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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)


  WORLD 
 World & Continent Sets 

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)


DU VAL, Pierre. [17th century double hemisphere map of the world]
Planisphere, ou Carte Generale du Monde. Paris, 1668. Original colour. 335 x 590mm. Slightly trimmed into lateral borders, restored with new margins.
A fine French double-hemisphere world map, engraved by Louis Cordier and first published in Du Val's 'Cartes de Géographie' in 1666. The upper corners and cusp are filled with a compass rose, wind rose and a diagram of the solar system; the lower corners have a globe and armillary sphere, with an armorial in the lower cusp. On the map California is an island, the Great Lakes are open-ended in the west and there is a hint at a North-West Passage; New Zealand is part of the Great Southern Continent; western Australia is an odd shape; and 'Jesso' fills the North Pacific. SHIRLEY: 441. Second State
[Ref: 19004]    £1,850.00 ($2,385 • €2,111 rates)


CLUVER, Philip. [An early 18th century double-hemisphere world]
Typus Orbis Terrarum. Amsterdam, c.1730. Coloured. 160 x 305mm.
Double hemisphere world with allegorical figures of the continents in the corners and Atlas supporting the world on his shoulders in the lower cusp, surrounded by fire and wind heads. The map shows California as a peninsular and Terra Australis Incognita is oversized. First published 1697. SHIRLEY: 586.
[Ref: 18081]    £680.00 ($877 • €776 rates)


ZATTA, Antonio. [18th century map of the World on Mercator's Projection]
Il Mappamondo o sia Descrizione Generale del Globo Ridotto in Quadro. Venice, 1774. Original outline colour. 295 x 430mm.
The world on Mercator's Projection. Dated 1774, although it has the route of Cook's 1769-70 circumnavigation marked, New Zealand has not been updated other than being divided in two. Bougainville's route is shown. Greenland is shown connected to North America, and Alaska is oversized.
[Ref: 18996]    £650.00 ($838 • €742 rates)


ZATTA, Antonio. [18th century world map showing Cook's first voyage]
Il Mappamondo o sia Descrizione Generale del Globo. Venice, 1774. Original outline colour. 285 x 390mm.
Double-hemisphere world, engraved by Zuliani after Novelli, with lettering by Barat. The four corners are filled with allegorical women representing the continents, each escorted by a large animal. Captain Cook circumnavigated New Zealand 1769-70: the map marks his route around the world, yet the only alteration made to the pre-Cook outline of New Zealand is that it has been split into two.
[Ref: 19033]    £1,000.00 ($1,289 • €1,141 rates)


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