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  1. A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description

    A Geographical, Historical, and Political Description

    of the Empire of Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Prussia, Italy, Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia; with a gazetteer of reference to the principal places in those countries. Compiled and translated from the German. To which are added, statistical tables of all the states of Europe: with a supplementary table, showing the changes since the commencement of the present war. Illustrated with twenty-four plates, and a large three-sheet post map of Germany, Holland, Italy, &c.
    First edition in English of this French Revolutionary Wars-era gazetteer, compiled and translated almost entirely from Wolfgang Jäger's Geographisch-historisch-statistisches Zeitungs-Lexikon, which was first published in Germany in 1782-4. Boetticher's statistical tables have a separate title page and pagination and were originally published anonymously in Germany in 1789 as Statistische Uebersichts-Tabellen aller europäischen Staaten. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1800

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115091

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  2. [Atlas: a set of jigsaw puzzles:]

    [Atlas: a set of jigsaw puzzles:]

    Mappe Monde en deux Hémisphères; Carte de l'Europe; Carte de l’Afrique; Asie; Carte de l’Amerique Septentrionale; Carte de l’Amerique Méridionale; Carte de l’Oceanie; France Divisée en 89 Departments.
    A complete set of this children's jigsaw puzzle game. Each puzzle consists of approximately 30 parts, except the provinces of France, with 89 pieces. Jean Denis Barbie du Bocage (1760-1825) and his son Jean-Guillaume Barbie du Bocage (1795-1848) were French cartographers and cosmographers. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: [c. mid-late 18th century]

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 108475

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  3. Explanations to the Proof of the Map of the World drawn by Idrisi in 1154 and restored by K. Miller in 1927.

    Explanations to the Proof of the Map of the World drawn by Idrisi in 1154 and restored by K. Miller in 1927.

    Uncommon volume with the explanatory text for Miller's edition of the Charta Rogeriana, the Idrisi-Atlas, just five copies listed on OCLC.l Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: c.1928

    Published: [Stuttgart

    Stock Code: 93533

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  4. La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino

    La sfera del mondo. Di nuovo da lui ripolita, accrescuita, & fino

    Eighth edition of the first printed star atlas, originally published in 1540. All early editions are rare. De la sfera del mondo is a traditional Ptolemaic-Aristotelian geocentric cosmography, but its appendix, De le stelle fisse, "represents the first printed star atlas, containing maps of the stars as opposed to simple pictures of constellations, and introducing the practice of identifying stars by letter, a method later adopted and expanded by Bayer" (Norman). Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1548

    Published: Venice

    Stock Code: 92530

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    [French manuscript classical atlas:] “Atlas pour le cours de Géographie et d'Histoire ancienne pendant l'année Scolaire 1840. Avec le Sommaire de chaque leçon.”

    Essentially a painstakingly completed school exercise, which has resulted in the creation of a highly attractive atlas to accompany a course in ancient history, covering the period from the Assyrian Empire to the demise of Alexander's Empire in eight maps, each of them accompanied by a brief explanatory text. Individual maps include Egypt and Arabia; the Assyrian and Persian Empires; Asia Minor; Greece, the Greek Colonies; and the Expeditions of Alexander. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1840

    Published: Unknown

    Stock Code: 91993

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    Con alcune Carte Geographiche Topographiche ed Orographiche per la Guerra d'Oriente.
    First and only edition, attractive and uncommon, just seven copies on OCLC, four of them in Italy and one apiece in the USA (Harvard), Germany (Bayerische Staatsbiblioothek), and Switzerland (Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese); no copy in the UK. A timely and thorough description of the Baltic and the cities of its coast, published during the Crimean War: "The eyes and the hearts of all nations are today looking east to the terrible struggle between Russia and Turkey and her allies France and England" (Preface). Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: Trieste

    Stock Code: 79397

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  7. Atlantic Coast Pilot - Eastport to Boston.

    Atlantic Coast Pilot - Eastport to Boston.

    A revised and corrected edition, following the first of 1871. Founded by an act of 1807 "to provide for surveying the coasts of the United States," the Office of Coast Survey is the oldest scientific organization in the US, described in the Dictionary of American History as "one of the major birthplaces of modern American science, including many disciplines not generally associated with geodesy and hydrology. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1879

    Published:

    Stock Code: 68601

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  8. "Britannia depicta; or, Ogilby Improv'd; being a Correct Coppy of Mr. Ogilby's Actual Survey of all ye Direct & Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales …  "

    "Britannia depicta; or, Ogilby Improv'd; being a Correct Coppy of Mr. Ogilby's Actual Survey of all ye Direct & Principal Cross Roads in England and Wales … "

    First edition, first issue of this of this highly popular reduced version of John Ogilby's 1675 road atlas; Bowen's address given as "next ye King of Spain", plate 128 misnumbered 121, and plates 74 and 75 transposed. Bowles decided to go one better than Thomas Gardner and John Senex, who were planning reduced size re-issues of Ogilby, by augmenting the work with 54 county maps and "a multitude of historical, topographical and statistical information" (Hodson) by the antiquarian John Owen, the whole engraved onto 273 strip-maps by Emanuel Bowen. Learn More
    £1,950

    Date of Publication: 1720

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 63756

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  9. 31401

    Map of the County of Middlesex,

    from an Actual Survey made in The Years 1818 & 1819 ...
    First edition, one of the earliest of the fine series of county maps by Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855), which extends to the Cities of London and Westminster while also covering areas that now too would be considered part of London. Greenwood's first publication was a survey of Yorkshire (Wakefield, 1817-18). He moved to London in 1818 and set about mapping England at one inch to one mile, and Wales at three-quarters of an inch to one mile, coming closer to doing so than any other map maker since his fellow Yorkshireman, Christopher Saxton, in the 1570s: "it was an astonishing achievement for a private surveyor in so short a time… The majority of these surveys anticipated publication of the sheets of the Ordnance Survey. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1819

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 31401

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    "Description de tout l'univers, en plusieurs cartes, "

    & en divers traitez de geographie et d'histoire; où sont décrits succinctement & avec une methode belle & facile des empires, ses peuples, ses colonies, leurs moeurs, langues, religions, richesses, &c. Et ce qu'il y a de plus beau & de plus rare dans toutes ses parties & dans ses isles … L'on a ajouté à cette nouvelle edition plusieurs cartes trés-exactes, qui ne se trouvent point dans les editions précedentes; comme aussi des tables geographiques pour l'intelligence des cartes; & un traite des globes celestes & terrestres.
    First edition under this title, comprising atlases of the four continents already published as individual volumes by Halma, with the addition of new maps of England, Scotland, Ireland, Brandenburg, the United Provinces, Holland, Switzerland, Sicily and two maps of the Holy Land. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1700

    Published: Amsterdam

    Stock Code: 30180

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  11. An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Clinton County, Ohio.

    An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Clinton County, Ohio.

    Compiled, drawn and published from Actual Surveys.
    First edition, no copies traced in British libraries; OCLC traces copies in American institutions only. A history of the county is accompanied by detailed plans of all its large towns, the views providing a charming picture of late nineteenth-century American prosperity. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: Philadelphia:

    Stock Code: 22544

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    Relationi Universali...

    Arricchite di cose rare, e memorabili, e con l’ultima mano dell’autore.
    First published in 1592. Giovanni Botero (1533-1617) was Secretary to the Duke of Savoy when he compiled his Relationi Universali; "this political and geographical description of the different countries of the world was very successful and translated into a number of languages" (Burden), including English (London 1603). Burden also notes that "for this issue [of 1640] by I. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1640

    Published: Venice:

    Stock Code: 20446

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