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London, United Kingdom
DoneThu, Oct 13, 2005 12:15 PM GMT

Maps and Atlases

Bloomsbury's forthcoming sale of Maps and Atlases (13th October) is a mixed owner sale of 409 lots and has been divided into Atlases, Foreign Maps and British Maps. This is a good all-round sale appealing to a wide range of buyers.
Amongst the Atlases, particularly noteworthy is lot 24, a Novus Atlas Sinensis by J Blaeu (Amsterdam 1655), with 16 double page engraved maps comprising general maps of China and Japan, and 14 of Chinese Provinces, all with outline hand-colouring (estimated £6000-8000). Lot 20, with an estimate of £800-£1200, is a Yojida atlas from Korea, with woodcut maps of China, showing the Great Wall, Japan, Korea and a typical doughnut-shaped 'shanhaijing', or World map. Another item in this section is lot 37 Epitome Trium Terrae Patrium by Joachim von Watte, known as Vadianus (estimated £2000-3000). It has 2 full-page woodcuts, Circuli Sphaerae (which bears the date 1530) and Ordo Planetarum cum aspectibus, and 12 of 13 hand-coloured woodcut maps.
Amongst the Foreign Maps is an engraved map by Gerard Mercator of Florida and Virginia, datable to around1630 (lot 58). Virginia Item et Floridae Americae Provinciarum, nova descripto has an attractive ornamental cartouche, native figures, animals, a turkey and ships with sea monsters and has an estimate of £1200-1800. Asia Noviter Delineata, an engraved map of Asia (lot 64) decorated with boders containing costumed figures by Johan Blaeu (c1640) is estimated £2500-3500. A highlight of the sale is John Speed's A New and Accurat Map of the World Drawne According to Ye Truest Descriptions Latest Discoveries & Best Observations Yet Have Beene Made by English or Strangers, a good example from Speed's Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World (lot 284). This handsome hand-coloured map with decorative borders of allegorical figures, portraits of explorers and celestial hemispheres, is estimated £5000-7000.