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Imprint: Eichstatt, 1613
Edition: First Edition
510 x 400 mm., in FULL EARLY WASH COLOUR, excellent condition.
Basilius Besler’s 'Hortus Eystettensis' is considered to be one of the most important and beautiful florilegia ever published. The book which was the largest ever published at the time, was commissioned by Prince-Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen in 1606 whose castle overlooked the town of Eichstatt to the south of Nuremberg. His garden was begun by Joachim Camerarius the younger (1534-98) but was completed by Basilius Besler. Besler was a pharmacist from Nuremberg who had his own renowned garden. Besler used the services of his younger brother Hieronymus and Ludwig Jungermann, a teacher in natural history at the University of Altdorf. The project was to be a vast catalogue and it is believed that Hieronymus Besler helped him write the Latin text, while Jungermann prepared the botanical descriptions. In the dedication Besler identifies himself as the author of many of the original drawings which are conserved today in the library of the University of Erlangen. The engraving of the 378 plates however took many years and was the work of others. The “Hortus Eystettensis” was published in 1613, unfortunately just one year after Gemmingen died. Coloured examples sold for 500 fl., ten times that of a black and white version! The full plate sunflower offered here was described in the Oak Spring Flora as having ‘an undeniable expressive power’. Indeed it is hard to think of a historical botanical engraving which is as well-known and has such impact. The plate appears as the first in the section on summer in the book and as such is the very symbol of long warm days. This example is remarkable in not only being the most famous botanical engraving in the first edition of 1613 but also being in FULL EARLY WASH COLOUR. This example has been authenticated by Nicolas Barker whose book studied only the early coloured examples extant. He located approximately twenty-two examples of the book in early colour, considerably more than previously thought. The book goes into extensive detail about pigments used, even identifying some of the colourists by name. It also completely re-wrote the previous misconceptions about the differing editions. His comments on this example were 'In sum, I believe these plates to come from a copy coloured according the original exemplar (that is, before the use of written instructions), probably before the middle of the 17th century.' Provenance: private German collection since the 1950s; private English collection since 1990. Barker ‘Hortus Eystettensis. The Bishop’s Garden and Besler’s Magnificent Book’; Barker, Nicolas, private correspondence; Hunt 430; Nissen 158; Pritzel 745; Stafleu & Cowan 497; Tomasi ‘Oak Spring Flora’ pp. 52-7.
Stock number:7990.
$US 29500.00
Imprint: London, 115 Strand, 1846
930 x 760 mm., early wash colour, dissected and laid on linen with endpapers, one of which has a publisher's paper title label affixed, two further pages of adverts on verso also, with original slipcase with gilt titles, in good condition.
John Betts (1803?-89) was a 'bookseller, publisher, producer of games and puzzles, globemaker and stationer' (Worms & Baynton-Williams). Both the British Library and Worms & Baynton-Williams assign the date of 1846 to this map without clear indication as to why. According to the paper title affixed the map was offered in four formats; on cloth in a case as here for 7s. 0d. It was also offered 'On canvas, black ledge and roller', 'Ditto, varnished' and 'Mahogony ledge & roller, varnished'. Two types of railroad are keyed, those completed in black and those 'in progress' in red. Provenance: manuscript ownership on paper title affixed to endpaper 'Revd. Ch. Forster Brighton March 20th 1851'; William Duck catalogue 1997; private collection of Rodney Shirley.
Stock number:9439.
£ 125.00 ( approx. $US 162.67 )
Imprint: London, c.1855
375 x 460 mm., in early outline and wash colour, dissected and laid onto original linen, slight area of surface loss upper right, otherwise in good condition.
John Betts (fl.1844-63) was the publisher of this ornate map of the continent of Europe. The title appears in the upper ornate boarder. The whole appears to be a travel game with a route marked on the map. The decorative vignettes surrounding it are numbered 1 to 7 and 15 to 21. This numbers missing appear on the map itself. A brief description appears below each image. Provenance: Jonathan Potter 2009; private collection of Rodney Shirley.
