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Hand colored antique map of Brooklyn, showing details of streets and avenues, as well as Prospect Park, Greenwood Cemetery, and Washington Park. See NYO326.

Great representation of Long Island, George's Bank, and Cape Cod and the Islands, with insets of Halifax Harbor, Buzzards' Bay, and Boston Harbor. By Edmund Blunt, 1828, with additions to 1847. See NAU101.

Black and white engraved antique Nautical Chart of the English Channel, from Nicolas Tindal's continuation of Rapin de Thoyras "The History of England", vol. III, London, 1744. The chart is by R. W. Seale in the "portalano" style, emphasizing coastal features. With insets of Isles of Scilly, Falmouth Haven, Plymouth Sound, and the Isle of Wight and adjacent Harbours. See EUR183JR.

Hand colored antique map of the Town of Chatham, Massachusetts, with inset of the Village of North Chatham, from the Atlas of Barnstable County by Walker, 1880. See MAS765

Beautifully hand colored in muted tones of gray-blue, soft greens and umber, original antique coastal chart of Monomoy Harbor and Chatham, matted and framed. See GFT109.

1858 Barnstable County Wall Map

We have handled a number of these colorful maps in the last few years – selling or restoring them.  Currently, Maps of Antiquity has three available for sale in a variety of prices and condition.  We also offer reproductions of this map in several sizes.  This collectable map was the first depiction of Cape Cod produced commercially showing the Cape and Islands separate from Massachusetts or New England.  Each Cape Cod town had at least one to be used for tax purposes, showing all property owners in Barnstable, Duke and Nantucket Counties in 1858. Filled with remarkable detail and information, this exciting piece is usually difficult to attain due to its rarity.  For more information on our antique 1858 Cape Cod wall maps, click here.

Rare and Specialty Maps

A stellar new acquisition, this extremely rare and unusual antique coastal chart was done by George Eldridge of Chatham in 1852. This antique coastal chart shows the coasts and waters surrounding and to the south of Chatham, including Old Harbor, Stage Harbor, Nauset Beach, Morris Island, Monomoy, Broken Rips Shoal, Bearse's Shoal, Butler's Hole, and the Handkerchief Shoals in Nantucket Sound. This piece is attractively framed and matted, see MAS793.

Bird’s Eye View Maps – Still Popular

Bird’s Eye Views surged in popularity in the 1800’s when people became interested in flying.  The balloon era started around 1780, followed by gliders and early airplanes in the 1880’s.  People were beginning to see things from the air and were fascinated by that perspective.  The maps now showed civic pride through featured town sites, architectural details of buildings and closer views of the communities and were drawn by itinerant artists.

The best description and discussion piece on Bird’s Eye View or Pictorial maps that we have found is on Wikipedia.  This link provides a detailed history and examples of this ever popular type of map.   Bird’s Eye View Maps & Pictorial Maps

At Maps of Antiquity, we provide a separate category to locate a number of these antique maps on our site.  We also have reproduced several of the most popular local Bird’s Eye View Maps as high quality giclees.  While not all of these maps are online yet, we can provide additional items through special requests and custom orders.

Mediterranean Sea Chart

Black and white engraved Antique Nautical Chart of the Mediterranean Sea, from Nicholas Tindal's "The History of England…", vol. III, London, 1744, showing the entire Mediterranean done in the portalan chart style, with coastal detail of Northern Africa (Egypt, Algieria, Morocco, etc.), Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, etc. See EUR248JR

Recent Acquisition

Beautifully restored antique maps by Hermann Moll, including this hand colored engraved antique map of the entirety of Asia, from Turkey in the west to Japan in the east, from Moll's " The World Described", London, c. 1732. See ASI035.

Hand Colored Antique Coastal Report Chart

We also will have with us in Miami a selection of our antique nautical charts and antique coastal report charts. This antique report chart, by the U.S. Coast Survey, 1860, in excellent condition, of the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware, part of Maryland, and the Delaware Bay, has been hand colored by our artist. See MAT067 .

Join us at the Miami International Map Fair, February 5-6, 2011

Join us at the Miami International Map Fair 2011. We’ll have with us many of the most interesting antique maps from our collection, many featuring the West indies, such as this black and white engraved antique map of Jamaica, by Mount and Page, after Thornton, 1689, for “The English Pilot”. Price: $525.00 Date: 1770 Maker: Mount and Page. See CAM059JR .



For more on the Eighteenth Annual Miami International Map Fair, click here.   This highly prestigious international show includes most the world’s well-known map dealers.  It is worth going out of your way for this show.  Stop by and visit us on the lower level.

New Acquisition

Beautifully framed and double matted original hand colored antique map of Boston, and parts of Charlestown and Cambridge, by George Smith, 1851. With insets of South Boston and East Boston. Excellent condition, overall dimensions with frame and mat as shown, approx. 34.5 x 34.5 inches.

Price: $790.00 Date: 1851. See GFT104.

Holiday Gifts

Hand colored engraved antique illustration of various seashells, custom framed in rich, soft blue mat, with black undermat, and gold wood frame. Individual piece, each priced at $80.00; as a set of 4, $295.00.

Price: $80.00 Date: 1798. See Holiday Gifts.