Celestial map of the sky in the Southern Hemisphere.
Doppelmeyer, Johann Gabriel The Southern Sky."Hemesphærium Coeli Australe,in quo loca Stellarum fixarum secundum Æquatorem, per Ascensiones nempe rectas et Deliniationes ad anum Christi 1750 completu sistuntur.." Nuremburg Homann Johann Baptiste c1760
Copper engraved map of the sky, from Doppelmayer's " Atlas Coelestis" original wash colour; verso blank. by Doppelmayer. The image is of the sky in the Southern hemisphere Each constellation is stunningly illustrated in 18th century German baroque style. Text to the left and right of the map proper offers coordinates for the individual stars in each constellations which are identified via an alpha-numeric code. Surrounded by putti in each corner holding astronomical instruments Dark impression, with bright original full wash colour, surrounding putti black & white as issued; upper margin slightly short (5mm); repair to left margin replacing small loss of paper, not effecting image.
500 by 595mm (19¾ by 23½ inches). €1200
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Continent Arctique". Paris. Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved map of the North Pole. from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to verso. Dark impression. slight show through of text from verso.
150 by 108mm (6 by 4¼ inches). €70
Mercator Gerhard, Hondius Jodicus. Title page/Frontispiece "Nascentes moromor finisq, ab origene pendet." Amsterdam, " Exusum in aedibus Jodici Hondij veneunt etiam apud Corneliu Nicolai. item apud Joannem Janssoniu Arnhemi." 1607
Copper engraved allegorical frontispiece from the first edition of Gerhard Mercator's "Atlas Minor". Latin text to verso. The engraving shows three female figures representing the fates of Greek Mythology: Clotho the spinner, spins the thread of life: Lachesis, the measurer, who choses the lot in life one will have and measures off how long it is to be and Atropos, she who cannot be turned, who at death with her shears cuts the thread of life. A terrifying, serpentine representation of original sin from Genesis prods the skein of life with a flaming arrow, and an angel pours sacramental wine on the flames whilst gazing to Heaven. Biblical texts to corners. Dark impression; soiled, worn and damaged to right edge; attached to modern end paper.
Koeman: Me186; 146 by 200mm (5¾ by 7¾ inches). €75
Decorative Engraved Title of Moll's Classical Atlas.
Moll, Herman. "Geographia Classica, Thirty two new and accurate maps of the geography of the ancients as contained in the Greek and Latin classicks.""Geographia Classica. emmendata ex Græcorum Latinorumq, Authoribus Antiquis, ubi Tabellis XXXII. Veterum Locorum Apellationes Geographiæ recentissimæ et Accuratissimæ summa cum diligentia Accommandantur; Doctissimo Viro WILHELMO STUKELEY M.D. Collegii Medicorum Londinensium et Societatus Regiæ ibidem Socio Humillime oblata ab" London Moll, Herman; Bowles, Thomas & John. c1726
Copper engraved decorative title page for Herman Moll's "Geographia Classica".Black & white; verso blank. The decorative engraved frontispiece includes illustrations of the Collossos of Rhodes and Biblical and Roman history in the background with four Classical figures in the foreground, the females within a library and the Greek Philosophers on a grassy bank. Black and white; evenly toned; folded.
155 by 228mm (6 by 9 inches). €150
Münster, Sebastian. "Altera Generalis Tab.Secunumptol.." " Terreni Orbis Generalis et Ptolemaica descriptio...." Basileae Henricum Petri 1552.
Double page woodcut map of the Ancient World from Sebastian Münster's famous "Cosmographia". Black and white; Latin title to verso. Map of the ancient World as described by Ptolemy; surrounded by clouds and eleven windheads, with their names in banners. The known continents are oddly shaped and all connected by a great southern continent Terra incognito secundum Protemeum. There is a very large Taprobana (modern day Sri Lanka) in the Indian Ocean and the Indian subcontinent is severely truncated. Only northern Africa is shown, joining the Terra incognitaIt is however defined by two great river systems, the Niger, extending form the Atlantic, and the Nile from its source in a mountain range. Good impression; small hole at top centre fold above title and at lower centre fold in blank margin [ from former binding]; creases to centre fold; edges slightly ragged ; lower left corner torn and right margin slightly shorter at upper corner; damp staining to edges of side margins.
