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  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 ($685 • €589 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 ($717 • €617 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 ($2,869 • €2,468 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 ($2,543 • €2,188 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 ($3,651 • €3,142 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 ($28,688 • €24,684 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 ($2,086 • €1,795 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 foremost 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 ($31,948 • €27,489 rates)


ROSSINI, Luigi. [A monumental work on the buildings of Rome]
Le Antichità Romane ossia raccolta delle piu Interessanti Vedute di Roma Antica Designate ed incise dall' Architetto Incisore Luigi Rossini Ravennate In Numero centuna Vedute. Rome: Negozio Scudellari & Rossini, 1829. Large folio, contemporary half morocco, red morocco title label on front board; title, 1p. catalogue of Rossini's publications and 101 etched plates. Wear to spine, boards faded.
An extensive record of the buildings of Rome at the beginning of the 19th century, the work of Luigi Rossini (1790-1857) an architect and etcher. Although clearly influenced by Piranesi, Rossini wanted to show the buildings in the context of contemporary Rome; therefore he collaborated with Roman artist Bartolomeo Pinelli (1771-1835), whose illustrations of the street life of the city were used as staffage for the architecture. These figures included the Grand Tourists, washerwomen, monks & priests, ferrymen & fishermen and, under the Arch of Septimus Severus, knife-fighters.
[Ref: 14005]    £22,500.00 ($29,340 • €25,245 rates)


  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

LE NOBLE, Eustache. [A map of the 'Isle of Marriage']
Carta Topografica dell'Isola del Maritaggio di Monsieur Le Noble per la Prima Volta Tradotta Dal Francese in Italiano. In Cosmopoli, MDCCLXV. Italy, 1765. 8vo, contemporary vellum; letterpress title, pp. 40, folding map, 250 x 355mm. Map with repaired tear.
A treatise on the Island of Matrimony, written as a travel book, describing: how to reach the island, through the ports of 'Love', 'Bad Advice' or 'Self-interest'; and where to live, including the provinces of 'the Jealous' and 'the Cuckolds', and the 'Mountains of in-laws'. Once on the island it is impossible to leave, but it is possible to go to the peninsulas of 'Widowhood' and 'Divorce', the 'Great Mausoleum' and, for the truly masochistic, 'Bigamy Island'. The title cartouche features a man with the 'cuckold's horns'. There are other features we have not been able to translate from the slightly archaic Italian, so this item is worthy of further research.
[Ref: 13030]    £1,800.00 ($2,347 • €2,020 rates)


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