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The most illustrious of all celestial atlases

BAYER, Johannes. Uranometria, omnium asterismorum continens schemata, nova methodo delineata, aereis laminis expressa.
Ulm, Johannes Görlin, 1639. Folio (31.5 x 41 cm). With engraved architectural title-page and 51 full-page engraved star charts (with constellations) by Alexander Mair. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 28,000
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Coloured copy of Blaeu's atlas of China,
in richly gold-tooled contemporary vellum

[BLAEU, Joan]. MARTINI, Martino. Novus atlas Sinensis a Martino Martinio … [Nieuwe atlas van het groote rijck Sina, …].
Including: GOLIUS, Jacob. Byvoeghsel van 't Koninckryck Catay.
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1655]. Super royal folio (51 x 34 cm). With engraved title-page (lacking the letterpress title-slip) and 17 double-page engraved maps, all coloured by a contemporary hand. The maps include 16 maps of China and 1 general map of Japan, with richly decorated cartouches often showing several Chinese in traditional garb. The preliminaries bound at the end. Contemporary richly gold-tooled, slightly overlapping vellum, remains of ties, gilt edges. Full description
€ 48,000
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5 beautifully decorated Blaeu maps: the world ca. 1657/64 and the continents ca. 1642

BLAEU, Joan. Nova et accuratissima totius terrarum orbis tabula.
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, ca. 1657/64].
With: BLAEU, Willem Jansz.
(2) Europa recens descripta.
(3) Asia noviter delineata.
(4) Africa nova descriptio.
(5) Americae nova tabula.
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, ca. 1642?].
Five large engraved maps (73 x 85 cm & 66 x 81 cm as framed; plate size 41 x 55 cm) showing the world, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Each continent map includes 19 insets relevant to the regions shown: 9 city views at the head and 10 pair of costume figures flanking the map. The map of the Americas also has an inset map of Greenland. All 5 maps hand-coloured (probably by a later hand). Each map in a passe-partout and framed, under glass, the 4 continent maps in a uniform style. Full description
€ 45,000
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High quality facsimile of the volumes, depicting the parts of the world outside Europe
of the magnificent 17th-century Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem

BLAEU, Joan and Laurens van der HEM. [Facsimile of volumes 35 - 45 of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem, relating to Africa, America and Asia].
[Amsterdam, 1660-1663]. Houten, Hes & De Graaf, 2008-2011. Large folio (58 x 44 cm). Bound 8 volumes. Including nearly 500 views, maps, charts and drawings, splendidly reproduced in full colour with details in gold. Gold- tooled vellum, matching the original bindings. Full description
€ 75,000
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Splendidly decorated wall map of Delft, coloured by a contemporary hand

[MAP - NETHERLANDS - DELFT]. [BLEYSWIJCK, Dirk Evertsz. van]. [Afbeeldinge der stadt Delft].
Amsterdam, Pieter Smith, [1678?]. 4 sheets (83 x 126 cm. as assembled). Contemporary hand-coloured, engraved map of Delft, with Delft coats of arms at top centre; cartouche at top left with the Dutch lion in a fishing boat, and coats of arms of Delft, Schiedam, Enkhuizen, Brielle and Rotterdam; cartouche at top right with an inset map of Delfland and the coats of arms of Delfland and the water authorities, and views of the palaces of Honselerdijk and Rijswijk; a 14-line poem in praise of the map by Constantijn Huygens and a key at bottom right; compass and scale of Delftland or Rijnland rods at bottom left; and the names of the publisher and engraver at bottom left and left of centre, numerous figures, fruits and vegetables, real and mythical animals, etc. Mounted on linen and framed. Full description
€ 9,500
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Fine untrimmed copy of a pilot guide, with coloured maps and aquatint profiles

BOUGARD, René and John Thomas SERRES. The little sea torch: or, true guide for coasting pilots.
London, J. Debrett for the "author" [Serres], G. & W. Nicol, et al. [printed by T. Rickaby], 1801. Large folio (47 x 30 cm). With 20 numbered aquatint plates containing 137 coastal profiles, and 12 partly numbered engraved plates containing 24 maps of port cities, harbours, islands and the Strait of Gibraltar. All coastal profiles and maps beautifully and subtly coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary boards. Full description
€ 14,500
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The greatest map of Paris, 240 x 316 cm, here with the 20 sheets and key map bound as an atlas
in contemporary gold-tooled morocco with the Paris city arms

BRETEZ, Louis. Plan de Paris commencé l'année 1734. Dessiné et gravé, sous les ordres de Messire Michel Etienne Turgot, Marquis de Sousmons ... Achevé de graver en 1739.
[Paris, 1739]. Grand-Aigle folio (56 x 45.5 cm). An enormous engraved map of Paris in 20 numbered sheets plus a key map, at a scale of about 1:2000, each segment measuring 55 x 84 cm (plate size 51.5 x 80.5 cm; image 48 x 79 cm) which would give an assembled map with image size about 240 x 316 cm! The key map is slightly larger than the segments and folds out at the head. Bound as an atlas (but with segments 18 and 19, containing the cartouche, assembled to make a long fold-out) in contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, each board with as centrepiece the Paris coat of arms (a ship with chief a field of fleurs-de-lis). Full description
€ 25,000
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Beautifully illustrated expeditions searching for ancient Egyptian antiquities

CAILLIAUD, Frédéric and Bernardino DROVETTI. Voyage a l'Oasis de Thèbes et dans les déserts situés a l'orient et a l'occident de la Thébaïde, fait pendant les années 1815, 1816, 1817 et 1818.
Paris, Royal press, 1821. With 24 numbered engraved plates, including 2 engraved maps (1 folding), 1 plate coloured by hand and 1 double-page.
With: (2) CAILLIAUD, Frédéric and Bernardino DROVETTI. Voyage a l'Oasis de Syouah … pendant leurs voyages dans cette oasis, en 1819 et en 1820.
Paris, Rignoux, 1823. With 20 numbered plates (1 engraved map and 19 lithographed plates). 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary green goatskin morocco, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 19,500
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Rare Dutch translation of a work on Spanish America, with 4 maps

CAMPBELL, John. De tegenwoordige staat der volken van het Spaansche ryk in Amerika, met een byzonder verhaal, van den koophandel uit Oud-Spanje, met de galjoenen, flota, &c.; en van den verboden handel der Hollanders, Engelschen, Franschen, Deenen en Portugezen, in de West-Indiën.
Amsterdam, Bernardus Mourik, [ca. 1745 or ca. 1748]. 8vo. With 4 folding engraved maps, showing the city and harbours of Veracruz, Havana, Portobelo and Cartagena. Contemporary red half sheepskin (roan). Full description
€ 1,200
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