Stock number:9434.
£ 275.00 ( approx. $US 357.88 )
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Imprint: London, 1782
335 x 250 mm., trimmed upper right side to allow binding by the publisher, otherwise in good condition.
A detailed map of the waters between the Indian peninsula and the island of Ceylon or Sri Lanka. It was published in the 'Political Magazine' for May 1782. The map illustrates a new item headed 'the Scene of Action between Hyder Ally when he invaded the Carnatic, and General Munro'. Jolly Pol 54.
Stock number:7826.
£ 65.00 ( approx. $US 84.59 )
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Imprint: London, 1782
335 x 250 mm., in good condition.
A detailed map of the northern portion of Coromandel in south eastern India. It was published in the 'Political Magazine' for May 1782. The map illustrates a new item headed 'the Scene of Action between Hyder Ally when he invaded the Carnatic, and General Munro'. Jolly Pol 54.
Stock number:8144.
£ 55.00 ( approx. $US 71.58 )
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Imprint: Paris, C.1840
235 x 275 mm., in good condition.
A fine lithograph of the city of Valparaiso, Chile. It is lithographed by Bernard et Frey and numbered plate 18 upper right.
Stock number:8200.
£ 110.00 ( approx. $US 143.15 )
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Imprint: London, 1743-[96]
240 x 145 mm., light foxing lower left margin, otherwise in good condition.
First published in George Bickham's fully engraved 'British Monarchy' c.1743. A little known later edition by George Bickham Junior was published by Laurie and Whittle in 1796 under the title 'A Curious Antique Collection of Birds-eye Views of the Several Counties'. Of extreme rarity in either edition, the first is known in only 7 examples. The maps are highly collected for their distinctiveness. This is an example of the map of the county of Buckinghamshire. Wyatt p. 17; Hodson 218; Lyon 'A Bird's-eye View of the Bickhams' in 'The Map Collector' no. 2 pp. 30-3.
Stock number:6330.
£ 175.00 ( approx. $US 227.74 )
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Imprint: London, 1750-[96]
230 x 140 mm., in good condition.
This very rare map was first published in George Bickham's fully engraved 'British Monarchy' c.1743. A little known later edition by George Bickham Junior was published by Laurie and Whittle in 1796 under the title 'A Curious Antique Collection of Birds-eye Views of the Several Counties'. Of extreme rarity in either edition, the first is known in only 7 examples. The maps are highly collected for their distinctiveness. This is an example of the map of the county of Devon from the third state. For this the map is shortened slightly and a simple 'Devonshire' applied for a title. Batten & Bennett 36 st. 3; Hodson 218; Lyon 'A Bird's-eye View of the Bickhams' in 'The Map Collector' no. 2 pp. 30-3.
Stock number:7490.
£ 175.00 ( approx. $US 227.74 )
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Imprint: London, 1743-[96]
14.5 x 23.5 cms., in good condition
First published in George Bickhams fully engraved 'British Monarchy' c.1743. A little known later edition by George Bickham Junior was published by Laurie and Whittle in 1796 under the title 'A Curious Antique Collection of Birds-eye Views of the Several Counties'. Of extreme rarity in either edition, the first is known in only 7 examples. The maps are highly collected for their distinctiveness. Hodson Supp IV.2; Lyon 'A Bird's-eye View of the Bickhams' in The Map Collector no. 2 pp. 30-3; Skelton - Hodson 218
Stock number:3475. ISBN:r
£ 225.00 ( approx. $US 292.82 )
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Imprint: London, 1743
260 x 145 mm., with accompanying descriptive text, in good condition.
A pictorial view of the county with foreground vignettes of county scenery. First published in George Bickham's fully engraved 'British Monarchy' c.1743. Of extreme rarity, only seven examples of the atlas are recorded. The maps are highly collected for their distinctiveness. Below the title is a dedication to the Lord Lieutenant of the county. Bickham was a renowned author and engraver of works on calligraphy. Burgess 44 st. 1; Lyon 'A Bird's-eye View of the Bickhams' in The Map Collector no. 2 pp. 30-3; (1966) no. 7; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number:7230.
