Antique Titlepages & Frontispieces

Angleterre, Qui Est Le XI. Livre De L'Europe.

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BLAEU, Joannes.

Origin: Amsterdam; 1662.

A superb example of the titlepage from the Blaeu atlas of England and Wales, with gold highlights and fine original colour. Although it has the printed date of 1662, it is from the first French Edition of the 'Atlas Major' published 1663.

Condition: Superb original colour, with gold highlights; some very minor age-toning and light spotting to the margins, overall a fine example.

Size: 410 x 240mm (16¼ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 15752

Price: £360

Atlas Géographique et Universel, par Guil. De L'Isle et Phil. Buache.

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L'ISLE, Guilliaume and BUACHE, Philippe.

Origin: Paris, Dezauche, 1789.

A highly decorative figured frontispiece.

Condition: Uncoloured; some soiling and staining, light creases, old repair to large tear up the left-hand side and half-way across the sheet, otherwise presntable.

Size: 460 x 290mm (18 x 11½ inches).

Reference: 8747

Price: £180

Atlas Nouveau Contenant Toutes les Parties du Monde.

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JAILLOT, Hubert.

Origin: Paris, 1681.

unknown

Condition: Uncoloured; minor marginal nicks and tears, light age-toning and soiling, otherwise very good.

Size: 455 x 310mm (18 x 12¼ inches).

Reference: 8741

Price: £240

Atlas Novus ad Usum Serenissimi Burgundiæ Ducis. - Atlas Francois.

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COVENS, Jean - MORTIER, Corneille.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1730.

A highly decorative and detailed engraving my Romain de Hooghe.

Condition: Uncoloured; light soiling mainly to margins, left margin extended to facilitate framing, overall a good dark example.

Size: 490 x 275mm (19¼ x 10¾ inches).

Reference: 13038

Price: £240

Atlas or a Geographicke description of the Regions, Countries and Kingdomes of the World, through Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, represented by new & exact Maps.

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HONDIUS, Henry.

Origin: Amsterdam, Henry Hondius and John Johnson, 1636.

A superbly engraved figured titlepage from the English edition of the atlas translated by Henry Hexham.

Condition: Finely coloured; light soiling, minor crease, otherwise very good.

Size: 370 x 240mm (14½ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 8734

Price: £380

Atlas or a Geographicke description of the Regions, Countries and Kingdomes of the World, through Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, represented by new & exact Maps.

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MERCATOR, Gerard - HONDIUS, Henry.

Origin: Amsterdam, Henry Hondius, 1636.

A superbly engraved figured titlepage to the second voloume from the English edition of the atlas translated by Henry Hexham.

Condition: Uncoloured; light soiling and water staining, old ink manuscript to lower margin, otherwise a good example.

Size: 380 x 235mm (15 x 9¼ inches).

Reference: 12382

Price: £230

Atlas or a Geographicke description of the Regions, Countries and Kingdomes of the World, through Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, represented by new & exact Maps.

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MERCATOR, Gerard - HONDIUS, Henry.

Origin: Amsterdam, Henry Hondius and John Johnson, 1636.

A superbly engraved figured titlepage from the English edition of the atlas translated by Henry Hexham.

Condition: Finely coloured; light soiling and minor spotting, some old ink manuscript to lower margin and to the right of the publishers names, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 370 x 240mm (14½ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 12395

Price: £350

Atlas.

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WIT, Frederick de.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1670.

The figure of Atlas stands on the North Pole of the globe, holding aloft the heavens.

Condition: Uncoloured; light age-toning, some marginal soiling, tear to upper edge just into plate mark, trimmed close at right edge with no loss, otherwise very good.

Size: 490 x 255mm (19¼ x 10 inches).

Reference: 8806

Price: £290

Belgii in Ferioris Geographicæ tabule.

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MERCATOR, Gerard.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1610.

unknown

Condition: Original colour; light marginal spotting, otherwise fine.

Size: 230 x 170mm (9 x 6¾ inches).

Reference: 8724

Price: £160

Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Liber Primus.

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BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Franz.

Origin: Cologne, Latin text edition, 1573-.

The frontispiece to the first volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, used between 1573 and 1618.

Condition: Original colour; light age-toning and soiling, mainly to the margins, otherwise very good condition.

Size: 365 x 230mm (14¼ x 9 inches).

Reference: 1859

Price: £320

Curioses Staats und Kriegs Curieux.

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BODENEHR, Gabriel.

Origin: Augsburg, c.1715.

A superb engraving; at the top a military battle is taking place and below a navel battle in full flow.

Condition: Uncoloured; minor age-toning and some ink annotation, otherwise fine.

Size: 175 x 250mm (7 x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 8710

Price: £160

De Praecipv:is, Totius U:niversi Ur:bibus, Liber Secundus.

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BRAUN, George and HOGENBERG, Frans.

