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404. [MAP REFERENCE]. SILVESTRE, Marguerite. Inventaire raisonné des collections cartographiques Vandermaelen conservées a la Biblothèque Royale de Belgique. V. L’Atlas Universel (1825-1827). Brussels: Belgium Royal Library, 2011. [1-4] 5-681 [1, colophon] pp., color and black & white text illustrations. 4to (28 x 22 cm), publisher’s black cloth, gilt-lettered on upper cover and spine. Brand new, still in original shipping materials; never opened.

     First edition. A stupendous tour-de-force of cartographic scholarship describing in detail various issues and editions of Philippe Vandermaelen’s atlas, of which the the Belgium Royal Library owns four copies, beautifully and carefully printed in a substantial volume. Part of a continuing series describing the library’s superb map and atlas collection. For a selection of Vandermaelen’s maps related to America in this auction, go to the MAP section herein and look under VANDERMAELEN.

      The publisher’s advertisement states: “The inventory has 682 pages: more than 60 pages of introduction in which the different editions and variations are reviewed; 55 illustrations; the description of the 400 sheets of the Atlas in all its states with the precise content for each sheet; 280 pages of complete transcript of the never before published lithographed leaflets on the maps before and after self-censorship; 70 pages of charts and tables; more than 80 pages of index that help identify the travellers, explorers, authors, historians, geographers, historical figures, ships, etc., stated in the maps and leaflets.”


Sold. Hammer: $60.00; Price Realized: $73.50.

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