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Theodore de Bry's Grands Voyages Part I Inventory headline image

Theodore de Bry's Grands Voyages Part I Inventory

This March 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the fourth in a four-part series about Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This fourth article discusses the current inventory of existing volumes of "Grands Voyages."
Theodore de Bry's Pict Plates from Grands Voyages Part I headline image

Theodore de Bry's Pict Plates from Grands Voyages Part I

This March 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the third in a four-part series about the engravings in Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This third article discusses the Pict plates in Part I, which depicted ancient Britons.
Theodore de Bry's Plates from Grands Voyages Part I headline image

Theodore de Bry's Plates from Grands Voyages Part I

This February 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the second in a four-part series about the engravings in Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This second article discusses the plates in Part I, including the title page, the dedication, the Virginia map, and the Algonquian series, with particular attention to the Kiwasa plate.
Theodore de Bry's Adam & Eve Engraving from Grands Voyages headline image

Theodore de Bry's Adam & Eve Engraving from Grands Voyages

This January 2021 article is by guest contributor Luke Vavra, former map dealer and specialist in Virginia material. This is the first in a four-part series about the engravings in Part I of Theodore de Bry's "India Occidentalis" (America). This first article concerns the first engraving in Part I - that of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The Mapmakers Who Made the 20th Century headline image

The Mapmakers Who Made the 20th Century

This is the final article in a series about mapmakers who played key roles in each century, and focuses on mapmakers in the 20th century, including Rand McNally Company, MacDonald Gill, and Jo Mora.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 19th Century

Read our July 2020 newsletter featuring an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 19th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1800s and their most iconic maps, including Arrowsmith, Tallis, Mitchell, and the United States Government.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 18th Century

Read our June 2020 newsletter featuring an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 18th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1700s and their most iconic maps, including Delisle, Moll, Homann, and Jefferys. Also in this newsletter is a list of free online resources that offer cartographic content to help you expand your worldview while staying safely at home.
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The Mapmakers Who Made the 17th Century

This May 2020 newsletter features an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 17th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1600s, including the Hondius family, the Blaeu family, John Speed, and Nicolas Sanson. Also in this newsletter is a list of free online resources that offer cartographic content to help you expand your worldview while staying safely at home.
The Mapmakers Who Made the 16th Century headline image

The Mapmakers Who Made the 16th Century

Read our March 2020 newsletter featuring an article about "The Mapmakers Who Made the 16th Century," which gives an overview of some of the most important cartographers of the 1500s and their most iconic maps. Also in this newsletter is a list of free online resources that offer cartographic content to help you expand your worldview while staying safely at home.
Precision & Exactitude: The Robert de Vaugondy Family headline image

Precision & Exactitude: The Robert de Vaugondy Family

This October 2018 article gives an overview of the Robert de Vaugondy family, who published numerous maps, atlases, and globes during the 18th century, known as the golden age of French cartography.
Auction Trends in 2017 & Braun & Hogenberg headline image

Auction Trends in 2017 & Braun & Hogenberg

This December 2017 newsletter features two articles. The first gives an overview of the auction market for antique maps in 2017, with some interesting insights about the big winners and losers. The second article discusses Braun & Hogenberg and their incredible town book, "Civitates Orbis Terrarum."
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge headline image

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

This March 2017 article gives an overview of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, which published a series of maps between 1829-44.
The Early United States Land System headline image

The Early United States Land System

This article from October 2016 gives a history of "The Early United States Land System."
Three "Old-School" Dealers & a Book Summary on Abraham Ortelius headline image

Three "Old-School" Dealers & a Book Summary on Abraham Ortelius

This May 2016 newsletter features an article about 3 "old school" dealers: Luke Vavra of Cartographic Arts, Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., and Steve Luck of Tooley Adams & Co.Find out how the map business has changed over the last 40 years and what their thoughts are on the future. Also included is a book summary of "Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) Life, Works, Sources, and Friends" by Marcel van den Broecke.
A Brief History of Surveying Tools in North America headline image

A Brief History of Surveying Tools in North America

This article from October 2015 overviews "A Brief History of Surveying Tools in North America."
American Atlas Publishers in the 19th Century headline image

American Atlas Publishers in the 19th Century

This article from July 2015 focuses on "American Atlas Publishers in the 19th Century."
Athanasius Kircher & Packaging Antique Maps headline image

Athanasius Kircher & Packaging Antique Maps

Our April 2015 Newsletter features articles on "The Man Who Knew Too Much: Athanasius Kircher" and "How to Properly Package Antique Maps and Books."
The Mountains of the Moon & Sanson and Mariette headline image

The Mountains of the Moon & Sanson and Mariette

This newsletter from August 2014 features two articles. The first explains the cartographic myth of the Mountains of the Moon in Africa. The second article outlines the map business of Nicolas Sanson and explains his complicated business partnership with map publisher Pierre Mariette.
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