Mauritius, Reunion, & Seychelles

 

Maps:

Scans can be provided for most of these items if requested.  Maps and prints can also be professionally colored if desired.

Bellin, J. N. Carte de L’Isle de Bourbon autrefois Mascareigne Pour Servir a l’Histoire Generale des Voyages  (Paris, c. 1749).  9 ½ x 8 inches.  With a small compass rose and a few rhumb lines, elegant hand coloring. $125;  I also have a b/w copy with some offsetting for $60.

Bonne, Rigobert.  Cartes Particulieres des Isles de France, de Bourbon et de Rodrigue,  from the Atlas de Toutes Les Parties Connues de Globe Terrestre that accompanied  G. T. F. Raynal’s ten volume,  L’histoire philosophique…(Paris and Geneva, 1780).  The top half of the map provides detailed maps of the three islands; the bottom half sets them in their geographic position. Elegant hand coloring.  $150

Bonne,  Rigobert.  Partie de la Cote Orientale d’Afrique avec l’Isle de Madagascar et les Cartes particulieres des Isles de France et de Bourbon  (c. 1770).  A fine map of the East African coast and  Madagascar, with insets of Isle Bourbon and Isle de France.  Outline color, 16 x 11 ½ inches.    SOLD

Bourbon (Reunion). (Paris, c. 1850).  4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches, outline color. $25

D’Apres de Mannevillette, J. B. N. Carte des  Isles et Dangers Situes au Nord-Est de l’Isle Madagascar from Le Neptune Oriental (1775).  A splendid sea chart including Isle de France, Bourbon, Mahe, and the Chagos Archipelago.  There is a small compass rose and numerous rhumb lines.  19 ½ x 13 inches.  $300

D’Apres de Mannevillette, J. B. N.  Plan de L’Isle de Bourbon from Le Neptune Oriental (1775).  19 x 13 inches with text in lower left corner and radiating rhumb lines.   SOLD

De Bry, Theodore. Delineatio Insvlae do Cerne, Alias Mavritivs Dictae (Frankfurt, 1601).  This map, from De Bry’s, Petits Voyages,  Part 4, is the first printed map of Mauritius,  published just three years after the Dutch landing in 1598 at the south-east harbor of Grand Port.  As Basil Lubbock points out in his book, Old Ship Prints,  the map, with clarity and skill, does two quite distinct things—the records an achievement (eleven ships are shown in the harbor) and it presents sailing directions for those seeking an appropriate anchorage. Thus landmarks include palm trees and mountains, a freshwater stream, islets where tortoises can be found, and a secret position where articles were left for later venturers.  In addition to the map, a facsimile of the title page is supplied.  A core item for Mauritiana collections, rarely offered. $750

Isle Mahe and the Mascarenes.  This is a French map (hand-dated, 1819) showing the Mascarenes, St.Brandon, Sable, Agalega, and the Saya de Malha, with a large compass rose. By far the most pronounced feature of the map, however, is a large inset of Isle Mahe.  The overall map is 14 ½ x 10 inches;  the Mahe inset is 7 ½ x 4 ½ inches.  A lovely map, in color.    SOLD

Kitchin, Thomas (?).  A Map of the Isle of Bourbon formerly Mascarenhas belonging to the French East India Company   from The London Magazine  (May 1762). Engraved key A-B at lower right. 11 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches, later hand coloring. $125

Mahe,   Seychelles and Praslin and Group (London, Waterlow & Sons, 1910).   Two maps,  each 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Full color.  Both maps for $40

Mallet,  Alain Manesson.  Ile Bourbon from Description de l’Univers (Paris, 1683).  6 x 4 inches,  later hand coloring. $125

Migeon, J. La France La Reunion–Iles Kerguelen   from A. Vuillemin, La France Nouvel Atlas (Paris,  c. 1875). A map of Reunion with insets of Iles Kerguelen, Armes de St. Denis,   and St. Denis harbor. 9 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, original color. $75

Piat, A.  Ile De La Reunion, Colonie Francaise from V. Levasseur’s Atlas National Illustre  (Paris, Imp. Lemercier, c. 1855).  The map is beautifully decorative–surrounded by fashionable dwellings, seascapes, volcanic peaks, elaborate flora, mother and child, plus insets of Parny and Bertin. There are about 24 lines of statistical information at the bottom.  17 x 12 inches, with outline color. The one page of text from the Atlas is also included.  $150  (I also have the identical map entitled Ile Bourbon  from the 1847 edition of Levasseur’s Atlas. $150)  

