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THE FIRST CITY ATLAS PRODUCED IN ITALY
WITH 52 ENGRAVED VIEWS INCLUDING A LITTLE-KNOWN PLAN OF TENOCHTITLAN


BALLINO, Giulio. De’ disegni delle piu illustri città et fortezze del Mondo; parte I. Venice, Zalteri, 1569.

$60,000


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CORONELLI’S COUNTER-PROOF CELESTIAL GLOBE GORES


CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [Complete set of counterproof plates of globe gores and calottes for a 3.5-foot diameter celestial globe]. Venice, Coronelli, 1698.

Exceedingly rare complete set of the counter-proof version of the engraved gores for Coronelli’s 3.5-foot celestial globe. This issue is before the addition of the engraved captions and figures. It was intended to show the heavens as they would appear to an observer on earth, as opposed to the conventional celestial globe that represents the stars as seen on an imaginary sphere from the outside. This copy is in exceptional original condition: a set of untrimmed sheets in their original binding, exactly as they would be received by a globe maker.
$125,000


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DE BRY’S FLORIDA
“AN INDISPENSABLE FLORIDA ITEM” (Streeter)
ONE OF THE GREAT PICTURE BOOKS
OF 16TH-CENTURY NORTH AMERICAN LIFE


DE BRY, Theodor. Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae provinciae Gallis acciderunt, secunda in illam Navigatione, duce Renato de Laudonniere classis Praefecto: Anno M D LXIIII. Quae est secunda pars Americae. Frankfurt am Main, Typis Joannis Wecheli, 1591.

Rare first edition of Theodor de Bry’s (1528-98) great illustrated work on ‘Florida’, in a copy fit for one of the consummate collectors of 16th-century illustrated books, the Prince of Essling (1836-1959): its 42 copper engravings representing the earliest European encounter with native North American culture are in this copy remarkably fine strikes. Famously describing a region then extending across much of the southeast of the present-day United States, the work represents the first printing of the narrative of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (c. 1533-88), which Lawrence Wroth has characterized as “the most informative and satisfactory of all books on the Huguenot colony in Florida [the first attempt by a European nation to found a colony north of the Rio Grande]. The large map, the first to show the French colony, and the fascinating plates of Florida scenes and life engraved by De Bry after Le Moyne’s drawings, make this an indispensable Florida item” (Streeter, 1172).
$48,000


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EARLY EYEWITNESS IMAGES OF ATHENS


MAGNI, Cornelio. Relazione della città d'Athene, colle provincie dell'Attica, Focia, Beozia, e Negroponte, ne'tempi, che furono queste passeggiate... Parma, Galeazzo Rosati, 1688.

Extremely rare first edition of this account of Athens by the Italian adventurer Cornelio Magni, one of very few accounts of that city to appear in the early modern era and one of even fewer to give accurate, up to date eyewitness illustrations of its monuments.
$16,500


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ORTELIUS’ GREAT ATLAS IN POCKET FORMAT
THE FIRST EDITION PUBLISHED BY VRIENTS


ORTELIUS, A. / VRIENTS, J. B. / GALLE, P.. Epitome Theatri Orteliani, Praecipuarum Orbis Regionum delineationes…. Antwerp, J. B. Vrients, 1601.

A fine copy, in an early binding, of Philip Galle’s improved version of the first small-scale version of a folio atlas ever published, and the first edition published by Vrients. Ortelius’ groundbreaking, large-format atlas was such a success that it inspired several editions in a smaller, more affordable format, which themselves proved to be highly popular. The small-format edition of the Ortelius atlas saw more practical use than its folio forebear, which was often prized as a ‘trophy’ possession of its owner.
$15,000


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