Lot 330: Atlases.- Coronelli (Vincenzo) Epitome Cosmografica, o Compendiosa Introuduttione all'Astronomia, Geografia, & Idrografia..., Cologne [Venice], 1693.
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Atlases.- Coronelli (Vincenzo) Epitome Cosmografica, o Compendiosa Introuduttione all'Astronomia, Geografia, & Idrografia..., additional engraved pictorial title, 35 double-page engraved maps and plates only (of 37), 5 folding and trimmed to edge of circular maps, one plate with volvelles, circular maps slightly creased at edges and with a few small tears to folds repaired, engraved title with traces of old inscriptions at head and foot, light spotting and soiling, contemporary sprinked calf, spine gilt, rubbed, corners worn, spine ends wormed with slight loss, [Houzeau & Lancaster 8006], 8vo, Cologne [Venice], Andrea Poletti, 1693. *** Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), cosmographer of the Republic of Venice, was a prolific globe and mapmaker, producing globes for the likes of Louis XIV (the Sun King) and the Duke of Parma. He is also noted for founding the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti (the first geographical society) in Venice in 1684. The above work is predominantly an expansion of lectures Coronelli gave before the Accademia Cosmografica, and is divided into three books: the first is on astronomy and the points of the compass, the second deals with the geography of the world and natural phenomenon such as earthquakes, the last concerns globes, armillary, and astrolabes. It ends with a list of the members of the Accademia Cosmografica.