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Rare book - Atlas by Blaeu, 1640-43

First French text edition of the three volume Blaeu Atlas

BLAEU W. & J. Le theatre du monde ou Nouvel Atlas contenant les chartes et descriptions de tous les païs de la terre mis en lumiere par Guillaume et Jean Blaeu. Amsterdam, 1640-43, 3 vol. folio (500 x 320 mm) 6 engraved architectural titles (heigthened with gold), and 273 mostly double-page engraved maps, contemporary hand colour, contemporary gilt-panelled vellum. Occasional browning, some light marginal staining, binding soiled. (Van der Krogt 2, 211)

Item number: 04239 -

Rare book - city atlas by Braun and Hogenberg

The most famous cities atlas: Braun and Hogenberg's magnificent collection of town map engravings

BRAUN & HOGENBERG, Civitates Orbis Terrarium. Part I, II and III in 1 vol. Cologne, Gottfried von Kempen (Part I & II), 1575 and Bertram Buchholtz (Part III), 1593. Latin text. With 3 engraved title-pages, 176 engraved plates, depicting 300 cities (one plate with coat of arms): detailed perspective town plans and views, all beautiful coloured by contemporary hands. Calf binding, restored, new spine (original spine preserved), covers gilt paneled with central arabesque motifs.

Item number: 24226 -

Antique atlas historique by Z. Châtelain

Atlas historique ou Nouvelle introduction à l'histoire, à la chronologie & à la Geographie ancienne & moderne; Representée dans de nouvelles cartes, où l'on remarque l'établissement des Etats & Empires du monde, leur durée, leur chûte, & leurs differens gouvernements. Amsterdam, Les Frères Châtelain, puis l'Honoré & Châtelain, 1708-1720. 7 volumes folio (440x280mm), contemporary calf, spines gilt, red edges. Nice condition. Volume 1 second edition, volumes 2-7 first edition. Printed titles in red and black with engraved vignettes, and 283 plates (many large folding) including 100 maps, also views, natural history subjects, elaborate genealogical tables, 4 printed tables in volume 7.

Item number: 24533 - Price: €24500 ($27440 / £21805)

P. Goos. De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Wereld, ...

Goos's atlas, the most aesthetically pleasing of the early Dutch sea-atlases.


GOOS, Pieter (c.1616-1675).  De Zee-Atlas Ofte Water-Wereld, Waer in vertoont werden alle de Zee-Kusten Van het bekende des Aer-Bodems Seer dienstigh voor alle Heeren en Kooplieden, Als oock voor alle Schippers en Stuurlieden. Amsterdam: Pieter Goos, 1672.

Item number: 03799 -

Rare antique book - atlas by F. De Wit - Covens & Mortier

F. De Wit - Covens & Mortier.  Atlas Maior. Amsterdam, J. Covens & C. Mortier, c.1730. Modern half-calf, folio (55 x 35 cm), new endpapers. Engraved title page + 73 contemporary coloured maps (2 folding) from De Wit, Ottens, Covens & Mortier, Schenck, Visscher, Valck, Jaillot, etc.. + 3 tables with two inset maps.

Item number: 24280 -

Janssonius J., Atlas of Oude Geestelycke ende Aertse Werelt. Amsterdam, 1657.

Atlas of Oude Geestelycke ende Aertse Werelt. Amsterdam, J. Janssonius, 1657. Folio (50 x 32 cm), contemporary gilt-panelled vellum editor's binding. 60 maps contemporary coloured and heighthened in gold, including 2 folding.

Item number: 25077 -

Rare Book - Atlas by Magini, 1620

First edition of the first printed atlas of Italy.


MAGINI G.A. Italia. Bologna: Sebastiano Bonomi, 1620.
Folio, engraved allegorical title by Olivero Gatto printed within typographical border, 61 engraved maps as called for in index (all but 3 double-page), in fine dark impression, engraved portrait of Magini, text on 15 leaves. Seventeenth-century red morocco, gilt, sides panelled in gilt and blind, gilt edges. A few marginal repairs, some occasional marginal soiling.

Item number: 04238 -

Rare book - Atlas, Townbook of the Netherlands, 1649

The greatest of the Dutch townbooks in a magnificent contemporary colouring


BLAEU Joan. Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Liberae Ac Foederatae, Ad praesentis temporis faciem expressum A Ioanne Blaeu, Amstelaedamensi.

Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, [1649]. Second Latin edition. Engraved title page (old coloured and heightened in gold) + 139 mostly double-page plates, all finely coloured by a contemporary hand. Original Dutch publisher's atlas binding in maroon leather gilt (restored), gilt-panelled with large central gilt arabesque, spine in eight compartments with raised bands, gilt edges. Collector's stamp "Walter Ashburner - Firenze" on frontispice and on last page, the same owner signature on the back of the front cover dated "Firenze,1908".

Item number: 21657 -

Atlas by A. Ortelius, Antwerp, J.B. Vrients, 1603.

An exceptional Ortelius atlas in black morocco with the coat of arms of the city of DANZIG (Gdansk - Poland).

A. ORTELIUS. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Tabula aliquot novis vitaq(ue) auctoris illustratum. Editio ultima. (With Parergon and Nomenclator). Two engraved titlepages, portrait and 156 doublepage maps. Antwerp, J.B. Vrients, 1603. Folio, (binding 49 x 33 cm).

Item number: 21653 -

Rare book - Atlas by Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy) - Ruscelli

Ptolemaeus Cl., Geographia. Venice, Valgrisis, 1562.
4to. Contemporary limp overlapping vellum (somewhat wrinkled), 3 parts in one vol., woodcut device on title and 64 double-page engraved maps after Gastaldi, numerous diagrams in the text.

Item number: 21604 -

Strabo, Rerum Geographicum Libri Septemdecim.

Nice copy of Strabo's Geographica, an encyclopedia of the geographical knowledge of Strabo's time.

STRABO (63 BC - c. AD 24) Rerum Geographicum Libri Septemdecim. Basel: Ex officina Henricpetrina, 1571. Folio, contemporary brown sheep, rubbed. With 27 double-page woodcut maps by S. Münster, including 3 repeats and 7 smaller woodcut maps in the text. Nice copy.

Item number: 21593 -
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