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ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A fine example of Ortelius's pocket atlas]
Abrege du Theatre d'Ortelius, Contentant la description des principales parties & regions du Monde, representees en petites Cartes, & illustrees de sommaires expositions. Derniere edition, corrigee en plusiers lieux, & augmentee de quelques Cartes nouvelles. Antwerp: Jan Baptiste Vrients, 1602, French text edition. Oblong 8vo, contemporary gilt-stamped vellum, all edges gilt. Two parts in one; title with vignette hemisphere, arms of Albert & Isabella of Austria, pp. (vii), view of the Escorial and 120 maps, each with a page of text, + pp (iv)(approbation and index); with 'Addition', pp. (iii) 5 maps with 1pp text, + (i)(adieu). Faint toning and a little damp staining.
A charming pocket atlas, dedicated to the co-sovereigns of the Habsburg Netherlands between 1598 and 1621. The so-called 'Epitome' was the Europe's first pocket atlas, with maps reduced from Ortelius's Theatrum by Philip Galle. First published in 1577, the Epitome increased in size as new maps were added to the Theatrum and then reduced by Galle. In 1601 the plates for both the Theatrum and Epitome were bought by Vrients, who added new double-hemisphere world and celestial maps, neither after Ortelius. KOEMAN: Ort 60.
[Ref: 19346]    £7,500.00 ($9,533 • €8,505 rates)

CAMDEN, William. [The First Edition of Camden's 'Britannia' with maps]
Britannia, sive Florentissimorum Regnorum Angliæ, Scotiæ, Hiberniæ, et Insularem adiacentium ex intima antiquate, Chorographica descriptio: Nunc postremò recognita, plurimis locis magna accessione adaucta, & Chartis Chorographicis illustrata. London: George Bishop & John Norton, 1607. First Folio Edition. 18th century full calf gilt, maroon morocco title label, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. (xiv) + 860 + (230) (corrigenda and indexes); engraved title page and 57 maps (all but two double-page), nine plates and numerous woodcut illustrations in text Some old ink mss on title pages and dedication, slight damp staining at edges of the first hundred pages. A few maps slightly trimmed by the binder.
The 'Britannia', a topographical and historical survey written by William Camden (1551-1623), was the first chorographical survey of Great Britain and Ireland. First published in 1586, this sixth edition was the first folio edition and the first to contain maps, reduced versions of those by Christopher Saxton and John Norden, engraved by William Kip and William Hole. The seventh edition, 1610, was the first to be translated into English. Camden's text was extremely influential: both Blaeu and Jansson used it in the county atlases. A robust example, with stong, clean paper. SKELTON: County Atlases, 5.
[Ref: 19663]    £12,000.00 ($15,252 • €13,608 rates)

BELLIN, Jacques-Nicolas. [The atlas volume from Prevost's 'Histoire Generale des Voyages']
[Untitled atlas.] Paris, c.1775. 4to, contemporary half calf gilt; 73 engraved maps, all but 7 folding, with a folding letterpress plate.
A fine, clean example of the atlas volume of a posthumous edition to Abbé Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles's 'Histoire Generale des Voyages'. It contains a large planisphere world map, 10 maps of Africa, 22 of Asia, 31 of the Americas, 6 of Arctic Europe, 4 plates relating to Cook in the Pacific, including a letterpress comparison of languages. Begun in 1746, this edition has been extended to cover the first two voyages of Captain Cook to the South Pacific. The world map is dated 1748 but shows Cook's mapping of New Zealand and New South Wales; the last map is Cook's map of the South Hemisphere engraved by Robert Bénard for the French edition of Cook's Second Voyage, published 1778.
[Ref: 19666]    £2,900.00 ($3,686 • €3,289 rates)


