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  ATLASES 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The First German edition of Ortelius's atlas]
Theatrum oder Schawplatz des erdbodems, warin die Landttafell der gantzen weldt, mit sambt aine der selben kurtze erklarng zu sehen ist. Durch Abrahamum Ortelium. Antwerp: Gielis von Diest for the Author, 1572, German text edition. Large 2º, C17th mottled calf gilt, rebacked with original spine laid on, marbled edges; pp. (xii), titlepage with German title label pasted over the original Latin; 53 maps in fine original colour + (6) (epilogue & Index, privilege & colophon). Damp staining affecting up to map 3, with restoration to the margins of the first two maps; pair of worm holes affecting to map 12, a few filled; a few other small repairs.
The first German edition of the Theatrum, published only two years after the first, still contained only the original 53 maps: the world & four continents, 30 maps of regions of Europe and eight of the rest of the world. The following year the first 'Additamentum' was issued, containing 16 new maps; eventually the number of maps reached 166. The 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' was the world's first regularly-produced atlas, with uniform maps and text, designed to be bound. This example is on particularly good-quality paper, allowing it to withstand the effects of the original green colour well. VAN DEN BROECKE: p.24, estimating 150 copies printed; KOEMAN: Ort 5.
[Ref: 16742]    £47,500.00 ($60,325 • €53,960 rates)


  BOOKS 

BÜNTING, Heinrich. [Bünting's commentary on the Bible with his famous figurative maps]
Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, Das ist: Ein Reisebuch uber die gantze heilige Schrifft. Magdeburg: Paul Donat for Ambrosius Kirchners,1595, German edition. Folio, Title-page to part one printed in red and black, title-page to part II with woodcut battle scene. Contemporary blind-tooled panelled pigskin over bevelled boards, with two brass clasps; four parts in one; 9 double-page maps, 2 single page, 1 double-page plate. One map and one plate with minor repairs to edges.
A fine example of Bünting's re-imagining of the Bible as a travel book, containing three of the most famous cartographical curiosities: the 'clover-leaf' world map, with Jerusalem at the centre; Europe depicted as a Virgin Queen; and Asia depicted as Pegasus, the winged horse. Also there are more conventional maps of Africa and the Old World (although the silhouette of the European Queen can still be discerned) and other maps of the Holy Land and Egypt. SHIRLEY: World 142 & 143; NORWICH: Africa 17; MCC 1: Geographical Oddities 2 & 3.
This item is currently on reserve


BOOTH, Charles. [The famous sociological survey of London]
Life and Labour of the People in London. First Series. [&] Second Series. [&] Third Series. [&] Final Volume. London: McMillan & Co., 1902. First edition of the complete work. 17 vols & map case, original parchment-papered boards, gilt-decorated spines, partially unopened; Series 1 with map case with five coloured folding Poverty maps, illustrated in text with graphs & tables; Series 2 illustrated in text with graphs & tables; Series 3 with 20 coloured folding maps (lettered A-U, although 'I' was not used) and sketch maps in text; 'Final Volume' with coloured folding map in rear pocket. Some spotting of text throughout.
A fine set of the three series that made up Booth's socio-economic survey of London, including his famous Poverty map which colour-coded streets according to the degree of wealth of the inhabitants, ranging from black ('Lowest class'), through shades of blue and purple ('Poor', 'Mixed', 'Fairly Comfortable'), to red ('Well to do') and yellow ('Wealthy'). Booth (1840-1916), owner of the Booth Shipping Line, acted in response to an 1886 Pall Mall Gazette article that claimed that 25% of Londoners lived in poverty. Booth regarded this figure as wildly exaggerated, so recruited a team of volunteer researchers (including his cousin Beatrix Potter) to compile an analysis of social conditions based on field visits and interviews with local police, clergy and employers. The First Series of 'Life and Labour' (1889), covering the East End, showed that 35% lived in poverty. The Second Series (1891), covering the rest of the city, showed that no less than 30 per cent of the city's total population could be classed as poor. The Third Series (1902) covered Religious Influences. The 'Final Volume' (also 1902) contained notes on social influences and Conclusions, with a map marking places of worship, public elementary schools and public houses.
[Ref: 15615]    £18,000.00 ($22,860 • €20,448 rates)


