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  BRITISH ISLES 

ROCQUE, John. [A fine example of Rocque's county atlas]
The Small British Atlas: being a New Set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales: To which is added a General Map... London: Rocque, 1753. 8vo, later brown calf; engraved title (in English & French), folding general map, double-page general map & 52 double-page engraved maps, as called for. Good, early impressions of the maps.
The only county atlas by Rocque, who was better known for his large scale surveys of cities. Most of the maps have no illustrations, but Devon has vignettes of the Eddystone Lighthouse and West Yorkshire has a view of a guillotine in use in Halifax half a century before the French Revolution. The folding general map, titled 'A Parliamentary Map of England', is a sketch-map, marking the outlines of the counties and the positions of the major towns only; however it is made more interesting by the tables, which includes the revenue of both land tax and ship tax from each county.
[Ref: 11749]    £3,600.00 ($4,352 • €3,928 rates)


  EUROPE 
 Belgium 

DHEULLAND, Guillaume. [A 'travelling atlas' of Brabant published for the French military]
Carte Nouvelle de Duche de Brabant et partie de la Holland. Paris, 1744. Folio, later quarter calf with marbled boards; index map with title and 24 maps in original outline colour. Ink mss. in margins of maps; hole in in index sheet.
A 24-sheet map of the Duchy of Brabant, here presented (according to the index page) as a 'travelling atlas for the use of the officers of the armies of his Majesty' Louis XV, on a scale large enough to track troop movements. After the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession (1740-8) the Spanish Netherlands were a particular target for the French army.
[Ref: 15015]    £2,200.00 ($2,660 • €2,400 rates)


 The Mediterranean 

LEVANTO, Francesco Maria. [One of the earliest Italian maritime atlases to be printed]
Prima Parte dello Specchio del Mare, nel quale ai Descrivono Tutti li Porti, Spiaggie, Baye, Isole, Scogli, e Seccagni del Mediterraneo. Genova: Gerolamo Matino & Benedetto Celle, 1644. First Edition, Part 1 only (all published); Folio, 18th century vellum, ink mss title on the top of spine; engraved title, pp. (iv)+152, many woodcut charts and illustrations; 25 engraved charts, all but one double-page. A few repairs to charts.
An atlas of sea charts of the Mediterranean, inspired by and named after Jacobsz's 'Zeespiegel' (Mirror of the Sea). There are general charts of the western and eastern Mediterranean and localised details from the Strait of Gibraltar and the Balearics to the Aegean and Cyprus. The text is profusely illustrated with woodcut coastal profiles and port plans. The elaborate title page is divided into three: at the top is a female allegorical figure of Geography with putti with back-staffs; in the centre the title and dedication are surrounded by putti, instruments and charts; and finally at the bottom is a sea battle.
[Ref: 13453]    £22,000.00 ($26,598 • €24,002 rates)


  CELESTIAL 
 Celestial Maps 

NORIE, John William. [A scarce mariner's star atlas]
Norie's Set of Celestial Maps, for Finding the Principal Stars in the Heavens; Adapted for the Use of Nautical Men, Astronomers, and Others. London: Charles Wilson, 1844. Quarto, original boards with publisher's label; 6 numbered celestial charts, two folding. Ink stamp of W.C. Cox on front paste-down. A little rubbing to the extremities.
A rare celestial chart book, designed to be of practical use to seaman and amateur astronomers, by important chartmaker J.W. Norie (1772-1843). This example was published the year after his death. Cox's stamp describes him as an 'opticians of Devonport '; however he was also a maker of scientific instruments and for many years in charge of maintaining the chronometers of the depôt of the Admiralty at Devonport. Born in 1786, he became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1831 and died in 1874. The obituary in the 'Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society' (Vol 35) specifically refers to his 'retiring disposition'.
[Ref: 19031]    £1,250.00 ($1,511 • €1,364 rates)


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