Tallis, John.  Islands in the Indian Ocean (London, John Tallis & Co., 1851).  Map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin; vignettes drawn and engraved by H. Winkles.  There is a detailed map of Mauritius set in and five vignettes:  Native Village, Madagascar; Point de Galle, Ceylon; Port Louis, Mauritius; North Beach, Prince of Wales Island; and Fall of the River Roche, Isle of Bourbon.  From Tallis’s, The Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World, generally regarded as one of the great decorative atlases of the nineteenth century.  14 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches with the distinctive Tallis outline color. $150

Walker, J. & C.  Islands in the Indian Ocean (London, Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, 1844).  The map comprises eleven maps on one sheet:  Amirantes, Seychelles Archipelago, Madagascar, Socotra, Rodrigue, Chagos Group, Keeling Isles, Lakadive and Maldive Islands, Nicobar and Andaman Isles, Mauritius and Bourbon, and Kerguelen or Desolation Island. 15 ½ x 12 inches with outline color. $100

Walker, J. & C.  Mauritius or Isle of France.  This map is from R. Montgomery Martin’s, History of the British Colonies (London, Cochrane & Co., 1835),  vol. 4.  7 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches.  Outline color. $75

Vuillemin, A.  La France Ile Bourbon (n.d., but c. 1840s).  Two inset engravings: Volcon de l’Ile Bourbon, and Parny, by Ch. Dvonnet.  9 x 7 inches, color. $75

 

PRINTS:

Scans of many of these items can be provided upon request.  All items can be professionally colored if desired.

An Ascent of the Morne Brabante, Mauritius, from The Graphic (May 21, 1881).  Five views blended on a single sheet.  12 x 9 ½ inches with accompanying text overleaf. $45

An  Ascent of the Pieter Both Mountain, Mauritius, from   The Graphic (July 5, 1879).  Three views:  The “Ladder Rock” The “Pieter Both”; and The Last Climb on a  single sheet.  13 ½ x 9 ½ inches, b/w.  $35

An Ascent of the Pieter Both Mountain, Mauritius, from Harper’s Weekly (July 19, 1879).  Three views with accompanying text, 14 1/2 x 10 inches, b/w. $35

Ascent of the Peter Botte Mountain, in the Mauritius, from  The Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge  (June 15, 1833).  Full front page of this issue,  10 x 5 ¾ inches with text on rear. $75

Ascent of the Peter Botte Mountain, Mauritius, from  The Illustrated London News  (February 4, 1865).  Two views, each 5 x 4 ½ inches, with accompanying text and later hand coloring.   $40.  I also have a b/w copy for $25.

The Coming Transit of Venus–The Triangulation of the Island of Rodriguez, from The Graphic (October 24, 1874).  9 x 6 1/2 inches, b/w.  SOLD

Conant, S. S. The Home of Paul and Virginia, from  Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (October 1873), 705-713.   This article which reviews Nicholas Pike’s newly published book on Mauritius contains five etchings:  The Souffleur, The Yamseh, Les Trois Mamelles, Cascade of the River Savane, and Le Pont Naturel.  $100

Costumes, Mauritius.  From Admiral M. C. Perry,  Americans in Japan…(New York, D. Appleton, 1867). Perry coaled in Mauritius on his way to Japan and this is one of just four etchings done of Mauritius. Shows a rural scene with six individuals in the foreground with a donkey cart, a building and Pieter Both in the distance. 6 x 4 1/2 inches. $50

Cutting up a Shark at Port Louis, Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News November 17, 1880).  9 x 6 1/2 inches, b/w. $40

Eruption du Volcan de L’Ile de La Reunion.–D’apres un croquis de M. P. Cassien  from  L’Illustration, Paris, c. 1860s). 8 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches, with later hand coloring. $50

Extraction des blocs destines au port de Saint-Pierre (Ile de la Reunion).–D’apres un dessin de M. A. Roussin, from  L’Illustration  (1861). 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text front and rear. $40

Fall of the River des Roches (Isle of Bourbon)   from G. W. Clark, A New Geographical Dictionary (London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1813).  Copperplate engraving, 8 1/4 x 6 inches.  SOLD

Four Views of Seychelles from M. Dumont d’Urville, Voyage pittoresque Autour du Monde (Paris, Chez L. Tenre, 1834).  The views are:  Hippopotames; Rade de Mahe; Habitation pres de Mahe; et Cocotier des Sechelles, details du Coco.  Each engraving is 5 1/2 x 4 inches on a single large sheet, 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, b/w.  $125

