AVITY, Pierre d', sieur de Montmartin (1573-1635). Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica, das ist, Beschreibung aller Käyserthumben Königreichen und Republicken der gantzen Welt, translated by Johann Ludwig Gottfried, Frankfurt am Main: Wolfgang Hoffmann, 1638. 2° (313 x 201mm). Additional engraved title after Joachim Sandrart, title printed in red and black with engraved vignette (Merian's device), text in double columns, 99 plates and maps, including 30 double-page engraved maps and 66 plates including 59 double-page views and 5 double-page folding views by or supervised by Matthaeus Merian (1593-1650). (Map of Italy with long clean tear at centre fold, map of Germany with closed long tear, view of Stockholm with large marginal repairs, Florence with long clean tear, outer margins of view of Genoa slightly cropped, occasional light creasing, a few leaves and plates lightly waterstained, a few tears, Bb4 with small hole affecting one or 2 letters, paper flaw affecting Uu2 causing loss of one or two words of 3 lines of text, light even browning.) Contemporary vellum (lightly soiled). Provenance: ECC (manuscript initials on front pastedown).
First published in French in 1614 under the title Les empires, royaumes, estats ... et principautez du monde, the work was translated by Johann Ludwig Gottfried (which is not a pseudonym of J.P. Abelin as has often been supposed). It is divided into three parts: the first deals with Europe, the second with Asia and Africa and the third with the Knights of Malta. The double-page folding views are of Constantinople, Venice, Rome, Paris and London.