£ 280.00 ( approx. $US 364.39 )
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Imprint: London, 1751
260 x 140 mm., with accompanying leaves of text, in good condition.
A VERY RARE pictorial view of the county with foreground vignettes of county scenery. First published in George Bickham's fully engraved 'British Monarchy' c.1743. Of extreme rarity, only seven examples of the atlas are recorded. The maps are highly collected for their distinctiveness. Below the title is a dedication to the Lord Lieutenant of the county. Bickham was a renowned author and engraver of works on calligraphy. The accompanying descriptive text shows well his skill with script. Hodson 217; Lyon 'A Bird's-eye View of the Bickhams' in The Map Collector no. 2 pp. 30-3; MCC 27, no. 7.
Stock number:9071.
£ 495.00 ( approx. $US 644.19 )
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Imprint: London, 1751-[96]
235 x 140 mm., with recent wash colour, in good condition.
This very rare map was first published in George Bickham's fully engraved 'British Monarchy' c.1743. It is of extreme rarity, only seven examples of the atlas are recorded. A little known later edition by George Bickham Junior was published by Laurie and Whittle in 1796 under the title 'A Curious Antique Collection of Birds-eye Views of the Several Counties'. Of great rarity in either edition. The maps are highly collected for their distinctiveness. It is a pictorial view of the county with foreground vignettes of county scenery. This is an example of the map of the county of Surrey in its third state. For this the map is shortened slightly and a simple 'Surry' applied for a title. Bickham was a renowned author and engraver of works on calligraphy. Hodson 218; Lyon 'A Bird's-eye View of the Bickhams' in 'The Map Collector' no. 2 pp. 30-3.
Stock number:9284.
£ 225.00 ( approx. $US 292.82 )
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Imprint: London, 1749.
Binding: Hardback
Folio (370 x 250 mm.), original marbled paper card wrapper, worn and lightly soiled. End paper lightly spotted at edges, frontispiece, title page, 2 pages of introduction, 2 pages entitled The British Monarchy described, 5 single page engraved maps and 1 double page (folded), 20 pages of engraved text descriptions and another two decoratively engraved title pages.
This book includes 27 pages of engraved text descriptions, 4 finely engraved title pages and 6 maps, these are: A Map of the king of Great Britain’s Dominions in Europe, Africa, and America; A General Map of the British Isles; A Map of Ireland; A Map of the North Part of Great Britain, called Scotland; A Map of the South Part of Great Britain called England and Wales and A Chart of the Sea Coast. Published by George Bickham, both father and son, the life of the British Monarchy is complicated. Originally published in parts from October 1743 with five leaves in each the final product seems to indicate that some contained only 4 leaves. The work would later include a fine series of English County maps. This example follows Hodson’s collation although does not tally exactly with any listed. Hodson 217 pp. 87-9.
Stock number:1787.
£ 1100.00 ( approx. $US 1431.54 )
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Imprint: London, 1626
85 x 120 mm., in good condition.
The contribution of John Bill (fl.1591-d.1630) to cartography was limited to two works, this one and the English edition of Abraham Ortelius' atlas in folio entitled 'Theatre of the World' co-published with John Norton. Bill was a noted bookseller who was apprenticed to John Norton in 1592. His talent in Latin soon caught the attention of Sir Thomas Bodley who from about 1599 commissioned him to travel and acquire books on his behalf. He started his own business in 1603 and became the Kings printer in 1604. The maps are reductions of those by Christopher Saxton and are the earliest of the English counties to have longitude and latitude marked. The Prime Meridian used is the Azores and the engraver is still unknown. Estimates of only 200 copies being printed have been cited. The map of Cornwall is cartographically improved with the peninsula being orientated more correctly on a north-east to south-west line than found on Saxton or Speed's maps. Provenance: private English collection. Beresiner (1983) p. 54; Quixley (1966) 9; Shirley (2004) T.Camd 3a; Skelton (1970) 15; STC 4527; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number:9234.