Shirley #76. 253 by 343mm (10 by 13½ inches). €1000
Ortelius, Abraham. Title page "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum." "Antverpiæ"/Antwerp. "ex Officiana Plantiana" . Plantijn Christoffel. 1595
Copper engraved decorative title page from Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" 1595 edition; black & white. Latin text to verso. Good impression; paper evenly toned; some spotting & finger marks.
Van de Krogt: 3; .Koeman: Ort 29/ 368 by 230mm (14½ by 9 inches). €250
Ortelius, Abraham. Title page "Parergon; Historiæ Oculus Geographia." "Antverpiæ"/Antwerp. "ex Officiana Plantiana" . Plantijn Christoffel. 1595
Copper engraved decorative title page of the Pareragon from Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" 1595 edition; black & white. Latin text to verso. Good impression; paper evenly toned; 2 dark spots to extreme outer edge of page; worm track 15mm to left margin
Van de Krogt :3; .Koeman: Ort29/ 300 by 230mm (11¾ by 9 inches). €150
Porcacchi Da Castiglione, Tommaso.Girolamo Porro Of Padua Maritime World MapCarta De Navigare Venice Gorgio Angeliera a instantia de gli Herede di Simone Galignani de Karera 1590
Copper engraved maritime map of the World by Girolamo Porro from Porcacchi's " L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo" Set in a page of descriptive Italian text [page 198], with decorative, woodcut headpiece and historiated initial. Single page. folio, text to verso. The decorative miniature sea chart is criss-crossed with rhumb lines; South America somewhat distorted; Alaska named as India Superior[ joined to Asia perhaps?]; large land mass Terra Incognitato the South. Dark Impression; light soiling to edges.
Shirley (World), 128. Sabin 64151;Adams P-1906; Alden and Landis 590/54; BMC Italian, p.534; 110 by 150mm (4¼ by 6 inches). €500
Printer's device from Porcacchi's " L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo"
Porcacchi Da Castiglione, Tommaso.Girolamo Porro Of Padua Printer's Device Venice Gorgio Angeliera a instantia de gli Herede di Simone Galignani de Karera 1590
Copper engraved printer's device- mark from Porcacchi's " L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo" Set in a page of Italian text, with decorative, woodcut headpiece . Single page. folio, text to verso. Fair impression; some spotting worm hole lower right.
Adams P-1906; Alden and Landis 590/54; BMC Italian, p.534; Sabin 64151. 297 by 200mm (11¾ by 7¾ inches) Page. €50
Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi The North Pole and the adjacent Arctic lands Newly and Accurately Described. "Novi et Acurata Poli Arctici et terrarum Circum Iacentium Descriptio." Amsterdam Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi c1700
Copper engraved map of the Arctic, the North Pole and adjacent lands from Schenk And Valk's " Atlas Contractus." Original full wash colour; verso blank The map from the plate by Janssonius was originally published in 1637, eventually replaced Hondius' map of the North Pole and became the prototype for many later maps including those of Blaeu. Rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole and several compass roses and ships embellish the chart. A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the northwest coast of America. Small cartouche depicting men, a polar bear and foxes at lower right with the imprint of Schenk and Valk. Fifth state of the plate with Nova Zembla connected to the mainland with a land bridge and the completed coastline of Spitzbergen . Good impression with bright colour; generally clean; a few spots to blank margins; short centre old split at lower margin [approx 20mm backed with archival tape]. The maps of Schenk and Valk are famous for their full wash colour , however often the pigments, particularly in the greens deteriorated leading to browning and eventually could cause the paper to crack, for this reason it is unusual to see such bright original colour.
Koeman III,page 115 Sche 2/ Val1. 410 by 518mm (16¼ by 20½ inches). €1000