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 include things like more than 300 examples of the finest high-quality antique maps, with proceeds benefiting MapAction, an organization that utilizes maps to help these in disaster-stricken regions. In addition to a discerning collector of maps, Farhad Vladi, is the foremost international island broker, obtaining sold far more 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 obtain. 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 attributes maps from the world’s most noted cartographers which includes 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 commence of contemporary map creating as the very first map printed from woodblock. Hartmann Schedel’s “Nuremberg Chronicle”, an illustrated encyclopedia recording planet events, is 1 of the pretty very first 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 function of Sebastian Müller, especially a map of Europe and a map of the Planet, leads the Collection into the 16th century. Several 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 contemporary-day atlas, are exquisite examples with pretty fine coloring. One particular of the most sought-immediately 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 recognized to his contemporaries of the 4 continents.

With such an substantial collection in hand, Vladi located himself asking “what can we do to enable the planet with maps?” This query led to his close collaboration with MapAction, a humanitarian organization determined to offer maps and other crucial information to disaster response teams globally. For almost two decades, MapAction’s emergency mapping solutions have aided responders with each crisis imaginable, from earthquakes to armed conflicts to COVID-19. MapAction’s help guarantees that very first responders have the most effective data to coordinate their efforts, enabling help to be delivered successfully and effectively to save as a lot of lives as doable. As an homage to his connection with MapAction, a portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to the organization.

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