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

Christie's
London

Date of the auction: 05.06.2019

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[WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin (c.1470-c.1522).] Orbis Typus Universalis Iuxta...

[WALDSEEMÜLLER, Martin (c.1470-c.1522).] Orbis Typus Universalis Iuxta Hydrographorum Traditionem . [Strasbourg: 1513]. Finely coloured example of the extremely rare 'Admiral's Map,' by 'the most important cartographer of the early sixteenth century' (Karrow). In 1505, the cartographer Martin Waldseemüller was invited to join an ecclesiastical college at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, a small town some 50...

Price: £30,000 - £50,000
ca. US$39,013 - US$65,023

Date: 5 Jun 2019

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-c.178). Geographicae enarrationis, Edited by...

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-c.178). Geographicae enarrationis, Edited by Michael Servetus (1509/11-1553). Vienne: Gaspar Trechsel for Hugues de La Porte at Lyons, 1541. The second of two Lyons editions by the Spanish theologian and scientist, Servetus , also known as Villanovanus. The text comprises the Latin translation by Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530) and an index. In his first edition of...

Price: £20,000 - £30,000
ca. US$26,009 - US$39,013

Date: 5 Jun 2019

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-c.178). Geographia universalis . Translated...

PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius (c.100-c.178). Geographia universalis . Translated from Greek into Latin by Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530), edited by Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) . Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1546. Third edition, the rare issue dated 1546 in title and colophon (instead of 1545, but dedicatory epistle dated 1545, and setting otherwise identical to the issue dated 1545) of Münster's Ptolemy...

Price: £25,000 - £35,000
ca. US$32,511 - US$45,516

Date: 5 Jun 2019

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$19,506 - US$32,511

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$5,201 - US$7,802

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$3,901 - US$6,502

Date: 5 Jun 2019

WAGHENAER, Lucas Janszoon (1533-1606). Pars prima [- La deuxiesme partie...

WAGHENAER, Lucas Janszoon (1533-1606). Pars prima [- La deuxiesme partie] Du Miroir de la Navigation, de la Mer Occidentale, contenant toutes les costes de France, Espaigne, & la principale partie d'Angleterre, le tout comprins en plusieurs diverses Cartes Marines . Antwerp: Jean Bellère, 1590. Extremely rare first French edition of the first printed pilot book to incorporate sea charts. ‘This...

Price: £40,000 - £60,000
ca. US$52,018 - US$78,027

Date: 5 Jun 2019

WAGHENAER, Lucas Janszoon (1533-1606). De Zee Custen tußchen Dovere en...

WAGHENAER, Lucas Janszoon (1533-1606). De Zee Custen tußchen Dovere en Orfordtsneße, daer de Teemse de Vermaerde Rivire va Lonen gelegen is. [Amsterdam: Cornelis Claesz, 1588]. Van Doetecum engraved map of the coast of eastern England, from Dover to Great Yarmouth, showing the mouth of the Thames, coloured by a contemporary hand. Koeman IV, Wag 6 (23c); New Hollstein 816/VII. Double-page engraved...

Price: £800 - £1,200
ca. US$1,040 - US$1,560

Date: 5 Jun 2019

WAGHENAER, Lucas Janszoon (1533-1606). Beschrijvinghe der Zee Custen van...

WAGHENAER, Lucas Janszoon (1533-1606). Beschrijvinghe der Zee Custen van Engelandt Tusschen wicht ende Dovern . [Amsterdam: Cornelis Claesz, 1588]. Highly decorative map of the English Channel engraved by Joannes van Doetecum , showing the Isle of Wight, Solent, and the coast eastwards to Dover. Koeman IV, Wag 6 (22c); New Hollstein 815/IV. Engraved double-page map, coloured by a contemporary hand...

Price: £800 - £1,200
ca. US$1,040 - US$1,560

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$19,506 - US$32,511

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$91,032 - US$130,046

Date: 5 Jun 2019

BARENTSZ, Willem (c.1550-1597). Deliniatio cartae trium navigationum per...

