• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 85

    CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria (1650-1718). Atlante Veneto, nel quale si contiene la descrittione... degl' Imperii, Regni, Provincie, e Stati dell' Universo. Venice: Girolamo Albrizzi, 1691. Volume 1 only. 2° (482 x 370mm). With the half-title, full-page engraved device with the imprint of the Argonauti, double-page allegorical frontispiece of Venice, title, engraved divisional title, engraved portrait of Morosini, one further engraved divisional title, and 46 double-page maps and plates, 4 full page plates of which one folding, and 16 full-page plates each with 2 subjects within engraved borders. (Title with the fore-margin repaired at an early date, a very few tears some of which with early repairs, faint mostly marginal dampstaining, short creased tear in the half-title and register margins, two double-page plates with a long tear along the fold, occasional light soiling.) Contemporary vellum, letter in manuscript up the spine (worn and soiled, spine ends chipped, joints starting). Provenance: 'N. 221' (manuscript shelf mark in an early hand).

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    CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria (1650-1718). Atlante Veneto, nel quale si contiene la descrittione... degl' Imperii, Regni, Provincie, e Stati dell' Universo. Venice: Girolamo Albrizzi, 1691. Volume 1 only. 2° (482 x 370mm). With the half-title, full-page engraved device with the imprint of the Argonauti, double-page allegorical frontispiece of Venice, title, engraved divisional title, engraved portrait of Morosini, one further engraved divisional title, and 46 double-page maps and plates, 4 full page plates of which one folding, and 16 full-page plates each with 2 subjects within engraved borders. (Title with the fore-margin repaired at an early date, a very few tears some of which with early repairs, faint mostly marginal dampstaining, short creased tear in the half-title and register margins, two double-page plates with a long tear along the fold, occasional light soiling.) Contemporary vellum, letter in manuscript up the spine (worn and soiled, spine ends chipped, joints starting). Provenance: 'N. 221' (manuscript shelf mark in an early hand).

    ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS BY ONE OF THE GREAT EUROPEAN MAPMAKERS OF THE 17TH-CENTURY. In 1684 Coronelli founded the first geographical society, Venice's Accademia degli Argonauti. His maps and plates were published under the aegis of the Argonauti, and gathered in the Atlante Veneto -- a work intended as a continuation of Blaeu's Atlas Maior. It is no mere collection of maps but 'a compendium of geographical, cosmographical, and scientific information... on contemporary Italian science and geography' (The World Encompassed, p.195). The volume includes Coronelli's important map of North America, featuring one of the best renderings of California as an island. Leighly, California as an Island, 88; Phillips, Atlases, 521.


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