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[The First German Edition of Ortelius's atlas] Theatrum oder Schawplatz des erdbodems, warin die Landttafell der gantzen weldt, mit sambt aine der selben kurtze erklarng zu sehen ist. Durch Abrahamum Ortelium. Antwerp: Gielis von Diest for the Author, 1572, German text edition. Large 2º, C17th mottled calf gilt, rebacked with original spine laid on, marbled edges; pp. (xii), titlepage with German title label pasted over the original Latin; 53 maps in fine original colour + (6) (epilogue & Index, privilege & colophon). Damp staining affecting up to map 3, with restoration to the margins of the first two maps; pair of worm holes affecting to map 12, a few filled; a few other small repairs.
The first German edition of the Theatrum, published only two years after the first, still containing only the original 53 maps: the world & four continents, 30 maps of regions of Europe and eight of the rest of the world.This example is on particularly good-quality paper, allowing it to withstand the effects of the original green colour well. The 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' was the world's first regularly-produced atlas, with uniform maps and text, designed to be bound. The following year the first 'Additamentum' was issued, containing 16 new maps; eventually the number of maps reached 166. VAN DEN BROECKE: p.24, estimating 150 copies printed; KOEMAN: Ort 5.
[The scarce English edition of Goos's 'Zeespiegel'] The Lighting Colomne or Sea-Mirrour, Containing the Sea-Coasts of the Northern, Eastern and Western Navigation... Gathered out of the experience and practice of divers Pilots and Lovers of the Famous Art of Navigation. Amsterdam, 1662. Two parts in one; folio, recent blind-stamped calf by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; pp. (xl)+115 & 108; engr. title, 60 engr. charts on 59 double-page sheets; 3 engr. maps, an engr. view and two volvelles in text, many woodcut text illustrations. Some light toning of paper, charts 5, 21, 30 and 37 trimmed to neatline, a few small repairs.
A sailing guide to the north and western coasts of Europe, with charts covering from Archangel in the White Sea in Russia, north to Jan Mayen Island and Svalbard, the west coast of Ireland and south to the Canary Islands. Also included in this sea atlas is the text: 'A Short Instruction in the Art of Navigation', with illustrations of instruments, constellations, etc.
($38,055 • €34,958 rates)
DE L'ISLE, Guillaume.
[An early 18th century composite atlas] [Untitled French composite atlas, the majority of maps by Guillaume de L'Isle but also Hubert Jaillot, Nicolas Sanson and others.] Paris, c.1710. Folio, contemporary calf; 62 maps, coloured in outline, with mss. numbering and index at rear, plus one C19th map bound in. Six of the smaller Sanson maps mounted on contemporary paper to fit atlas.
A collection of French maps dating from the 1680s through to 1709, with serveral of the De L'Isle maps having the uncommon address of 'Quai de l'Horloge a la Courone de Diamans', only used between April 1707 and January 1708, with the name of Louis Renard, the Amsterdam publisher, added. The extra map is Tardieu's map of the Baltic, 1854, published for the Crimean War.
($21,285 • €19,553 rates)
KOEHLER, Johann David.
[Atlases of the ancient and modern worlds] Descriptio orbis antiqui in XLIV tabulis exhibita...; Atlas Manualis Scholasticus et Itinerarius... Nuremberg: Christoph Weigel, 1720. Folio, full panelled calf, spine in compartments, gilt, with morocco title label; Part 1: engr. title & index, 44 double-page maps, as called for; Part II; engr. title & index, 16 double-page maps, as called for, all maps in full original colour.
Two atlases bound together. The first is an atlas of the ancient world, with maps of the countries decorated with illustrations of old coins; the second is a modern atlas, with maps of the world, continents and European countries.
($10,965 • €10,073 rates)
[An atlas of the Seven Years' War with an extra map of the American theatre of war] Atlante Geografico Composto di Sette Tavole rappresentanti i Paesi che sono Il Teatro della Guerra Cominciata l'anno MDCCLVI. Venice: Pietro Bassaglia, 1758. Original colour. Oblong folio, stitched; letterpress title with publisher's colophon & eight maps in original colour.