  GLOBES 

WYLD, James. [An English mid-Victorian table globe]
A Terrestrial Globe Compiled from the latest & Most Authentic Sources, Including all the recent Geographical Discoveries. London, c.1870. Printed globe, 12" diameter (305mm), on three-legged, wooden stand, brass meridian and horizon with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, total height 18" (460mm), A few small signs of wear.
A fine table globe, marking James Clark Ross's discoveries in Antarctica (1841), 'The United States of Colombia' (1861-88) and Alaska as part of the United States (1867).
[Ref: 17297]    £7,000.00 including VAT ($8,890 • €7,952 rates)


SUMIRA, Sylvia. The Art and History of Globes. A profusely-illustrated guide to old globes New.
A well-written guide to globes, with detailed descriptions of examples from 1492 to the end of the nineteenth century.
[Ref: 14996]    £30.00 including VAT ($38 • €34 rates)


  WORLD 
 World & Continent Sets 

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [A beautiful 18th Century set of the world & continents]
[Set of World & four Continents.] Nuremberg, c.1740. Original colour with additions, some evidence of gold highlighting, Five plates, each c.500 x 570mm. Occasional minor restoration.
A highly decorative set of maps: the world is double-hemisphere world map with two smaller celestial spheres, as well as wind-heads and depictions of natural phenomena such as water-spouts, eruptions and rainbows; the other four each have a large and colourful title cartouche. On the maps California has rejoined the mainland; Ezo is depicted as a large landmass connected to Kamchatka not Japan; Tasmania is still far-removed from mainland Australia; and New Zealand is a partial coastline, far too large.
[Ref: 11174]    £6,500.00 ($8,255 • €7,384 rates)


 World Maps 

SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann. [One of the earliest world maps available to the collector, decorated with bizarre creatures]
[World.] Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493, Latin text edition. Woodcut, printed area 370 x 520mm, good margins.
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: 17465]    £14,500.00 ($18,415 • €16,472 rates)


SCANDIANESE, Tito Giovanni. [An Italian poem about hunting, illustrated with Ludovico Dolce's world map]
I Quattro Libri della Caccia. [Bound with] La Sfera di Proclo. Venice: Gabriel Giolito et Fratelli, 1556, First Edition. 4to, contemporary limp vellum; pp. 164 + 20, 16 woodcut vignettes with other woodcut deorations. [&] pp. 23, title with woocut illustration, other woodcut decorations, publisher's emblem at end. Wormholes in titlepage, a few pages and emblem, ink stamp on spine and covers.
An Italian illustrated hunting poem with a short treatise on falconry at the end, written under this pseudonym by Tito Gazarini (1518-82). On page 23 is a printing of Ludovico Dolce's unusual world map which is an amalgam of Macrobius and Gastaldi: the shape is that of Macrobius, with the zones around the equator and windheads; however on North America are 'Terra del Bacalaosa' and 'Nueva Hispania' of Gastaldi. The Straits of Magellan also appear.
[Ref: 17393]    £1,750.00 ($2,223 • €1,988 rates)


BÜNTING, Heinrich. [Bünting's famous clover leaf map of the world]
Die ganze Welt in ein Kleberblat... Magdeburg, 1581-. Woodcut, printed area 270 x 380mm. A fine, dark printing.
Bünting's famous clover leaf map, showing Europe, Asia and Africa as separate leaves connected to Jerusalem at the centre. England and Scandinavia appear as islands at the top of the map; the New World fills the bottom left corner. The map was published in Bünting's 'Itinerarium Sacræ Scripturæ' (Travel through Holy Scripture), a reworking of the bible as a travel guide. Also included were maps of Europe as a Virgin Queen and Asia as Pegasus. This design was of particular relevance to Bünting because a clover leaf features on the arms of his hometown of Hanover. SHIRLEY: World 142.
[Ref: 17369]    £6,500.00 ($8,255 • €7,384 rates)


MERCATOR, Gerard. [The most decorative Ptolemaic world map]
Universalis Tabula Iuxta Ptolemæum. Amsterdam: Jodocus Hondius Jnr, 1618. Fine original colour. 350 x 490mm.
A map of the world according to Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, showing the world as known to the ancients, with the semi-mythical island of Taprobana but no America or Cape of Good Hope. However Mercator has dropped the land-locked Indian Ocean shown on earlier Ptolemaic maps. The map was engraved by Mercator himself for his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's 'Geography'; however this example comes from an edition of Petrus Bertius's 'Theatrum geographiae veteris'. The flamboyance of the strapwork-and-windhead borders makes this map the most decorative of the Ptolemaic world maps. SHIRLEY: World 139, plate 118, 'His general Ptolemaic map is one of the finest available... elegantly engraved'.
[Ref: 16747]    £7,500.00 ($9,525 • €8,520 rates)


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