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With the First Printed Map to Reflect
Voyages of the Age of Discovery


World Map/ Early Discovery/ Africa. POMPONIUS MELA [Venice, 1482]
Pomponii Mellae Cosmographi Geographia:… [Including: DIONYSIUS PERIEGETES, De Situ Orbis. Tr. Priscianus.] .
4to. [7 ½ x 5 ½ inches]
(48) ff., (A-F8), including one full-page woodcut map of the world on verso of a1, first leaf printed in red and black, and 2 large and 7 small woodcut initials in text. Bound in stiff later vellum with author and title gilt on spine. Top & left margins extended with ms. reinstatement of part of outer engraved border, title leaf slightly spotted, final leaf re-margined and mounted with some discoloration. Light toning to edges of text leaves, which are numbered in an early hand; minor waterstaining in lower corners of final quire, not affecting text; very good overall.
$65,000


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The First General Work with an Account of Columbus
Illustrated with Many City Views
& the Famous Tower of Babel Cut


Columbus/ City Views/ Biblical History. [BERGOMENSIS] FORESTI, Jacobus Philippus [Venice, 1503]
Novissime hystoria omniu[m] noviter [editae]…que Supplementum Chronicaru[m] nuncupantur.
Folio [31.5 x 21.5 cm]
(462) ff. including final blank, with woodcut Pallavicini arms in red and black on title, numerous floriated initials, red capital strokes throughout, printed marginalia and timeline in gutter, 4 full-page woodcuts in ornamental borders, and 89 woodcut city views in text. Thoroughly annotated in margins in a contemporary hand. Bound in half calf and marbled paper over boards – somewhat scuffed and bare; paper letterpiece on spine. Title entirely re-margined, with some thumbing and soiling, early ownership inscription at lower margin; next seven leaves re-margined at outer edge, with some waterstaining and repairs at lower gutter. Some repairs to last nine leaves including one index leaf with significant text loss. Diminishing mild waterstaining to upper edge of first dozen quires, and some pale staining to lower gutter of later leaves, else crisp and bright; good.
$9,500


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A Landmark in the History of the Atlas


Atlas. PTOLEMY, C./GASTALDI, Giacomo, ed. [Venice, 1548 ]
La Geografia, con alcuni comenti & aggiunte fattevi da Sebastiano Munstero, con le tavole non solamente antiche & moderne solite di sta(m)parsi, ma altre nuovo aggiuntevi di Jacopo Gastaldo, ridotta in volgare Italiano da Pietro Andrea Mattiolo.
8vo. [17.3 x 11 cm]
[Colophon: N. Bascarini, 1547]. (8), 214 ff., including woodcut title 8 woodcuts in text, 1 ¾ page of an astronomer, (2) ff. [register/colophon and integral blank at DD8], 184 ff., including 60 double-page engraved maps. Bound in contemporary flexible vellum, resewn, with title inked on spine. Early ownership inscriptions on front pastedown (dated 1562), title and f.[2]. Ink highlighting on title, lower corner restored with imprint just cropped; “Tabula Europa IIII” soiled in lower corner; else excellent with map generally wide-margined and with strong impressions.
$38,500


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An Early Atlas of Islands Engraved with Delicate Beauty


Atlas/ Islands/ Caribbean. PORCACCHI, Thomaso [Venice, 1590]
L'isole piu famose del Mondo.
Small folio [20.25 x 29.5]
(6) (of 12) ff., including engraved title, 201, (1) pp., including 47 copper plate engraved maps in text. Note: bound contemporaneously without 2nd half of index (b signature). Complete with all maps. Bound in contemporary flexible vellum, borders of covers gilt-ruled with arabesque in center, spine gilt with double bands. Head of spine chipped, and some soling to covers. Engraved ex libris of Thomas Heath, Merchant of Exeter and another of the Western Reserve Historical Society, stamped withdrawn. Some soiling in outer margin of title and scattered leaves, faint waterstain in margin of others; notwithstanding a fresh example with the maps with excellent impressions.
$8,500


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The Extremely Rare, First Issue of the First Edition
Of the First Atlas of the Americas

A Fine, Complete Copy


Atlas/ Americana. WYTFLIET, C. [Louvain, 1597]
Descriptionis Ptolemaicae Augmentum sive Occidentis Notitia Brevi commentario illustrata Studio et opera Cornely Wytfliet Louaniensis. Lovanii Tijpis Iohannis Bogardi Anno Domini M.D.XCVII.
Small folio
(3) p.l., 104 pp. (numeration corrupt—95 actual pp) (1) blank & 19 double page, numbered maps interleaved in text (world map unnumbered as called for). In handsome, later, brown morocco binding by Alix; a.e.g.; title in gilt on spine; marbled end papers, internally few faints stains, else fine throughout.
$195,000


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