The Observatory ABAA

Antiquarian Books, Maps and Prints

Specializing in Alaska and other Polar Regions

(907) 586-9676 Tel     



We are in the process of putting a number of our maps on the web. Please click on the map description that interests you.  

Hood Bay Southeastern Alaska ca. 1939 U.S. chart, but printed in Japanese additions, showing their plans for Alaska. Extremely rare. $150.00

844-V Vancouver. 1800 Cook Inlet, Alaska  The first French edition of the magnificent chart Vancouver compiled in 1794 . A marvelous example of the finest of late eighteenth century surveying. $2000



Diderot. 105-D ca. 1772 One of ten charts of everything known of the Arctic collected by the French encyclopedist. Of special interest as it shows maps the Dutch surgeon, Kaempfer, said he copied from those of the Japanese emperor. Modern Japanese have never heard of them. $250.00

3450-TA Kotzebue 1826 In Russian Ooasti Severnoi America (Mercator's chart of the West Coast of America). From the extremely rare first edition of Kotzebue's exploration of the Alaskan coast. The area shown is, fittingly, Kotzebue Sound. $1500.00


2594-SI Vandermaelen,1826 Kodiak Island and vicinity. This is from the first atlas of uniform scale and shows Billing's track Quite inaccurate chart of the island, so of particular interest - where did it originate? $500.00

3483-W Janvier. 1783  Both North and South America as shown by the noted French cartographer. Color outline, $450.00


M2850-TA Bellin, L'Inde et L'Indoustan ca. 1762 charming map of Asia by the noted French cartographer $75.00


Requests for further information welcomed. This is only a sample of our extensive collection.

If youíre looking for an antiquarian map of any polar region, including Alaska and Canada, youíve come to the right place. We also have in stock antiquarian maps of many other areas of the United States and the world.

Our maps range from the very rare and costly to the surprisingly affordable but historically significant, interesting, or just plain lovely.

If you have a question about a map of a particular region, or about antiquarian maps generally, just ask proprietor Dee Longenbaugh. If she canít help you, she can point you in the right direction.

Antiquarian map enthusiasts, whether new to the field or well-traveled, will enjoy the monthly online cartography magazine Other links to interesting antiquarian map sites can be found at our Selected Links page.

The Observatory is part of a network of antiquarian map dealers who link to one anotherís sites. If you canít find your map through us, you might want to try Be sure to tell them we sent you.

Contact Observatory Books