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A fascinating post World War II Japanese pictorial map of the world in Mercator projection. There are several vignettes throughout the map in kawaii style that are explained in Japanese. The lovely images, intended to illustrate the regional culture, show famous ancient and modern buildings and includes fruits, vegetables, medicine, farms, mines, precious stones, and other natural resources. Several animals found throughout the map that include kangaroo and ostrich in Australia, crocodiles, monkeys, elephants,tigers as well buffalos in North America.
A small vignette in the Pacific Ocean shows the Operation Crossroads, the nuclear weapon test conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. The very eye pleasing map was published in Tokyo by Ikuei Publishing in 1948 ca.
Map of Oceania and the Pacific Ocean region showing French, English, United States, Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese and Chilean possessions and colonies, depicted by colours. Shows shipping routes with distances between ports, capital cities and states. On verso a cover listing the publisher’s catalogue of the series. cfr: National Library of Australia, 6856870
One of the most decorative eighteenth century world maps. This J.B. Homann’s double hemisphere map of the world is richly embellished with celestial models of the northern and southern hemispheres and other natural phenomena such as waterspouts, a rainbow, earthquakes, and the Mt. Etna in Sicily erupting. Wind heads occupy the starry heavens, and two cherubs hold the title banner aloft. The map includes many famous cartographic inaccuracies with an unusually elongated northwest coastline in North America, labeled Terra Esonis. It also shows an incomplete Australia, although with place names and notes of the early discoverers included. The east coast of New Zealand is shown, along with the Tracts of Tasman’s 1642 voyage and Magellan’s Voyage. The detail in Southeast Asia is very interesting for the period, as is the treatment of Japan. Interesting text panels at bottom describe the natural phenomena.
Scarce large format decorative world map by Garnier, illustrating the distortion of the earth based upon his Spheroidal projection. Below interesting description, two smaller hemispheres and world map on Mercator’s projection. From Atlas Spheroidal et Universel de Geographie by M.F.A. Garnier published in Paris at Veuve Jules Renouard in 1862. This atlas is exceptional for its “spheroidal” maps of the globe, showing the various continents and poles, shaded to give the effect of a sphere floating in space. The remaining maps are also very well executed and colored. This is the only atlas that Garnier produced, according to Phillips. (836)