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  ASIA 
 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 ($1,120 • €951 rates)


  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]    £4,800.00 ($6,326 • €5,371 rates)


 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 ($1,779 • €1,511 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 ($725 • €615 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 ($2,900 • €2,462 rates)


 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 ($2,570 • €2,182 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 ($3,690 • €3,133 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 on 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 center the title and dedication are surrounded by putti, instruments and charts; and finally at the bottom is a sea battle.
[Ref: 13453]    £22,500.00 ($29,655 • €25,178 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 ($2,109 • €1,790 rates)


 Central Italy 

ZOCCHI, Giuseppe. [Zocchi's views of mid-18th century Florence]
Scelta di XXIV Vedute delle principali Contrade, Piazze, Chiese, e Palazzi della Città di Firenze. Florence: Guiseppe Bouchard, 1754. Large folio: contemporary half calf with marbled boards, old mss. title label on front board; engr. dedication, double-page engr. title, 24 double-page plates, as called for. Binding rubbed, inner hinges strained; plate III with tear through title into printed border,, plate IV with rust hole in printed border.
The complete set of 24 views of Florence drawn by Giuseppe Zocchi (c.1711-67) on the commission of the Marchese Andrea Gerini (1691-1766), and engraved by some of the formost Italian engravers of the period, including Guiseppe Vasi. Although the influences of Piranesi can be seen, Zocchi pays more attention to everyday life in the city, including boatmen, swimmers, knife-grinders, promenaders and coachmen. The last four plates depict the festivals of the city, including the Chariot Race at Piazza Santa Maria Novella. The series was first published in 1744 and, like this edition, was dedicated to Maria Theresa of Austria, whose husband was Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and Duke of Tuscany.
[Ref: 14735]    £24,500.00 ($32,291 • €27,416 rates)


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