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THE CASSINI LUNAR MAP
COMPLETE WITH THE LADY OF THE MOON
(if you can find her)


CASSINI, Jean-Dominique / JANINET, Jean-François. Réduction de la grande Carte de la Lune de J. Dom. Cassini. [Paris], [J.-D. Cassini], [1788].

Very rare first and only edition of this separately issued ‘petite’ lunar map published in 1788 by Jean-Dominique Cassini (1748-1845) updating with explanatory text for a more general audience the groundbreaking 1679 map of his famous great-grandfather, Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712).
$8,500


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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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THE ECONOMICS OF AN ARISTOCRATIC ESTATE
IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
AN EARLY ILLUSTRATED WORK ON FORESTRY


ESTANCELIN, Louis. Collection de Cartes Concernant les Forêts, Triages et Bois Taillis du Comté-Pairie d’Eu, Avec plusieures Desseins et Etats analogues au Commerce et à la Partie des Bois. [France], Gravée par Chambon, 1768.

Only edition of this unusual volume surveying the wooded holdings of the Count of Eu, in Upper Normandy, a work comprised entirely of 40 fine, single-sided engravings, including a pictorial title page, 13 calligraphic plates of text, charts and tables, 5 botanical and industrial images, and 21 handsome, precise maps of the woods, copses and forests within the County of Pairie d’Eu. “This volume, evidently not intended for general sale, is a great rarity” (Thiébaud, 155).
$6,850


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PIETRO FEA’S PAINTINGS
AT TURIN’S PALAZZO CIVICO
WITH 4 ETCHINGS BY THE ARTIST


FEA, Pietro. Ragione ed intagli a contorno del dipinto eseguito ad ornamento dello scalone nel Palazzo della Città di Torino. Torino, Dalla Tipografia di Giuseppe Favale, 1824.

Rare first and only edition of a presentation work by the painter Pietro Fea da Casale (1771-1842) commemorating his designs for the ‘Scalone d’Onore’ in Turin’s Palazzo di Città (now know as the Palazzo Civico). The volume includes 4 fine full-page reproductive etchings executed by the artist himself and an essay in which he explains his aesthetic and iconographic program, providing a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual background of an important civic commission in early 19th-century Piedmont.
$1,450


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