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Antonio Canovas del Castillo’s copy


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. 

The earliest scholarly treatment of Scottish weights and measures”

HUNTAR, Alexander, Burges of Edinburgh, 1624. 

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. 

Leybourn’s rare pamphlet on surveying

WALLINBY, Oliver [LEYBOURN, William], 1650. 

The first European to enter Mecca and Medina

VARTHEMA, Ludvico di, 1654. 

The first separate map of Barbados

LIGON, Richard, 1657. 

The Sea Venture founders

HAWKINS, Sir Richard, 1706.