1801 (1811) JOHN CARY (Darton Ed.) WORLD MAP MERCATOR PROJECTION Cook Voyages

October 6th 2017 -

1801 (1811) JOHN CARY (Darton Ed.) WORLD MAP MERCATOR PROJECTION Cook Voyages

A New Chart of the World on Mercator’s Projection. 36 cm x 23 cm copperplate engraving, 38 cm x 28.5 cm sheet size, original hand colour, William Darton, Holborn Hill, London, 12 August 1811. We are pleased to offer this scarce and important example of John Cary’s 1801 map “A New Chart of the World On Mercator’s Projection: Exhibiting The Tracks & Discoveries of the most Eminent Navigators To The Present Period”. As engraved and published in a reduced close copy by William Darton Jr. Darton and his father William Sr. Grow into the foremost publisher of children’s books in the United Kingdom and the younger Darton, a master engraver, sought to expand this success into the realm of maps and atlases. However he was not a cartographer in any respect whatsoever and thus simply copied the maps of other true geographers, typically reducing the plate size for a more affordable format. This map is a case in point – it is a reduced close copy of the famous 1801 map. Meanwhile he was compiling maps for a grand world atlas which as Cary’s New Universal Atlas was first published in 1808 to great acclaim and many subsequent editions. Cary’s map was a clever synthesis of a number of contemporary surveys, and his consolidation of the cartographic data in a clean “modern” design set a new standard for an English atlas map of the world; Darton wisely chose to follow his work as exactly as possible given the constraints of size. The map is quite handsomely engraved featuring a wealth of detail and bright and vivid original hand colour including a distinctive and attractive light blue wash for littoral waters; this well-preserved imprint will make an important addition to any collection of historic world maps as well as an elegant presentation if matted and framed. While Darton was no cartographer, his skill as an engraver is evident in his version of Cary’s map which manages to present most of Cary’s key data despite the constraints of size. Certain compromises were unavoidable in the smaller format – while Cary shows the tracks of other explorers beside Captain Cook (Vancouver and Perouse), Darton limits his voyage tracking to Cook’s historic three voyages and in reality to attempt any more in this size format would reduce this aspect of the map to incoherence. Some placenames are omitted as well but what is most notable is how much of the key data of Cary’s map is in fact retained. We begin our survey of the map with North America where Cary’s presentation of the Pacific Northwest is presented with remarkable fidelity by Darton. Cook’s explorations in the South Pacific are carefully delineated – to get a sense of map detail consider that the distance from Owyhee where Capt. Cook was killed” to “Otaheite (Tahiti) as seen below measures just 4 cm actual size. Note void of African interior marked “unknown parts”, vague and ill-defined southern coast of Australia, tentative and open-ended outline of eastern New Guinea. Note speculative “Land according to Hunters” north of Siberia, clearly defined Matochkin Strait. Condition – Please note carefully: The map, more than 200 years old, is in overall very good condition as can be ascertained from photos, original hand colour bright and vibrant, strong impression with prominent platemark on fine wove paper with watermark dated 1810, no centrefold and no text on verso. While all of the hand coloured mapped surfaces and the hand coloured littoral waters are essentially pristine the map obviously exhibits scattered faint browning in unprinted ocean areas as can be evaluated in photos. The original hand colour clearly acts as an impermeable barrier to whatever has caused the agetoning – note how the light blue coastal waters surrounding New Zealand are encircled by faint agetoning that does not cross or have any impact on the coloured region whatsoever. This type of browning is often seen on hand painted globe gores of the period even beneath the varnish – unpainted ocean areas exhibit a similar agetoning (sometimes quite severe) that will abruptly terminate at the shoreline of hand painted land masses. Its cause is not well understood and it is an entirely separate phenomenon from foxing. It is a matter of personal taste but in our opinion this does not significantly detract from the appearance of the map sheets, in a sense imparting it with a patina that demonstrates that this historically important map is indeed more than two centuries old. Note also that the contrast of the digital photos makes the condition look somewhat more pronounced than actual appearance. Some trivial scattered soiling to margin extremities and light soft creasing to paper as is usual. Map exhibits very close trim to side margins as horizontal dimensions are wider than the other plates Darton copied from Cary’s maps. In all a very well preserved example of a scarce world map that will make an important addition to any collection related to Cook’s voyages or historical world mapping as well as an elegant presentation if matted and framed. Welcome and we encourage you to visit our other listings. Such charges are typically collected by the courier, e. Personal cheques will not be accepted. In response to frequent inquiries, please be advised that the terms. An image printed on a sheet of paper, and that all such items are unconditionally guaranteed to be original and authentic – we never offer reproductions. Please see our glossary. We conduct our business in accordance with the Code of Ethics. Some to beautify their halls, parlours and chambers… Maps begin as dreams, pass through a finite life in the world, and resume as dreams again.. Maps and Atlases Globes and Planetaria Historic Town Views and Plans Engravings, Woodcuts and Lithographs Books and Ephemera Scientific Instruments Curiosities and Oddities. The item “1801 (1811) JOHN CARY (Darton Ed.) WORLD MAP MERCATOR PROJECTION Cook Voyages” is in sale since Wednesday, May 20, 2015. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\World Maps”. The seller is “regiomontanus” and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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