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The first European to enter Mecca and Medina

VARTHEMA, Ludvico di, 1654. 

A monumental record of Britain’s ecclesiastical architecture

DUGDALE, sir William & Roger DODSWORTH, 1655. 

The first separate map of Barbados

LIGON, Richard, 1657. 

All creatures great and small

HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1663. 

First edition

SANDFORD, Francis, 1677. 

Visscher family catalogue

VISSCHER, Nicolaes, 1682. 

With the Arms of the Sun King

LA HIRE, Philippe de, 1704. 

The Sea Venture founders

HAWKINS, Sir Richard, 1706. 

The first printed English signals book

GREENWOOD, Jonathan, 1715. 

Eighteenth century Oxford

WILLIAMS, William, 1732. 

The Grand Tour in eighteenth century virtual reality!

Publishers BASSET, André Basset, DAUMONT, Jean-Francois, HUQUIER, Jacques-Gabriel Huquier, MAILLET, Nicolas Langlois, MONDARE, Louis Joseph Mondhare, and others, 1740. 

Michele Marieschi’s suite of views of Venice

MARIESCHI, Michele, 1741. 

The most vocal supporter of the Northwest Passage

DOBBS, Arthur, 1744. 

Hollar’s first catalogue raisonné

[HOLLAR] VERTUE, George (ed.)., 1745. 

Caught short? Never settle for bog-standard again!

Lavatory Humour, 1750. 

La Pomme Verte”

DIDEROT, Denis [and] D’ALEMBERT, Jean Le Rond, 1751.