Auction 122, Lot 870

"Introductio in Universam Geographiam…", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1697 (dated)


Color: Black & White

7 x 9.5 inches
17.8 x 24.1 cm

This is one of the later issues of this much respected and highly popular early geography that was first published in 1624. It contains 42 copper engraved maps: 28 double page and 14 folding, single page copperplate engraved maps. Five tables, a bold red and black title page with a small vignette and a beautifully engraved frontis are also included. This difficult to find example includes the embellished double-hemisphere world map and America, which shows California as an island. Sixteen pages of preliminary notes and dedications, a table of contents, 565 pages of text, and an extensive index complete this exhaustive work. Phillip Cluver founded the discipline of historical geography, and his posthumously-published six volume work remained the standard for more than a century. 8 vo. Complete. Original vellum hardbound with gilt lettering and decorative touches on front and back. Raised bands and manuscript title on spine. A terrific example of this desirable work.


Condition: A

Contents are clean and bright, with the rare occasional spot. The maps are beautiful and bright with fine impressions: in many cases early impressions with layout lines still visible. Most are fine less the double hemisphere maps has a 1" tear in lower margin, just reaching neatline. Very crisp and bright impressions throughout. Vellum covers are lightly soiled and are slightly warped with vellum starting to lift away from boards on inside edges. Typical light shelf wear with a small hole in back cover. A beautiful and rare example of a very important geography. Some very old ink notations inside front cover.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/5/2007