General View of the Mountain, from the Harbour of Port Louis, from  The Illustrated London News (February 4, 1865).   Lovely view of the harbor with ships in the foreground and the mountains including Peter Botte in the background.  9 ¼ x 6 ¼ inches, with later hand coloring.  SOLD

Giant Tortoises from the Seychelles Islands for the Zoological Society’s Garden, from The Illustrated London News (July 3, 1875).   This is the full front-page of this issue including elaborate masthead.  The etching is 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches; the full page 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, b/w.  This print can be beautifully colored and framed.  $75

Grand River Bridge of the Midland Railway, Mauritius, from  The Illustrated London News (January 19, 1867).  9 ½ x 7 ¼ inches, b/w.  $50

Grand-River Railway Bridge, Mauritius, Destroyed by the late Hurricane, from The Illustrated London News (June 13, 1868).  9 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, b/w. SOLD

H. M. S. Lyra Disembarking Liberated Slaves at Port Victoria, Seychelles, from The Illustrated London News (January 5, 1867).  9 1/2 x 7 inches, matted with later hand coloring.  $75.   I also have a b/w version for $40

Hold of the Barque “Eleanor” on a Voyage with Stock from the Cape to the Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News (July 6, 1850). 6 x 4 1/2 inches, b/w,  with accompanying text.  The stock was sheep and goats.  $50

The Home of the Paille en Quene (“Phaeton Aetherius”), or Boatswain Bird, Round Island, near Mauritius, from The Graphic (March 3, 1883). 9 x 7 inches, b/w.  SOLD

Hugo, A. Ile Bourbon from France Pittoresque (Paris, 1830s), pp. 273-282. Ten pages of text with one map and six engravings.  $75

Hurricane at the Isle of Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News  (May 16, 1874).  9 ½ x 5 ½ inches with accompanying text overleaf.  Shows ships in foreground in heavy seas with the harbour and Peter Botte in the background.  Later hand coloring. $40  I also have a b/w copy for $25. 

The Hurricane in Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News June 11, 1892).  Scene in Port Louis, 8 x 7 inches, with accompanying text.  $50

The Hurricane in Mauritius, from  The Graphic (June 11, 1892).  Three views:  Ruins of the Western Wing of the Cathedral-Aided Schools, Showing the Spire of St. James’s Cathedral; A View of the Champ De Mars; Ruins of the Upper Portion of the Western Suburb on a single sheet.  Each view 6 x 4 ¼ inches with text on rear.  SOLD

L’Ile de La Reunion,  from Le Monde Illustre (1876).  Two views:  Massif de la chaine des montagnes de Salazie; and Le Piton des Neiges, theatre du recent cataclysme,  on a single sheet, 13 x 9 inches, b/w. $30

Inauguration du Buste du Colonel Maingard au Lycee de L’Ile de La Reunion.–D’apres un croquis de M. A. Roussin (9 1/2 6 1/2 inches), Le Colonel Maingard, Fondateur du Lycee de La Reunion (3 x 4 1/2 inches), and M. Drouhet, Proviseur de Lycee de La Reunion (3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches); from  (Paris, L’Illustration, May 7, 1881).  All three engravings on a single sheet (13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w) with accompanying text. SOLD

An Indian Slaves Autobiography: Facsimiles of a Series of Sketches made by “Billy King” a Liberated Slave to Illustrate his Capture, Captivity, and Liberation by an English Man-of-War, from The Graphic (November 25, 1893).  There are six remarkable drawing, each with accompanying text.  The drawings were submitted by “a large employer of labour in the colony of Mahe, Seychelles” where the freed slaves were taken.   SOLD

La Danse du Feu.–On egorgea un mouton sur la tete de Boudha, from Journal des Voyages (Oct. 23, 1881).  This is the full front pages of this issue.  The engraving is 9 x 7 inches; the full page 12 12 x 9 inches, b/w, with accompanying text overleaf on this retual dance performed by the Indians in Reunion.  $35

Maillard, L. Ile de La Reunion Immigration et etablissements maritimes, from L’Illustration, Journal Universel (1857). Double page, 20 x 14 inches, with seven views and accompanying text front and overleaf.  $75

Palms in the Botanic Gardens, Pamplemousses, Mauritius, from The Graphic (February 5, 1881). 9 x 6 ½ inches, b/w. $50.  Another copy with later hand coloring $75.  Another copy, b/w, beautifully matted and shrink-wrapped $75.

Piton d’Enchien, Reunion, from Elisee Reclus, The Earth and its Inhabitants (New York, D. Appleton, 1890).  SOLD

Port Louis, Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News (June 13, 1868).  9 1/2 x 7 inches, beautifully matted/shrink wrapped,  and with later hand coloring.  $100.  I also have an unmatted copy,  also hand colored, for $75.

