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  EUROPE 
 BENELUX 

SPEED, John. [Classic carte-à-figure map of the Netherlands & Belgium]
A New Mape of Ye XVII Provinces of Low Germanie, mended a new in manie places. Anno 1626. London: George Humble, c.1627. Coloured. 410 x 525mm. Repairs to printed border at bottom.
The Netherlands, from Speed's 'Prospect of the... World', with ten costume vignettes down the sides and eight city prospects, including Antwerp, Amsterdam and Utrecht, along the top.
[Ref: 16112]    £1,800.00 ($2,286 • €2,045 rates)


 Belgium 

KITCHIN, Thomas. [A wall map of the British Flanders Campaign of the French Revolutionary War]
A New Map of the Netherlands or Low Countries, with the South Part of the Provinces of Holland, Utrecht, & Gelders, and the whole of Zeeland. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794. Original full body colour. Four sheets, dissected and laid on linen as issued. Total 980 x 1210mm. A few signs of use.
A folding map of the Austrian Netherlands, published during the Flanders Campaign of the French Revolutionary War. The large vignette above the title shows the Siege of Valenciennes in 1793, in which the British and Austrians under Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, took the city from the Republicans. Frederick, shown here on horseback, waving his hat, was welcomed by the French population, who tore down the Republican Tricolour and proclaimed him King of France. Unfortunately this was one of the few successes of the campaign: the following year the Coalition was forced to retreat, reaching Bremen in Hanover in the Spring of 1795, leaving the Dutch Republic in the hands of France. This is an unusual presentation of this map: normally it is found in Laurie & Whittle atlases with basic outline colour, so this example seems to have been published in the short period of Allied success, possibly for a serving officer.
[Ref: 15434]    £1,250.00 ($1,588 • €1,420 rates)


 Denmark 

SPEED, John. [The first English atlas map of Denmark]
The Kingdome of Denmarke... London: George Humble, 1627. Old colour. 390 x 500mm. Re-margined at top.
Highly decorative map of Denmark, engraved by Evert Symonz van Hamersvelt for Speed's 'Prospect of the… World', with ten costume vignettes down the sides and six city prospects, including Copenhagen & Hamburg (as Holstein was still subject to Denmark at the time), along the top.
[Ref: 15642]    £1,500.00 ($1,905 • €1,704 rates)


 Iceland 

DUDLEY, Robert. [Dudley's rare sea chart of Iceland, with the mythical island of Frisland]
Carta particolare dell'Isole di Islandia è Frislandia, con l'Isolette di Faré. La longitudine cimincia da l'Isla di Pico d'Arores. di Europa Carta XXXXX. Florence: Francesco Onofri, 1646-7. 485 x 760mm.
A spectacular sea-chart of Iceland, engraved in Antonio Francesco Lucini's unique style for Dudley's 'Dell'Arcano del Mare' (Secrets of the Sea), an encyclopaedia of maritime knowledge. All the detail of Iceland is coastal apart from the vignette of the volcano Hekla erupting. To the south west is what must be the largest depiction of the mythical island of Frisland (16cm north to south), with over 50 names! The 'Arcano' was the first sea-atlas by an Englishman to be printed (albeit engraved and published in Italy), breaking the Dutch monopoly of such publications. The engraver Lucini wrote in the introduction to the second edition that he worked for 12 years on the copper plates, which weighed 5000 lbs. Dudley was the son of the Earl of Leicester, favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and was born in secret to avoid her jealousy. Well educated, he joined the Elizabethan maritime adventurers and let an expedition to the Orinoco in 1594, raiding Trinidad en route. After failing to prove his parents married, which would allow him to assume his father's titles, he left England for Italy in 1605. There he assumed the titles of 'Earl of Warwick and Leicester' and 'Duke of Northumberland' in 1620, which caused James I to seize all Dudley's English properties. He died in 1649, two years after the first edition of the 'Arcano'.
[Ref: 17271]    £6,850.00 ($8,700 • €7,782 rates)


 Eastern Europe 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [An early prospect of Budapest]
Buda Citerioris Hungariae Caput Regni Avita sedes, Vulgo Ofen. Cologne, 1617, French text verso, coloured, 320 x 475mm, good margins.
A splendid view of the cities of Buda and Pest (modern-day Budapest) engraved by Joris Hoefnagel, for the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum ', volume 6. Buda is seen from across the Danube with its huge hilltop fortress and royal palace. On the opposite bank is the strongly fortified town of Pest, with a pontoon bridge linking the two. The engraving depicts the two towns during the period of Ottoman occupation, when Buda was the seat of the local Pasha. The illustration in the foreground shows the Pasha with his delija (bodyguard) who wears feathers pierced through the skin of his scalp.
[Ref: 17365]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)


