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image of Seste deel van de Nieuwe Atlas, oft Tooneel des Aerdrijex...

BLAEU, Johannes.
[The first western atlas of China, in outstanding original colour]
Seste deel van de Nieuwe Atlas, oft Tooneel des Aerdrijex... Amsterdam, 1655, Dutch edition. First edition. Folio; full vellum gilt; pp. (iv) + 212 + (20) (Register) + xviii (Cathay) + 40 (Tartary); 2 engraved titles and 17 double-page maps, all in fine original colour. Bottom corners of titles, first map and text to page 8 repaired.
The First Edition of Blaeu's Atlas of China, the first Western atlas devoted to the country. Unusually for Blaeu atlases the maps have no text on verso. This example was published as the last of the six-volume atlas with the Latin title 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum'. Later the maps were incorporated into the Asia volume of the ultimate Blaeu atlas, the 'Atlas Major', which was the most expensive publication of the 17th century. Blaeu used the maps of Father Martino Martini (1614-1661), a Jesuit missionary who went to China in 1643, remaining there eight years, travelling extensively and collating knowledge. He left China in 1651 to go to Rome, but, as the best available passage was with a Dutch privateer, his route included Norway, Amsterdam, Munich & Vienna. He met with scholars (finally proving that China was indeed the 'Cathay' of Marco Polo) and publishers, who wanted to publish his writings and his maps, which were far more detailed than anything previously available. The Blaeu/Martini atlas was a significant breakthrough concerning China: even in the early C20th it was called 'the most complete geographical description of China that we possess, and through which Martini has become the father of geographical learning on China.' (Ferdinand von Richthofen, 1833-1905). KOEMAN: Bl 52.
[Ref: 12129]  

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image of Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata, Nova Methodo Delineata, Aeris Laminis Expressa.

BAYER, Johann.
[Uranometria]
Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata, Nova Methodo Delineata, Aeris Laminis Expressa. Ulm: Johann Görlin, 1661. Folio, modern full calf gilt; engr. title + 51 double page celestial maps as called for, without text as usual.
First published in 1603, the 'Uranometria' (named after Urania, the Muse of Astronomy) was the first star atlas to use Greek letters to denote the apparent brightness of the stars, a system still used for stars visible to the naked eye. The work depicts the 48 Ptolemaic constellations, one per plate, and a group of twelve new constellations from the southern skys, as charted by Keyzer. Despite the second edition titlepage, the quality of the impressions of the plates suggest they were printed for the first edition but not used until later.
[Ref: 6767]  

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image of Novus Atlas Sinensis.

BLAEU, Johannes.
[The First Western Atlas of China]
Novus Atlas Sinensis. Amsterdam, 1662, Latin edition. Folio; original full morocco gilt; half title, engr. title with gold highlightss, pp. viii+171+(20+(5)+xii+33+(5); 17 double-page maps in fine original colour. General map slightly toned.
Blaeu's Atlas of China, the first Western atlas devoted to that country. Blaeu used the maps of Father Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary, whose survey was a distinct improvement on existing maps. Unusually for Blaeu atlases the maps have no text on verso.. KOEMAN: Bl 56.
[Ref: 6858]  

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image of 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.

GOOS, Pieter.
[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.
[Ref: 13454]  

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NICOLOSI, Giovanni Baptiste.
Hercules Siculus sive Studium Geographicum... Rome, Michael Hercules, 1670-1, First Latin Edition. Folio, contemporary half vellum with ink mss. title, inner hinges strained; pp. (lxvi) + 371 + (47), two identical engr. titles (first slightly trimmed, two half-titles, two identical engr. armorials, 22 engr. maps, & an endpaper with eight scale strips pasted on.
In 1652 Nicolosi was commissioned by the Propaganda Fide (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith) to create Italy's first atlas of the world, first issued in 1660. The twenty-two maps in this unusual atlas are: a double-hemisphere world on two sheets, and Europe, Asia, Africa & North America and South America, each on four sheets. The World is among the first maps to show Tasman's discoveries in Australasia, with parts of New Zealand & Tasmania. The North America has the Rio Grande correctly flowing southeast from New Mexico to the Gulf for the first time; this second edition has been updated, for example marking Drake's landfall in California and the naming of Lake Ontario. The Africa map is upside down, with France (part of the Europe map) filling most of the top right sheet. SHIRLEY: 418; BURDEN: 354 & 355; NORWICH: 45.
[Ref: 1760]  

