BLAEU, Willem and Joannes BLAEU. Atlas Mayor sino Cosmographia Blavania, En La Qual Exactamente se Descrive la Tierra, el Mar, y el Cielo. Amsterdam, circa 1658-1672.
10 volumes, 2o (558 x 352 mm). Text in Spanish, mounted on guards throughout. 6 hand-colored engraved titles (of 12, volume IV in two parts with 2 engraved titles). 544 (OF 547) ENGRAVED MAPS, PLANS, VIEWS AND PLATES, MOST DOUBLE-PAGE some folding, full-page or within the text, and 49 additional engraved maps COLORED THROUGHOUT IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND AND HEIGHTENED WITH GOLD. Contemporary Dutch vellum with bold Spanish ink lettering to spines, remnants of leather ties, edges gilt (rebound, contemporary sides and spines laid down but becoming loose, worn). Provenance: Marques de Astorga (18th-century letterpress bookplate on titles or first leaf in each volume).
A VIRTUALLY COMPLETE SET OF THE SECOND SPANISH EDITION, one of the rarest of Blaeu's large atlases which was never completed. "When fire destroyed the Blaeu printing-house at the Gravenstraat in Amsterdam in 1672, the final volume was in the press and consequently lost. This volume was to contain the maps of Africa and America, probably to be incorporated in volume XI. But also the sheets for the volumes I-X were only availalbe in a limited quantity which is proved by the fact that the second copy, here mentioned, is partially composed of sheets which have been made from two leaves, pasted together: the one with the Spanish text, the other with the map and French, Latin, or Dutch text on the back." (Koeman). It is very likely that several plates from the volumes I-X were destroyed by the fire in 1672, but that printed sheets with the Spanish text were saved in sufficient quantities. The above copy includes numerous of these pasted sheets and corresponds very closely with Koeman Bl 60 B; Shirley 428. This set comprises:
Volume I. Northern Europe. 69 (of 70) engraved maps and plates (lacks Pintura de Stelleburg map), including 9 plates of Tycho Brahe's astronomical instruments and observatory and 3 additional maps including de Wit Nova et accurata totius Europae (small Free Library stamp on first leaf, some browning, staining and offsetting throughout).
Volume II. Northern and Eastern Europe and Greece. Engraved title with letterpress title overslip, 28 (of 29) engraved maps, a few woodcuts (lacks Polonia Regnum), with 8 additional maps including de Wit Regni Polognia (light browning and staining, Transylvania and Morea badly dampstained, small Free Library stamp on first leaf).
Volume III. Germany. Printed title, 96 engraved maps and 15 additional engraved maps by de Wit, Visscher and Blaeu (small Free Library stamp on first leaf, dampstaining mostly to lower margin, discoloration to some maps).
Volume IV. Netherlands. 2 parts in one volume, printed title and 2 engraved titles with letterpress title overslip, 63 engraved maps and 3 additional engraved maps by Visscher and Penez (small Free Library stamp on first leaf, dampstaining with occasional discoloration heavier in part II, blank corner of T1 replaced).
Volume V. England. Engraved title with letterpress title overslip, 58 engraved maps, 3 engraved views in text, woodcut illustrations and 2 additional engraved maps by de Wit (title, first few leaves and Britannia map with chipping to corners, small Free Library stamp on first leaf, dampstaining throughout with some discoloration and spotting, 6 maps with abrasions, Rutlandia badly stained).
Volume VI. Scotland and Ireland. 55 engraved maps and 2 additional maps by de Wit (small Free Library stamp on first leaf, lacks title and **2, browning, dampstaining and discoloration to some plates).
Volume VII. France and Switzerland. Engraved title with letterpress title overslip, 66 engraved maps and 7 additional maps by Visscher, de Broen and Blaeu (small Free Library stamp on first leaf, dampstaining and scattered light spotting, some discoloration, corners of first 20 leaves bumped).
Volume VIII. Italy. Printed title and 61 engraved maps and 5 additional maps by de Wit and de Broen (lacks engraved title, small Free Library stamp on first leaf, browing and dampstaining, mostly marginal, some maps splitting along folds).
Volume IX. Spain and Portugal. Printed and engraved title with letterpress title overslip, 28 (of 29) engraved maps (Catalonia missing) and 4 additional maps including de Wit (name erased) Cataloniae (titles reinforced along gutter margin, small Free Library stamp on first leaf, some staining and light browning, a few maps with repairs to verso mostly aling folds).
Volume X. Asia. Printed title, 17 engraved maps (small Free Library stamp on first leaf, browning and light marginal dampstaining). (10)