As our knowledge of the world expands so to does the complexity of map making evolve. Maps have always provided a reflection of our ongoing knowledge of the world. Over the ages, national boundaries have changed while coastal and interior details have become more accurate. At Jonathan Grant Galleries we offer collectors the opportunity to acquire rare hand coloured engravings and limited edition lithographs depicting remarkable surveys of the globe.
The collection features work by both British & New Zealand cartographers who were amongst the first to map New Zealand. For more information about any of the maps featured here, please contact us.
Giovanni Maria Cassini
La Nuova Zelanda 1798:Delineata Sulle Osservazioni del Capitan Cook
48 x 36 cm
The rarest and most decorative map of New Zealand, ‘La Nouva Zelanda’ records the landmarks Captain Cook noted on his First Voyage to New Zealand in 1769/70 and the names he gave them. The dotted line traces the path of Cook's exploration on board HMS Endeavour, which is depicted at anchor with naval officers and Maori people in the map's cartouche.
Sir Nathaniel Dance RA.
Captain James Cook
30 x 26 cm
Engraved by JK Sherwin
Hand coloured engraving
20 x 28 cm
This map of South America is engraved in copper and was published in the late 16th Century. It shows California correctly as a peninsula rather than an Island, however, it erroneously shows New Guinea as part of a great Southern Continent.
Jules Sebastian Dumont D'Urville
Carte de la Partie Septentrionale de la Nouvelle Zelande 1827 (The Bay of Islands)
30 x 46 cm
Published France 1831 from the voyage of the Astrolabe in 1827. Drawn and engraved by Victor-Charles Lottin.