniae Regni in Provincias Ultoniam, Connachian, Lageniam, Momoniamq...
    1730 - Carel Allard
    12541

    Old coloured map of Ireland. Printed in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier circa 1730.

    1 300,00 €
  • Guillaume de l'Isle:  Les Isles Britanniques ou sont le Royaumes d'Angleterre

    Covens & Mortier, Amsterdam, circa 1730

    Antique map of Great Britain and Ireland by Guillaume de l'Isle. This is the Covens & Mortier edition of the detailed map by G. de l'Isle. With England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, parts of the...

    Les Isles Britanniques ou sont le Royaumes d'Angleterre
    1730 - Guillaume de l'Isle
    12546

    Old coloured map of the British Isles. Printed in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier circa 1730.

    350,00 €
  • Laurent Fries:  Tabu. Nova Orbis / Diefert Situs Orbis Hydrographorum Ab Eo Quem Ptolomeus Posuit

    M. & G. Trechsel, Lyon, 1535

    The second 'modern' world map of L. Fries. 'This map is one of the earliest world maps available to a collector, and is an unsophisticated but attractive rendering of what was generally known of...

    Tabu. Nova Orbis / Diefert Situs Orbis Hydrographorum Ab Eo Quem...
    1535 - Laurent Fries
    10865

    Antique woodcut map of the world. Printed in Lyon by M. & G. Trechsel in 1535.

  • Sebastian Münster:  Die Länder Asie nach ihrer gelegenheit bisz in India, werden in diser Tafel verzeichnet

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1540 (1574)

    The earliest printed map of the Asian Continent. Asia is shown from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific Ocean. In South East Asia the islands Java Major and Minor are named, also Borneo and the Moluccas...

    Die Länder Asie nach ihrer gelegenheit bisz in India, werden in diser...
    1540 - Sebastian Münster
    11323

    Coloured woodcut map of the Asian continent. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

  • Sebastian Münster:  Africa Lybia Morenlandt mit Allen Künigreichen so zu unsern zeiten darin gefunden werden.

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1540 (1574)

    The earliest obtainable printed map to show all of Africa. First published in 1540 by Sebastian Munster, this map is also famous because of its rich mythical content. The Monoculi or cyclops...

    Africa Lybia Morenlandt mit Allen Künigreichen so zu unsern zeiten darin...
    1540 - Sebastian Münster
    11325

    Coloured woodcut map of Africa. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1574.

  • Sebastian Münster:  Die Länger Asie nach irer gelegenheit bisz in Indiam werden in disser tafel verzeichnet

    Heinrich Petri, Basle, 1540 (1550)

    The earliest printed map of the Asian Continent. Asia is shown from the Caspian Sea to the Pacific Ocean. In Southeast Asia the islands Java Major and Minor are named, also Borneo and the Moluccas...

    Die Länger Asie nach irer gelegenheit bisz in Indiam werden in disser...
    1540 - Sebastian Münster
    12469

    Coloured woodcut map of the Asian continent. Printed in Basle by Heinrich Petri in 1550.

  • Sebastian Münster:  Italia mit dreyen furnemesten Inseln, Corsica, Sardinia, und Sicilia

    Basle, circa 1550

    Attractive woodcut map showing Italy with Corsica, Sardinia and Sicilia. From a German edition of Cosmographia from Sebastian Munster.

    Italia mit dreyen furnemesten Inseln, Corsica, Sardinia, und Sicilia
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    10033

    Coloured woodcut map of Italy. Printed in Basle circa 1550.

  • Sebastian Münster:  [Holy Land, Cyprus]

    Petri, Basle, circa 1550

    Attractive coloured woodcut map showing the Holy Land with Cyprus. With a ship and a sea monster. From a Latin edition of Cosmographia by Sebastian Munster.

    [Holy Land, Cyprus]
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    10539

    Coloured woodcut map of Cyprus, Israel, Palestine. Printed in Basle by Petri circa 1550.

