06722x. Allard Frontis Amsterdam, 169706722x. Allard Frontis Amsterdam, 1697

On a large pedestal with the title Atlas Minor Atlas supports the heavens; below, around an earthly globe are grouped the figures of Neptune, Time, Cybele the earth goddess, and the recording muse of Geography. In the sky above Zeus grasps his thunderbolts and eyes his consort Juno who balances the sun and moon in her hands. Fine contemporary colouring, 315mm x 538mm.


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6928/67x. Bellin Frontis Paris (after 1772)6928/67x. Bellin Frontis Paris (after 1772)

Jacques Nicolas Bellin Paris (after 1772). The Hydrographie Francoise was France's principal maritime atlas from the middle of the 18th Century onwards. An earlier version (1765) had royalist symbols in the centre of the large titlepage vignette, here replaced by republican fasces and the cap of liberty. The artist Arrivet both designed and engraved the plate. Uncoloured as publihed with good margins minor edge faults not effecting printed surface. 470mm x 634mm.


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6833/02x. Braun & Hogenberg Civitates Frontis 15726833/02x. Braun & Hogenberg Civitates Frontis 1572

The 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum' 1572 was a great collection of town plans and views of cities of the world published in six parts between 1572 and 1618. The impressive and decorative titlepage to Part I suggests the primaeval origins of the City Ststate. At the top Allegorical figure with Square and Compasses in left hand a level and plumb rule in her right handseated between two columns with speheres at the to, emblems of Masonry. Contemporary colour. 265mm x 395mm. Lightly evenly soiled with damaged margins not effecting the engraved surface.


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05815x. Camden Frontis Portrait & Text 175305815x. Camden Frontis Portrait & Text 1753

Frontis piece William Camden Portrait by R White wih date of death 1623 and Full Title page Britannia or a Chorographical Description of Great Beitain and England . . . . Revised and published by Edund Gibson Third Edition Vol I dated MDCCLIII <Actinic:Variable Name = '1753'/>. Generally excellent condition. 465mm x 385mm. NOTE: Image of title page only incomplete partial.

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3592/54x. Chatelain Amsterdam, 17083592/54x. Chatelain Amsterdam, 1708

Henri & Zacharias Chatelain Amsterdam, 1708. Volume II of the Atlas Historique presents even more allegorical figures with their attributes. The crowned figure in the upper right is that of Britannia (with Englan's royal arms) as this volume contains maps of Britain. the piece is designed by Romeyn de Hooghe and signed by Pieter Sluyter as engraver. 284mm x 445mm.


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3660/53x. Chatelaine Amsterdam, 17053660/53x. Chatelaine Amsterdam, 1705

Francois L'Honore & Compagnie Amsterdam, 1705. The elaborate frontispiece to the first volume of the Chatelain brothers' seven-volume Atlas Historique. various classical figures represent History, geography and Navigation. In the bachground Atlas can be seen supporting the globe. The colour is probably contemporary. 260mm x 425mm.


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6678/74X. Cowperthwaite & Co. Philadelphia, 18536678/74X. Cowperthwaite & Co. Philadelphia, 1853

Thomas, Cowperthwaite & Co. Philadelphia, 1853. As befits and American atlas - The New Universla Atlas...of the World - there is on the titlepage a large idealistic vignette of the landing of Columbus. Attractive chromolithographic printig. A typographic Table of Contents is included, framed by a wide border in red and gold. Two items. Light foxing and light damage to edges otherwise very good condition. 344mm x 434mm.


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06680x. D'Urville Paris, 184606680x. D'Urville Paris, 1846

Dumont D'Urville Paris, 1846. An example of a return to a more extravagantly decorative style of frontispiece, with vivid and accurate depictions of events and scenes encountered in D' Urville's Voyage au Pole Sud between 1837 and 1840. A fine tinted lithographic print with the same frontispiece being used for volumes I and II (This example Tome 2). 353mm x 518mm.


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6671/33x. Dapper Frontis & Title page Amsterdam, 16866671/33x. Dapper Frontis & Title page Amsterdam, 1686

The frontispiece to Dapper's L'Afrique shows a complex ensemble of animals and subjects attending an enthroned African ruler. The gloomy river god in the foreground perhaps represents the un-mapped Nile; two angular pyramids are also seen in the background. In addition the typographical titlepage to L'Afrique which has a large printer's vignette and is dated 1686. Some repairs not affecting the printed surface. General light soiling. 226mm x 60mm.


