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 Decorative Items 

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 ($3,836 • €3,258 rates)

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The famous 'cartographic curiosity' map of Europe as a queen]
[Europe depicted as a Queen.] Basel, c.1588. German edition. Coloured. Woodcut, printed area 260 x 160mm.
The famous anthropomorphic map of Europe, depicting the continent as a queen. The head represent Iberia, Denmark the left arm and Italy the right with Sicily an orb in her hand. The British Isles are shown, but not integrated into the figure. MCC: 1, item 6.
[Ref: 18085]    £1,100.00 ($1,481 • €1,257 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 ($471 • €400 rates)

DE BRY, Johann Theodore. [Titlepage of Book V of De Bry's Grand Voyages]
Americæ pars Quinta. Nobilis & admiratione plena Hieronymi Bezoni Mediolanensis. Frankfurt, 1595. Sheet 310 x 220mm. Nick in left edge.
The engraved title to the second part of De Bry's printing of Girolamo Benzoni's 'Historia del Mundo Nuevo', an important first-hand account of the Spanish in America. Benzoni was in the Americas from 1541 to 1556, trying to make his fortune: his book detailed the day-to-day life of the colonies, at a time when the treatment of the natives was causing controversy back in Europe.
[Ref: 13261]    £500.00 ($673 • €572 rates)

MERCATOR, Gerard. [Italy titlepage]
Italiae Sclavoniæ, et Græciæ tabule geographice... Amsterdam, Jodocus Hondius, 1606-. Original colour with gold highlights. 290 x 190mm.
One of the half-titles of Mercator's Atlas, with the title within an architectural frame. KOEMAN: Me 15.
[Ref: 2583]    £150.00 ($202 • €171 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]    £3,500.00 ($4,711 • €4,001 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 ($3,903 • €3,315 rates)

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptiste. [17th century Illustration of diamonds]
Page. 149. A Representation of 24 the fairest Diamonds Chosen out among all those which Travels in India. Monseiur Tavernier sold to the King at his last return from the Indies, upon which Consideration, and for severall services done the Kingdome His Majesty honored him with the Title of Noble. London, 1678. 205 x 235mm. Trimmed to plate on right.
Tavernier was a 17th-century French gem merchant and traveller. Tavernier's writings show that he was a keen observer, as well as a remarkable cultural anthropologist. His Six Voyages became a best seller and was translated into German, Dutch, Italian, and English during his lifetime. The work is frequently quoted by modern scholars writing about the period.
[Ref: 17636]    £200.00 ($269 • €229 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 ($942 • €800 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 ($2,019 • €1,715 rates)

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