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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 • €34,810 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 • €19,470 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 • €5,900 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 • €2,714 rates)
ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Didier.
[An early examination of comparative cartography of North America] [Recueil de 10 Cartes Traitant Particulierement de L'Amerique du Nord.] Paris, Diderot, 1779. Folio, modern half calf gilt; 10 numbered folding maps as called for.
The complete set of ten maps compiled by Didier Robert de Vaugondy from different souces (including the Russians and Japanese) and published in a supplement to Denis Diderot's monumental 'Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers'. The maps compare the different published versions of the cartography of North America, the North Pacific and Bering Strait, and north-east Asia. Shown on these maps are many myths and falsehoods: California as an island; the kingdoms of Anian and Quivira; Jesso or Ezo above Japan; the Mer de l'Ouest; and the fictitious discoveries of 'Bartholomew de Font', including the North West Passage. Most of these theories were cast aside at the end of the decade, with news of Captain Cook's Third Voyage (1776-80), which mapped the North Pacific in far better detail. However this work remains important as one of the first studies of comparative cartography.
($2,129 • €1,947 rates)
[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.
($6,192 • €5,664 rates)
[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.
($2,838 • €2,596 rates)
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 on 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 center the title and dedication are surrounded by putti, instruments and charts; and finally at the bottom is a sea battle.
($29,025 • €26,550 rates)
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