BARENTSZ, Willem (c.1550-1597). Deliniatio cartae trium navigationum per Batavos, ad Septentrionalem plagam, Norvegiae, Moscoviae, et novae Semblae . [Amsterdam:] Cornelis Claesz, 1598. 'The most important map of the far northern regions ... [and] the first to show Spitzbergen' (Ginsberg). Willem Barentsz made three voyages to the Arctic Ocean. During the first voyage of 1594, he reached the...

Price: £10,000 - £15,000
ca. US$13,004 - US$19,506

Date: 5 Jun 2019

METELLUS, Johannes (also Jean MATAL, c.1517-1597). Speculum orbis terrae...

METELLUS, Johannes (also Jean MATAL, c.1517-1597). Speculum orbis terrae. Oberursel: Sutor, 1602. First edition of one of the rarest early world atlases by one of the modern masters of cosmography, read by Walter Ralegh and his contemporaries along with the works of Mercator, Ortelius, Muenster and Merula. Minute details of a vast array of provinces are displayed, in the wider context of...

Price: £100,000 - £150,000
ca. US$130,046 - US$195,069

Date: 5 Jun 2019

BARENTSZ, Willem (c.1550-1597). Caertboeck vande Midlandtsche Zee...

BARENTSZ, Willem (c.1550-1597). Caertboeck vande Midlandtsche Zee [ Description de la Mer Mediterrannee auquel son delinees & descriptes au vif toutes les costes de la Mer Mediterrannee: Commençant de Gibraltar le long de Granade, Valence, Cataloigne, Provence & Itali e]. Amsterdam: Corneille Nicolas, 1607 [but 1609]. Extremely rare French-language edition of the first pilot atlas of the...

Price: £80,000 - £120,000
ca. US$104,037 - US$156,055

Date: 5 Jun 2019

MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594) and Jodocus HONDIUS (1563-1611). Atlas minor...

MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-1594) and Jodocus HONDIUS (1563-1611). Atlas minor, ou briefve et vive description de tout le monde . Amsterdam: Hondius, 1614. Rare French edition of the Atlas Minor, in unusually well-preserved state as complete with all maps and preliminaries and in a sound contemporary binding . Appearing first in 1607, the Hondius-Mercator ‘smaller’ atlas was a Europe-wide success, with...

Price: £20,000 - £30,000
ca. US$26,009 - US$39,013

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$5,201 - US$7,802

Date: 5 Jun 2019

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1588-1664). Vertooninge naar 't leven vande...

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1588-1664). Vertooninge naar 't leven vande Zeecusten van Engelant tussen Poortlant ende Doeveren . [Amsterdam: c.1608]. Blaeu's map of the south coast of England, from Portland to Dover, including the Isle of Wight and Solent, coloured by a contemporary hand. The north-coast of France with Calais and Boulogne appears bottom-right. The map appeared in Blaeu's oblong-format...

Price: £300 - £500
ca. US$390 - US$650

Date: 5 Jun 2019

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1588-1664). Ware afbeeldinge der Zeecusten van...

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1588-1664). Ware afbeeldinge der Zeecusten van Engelant gelegen tußchen Doveren en Iarmuijen ... Riviere van Londen . [Amsterdam: c.1608]. Blaeu's map of the coast of eastern England, from Dover to Great Yarmouth, showing the mouth of the Thames, coloured by a contemporary hand. The River Thames is shown in an inset, from London to the Isle of Sheppey. The map appeared in...

Price: £300 - £500
ca. US$390 - US$650

Date: 5 Jun 2019

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1588-1664) . Le Flambeau de la Navigation monstrant...

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon (1588-1664) . Le Flambeau de la Navigation monstrant la description & delineation de toutes les Costes & Havres de la Mer Occidentale, Septentrionale & Orientale. Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1620. First French edition of Blaeu’s important pilot book, Het licht der zee-vaert , published by his competitor Jansson, this copy acquired in 1636 expressly for the renowned astronomer...

Price: £100,000 - £150,000
ca. US$130,046 - US$195,069

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$2,600 - US$3,901

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$5,201 - US$7,802

Date: 5 Jun 2019

MERCATOR, Rumold (1545-1599). Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio...

MERCATOR, Rumold (1545-1599). Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio . Amsterdam, dated 1587, [but 1628]. Rumold Mercator's striking world map. Gerard Mercator's great world map of 1569 was condensed into this double-hemisphere map by his son, Rumold. 'The engraving is a model of clarity and neatness, with typical cursive flourishes to the lettering of the sea names' (Shirley). The North Pole is...

