Maps have fascinated me right from the beginning of my encounter with antique prints. Maps, especially the earliest printed ones, document our growing knowledge about the earth we live on. And they do so, geographically, as well as artistically. The early mapmakers were among my heroes as a boy, as much almost as the Greek figures of mythology or the voyagers exploring the world. Mapmakers were intelligent and educated, venturous, probing and courageous. And so were the early publishers of atlases, the compendiums of maps. Some of the Renaissance and Baroque maps were truly pieces of masterful art, extraordinarily decorative and adorned with sea monsters, sailships, windroses and, sometimes, with paraphernalia indiginous to the inhabitants or the wildlife of the area shown. While it was easy to show countries like Great Britain, Italy, Denmark, Spain with their coastlines defining their contures, thus supporting the decorative value of a map, it was quite another thing to make Bohemia, Bavaria or Switzerland, countries without such borderlines, appear interesting as a map. Just look how the mapmakers drew in forests and mountains and rivers to overcome an eye's boredom! And the excellency of their phantsy of cartouches! And although the early maps I speak of lack the precision of maps we now have, the inherent inacuracy was their charm!

Maps were usually published in atlases. And atlases were books with titles. And, again, titles were individual pieces of art. A publisher emphazised the importance of a book he published with a spectacular entrée. Usually the pictures of an atlas title page pertained in general to the subject matter: Measuring instruments, mythologigal, astronomical, religious, scientific, allegorical hints and facts were united in a composition which depicted the pride of progress in knowledge. An atlas title page often is just one superb artistic and jubilant cartouche! But what are words? Just have a look at some of them in the following chapter. Can you feel less than intrigued by them...?

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"Urbium Praeciparum Mundi Theatrum Quintum…"

Titel page. Part 5 of "Civitates Orbis Terrarum". By Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Copper etching. Original hand coloring. Cologne, ca. 1580

Title page - Second Part - of the famous city book.

Head of a crocodile as part of image below title cartouche.

Right margin added. Margins show definite traces of age and use. Colector's ink stamp bottom margin.

35,5 x 22,5 cm (ca. 14 x 8.9")

$ 440.00

Order Nr. ATLASTITLE252710

No title. Ambiguous copper etching.

Title page to Lotter's miniature atlas.

By Tobias Lobeck after drawing by Gottfried Eichler the younger (1715-1770)

"Atlas geographicus portatilis, xxix, mappis orbis habitabilis regna

exhibens. Caelo accurate expressit Tobias Conradus Lotterus, delineavit

et excudit Tobias Lobeck, chalcograph: Augustan... (Augsburg, 1762)

(engraved by)Tobias Lobeck. Sculpsit et execudit, Aug. A.Y. (after) G. Eichler."

Augsburg, 1762

Age-tinted and a bit soiled on right side from page turning

9 x 12 cm (ca. 3.5 x 4.7")

$ 75.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page


"Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, Mis en lumière par Guillaume & Jean Blaeu…"

Title page of the Blaeu family "Atlas Major" third part.

Copper etching. Soft and yet determined original hand coloring. We stand in from t of the portico of the world, looking at an astronomer with his gear at left and a geographer unrolling a map at right. Above a celestial globe, at bottom the globe of our earth, with Felix Arabia, the Arabian peninsula facing us. Scattered around the earthal globe we see the insignia of freemasonry an atlas and, maybe, the book of wisdom. Yes, we face an impressive stage at a time of discovery!

Condition: Beautiful original hand coloring. There is a hand-written Ex Libris (black ink scattered between the title words. Margins all around are narrow. Reverse side has no print. A few visible spots on reverse side, and a couple of remnants from mounting the print. In general: Condition is very good.

40,8 x 27,5 cm (ca. 16 x 10.8")

$ 600.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page)

Order Nr. ATLAS TITLE PAGE252538

"Grosser Deutscher Atlas." (Great German Atlas)

Copper etching by Karl Schuetz after Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly (1766 - 1820)

Misleading title, as it was the first Austrian-made complete world atlas. Published in Vienna in three volumes between 1794 and 1796, of which the title was: Grosser Deutscher Atlas.

Very good condition.

43 x 56.8 cm (16.9 x 22.4")

$ 850.00

Order Nr. ATLASTITLE97112

Atlas Homannianus

Mathematico-Historice delinatus.

Copper etching by Andr. Hoffer after I. Iust. Preisler, dated 1762.
Published by Homann heirs.
Original hand coloring heightened with egg white. Print has narrow margins.
Hardly visible crease in lower part of image.