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6665/39x. De Bruyn Amsterdam, 16986665/39x. De Bruyn Amsterdam, 1698

Cornelis De Bruyn Amsterdam, 1698. For the frontispiece to De Bruyn's Reysen van Klein Asia R du Val designed and F Mulder engraved a classical scene with figures representing architecture and the arts. In the background are pyramids and other grand structures. Close cropped excellent condition. 192mm x 312mm.


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3713/64x. De Clerc Amsterdam, c1750 Dutch title3713/64x. De Clerc Amsterdam, c1750 Dutch title

Jean De Clerc Amsterdam, c1750. The titlepage to volume III of Geschiedenissen der Vereenigde Nederlanden (History of the Free Netherlands), first engraved for another work in 1679. The recording angel of History in the centre holds a large ring representing truth with a top mirror and enclosing two quill pens. The left putto represents victory and the right one with a scourge, the distress of war. Engraved by A Blooteling. Dutch Title. 254mm x 392mm.


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3686/63x De Clerc Amsterdam c1750 Dutch Title3686/63x De Clerc Amsterdam c1750 Dutch Title

Jean De Clerc Amsterdam, c1750. The titlepage to volume III of Geschiedenissen der Vereenigde Nederlanden (History of the Free Netherlands), first engraved for another work in 1679. The recording angel of History in the centre holds a large ring representing truth with a top mirror and enclosing two quill pens. The left putto represents victory and the right one with a scourge, the distress of war. Engraved by A Blooteling. French Title. 247mm x 393mm.



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6209/35. De Fer Frontis & Title pages Paris, 16936209/35. De Fer Frontis & Title pages Paris, 1693

Another titlepage by De Fer, part of his Forces de L'Europe, is a much more sophisticated engraving of a figurative martial tableau signed by the Dutch artist Pieter Schoonebeek. Light soiling very good copy. Also the typographic titlepagewith extended text and dated 1696. 309mm x 251mm.

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7572/45x. De La Croix/Halma III Amsterdam, 17057572/45x. De La Croix/Halma III Amsterdam, 1705

Frontispiece to Volumes III of the world history, Algemeene Wereld Beschryving, dated 1705 titled Asia, Africa en America depicting allegorical figures, cherubs and wild indigenous animals. Signed F Goeree & Scott 156mm x 216mm.!! Cropped margins plate mark intact lightly soiled.


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7331/44x. De La Croix/Halma II Amsterdam, 17057331/44x. De La Croix/Halma II Amsterdam, 1705

Frontispiece to Volumes II of the world history, Algemeene Wereld Beschryving, dated 1705 depicting allegorical figures measuring the globe. 180mm x 270mm.!! Wide margins clean copy.


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06676x. De Mornas, Claude Buy Frontis to Atlas Paris 176106676x. De Mornas, Claude Buy Frontis to Atlas Paris 1761

(RS66) France Frontis title page to Atlas Méthodique et Elémentaire. 1761 The title is contained within an imposing rococo frame which is embellished by floral sprays and instruments of surveying and navigation. The publisher was Desnos and the engraver Aubin. Coloured. 487mm x 332mm. Close cropped at top generally very good state. Highly decorative. NOTE: Image incomplete partial only

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6679/65. De Vaugondy Paris, 17576679/65. De Vaugondy Paris, 1757

Robert De Vaugondy Paris, 1757. A grand baroque titlepage, designed for the Vaugondy family's Atlas Universel. The four main figures each represent one of the continents and are accompanied by playful putti and, in the heavens, by Apollo and his sun-chariot. The skilful engraver was Jean Charles Baquoy. 367mm x 515mm.


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6916/68x. Delisle/Buache Frontis Paris, 17896916/68x. Delisle/Buache Frontis Paris, 1789

Guillaume Delisle-Jean Claude Dezauche Atlas Geographique et Universel Paris, dated 1789. The lively titlepage to this atlas is a re-issue of a much earlier one, initiated by Hubert Jaillot in 1695. The various figures can be read as glorifying France and her discoveries throughout the world. In earlier versions there were monarchic symbols, now erased to reflect republican sympathies. 387mm x 535mm. Uncoloured as published. Evenly foxed wide water stain not visible on obverse and some folds. Gernerally in very good condition and good margins.


