The Legendary Vladi Collection of Historical Maps at Guernsey’s

New York — Guernsey’s is honored to bring to auction The Legendary Vladi Collection of Historical Maps. The auction, scheduled for September 23, will incorporate more than 300 examples of the finest good quality antique maps, with proceeds benefiting MapAction, an organization that makes use of maps to help these in disaster-stricken places. In addition to a discerning collector of maps, Farhad Vladi, is the foremost international island broker, getting sold additional than two,000 private islands more than his close to 5-decade profession. His interest in antique maps was born out of his interest in islands. Anytime he represented an island, he would seek out antique maps of that island to present to his clientele. What started as a generous gesture burgeoned into a planet-class collection.

As a member of the International Map Collectors Society, Vladi has traveled the planet in his quest to amass a collection of the finest, rarest, and most gorgeous maps he could locate. The collection he assembled is a correct depiction of the history of European map creating, encompassing 4 hundred years of cartographic improvement with a concentrate on maps predating the 19th-century. The collection capabilities maps from the world’s most noted cartographers like Gerard Mercator, Willem Jansz Blaeu, Abraham Ortelius, Johann Baptist Homann, Sebastian Münster, and Matthäus Seutter.

The oldest map in the collection, Magna Germania, by Ptolemäus and dated 1486, marks the start off of modern day map creating as the initial map printed from woodblock. Hartmann Schedel’s “Nuremberg Chronicle”, an illustrated encyclopedia recording planet events, is a single of the really initial performs printed by Gutenberg himself in 1493 and is of unmatched historical value. Chronologically, these two performs serve as exemplary performs marking the starting of map creating in the printed era.

The perform of Sebastian Müller, especially a map of Europe and a map of the Globe, leads the Collection into the 16th century. Quite a few of the maps date from the 17th and 18th centuries when the use of copperplate engraving permitted cartographers the art and precision not formerly achievable. The legendary performs of the Dutch baroque masters Blaeu, Stoopendahl, Hondius and de Wit, and 18th century cartographers Johann Baptist Homann and Matthaus Seuter continue the tradition of copperplate engraving.

In addition to person maps, the collection incorporates atlases and map sets. The atlases in the collection by Ortelius and Mercator, the inventors of the modern day-day atlas, are exquisite examples with really fine coloring. 1 of the most sought-right after examples of the history of cartography is the set of maps by Willem Jansz Blaeu, all colored by hand, that depict the planet as identified to his contemporaries of the 4 continents.

With such an in depth collection in hand, Vladi located himself asking “what can we do to support the planet with maps?” This query led to his close collaboration with MapAction, a humanitarian organization determined to present maps and other important information to disaster response teams globally. For almost two decades, MapAction’s emergency mapping solutions have aided responders with just about every crisis imaginable, from earthquakes to armed conflicts to COVID-19. MapAction’s help guarantees that initial responders have the ideal details to coordinate their efforts, enabling help to be delivered properly and effectively to save as numerous lives as probable. As an homage to his connection with MapAction, a portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to the organization.

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