The auction catalogues of an outstanding collection of atlases.


The Wardington Library: Important Atlases & Geographies. Part One: A-K. [&] Part Two: L-Z.
London: 2005 & 2006. Two volumes, publisher's cloth with pasted illustration on front board; Vol I pp. 367, Vol 2 pp. 371, profusely illustrated.

Stock ID : 22071


Cook's Third Voyage, with the First Map of Hawaii

COOK, Captain James.

A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, Undertaken, By the Command of his Majesty. Performed under the Direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, In His Majesty's Ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the Years 1776, 1777, 1779, and 1780. The Second Edition.
London: Nichol & Cadell, 1785. Three vols (lacking the plate volume), 4to, original calf, morocco title labels, rebacked, marbled boards with bookplate on front pastedowns. Vol 1, title + (viii) (contents) + xcvi + 421, 7 engraved plates; vol 2, title + (xii) (contents) + 548, 9 engraved plates; vol 3, title + (xi) (contents) + 556, 6 engraved plates. Complete as 'List of Plates', with plates in the atlas volume marked with asterisks.

Stock ID : 10583


A Mediterranean pilot guide


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, 1754. 4to, contemporary mottled calf; pp. (viii) + 175, partially unopened, engraved frontispiece of a compass.

Stock ID : 19664


A bibliography and biography of Hollar, extra-illustrated with original etchings

VERTUE, George.

A Description of the Works Of the Ingenious Delineator and Engraver Wenceslaus Hollar, Disposed into Classes of Different Sorts; with Some Account of His Life.
London: George Vertue, 1745. First Edition. Small 4to, later half morocco gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. vi + 137 + (26) (later blanks); title with engraved portrait, engraved plate with prospect of London and index, two engraved head pieces (homage to Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel & prospect of Prague) and a decorative tailpiece. Extra-illustrated with 56 etchings by Hollar, mounted in album paper.

Stock ID : 22727


The story of the Spanish Armada from the House of Lords tapestries

PINE, John.

The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords: Representing the several Engagements Between the English and Spanish Fleets. In the ever memorable Year MDLXXXVIII...
London, John Pine, 1739. Later full calf gilt, marbled edges; engr. title, dedication, pp. (ii) (list of subscribers) + 24, engr. map, 10 maritime views, 10 charts printed in pairs, the views and charts printed in blue within black separately-printed decorative borders.

Stock ID : 14002


Rosaccio's 'Theatre of Heaven and Earth'

ROSACCIO, Giuseppe.

Teatro del Cielo, e della Terra, Del Dottor in Filosofia, e Medicina Gioseppe Rosaccio..
Venice, Domenico Lovisa, c.1712. 8vo, contemporary boards; pp. 140+(4), incl. title with woodcut world map after Macrobius, eleven woodcut maps, and text illus. including the world map repeated twice more.

Stock ID : 18159


An important Italian translation of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'

DOLCE, Lodovico.

Le Trasformationi di M. Lodovico Dolce. In questa quarta impressione da lui in molti luoghi ricorrette.
Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1557. Fourth edition. 4to, C18th half calf with marbled boards and endpapers; pp. (xvi)+309+(i)+colophon; woodcut title and text illustrations throughout, incl. world map on p.3.

Stock ID : 15464


An Italian poem about hunting, illustrated with Ludovico Dolce's world map

SCANDIANESE, Tito Giovanni.

I Quattro Libri della Caccia. [Bound with] La Sfera di Proclo.
Venice: Gabriel Giolito et Fratelli, 1556, First Edition. 4to, contemporary limp vellum; pp. 164 + 20, 16 woodcut vignettes with other woodcut decorations. [&] pp. 23, title with woodcut illustration, other woodcut decorations, publisher's emblem at end.

Stock ID : 17393


The first vernacular edition of 'De Architectura' by Vitruvius


Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione de Architectura Libri Dece traducti de latino in Vulgare affigurati: Comentati: & con mirando ordine Insigniti: per il quale facilmente potrai trouvare la multitudine de lí soi loci & in epsa tabula con summo studio expositi & enucleati ad Immensa utilitate de ciascuo Studioso & benivolo di epsa opera.
Como: Gotardo da Ponte for Agostino Gallo and Aloisio Pirovano. 1521. Folio (400 x 270mm), full 16th century vellum; 192 leaves (8 unnumbered leaves, 183 leaves foliated I - CLXXXIII, final leaf with note and errata); printed title with elaborate woodcut vignette 117 woodcut illustrations and diagrams (10 full-page), printer's device (a smaller version of that for the title) on Z7 verso, errata and editor's note on Z8 recto, large historiated and foliated white-on-black initials throughout.

Stock ID : 20810