An antique atlas published in the third year of the Seven Years' War (1756-63), which was fought in Europe by Britain, Prussia and other German allies against France, Austria, Spain, Russia, Saxony & Sweden. The seven maps are of Bohemia, Westphalia & Lower Saxony, Lausitz & Silesia, Moravia, Northern Germany, Pomerania & Prussia and the course of the Rhine. At the end is the additional map, in the same style, showing the eastern coast of North America. Based on Bellin's map, it shows the conflicting territorial claims of the British and French. It is included in this series because the region became another theatre of the Seven Years' War, with Britain fighting the French and their Indian allies, eventually driving the French out of Canada.
($4,515 • €4,148 rates)
[Antique atlas of town plans, including New Orleans] Beknopte Atlas, van omtrent honderd Platte Gronden der Voornaamste Vestingen, Kasteelen en Steden van Europa, en byzonder van de Nederlanden en eenige Kolonien. Byeenverzameld to dienst en nut van allen, die eenig belang stellen in eene juiste kennis van de Aangelegenheid en Sterkte dier Plaatsen, voor welke reeds het Oorlog wordt gevoerd of nog gevoerd kan worden; gelyk ook tot vermaak en gemak van alle Reizigers, ten welken einde mede de belangrykste Gestichten en Gebouwen op de meeste Plaatsen aangewezen zyn. Amsterdam, Leiden, Dordrecht & Harlingen: De Compagnie van Boekverkopers, c.1760. 8vo, half calf, marbled boards; title, index, 71 plates (18 folding, the rest double-page].
An atlas of over 100 town plans and old maps on 71 plates, some signed by Tirion and dated 1742-56, the rest unsigned and undated. Although the atlas concentrates on the Netherlands, there are plans from the rest of Europe and the Americas. The European plans include Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp & Rotterdam, Gdansk, St Petersburg, Strassburg, Paris & Geneva. The colonial plans include Cartagena, Lima, the Bahia Todos Santos in Brazil with a large inset plan of San Salvador, Cayenne, Surinam & Paramaribo, Guiana & Curacao, and New Orleans with two charts of the Mississippi Delta (based on the Jefferys of 1759 and one of the few available C18th plans of the city).
($6,450 • €5,925 rates)
REMONDINI, Giuseppe Antonio.
[A fine miniature school atlas] Atlas Géographique dressé sur les meilliures Cartes de ces derniers tems, à l'usgae Des Ecoles, et de toute la Jeunesse des deux Sexes. Venice: Remondini, 1801. Small 8vo, decorated vellum, marbled endpapers, with original decorated vellum slipcase with title label; engr. frontis. & title, 2 double-page engraved indexes of maps, 60 numbered double-page maps in original colour, as called for.
A charming miniature atlas published in the first year of the nineteenth century. Despite being published in Venice, French is used throughout.
($2,967 • €2,726 rates)
SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann.
[First Edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, with a preserved panel from the original publisher's binding, and manuscript note in Schedel's own hand] Liber chronicarum... Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12th July 1493. FIRST EDITION. Imperial folio (449 x 309mm), 19th century full blind stamped morocco, gilt, gauffred edges & green watered silk doublures, with an inlaid panel of stamped brown stained pigskin from the original publisher's binding designed by Wohlgemut or Pleydenwurff; 326 leaves (of 328, without the final two blank leaves), foliated (20), I-CCLXVI, (6) CCLXVII-CCXCIX, (1). (with 55/6 blank, following the unfoliated Sarmatian supplement, ff. CCLVIIII- CCLXI blank except for printed headlines.) Types: 9:165G (headlines and headings), 15:110bG (text), 64 lines and headline, table and parts of text double column. 1809 woodcut illustrations printed from 646 blocks by Michael Wohlgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and workshop. The illustrations include 29 double page town views, 8 full page cuts and double page maps of the World and Europe by Hieronymus Münzer after Nicholas Khrypffs.
