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  ATLASES 
image of The Royal Illustrated Atlas, of Modern Geography.

FULLARTON, Archibald.
[A decorative Victorian world atlas]
The Royal Illustrated Atlas, of Modern Geography. London & Edinburgh: A. Fullarton & Co, 1872. Folio, publisher's morocco, blocked in blind and gilt, gilt edges; engraved title, pp. (iv)+84+(4)+(102)(index), 76 tinted lithographic maps and plans (numbered to 74, but three numbered '25')
A fine Victorian antique atlas, a mixture of plainer double-page antique maps of countries and decorative single-page sheets with instructive vignettes ranging from wildlife to coffee porduction and city views. Many of these relate to the colonies of each European country.
[Ref: 12107]  

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  BOOKS 
image of In Somnium Scipionis...

MACROBIUS, Ambrosius.
[With an Early World Map]
In Somnium Scipionis... Lyons, Sebastian Gryphius, 1542. Small 8vo, Original Vellum Binding; pp. 567 + 73 (index); several woodcut text illustrations.Light toning and occasional foxing.
Macrobius was a Roman philosopher and geographer, AD 399-423. This work is a commentary on 'The Dream of Scipio', a section of Cicero's 'Republic' that had been lost until 1821, when a palimpsest (a used sheet of parchment that had been cleaned for reuse) was discovered with the original text still legible underneath later writing. Cicero theorised that the northern lands are balanced by a southern continent (Antipodes), which are unreachable because of the lands of fire (Perusta). The theory is illustrated with a diagrammatic world map (p.154). This clashed with the teachings of the Church, who insisted that as Bible states that the whole world was re-populated by the sons of Noah there could be no unreachable Antipodes. Macrobius's text was a standard school text throughout the Middle Ages. See SHIRLEY: World 13.
[Ref: 8681]  

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image of Le Relationi Universali di Giovanni Botero Benese Divise In Quattro Parti.

BOTERO, Giovanni.
[Botero's Geography]
Le Relationi Universali di Giovanni Botero Benese Divise In Quattro Parti. Venice, Niccolo Polo, 1597 & Giacomo Vincenti, 1598. Large 8vo, later half calf with marbled boards, rubbed; Four parts in one: pp. (xxxii)+240+80; (xxii)+152; 183+(7); (xvi)+79. With four engraved maps of the continents, all with slight damp stains, Africa and America with an old repaired tear each.
Botero (1540-1617), was a Piedmontese priest, geographer and Secretary to the Duke of Savoy. His text on geography was regarded as the best for over a century, with 17 editions in its first ten years. It was more than just a geography, as Botero also discussed political history and economics. The four maps, modelled on Ortelius, are all of a second state, with the name 'Poro' engraved lower left. This is believed to be the signature of Girolamo Poro, the engraver. BURDEN: 86; Betz 32.
[Ref: 11048]  

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image of Specula physico-mathematico-historica notabilium ac mirabilium sciendorum in qua Mundi Mirabilis Œconomia...

ZAHN, Johann.
[A Fine Cosmography]
Specula physico-mathematico-historica notabilium ac mirabilium sciendorum in qua Mundi Mirabilis Œconomia... Nuremberg: J.C.Lochner, 1696. 3 vols in two, folio, contemporary speckled calf, gilt spines in compartments; pp. [xl]+448 + [7]; [xxiv]+460+[8]; [xvi]+248 (lacking N2-3)+[8]. With 3 engr. frontispieces, portrait, 54 engr. plates (26 folding), 16 folding tables.
A finely illustrated cosmography, written by a German monk. Cartographic plates include maps of the Solar System, a pair of Celestials, the sun, moon & Venus, the world and Mediterreanean showing sea currents, a pair of hemispheres and an ornate wind rose. Zoological plates include illustrations of seamonsters, demons, mermen, unicorns and bizarre breeds of men. Johann Zahn (1631-1707) also published a book on optics, 'Oculus Artificialis Teledioptricus Sive Telescopium' (1685), with extensive descriptions of both the camera obscura and the magic lantern, which he used for anatomical lectures. SHIRLEY: World 583 & 584, "engravings of a high standard"; WARNER: Sky Explorerd p.267.
[Ref: 5993]  

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image of A Short Account, of the Nature and Use of Maps. As Also Some Short Discourses of the Division of the Earth Into Zones, Climes and Parallels; To Which Is Subjoined a Catalogue of the Factories and Places now in the Possession of the English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Danes, both in the East and West Indies. With several Tables very useful in Geography and Navigation.

ALINGHAM, William.
[18th century guide to the use of maps]
A Short Account, of the Nature and Use of Maps. As Also Some Short Discourses of the Division of the Earth Into Zones, Climes and Parallels; To Which Is Subjoined a Catalogue of the Factories and Places now in the Possession of the English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Danes, both in the East and West Indies. With several Tables very useful in Geography and Navigation. London, Printed by R. Janeway, for Benjamin Barker, 1703. 8vo, original full calf; pp. (viii)+85+(3), one folding plate. Binding chipped and worn, text damp stained, with wear.
A guide to making and using maps.
[Ref: 12384]  

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image of Le Portulan de la Mer Mediterranée, ou le Vray Guide des Pilots Costiers. Dans lequel on verra la veritable maniere de Naviguer le long des Côtes d'Espagne, Catalogne, Provence, Italie, les Isles d'Yvice, Mayorque, Minorque, Corse, Sicilie, & autres…

MICHELOT, Henri.
[A Mediterranean pilot guide or portulan]
Le Portulan de la Mer Mediterranée, ou le Vray Guide des Pilots Costiers. Dans lequel on verra la veritable maniere de Naviguer le long des Côtes d'Espagne, Catalogne, Provence, Italie, les Isles d'Yvice, Mayorque, Minorque, Corse, Sicilie, & autres… Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1709. 4to, modern half calf with marbled boards, gilt morocco title label; pp. (viii) + 175, partially unopened, engraved frontispiece of a compass.
A navigational / pilots guide book to the western Mediterranean, with detailed descriptions of the important ports and harbours, with instructions on how to enter them
[Ref: 11724]  

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image of Vetus Testamentatum Ex Versione Saptuaginta Interpretum, Secundum Exemplar Vaticanum Romæ...