Price: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,600 - US$3,901

Date: 5 Jun 2019

HONDIUS, Jodocus the Elder (1563-1612). India Orientalis . [Amsterdam: 1628].

HONDIUS, Jodocus the Elder (1563-1612). India Orientalis . [Amsterdam: 1628]. Highly appealing map of China and Southeast Asia , with a large geographic range extending from Gujarat in the west to the coasts of Southern China with the Pearl River Estuary, Canton and Formosa (Taiwan) in the east. Three large lakes are situated in central Asia in the north, with extensive river systems running...

Price: £1,000 - £2,000
ca. US$1,300 - US$2,600

Date: 5 Jun 2019

COLOM, Jacob Aertsz (1600-1673). L’Ardante ou Flamboyante Colomne de la Mer...

COLOM, Jacob Aertsz (1600-1673). L’Ardante ou Flamboyante Colomne de la Mer . Amsterdam: Jacob Colom, 1633. First edition with French text of an exceptionally rare maritime atlas covering the coasts of Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa. The 43 charts in the present lot are the same as those in the first edition with Dutch text ( De Vyerighe Colom , 1632...

Price: £20,000 - £30,000
ca. US$26,009 - US$39,013

Date: 5 Jun 2019

TASSIN, Christophe Nicolas (d. 1660). Cartes generale et particulieres de...

TASSIN, Christophe Nicolas (d. 1660). Cartes generale et particulieres de toutes les costes de France, tant de la mer Oceane que Mediterraneé. [Paris: Cramoisy -Tavernier-Messager, 1634]. Important sea-atlas designed to assist with French coastal defence. As a military engineer, Tassin understood the importance of using original first-hand observational drawings by other military engineers, and...

Price: £3,000 - £5,000
ca. US$3,901 - US$6,502

Date: 5 Jun 2019

TASSIN, Christophe Nicolas (d.1660). Les plans et profils des toutes les...

TASSIN, Christophe Nicolas (d.1660). Les plans et profils des toutes les principales villes et lieux considerables de France. Paris: Sebastien Cramoisy, 1634-1636. First edition of both parts of the earliest detailed pocket atlas of France. This attractive collection of maps, plans and views of French cities is of particular interest to military historians as it contains many views of...

Price: £1,500 - £2,000
ca. US$1,950 - US$2,600

Date: 5 Jun 2019

HONDIUS, Henricus (1597-1651). Poli Arctici, et Circumiacentium Terrarum...

HONDIUS, Henricus (1597-1651). Poli Arctici, et Circumiacentium Terrarum Descriptio Novissima . [Amsterdam: 1639]. Hondius' important map of the polar region is one of the most decorative maps of the North Pole. It incorporates much English knowledge of the Northwest Passage, drawing upon the cartography of Henry Briggs of Hudson Bay, with that of its western coast from Thomas James. The...

Price: £1,000 - £2,000
ca. US$1,300 - US$2,600

Date: 5 Jun 2019

MORISOT, Claude Barthelemy (1592-1661). Orbis maritimi sive rerum in mari...

MORISOT, Claude Barthelemy (1592-1661). Orbis maritimi sive rerum in mari et littoribus gestarum generalis historia . Dijon: Pierre Palliot, 1643. First and only edition of ‘the first naval history…, a veritable naval encyclopedia’ (Borba de Moraes). First issue, with the dedication to Louis XIII, and from the library of the noted Dijon collector, E.F. De la Cuisine, President of chamber in the...

Price: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,600 - US$3,901

Date: 5 Jun 2019

JANSSONIUS, Johannes (1588-1664). Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova . Amsterdam...

JANSSONIUS, Johannes (1588-1664). Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova . Amsterdam: [1649]. Influential map of the eastern coast of North America, from Nova Scotia to Virginia, naming Manbattes (Manhattan) and N. Amsterdam . Published at the height of the Blaeu-Janssonius competition, this map is Janssonius' individual take on the map first published by Johannes de Laet in 1630. The high degree of Dutch...

Price: £1,000 - £1,500
ca. US$1,300 - US$1,950

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$45,516 - US$71,525

Date: 5 Jun 2019