Auction 173, Lot 458

"Geographia Antiqua: Being a Complete Set of Maps of Antient Geography...", Cellarius, Christophorus

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1815 (published)


Color: Black & White

8.4 x 10.5 inches
21.3 x 26.7 cm

This complete atlas focuses on the three divisions of the Ancient World: Europe, Asia and Africa. Included are 33 maps: ancient world, 19 pertaining to Europe, 8 pertaining to Asia, and 5 pertaining to 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 first 19 maps were engraved by Richard William Seale, and the remaining by William Henry Toms. These maps were originally published in Christoph Cellarius' Geographia Antiqua, first published in 1686. His atlas proved quite popular, and was republished in many editions. Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington, Law & Whittaker, and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown. Quarto. Bound in quarter leather over marbled paper boards.


Condition: B+

The maps are overall clean and bright with light offsetting and minor occasional foxing. The spine and covers are heavily worn and the covers are nearly detached.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/5/2019