Auction 140, Lot 528

"Cosmographiae Partis II, Liber III, de Gallia…", Merula, Paulus G.

Subject: Atlas, France

Period: 1636 (dated)


Color: Black & White

3.3 x 5.3 inches
8.4 x 13.5 cm

This rare miniature geography book of France is complete with 25 folding maps and about a dozen genealogical charts. The maps include Gallia, Picardia, Champaigne, Brie, Lionnois, Normandia, Languedoc, Provence, and Burgundia Ducatus. These were originally engraved by Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van den Keere for Bertius' Tabularum geographicarum... Hardbound in vellum with red leather label with gilt title on spine. 467 pp, title page, list of plates, text, maps and charts. Merula, a Dutch jurist, was appointed to the chair of history at the University of Leyden in 1592. In addition to this geography he also published folio editions, wrote many treatises on laws and history and is also known for his geological studies. This edition was published by Willem Blaeu from Amsterdam.


Condition: B+

Maps are in near fine to very good condition with light toning, offsetting, and occasional foxing. Text is lightly toned with occasional foxing. Covers and spine are worn and stained. Hinges are starting and endpapers have a few small worm tracks.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/23/2012