Auction 162, Lot 769

Uncommon Miniature Atlas with 36 Maps

"Atlas Geographicus Portatilis, XXIX Mappis Urbis Habitabilis Regna Exhibens...", Lotter/Lobeck

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

5.8 x 4.5 inches
14.7 x 11.4 cm

Fine pocket atlas with decorative maps in full original color. It opens with an allegorical frontispiece, followed by a title page in an architectural cartouche, both drawn by Gottfried Eichler, junior. The maps include the celestial and terrestrial hemispheres, the continents, and detailed maps of western and eastern Europe. Most maps are embellished with a fine title cartouche. The maps are followed by a list of maps and a Geographie (72 pages) printed for Lobeck by Johann Michael Spaeth. This atlas was a collaborative publication between Tobias Conrad Lotter and Tobias Lobeck, first published in 1747 with an almanac. The atlas remained in use for many years, with the maps reprinted and with new maps added, but the title page continued to report 29 maps. The maps present are:

1) Planisphaerium Globi Terrestris
2) Hemisphaerium Boreali [and] Hemisphaeriusm Australe
3) Europa
4) Asia
5) Africa
6) America
7) Regnorum Hispaniae et Portugalliae Tabula generalis
8) Totius Regn. Galliae sive Franciae Tabula
9) Nova Totius Italiae cum adjacentibus Maroribus et Minoribus Insulis
10) Republic di Genova
11) Status Ecclesiastici Magni que Ducatus Florentini Tabula
12) Magna Britannia complectens Angliae, Scotiae, et Hiberniae Regna
13) Tabula Gener. Totius Belgii qua Provinciae XVII Infer. Germaniae olim sub S.R.I. Circula Burgundiae
14) Germania Inferior
15) Potentissimae Helvetiorum Reipublicae Cantones Tredecim
16) Germania H. Romische Reich...
17) Cercle d'Autriche
18) Cercles de Baviere, de Suabe, de Franconie…
19) Vereinigte Niederlande, Spanische Niederlande, Herzogt. Brabant, Herzogt. Luxemburg, Graefsch. Flandern
20) Cercle de Saxonie…
21) Boheme, Morovia, & Saxonie, Lusace, Silesie…
22) Ducatus Silesiae Inferioris Tabula
23) Ducatus Silesiae Superioris
24) Circuli Supe Saxoniae Pars Meridionalis…
25) Pars Meridionalis Circuli Saxoniae Superioris
26) Tabula Circubus Saxoniae Inferioris…
27) Circulus Westphalicus I. Pars
28) Circuli Thuringiae I. Pars
29) Circuli Saxoniae Inferioris In Omnes Suos Status et Principatus II Pars
30) Bohemiae Regnum in Circulos suos divisii
31) Borussiae Regnum cum Adjacentibus Regionibus
32) Regnum Daniae
33) Regnum Sueciae
34) Impericum Russiqum Omnisque Tartaria
35) Regni Hungariae Tabula Generalis
36) Tabula Dunabii Graeciae et Archipelagi.

Following the maps is the list of maps, "Index mapparum Geograhicarum," which lists only 29 maps. The atlas' collation does not, as often found, exactly match the list given on the Index. A second title page "Kurzgesasste Geographie, in sich haltend einen aneinander hangenden Entwurf…Sack-Atlas…Tobias Lobeck…" follows with 72 pages of text. Oblong 32mo in original embossed calf binding. A lovely example of this uncommon atlas.

References: King (2nd Ed.) p. 171; cf. Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #134.

Condition: A

The maps are clean and bright with full original color. A few maps have minor soiling and the map of Italy has a small stain in the Adriatic Sea. The text is also clean and bright. The covers are warped and the leather is cracked and rubbed in a few spots. The front hinge is starting.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 4/26/2017