  • Sebastian Münster:  Hispanien nach aller seiner Gelegenheit, in Bergen, Stetten, Völckern, Königreichen, Wässern und...

    Basle, circa 1550

    Early, attractive woodcut map of Spain and Portugal in beautiful handcolour. From a German edition of Cosmographia from Sebastian Munster.

    Hispanien nach aller seiner Gelegenheit, in Bergen, Stetten, Völckern,...
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    10683

    Coloured woodcut map of Spain - Portugal. Printed in Basle circa 1550.

  • 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'...
    1550 - Sebastian Münster
    10944

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

  • Sebastian Münster:  Geographiae Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini, Philosophi ac Mathematici praestantissimi, Libri...

    Henricus Petri, Basle, 1552

    The Geographia of Ptolemaeus with the magnificent woodcut maps of Sebastian Münster. With 27 Ptolemaic maps (World, 10 Europe, 4 Africa, 12 Asia) and 27 new maps drawn by Sebastian Münster and...

    Geographiae Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini, Philosophi ac Mathematici...
    1552 - Sebastian Münster
    12144

    Sebastian Münster's edition of Ptolemy's Geographia with 54 woodcut maps, published by H. Petri 1552 in Basel.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germania.

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1570

    Old coloured map of Germany by A. Ortelius. Decorated with three cartouches and a galleon. First state from the 1570 Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum .

    Germania.
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    11526

    Old coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1570.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus

    Antwerp, 1570

    First state of the Tartary map by A. Ortelius. Showing large part of Asia from Black Sea with Russia, parts of China, a curious early treatment of Japan and an early treatment of the West Coast of...

    Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    11686

    Coloured map of the Tartary. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1570.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Typus

    Gielis van Diest, Antwerp, 1570

    Rare first edition, first state of Ortelius' striking map of Southeast Asia.Rare and important first edition of the beautiful Southeast Asia map of Abraham Ortelius. From the first 'modern'...

    Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Typus
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    11762

    Antique map of Southeast Asia. Printed in Antwerp by Gielis van Diest in 1570.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Typus Orbis Terrarum

    Gielis Coppens van Diest, Antwerp, 1570 [1572]

    The first World Map in the First Regular Atlas - with Old Colours.A fine old coloured and early example of one of the most famous world maps ever published. From the first modern atlas...

    Typus Orbis Terrarum
    1570 - Abraham Ortelius
    12681

    Antique map of the world by Abraham Ortelius. Published in 1572 in Antwerp.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germania

    Gielis Coppens van Diest, Antwerp, 1571

    Antique map of the central part of Europe by Abraham Ortelius. With the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in the east parts of Poland and Hungary in the south to Venice. Below the...

    Germania
    1571 - Abraham Ortelius
    12091

    Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by Gielis Coppens van Diest in 1571.

  • Abraham Ortelius:  Germania

    A. Ortelius, Antwerp, 1572-73

    Antique map of the central part of Europe by Abraham Ortelius. With the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in the east parts of Poland and Hungary in the south to Venice. Below the...

    Germania
    1572 - Abraham Ortelius
    11853

    Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Antwerp by A. Ortelius in 1572.

  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Irlanda - Descrittione dell'Isola d'Irlanda.

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Ireland. This finely-executed map shows Ireland with north to the right. With a compass rose, title cartouche and several sea monsters....

    Irlanda - Descrittione dell'Isola d'Irlanda.
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12364

    Antique map of Ireland. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

  • Tomaso Porcacchi:  Cuba - Cvba - Descrittione dell' Isola Cuba, che dal Colombo

    Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572

    First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Cuba. This finely-executed map shows the Caribbean island of Cuba with Jamaica and parts of Hispaniola. The Y de Lagartos shown north...

    Cuba - Cvba - Descrittione dell' Isola Cuba, che dal Colombo
    1572 - Tomaso Porcacchi
    12366

    Antique map of Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

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