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    First Edition of Ogilby's Monumental Travel Book, Africa

    John Ogilby. [Olfert Dapper]. Africa; being, An Accurate Description of the Regions of Egypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia, and the Abysinnes, with All the Adjacent Islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern, or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto With the several denominations of their coasts, harbors, creeks, rivers, lakes, cities, towns, castles, and villages. Their customs, modes, and manners, languages, religions, and inexhaustible treasure; with their governments and policy, variety of trade and barter, and also of their wonderful plants, beasts, birds, and serpents. [English Atlas, Tome The First.] London: Tho[mas] Johnson for the Author, 1670. First edition. Folio. Approximately 15.75 x 10.75 inches. [a]2, b2, c2, (¹1+¹2 bound on either side of c), B-3T6. Inserted half sheets at B1, E1, O1, 2B3, 2D2, 2E1, 2T4. [24], 38. [2], 39-146, [2], 148-281, [3], 283-304, [2], 305-314, [2], 315-488, [2], 489-632, [2], 633-658, [2], 659-767, [1] pages. Fifty-three engraved plates and maps on tabs: thirty-one double-page engraved views, nine single page plates, thirteen double-page maps; forty-six text engravings. Complete as recorded by Suchard. Bound to style in modern full brown morocco, gilt and blind rules, title gilt on red morocco label. The name of John Gore, Bourton on engraved title-page, old owner's armorial stamp on title-page, minor marginal dampstaining, and a few leaves with browning, clean tear repair in margin of H1, small holes through image facing page 352, and 3B4r, and some archival repairs.
    The illustrations are printed from the original plates belonging to Jacob van Meurs. One plate is signed by R. Zeeman. Ogilby inserted five additional illustrations: Tangiers by Robert White; Kempthorn's Engagement by Wenceslaus Hollar; and three pyramid illustrations from John Graeves' Pyramidographia. Hollar also made a portrait of the Emperor of Morocco (Pennington/Parthey 1472), two head-pieces (644 and 1476) and one initial (2713). This copy has the scarce half-title describing this as the first volume of the English Atlas. A very good copy.
    John Ogilby (1600 - 1676), publisher and geographer. "After the great fire of 1666 (in which he lost much of his own stock) he was appointed one of the city's assistant surveyors, a position that brought him into contact with Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren. He published his Embassy to China in 1669, and it was at this time that he conceived of a series of atlases to cover the whole world, to be funded through lotteries, subscription plans, and advertisements. The first, Africa, appeared in 1670. Others followed soon after: Atlas Japannensis (1670), America (1671), Atlas Chinensis (1671), and Asia (1673). These were not the fruits of Ogilby's own work, but rather well-produced compilations of extant translations and others' accounts, a common practice at that time. His and others' work in this sense thus both reflected and directed growing public interest in distant places and foreign peoples." (ODNB).
    This book is mainly a translation from Dr. Olfert Dapper's Naukeurige Beshrijvinge der Afrikaenesche gewesten van Egypt, Lybien... Olfert Dapper (c. 1635 - 29 December 1689) was a Dutch physician and writer. He wrote books about history and geography, although he never travelled outside Holland. His book, Description of Africa (1668) is a key text for Africanists.
    Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 - 1677), etcher. "In March 1669 the sixty-two year old Hollar turned again to his old patrons and petitioned the king for permission to accompany Lord Henry Howard, Baron Howard of Castle Rising, on his embassy to Tangier as official artist. Some thirty-one drawings, including large panoramic watercolours, survive, and Overton issued a set of fifteen etchings by Hollar entitled Divers Prospects in and about Tangier (1673). On a voyage from Tangier to Salli in December 1669, they escaped an attack by Algerian pirates, which Hollar depicted in Ogilby's Africa (1670)."
    Wing O163 [and D241]. ESTC r22824. Schuchard, Ogilby,20. Alden/Landis 670/48. Tooley, Africa, 87. Hazlitt II, 432. Wolf, Negro History, 4. Playfair, Algeria, 151. Hilmy I, 155. Lowndes 1719. Cox III, 361. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Ogilby, John [& Olfert Dapper.] Africa; being, An Accurate Description of the Regions of Egypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia, and the Abysinnes, with All the Adjacent Islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern, or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto With the several denominations of their coasts, harbors, creeks, rivers, lakes, cities, towns, castles, and villages. Their customs, modes, and manners, languages, religions, and inexhaustible treasure; with their governments and policy, variety of trade and barter, and also of their wonderful plants, beasts, birds, and serpents. [English Atlas, Tome The First.] London: Tho[mas] Johnson for the Author, 1670. Folio. 408 x 270mm. [a]2, b2, c2, (¹1+¹2 bound on either side of c),B-3T6.I nserted half sheets at B1, E1, O1, 2B3, 2D2, 2E1, 2T4. [24], 38. [2], 39-146, [2], 148-281, [3], 283-304, [2], 305-314, [2], 315-488, [2], 489-632, [2], 633-658, [2], 659-767, [1]p. Modern antique calf, gilt and blind rules, title gilt on red morocco label; name of John Gore, Bourton on engraved t.p.; old owner's armorial stamp on t.p., minor marginal dampstaining, and a few leaves with browning, clean tear repair in margin of H1, small holes through image facing page 352, & 3B4r, and some archival repairs. A very good copy. 53 engraved plates and maps on tabs: 31 double-page engraved views, 9 single page plates, 13 double-page maps; 46 text engravings. Complete as recorded by Suchard.

