Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books

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London

Date of the auction: 05.06.2019

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BORDONE, Benedetto (?1445-1460 - 1539). Isolario … Ricorretto et di nuovo...

BORDONE, Benedetto (?1445-1460 - 1539). Isolario … Ricorretto et di nuovo ristampato con la gionta del Monte del Oro novamente ritrovato . Venice: Francesco di Leno, [1547?]. Early edition of one of the most popular illustrated guides to the 'islands and peninsulas' of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and the Far East . The three double-page maps depict the Mediterranean Sea and...

Price: £15,000 - £25,000
ca. US$19,075 - US$31,792

Date: 5 Jun 2019

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-c.178) and Giuseppe MOLETO (1531-1588...

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-c.178) and Giuseppe MOLETO (1531-1588). Geographia … a Bilibaldo Pirckheimherio traslata. Venice: Valgrisi, 1562. First Moleto edition, based on the translation by Pirckheimer, the maps being restrikes from the Ruscelli Venice (Italian) edition of 1561. Notably, this edition includes Ruscelli’s double hemisphere world map, the rare world sea chart 'Carta Marina Nuova...

Price: £4,000 - £6,000
ca. US$5,086 - US$7,630

Date: 5 Jun 2019

PORCACCHI, Tomaso (1530-1585 ). L'Isole piu famose del Mondo descritte da...

PORCACCHI, Tomaso (1530-1585 ). L'Isole piu famose del Mondo descritte da Thomaso Porcacchi … e intagliate da Girolamo Porro. Con l'Aggiunta di molte Isole . Venice: Simon Galignani and Girolamo Porro, 1576 [colophon: Giorgio Angelieri and Simon Galignani de Karera, 1575]. Second edition, enlarged with 17 new maps. Porcacchi's ‘isolario’, originally published in 1572, is renowned for the beauty of...

Price: £3,000 - £5,000
ca. US$3,815 - US$6,358

Date: 5 Jun 2019

WYTFLIET, Cornelius (fl. c.1555-1597). Descriptionis Ptolemaicae augmentum...

WYTFLIET, Cornelius (fl. c.1555-1597). Descriptionis Ptolemaicae augmentum, sive Occidentis notitia brevi commentario illustrata . Louvain: Jan Bogaert, 1597. Second, enlarged and corrected edition of the first atlas of the Americas, containing the first printed map of present-day central Canada – the first to use ‘Canada’ in its title; the most accurate map of the North American east coast up to...

Price: £15,000 - £25,000
ca. US$19,075 - US$31,792

Date: 5 Jun 2019

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van (1563-1611). Navigatio ac itinerarium … in...

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van (1563-1611). Navigatio ac itinerarium … in orientalem sive lusitanorum Indiam [part 2: Descriptio totius Guineae tractatus ]. The Hague: Albrecht Hendrickz. for the author and Cornelius Nicolaius, and sold by Gilles Elzevir, 1599. First Latin edition, and the first to include Barentsz' map of his voyage and the regions adjacent to the North Pole. Linschoten, a Dutchman...

Price: £70,000 - £100,000
ca. US$89,018 - US$127,169

Date: 5 Jun 2019

SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon (1567-1625). Journal ou Relation exacte du...

SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon (1567-1625). Journal ou Relation exacte du voyage dans les Indes: Par un nouveau destroit, & par les grandes Mers Australes qu’il a descouvert, vers le Pole Antartique . Paris: Martin Gobert (text) and Melchior Tavernier (maps), 1618. Third French translation of Schouten’s popular account of his circumnavigation with Jacob Le Maire in search of the unknown southern...

Price: £4,000 - £6,000
ca. US$5,086 - US$7,630

Date: 5 Jun 2019

HONDIUS, Jodocus the Elder (1563-1612). America . Amsterdam: [1623].

HONDIUS, Jodocus the Elder (1563-1612). America . Amsterdam: [1623]. Fine visualisation of the western hemisphere centred on the American continents , with an illustration of Brazilian native peoples engaged in communal drinking, and various scenes appropriated from De Bry's Grand Voyages including galleons, kayaks and Indian canoes, as well as birds perched on the lower cartouche. The...

Price: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,543 - US$3,815

Date: 5 Jun 2019

DRAKE, Sir Francis (c.1540-1596) – Le voyage de l'illustre seigneur et...

DRAKE, Sir Francis (c.1540-1596) – Le voyage de l'illustre seigneur et chevalier Fran ç ois Dra c h, Admiral d'Angleterre, à l'entour du monde. Augment é e de la seconde partie . Paris: Jean Gesselin, 1627. Second edition in French, the first to include two parts . The earlier edition of this translation by F. de Louvencourt, Sieur de Vauchelles, was issued in 1613, with only the first part. The...