[Bible].
[Bible with Maps]
Vetus Testamentatum Ex Versione Saptuaginta Interpretum, Secundum Exemplar Vaticanum Romæ... Franqueræ, Franciscus Halma, 1709. 4to, contemporary prize vellum gilt, front end-paper loose; frontis., engr. title; pp. [xxxviii] + 1326; 4 engr. plates. Latin prefaces and Greek text.
Totius Orbis Terrarum Tabula.... per J. Moxon. Double-page world map with California as an island. 2. Tabernaculi Cunstructio et Vasa Sacra. Double page view of the construction of the Tabernacle. 3. Tabula Geographica Terræ Sanctæ Auctore I. Bonifrero Societa Iesu. Fold-out map of the Holy Land. 4. Vera Hierosolymae Veteris Imago. Double-page plan of Ancient Jerusalem
[Ref: 8258]  

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image of Les Indes Orientales et Occidentales et autres lieux: représentés en très-belles figures, qui montrent au naturel les Peuples, Moeurs, Religions, Fêtes, Sacrifices, Mosquées, Idoles, Richesses, Ceremonies, Festins, Tribunaux, Supplices et esclavages... Par le S.r Romein de Hooge.

HOOGHE, Romeyn de.
[Fine antique etchings of the East and West Indies]
Les Indes Orientales et Occidentales et autres lieux: représentés en très-belles figures, qui montrent au naturel les Peuples, Moeurs, Religions, Fêtes, Sacrifices, Mosquées, Idoles, Richesses, Ceremonies, Festins, Tribunaux, Supplices et esclavages... Par le S.r Romein de Hooge. Leiden: Pieter van der Aa, 1710. Oblong folio, original full mottled calf gilt with gilt armorial on both boards, marbled endpapers with bookplate on front pastedown, silk bookmark; engraved title, 6 map & 40 etched plates by de Hooghe (numbered to 41, 3 & 4 on the only folding sheet), complete, 39 blank sheets with gilt edges. Ex-libris, blindstamp of the Wigan Free Public Library in the margin of the title and 8 plates; ink provenance annotations on premiliminary.
A travel guide to the East and West Indies in the form of 40 antique prints by Romeyn de Hooghe, a famous Dutch Old Master etcher, with keys to the illustations. Subjects include the visit of the English Ambassador Sir Thomas Roe's visit to Agra 1615-18, diamond production, plants and animals of Africa, America and Asia, tortures and punishments, shipping, ceremonies, slavery, music, religions, Brazilian sugar mills, Captain John Smith in Virginia, and Spanish tyranny in the West Indies. Antique maps contained in this work are of the world and continents (North & South America separately). The gilt arms and bookplate belong to Louis Urbain Le Fèvre de Caumartin [1653-1720], a friend of Voltaire. The book passed through the collections of the Earl of Crawford and the Buckley Library before reaching Wigan.
[Ref: 12723]  

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image of The Battle of Waterloo Taken on the Spot, After the Action of the 18.th June 1815, Presented, & Dedicated With Permission To H.R.H. The Duke Of York, By Lieut.t Tyler 2nd GB.

TYLER, Lieutenant.
[A rare plan of the Battle Of Waterloo]
The Battle of Waterloo Taken on the Spot, After the Action of the 18.th June 1815, Presented, & Dedicated With Permission To H.R.H. The Duke Of York, By Lieut.t Tyler 2nd GB. London, c. 1815, copperplate engraving, original wash colour, 440 x 270mm Original buckram cover; old fold from being inserted into a small view book; narrow top margin, with a few short tears restored.
A rare and detailed broadsheet plan of the battle of Waterloo drawn by Lieutenant Tyler of the 2nd Guards Brigade, in original colour and preserved by being bound into a Belgian view-book of the battlefield, containing six engravings of pivotal locations in the battle.
[Ref: 11014]  

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image of Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes Exécuté par ordre de S.M. L'Empereur et Roi. Partie Historique Rédigée par M.F.Peron. Atlas par MM. Leseur et Petit. [Bound with] Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes... Atlas. Deuxième Partie.

FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaules de, et al.
[A French Cartographic Expedition to Australia]
Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes Exécuté par ordre de S.M. L'Empereur et Roi. Partie Historique Rédigée par M.F.Peron. Atlas par MM. Leseur et Petit. [Bound with] Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes... Atlas. Deuxième Partie. Paris: 1811-1816. Atlas volume only, small folio, original spine and boards; engraved title + (iv) (list of plates), 40 engr. plates, some colour printed; eng. title + (iii) (list of plates), 14 plates of maps (incl. 2 large folding).
The atlas volume from a combined edition of Freycinet & Peron's accounts of the French cartographic expedition to Australia 1800-1804, which was preparing the way for French colonisation. The main contributors were Freycinet (maps), Lesueur & Petit (drawings) and Péron (written account). The plates are a mixture of engraving, etching and aquatint: the colour plates are all printed in base colours to ensure the highest quality of reproduction. The two works still have their original titles and indexes: the large general map is listed in both but is omitted from the first part. There is also a plate 'XLI' in the first part not called for.
[Ref: 1796]  

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