MACROBIUS. [An important Classical geography with an early world map]
Macrobii Ambrosii Aurelii Theodosii, Viri Consularis, et illustris, In Somnium Scipionis, Lib. II. Saturnaliorum, Lib. VII. Ex uarijs, ac uetustissimis codicibus recogniti, & aucti. Lyons: Sebastian Gryphius, 1556. 8vo, contemporary vellum, with blind-stamped illustrated cecoration; two works in one; title with printer's device, pp. 177, with woodcut map, five diagrams & two initials; & pp.178-567, five initials, + (73) (index). Ink collector's stamp and small label on title page.
Two works by Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius, written in the early 5th century. 'In Somnium Scipionis' is a commentary on Cicero's 'The Dream of Scipio', the final part of his 'Republic'. In a fictional dream, the Roman general Scipio Aemilianus has a cosmic vision in which the universe is made up nine celestial rings, and he hears the 'music of the spheres'. He then sees the climate belts of Earth, with the Antipodes separated from the known world by a region of fire (Perusta). In this commentary, Macrobius interprets these visions, with diagrams to illustrate the theories. The original version of his map, first printed 1483, was important as one of the first maps to show the world as a globe, and for showing an Antipodes to counterbalance the land in the Northern Hemisphere. When this edition was published the 'Perusta' theory was controversial: as the Bible stated that the whole world was re-populated by the sons of Noah there could be no unreachable Antipodes. The 'Saturnalia' is an account of a banquet held during the holiday of the Saturnalia, and the discussions of the guests on various subjects, both historical and philosophical. The importance of the work is the quotations taken from earlier authors, including Seneca and Plutarch, often from texts now lost. The collector's stamp reads'Bibl. Bernhard Vrat' (Vratislavia - Wrocław). See SHIRLEY: World 13.
[Ref: 19652]    £1,350.00 ($1,716 • €1,531 rates)

MICHELOT, Henri. [A Mediterranean pilot guide]
Le Portulan de la Mer Mediterranée, ou le Vray Guide des Pilots Costiers. Dans lequel on verra la veritable maniere de Naviguer le long des Côtes d'Espagne, Catalogne, Provence, Italie, les Isles d'Yvice, Mayorque, Minorque, Corse, Sicilie, & autres... Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1754. 4to, contemporary mottled calf; pp. (viii) + 175, partially unopened, engraved frontispiece of a compass.
A marine pilot's guide book to the western Mediterranean, with detailed descriptions of the important ports and harbours, with instructions on how to enter them.
[Ref: 19664]    £550.00 ($699 • €624 rates)

COOK, Captain James. [Italian edition of plates from Captain Cook's Voyages]
[The plate volume from an Italian edition of the voyages of Captain Cook] Italian, c.1785. 4to, paper-backed boards, uncut; 52 numbered plates, 14 folding, including 2 maps.
A collection of plates from all three of Captain Cook's official accounts of his circumnavigations, including the Stubbs kangaroo; the Maori warrior head and the Death of Cook on Hawaii. The engravers include Giuseppi Aloja, Rafael Aloja, Vincenzo Aloja, Carmine Pignatari and Zaballi.
[Ref: 19665]    £1,950.00 ($2,478 • €2,211 rates)

 New Zealand 

JOSENHANS, Joseph Friedrich. [A rare collection of six missionary scenes in New Zealand]
[Six plates from the New Zealand section of 'Illustrations of Missionary Scenes, an Offering to Youth'.] Mainz: Joseph Scholz, c.1855. Six tinted lithographs with original hand colour, bound with cloth on left edge. 325 x 205mm, backed on linen. Manuscript pagination on all sheets.
All six plates relating to New Zealand from 'Illustrations of Missionary Scenes, an Offering to Youth', by Joseph Friedrich Josenhans (1812-84, Inspector (head) of the Basel Mission), which contained views from West Africa, India, China and north west America as well as New Zealand. There does not appear to be a standard order of plates. The titles of the plates (from Abbey's 'Travel in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860') are: 'War Canoe'; 'The Power of God's Word' (with a missionary facing down Maoris, one sticking his tongue out); 'Blind Solomon, led by his wife'; 'Interior of the native church at Otaki'; 'Missionary Meeting'; and 'A Dying Christian chief exhorting his followers'. Abbey Travel 10: ''Carefully drawn, and in some cases remarkably powerful illustrations'.
[Ref: 18241]    £1,100.00 ($1,398 • €1,247 rates)