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6721/30x. Du Val Paris, 16796721/30x. Du Val Paris, 1679

Pierre Du Val Paris, 1679. The title of the atlas Cartes de Geographie is placed within a pillared frame. At the top, two putti support a crowned globe showing the eastern hemisphere. it is flanked by courtly figures, with four further figures on either side of the title. contemporary colour. 342mm x 477mm.


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04080x. Gilbert Potrait Print of this 16th C Navigator 179004080x. Gilbert Potrait Print of this 16th C Navigator 1790


(RS69) Portrait of Sir Humphrey Gilbert. English Navigator and explorer 1539-1584. Printed for J. Hinton, at the Kings Arms, in Paternoster Row. Published in the Universal Magazine c1790 127mm x 214mm.


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06977x. Greenwood Frontispiece and Title Page for Atlas 183406977x. Greenwood Frontispiece and Title Page for Atlas 1834

9RS70) The Greenwood brothers' Atlas of the Counties of England has a large and impressive titlepage with map. The atlas itself had no general map but this is supplied in the lower half of the titlepage, showing every county in England and Wales together with their principal towns. The engraving by J & C Walker. Soft contemporary colouring
Large print: 545mm x 652mm.!! Lightly soiled with prominent fold at left and some water stains.NOTE: Image incomplete partial only.

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6318/42x. Halma Amsterdam, 17006318/42x. Halma Amsterdam, 1700

Francois Halma Amsterdam, 1700. The titlepage to Halma's Description de L'Univers is signed by Jan van Vianen as engraver. The portrait over the globe is that of the young Elector of Brandenburg. An allegorical figure to the left holds a map of Brandenburg, which includes Berlin, and to the right are figures representin Time and Learning. Light soiling at bottom margin otherwise in very good condition. 324mm x 222mm.


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6931/36x. Jaillot Frontis Paris, 16966931/36x. Jaillot Frontis Paris, 1696

In this example of Jaillot's Atlas Nouveau the frontis-piece has a blank central section awaiting a list of the atlas contents. The surrounding engravings of classical figures and, at the foot, an academic gentleman's library, are of a high standard. It is possibly from one of the original Paris editions 457mm x 579mm. Evenly foxed lightly soiled in very good condition


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3557/21x. Janssonius Amsterdam, 16493557/21x. Janssonius Amsterdam, 1649

Joannes Janssonius Amsterdam, 1649. Janssonius' titlepage from his Atlas Novus, Part II, covers Germaniae Inferioris or the northerly provinces of the Netherlands. Seventeen of their armorial shields are depicted at the top and two generic national figures stand on either side of the printed title. Contemporary colour. 297mm x 504mm.



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6659/62x. Lotter Augsburg, 1747 Pair6659/62x. Lotter Augsburg, 1747 Pair

Tobias Conrad Lotter Augsburg, 1747? Lotter published a small pocket atlas in the late 1740s called the Atlas Geographicus Portalis. The two front pages are masterpieces of engraving in miniature signed by Gotfried Eichler as designer and Tobias Lobeck as engraver. the two figures at the front of the first page represent War and Peace; the second page depicts Mt. Parnassus, with savants and muses of the Arts. Usual prominent central fold light soiling. 134mm x 104mm each.


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3671/08x. Mercator Duisberg, 1595 3671/08x. Mercator Duisberg, 1595

Gerard Mercator Duisberg, 1595 (or later). For the sectional parts of his Atlas Mercator devised purely decorative titlepages, in the form of Mannerist strapwork cartouches. This sectional part, Germaniae, is in contemporary colour. 270mm x 434mm.


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6658/25x. Merian Frankfurt am Main, 16576658/25x. Merian Frankfurt am Main, 1657

Merian's Topographia Provinciarum Austriacaru(m) describes the realm of Austria. There are twelve circular portraits of rulers with, at the top, the Emperor Rudolf I and at the foot the current Emperor Leopold I. Light printing excellent condition. 200mm x 327mm.


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04376x. Moule's Atlas Title Page London 183604376x. Moule's Atlas Title Page London 1836

This is the earliest titlepage to Moule's popular atlas of English county maps under the title England'sTopographer. There a large decorative title cartouche with emblems and the initials W R; ie those of King William IV. A steel engraving. Lightly soiled with top foxing even and light 210mm x 274mm.