A typical baroque atlas title with two putti (cherubs) holding the book title Helios (Sol) and Zeus (Jupiter) are thundering through the clouds in their wagons, a male angel relates his findings of measuring Afghanistan to a female angel who writes a book: "Introduction to Geography", while the science of astrology is depicted by a female with a skirt adorned with the firmament holding astronomical instruments

47 x 27.2 cm ( 18.5 x 10.7 ")

$ 650.00


"Atlas Homannius Mathematico Historice delineatus"

Title page of the Atlas by Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724)

Copper etching heightened with gum arabicum

The title cartouche held by two winged putti. Below title Helios (Sol) with aureola in his chariot drawn through the skies by four stallions, surrounded by a glistening aureole. Towards him rides, in her chariot, drawn by two doves, Aphrodite (Venus).

Below title cartouche and the described inset we see a large globe of the earth, with the "Old World", Europe, Afric, Asia facing us. A young winged male angel measuring the earth with a compass and relating his measurements to a female angel who writes the into a book of geography atlas). As we turn our eyes to the right foreground of the engraving, we see Urania, muse of astrolomy, holding a telescope, and in her other hand a measuring instrument. Her garb its sparkling with stars.

Copper etching with gum arabicum by Andreas Hoffer after the drawing by Johann Justus Preisler

Nuremberg, dated 1762

Condition is very good. Verso no print. Narrow margins all around. Verso: few minor traces of age and use.

47,3 x 27,4 cm (ca. 18.6 x 10.8")

$ 600.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page)

Order Nr. ATLASTITLE252545

"Nieuwen Atlas ofte Werelt Beschryvinge…"

Atlas title page. Second part of world atlas by Jan Janssonius.

Copper etching. Original hand coloring . Amsterdam, 1641

On left side a man riding a crocodile. Illustrous page with elements of Astronomy, Geography, Continents.

Decoratve engraving. Minor traces of age and use in margins.

38,5 x 23,2 (ca. 15.2 x 9.1")

$ 320.00

Order Nr. ATLASTITLE252711

Atlas Novus
Tabulae Geographicae
Totus Orbis Faciem, Partes, Imperia,
Regna Et Provincias Exhibentes,
Exactissima Cura
Iuxta Recentissimas Observation.
Æri Incisæ et Venum Expositæ
Matthæo Seutter
Sac. Cæs. Majest. Geogr.
Augustæ Vindilicorum.

Copper etching by Martin Gottfrid Crophius after Jacob Christoph Weyerman
Original hand coloring. Augsburg, ca. 1740.

49 x 28 cm ( 19.3 x 11 ")

The center of this title shows Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia in a hemispherical globe surrounded by allegorical personifications and typical animals living on the various continents. Above all are putti blowing wind in four directions, Pegasus on a mountain top. Mercurius and Neptune with their symbols, ocean.going vessels and a playful symbolic depiction of the four elements. At the bottom symbols of science and power flanking the title cartouche.
On the upper right is a map being held by Native Americans showing the american Hemisphere and
California as an island.

Upper and right margins have been reinforced due to small repaired tears on margin edges and a repair
in lower right margin corner. Repaired tear in upper right margin reaching 7 cm into image.

$ 720.00

Order Nr. ATLAS TITLE9702A

Gvil. Et Ioannis
Orbis Terrarvm,
Atlas Novvus.
Partis Primæ
Pars Altera.

Apud Ioh. & Cornel Blaev.
c I c I c x L

When you compare this title page with the following one you can see how different editions of atlases came about. This one is in the Latin language, the following one in German. This one was published by Johan and Cornelius Blaeu in 1640, the following one only by Johan Blaeu in 1647. The rest of the decoration remained untouched. Only the publisher's signum was added separately printed to the cartouche below.

Copper etching. Modern hand coloring and guilding. Amsterdam 1640

Print has wide margins. Light, scattered spotting in margins.
Light crease on left side to the right of nun from a horizontal centerfold
that is mainly visible from the backside.

32.3 x 19.3 cm ( 12.7 x 7.6 ")

$ 680.00

Order Nr. ATLAS TITLE9703A

Das ist
Mit schönen newen aussführlichen
Land-Taffeln in Kupfer gestochen/
und an den Tag gegeben


Gvil. und Iohannem Bleav.
Ersten Theils.
Ander Stuck.

Zu Amsterdam/
Bey Iohannem Blaev.
c I c I c c XLVII


Print has wide margins. Light browning on right margin edge.
Crease in right margin near the center. Very clean image.

32.5 x 19.5 cm ( 12.7 x 7.6 ")

$ 680.00

Order Nr. ATLAS TITLE9704A

"Americae Pars Quinta Nobilis et admiratione plena Hieronymi Benzoni Mediolanensis, secundae sectionis Hispanorum…"

Title page - copper etching - for the fifth volume of the famous America Discovery Account, published by de Bry

Author: Girolamo Benzoni (1519-1572)

Copper etching. Title Page for Book V.

