Auction 110, Lot 632

"Ile Timor", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1827 (published)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

22 x 18.5 inches
55.9 x 47 cm

This is a very fine map of the Indonesian island of Timor and the neighboring islands including part of Flores. The Atlas Universel was a monumental work and milestone in cartography. It was the first atlas of the world with all maps on the same scale (1: 1,641,836 - about one inch to 26 miles) and the first lithographed world atlas. The maps (400 in all) were intended to be joined together, thus forming a globe measuring 7.75 meters in diameter. There was only one edition, published in a series of parts between 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that 810 copies were sold.

References: Phillips (A) #749; Imago Mundi, Vol. 24.

Condition: A

Couple of minor repairs in blank margins. Lovely original color.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $140

Closed on 3/2/2005