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  WORLD 
 World Maps 

DOLCE, Lodovico. [An important Italian translation of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses']
Le Trasformationi di M. Lodovico Dolce. In questa quarta impressione da lui in molti luoghi ricorrette. Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1557. Fourth edition. 4to, C18th half calf with marbled boards and endpapers; pp. (xvi)+309+(i)+colophon; woodcut title and text illustrations throughout, incl. world map on p.3. Unidentified engr. ex-libris label & Italian bookseller's label on front paste-down.
The fourth edition of Lodovico Dolce's translation of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', first published 1553. It is illustrated with numerous woodcuts, including a 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. Lodovico Dolce (c.1508-1568) was a prolific author: he wrote comedies, tragedies and histories; edited the works of Dante, Boccaccio and Tasso, among others; and translated Greek and Roman classics, including texts by Homer, Euripides Cicero and, of course, Ovid. Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC-17/18 AD), better known as Ovid, published his Metamorphoses in 8 AD. A narrative poem, it contained over 250 myths relating to the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Cæsar. It was incredibly influential, and was one of the first books printed in English, by William Caxton in 1480. SHIRLEY: 95 for world map.
[Ref: 15464]    £1,800.00 ($2,293 • €2,007 rates)


  AMERICA 

DE BRY, Theodore. [An important book on early American exploration]
[The Great or American Voyages.] Frankfurt: 1594-1617. Parts I-VI only (of 13) in one volume. Latin text. Folio (335 x 235 mm), 17th century vellum over pasteboard, the flat spine with small panel outlined in gilt with rolls, titled in gilt within the panel. A few neat repairs, part VI lacking 2nd section (from page 108 including 2nd frontis. and 28 plates), binding with minor repairs to spine and the board edges, endpapers replaced.
De Bry's important collection of voyages of exploration to the Americas, containing several landmark maps of the continent. Included are Hariot's account of the English colony in Virginia (second edition, second issue, 1606), with the important map of the Roanoke colony in Virginia and plates after John White; Jacques Le Moyne's Florida (second edition, 1609), with his map of south east North America and engravings of Florida and its inhabitants; Hans Stadius's Brazil (second edition, first issue, 1605) with his map of Peru and Brazil; and Girolamo Benzoni's History of the New World (first two parts second editions, 1594 & 1617, the third the first edition of 1596), with maps of the Western Hemisphere, the West Indies and New Spain, and a view of Cusco.
[Ref: 12946]    £75,000.00 ($95,550 • €83,625 rates)


  ASIA 
 Near East 

RAYMOND, Alexandre. [An important study of Islamic Art]
L'Art islamique en orient. II: Partie. Prague: M. Schultz, 1924. One volume only (of two). Imperial folio, original half cloth, boards with illustrated lithographic. title, printed d/w, inside pastedowns & endpapers with chromolithographic ornamental decoration printed in gold, green and blue; chromo. title and dedication both with tissue, pp. 12 with litho. vignettes, 52 fine chromo. plates, nine folding (8 counted as 2 plates, so numbered to 60, as called for. With a 4pp. prospectus for Part II, with list of plates. D/w worn, occasional glue stains in gutter, otherwise fine.
A finely-chromolithographed work illustrating Islamic architecture and decorative details from various mosques and other buildings. The dedication is to Charles Richard Crane (1858-1939), former American ambassador to China and a noted connoisseur of Arab culture. An uncommon work: the Atabey collection only contained this volume, with the Sotheby's sale catalogue noting 'apparently the first part was never published'. However since then at least two examples of Part I have come on the market. See Atabey Sale, Sotheby's 29 May 2002, lot 990.
[Ref: 14729]    £2,200.00 ($2,803 • €2,453 rates)


 Turkey 

BERGK, Johann Adam. [An early 19th century description of Constantinople]
Beschreibung von Constantinopel... Nebst einem Plane und einem Prospekte dieser Stadt, so wie einer Charte von den Dardanellen. Leipzig: Industrie-Comptoir, c.1807. 8vo; wrappers, front printed with title; pp. 32, three folding engraved plates. Old library stamp on back of front wrapper, showing through to the title.
A German-text description of Constantinople, illustrated with a map and prospect of the city, and a map of the Dardanelles.
[Ref: 14457]    £850.00 ($1,083 • €948 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

