Auction 112, Lot 675

"[Lot of 2] Partie de l'Isle de Java No. 26 [and] No. 27", 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

Pair of very fine, scarce maps covering the Indonesian islands of Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Komodo (home of the Komodo dragons) and several smaller islands. 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 only 810 copies were sold.

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

Condition: A+

Slight surface soil in blank margins, still fine with lovely original color.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/28/2005