Price: £4,000 - £6,000
ca. US$5,086 - US$7,630

Date: 5 Jun 2019

JANSSONIUS, Johannes (1588-1664). De Lichtende Columne ofte Zee-Spiegel...

JANSSONIUS, Johannes (1588-1664). De Lichtende Columne ofte Zee-Spiegel. Amsterdam: Jan Jansz, 1654. A unique Jansson issue; not known to Koeman. WorldCat only lists two copies dated 1654, both with Pieter Goos's imprint. The revival of maritime cartography in Amsterdam was signalled by publication of a new pilot guide, De Lichtende Columne ofte Zee-Spiegel , in 1643-1644. Despite the copying...

Price: £35,000 - £55,000
ca. US$44,509 - US$69,942

Date: 5 Jun 2019

CLEIRAC, Etienne (1583-1657). Us, et coustumes de la mer… Avec un Traicté...

CLEIRAC, Etienne (1583-1657). Us, et coustumes de la mer… Avec un Traicté des termes de marine, et reglement de la navigation des fleuves et rivieres. Le tout reveu, corrigé et augmenté . [ With :] – Explication des termes de marine employez par les edicts, ordonnances et reglemens de l'Admirauté. Seconde Edition reveuë et augmentée. Bordeaux: Jacques Mongiron Millanges, 1660-1661. A thorough...

Price: £10,000 - £15,000
ca. US$12,716 - US$19,075

Date: 5 Jun 2019

DONCKER, Hendrick (1626-1699). De Zee-Atlas of Water-Waerelt . Amsterdam...

DONCKER, Hendrick (1626-1699). De Zee-Atlas of Water-Waerelt . Amsterdam: Hendrick Doncker, 1666. Hand-coloured copy of Doncker ’ s constantly evolving sea-atlas. ‘Doncker’s charts were the most up-to-date in the second half of the 17th century’ (Koeman). Between 1659 and 1669, he increased the number of charts in his atlas from 19 to 30, and in 1669 he even produced an edition with 50 charts...

Price: £50,000 - £70,000
ca. US$63,584 - US$89,018

Date: 5 Jun 2019

GOOS, Pieter (1616-1675). L’Atlas de la Mer ou Monde aquaticque repr é...

GOOS, Pieter (1616-1675). L’Atlas de la Mer ou Monde aquaticque repr é sentant toutes les costes maritimes. Amsterdam: Pieter Goos, 1670. A sumptuous copy, beautifully hand-coloured and heightened with gold by a contemporary artist. Hendrik Doncker was the originator of this form of sea-atlas and most of Goos’s charts were copied from him. Koeman observes (IV, p.193) that the publisher hardly...

Price: £70,000 - £100,000
ca. US$89,018 - US$127,169

Date: 5 Jun 2019

JACOBSZ LOOTSMAN, Theunis (1606/7-1650), Jacob (d.1679) and Caspar...

JACOBSZ LOOTSMAN, Theunis (1606/7-1650), Jacob (d.1679) and Caspar (d.1711). Le Grand & Nouveau Miroir ou Flambeau de la Mer . Translated from Flemish into French by Paul Yvounet. Amsterdam: Jacob & Casper Jacobsz Lootsman, 1669. A rare maritime atlas and pilot guide, from the noble French library of the comte de Mailly, who rose through army ranks to become marshal of France in 1783 and was...

Price: £30,000 - £50,000
ca. US$38,150 - US$63,584

Date: 5 Jun 2019

[DUVAL, Pierre (1618-1683)]. [ Compilation from atlases ]. [Paris: Duval...

[DUVAL, Pierre (1618-1683)]. [ Compilation from atlases ]. [Paris: Duval, 1670s]. Sumptuous, extravagantly extra-illustrated eighteenth-century compilation made from five of Pierre Duval’s atlases, all skilfully and tastefully coloured. The volumes include maps, tables and blazons from Duval’s Traité de géographie, Le Monde terrestre, La Géographie Françoise, Les XII provinces , Les Cartes des...

Price: £15,000 - £20,000
ca. US$19,075 - US$25,433

Date: 5 Jun 2019

COLOM, Jacob Aertsz (1600-1673). Colomne Ardante de la mer M é diterran é e...

COLOM, Jacob Aertsz (1600-1673). Colomne Ardante de la mer M é diterran é e . Amsterdam: Jacob Colom, 1671. Tenth edition with French text; all editions are rare . The first edition in Dutch appeared in 1632, followed by the first editions in French and English ( The Upright Fyrie Colomne ) a year later. As Koeman points out ‘thousands of copies were circulated’ during the period of Colom’s...