 English Counties 

MUDGE, William. [The Mudge map of Kent, the first Ordnance Survey map]
[Kent.] General Survey of England and Wales An entirely new & accurate Survey of the Conty of Kent, With Part of the County of Essex, Done by the Surveying Draughtsmen of His Majesty's Honourable Board of Ordnance, on the basis of the Trigonometrical Survey carried on by their Orders under the Direction of Capt.n W. Mudge of the Royal Artillery, F.R.S. London: William Faden, 1801. Some original hand colour. Dissected and laid on linen, as issued, total 1200 x 1780mm, with green morocco gilt slip case.
A fine example of the first map based on the Board of Ordnance's survey to be published, the first on the scale of 1" to a mile, delineating Kent in unprecedented detail. The roads are highlighted in colour and relief shown by hachuring. The arms above the title are those of the Board of Ordnance. William Mudge (1762-1820) joined the Royal Artillery in 1779 and served under Charles Cornwallis (to whom this map is dedicated) in the American Revolution. In 1791 he was appointed to the Ordnance Trigonometrical Survey, the year the Board of Ordnance acquired a Ramsden theodolite and began a new survey of Britain. It was decided to start with the counties of the south coast of England because of threat of invasion from Revolutionary. Work began with Kent, with the intention of publishing it on a scale of 6 inches to a mile; however progress was so slow that it was reduced to 1'' to a mile. When the map was completed the Board did not have the facilities to publish it themselves, so the map was send to the London publisher William Faden (1749-1836), who employed Thomas Foot to engrave it. Foot's work won him a job as principle engraver for the Board of Ordnance at 3½ guineas a week; this substantial wage did not prevent him being imprisoned for debt in 1804. In 1798 Mudge became director, a post he held until his death.
[Ref: 19409]    £800.00 ($1,017 • €907 rates)

 London Maps 

BECK, Henry C. [The First Issue of the iconic map of the London Underground]
Map of London's Underground Railways. A new design for an old map. London: The Underground Group, 1933. Colour-printed map on paper, 155 x 255mm, folded twice as issued.
The first version of the diagrammatic map of London's tube network, which, despite being eighty years old, would be instantly recognisable to any commuter today. Beck's revolutionary new 'electrical circuit' design dispensed with scale, bearing and surface landmarks other than the Thames, making the stations equidistant and limiting the curves to either 45 or 90º. Beck submitted two proposals to the Publicity manager before his idea was accepted, and was paid only 10 guineas (today £380) for the artwork of this card, and 5 guineas more for the poster. The Publicity Manager knew he was taking a chance with public opinion: the cover text continues 'We should welcome your comments', but his gamble paid off and Beck's innovation has been in use ever since. Although there are new lines and different colours the only significant design change on the map is the use of rings rather than diamonds for interchanges. GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map.
[Ref: 19629]    £2,600.00 ($3,305 • €2,948 rates)


ZIENKOWICZ, Léon. [A rare book on Polish costumes]
Le Costumes du Peuple Polonais suivis d'une Description Exacte de ses Moeurs, de ses Usages et de ses Habitudes. Ouvrage Pittoresque. Paris: La Librarairie Polonaise, 1841, First Edition. Large 4to, modern cloth gilt; title, dedication, pp.(ii) + 125 + (2) (index & list of plates), 37 (of 39) lithographs with fine original colour heightened with gum arabic. Some toning of paper.
An important book of plates illustrating regional variations of Polish dress and military uniforms, published at a time Poland's Russian overlords had banned the wearing of their National dress (described by the author as ' both cruel and ridiculous' in his prologue. The author was Léon Zienkowitz (1808-1870), a Polish writer who was forced into exile after the November Uprising of 1830. He continued to agitate for freedom of Poland: this book is dedicated 'Aux Amis de La Cause Polonaise'. The plates, each titled in Polish, French, German and English, are mostly after Jan Nepomucen Lewicki (1795-1871), another exile. They were lithographed by Simon in Strasbourg and have exquisite original hand colour.
[Ref: 19653]    £1,400.00 ($1,779 • €1,588 rates)

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