Part of Ancient Europe, Robert Wilkinson, 1815
Hannibal, Robert Wilkinson, 1815
Incursions of the Barbarians, C. V. Lavoisne, 1830
North and Baltic Seas, John Thomson, 1827
Illyria, Abraham Ortelius, c.1600
Europe, Giovanni Botero/Girolamo Ruscelli, 1598
Europe, Emanuel Bowen, c.1750
A NEW AND ACCURATE MAP OF EUROPE DRAWN FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES.... BY EMANUEL BOWEN, GEOGRAPHER TO THE KING An engraved map of the whole continent. Pictorial title cartouche with figure.17 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Uncoloured. An uneven and narrow bottom border. Two small marginal tears. Some creasing in the wide left hand blank border. Otherwise this would have been a nice specimen of this map as it has no foxing or other tears and repairs and the margins on the three other sides are quite adequate.
Europe, Sebastian Munster c.1550
DE EUROPA QUAE NOSTRO AEUO CHRISTIANUM An early woodcut of the continent set within a page of Latin text. The map measures 5 1/4 x 3 1/8 inches. The page measures 8 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches. Uncoloured. Fine condition.
From Munster’s Cosmographia
The Danube, W. J. Blaeu c.1646
The Danube by W. J. Blaeu
River Danube, Blaeu c.1646
DANBIUS FLUVIUS EUROPAE AXIMUS A FONTIBUS AS OSTIA Cum omnibis Fluminibis, ab utroque latere, in illum desfluentibus A most impressive large engraved map of the River Danube from its source too the Black Sea with its various tributaries. A large decorative pictorial title cartouche with the Austrian emperor Ferdinand III and the Turkish sultan. In the bottom left hand corner is a large pictorial cartouche showing the scales with allegorical figures pouring water into the source of the Danube. Printed on two sheets and joined. 38 x 16 inches. Suberb early outline and wash hand colouring. I think that the top blang margin must have been wormed at sometime in the past and has been replaced with a strip pasted on. This has some traces of gum on the out edges. In the top printed border there are tiny traces of the worming near the numbers 37, 45 and 51. Worm hold in the blank area to the right of the title cartouche and two by the figure of the emperor. Otherwise the map is in good condition. Plain on verso with original centre fold and two other original vertical folds.
Back in in the 1960's I was fortunate to buy my first set of atlases by Joan Blaeu. It was in fact an incomplete set of seven volumes all bound in contemporary Dutch cream calf decorated with gold. The colouring was superb and in a way unique in that if I see any Blaeu maps now I would be able to identify whether they came from this same set. I bought the atlases at a well know London auction house having set off early that morning on the train from Chester. These were the days before the hated buyer's premium arrived. In fact if you were able to buy the atlases today at auction the buyer's premium alone would probably be about the price I paid for the set. I remember struggling back to Euston station with the volumes and was so protective that I would not even let the porter help me along the platform and onto the train. The atlases were later split and brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of my customers.
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