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  ATLASES 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Early edition of Munster's Geographia]
Geographia Universalis, Vetus et Nova, Complectens Claudiii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Enarrationis Libros VIII. Basle, Henri Petri, 1545, Latin text edition. Folio, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties; title & pp, (x) (index) + (xxxiv)(Liber I) + 195, 54 double-page maps with woodblock and text on recto. Titlepage from an earlier edition; 4pp. Patched to fill mss. ink burn, otherwise a clean, dark-imprint example on strong paper.
The third Latin edition of Munster's' version of Ptolemy's Geography, first published five years before. It contains 27 Ptolemaic maps and 26 modern maps, 12 of which were new blocks; however. with three maps dropped and three replaced, there are only six more than the previous edition. Among the new maps are Scandinavia after Olaus Magnus and Bohemia, which Nordenskiöld describes as the 'first map on which the different religious and political conditions of a country are denoted'. The map of America is in its second state, with only the map number in the title altered. NORDENSKIOLD COLLECTION: II, 213; BURDEN: 12.
[Ref: 13956]    £19,000.00 ($25,137 • €21,516 rates)


LANGENES, Barent. [Early second edition of this important pocket atlas]
[Caert-Thresoor Inhoudende de tafelen des gantsche Werelts Landen...] Middleburg: Langenes, 1599. Oblong 8vo, modern vellum gilt, new endpapers; two parts in one; title lacking, pp. (xiii) (with frontis of Magellan's ship Victoria) + 462; pp. 196 (lacking pp. 193-4, incl. map 'Ins Vaygates' + (2) (table of maps, lacking 2pp?). Light damp staining to lower right throughout, loss to right hand margin of a few maps, and several with nicks and tears
An early second edition of the Caert-Thresoor, a state between Koeman's Lan 1 & Lan 2, mentioned as a variant of Lan2. It still lacks the maps of Africa and America in Part II, yet having the latitude scales added to most of the maps, and including the maps engraved by English engraver Benjamin Wright. The text of the Caert-Thresoor was written by Langenes and the maps mostly engraved by Pieter van den Keere and Jodocus Hondius, although here the maps of Java, Sumatra, Madagascar and St Helena have been replaced with ones by Wright. Later editions had text by Petrus Bertius, and are much more familiar. The first part of the atlas contains two maps of the world by Jodocus Hondius, with maps of the continents and European countries; the second part covers the rest of the world (with maps of Scio, Rhodes and Cyprus as they were part of the Ottoman dominions). A rare atlas. KOEMAN: Lan 2, 'This variant obviously represents the the oldest version of the second edition'.
[Ref: 11659]    £12,500.00 ($16,538 • €14,155 rates)


TIRION, Isaak. [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).
[Ref: 12425]    £5,000.00 ($6,615 • €5,662 rates)


  BOOKS 

DIONYSIUS PERIEGETES. [A Greek description of the world in the second century C.E.]
Tes palai kai tes nyn Oikoumenes Periegesis, sive Dionysii Geographia Emendata & Locupletata Additione scil. Geographiae Hodernae Græco Carmine pariter donatæ. Cum 16 tabulis geographicis. Ab Edv. Wells, A.M. Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1704. First Edition. 8vo., contemporary full calf; pp. (viii) + 116 + (8)(index), 16 maps, as called for. A few shallow worm holes in boards, ink mss, ownership inscription on front pastedown dated 1705.
An edition of the 'Oikoumenes Periegesis', a description of the world written in Greek hexameter verse by Dionysius Periegetes ('Dionysus the traveller') c.130 C.E. When written it was a popular school book and here, after it had been edited, translated into Latin and annotated by Edward Wells, it belonged to an undergraduate of St John's College Cambridge. Edward Wells (1667-1727) also prepared 16 maps for the work. McLAUGHLIN: 205.
[Ref: 18425]    £850.00 ($1,125 • €963 rates)


  BRITISH ISLES 

ROCQUE, John. [A fine example of Rocque's county atlas]
The Small British Atlas: being a New Set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales: To which is added a General Map... London: Rocque, 1753. 8vo, later brown calf; engraved title (in English & French), folding general map, double-page general map & 52 double-page engraved maps, as called for. Good, early impressions of the maps.
The only county atlas by Rocque, who was better known for his large scale surveys of cities. Most of the maps have no illustrations, but Devon has vignettes of the Eddystone Lighthouse and West Yorkshire has a view of a guillotine in use in Halifax half a century before the French Revolution. The folding general map, titled 'A Parliamentary Map of England', is a sketch-map, marking the outlines of the counties and the positions of the major towns only; however it is made more interesting by the tables, which includes the revenue of both land tax and ship tax from each county.
[Ref: 11749]    £4,000.00 ($5,292 • €4,530 rates)


  EUROPE 
 Belgium 

DHEULLAND, Guillaume. [A 'travelling atlas' of Brabant published for the French military]
Carte Nouvelle de Duche de Brabant et partie de la Holland. Paris, 1744. Folio, later quarter calf with marbled boards; index map with title and 24 maps in original outline colour. Ink mss. in margins of maps; hole in in index sheet.
A 24-sheet map of the Duchy of Brabant, here presented (according to the index page) as a 'travelling atlas for the use of the officers of the armies of his Majesty' Louis XV, on a scale large enough to track troop movements. After the outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession (1740-8) the Spanish Netherlands were a particular target for the French army.
[Ref: 15015]    £2,200.00 ($2,911 • €2,491 rates)


 The Mediterranean 

LEVANTO, Francesco Maria. [One of the earliest Italian maritime atlases to be printed]
Prima Parte dello Specchio del Mare, nel quale ai Descrivono Tutti li Porti, Spiaggie, Baye, Isole, Scogli, e Seccagni del Mediterraneo. Genova: Gerolamo Matino & Benedetto Celle, 1644. First Edition, Part 1 only (all published); Folio, 18th century vellum, ink mss title on the top of spine; engraved title, pp. (iv)+152, many woodcut charts and illustrations; 25 engraved charts, all but one double-page. A few repairs to charts.
An atlas of sea charts of the Mediterranean, inspired by and named after Jacobsz's 'Zeespiegel' (Mirror of the Sea). There are general charts of the western and eastern Mediterranean and localised details from the Strait of Gibraltar and the Balearics to the Aegean and Cyprus. The text is profusely illustrated with woodcut coastal profiles and port plans. The elaborate title page is divided into three: at the top is a female allegorical figure of Geography with putti with back-staffs; in the centre the title and dedication are surrounded by putti, instruments and charts; and finally at the bottom is a sea battle.
[Ref: 13453]    £22,000.00 ($29,106 • €24,913 rates)


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