£ 500.00 ( approx. $US 650.70 )
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Imprint: London, 1626
90 x 120 mm., light finger soiling otherwise in good condition.
John Bill (fl.1604 d.1630) contributed just the one atlas to the world of cartography. The 'Abridgement of Camden's Britannia' did exactly what it says on the title. Bill had been apprenticed to the bookseller John Norton and became one himself. He had the commission of Thomas Bodley to acquire books on his behalf for his now famous library at Oxford. It is estimated by some that only 200 copies were produced, it has always been a very rare and desirable item. A fine rare early map of Surrey. Hodson 8; Skelton 15.
Stock number:5791.
£ 450.00 ( approx. $US 585.63 )
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Imprint: London, 1626
90 x 120 mm., with brown margin edges clear of the image, otherwise in good condition.
The contribution of John Bill (fl.1591-d.1630) to cartography was limited to two works, this one and the English edition of Abraham Ortelius' atlas in folio entitled 'Theatre of the World' co-published with John Norton. Bill was a noted bookseller who was apprenticed to John Norton in 1592. His talent in Latin soon caught the attention of Sir Thomas Bodley who from about 1599 commissioned him to travel and acquire books on his behalf. He started his own business in 1603 and became the Kings printer in 1604. The maps are reductions of those by Christopher Saxton and are the earliest of the English counties to have longitude and latitude marked. The Prime Meridian used is the Azores and the engraver is still unknown. Estimates of only 200 copies being printed have been cited. The map of Cornwall is cartographically improved with the peninsula being orientated more correctly on a north-east to south-west line than found on Saxton or Speed's maps. Provenance: private English collection. Beresiner (1983) p. 54; Quixley (1966) 9; Shirley (2004) T.Camd 3a; Skelton (1970) 15; STC 4527; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number:9244.
£ 400.00 ( approx. $US 520.56 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1638
400 x 800 mm., early outline colour, two sheets joined, as issued, in good condition.
This large two-sheet map of the Alsace region of present day France is based on the work of Gerard Mercator. It first appeared in the 'Atlas Novus' just before Willem Blaeu's death in 1638. It covers the region from Granville and Sarburg in the north and from Basel to Landaw in the south. It includes also the Rhine River. It is oriented to the west, the whole being decorated with an attractive title cartouche bearing two figures and a coast of arms. French text on verso. Koeman I Bl 139; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 2520:2.
Stock number:6141.
£ 275.00 ( approx. $US 357.88 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, c.1645
380 x 500 mm., in superb early wash colour with GILT HIGHLIGHTS. Good condition.
An attractive early map of Andalusia and the south coast of Spain centred on the present day 'Costa del Sol'. The coastline extends from Faro in Portugal to Albufera in the east. The cities of Seville and Cordoba are highlighted with gold and the coats of arms bear gilded crowns also. Joan Blaeu (1598-1673) is one of the most famous of the Dutch cartographers and this example from the 'Atlas Novus' is with French text to the verso. Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 6110:2.
Stock number:6143.
£ 325.00 ( approx. $US 422.96 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1634-[59]
385 x 495 mm., early outline colour, with Spanish text, with tear to the upper margin repaired, in good condition.
The Blaeu firm's first topographical atlas appeared in 1630 in one volume and was gradually expanded. By 1640 it was in three volumes and contained just 4 British Isles maps. His chief rival, the Hondius-Jansson atlas contained 18 maps. Both joined a race to make their fourth volumes a complete atlas of the British Isles. Blaeu was first, publishing his magnificent work in 1645. Of the general maps contained Blaeu was also the first to produce one of England and Wales first appearing in 1634. The map is derived from that of John Speed although hear lacking the figures along the sides as befitted the new style being set by the Dutch mapmakers. It is however beautifully decorated with the coats of arms of Great Britain and Ireland along with an ornate scale and title cartouche. There is known to exist a proof state of this map, so technically this is a second state, with Spanish text as issued in 1659. Koeman (1967-70) Bl. 5 no. 107 p. 89; Shirley (1991) no. 440; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5100:2.