Price: £8,000 - £12,000
ca. US$10,173 - US$15,260

Date: 5 Jun 2019

LEVANTO, Francesco Maria (fl.1664-1675). Guida fedele de piloti per il mare...

LEVANTO, Francesco Maria (fl.1664-1675). Guida fedele de piloti per il mare Mediterraneo . [N.p.]: 1676. Exceedingly rare second edition of a maritime atlas based on Pieter Goos's pilot guide of the Mediterranean, Nieuwe Groote Zee-Spiegel (1662). The first edition, with the title Prima parte dello specchio del mare, was published in 1664 with the same 25 plates as the present lot, and was later...

Price: £8,000 - £12,000
ca. US$10,173 - US$15,260

Date: 5 Jun 2019

PYRARD DE LAVAL, François (1601-1611). Voyage... contenant sa navigation...

PYRARD DE LAVAL, François (1601-1611). Voyage... contenant sa navigation aux Indes Orientales, Maldives, Moluques, & au Bresil .... Paris: Louis Billaine, 1679. 'Most complete edition’ (Howgego) of the dramatic account of Pyrard de Laval, a French merchant seaman, of his voyage to India. Upon being shipwrecked on the Maldives in 1602, he remained there for five years, when he learned the local...

Price: £1,500 - £2,000
ca. US$1,907 - US$2,543

Date: 5 Jun 2019

SANSON D’ABBEVILLE, Nicolas (1600-1667). L'Europe en plusieurs cartes et en...

SANSON D’ABBEVILLE, Nicolas (1600-1667). L'Europe en plusieurs cartes et en divers traittes de geographie et d'histoire [with:] L'Asie en plusieurs cartes nouvelles et exactes … [with:] L'Afrique en plusieurs cartes nouvelles et exactes… [and:] L'Amerique en plusieurs cartes nouvelles et exactes… Paris: by the author, 1683. Complete edition of the ‘four Continents’ by Sanson d’Abbeville, known as...

Price: £10,000 - £15,000
ca. US$12,716 - US$19,075

Date: 5 Jun 2019

LE CORDIER, Samson (1660-1720). Traité des pratiques journalieres des...

LE CORDIER, Samson (1660-1720). Traité des pratiques journalieres des pilotes – Journal de navigation . Le Havre: Jacques Gruchet, 1683. First edition of a scientific introduction to navigation , with many woodcut illustrations, including chapters on the use of the compass and other instruments of measurement in mathematical calculations. Cf. Polak 5567-5568 (calling for a folding plate in the...

Price: £1,500 - £2,000
ca. US$1,907 - US$2,543

Date: 5 Jun 2019

Le Neptune Franç ois ou Atlas nouveau des cartes marines. Paris: Hubert...

Le Neptune Franç ois ou Atlas nouveau des cartes marines. Paris: Hubert Jaillot [but Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier], 1693 – [Part 2] Atlas maritime. Cartes marines a l’usage des arm ées du Roy de la Grande Bretagne . Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, 1693. A triumph of Dutch 17th-century map publishing [and piracy]. The Neptune françois was counterfeited by Pieter Mortier of Amsterdam who had all the plates...

Price: £40,000 - £60,000
ca. US$50,867 - US$76,301

Date: 5 Jun 2019

Le Neptune François, ou Atlas Nouveau des Cartes Marines. Levées et Gravées...

Le Neptune François, ou Atlas Nouveau des Cartes Marines. Levées et Gravées par ordre exprès du Roy. Pour l'usage de ses armées de mer. Paris: Hubert Jaillot, 1693 [but Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, 1693-1700]. A fine copy of one of the most beautiful of all maritime atlases, with the charts coloured by a contemporary hand. ‘The Neptune François in two parts and its third part Cartes Marines … was...

Price: £80,000 - £120,000
ca. US$101,735 - US$152,602

Date: 5 Jun 2019

HOOGHE, Romein de (1645-1708). Carte Maritime depuis la Riviere der...

HOOGHE, Romein de (1645-1708). Carte Maritime depuis la Riviere der Bourdeaux jusques a St. Sebastien . Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, 1693. Superb copy of Romein de Hooghe's regional chart of western France, extending from the mouth of the Garonne to the Spanish port of St. Sebastien. The arms of the dedicatee, Nicolas Witsen, surmount the three inset views which are surrounded by a rococo frame...

Price: £1,000 - £1,500
ca. US$1,271 - US$1,907

Date: 5 Jun 2019

[MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711).] Carte de Detroit du Sond Contenant les...

[MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711).] Carte de Detroit du Sond Contenant les Costes de L'Isle de Zélande Comprises ente Nicopen et L'Isle de Meun, et Celles du Schonen Depuis la Pointe de Kol, jusqu'a Valsterbon. Paris: [but, Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier], 1693. A magnificent 17th-century sea chart of Copenhagen, the coast of Sjaelland (Zealand), Denmark, and the south-western tip of Sweden , all lavishly...

Price: £600 - £900
ca. US$763 - US$1,144

Date: 5 Jun 2019

BLONDEL, Jacques-François (1705-1774). [Composite Atlas]. Paris: maps dated...

BLONDEL, Jacques-François (1705-1774). [Composite Atlas]. Paris: maps dated 1695-1769. A unique, magnificent geographic artefact of the Enlightenment: the impressive hand-coloured atlas factice crafted by the great architect and mathematician Jacques-François Blondel, author of the ‘Architecture’ entry in the Encyclopédie , and hailed in Diderot and d’Alembert’s preliminary discourse as the...

Price: £40,000 - £60,000
ca. US$50,867 - US$76,301

Date: 5 Jun 2019

CORONELLI, Vicenzo Maria (1650-1718). An album containing a full suite of...

CORONELLI, Vicenzo Maria (1650-1718). An album containing a full suite of 25 engraved charts from the Prima parte dello Specchio del Mare [Venice: 1698]. One of the earliest Italian printed nautical atlases , no other part ever appearing. The charts were printed from plates obtained from Francesco Maria Levanto, who first published the work in Genoa, 1664. They follow the north coast of the...

Price: £6,000 - £8,000
ca. US$7,630 - US$10,173

Date: 5 Jun 2019

MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711). Carte Particuliere des Costes de Cap du Bone...

MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711). Carte Particuliere des Costes de Cap du Bone Esperance. Amsterdam: [1700]. Superb sea chart of the Cape of Good Hope, finely hand-coloured and heightened in gold. The coastline stretches from today's Cape Town eastwards, perhaps as far as today's Port Elizabeth and Algoa Bay, via Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. One inset shows a bird's-eye view of the Bay...

Price: £1,000 - £1,500
ca. US$1,271 - US$1,907

Date: 5 Jun 2019

MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711). Les Forces de l'Europe, Asie, Afrique et...

MORTIER, Pieter (1661-1711). Les Forces de l'Europe, Asie, Afrique et Amerique, ou description des Principales Villes avec leurs fortifications. Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, [1702]. The most complete set of Mortier's edition to appear at auction for almost 30 years. This extremely comprehensive collection of maps, plans and views of fortifications of European cities in France, Germany, and the...

Price: £10,000 - £15,000
ca. US$12,716 - US$19,075

Date: 5 Jun 2019

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria (1650-1718). La Francia, divisa in XII...

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria (1650-1718). La Francia, divisa in XII. prefetture . [?Naples: c.1706]. La Francia, divisa in XII. prefetture forms volumes 4-6 of a section of Coronelli’s much larger Teatro della Guerra . According to Nordenskiöld it comprises 20 volumes. In the Nordenskiöld copy, La Francia occupies volumes 5-7, with maps in variant order. The work describes various theatres of war...

Price: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,543 - US$3,815

Date: 5 Jun 2019

KEULEN, Gerard van (1678-1726) and Johannes van KEULEN II (1704-1755...

KEULEN, Gerard van (1678-1726) and Johannes van KEULEN II (1704-1755). Nieuwe Afteekening van de Sorlinges Eylanden by de Engelsche genaamt Scilly Isles . Amsterdam: [c.1734]. Highly detailed and exquisitely engraved sea chart of the Isles of Scilly. The map appeared in the Nieuwe Groote Ligtende Zee-Fakkel in 1734. Koeman IV, Keu 71, chart 293. Double-page engraved map, inset map of the western...

Price: £300 - £500
ca. US$381 - US$635

Date: 5 Jun 2019

JOUTEL, Henri (c.1640-1735). Journal historique du dernier voyage que feu...

JOUTEL, Henri (c.1640-1735). Journal historique du dernier voyage que feu M. de la Sale fit dans le Golfe de Mexique, pour trouver l'embouchure, & le cours de la Riviere de Missicipi, nommee a present la Riviere de Saint Louis, qui traverse la Louisiane . Paris: Estienne Robinot, 1713. A fine first edition of an important eye-witness account of La Salle’s second expedition, with the first map...

Price: £8,000 - £12,000
ca. US$10,173 - US$15,260

Date: 5 Jun 2019