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Auction 168, Lot 706

"Geographia Antiqua et Nova: or a System of Antient and Modern Geography, with a Set of Maps, Engraven from those of Cellarius…", Cellarius, Christophorus

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1768 (dated)


Color: Black & White

8.5 x 10.5 inches
21.6 x 26.7 cm

This is the second edition of this highly regarded geography containing thirty-three double-page maps. The book and maps focus on the three regions of the Ancient World - Europe, Asia and Africa. The attractive, boldly engraved maps are in Latin, and use two different typestyles, Italic and Roman, to distinguish between ancient and modern place names. They show excellent detail with topography, towns, churches, mosques, and more. The map, Sicilia Antiqua shows an erupting Mt. Aetna. Insularum Britannicarum Facies Antiqua includes an inset of Thule, and a handsome map of the Nile Delta, Aegypti Delta et Nili Ostia locates Alexandria, Memphis and the pyramids. The text has been translated from French, and describes the names and boundaries of the countries and their provinces or other divisions. 8vo. 105 pages plus a 19 page index. Published by Robert Horsfield. Complete. Hardbound in original leather with gilt title and raised bands on spine.


Condition: B+

The maps have overall strong, dark impressions with offsetting and some wormholes or worm tracks mostly along the gutter that do not distract. Text is lightly toned with worm tracks in the upper margin of the first eight sheets. There is a pastedown on the inside front cover from the "State Normal School at Salem." Covers are scuffed with some loss, and the front cover is detached. Spine is worn with chips at the top and bottom.

Estimate: $700 - $850


Closed on 6/6/2018