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  ASIA 
 Central Asia 

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Prospects of fifteen cities of Central Asia]
Verschiedene Prospecte der Vornemsten Stäten in Persien samt vorderst einer unfern dem Caspischen Meer, dem Russichen Reich zugehörig, , gelegenen Stadt, zu mehrerem Liecht und Erleuterung der neu-verfertigten Persianischen Land-Charten. Nuremberg, 1724. Original colour. 500 x 590mm. Restoration to left edge.
A scarce plate illustrating fifteen cities of central Asia: Astrakhan and Derbent in Russia; Tblisi in Georgia; Kars and Erzerum in eastern Turkey; Baku and Shamakhi in Azerbaijan; Sultanje and Kashan in Iraq; Erivan in Armenia; Schiraz, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas and Ardabil in Persia; and Kandahar in Afghanistan.
[Ref: 17992]    £625.00 ($838 • €712 rates)


 India 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early townplans of Calechut, Cannanore, Elmina and Hormuz]
Calechut Celeberrimum Indiæ Emporium; Ormus; Canonor; S.Georgii Oppidum Mina nuncupatum... Cologne, 1572-, Latin text edition. Coloured. 335 x 475mm.
Four views on one plate, showing some of the few non-European townplans published in Braun & Hogenberg's 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first atlas of printed townplans. Calicut and Cannanore are on the south-west coast of India; 'St. George Oppidum Mina' is Elmina, the famous slave fort on the Gold Coast of Ghana; and Hormuz guards the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
[Ref: 16864]    £600.00 ($804 • €683 rates)


VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [View of Calicut from Varthema's Travels]
Calicut. Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610. 75 x 115mm.
Map of Calicut in Southern India, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510. Not in Tibbetts.
[Ref: 13208]    £300.00 ($402 • €342 rates)


MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Goa]
Goa. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 110mm. Small wormhole in wide margin.
Plan of Goa, after Linschoten, published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 8678]    £90.00 ($121 • €103 rates)


MACKENZIE, William. [Plan of Delhi during the Indian Mutiny]
Plan of Delhi 1857-58. Edinburgh, 1860. Original colour. Lithograph 160 x 240mm.
Colour lithograph plan of Delhi engraved by Guyot and Wood for a history of the Indian Mutiny.
[Ref: 17183]    £250.00 ($335 • €285 rates)


 Near East 

LUFFMAN, John. [Chart of Iskenderun Harbour in Syria]
Alexandretta. Engrav'd for Luffmans Select Plans. 33. London: Luffman, 1802. 125 x 165mm. Stitch holes in margin.
Chart of Iskenderun Harbour during the French Revolutionary Wars, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'. In 1798 Napoleon invaded Egypt, then attacked Syria the following year, although he was quickly forced to retreat.
[Ref: 12804]    £65.00 ($87 • €74 rates)


 The Holy Land 

SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann. [Incunable prospect of Jerusalem]
Destruccio Iherosolime. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493, Latin edition. Coloured woodcut, image 260 x 540mm, set in a page of text. A few small repairs to the centrefold, as usual.
An imaginary view of the Destruction of Jerusalem, with the Temple of Solomon on fire, from the famous 'Nuremberg Chronicle'. On verso are several more woodcut illustrations. LAOR: 1125, illus.
[Ref: 16824]    £1,600.00 ($2,144 • €1,822 rates)


BELLEFOREST, François de. [A scarce woodcut map of Jerusalem]
Jerusalem. Paris: Michel Sonnius & Nicolas Chesneau, 1575. Woodcut, image size 310 x 460, set in letterpress.
A woodcut map after Georg Braun's map of Jerusalem at the time of Christ and in the present day. It was published in the ''Cosmographie Universelle', which contained the text of Munster's 'Cosmography' translated into French by Belleforest and maps copied from various sources including Ortelius and Braun & Hogenberg.
[Ref: 14281]    £900.00 ($1,206 • €1,025 rates)


VESCONTE, Pietro. [Early Plan of Jerusalem from a C14th manuscript]
[Untitled plan of Jerusalem.] Hanover, Christian Wechelius, 1611. 195 x 260mm.
Plan of ancient Jerusalem and surrounding country as far as Bethany, as drawn by Pietro Vesconte (fl. 1310-30) for Marino Sanudo's 'Liber Secretorum Fidelibus de Crucis' c.1320. This manuscript work was presented to Pope Clement V to encourage a new crusade. This engraving was the first time that the original map was published, retaining the original's lack of a conventional single reading view. Thus the letters, buildings and palm trees are drawn at random angles. LAOR: 1145.
[Ref: 13108]    £1,400.00 ($1,876 • €1,595 rates)


NABERAT, Anne de. [The Knights Hospitallers in Acre]
Civitas Acon sive ptolomayda. Paris: Jean Baudoin, c.1629. 140 x 190mm, set in text. An excellent example.
A plan of Acre designed to illustrate the presence of the Knights Hospitaller (or the Knights of St John of Jerusalem) in the city before their expulsion from the Holy Land in 1291. It is based on Pietro Vesconte's manuscript plan of c.1320 and shows the defences and important buildings like a bird's-eye view, with a 35-point key. The map was engraved by Doullier for Anne de Nabarat's French translation of Giacamo Bosio's 'History of the Sacred Religion and Illustrious Militia of St John of Jerusalem'.
[Ref: 15115]    £325.00 ($436 • €370 rates)


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