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September 16, 2017
Happy Autumn (almost)!

We hope your summer was full of fun, with plenty of time to enjoy school vacation, summer Fridays, ice cream trucks, and all of the other good things that the time of year brings.  We find ourselves firmly approaching Fall, with the equinox right around the corner! We hope you had a chance to go on a nice vacation (maybe you even visited Cape Cod and stopped at your favorite map store in Chatham)!  No vacations for us- we have been here at the store every day helping people with all of their antique map needs!  So, although we couldn't actually travel, when one is surrounded by beautiful antique maps and prints, one can go anywhere! So we have put together a little Summer's end/start of Autumn tour of Europe using some of our newly listed maps and prints.  Come along with us to enjoy the beauty and history of Europe's towns and cities!

Note: You can see many of our newest maps by watching our Newly Listed category, which is updated weekly or more frequently.  Without further ado, Andiamo! (That's Italian for Let's go!)
An Autumn Tour of Europe in Maps!
Destination #1: London, c. 1908
Pictorial Plan of London
Whether you want to mentally stroll through Hyde Park, pose in front of Tower Bridge, or take in all of the lovely architecture, this map of London will take you there.  The detail is lovely, so we recommend you click on the photo or on the link below so that you can zoom in and see it even better.

Destination #2: Brussels: A Large and Beautiful City in the Dutchy of Brabant, Subject to the Queen of Hungary, and ye Seat of Her Chief Governor for These Parts. - 1744
Next we travel to the walled city of Brussels.  This map was made in 1744, an interesting time for the city.  It had been 49 years since the Nine Year's War had destroyed one third of all of the building in the city.  In 1744 the city was subject to the Queen of Hungary but only 2 years later the city was captured by France in the War of Austrian Succession, then returned 3 years later.  In 1831 after the Belgian Revolt, the first King of Belgium had the city wall taken down, but today traces of it can still be seen, mostly because the "small ring," a series of roadways in downtown Brussels bounding the historic city centre, follows its former course.
See more Belgium maps here.

Destination #3: Geneve Vue du Port de Rive (View of Geneva from the Port de Rives) - c. 1850
View of Geneva from the Port de Rives
Just looking at that beautiful blue water next to the pristine gardens will help you feel that relaxed vacation sensation.  This print and several others in our collection were published by A. Cuvillier in his work, "Souvenirs De La Suisse." Quite the special something to bring home from your European vacation!

Destinaion #4: View of the Center of Paris taken from the air - 1950
View of the Center of Paris taken from the air - 1950
Detailed renderings of buildings, gardens, parks, monuments, with boats on the Seine and places of interest colored red, set this map of Paris by Blondel le Rougery, published in 1950, apart from the rest. It includes the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and many more.  All you need is a good croissant and you can pretend you are in Paris for hours as you wander through this map!

Destination #5: Die Stat Nordlingen (MDXLIX) - 1548
Nordlingen, Germany
We haven't had the pleasure of visiting Nordlingen, but if the photos on Google are true, it looks like a lovely little German town.  It has several claims to fame, including the fact that, due to a meteorite impact, the local stone that was quarried for the buildings have tiny diamond fragments in them.  Also, if you recall the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, this is the city that you see from above during the final scene.  It is also one of only 3 cities in Germany to retain its complete city wall.  Sounds like a lovely place to visit for an authentic German experience!

Destination #6: Turin (Torino), Italy - 1833
Turin, Italy
Turin has changed quite a lot since this lovely map was published.  We have a chance to peer into the past with maps like these, especially when such detailed views are included.  Today, the city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture.

Destination #7: A View of Constantinople and Pera - 1870
For our final stop, we will visit Constantinople, and we won't mention the catchy song that may get stuck in your head for a while.  This print shows a view looking north-east and includes the Galata Bridge.  It is quite pleasant to look out over this historic city- you can almost feel the hazy heat of summer and if your try, you might even be able to imagine the sounds and smells of the busy streets.  After all of the hustle and bustle, you will be glad to find yourself at home!

Congratulations! You made it!  You have visited seven European cities (and in such a short time too).  We hope it has brought some fun and relaxation to your day.  Stop by our website any time you need a mental travel break!

As an added bonus, to infuse your September with a little extra map fun, here are a few of our newest pictorial maps:
The United States The Land and the People - 1958

The Town of Boston 1798 - c. 1960s

Historical Trails through New Mexico The Land of Enchantment

Ride the Roads to Romance along the Golden Coast and thru the Sunshine Empire of Southern California - 1957
See more about this map here.


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