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  AUSTRALASIA 
 Pacific and Australasia 

MORALES, Jose Pilar. [South Pacific with a highly decorative vignette]
Oceania. Spain, Astort Hernandos, c.1880. Wood engraving, printed in colours. 285 x 400mm, set in a page with a coloured wood engraved scene, 175 x 680mm. Overall size: 610 x 845 mm
Map of the South Pacific, with the colonies of each country marked. The other illustration, engraved by Otto Neussel, is a allegorical scene of various islanders approaching a very western-style sea-god lounging on a sea-monster.
[Ref: 8766]    £340.00 ($457 • €386 rates)


  AFRICA 
 Southern Africa 

SANUTO, Livio. [An early engraved map of southern Africa]
Africae Tabula X. Venice, Damiano Zenaro, 1588, 400 x 520mm Lateral margins extended, excellent impression.
A very finely engraved map of Southern Africa, showing the course of the Limpopo River and Great Zimbabwe, the capital of the Shona empire. Sanuto described the granite walls of the city 'the work not of humans but the devil', as they were better than the Portuguese fortresses on the coast. Livio Sanuto (c.1520-1576), a Venetian cosmographer, mathematician and maker of terrestrial globes, belonged to the prestigious Lafreri school of engravers, whose output signalled the transition between the maps of Ptolemy and the maps of Mercator and Ortelius. He and his brother Giulio planned a massive and comprehensive atlas to include maps and descriptions of the whole world, which he believed would be more accurate than any previously published. Unfortunately, he died in 1576 having only completed 12 maps of Africa, which were eventually published in 1588 under the title "Geografia Di M. Livio Sanuto..." . For his maps Sanuto relied on Gastaldi's 1564 map and Portuguese sea charts for the mapping of the coasts and for the interior used accounts by Duarte Barbosa and João de Barros. After its publication in 1588 this work was copied by other leading map makers for nearly a century afterwards NORWICH: 152; see BETZ 22.
[Ref: 10944]    £3,250.00 ($4,371 • €3,692 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 
 Wales 

SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Cardiganshire]
Cardigan Shyre Described with the due forme of the shiretown as it was surveyed by J.S. Anno 1610. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 385 x 515mm. An early impression with good margins. Faint damp stain bottom corners.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset plan of Cardigan, armorials and compass rose incorporating the Prince of Wales' feathers. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11625]    £550.00 ($740 • €625 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Denbighshire]
Denbigh Shire. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 385 x 510mm. An early impression with good margins.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset plan of Denbigh, two large armorials and a vignette of Neptune in armour astride a sea horse. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11626]    £550.00 ($740 • €625 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Flintshire]
Flintshyre described... London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 380 x 510mm. An early impression with good margins.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset town plan of Flint and St. Aspah's, armorials and St. Winifred's Well. On verso is a Latin text history of the county. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11628]    £450.00 ($605 • €511 rates)


  EUROPE 
 Norway 

PONTOPPIDAN, Erich. [The Natural History of Norway, including sea-monsters!]
The Natural History of Norway: containing, A particular and accurate Account of the Temperature of the Air, the different Soils, Waters, Vegetables, Metals, Minerals, Stones, Beasts, Birds, and Fishes; together with the Dispositions, Customs, and Manner of Living of the Inhabitants... London: A. Linde, 1755. Folio, rebound in full calf gilt with original front board, marbled edges; two parts in one; pp. xxiv + 206 + viii + 292 + (xi)(index); coloured folding map, 27 engr. plates and a plan, as called for.
First and only English edition of Erich Pontoppidan's description of Norway. Pontoppidan (1698-1764), the Bishop of Bergen 1747-54 and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Copenhagen, published the Danish version in 1752-3. The first part deals with geology and plants, the second animals, birds and sea creatures, including a depiction of a huge sea serpent. The folding map, a derivation of Homann's map "corrected by Martin Hubner, Professor of History at the University of Copenhagen", was probably engraved by Thomas Kitchin. There was no map in the Danish edition. GINSBERG: 19.
[Ref: 11264]    £1,950.00 ($2,623 • €2,215 rates)


 Northern Italy 

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [Antique map of Liguria from the first printed atlas of Italy]
Liguria o stato della Republica di Genoua. Venice, Fabio Magini, 1620. 345 x 500mm. Centre fold restored
Antique map of Liguria, decorated with baroque cartouches for the title and dedication, a sea monster and a galley. It appeared in Magini's atlas of Italy, the first printed atlas of Italy, published after his death by his son Fabio.
[Ref: 12571]    £650.00 ($874 • €738 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [Classic 17th century Blaeu map of Veneto]
Territorio Trevigiano. Amsterdam, c.1640, French edition. Coloured. 385 x 500mm.
Antique map of Veneto region in north east italy, with a fine title cartouche and a scale cartouche featuring the winged Venetian lion. KOEMAN: Bl 35a.
[Ref: 11572]    £500.00 ($673 • €568 rates)


  BOOKS 
 Reference Books 

VAN DUZER, Chet. [Monsters of cartographers' imagination]
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. London: The British Library, 2014. New. 4to, illustrated wrappers; pp. 144, profusely illustrated.
An account of some of the sea monsters found on maps from early manuscripts to printed maps by Ortelius and others.
[Ref: 18246]    £15.00 ($20 • €17 rates)


VAN DUZER, Chet. [Monsters of cartographers' imagination]
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. London: The British Library, 2014. New. 4to, illustrated wrappers; pp. 144, profusely illustrated.
An account of some of the sea monsters found on maps from early manuscripts to printed maps by Ortelius and others.
[Ref: 18244]    £15.00 ($20 • €17 rates)


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