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“The finest general atlas produced in the U.S.” in the early 19th-century,
with 98 large and detailed hand-coloured maps

LUCAS, Fielding, junior. A general atlas containing distinct maps of all the known countries in the world.
Baltimore, Fielding Lucas junior, 1823. Small 1mo (39.5 x 31 cm). With an engraved title-page with an allegorical vignette, a letterpress table of contents, a hand-coloured frontispiece view, the same view in outline and uncoloured, a letterpress table giving heights of the mountains and other features in the facing view, an engraved and partly hand-coloured schematic image of rivers of the world, and 98 hand-coloured maps including 13 double-page. Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled red sheepskin. Full description
€ 18,000
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A truly outstanding Cedid:
the only one ever offered in its original binding and with a verified Western provenance

MAHMOUD RA'IF. Cedid atlas tercümesi.
Üsküdar and Istanbul, Tab’hane-yi Hümayunda; Mühenduishâne Press, 1218 AH (April 1803-March 1804). Large folio (54 x 36.5 cm). With an engraved title-page and 25 engraved maps (2 assembled from 2 sheets each), after William Faden, all coloured by contemporary hand. Contemporary richly gold-tooled limp morocco; rebacked. Full description
€ 250,000
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Final edition of the famous Mercator-Hondius atlas,
with 164 maps attractively coloured by a contemporary hand

MERCATOR, Gerard and Henricus HONDIUS. Atlas sive cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. ... Editio decima.
[Amsterdam], heirs of Henricus Hondius, 1630. Folio (47 x 34 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved double-page portrait of Mercator and Hondius; 4 engraved divisional title-pages, 164 engraved maps (almost all double-page) and many woodcut initials and tailpieces, all fully coloured by a contemporary hand, with some occasional details highlighted with gum arabic, and with the title-pages with some text and details highlighted in gold. All maps with letterpress texts on the back. 18th-century gold- and blind-tooled calf, gilt edges. Full description
€ 125,000
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Map of the world, from the 1602 second edition of Gerard Mercator’s great atlas

MERCATOR, Rumold. Orbis terrae compediosa descriptio.
Duisberg, [heirs of Rumold Mercator], “1587” [= 1602 (engraved 1587)]. Engraved map of the world (36.5 x 53.5 cm) in 2 hemispheres in an equatorial stereographic projection at a scale of about 1:80,000,000 (plate size 28.5 x 52.5 cm), with the title in a panel across the head, a lattice of strapwork decoration in the corners around the hemispheres, an armillary sphere (above) and an elaborate compass rose (below) in the lattice between the hemispheres, and a ship and sea monsters in the sea. Further with an extensive letterpress text in Latin in the large foot margin, in 4 columns. Coloured by an early hand. Framed in a passe-partout under glass (67.5 x 80 cm). Full description
€ 7,000
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Large wall map of Rhine valley for war of Austrian succession.
Fine copy printed on silk and beautifully coloured

OETTINGER, Johann Friedrich. Theatrum Belli Serenissimæ Domus Austriacæ, contra Gallos, ... seu Tabula Geographica Cursus Rheni ... cum Regionibus cis Rhenanis, ... - Neuester Schauplaz des Krieges an dem Ober Rhein und in denen Niederlanden. Oder Lauff des Rheins ...
Augsburg, Matthaeus Seutter, [ca. 1746]. Large engraved wall map (114 x 165 cm) printed on silk from 6 large copper plates (each plate measuring about 57 x 29 cm). With the Latin title in a large decorative cartouche above left and the German title in another below left. Further with a large decorated compass rose above right, two scales below the German title cartouche and scales of latitude and longitude in the border. Coloured by a contemporary hand. Full description
€ 18,000
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Map of the world, from 1579 Latin edition of Ortelius’s atlas

[ORTELIUS, Abraham]. Typus orbis terrarum.
[Antwerp, Abraham Oretelius, letterpress text printed by Christoffel Plantin, 1579 (engraved 1570 by Frans Hogenberg)]. Engraved map of the world (40.5 x 64.5 cm) in an oval projection at a scale of about 1:80,000,000 (plate size 33.5 x 49.5 cm), with the title in a strapwork cartouche at the head, a caption in a matching cartouche at the foot, and a ship and sea monsters in the sea. Coloured by an early hand. Framed under glass (70 x 83.5 cm). Full description
€ 7,500
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Extensive unpublished handbook of the art of navigation, Rotterdam, ca. 1649
with 41 illustrations and 5 decorative cartouches, mostly in colour

PLEMP, Joan J. (Jan Jansz.?). Konst der zeevaert.
[Rotterdam?, ca. 1649?]. Folio (32 x 21 cm). Manuscript in Dutch, written in a clear upright gothic cursive hand in brown ink on paper, with 41 illustrations (an equinoctial compass sundial, quadrants and numerous diagrams, more than half in colour and a few full-page or nearly full-page); 5 coloured cartouches with scales, brief tables, etc.; and more extensive tables of data. Two of the colour illustrations are dials with movable parts (now pasted down at their centres). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 68,000
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Wholly untrimmed copy of a series of 18 spectacular, large botanical prints

SMITH, James Edward and James SOWERBY.

Icones pictae plantarum rariorum, descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae. | Coloured figures of rare plants, illustrated with descriptions and observations.
London, printed for the author by J. Davis, 1790-1793. 3 parts. Folio (61 x 48 cm). With 18 hand-coloured engraved plates (one mounted). Fronts of the original publisher's letterpress printed title-wrappers.

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€ 2,250
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Well-published world atlas with 109 engraved maps, all coloured by hand

TIRION, Isaak. Nieuwe en beknopte hand-atlas. Bestaande in eene verzameling van eenige der algemeenste en nodigste landkaarten; ... na de alderlaatste ontdekkingen van De L'Isle en anderen opgesteld.
Amsterdam, [widow of] Isaak Tirion, [1770]. Folio (42 x 26.5 cm). With 109 engraved maps (106 double-page and 3 larger folding; plate size mostly ca. 30 x 34 cm), all coloured as published. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 28,000
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