The Liber Chronicarum, or Nuremberg Chronicle, was the most extensively illustrated printed book of the fifteenth century, 646 woodcuts were used to illustrate the Chronicle, but many were used more than once, so there are a total of 1,809 illustrations. It was published the year that Columbus returned to Europe after discovering America, and the woodcuts were done by Michael Wohlgemut and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, both of whom are mentioned, very unusually, in the colophon of the work. The young Albrecht Dürer, the publisher Kolberger's godson, was apprenticed to Wolgemut from 1486-1489 and some of the plates, particularly that of the Last Judgement, have been tentatively ascribed to him. The text consists of a year-by-year account of notable events in world history from the creation down to the year of publication. It is a mixture of fact and fantasy, recording events like the invention of printing, but also repeating stories from Herodotus. Even the world map is decorated with strange beings from the far reaches, including a cyclops and a four-eyed man. The panel from the original publisher's pigskin binding, designed for the 'Liber Chronicarum' and appearing on a number of recorded copies, depicts the tree of Jesse, the root of which issues from the sleeping Jesse and contains in its branches the genealogy of Christ. In addition mounted on the xylographic title is a clipped inscription in red ink in a later fifteenth century hand, stating 'the venerable Fr Georg Pinkheimer, prior of the Carthusians at Nuremberg, gave this book to Hartmann Schedel, doctor of medicine, on the Ides of August 1496'. Schedel was an enthusiastic book collector with a large library and the inscription appears to match his hand, however, it is clear that the inscription is taken from another book as it is unlikely that Pinkheimer would have given Schedel a copy of his own book. Hartmann Schedel, a Nuremberg doctor, humanist and author of the present work, ensured its lasting importance due to the attention to and inclusion of contemporary events. Therefore he included the invention of printing, Wycliffe's heresy, and explorations in Africa and the Atlantic. The publication of this book was an enormous undertaking, requiring five years of planning and a year and a half of printing. This process is well documented due to the survival of two maquette copies, the original contract between Kolberger and his partners (Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister), the contract between Kolberger and the artists and other archival material in the Nuremberg Stadtbibliothek. Provenance: Dr John Bellingham Inglis; by descent to Dr C. Inglis with his bookplate to front pastedown; sold at auction in London, 11th June 1900; George Dunn of Wooley Hall with his bookplate; Cornelius J. Hauck.
($109,650 • €100,725 rates)
[Bünting's famous atlas of the bible with his figurative maps] Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, Das ist: Ein Reisebuch uber die gantze heilige Schrifft. Magdeburg: Paul Donat for Ambrosius Kirchners,1595, German edition. Folio, Title-page to part one printed in red and black, title-page to part II with woodcut battle scene. Contemporary blind-tooled panelled pigskin over bevelled boards, with two brass clasps; four parts in one; 9 double-page maps, 2 single page, 1 double-page plate. 1 map and 1 plate with minor edge repairs.
A fine example of a re-imagining of the Bible as a travel book, containing three of the most famous cartographical curiosities: the 'clover-leaf' world map, with Jerusalem at the centre; Europe depicted as a queen; and Asia depicted as Pegasus, the winged horse. Also there are more conventional maps of Africa and the Old World (although the silhouette of the European Queen can still be discerned], and other maps of the Holy Land and Egypt. SHIRLEY: World 142 & 143; NORWICH: Africa 17; MCC 1: Geographical Oddities 2 & 3.
($22,575 • €20,738 rates)
AVITY. Pierre d'.
[17th century Geography with Hondius-Picart carte-a-figure maps of the continents] Les Estats, Empires, Royaumes et Principautez du Monde. Lyons: Claude de la Riviere, 1659. Folio, full C18th vellum; pp. (viii)+930+(32)(index); four folding maps of the continents. Text spotted and toned, repairs to maps.
Pierre d'Avity (1673-1735) first published his 'Countries, Empires, Kingdoms and Principalities of the World' in 1614, but it was continually enlarged, even after his death. This posthumous edition was the first to contain these four maps of the continents. Although they have the name of Jodocus Hondius, three are new states of the maps by Nicholas Picart, 1644, which in turn were copied from Jan Jansson's maps of 1623 (but state 3, with bottom border panels removed), based on his brother-in-law's originals. The fourth, America, has been identified by Burden as a new plate imitating the Picart but with typographic differences, for example 'Cartage' rather than 'Cartagena' on the townplan. BURDEN: North America 333, 'very rare panelled map'; BETZ: 73.2.
($15,480 • €14,220 rates)
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