Publishing House Theodor de Bry (1528-1598)

Publisher: Johann Theodor de Bry (1560-1623)

The date in the title catriuche on the title page reads 1595. But the book was actually only published in Frankfurt on the Main in the year 1617

Description of image: A Jesuit priest takes the oath of two Spaniards, while four other Spaniards are watching the scene. Driven by armed Spanish soldiers a number of native slaves carry encumbrances up a ragged steep mountain to the summit, on top of which the Christian cross is raised. On the opposite side of the title cartouche soldiers and natives are descending.

Trimmed to borderline of print. All four margins have been added at an indeterminable later time. There are some minor paper faults upper right and upper left - with no loss to image.

29 x 21 cm (ca. 11.4 x 8.3")

$ 450.00 (Please look for discount at top of this page)


Liber Qvartvs

Contrafactur und Be
schreibung von der vor
nembsten Sitten der Welt

Honor, Constantia, Dignitas, Pax, Iustitia, Diligenti, Sapientia

Copper etching in original coloring. Cologne, ca. 1580

This title was a formidable decoration to the fourth book (of five) of Georg Braun's and Franz Hogenberg's famous and incredibly beautiful as well as important "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" published in Cologne between the years 1572 and 1590. The beauty of the etchings inside the book are reflected by the introductory beauty of the title. The translation of the the title cartouche in the German language is: "Depiction and Description of the most noble Cities of the World". And while this book is not exactly an atlas, we have added it to this collection, as it definately is also a description of the world, just as atlases are.

Backside is printed with article (in Latin) concerning the privledges of Maximilian II as well as information about the historian and geographer Franz Hogenberg.

Print has light scattered spotting, especially in margins. Right margin edge has tiny repaired tears.
Lower margin edge has repaired tears. One tear reaches 1 cm into image.
Three wormholes in lower margin have been repaired.

33.7 x 22.2 cm ( 13.2 x 8.7 ")


Unter den zweien
Ias Gott, Unfried
von uns weichen
Friede komm her, gruen und blueh.

Neue Landes Beschreibung der zweii Herzogthumer
Schleswich und Holstein,
zusambt vielen dabeiy gehoerigen
Neuen Landkarten,
Die aust
Ihr Koenigl. Maytt zu Denemarck
etc und Ihr Fuerstl. Duerchl.
Bey der Regierenden Hertzogen zu Schleswich
Holstein, etc. Aller un Gnadigsten befehle
von der Koenigl. Maytt. Bestastem
Iohanne Mejero. Hus. Cimbro.
Chorographice elaborirt,
Casparum Danckwerth D.
Zusammen getragen Und
Worin auch Das Alte Teuetschland
Kuertzlich beschrieben, mit be-
griffen ist.

Gott, Vergilt in diesem Leben
Und dort, wor die Engel Schweben
Ihre hohe Sorg und mueh.
Anno 1652.

Copper etching in original hand coloring and guilding published in Husum, 1652

At the top left of the page is "Ein Cimber" ( Early inhabitant of Denmark).
At the top right is "Ein Iuet" (Early inhabitant of Schleswig Holstein and Denmark).

On the left side is an image of a Friesien and a Saxon. In the lower left corner is an image of Archbishop Ansgarins Primus of Hamburg.

On the right side is an image of an Angelschwabe with a captured head on a pole. Below that is an image of a Wende. In the lower right corner is an image of Bischop Vicelinis of Aldenburg.

Right, left and upper margins have been added and reinforced. Tiny repaired tears on lower margin edge.

40.5 x 27.5 cm ( 15.9 x 10.8 ")

$ 760.00

Order Nr. ATLAS TITLE9707A

Seste Deel
van de
Nieuwe Atlas,
Tooneel des Aerdrijcx,
Uytgegeven door
Joan Blaeu

Title on door: "Novvs Atlas Sinensis, a Martino Martinio Soc. Iesu
Descriptv et Serenissimo Archidvci Leopoldo Gvilielmo Avstriaco Dedicatvs.

The sixth book published by the Blaeu family in Amsterdam was devoted mainly to China and Japan. The maps in this atlas were done by the Jesuit cartographer Martino Matini (1614-1661). And that's why the cute little cherubs are holding a map of East Asia and the globe's face also shows East Asia and, lo and behold for that early age, a fairly accurate depiction of Australia. A Gate with guilded hinges opens to a landscape typical of China.

Left margin has been added. Right and lower margins have been reinforced. Repaired tears in right and lower margins. One tear in lower margin reaches 1 cm into image. Margins are browned with scattered spotting.

42.5 x 26.2 cm ( 16.7 x 10.3 ")


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