MARTYN, Thomas. [Rare index to Martyn's Cornwall map]
A Complete Index to Martyn's large Map of the County of Cornwall, and of those parts of the County of Devon, which lie to the west of the River Tamar. To which is added a short account of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall. London, Printed by J. Liddell: and sold by Law and Whittaker, 1816. 8vo, half calf with marbled boards, spine in six compartments lettered in gilt, rubbed; title+ (ii)+95, errata slip tipped in at rear; old ink mss. copy of a letter by Thomas Martyn giving an account of his maps, dated ‘March, 14th 1749’ on rear endpapers.
A separately-published index to Martyn's nine-sheet map of Cornwall, originally published c. 1748. Such was its importance that there was sufficient interest in it to warrant this index nearly seventy years later.
[Ref: 11815]    £1,350.00 ($1,720 • €1,505 rates)


  LONDON 
 London Maps 

MOGG, Edward. [A tourist's guide to London in 1843]
Mogg's New Picture of London: or, Strangers' Guide to The British Metropolis... London, 1843. 8vo, original cloth with illustrated label on front board; pp. vi + 159 + 13 (appendix) + (3) (ads); with large coloured folding map and two sketch folding maps. Size of map 410 x 575mm. Inner hinges taped, ink mss. ownership inscription on front board, pastdown and title; large map removed and laid on linen for conservation.
A tourist guide book to London, containing a history of the city and descriptions of the main sights. The main map, 'Mogg's Strangers Guide To London. Exhibiting all the various Alterations & Improvements complete to the Present Time', extends from Knightsbridge clockwise to Regent's Park, Pentonville, Bethnal Green, Stepney, Kennington, Vauxhall and Nine Elms. The smaller maps are a plan of the Tower of London and another map of the city 'Illustrative of that laid down for Viewing London in eight days'. Howgego No. 238.
[Ref: 18400]    £525.00 ($669 • €585 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 
 Scotland 

CAMDEN, William, [The Scottish Section from Camden's Britannia]
Scot-Land. London: Bishop & Norton, 1610. Extract, rebound in blue cloth gilt; pp. 60, with old ink marginalia, double-page map of Scotland by William Hole.
Camden's Britannia was the first British atlas to have a separate map of Scotland. This was engraved by William Hole, who took the Mercator map of 1595 as his source (not Saxton as written on the spine!). The text is a brief history and description of the country and the regions.
[Ref: 7555]    £550.00 ($701 • €613 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 ($2,484 • €2,174 rates)


 The Black Sea 

PLANCHE, M.H. de la. [Rare pilot book of the Black Sea]
Pilote de la Mer Noire Traduit du Russe. Cote d'Europe. Paris: Imprimerie Adolphe Laine, 1869. Tall 4to; printed boards with cloth spine, chipped and worn, inner hinges strained; pp. 156, incl. title, half-title, contents & index, + 12pp. supplement; 19 lithograph charts (most double-page and a few folding), 10 coastal profiles.
A rare guide to sailing around the European coasts of the Black Sea based on Russian sources. The charts include the appraches to Odessa, Yalta, Balaklava & Sevastapol.
[Ref: 11790]    £2,800.00 ($3,567 • €3,122 rates)


 Northern Italy 

GRAVIER, Yves. [An 18th century guide book to Genova]
Description des Beautés de Genes et de des Environs. Genova: Gravier, 1781. 8vo, contemporary half calf gilt, decorated boards and endpapers; engr. title, pp. 143 incl. index; 2 folding engr. maps, 17 plates (13 folding), folding letterpress classical inscription.
An attractive and well-preserved guide book giving historic, artistic and architectural details about Genova. The two maps in this book were engraved by Giacomo Brusco; some of the plates are signed by Guidotti.
[Ref: 8290]    £1,600.00 ($2,038 • €1,784 rates)


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