Origin: Cologne, 1575.

One of the finest frontispieces available.

Condition: Uncoloured; light soiling and a stain, other minor spots, trimmed at right-hand edge, with only very minor loss, otherwise very good.

Size: 350 x 230mm (13¾ x 9 inches).

Reference: 8727

Price: £280

Discite Ivstitiam Moniti, et non Temnere Divos. Virg.

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[PLANTIN, Christopher.].

Origin: Antwerp, 1582.

unknown

Condition: Uncoloured; minor soiling and trimmed right hand edge with minor loss of printed area, small rust hole in one of the upper reclined figures, otherwise good.

Size: 285 x 180mm (11¼ x 7 inches).

Reference: 8704

Price: £120

Introduction a la Fortification.

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FER, Nicholas de.

Origin: Paris, 1693.

unknown

Condition: Uncoloured; very light soiling to the edges of the margins, otherwise very good.

Size: 190 x 290mm (7½ x 11½ inches).

Reference: 8756

Price: £110

Italiae, Sclaviniæ, et Græciæ tabula geographice.

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MERCATOR, Gerard.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1610.

A decorative title from the Mercator atlas.

Condition: Original colour; very light staining, otherwise fine.

Size: 295 x 195mm (11½ x 7¾ inches).

Reference: 9585

Price: £160

Italiae, Sclavoniæ, et Græciæ tabula geographica.

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MERCATOR, Gerard.

Origin: Duisburg, c.1589-.

The titlepage from the Italian and Greek volume of Mercator's Atlas.

Condition: Original colour; light overall age-toning, minor stain to upper part of engraving, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 300 x 195mm (11¾ x 7¾ inches).

Reference: 9255

Price: £120

Le Neptune François. I Volume.

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BELLIN, Jacques Nicolas.

Origin: Paris, c.1763.

A magnificently engraved frontispiece from 'Le Neptune François.' by Bellin. The engraving is dominated by Neptune with a trident on a shell chariot pulled by four horses.

Condition: Uncoloured; some soiling and marginal staining, worn area at the bottom near engravers name, short tears and nicks to the edges of the paper, some spotting, old cancelled ink library stamp on verso, otherwise a fair example.

Size: 510 x 365mm (20 x 14¼ inches).

Reference: 12388

Price: £230

Nieuwen Atlas ofte Weerelts-Beschryvinghe/Inhoudende Nederlandt.

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JANSSON, Joan.

Origin: Amsterdam, [1642].

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Condition: Original colour; marginal age-toning and soiling, some wear and top right corner torn off with no loss of printed area and well away from the plate mark, otherwise very good.

Size: 395 x 255mm (15½ x 10 inches).

Reference: 8698

Price: £320

Nuevo Atlas del Reyno de Inglaterra.

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BLAEU, Willem and Joan.

Origin: Amsterdam; 1668.

A superb example of the titlepage from the Blaeu atlas of England and Wales, with gold highlights and fine original colour.

Condition: Original colour, with gold highlights; some very minor age-toning and light spotting, small nicks to the edges of the paper, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 420 x 240mm (16½ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 12393

Price: £380

Table des Cartes etc.

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SANSON, Nicholas.

Origin: Paris, c.1650.

A superbly engraved title page, showing Atlas holding the World aloft, a winged herald and scholars studying the globe below.

Condition: Uncoloured; dark impression, overall a fine example.

Size: 520 x 430mm (20½ x 17 inches).

Reference: 12408

Price: £260

The English Atlas (Fronticpiece).

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PITT, Moses.

Origin: Oxford & Amsterdam, c.1680.

A highly decorative and rare frontispiece from Pitt's 'The English Atlas'. His planned 12 volume atlas along the lines of Blaeu and Jansson never came to fruition and only 4 volumes were completed, Pitt eventually ended up being imprisoned for debt and published 'The Cry of the Oppressed' (1691) about the prison condition. . The piece was engraved by Johann van Munnikhuysen (various spelling) and drawn by L. Webbers.

Condition: Original colour; light marginal soiling and minor staining, some short tears to the edges of the margins, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 460 x 295mm (18 x 11½ inches).

Reference: 15717

Price: £360

The Holy Bible containing the Old Testament and the New.

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[Anon].

Origin: London, 1708.

Titlepage to an early 18th century bible. Moses and Aaron vigil stand either side of the text, and below a superbly engraved panorama of London before the Great Fire, with the square tower of St Paul's and Old London Bridge. No engravers name is present.

Condition: Trimmed to printed surface, with no loss, slightly soiled.

Size: 325 x 185mm (12¾ x 7¼ inches).

Reference: 6524

Price: £120

The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine...

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SPEED, John.

Origin: London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1611. FIRST EDITION.

With figures representing a Briton, Roman, Saxon, Dane and Norman.

