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ATLAS MAIOR ANGLIA, SCOTIA & HIBERNIA (2 VOLUMES)
Written by Joan Blaeu; Peter Van Der Krogt.
Stock no. 1821734
Published by Taschen. 1st thus 2006. Nearly fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper.
The ATLAS MAIOR, the cartographical masterpiece of the Baroque, was brought out in 1662 and 1665 by the Amsterdam publisher Joan Blaeu, one of Holland's leading cartographers. Originally appearing in Latin, the atlas comprised 594 maps in 11 volumes, which depicted the whole of the world as known to early modern Europe. It was the largest and most expensive book to be published during the seventeenth century. For more than 100 years it remained the definitive atlas of the world, and today is one of the most sought-after and valuable antiquarian rarities. TASCHEN's bibliophile reprint of this costly atlas is based on the hand-colored copy with gilt highlights now in the Austrian National Library in Vienna. Alongside original quotes from Joan Blaeu relating to the individual maps, the new text by Peter van der Krogt explains the historical and cultural associations and introduces the reader to the fascinating world of early modern cartography. Large format. Two volumes. Colour maps, 58 of England, 55 of Scotland and Ireland. The text is in English, French and German. Contained in pictorial slipcase. ISBN: 9783822851043. Light bumping to top & tail of spines and light scuffing to boards. Dustwrappers have minor rubbing to corners. A lovely set contained in publisher's slipcase in almost fine condition.
A CHRONICLE OF THE CRUSADES (2 VOLUMES)
Written by Sebastien Mamerot; Thierry Delcourt; Danielle Queruel; Fabrice Masanes. Illustrated by Jean Colombe.
Stock no. 1821637
Published by Taschen. 1st 2009. Slightly better than very good condition.
Two volumes. Large format. Les Passages d'Outremer - The Expeditions to Outremer. Facsimile of the manuscript of 1474 illuminated by Colombe and a commentary volume with complete translation of the manuscript. Red paper boards with pictorial onlays to front sides. Gilt titles. Colour illustrations. ISBN: 9783836505550. Corners of boards very lightly rubbed. A few very light scuff marks to boards. Contents fine. Contained in publisher's slipcase which is lightly bumped & rubbed at corners, lower front edge scuffed with tiny piece of surface paper removal to underside, rear vertical edge lightly scuffed.
Taschen's World Architecture. This volume, covering South-East Europe and the Near East from the 13th to the 19th centuries, features all the most important mosques, Koran schools, palaces and caravanserais of the Selcuks and Ottomans. Large format. Pink boards, white titles. Colour photos & illustrations. ISBN: 3822877670. Light scuffing to rear panel of dustwrapper.
Large format. Black boards, blind titles to spine and front cover. Stunning colour photography throughout. Intimate Encounters With The Animal World. ISBN: 382287745X. Wrapper is edge-creased with some fading at edges.
A guide to the most notable cars today (2010). Features over 100 car brands. Edited by Dan Ross of Intersection magazine. Packed with colour photos. Text in English French and German. 511 pages includes index. ISBN: 9783836519847. Small dents to lower cover edges.
Large format. Card wraps. Colour illustrations. ISBN: 3822865257. A few marks to half-title page.
ISLAM VOLUME I EARLY ARCHITECTURE FROM BAGHDAD TO CORDOBA
Written by Henri Stierlin.
Stock no. 2115903
Published by Taschen. 1st 1996. Very good condition in a almost very good dustwrapper.
Large format. Taschen's World Architecture Series. Colour photos and diagrams throughout. ISBN: 3822885614. Bumping to corners and edges. A few marks to covers. Some pencil and erasing to front endpaper. Wrapper is faded to spine, with edge-creasing and a few nicks and a couple of closed tears.
Large format. Turquoise covers, colour photos throughout. Taschen's World Architecture series. ISBN: 3822885797. Bumping and wear, with some chipping to corners. A few marks to endpapers. Wrapper is edge-creased with some chips.
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Very large format. 18" x 12" by 3". Albertus Seba's "Cabinet of Natural Curiosities" is one of the i8th century's greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Though it was common for men of his profession to collect natural specimens for research purposes, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba(1665-1736) had a passion that led him far beyond the call of duty. His amazing, unprecedented collection of animals, plants and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, he commissioned illustrations of each and every specimen and arranged the publication of a four volume catalogue detailing his entire collection - from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, corals, insects, butterflies and more, as well as fantastic beasts such as a seven-headed hydra. The beautiful illustrations transport these creatures from the scientific world of specimens into extremely aesthetic and vivid scenes, where plants and animals intermingle. It is this narrative element that continues to lend the book much of its special fascination. This magnificent reproduction of all 449 of the original plates is taken from a rare, hand coloured copy at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague. The introduction provides background information on the intriguing tradition of the cabinet of curiosities to which Seba's colection belonged, while an additional annex written by contemporary scientists provides descriptions of the specimens. A journey into the past and simultaneously a road to rediscovering the wonders of Nature, which remain as vital as ever. 588 pages. ISBN: 3822816000. Contained in original red corrugated cardboard box that has a small dent hole to front and some wear to edges and tabs. This copy would make a wonderful gift.