Recent Ascent of the Peter Botte Mountain, in the Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News (Sept. 2, 1848). 9 x 6 inches, b/w. $25

The Recent Destructive Hurricane in the Island of Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News (May 28, 1892).  Three views on a single sheet, 14 x 10 inches, b/w.  SOLD

The Royal Mail Screw Steam-Ship “Calcutta” in a Hurricane, off the Island of Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News (Feb. 26, 1853). 9 x 6 inches, b/w, with accompanying text.  $50

Saint-Denis, Ile de La Reunion, from L’Illustration, Journal Universel (c. 1860s).  Ethcing by Tirpenne, d’apres un dessin original communique par M. Saint-Clair-Renouard.  9 x 6  inches, b/w.  A fine view overlooking the city with the sea and ships at anchor in the background.  $30

Saint-Denis, Reunion, from Elisee Reclus, The Earth and its Inhabitants, Oceanica (New York, D. Appleton and Co., 1890).  A wood engraving by Taylor and engraved by Bertrand, overlooking the port from the mountains behind. 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, with later hand coloring. A facsimile of the title page is included. SOLD

Saint-Pierre, ile de la Reunion (Paris, L’Illustration, c. 1870s). 9 x 4 1/2 inches, later hand coloring.  SOLD

Sketches at Mauritius, from The Graphic (April 8, 1882).  Four views:  Tamarind Bay, with the “Morne” Rock; Harpoon a porpoise; The Coast off Black River: Pieter Botte in the Distance; and Porpoises Playing under the Bow of the “Nina”;  on a single sheet,  14 x 10 inches, b/w.  SOLD

Sketches from the Mauritius—A Hindoo Religious Ceremony, from  The Graphic (March 5, 1881).  An elaborate view of Tamil fire-walking.  9 x 6 ¼ with later hand coloring. $75.  I also have a b/w copy for $50.

Shark Shooting at Port Louis, Mauritius, from  The Graphic (October 16, 1880).  Shark Shooting in the foreground; the harbor and mountains in the background.  9 x 6 ¼ inches, b/w.    SOLD 

Sketches of Stations Where the Transit of Venus was Observed, from The Illustrated London News  (Jen. 23, 1875).      Nine views, including three from Mauritius, on a single sheet,  13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text overleaf.  $40

St. Paul’s Church, Victoria, Mahe, One of the Group of Seychelles Islands, from The Illustrated London News (Sept. 5, 1863).  7 x 5 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text.  $35

Statue of A. D’Epinay at Port Louis, Mauritius, from  The Illustrated London News (January 1, 1867), 7 x 3 inches, b/w,  with accompanying text.. $25

A Street in Port Louis, Mauritius, from The Graphic (Sept. 3, 1881).  A marvelous street scene of shops and many people, variously dressed.  9 ¼ x 6 ½ inches, b/w. $75

Sub-Tropical Rambles, from Harper’s Weekly (November 8, 1973).  Three views:  Port Louis, The Souffleur, and The Tamarind Mountains, with accompanying text front and rear drawn from Nicholas Pike’s book on Mauritius published in 1873, which is here reviewed.   14 x 10 inches, b/w.  $75

Tomb of Virginia, Mauritius, from The Illustrated London News (November 7, 1874).  5 x 4 1/2 inches, b/w.  $25

Up the Morne Brabant, Island of Mauritius, from Harper’s Weekly (May 14, 1881).  Five etchings on a single sheet,  14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches,  b/w.  $35

Views in Rodriguez relating to the Transit of Venus, from  The Illustrated London News (November 28, 1874).  Eight views nicely blended on a single sheet.  13 ½ x 9 ½ inches with text on rear. Beautifully matted and shrink wrapped. $100

View of the Bason des Chutes, Isle of Bourbon (London, c. 1810).  Engraved by G. Cooke, 8 1/2 x 7 inches,  b/w.   SOLD

A Visit to the Island of Mauritius, from  Harper’s Weekly (March 18, 1882).  Four  lovely views (each 9 x 3 inches) on a single sheet:  Tamarind Bay, The mountains around Port Louis, Attempt to harpoon a porpoise—no luck, The harpoon laid aside.  14 ½ x 9 inches, b/w. $50

Vue de Saint-Denis (Reunion) with Map of La Reunion ou Bourbon, overleaf from Afrique (Paris, c. 1880), livre dixieme.  The finely detailed Vue is 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inchess;  the map is 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches, b/w, with accompanying text on both sides. $25