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06394x. Ogilby Frontis 167006394x. Ogilby Frontis 1670

The English entrepreneur John Ogilby wasted no time in copying Dutch travel publications such as those by Jacob van Meurs. This example describes one of the
Dutch embassies to the Emperor of Japan. In the frontispiece the Dutch travellers (right) seem more surprised than their Japanese hosts. Coloured. Complete large sheet has been folded underneath the page. Otherwise excellent condition. Engraved surface 236mm x 356mm.



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3787/03x. Ortelius Antwerp, 1570/15843787/03x. Ortelius Antwerp, 1570/1584

Abraham Ortelius Antwerp, 1570 (1584). Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the Whole World) was the first standardised atlas and, unusually, the symbolic meaning of the titlepage is explained in the preface to the work. Catholic Europe at the top presides over the continents of Asia (left-hand bejewelled figure), Africa (negress to the right), America (reclining Amazonian huntress at the foot) and Magellanica (truncated head on a fiery plinth). 297mm x 450mm.


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6725/06x. Ortelius Titlepage Parergon 15986725/06x. Ortelius Titlepage Parergon 1598

Ortelius himself prepared the maps in the Parergon, his historical atlas of the ancient world. The imposing titlepage with Latin text is, unusually, a woodcut and gives an impression of solidity and antiquity which would have appealed to Ortelius' classical leanings. Contemporary colour . Excellent condition. 273mm x 418mm.


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6723/04x. Ortelius Theatrum Frontis 15846723/04x. Ortelius Theatrum Frontis 1584

Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the Whole World) was the first standardised atlas and, unusually, the symbolic meaning of the titlepage is explained in the preface to the work. Catholic
Europe at the top presides over the continents of Asia (left-hand bejewelled figure), Africa (topless negress
to the right), America (reclining Amazonian huntress at the foot) and Magellanica (truncated head on a
fiery plinth). With Latin text on reverse. Fine contemporary strong colour with gilt illumination highlight. Evenly foxed with some light soiling generally very good condition. 288mm x 443mm.


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6913/32x. Pitt Frontis, London, 16816913/32x. Pitt Frontis, London, 1681

The English Atlas Volume II Tome I Moses Pitt, London, 1681. The title page to volume II of Pitt's English Atlas. As befits an atlas of Germany it shows the Holy Roman Emperor (left, with orb and sceptre) and his seven Electors. The double-headed eagle and arms at the top are overseen by the eye of the trinity. Pitt's plans for a new multi-volume atlas were over-ambitious: the project was unfinished and he was forced into bankruptcy. 297mm x 450mm.


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6922/40x. Schenk (1) Amsterdam, 1703.6922/40x. Schenk (1) Amsterdam, 1703.

The frontispiece to Pieter Schenk's Atlas Contractus shows Neptune to the left of a globe with, in front, the earth-goddess Cybele with her turreted crown. Her chariot is drawn by two lions, and to the left is the recording angel of History. The engraving is signed by Gerard Lairesse as designer, Philip Tideman as draughtsman and Jacob Baptist as engraver. Strong contemporary colour. Lightly soiled with close cropped right margin generally in very good condition. 324mm x 497mm.


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08128x. Speed Frontis & Title Page to Atlas dated 161108128x. Speed Frontis & Title Page to Atlas dated 1611

(RS11) England John Speed 1611 Atlas Frontis and Title. The famous titlepage to Speed's topographical work with county maps, the Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. In niches within the highly decorated architectural frame are figures of a Briton, a Roman, a Saxon, a Dane and a Norman. From the first edition of 1611. Closecropped margins some repairs generally good acceptable condition. Monted and Framed 280mm x 450mm. Offered unframed at lower postage costs. NOTE: Image incomplete partial only.

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04047x. Speed Miniature Atlas Frontis & Title 162704047x. Speed Miniature Atlas Frontis & Title 1627

(RS 12) England John Speed London, 1627. An anonymous engraver prepared the titlepage to Speed's miniature atlas, first published by George Humble in 1627. The two figures, of a
Dane and a Norman, are arrayed with rather exotic weapons, plumery and costumes 160mm x 94mm. Damaged example with cropped edges penetrating engraved surface. Pasted onto card with some spot marks. Rare and desirable.!

