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Precipitous prospectus for Lewis and Clark’s monumental work,… a whole seven years before it was finally published
LEWIS, Meriwether; and William CLARK, 1018.
A sea of stories
COMMIN, Vincent, probable translator, 1552.
One of only two known examples complete with maps
ANANIA, Giovanni Lorenzo d’, 1573.
To Abraham Ortelius, “the most brilliant and best of good friends”
BRAUN, G[eorg], 1595.
Ortelius writes to his “most brilliant and dearest nephew”
ORTELIUS, Abra[ham], 1595.
“all the knowledge and learning related to the East and West Indies” (Hill)
LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van, 1598.
“the great prose epic of the Elizabethan period” with both the Wright-Molyneux world map and the rare suppressed ‘Voyage to Cadiz’
HAKLUYT, Richard, and WRIGHT, Edward, 1599.
Antonio Canovas del Castillo’s copy
ORDONEZ DE CEVALLOS, Pedro, 1614.
“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.
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.
The great costume book of pre-Commonwealth England
HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1640.
The fashion bible
HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1643.
Postmasters of the Empire…
CHIFFLET, Jules, 1645.
Butterflies and insects
HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, 1646.
First edition of this translation by Ogilby illustrated with more than seventy engravings by Hollar
HOLLAR, Wenceslaus, and VIRGIL, 1654.
The first European to enter Mecca and Medina
VARTHEMA, Ludvico di, 1654.