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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).
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PRÉVOST, Antoine François.
[Voyages to the East, with the Phillippines 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 Phillipines, 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.
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[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.
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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.
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LA PÉROUSE, Jean F.G.
[The atlas volume from an English edition of La Pérouse's Voyage, with a view of Maui] Charts and Plates to La Pérouse's Voyage. London: G.G. & J. Robinson, 1798. Atlas volume only. Modern half calf gilt with marbled boards; 69 numbered maps and plates, as called for, including 1 folding and 21 double-page charts.
Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse (1741-88?). Inspired by Captain Cook he used the period of peace with Britain after the Treaty of Paris (1783) to mount a French scientific expedition to the Pacific. Passing around Cape Horn, he visited Chile, Easter Island, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Japan and eastern Russia. Stopping at Kamschatka, he sent his papers back to France by land, before setting off again, going to Samoa, Tonga and Botany Bay, Australia. Again he used contact with Europeans to send back more papers, this time with the British ship 'Sirius'. He set sail again, having left word he expected to be back in France by 1789, but was never seen again.
An expedition in search of La Perouse was sent out in 1791, but failed to find any trace. In 1826 artifacts from La Perouse's boat, the 'Astrolabe, were found by reefs off Vanikoro in the Santa Cruz group. Modern expeditions, 2005 & 2008, have determined that both ships of the expedition hit the reefs and sank. There were a number of survivors, some of whom were killed by the locals and others who left the island on a makeshift boat to disappear. The ones that remained died before they were discovered.
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[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.
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[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.
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[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.
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[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.
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[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.
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