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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 Bacalaos' 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]    £2,400.00 ($3,089 • €2,630 rates)


  AMERICA 

DE BRY, Theodore et al. [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. Various neat repairs, part VI lacking 2nd section (from page 108 including 2nd frontis. and 28 plates), binding with neat 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]    £77,500.00 ($99,743 • €84,940 rates)


 North America 

HENNEPIN, Louis. [An Italian edition of Hennepin's account of Louisiana]
Descrizione della Luigiana, paese nuouamente scoperto nell'America settentrionale... Tradotta dall' Idoma Francese nell' Italiano. dal P. D. Casimiro Frescot Benedittino. Parma: Valerio Zani, 1691. 12mo, later boards; pp. [32], numbered 423-455; folding map, neatline 215 x 285mm. Map trimmed close to neatline on left side for binding.
Interesting edition of Reverend Father Louis Hennepin's 'Description de la Louisiane', first published in Paris in 1683. Usually seen as part of Zani's 'Il Genio Vagante Biblioteca Cusioa', a collection of 23 accounts of voyages in four parts, this example was an extract, separately issued to satisfy interest in America. The text is an abridgement of Casimir Frescot's translation, first published by Monti in 1686. Hennepin's work contained the first published account of La Salle's journey past Niagara Falls into the Illinois country and onto the Upper Mississippi River, including the first to use the name Louisiana. Here Louisiana is written across a blank region, with only a dotted line suggesting the route of the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. The river is called 'R. Colbert' after Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), French finance minister. BURDEN: 682, state I of II.
[Ref: 15809]    £1,900.00 ($2,445 • €2,082 rates)


  ASIA 
 China 

TIMKOVSKI, Egor Fedorovich. [The plate volume from an account of a Russian diplomat's journey to Peking]
Voyage a Péking, a travers la Mongolie, en 1820 et 1821. Traduit du Russe, par M. N******, et revu par M. J.-B. Eyriès; Ouvrage publié, avec des Corrections et des Notes, Par M. J. Klaproth. Atlas. Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1827. Folio, original printed wrappers; pp. 32 (including letterpress title); lithographed title with vignette, folding map, 2 double-page plans and eight lithographic plates, as called for. Some foxing.
The plate volume from the account of the journey through Mongolia of a Russian Mission to Peking, written by diplomat Egor Fedorovich Timkovski. A 1728 treaty with China allowed the Russians to keep a Russian Orthodox school and a church in Peking, although they were only allowed to send one mission a decade to change the staff, making Russia the only Western country with a permanent presence. Timkovski accompanied the mission of 1820, departing from Kyakhta in August and crossing the Gobi Desert. His account was edited by the orientalist and explorer Heinrich Klaproth, who had previously travelled through Mongolia in 1805-1807 as part of an unsuccessful Russian embassy to the Imperial Court. At the front of this Atlas Klaproth contributes a statistical overview to the atlas, detailing the wealth, agricultural output, and population of each of the Chinese provinces, with an estimate of 142,326,734 for the entire nation. The text includes a description of each plate (which includes the titlepage vignette in the numbering).
[Ref: 16185]    £850.00 ($1,094 • €932 rates)


 Philippines 

PRÉVOST, Antoine François. [Voyages to the East, with the Philippines and Kaempfer's visit to Japan]
Histoire Generale des Voyages... Tome Trente-Neuvieme, Paris: Didot, 1752. 8vo; original calf gilt, marbled endpapers; half-title, title, pp. 479, three folding maps, three folding plates, five single-page-plates. Old ink ownership inscription on title, edges of pages at rear knocked.
Volume 34 of the Abbé Prévost's history of exploration, including lengthy description of the Philippines, Le Maire in South America in 1615, the Celebes, and finally Kaempfer's voyage to Japan in the 1690s. The maps include two maps by Bellin of the Philippines (Carte des Isles Philippines) and plans of Kyoto, Nagasaki and Tokyo. Among the plates are two folding illustrations of coffee plants, noted by Kaempfer in Arabia.
[Ref: 14502]    £1,100.00 ($1,416 • €1,206 rates)


 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 ($2,831 • €2,411 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 ($1,094 • €932 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 ($1,737 • €1,480 rates)


 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 ($708 • €603 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 ($2,510 • €2,137 rates)


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