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At Auction | Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg

Posted in Art Market by Editor on May 4, 2014

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Cornelis Haak’s, Vues des palais, bâtiments célèbres, places mascarades,
et autres beautés singulières de la ville de Venise (Leiden, 1762)
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As noted at ArtDaily (3 May 2014). . .

It was nothing less but a revolution in the history of nautical cartography—the sea atlas by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer. The extremely scarce work in first French edition with a Spanish title sheet will be sold in the auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on 19 and 20 May with an estimate of €85.000. Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer’s Spieghel der Zeevaert offers a variety of information, such as an innovative illustration of the coastal line in combination with coast profiles. Additionally, his maps are particularly captivating for their accuracy and their rich artful adornment with ornaments, ships and sea monsters.

Besides ships and regattas, Cornelis Haak’s rare series of views of Venice from 1762 also show splendid palaces, manors, churches and bridges in the city of lagoons, as well as its masked balls, acrobats and religious processions. The series of vedutas in the style of Canaletto and Marieschi is especially impressive for the two large city maps of Venice published by Pieter van der Aa. The estimate is at €35.000.

Next to the first print of the first Latin edition of Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, its style and content paved the path for later atlases, Johann Heinrich Zedler’s 64-volume encyclopedia will enter the race with an estimate of €30.000. The monumental lexicon, also called Der Zedler after its publisher, may well hold the claim of being the occident’s greatest reference work in print in those days, together with the Spanish Espasa.

While the French natural scientist Jean Baptiste Audebert entirely dedicated his main work in two volumes Oiseaux dorés ou à reflets métalliques from 1802 to the splendid illustration of humming birds (estimate: €15.000), Frederic Moore and Charles Swinhoe committed themselves to the world of exotic butterflies. The extremely rare book in ten volumes, released over a period of 23 years, comprises all Indian butterflies known of in 1913. The work in an excellent coloring will be called up with an estimate of €25.000.

The full press release is available here»

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Map of Venice by Pieter van der Aa from Cornelis Haak’s, Vues des palais, bâtiments célèbres, places mascarades, et autres beautés singulières de la ville de Venise (Leiden, 1762). Click on the image to enlarge. More information is available here»

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