SPEED, John. [Carte à figure map of Bohemia]
Bohemia. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 410 x 515mm. Re-margined at bottom, short repaired tear.
A fine map of Bohemia, from Speed's 'Prospect of the.. World'. At the top of this map are seven insets, showing views of Prague, Comethau (Chomutov), Schlani (Slany), Lavn (Louny), Polm (Polna) and Czalsa, and of the 'Corte of the Emparer'. On the left and right sides are illustrations of Bohemians of five social ranks, from Queen to Countryman. Shown on the map are all the major settlements of Bohemia, and those belonging to neighbouring Germany, Moravia Silesia and Austria, stretching from Chemnitz to Silberberg (Zlotoryja) in the north, and from Munchen (Munich) to Wien (Vienna) in the south.
[Ref: 12287]    £1,500.00 ($1,905 • €1,704 rates)


 The Mediterranean 

DONCKER, Hendrik. [Rare edition of Doncker's chart of the Mediterranean]
Paskaart van de Middelandsche Zee in twee deelen vertoont. Amsterdam: Johannes de Ram & Jacobus Robijn, c.1683. Old colour. 515 x 590mm. Minor reinforcing at centre fold.
An extremely rare edition of Doncker's chart of the Mediterranean in two sections, first published 1660. It has been updated with more ornate cartouches for title and scale, the latter depicting a ram with a star on its forehead, a pun on the publisher's name which works in English as well as Dutch. Johannes de Ram (1648-93), formerly a timber merchant, set himself up as a map publisher by buying old printing plates. This chart was published in association with Jacobus Robijn (1649-c.1710), although there is no mention of this partnership in Koeman's 'Atlantes Neerlandici'.
[Ref: 17601]    £7,500.00 ($9,525 • €8,520 rates)


HOOGHE, Romeyn de. [The most famous chart of the Mediterranean Sea]
Carte Nouvelle de la Mer Mediterranee ou sont Exactement Remarques Tous les Ports, Golfes, Rochers, Bancs de Sable &c. Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1694. Original colour refreshed. Three sheets conjoined, total 585 x 1390mm. Minor repairs.
A monumental chart of the Mediterranean Sea, with 38 insets of harbours, all in full colour. Throughout the seas are numerous galleons and galleys, while allegorical figures and sea monsters adorn the insets. The chart appeared in one part of Mortier's 'Neptune François', titled 'Cartes Marines a l'Usage des Armées du Roy de la Grande Bretagne'. The nine charts of this section, all engraved by Romeyn de Hooghe, one of the foremost artist/etchers of the period, was described by Koeman as the 'most spectacular type of maritime cartography ever produced in 17th century Amsterdam'; the Mediterranean is the largest and most intricately decorated of the nine. Mortier's motives in the production of this atlas was to flatter the Dutch king on the British throne since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, William III, to whom it is dedicated. The unprecedented size of the atlas and the use of artists such as de Hooghe were not cheap: Koeman calls it the 'most expensive sea atlas' of the period, 'intended more as a show-piece than something to be used by the pilots at sea'. KOEMAN: M. Mor 5, and vol iv p.424.
[Ref: 14471]    £30,000.00 ($38,100 • €34,080 rates)


 Cyprus 

BLAEU, Johannes. [Classic 17th century Dutch map of Cyprus]
Cyprus Insula. Amsterdam, 1662, Latin edition. Fine original colour. 390 x 410mm, wide margins.
A famous map of Cyprus, with Famagusta, Nicosia and Limassol marked in red, published in Blaeu's monumental 11-volume 'Atlas Major'. The large title cartouche depicts a famous story from Greek mythology; Aphrodite, seated in a shell being drawn across the sea to Cyprus by a pair of swans, is pricked with an arrow by her son Cupid, which causes her to fall in love with Adonis. Unfortunately he was killed by a boar. ZACHARAKIS: 243, illus. pl.40; BANK OF CYPRUS: 66; SCUTARI (Comp): Sweet Land of Cyprus 51, 'perhaps the finest map of Cyprus'.
[Ref: 16535]    £1,500.00 ($1,905 • €1,704 rates)


 Malta 

SEUTTER, Matthäus. [18th century map of Malta celebrating the Knights of Malta]
Melite vulgo Malta cum vicinis Goza, quæ olim Gaulos, et Comino insulis, uti exhibetur á Nic. De Fer. Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour. 500 x 580mm. Very fine example
A large and decorative map of Malta, orientated with north to the bottom right, with an inset map of Valletta, the arms of 64 Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta, and an allegorical scene representing the sea power of the Knights.
[Ref: 16116]    £1,850.00 ($2,350 • €2,102 rates)


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