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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

The earliest scholarly treatment of Scottish weights and measures”

HUNTAR, Alexander, Burges of Edinburgh, 1624. 
£8,000
£4,800

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
£60,000

Leybourn’s rare pamphlet on surveying

WALLINBY, Oliver [LEYBOURN, William], 1650. 
£12,500
£7,500

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

BLAEU, Willem, 1652. 
£4,500
£3,600

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

BLAEU, Willem, 1652. 
£3,500
£2,800

A Protractor is an Instrument by which you may protract”

LEYBOURN, William, 1653. 
£5,000
£3,000

The first European to enter Mecca and Medina

VARTHEMA, Ludvico di, 1654. 
£20,000
£16,000

The first separate map of Barbados

LIGON, Richard, 1657. 
£12,000
£7,200

The Sea Venture founders

HAWKINS, Sir Richard, 1706. 
£2,400
£1,920