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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Munster's famous woodblock illustrating sea monsters]
De regnis septentrion. Monstra marina & terrestria, quæ passim in partibus aquilonis inueniuntur. Basle, c.1560, Latin text edition. Woodcut, printed area 280 x 350mm. A very fine example.
Munster's famous woodcut of sea monsters, based on Olaus Magnus' 'Carta Marina' of 1539. Besides a lobster large enough to hold an unfortunate sailor in its claw, there are monsters with the heads of a dog, boar, owl & bull: tusks, horns and twin-spouts abound. One vignette shows a galleon trying to outrun one monster by throwing their cargo overboard. Many of these monsters were adapted by Ortelius for his map of Iceland in 1587.
[Ref: 18830]    £2,250.00 ($2,808 • €2,549 rates)


BÜNTING, Heinrich. [Fantasy map of Europe as a Queen from Bunting's Itinerarium]
Europa Prima Pars Terræ in Forma Virginis. Magdeburg, 1581-, German edition. Woodcut, printed area 300 x 370mm. Some old ink marginalia.
The famous fantasy map depicting Europe as a Virgin Queen, with Iberia her head and crown; Denmark her right arm; Italy her left arm with Sicily an orb in her hand; Greece, the Balkans and Russia her skirts; and Bohemia a medallion on a chain over her heart. The map appears in Bünting's Itinerarium, in which the author, a theologian, rewrote the Bible as a travel book. with other fantasy maps including the World as a cloverleaf and Asia as Pegasus, the winged horse of Perseus.
[Ref: 16838]    £2,850.00 ($3,557 • €3,229 rates)


BÜNTING, Heinrich. [The famous fantasy map of Asia as Pegasus]
Asia Secunda pars Terræ in Forma Pegasir. Hanover, 1581-. Woodcut. Printed area 300 x 370mm.
A fantasy map depicting Asia as Pegasus, the winged horse of Perseus. The head is Turkey and Armenia, the wings Scythia and Tartary, forelegs Arabia, hind legs India and the Malay Peninsula. This strange map appears in Bünting's Itinerarium, in which the author, a theologian, rewrote the Bible as a travel book, with other fantasy maps including the World as a cloverleaf and Europe as the Virgin Mary. Although the title and text under the map are in Latin, the text on verso is German.
[Ref: 19273]    £2,750.00 ($3,432 • €3,116 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [The famous portrait of Ortelius]
[Ortelius Portrait] Spectandum dedit Ortelius mortalib. orben, Orbi spectandum Galleus Ortelium Antwerp, c.1590. 320 x 220mm. Latin text on reverse. Light damp stains in top margin, a fine impression.
The well known portrait of Dutch map maker and atlas publisher Abraham Ortelius, engraved by Galle and first appeared in the 1579 edition of his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas.
[Ref: 16562]    £350.00 ($437 • €397 rates)


STRADA, Famiano. [The famous 'Leo Belgicus']
De Bello Belgico Decas Prima. Famiani Stradæ Rom. Soc. Iesu. Rome, c.1632. 320 x 220mm. Old ink mss. in margins.
The famous map of the Netherlands depicted as a 'Leo Belgicus'. The lion faces right, with the title on a shield held upright by the lion's right paw. It appeared as the engraved titlepage of the Jesuit Strada's history of the Belgian wars, first published 1632. MCC 7: Tooley, Leo Belgicus 15, plate VII.
[Ref: 17699]    £3,250.00 ($4,056 • €3,682 rates)