Condition: Uncoloured; fine dark impression. Cut close on both sides to the printed border, laid on a larger sheet of paper for binding into volume, possibly 1750.

Size: 380 x 245mm (15 x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 7328

Price: £240

Theatrum Imperii Magnæ Britanniæ...

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SPEED, John.

Origin: London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616.

The frontispiece from the rare Latin edition of the Theatre of Great Britain, with figures representing a Briton, Roman, Saxon, Dane and Norman.

Condition: Uncoloured; some soiling and manuscript ink annotations in the lower margin, signs of old creases, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 385 x 245mm (15¼ x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 10346

Price: £210

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus. Partis Secundæ pars Altera.

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BLAEU, Willem and Joanne.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1655.

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Condition: Old colour; the colouring is almost certainly old, but not original, superbly executed with a liberal use of gum-arabic, fine condition overall.

Size: 410 x 250mm (16¼ x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 8804

Price: £280

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novvus; in quo Tabulæ et Descriptiones omnium regionum, editæ a Guiljel: et Ioanne Blaeu.

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BLAEU, Willem.

Origin: Amsterdam, J. Jansson, 1658.

A superb and highly decorative figured frontispiece.

Condition: Coloured, possibly original; trimmed close at edges but with enough paper to facilitate framing, some old repaired tears and minor nicks to margins, printers crease (closed), otherwise a very good example.

Size: 395 x 240mm (15½ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 8697

Price: £320

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novvus; in quo Tabulæ et Descriptiones omnium regionum, editæ a Guiljel: et Ioanne Blaeu.

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BLAEU, Willem.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1640.

A superb and highly decorative figured frontispiece. Complete with four pages of text from the atlas.

Condition: Original colour, with gold highlights; light soiling and water staining to margins, minor spotting, mnor nicks to the edges of the paper, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 395 x 240mm (15½ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 12356

Price: £380

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1603.

The frontispiece for the Abraham Ortelius atlas "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" of 1603, Spanish text edition.

Condition: Uncoloured; light spotting and soiling, minor crinkling, otherwise very good.

Size: 425 x 240mm (16¾ x 9½ inches).

Reference: 8732

Price: £280

Toonneel des Aerdrycx, oft Nievwe Atlas, uytgegeven door Wilhelm en Johan Blaeu.

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BLAEU, Willem and Joan.

Origin: Amsterdam; 1650.

The titlepage from the Spanish Section of the Blaeu Atlas.

Condition: Fine original colour, with gold highlights; light creasing and very minor age-toning, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 410 x 250mm (16¼ x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 10150

Price: £220

Toonneel des Aerdrycx, ofte Nievwe Atlas, dat is Beschryving van alle Landen; Nu nieulycx uytgegeven door Wilhelm: en Johannem Blaeu.

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BLAEU, Willem and Joan.

Origin: Amsterdam; 1649.

The titlepage from the volume containing maps of France, Spain Asia and Africa the two volume Blaeu Atlas.

Condition: Fine original colour, with gold highlights; light creasing and very minor age-toning, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 410 x 250mm (16¼ x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 12625

Price: £320

Urbium Præcipuarum Totius Mundi. Liber Tertius.

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BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Franz.

Origin: Cologne, Latin text edition, 1581-.

The frontispiece to the third volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, used between 1581 and 1618.

Condition: Uncoloured; very light crease, otherwise fine condition.

Size: 355 x 230mm (14 x 9 inches).

Reference: 8968

Price: £340

[No title.].

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SCHENK, Pieter.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1700.

A superbly engraved frontispiece probably from the "Atlas Contractus sive Mapparum Geographicarum Sansoniarum auctarum et correctarm Nova Congeries." The winged angel on top of the globe usually has the title on the trumpet drape, but on this one it is left blank. Other decoration, on this finely engraved frontispiece, includes a pair of lions, Neptune with trident and in the background Atlas holds aloft the globe.

Condition: Original colour; light soiling to the margins, trimmed by the binder to the printed line border and stuck on a larger sheet of paper to fit the atlas. Overall a fine example.

Size: 440 x 290mm (17¼ x 11½ inches).

Reference: 15452

Price: £280

[No title].

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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1579-.

A fine portrait of Abraham Ortelius by Phiippe Galle. It appears in the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' from 1579 onwards and shows Ortelius aged about 50. Immediately below the portrait is a decorative scrolled box with the words "Spectandum dedit Ortelius mortalibus orbem Orbi spectandum Galleus Ortelium", which translated means"By looking Ortelius gave to mortal beings the world, by looking at his face, Galleus gave them Ortelius".

Condition: Coloured; generally very good condition, some worming in the lower margin, with old paper repair, light soiling and staining to margins.

Size: 325 x 220mm (12¾ x 8¾ inches).

Reference: 10167

Price: £290