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  ATLASES 

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [Magini's edition of Ptolemy's Geography]
Geografia cioè Descrittione Universale della Terra Partita in due volumni, Nel Primo de' quali si contengono gli Otto Libri della Geographia di Cl. Tolomeo... Venice: Giovanni Battista & Giorgio Galignani, 1597-8. Quarto, contemporary vellum; 2 parts in 1; title; pp. (ii) + (124) + (44) + [blank] + (28) (index); and title + 424 (pages numbered by leaf) + (57) (index); full-page world map and 63 maps set in the text.
Ptolemy's Geography translated into Italian and corrected by Magini (1555-1617), Professor for Astronomy, Astrology and Mathematics at the University of Bologna. Both the Ptolemaic and modern maps were mostly reduced from Mercator's atlas by Girolamo Porro, predating the official Hondius pocket atlas by nearly a decade, although a few maps (for example the second world, America, Northern Europe and North Pacific) are derived from Ortelius.
[Ref: 18701]    £9,750.00 ($12,568 • €11,125 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The Brescia pirate of Ortelius's pocket atlas]
Il Theatro del Mondo di Abraamo Ortelio... Brescia: Compagnia Bresciana, 1599, First Edition. Small 4to, modern half calf with marbled boards; pp. (viii)+217 (p. 145-6 repeated) +(14)(index); 109 maps printed in text. A few small tears, occasional old ink marginalia in Italian.
The first issue of this pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' pocket atlas, produced by Pietro M Marchetti. Apart from the first plate, a 'Carta Marina' after Giacomo Gastaldi, the maps reproduce the Philip Galle plates, probably copied from the official Italian-text edition of 1593. KOEMAN: ORT 69.
[Ref: 18696]    £6,500.00 ($8,379 • €7,417 rates)


PORCACCHI, Tomaso. [Porcacchi's Isolario]
L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo Descritte da Thomaso Porcacchi da Castiglione Arrentino e intagliate da Girolamo Porro Con l'Aggiunta di molte Isole. Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1604. Folio, rebound in full vellum; pp. (xxii)+211; engraved title, 48 engraved maps in text, numerous woodcut emblems. Complete. Some restoration to edges of pages, with tip of the title plate affected.
An example of the fourth edition (of seven) of one of the last notable isolario (atlas of islands). It was originally published in 1572 with only 30 maps, finely engraved by Girolamo Porro. The second edition of 1576 was expanded to 47 maps; this edition was the first to have the map of Istria included, the final addition to the atlas.
[Ref: 18695]    £4,500.00 ($5,801 • €5,135 rates)


  BOOKS 

ROSACCIO, Giuseppe. [Rosaccio's 'Theatre of Heavan and Earth']
Teatro del Cielo, e della Terra, Del Dottor in Filosofia, e Medicina Gioseppe Rosaccio.. Venice, Domenico Lovisa, c.1712. 8vo, contemporary boards; pp. 140+(4), incl. title with woodcut world map after Macrobius, eleven woodcut maps, and text illus. including the world map repeated twice more.
A series of essays on the world and the heavens, first published in Florence in 1594. It is illustrated with a series of rudimentary maps, double-page (except two) printed from two blocks on opposing pages. The maps are: Europe, British Isles (single-page, Shirley 188), Spain, France, Germany, Sardinia & Sicily (single), Central Europe (two halves of the map bound reversed), Greece (Zacharakis 2979), Africa (Betz: 30. this edition not listed), Asia & America (Burden: 89). The publisher, Domenico Lovisa, operated between 1710 and 1750.
[Ref: 18159]    £2,700.00 ($3,480 • €3,081 rates)


  GLOBES 

DU VAL, Pierre. [A rare set of 17th century uncut gores for a terrestrial globe]
Le Globe Terrestre Par P. Du Val Geographe du Roy. Paris, 1666. Gores on one sheet, 380 x 245mm; with another sheet with two plates, a Full Meridian and a Horizon Band, each 190 x 190mm. Very fine condition.
A fine set of three engraved plates on two sheets, all the printing needed for a 280mm (5½") diameter globe. There are the twelve gores; the horizon ring marked with longitude, months and zodiac; and a full meridian, marked with latitude. On the globe California is marked as an island, 'Jesso' fills the North Pacific and New Zealand is part of the Great Southern Continent. SHIRLEY: 443.
[Ref: 18917]    £11,500.00 ($14,824 • €13,122 rates)


BETTS, John. [A collapsable globe]
Betts's Portable Terrestrial Globe Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities. British Empire coloured red. London, George Philip & Son Ltd, & Liverpool, Philip Son & Nephew, c.1925. Printed waxed cotton globe with 'umbrella ' mechanism, metal spindle and hanging ring. Globe circumference 1,260mm extended, 770mm long including spindle. With the original cardboard tube with printed cover. Some faint staining.
An unusual collapsible globe, made spherical by pushing a metal tube upwards along the spindle, It shows the British Empire covering approximately a quarter of the Earth's total land area, with a population of 450 million people. The globe's mechanism was invented by John Betts in 1860; this example is a later issue by G. Philip & Sons who manufactured them after Bett's death c. 1863 to c. 1925. We have estimated the date of this example by the description of St Petersburg as 'Petrograd (Leningrad)' (renamed by the Soviets in 1924), and the separation of Transjordan from Palestine (1922) but before full independence from the British (1928). Undoubtedly the reason for the superb condition of this globe is the original cardboard tube.
[Ref: 16071]    £2,250.00 including VAT ($2,900 • €2,567 rates)


