Blome’s world atlas in contemporary full red morocco
By BLOME, Richard, 1670
Cosmography and Geography In Two Parts: the First…Being a Translation from…Varenius…The second Part Being a Geographical Description of all the World taken from…Monsieur Sanson.
- Author: BLOME, Richard
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed by S. Roycroft
- Publication date: 1682.
- Physical description: Folio, two volumes in one, (365 by 225mm), title, and 25 double-page engraved maps, all in fine original hand-colour, and three folding plates, map of the “Estates of Turkey” included in duplicate, book plate of Sir Velters Cornewall, Bart., to upper pastedown, original full English red morocco, lavishly gilt.
- Inventory reference: 2325
Blome conceived his atlas project as early as 1663, however it was not until 1669 that he received a royal privilege of patent protection. Ambitious in its scope, the work endeavoured to draw on the most authoritative textual sources and the most progressive available cartography. The earliest issue was published as ‘A Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World’ (1670).
The present 1682 work, the ‘Cosmography and Geography’, was expanded to contain two of the envisioned volumes, the first being an English translation of Bernhard Varen’s (Varenius) ‘Geographia Generalis’ (1650), an influential treatise on physical geography; the second volume, being the ‘Geographical Description’ contains twenty-five maps, elegantly engraved by the leading artisans of the period: Thomas Burnford, Wenceslaus Hollar, and Francis Lamb. While all of the maps are Blome’s original issues, the cartography is predicated on the ground-breaking work of the late Nicolas Sanson (1600–67), the official geographer to Louis XIV. Highlights include ‘A Mapp or Generall Carte of the World’, an especially elegant presentation in which the double-hemispheres are flanked by the English royal symbols of the lion and unicorn. Other important maps include ‘A New Mapp of America Septentrionale’, ‘A New Mappe of America Meridionale’ and ‘A Generall Mappe of Asia’. As Blome had separate sections describing the Ottoman Empire in both his Europe and Asia sections, he considerately included duplicate copies of his attractive ‘Mapp of The Estates of the Turkish Empire in Asia and Europe’.