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[16th century map of Europe] Europae. Antwerp: Christoph Plantin, c.1585, French text. Two sheets conjoined, total 160 x 215mm. Trimmed to top margin, margin restored with old paper.
Uncommon map of Europe, published in Ortelius's 'Epitome' atlas, originally bound up as two sheets, but here joined.
($599 • €551 rates)
[16th century Dutch map of Europe] Europae. Antwerp: Christoph Plantin, 1574, Latin edition. Coloured. 345 x 460mm. Centre fold reinforced, wide margin example.
A classic decorative map of Europe, with a title cartouche depicting Europa on the back of Zeus disguised as a bull. This example was printed from the second of two near-identical plates, identified by 'Africae Pars' in cursive script. VAN DEN BROECKE: 5, 'superior engraving quality [over first plate]'.
($1,701 • €1,566 rates)
Europa. Antwerp, J.B.Vrients, 1602, Italian edition. 80 x 115mm.
Ortelius's map of Europe, reduced by Philip for the 'Epitome' atlas.
($202 • €186 rates)
Europa. London: Henry Featherstone, 1625, English text edition. Coloured. 150 x 195mm, set in text.
Europe, first published in the reduced version of the Mercator/ Hondius 'Atlas Minor' of 1607. In 1621 the printing plates were sold to a London publisher and appeared in 'Purchas His Pilgrimies', as this example, with the letterpress sur-title 'Hondius his Map of Europe' . Later Dutch editions used new plates by Jansson.
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[17th century English carte à figure map of Europe] Europ, and the Cheife Cities Contained therein Described; with the Habits of Most Kingdoms Now in Use. London, George Humble, 1627. 390 x 510mm. A very fine example.
A classic decorative map of Europe, published in Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', with ten costume vignettes down the sides and eight city prospects, including London, Rome & Venice, along the top.
($3,276 • €3,016 rates)
[17th century map of Europe] Europa Exactissime Descripta... Amsterdam, 1658. Original colour. 380 x 500mm. In fine condition with wide margins.
A very striking and finely engraved map of Europe, with attractive baroque title and dedication cartouches.
($1,638 • €1,508 rates)
VISSCHER, Nicolas Jansz.
[17th century map of Europe] Europa delineata et recens edita par Nicolaum Visscher. Amsterdam, Johannes Jansson, 1658. Original colour. 460 x 550mm. Faint offset.
A decorative antique map of Europe with fine original colour. Several of Visscher's maps appeared in Jansson atlases.
($1,260 • €1,160 rates)
DE WIT, Frederick.
[Separately issued carte à figure map of Europe] Nova Europæ Descriptio. Amsterdam, c.1660. Original colour. 445 x 555mm. Lower centrefold reinforced.
De Wit's first map of Europe, a carte à figure with six town prospects along the top and eight costumes of monarchs down the sides. The comparable map of Africa is dated 1660.
($3,528 • €3,248 rates)
[First folio altas map of Europe to be engraved & published in England] A Mapp of Europe.. London, 1669. 395 x 555mm. A very fine impression, narrow margins as issued
Decorative map of Europe dedicated to James, Duke of York who became James II after the death of his brother Charles II. Engraved by Francis Lamb and published only three years after the Great Fire of London, it is the first folio-size map of Europe to be engraved and published by an Englishman. (John Speed's maps were engraved in Amsterdam.)
($1,071 • €986 rates)
[A rare English separate-issue map of Europe] A New and most Exact map of Europe Described by NI Vischer and don into English and corected according to I. Bleau and Others with ye Habits of ye people & ye manner of ye cheife citties the like never before. London, 1671. Coloured. 425 x 545mm. Trimmed to plate on all sides for binding, expertly re-margined with old paper, original binding folds flattened, tear from a fold repaired.
A very scarce panelled map of Europe, based on the Visscher issue of Keere's map of 1614, with borders decorated with costumes, town views and portraits of monarchs including Charles II. Originally issued in 1668, this is an example of the second state, with Overton's new address.
Apparently Overton was planning a world atlas and lacked maps of the continents, so had them engraved. As the matching map of Africa is signed by Philip Holmes the stylistic similarity makes it likely that Holmes also engraved the Europe. This world atlas never seems to have been published (although the British Library holds a bound collection of maps by Overton's son Henry containing this Europe); this example was issued as an illustration in a smaller-format book.
Little of Overton's output was original: he bought the stock of Peter Stent after his death from the plague in 1665, and c.1700 he bought the plates for Speed's county maps.
This is one of the scarcest 17th century maps of Europe published in England, rarely found undamaged.
($4,095 • €3,770 rates)
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