  WORLD 
 World & Continent Sets 

CLOPPENBURG, Johannes. [The World and Continents from Cloppenburg's 'Atlas Minor']
Typus Orbis Terrarum; America noviter delineata; Asia; Nova Europae Descriptio; Africæ nova Tabula. Amsterdam, 1632, Latin text edition. Coloured. Five plates, Each c.190 x 260mm. Worm hole in right edge filled on all plates, otherwise a very fine set with dark impression.
Scarce miniature versions of maps of the world and four continents by Jodocus Hondius. They appeared in Cloppenburg's edition of Mercator's 'Atlas Minor', with maps engraved in slightly larger format than standard Dutch pocket atlases by Pieter van den Keere. The borders of the continents are unillustrated, but the world has the Four Elements represented by a cornucopia, bird of paradise, salamander and a sea monster in the corners, two scenes from the Garden of Eden in the upper cusp and the Last Judgement below. First published in 1630, there was a third edition in 1636 before a hiatus until an edition in 1673, suggesting the plates were suppressed. BURDEN: 225, first state of three.
[Ref: 17985]    £3,750.00 ($4,834 • €4,279 rates)


LEVASSEUR, Victor. [Very decorative set of the World & Continents]
[Set of World & 6 Continents.] Paris, A. Combette, c.1845. Outline colour on the maps. Seven steel-engravings, ea. c.310 x 410mm.
A fine set of 7 maps, each map with original outline colour, within a highly decorative engraved border, with vignettes of costumes and animals. They were published in one of the last decorative atlases, the 'Atlas Universel Illustré' which, unlike earlier sets, has grouped the East Indies, Australasia and the Pacific on one plate, 'Océanie'. On the map of the Americas Texas is a republic: the population table gives it a population of only 200,000.
[Ref: 19040]    £1,250.00 ($1,611 • €1,426 rates)


 World Maps 

SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann. [One of the earliest world maps available to the collector, decorated with bizarre creatures]
Secunda etas mundi. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493, Latin text edition. Coloured woodcut, printed area 370 x 520mm. Small stitch holes at centre fold, as usual, with old reinforcing.
A fine example of the famous incunable world map from the 'Nuremberg Chronicle', published a matter of months after Columbus' return to Spain after his first voyage to the New World, so including nothing of his discoveries. Instead, appropriately for a history of the world, it takes a retrospective view, with the cartography that of Ptolemy, with a land-locked Indian Ocean with the island of Taprobana, but given a biblical theme by depicting the three sons of Noah in the borders. Down the left are seven vignettes of mythological creatures, with a further 14 on the reverse, taken from the works of Herodotus, Solinus and Pliny. These include figures with six arms, four eyes or a bird-neck and a centaur. The text describes which parts of the world they inhabit. SHIRLEY: 19.
[Ref: 18707]    £16,000.00 ($20,624 • €18,256 rates)


LUFFT, Hans. [A Bohemian edition of Lufft's 'Daniel's Dream' world map with fantastical creatures]
[World map illustrating Daniel's Dream.] Prague: Jiri Melantrich, c.1549, Czech text edition. Woodcut 115 x 160mm, with extra woodcut borders and letterpress text underneath. Repaired tear entering text at bottom.
A most unusual world map, designed to illustrate a commentary on Daniel's apocalyptic dream from the Old Testament, which the authors, Justus Jonas and Philipp Melanchthon (with help from their friend Martin Luther), saw as an allegory for the victory of the Christian world over Ottoman Empire, and were using as propaganda for a holy war. The map depicts the three continents of the old world, their names the only writing on the map. Of more importance are the four fabulous beasts representing empires, as described in Chapter Seven of the Book of Daniel: a lion with eagle’s wings (Babylon or Assyria); a bear (Persia); a leopard with four wings and four heads (the Macedon of Alexander); and a goat with iron teeth and ten horns, including one small horn on which is a human head (Western Roman Empire with the small horn representing the Ottomans). Also in Asia is an army, mounted on horses, wearing turbans and carrying lances, representing the threat of the Turkish army. Originally published in Wittenburg by Lufft in 1530, this example comes from a second version, believed to have been cut by either Melchior Schwarzenberg or Moritz Schreiber (the monogram 'MS' is on other blocks), also in use from 1530. Ernst Gallner (www.daniels-dream-map.com) lists four editions of a Czech bible with this state of the block by the same publisher: 1549, 1558, 1561 & 1566. See SHIRLEY 65a, this version not illustrated; www.daniels-dream-map.com, version 2, state 1.
[Ref: 13741]    £1,750.00 ($2,256 • €1,997 rates)


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