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A sea of stories

COMMIN, Vincent, probable translator, 1552. 
£24,000
£14,400

One of only two known examples complete with maps

ANANIA, Giovanni Lorenzo d’, 1573. 
£35,000
£21,000

Ortelius writes to his most brilliant and dearest nephew”

ORTELIUS, Abra[ham], 1595. 
£50,000
£30,000

all the knowledge and learning related to the East and West Indies” (Hill)

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van, 1598. 
£125,000
£100,000

Antonio Canovas del Castillo’s copy

ORDONEZ DE CEVALLOS, Pedro, 1614. 
£8,500
£5,100

The first town plan of anywhere in the present-day United States”

HERRERA [Y TORDESILLAS], A de; [Jacob Le MAIRE; Willem CORNELIS SCHOUTEN; Giovanni Battista BOAZIO]; et al., 1622. 
£255,000
£153,000

An album of engravings from the most famous natural history artists of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, collected and bound for an English patron

WOUTNEEL, Hans; Crispin de PASSE, the elder and younger; and VISSCHER, Claez Jansz, after Jacob and Joris HOEFNAGEL, Assuerus van LONDERSEEL, Nicolaes de BRUYN, and Adrian COLLAERT, 1630. 
£75,000
£45,000

The great costume book of pre-Commonwealth England

HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1640. 
£8,000
£6,400

The fashion bible

HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1643. 
£3,000
£2,400

Postmasters of the Empire…

CHIFFLET, Jules, 1645. 
£2,700
£2,160

Butterflies and insects

HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1646. 
£12,000
£9,600

Blaeu’s user’s manual for globes, spheres and sundials

BLAEU, Willem, 1652. 
£4,000
£2,400

Blaeu’s user’s manual for globes, spheres and sundials

BLAEU, Willem, 1652. 
£4,000
£2,400

The first European to enter Mecca and Medina

VARTHEMA, Ludvico di, 1654. 
£20,000
£12,000
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