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DE WIT, Frederick.
[A Splendid Example of De Wit's 1680 Atlas]
Atlas Amsterdam, 1680. Folio, contemporary full calf gilt; marbled endpapers, illustrated title, index and 28 double-page maps in fine original colour, as called for.
A superb and complete example of de Wit's 1680 edition of his "atlas" in wonderful original colour, This edition has the added map of Denmark. The maps are 1 Nova Orbis Tabula 2) America 3) Africa 4) Asia 5) Europa 6) Hispania 7) Portugallia 8) Gallia 9) Italia, Corsica, & Sardinia 10) Germania 11) Rhenus Fluvius 12) Suecia & Norvegia 14) Polonia, & Duc. Lithuania, Volhinia, Podolia, Ukrania, Prussia, Livonia & Curlandia 15) Russia vulgo Moscovia 16) Tartaria & China 17) India Orientalis 18) Persia, Natolia, Armenia & Arabia 19) Turcicum Imperium 20) Terra Sancta A 21) Hungaria, Transilvania, Servia, Romania, Walachia, Moldavia, Sclavonia, Croatia, Bosnia, & Dalmatia B 21) Hungaria Regnum 22) Graecia 23) Candia Insula 24) Sicilia Insula 25) Malta & Goza Insulae 26) Anglia, Scotia, & Hibernia A Germania Inferior Koeman Wit 3.
[Ref: 7663]  

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CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria.
[Coronelli's magnificent Isolario atlas in two volumes]
Isolario descrittione geografico-historia. Venice, 1696-7. Two parts in two vols, large folio, full contemporary mottled calf; Part 1: three engr. titles, letterpress title printed in red and black, pp. (ii) + 312 + 9pp (ads).
A fine extra-illustrated example of Coronelli's monumental 'Isolario', with the first volume covering the countries of the Mediterranean and the second the rest of the world. Among the plates are some of Coronelli's best-known maps: the folding bird's-eye view of Venice, the two-sheet Crete, Malta, Corfu, and two-sheet China. These are supplemented with extra gore sheets and three large plates of Venetian boats. A list of plates is available on request.
[Ref: 16475]  

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image of Les Tablettes Guerrières, ou Cartes choisies Pour la Commodité des Officiers et des Voyageurs, Contenant toutes les Cartes générales Du Monde, avec les particulieres des Lieux ou le Théatre de la Guerre se fait sentir en Europe.

LA FEUILLE, Daniel de.
[Lord Wardington's example of a Military Atlas]
Les Tablettes Guerrières, ou Cartes choisies Pour la Commodité des Officiers et des Voyageurs, Contenant toutes les Cartes générales Du Monde, avec les particulieres des Lieux ou le Théatre de la Guerre se fait sentir en Europe. Amsterdam, Paul de la Feuille, 1709. Agenda 8vo (198 x 70mm.), contemporary calf, rebacked with gilt in compartments; title, pp. 16, 30 folding maps and plates. A few folds with signs of wear, map of Italy added from another example.
The first edition of this military pocket atlas to be published by Paul de la Feuille after the death of his father that year. Published during the War of the Spanish Succession, the maps of European countries have plans of the defences down the sides. The tall pocket format means the maps are folded several times.
[Ref: 8553]  

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image of [Untitled French composite atlas, the majority of maps by Guillaume de L'Isle but also Hubert Jaillot, Nicolas Sanson and others.]

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.
[Ref: 15866]  

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image of England Exactly Described Or a Guide to Travellers In a Compleat Sett of Maps of All the Counties of England; being a Map for each County...

BLOME, Richard.
[Taylor's atlas with maps from Blome's "Speed's Maps Epitomiz'd"]
England Exactly Described Or a Guide to Travellers In a Compleat Sett of Maps of All the Counties of England; being a Map for each County... London: Thomas Taylor, 1716-17. Tall 8vo, C18th panelled calf, rebacked with original title label; engr. title, 4 engr. distance tables; maps of England & Wales, Scotland & Ireland, 39 numbered county maps on 39 plates, as called for, all fine fine original colour.
A superb example of Taylor's edition of Blome's "Speed's Maps Epitomiz'd", first published in 1681. The three general maps are new compositions: the county maps are all Blome's, with signatures of Wenceslaus Hollar and Richard Palmer as engravers. Blome's name is still on some of the maps, but on others it has been removed and occasionally it has been replaced with Taylor's imprint. A robust and clean example of an uncommon antique atlas. See SHIRLEY: British Isles, Taylor 2.for England & Wales map, state 3 of 5, with roads added, 1717, the second year of publication.
[Ref: 11658]  

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