    The illustrations are printed from the original plates belonging to Jacob van Meurs. One plate is signed by R. Zeeman. Ogilby inserted five additional illustrations: Tangiers by Robert White; Kempthorn's Engagement by Wenceslaus Hollar; and three pyramid illustrations from John Graeves' Pyramidographia. Hollar also made a port. of the Emperor of Morocco (Pennington/Parthey 1472), 2 head-pieces (644/1476) and one initial (2713). This copy has the scarce half-title describing this as the first volume of the English Atlas. First Edition.

    Ogilby, John (1600 - 1676), publisher and geographer.

    "After the great fire of 1666 (in which he lost much of his own stock) he was appointed one of the city's assistant surveyors, a position that brought him into contact with Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren. He published his Embassy to China in 1669, and it was at this time that he conceived of a series of atlases to cover the whole world, to be funded through lotteries, subscription plans, and advertisements. The first, Africa, appeared in 1670. Others followed soon after: Atlas Japannensis (1670), America (1671), Atlas Chinensis (1671), and Asia (1673). These were not the fruits of Ogilby's own work but rather well-produced compilations of extant translations and others' accounts, a common practice at that time. His and others' work in this sense thus both reflected and directed growing public interest in distant places and foreign peoples." [ODNB]

    This book is mainly a translation from Dr. Olfert Dapper's Naukeurige Beshrijvinge der Afrikaenesche gewesten van Egypt, Lybien, etc. Olfert Dapper (c. 1635 - 29 December 1689) was a Dutch physician and writer. He wrote books about history and geography, although he never travelled outside Holland. Until today, his book Description of Africa (1668) is a key text for Africanists.

    Hollar, Wenceslaus (1607 - 1677), etcher.

    "In March 1669 the sixty-two year old Hollar turned again to his old patrons and petitioned the king for permission to accompany Lord Henry Howard, Baron Howard of Castle Rising, on his embassy to Tangier as official artist. Some thirty-one drawings, including large panoramic watercolours, survive, and Overton issued a set of fifteen etchings by Hollar entitled Divers Prospects in and about Tangier (1673). On a voyage from Tangier to Salli in December 1669 they escaped an attack by Algerian pirates, which Hollar depicted in Ogilby's Africa (1670)."

    Wing O163 [& D241]. ESTC r22824. Schuchard, Ogilby,20. Alden/Landis 670/48. Tooley, Africa, 87. Hazlitt II,432. Wolf, Negro History, 4. Playfair, Algeria, 151.Hilmy I.155.Lowndes 1719. Cox III,361.



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