Stock number:7231.
£ 260.00 ( approx. $US 338.36 )
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Imprint: Amsterdam, 1645-[62]
410 x 520 mm., in early wash colour with extensive additional gilt and silver decoration, in good condition.
This map of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire is by Joan Blaeu (1598-1673), arguably the most famous of the Dutch cartographers. Here it is offered in EXTRA FINE COLOURING WITH EXTENSIVE USE OF GOLD. During the seventeenth century the Dutch held a dominant position in the production of high quality atlases. One of the more visual aspects of this was the reputation of its colourists. At its peak certain colourists began to produce work of an exceptional nature. Arguably the most famous of these was Dirk Jansz. Van Santen (1637/38-1708). Goedings made a study of his work in 1992. Although we are not stating that this is an example of his colouring many of his traits are repeated in this work. Goedings reports that “Fontaine Verwey is of the opinion that Van Santen coloured atlases in three different ways: colouring without gold; gold just for the legends, cartouches, coats of-arms and decorative motifs of a map; and gold on the maps themselves, for frontiers, cities, etc.”. About the only trait not found in this collection of maps is that of extending the foreground or background of the cartouches.The style of colouring is described by Goedings as “signified by rich and exotic colour combinations, added elements such as flowers to clothing, marbling to masonry”. He “applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints. He often painted the whole surface of the map or illustration, transforming the graphic light and dark contrasts into colour … He applied his characteristic shiny varnish, this had the effect of brightening the colour, frequently making use of the same colour progression … His use of colour was much freer than that of other colourists. The tone of the colours was made to complement the gold he used so lavishly. In his best work two other costly pigments, ultramarine and carmine are found in large amounts, mostly set against gold. Ultramarine and gold were a very popular colour combination in the seventeenth century … Moreover, he added elements to the design, such as patterns and flower motifs to the clothing of figures, veining of stones or map frontier lines … Van Santen applied transparent and opaque colours at the same time in both mixed and pure tints … Above all things Van Santen distinguished himself from his contemporaries in his lavish use of gold which he applied meticulously. On maps he applied gold not only to the decorative motifs, the legends, cartouches and coats-of-arms, but he also worked it decoratively into the map itself.”Goedings goes on to describe Van Santens use of 'shell gold'. “Gold leaf was available in small booklets of approximately 5 x 5 centimetres containing a number of very thin sheets of gold. A 17th century method of making shell gold from gold leaf was to grind it on a rubbing stone along with honey, water and salt and then to wash it in very clean water. The small amount of liquid gold was then placed in a shell and vinegar was added to it. The vinegar assured a good consistency … Needless to say, this high quality shell gold was very expensive and must have been paid for by the customers of large, prestigious projects, as in the case of Van der Hem. Seventeenth century instructions for applying gold to paper have been preserved and give an indication of the complexity of this treatment. In all likelihood, Van Santen had developed his own method for applying gold to paper … As far as one can tell with the naked eye, he first put on a yellow base before using a brush to apply the gold. Scientific tests might make it possible to determine more about Van Santen's characteristic use of material, particularly about his use of gold. This could make it easier to identify his work.” All of these traits can be seen on these particular examples, however we cannot say who the colourist is.Joan Blaeu's father Willem established his firm in 1599 as instrument and globe makers. He went on to produce some of the highest quality atlases ever published. This example is from the rare final Spanish text issue of the 'Atlas Major' whose production was interrupted by the great fire at the Blaeu publishing house in 1672. Chambers no. 11; Goedings, Truusje (1992) 'Master Colourist Dirk Jansz. Van Santen 1637/38-1708'; Koeman Bl 60A p. 281; Van der Krogt, P. (Atlantes) 5270:2 & 5271:2; Skelton (1970) 28 & 73; Wyatt no. 10.
Stock number:8853.
£ 495.00 ( approx. $US 644.19 )
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