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09851x. Tirion Title Page 176509851x. Tirion Title Page 1765

Title page: Amsterdam In Zyne Opkomst, Aanwas, Geschiedenissen, Voorregten, Koophandel, Gebouwen, Kerkenstaat, Schoolen, Schutterye, Gilden en Regeeringe, Beschreeven, Door Jan Wagenaar, Historieschryver Der Stad. Tweede Stuk. Te Amsterdam, By Isaak Tirion. 1765. Dutch text attractive vignette. Soiled along the edges and general even light foxing. 214mm x 332mm.


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07434x. USA American Scenery Title Page 187007434x. USA American Scenery Title Page 1870

Bartlett W H Title page with quaint lakeside steel engraving for 'American Scenery' by N P Willis. Depicting entrance to the Hudson Highlands, near Newburgh. Lightly soiled and damage to margin in general good clean condition.
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06664x. Van Der Aa of  Leiden, East Indies Atlas frontis 1706 06664x. Van Der Aa of Leiden, East Indies Atlas frontis 1706

<Actinic:Variable Name = '52'/> Pieter Van Der AA Leiden, 1706. A travel book, Scheeps-Togt van Tristano D'Acunha/Oost-Indien, was one of many published by the prolific publisher Van der Aa. The meaning of the figures and animals in the large vignette needs further elucidation. the engraver was Jan Goeree. Good clean sheet very light even foxing. 227mm x 355mm.


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8046/46x. Van Der Aa I Leiden, 1707-278046/46x. Van Der Aa I Leiden, 1707-27

Small frontispiece Tome Premier Volume 1 (first of eight volumes and six here available - see below) to the multi-volume work by Van der Aa and James Beeverill, describing the British Isles called Les Delices de la Grande Bretagne et de L'Irlande. The design includes medalion of Britania and the engraving is distinctive and of high quality, signed by Jan Goeree. Approximately 180mm x 160mm. Very lightly soiled usual folds.


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6674/28x. Van Meurs Amsterdam,16706674/28x. Van Meurs Amsterdam,1670

Europeans were fascinated by the unfamiliar civilisations of the East, especially China and Japan. The court of the 'Great Cham of Tartary and Emperor of China' depicted on this frontispiece invites the viewer to open the book and read all about it. Closely cropped, lightly soiled pasted onto card. 290mm x 414mm.


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6667/31x. Van Meurs Amsterdam, 16806667/31x. Van Meurs Amsterdam, 1680

Europeans were fascinated by the unfamiliar civilisations of the east. A princess is seated in a grand carriage, drawn by two lions and flanked by a motley array of attendants. Other animals include a camel, a leopard, an armadillo and several snakes. The frontispiece to jacob van Meur's travelogue Arabie, Mesopotamie, Babylone, Assyrie, Anatolie invites the viewer to open the book and read all about it. Light soiling to edges excellent condition. 197mm x 305mm.


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07243x. Van Meurs Syria & Palestine Atlas Frontis 167807243x. Van Meurs Syria & Palestine Atlas Frontis 1678

Jacob Van Meurs Syria & Palestyn steel engraved very decorative frontis to the Atlas. Detailed engraving shows a great deal of Judaica interest with Moses (hair wrongly interpreted as horns) and the tablets standing over the Queen in background Solomon's Temple and pillaging of Menorah and other artifacts. In the foreground Eastern holy men attending to a mercenary. Emblematic and symbolic representations. Lightly foxed excellent condition. Early date printed Anno 1678 203mm x 325mm NOTE: Image incomplete partial only

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03714x. Williams Williams Frontis to Oxford, Colleges Atlas 173203714x. Williams Williams Frontis to Oxford, Colleges Atlas 1732

(RS60) William Williams Oxford, 1732. Williams' Oxonia Depicta contains prints of the Oxford colleges. The theatrical frontispiece includes a composite vie of Oxford in front of which sits the goddess Minerva, patron of Learning and the Arts. 350mm x 478mm.



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00751x. Guicciardino/Blaeu Title Page 163500751x. Guicciardino/Blaeu Title Page 1635

Guicciardino, Ludovico (Luigi 1521-1589) Pars Prima sive Belgicae Descriptio Generalis published Amsterdam by William Blaeu 1635 small size title page 130mm x 82mm with decorative world hemispheres on a balance suspended from a cloud. Florentine born geographer worked in Antwerp. The Blaeu family were the leading map-makers and atlas publishers of the 17th century. Rough left margin very good condition.

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