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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 Description and Use of the Globes, and the Orrery. To which is prefix'd By Way of Introduction, A brief Account of the Solar System... Tenth edition.

HARRIS, Joseph.
[A treatise on globes with a globe-maker's advert inserted]
The Description and Use of the Globes, and the Orrery. To which is prefix'd By Way of Introduction, A brief Account of the Solar System... Tenth edition. London: Benjamin Cole & Elizabeth.Cushee, 1768. 8vo., full calf gilt; pp. viii + 220 + (4)(ads); folding engraved frontis., five numbered folding plates, as called for, and extra folding globe advert. A little wear to plates.
A popular handbook on globes written by Joseph Harris (1702-64), who began as a blacksmith in Cornwall before starting to design and make mathematical and navigational instruments, as well as teaching mathematics and authoring books on astronomy, optics and navigation. Another career was as the King's Assay-Master (testing the purity of precious metals) at the Mint in the Tower of London. The publishers were also both involved in scientific instruments: Benjamin Cole (1725-1813, the third generation to have the same name) made instruments and globes, which are listed, with prices, in the advert at the back of this book; and Elizabeth Cushee (1704-1773) took over the business of her husband Richard (1696-1733) on his death, making globes. The globe-maker's advert, illustrated with a pair of his globes, was engraved by Richard.
[Ref: 18162]  

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image of Book 9: Twelve Views of Cities. Douze Vües de Villes.

BOWLES, Carington.
[A scarce set of city views presented as a contemporary board-mounted booklet]
Book 9: Twelve Views of Cities. Douze Vües de Villes. London: Carington Bowles, c.1780. Original colour. Twelve etchings, each sheet 180 x 280mm, each laid on card, stitched with canvas trim. Light wear on front illustration (Rotterdam),binding cord replaced.
Twelve numbered European city views, titled in English and French, including London, Venice, Valletta, Gdansk and Constantinople. It was 'Book 9' of 31 sets of prints published by Carington Bowles between 1771-85, which his catalogue of 1784 described as 'Various sets, or books, of beautiful and entertaining prints, on half sheets of fine demy paper; containing 12 prints in each. Price 3s. plain, or 8s. each book, finely coloured'. The set is: 1. A View of Rotterdam and the River Muese, with variety of shipping. Vüe de Rotterdam et de la Meuse, avec divers vaisseaux. [&] 2. A General View of the City of Amsterdam, from the Tye. Vüe Generale de la Ville d'Amsterdam, du Coté du Tye. [&] 3. A General View of the City of Madrid, the Capital of Kingdom of Spain. Vüe Generale de Madrid Ville Capitale du Roicaume d'Espagne. [&] 4. A General View of the City of Constantinople. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Constantinople. [&] 5. A General View of the City of Paris, taken from an Eminence in the Village of Chaillot. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Paris, de la hauteur du Village du Chaillot. [&] 6. A General View of the City of Venice. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Venice. [&] 7. A General View of the City and Fortification of Malta. Vüe Generale de la Ville et des Fortification de Malte. [&] 8. A General View of the City of Naples. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Naples . 9. A General View of the City of Lisbon. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Lisbon. [&] 10. A General View of the City of Dantzick. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Dantzick. [&] 11. A General View of the City of Florence, from the Convent of Capuchins at Montuge. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Florence, du Convent des Capucins à Montugi. [&] 12. A General View of the City of London, taken from the Bowling Green at Islington. Vüe Generale de la Ville de Londres, du Boulin Grin à Islington. On the reverse is an ink ownership inscription: 'Capt.n Harrison 11th Royal Veterans'. The Royal Veteran Battallions were founded in 1802, primarily as a 'Home Guard' during the Napoleonic Wars. The 11th Battalion, raised in 1807, were stationed on Guernsey, Winchelsea, Bexhill and the Isle of Man. However in 1812: three companies were sent to garrison Anholt, a Danish island captured by the British in 1809 in order to restore the important lighthouse turned off by the Danes to hinder British convoys. The 11th was disbanded in June 1815, a matter of days after the Battle of Waterloo.
[Ref: 14995]  

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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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image of Memoirs of William Smith, L.L.D., Author of the "Map of the Strata of England and Wales," by his Nephew and Pupil...

PHILLIPS, John.
[Memoirs of the "Father of English Geology"]
Memoirs of William Smith, L.L.D., Author of the "Map of the Strata of England and Wales," by his Nephew and Pupil... London: John Murray, 1844. First Edition. 8vo, full calf gilt, rebacked, marbled endpapers and edges, with bookplate of the Stanley family, Earls of Derby; frontis. portrait, pp. xi + 150, four portrait plates, a few text illus. Some spotting.
Memoirs of William 'Strata' Smith (1769-1839), who created the first geological map of the British Isles in 1815, introducing the system of colour-coding the various geological types recognisable to a geologist today. Unfortunately plagarists undercut the prices of his publications, and in 1817 he went bankrupt, spending the next two years in King's Bench Prison, the notorious debtor's prison in Southwark. On his release in 1819 he had no alternative but to work for others, including John Cary, but later in his life he began to receive the recognition he deserved. In 1829 he designed the 'Rotunda', a geological museum in Scarborough, the first purpose-built museum in the country, renamed the 'Rotunda - The William Smith Museum of Geology' in 2008; and in 1831 he became the first receipient of the Wollaston Medal, the highest award granted by the Geological Society of London. Their president, Adam Sedgwick, described Smith as "the Father of English Geology". The author, John Phillips (1800-1874), lost his parents at an early age, becoming Smith's charge, accompanying him around the country during the creation of his geological maps. Later he taught geology at Oxford University, and became Professor of Geology at the Univerity of Dublin the year he published this book. He became keeper of the Ashmolean Museum from 1854-70, was president of the Geological Society of London 1859-60 and president of the British Association in 1865.
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