BÜNTING, Heinrich. [An engraved version of the famous map of Europe as a Virgin Queen]
Europa Prima Pars Terræ in Forma Virginis. Brunswick: Emmeran Kirchnern, 1646, German text edition. 260 x 360mm. Trimmed to plate at sides, as issued.
A very uncommon copper-engraved version of Bünting's fantasy map depicting Europe as a Virgin Queen, with crown, orb and sceptre. Iberia forms her head and crown; Denmark her right arm; Italy her left arm with Sicily an orb in her hand; Greece, the Balkans and Russia her skirts; and Bohemia a medallion on a chain around her neck. The map was published in Bünting's 'Itinerarium Sacræ Scriptura', a commentary on the bible written as a travel book, first published 1581. The work also contains a map of the World as a cloverleaf and Asia as Pegasus the winged horse. Although the title and text under the map are in Latin, the text on verso is German.
[Ref: 17586]    £2,900.00 ($3,619 • €3,286 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [A scarce sheet of geographical playing cards]
Les Tables de Geographie reduites en un Jeu de Cartes. Paris: du Val, 1669. Original colour. 415 x 545mm. Narrow top margin, as issued.
An uncut sheet of 52 playing cards, divided into the four French suits now adopted in the English-speaking world. Each suit is assigned to a continent: Hearts to Europe, Diamonds to Asia, Spades to Africa and Clubs to America). Each suit has three face cards with roundel portraits and 10 numbered cards, representing a region on that continent, all with the suit symbol with the card number engraved within it. These numbers are often obscured by the thick hand colour, but fortunately the numbers are repeated elsewhere. The number cards all have a list of facts about the region equalling the card's number. At the head of the sheet is a panel containing the title, the arms of Louis, Dauphin of France (1661-1711) and dedication, and four small continental maps, probably created to decorate a box for the cards. Of interest is the Queen of Clubs: a supposed portrait of Queen Elizabeth I represents Virginia, with 'facts' limited to 'Pomeiok (another name for the Pamlico tribe and their village), Jamestown et autre places'. The 8 of Clubs is 'Canada' but includes references to Boston and Manhattan, rather playing down England's possession of both towns. Engraved by Robert Cordier (d. c.1673).
[Ref: 18886]    £3,000.00 ($3,744 • €3,399 rates)


VIANEN, Jan van. [A striking titlepage from the 'Neptune François' sea-atlas]
Le Neptune François. Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1693. 500 x 365mm. Faint creasing.
The titlepage from the First Part of the 'Neptune François', a sumptuous sea-atlas that Koeman described as 'the most expensive sea-atlas ever published in Amsterdam... intended more as a show piece than something to be used by pilots at sea'. This titlepage features Neptune in a sea-chariot drawn by white horses, mer-people, fleets of ships and allegorical figures of winged gods, all within an ornate border.
[Ref: 13983]    £700.00 ($874 • €793 rates)


ZAHN, Johann. [A baroque wind rose]
Venti Septentrionales.. Würtzburg, 1686. Coloured. 360 x 425mm Narrow top margin.
A very decorative wind rose, published in Zahn's book 'Mundi Mirabilis Economia'. A central compass rose is surrounded by rings naming the winds in Dutch, Latin and Italian, with a final ring with Latin-text descriptions. The disk is set into an architectural caprice with a windhead on either side. Johann Zahn (1631-1707), a philosopher of the Præmonstratensian order in Würtzburg, wrote a number of pseudo-scientific works accompanied by engravings of the highest standard, produced for a European nobility eager to experience the 'Enlightenment'.
[Ref: 17616]    £1,500.00 ($1,872 • €1,700 rates)


WOUDENBERG. [Trophies taken by the Dutch in the War of the Spanish Succession]
De Sleutel-Reeks des Vreedes te same gevoegd van het zeer groot Getal van de Vaandels, Standaarden en Ketel-trommen, in de laatste oorlog door de Hollanders veroverd, en in 't Hof van Holland, ten praal, opgehange: in de legers getekend. Theatre des Trophees Pacifiques qui contient le Tres Grand Nombre des Enseignes Etandars et Timbales que ls Hollandois ont pris dans la derniere guerre et qu'on a suspendis dans la Cour d'Hollande: dessiné ds ls armees Amsterdam: Gerard van Keulen, 1713. Original colour. 505 x 585mm.
A record of 175 flags, standards and kettle drums taken by the Dutch from the French, Spanish and Bavarian armies fighting in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-13) and exhibited in the Hof van Holland. Each is marked with the former owner and the battle in which it was taken, including Ramillies Oudenarde and Bouchain, all fought with the Duke of Marlborough as commander-in-chief. Of interest is the key of engraving conventions that allowed a colourist to paint the flags correctly without a sample.
[Ref: 19014]    £1,600.00 ($1,997 • €1,813 rates)


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