OGILBY, John (1600-1676). [7 works]. London: 1670-1675, comprising:
Jan NIEUHOFF (1618-1672). An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China, translated by J. Ogilby. London: printed by the author, 1673. 2° (407 x 251mm). Engraved frontispiece after W. Hollar, 18 engraved plates and one double-page map. Engraved views on many pages. (Lacking the plate list, occasional browning or staining.) Second edition in English of Nieuhoff's account of the embassy of Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyser from the Dutch East India Company to the Emperor of China in 1655. The first edition appeared in 1669. Cordier 2347; Lust 536; Wing N-1153.
Arnoldus MONTANUS (?1625-1683, editor) Atlas Chinensis: Being a second part of a relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East India Company of the United Provinces to the Vice-roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East Tartary, translated by J. Ogilby. London: Tho. Johnson for the author, 1671. 2° (411 x 250mm). Engraved frontispiece, 38 engraved plates, 32 double-page, and one (of 2?) double-page maps. Numerous engraved illustrations of towns and social customs. (Plates rather browned, occasional waterstains, paper fault at head of Zz4 affecting illustration and text on verso.) FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Cordier 2349; Lowndes 1719 (maintaining that the first edition was in 2 volumes, 1671-73); Lust 525 (calling for 2 engraved maps, though only 37 plates); Wing D-242.
A. MONTANUS. Atlas Japannensis: Being Remarkable Addresses by way of Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Emperor of Japan, translated by J. Ogilby. London: Thomas Johnson for the author, 1670. 2° (411 x 263mm). Engraved frontispiece, folding engraved map and 23 (of 24) double-page plates and plans, 4 folding. Engraved illustrations. (Lacking the plate of 'Dayboth's Temple' and 2O2 and 2R3, some light staining, browning and marginal worming, a few small holes and neatly-repaired tears.) Provenance: occasional early marginalia and drawings. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Cordier Japonica 384-5; Lowndes 1719: Wing M-2485.
J. OGILBY. Asia, the first part: being an accurate description of Persia ..., the vast empire of the Great Mogol, and other parts of India. London: printed by the author, 1673. 2° (410 x 255mm). Engraved frontispiece, 28 engraved plates, 12 double-page, and 4 double-page maps only. Engraved illustrations. (Lacking the folding map, also lacking quire A, and B1 and 2M4, title with small hole, title and a few other leaves lightly stained.) FIRST EDITION. The Atlas Chinensis (see above) formed the second part of this work. Lowndes 1719; Wing O-166.
J. OGILBY. Africa: Being an accurate description of the regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia, and the Abyssines. London: Tho. Johnson for the author, 1670. 2° (411 x 251mm). Half-title, engraved frontispiece, folding engraved map of Africa after Jacob van Meurs, 29 double-page engraved plates, and 13 (of 15?) double-page maps and plans. Extra illustrated with double-page plate after Hollar with letterpress account of 'Capt. Kempthorn's Engagement in the Mary Rose with seven Algier Men of War.' 7ll. of unsigned letterpress tables. (Lacking all 9 single-page plates and either one or two maps, also lacking the plate list at end and possibly one unsigned leaf of tables, F5 holed affecting one or two letters, Gg6 soiled at margin, final leaf laid down.) Provenance: John Stephens (inscription dated 1689 at head of frontispiece). Lowndes 1719 ('little more than an English version of Dapper's work'); Wing O-163.
[A. MONTANUS]. America: Being the latest and most accurate description of the New World, translated by J. Ogilby. London: the author, 1671. 2° (409 x 256mm). Engraved frontispiece, folding engraved map of North and South America by F. Lamb after Ogilby, 6 engraved portraits, and 47 (of 48?) double-page engraved plates and maps, 3 also folding. Numerous engraved illustrations. (Lacking plate list at end, frontispiece repaired at margin, a few other plates unobtrusively repaired, S1, Dd6 and Ff2 holed affecting a few letters, Gg1-2 slightly stained, Qq5 torn and repaired with loss to 6 lines of text recto and illustration on verso, later leaves with marginal waterstains.) FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. There were several issues of this work, and copies differ in their make up. This copy is without the two illustrations on pp. 205, 213. The title conforms with Sabin's second issue, but lacks the map of Southern Virginia and Florida. The title, catalogue of the authors and contents are on 4 leaves. Borba de Moraes II, p. 626; Lowndes 1719; Sabin 50089.
J. OGILBY. Britannia, Volume the First: or, An illustration of the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales by a ... description of the principal roads thereof. London: the author, 1675. 2° (411 x 260mm). Engraved frontispiece after Hollar, engraved double-page general map and 100 strip road maps, 92 double-page, 8 folding. (Some light browning, one map slightly creased.) FIRST EDITION OF OGILBY'S FAMOUS ROAD BOOK, the first survey of the roads of England and Wales. Chubb C; Lowndes 1719; Wing 0-168.
7 works in 7 volumes, all with titles in red and black. Uniformly-bound in early 19th-century polished calf gilt with the Botfield arms, spines panelled in gilt, morocco lettering-pieces, speckled edges. Provenance: '7 vols. -- plates by Hollar -- £12-12-0' (pencil note on front free endpaper of the first work).
A FULL SET OF THE AMPLY-ILLUSTRATED GEOGRAPHICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL WORKS ISSUED BY OGILBY who acquired a printing-press after short careers as a dancer, actor and producer; he was also a poet and the translator of Virgil and Aesop. Ogilby has been called 'the English De Bry.' Most of these works are translations or adaptations from Dutch editions and make use of the same plates to form a comprehensive visual and textual survey of three barely-known continents; sold as a collection of works not subject to return. (7)