Africa

OGILBY John

Publication Date: 1670
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"OGILBY, John. Africa: Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethopia, and the Abyssines, with all the Adjacent Islands… London: Printed by Tho. Johnson for the Author, 1670. Folio (11 by 17 inches), period-style full mottled and paneled calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, red morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. $20,000.First edition of the most authentic and comprehensive work in English on Africa published during the 17th century, superbly illustrated with 13 double-page maps, 30 double-page copper-engraved plans and views, eight full-page plates (including an engraved frontispiece), more than 40 in-text engraved vignettes by Hollar and others, and a large folding map of the entire African continent (measuring 18 by 23 inches when open). Handsomely bound in elaborately gilt-decorated period-style calf. A magnificent volume.The first in what was intended to be a comprehensive series of world atlases, Ogilby's Africa is widely recognized as one of the finest English illustrated books relating to that continent. The text, drawn in part from that of Ogilby's contemporary Olfert Dapper, was the most extensive English account of Africa published to date. The work's primary value, however, lies in its extensive notes on southern Africa and its splendid engraved maps, plans and views this copy contains 53 plates altogether as well as its more than 40 in-text vignettes. The 14 maps include the large (18 by 23 inches when opened) folding engraved map showing all of Africa, as well as double-page maps of Egypt, Morocco, southern (or "Aethopia") and western ("Negroland") Africa, the Congo, Madagascar, and the Cape Verde and Canary Islands. Among the superb engraved views and plates are Alexandria and Cairo, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, Algeries, St. Helena, and the pyramids, as well as important depictions of the region's inhabitants and wildlife. The portions of the book relating to southernmost Africa include extensive notes on the rulers and inhabitants of dozens of separate African nations, including Lovango, Angola, Congo, Guinee, Burno, Nubia and many others. These descriptions, among the first in English relating to this part of Africa, opened a window onto a new and largely unexplored world. "Ogilby may be considered as the English De Bry, his works are similar in their objects, compilation, and mode of illustrations" (Cox II, 69). Copies are found with varying plate configurations: in addition to those listed on the plate list at the end of the volume, a series of additional plates is sometimes included. This copy includes all plates called for in the list, with four additional (frontispiece and three other plates, bound at pages 385, 398 and 401). With half title. With 14 of the 18 preliminary pages of place name lists, printed on one side only, called for by Hosken (152). Cox I:361. Wing O163. Lowndes 1719. Allibone, 1450. Text and plates with some leaves expertly cleaned, occasional marginal expert paper restoration, faint marginal dampstaining to a few leaves. A splendid volume, scarce and significant.". Bookseller Inventory # 105634

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Title: Africa
Publication Date: 1670
Edition: First Edition.

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Ogilby, John (1600-1676)
Published by Printed by Tho. Johnson for the author, and are to be had at his house in White Fryers. First edition. 1670 from signed Preface, London (1670)
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Book Description Printed by Tho. Johnson for the author, and are to be had at his house in White Fryers. First edition. 1670 from signed Preface, London, 1670. Condition: Fair. Full-page emblematic copperplate frontis of AFRICA with black figures, camel, crocodile & lion + full-page plate of Egyptian Mummies + 46 copper engravings in text, but LACKS all 53 engraved plates & maps inserted on tabs in other copies of first edition. Folio near-contemporary blind-tooled leather-covered boards, 19th century spine reback (recently repaired) in leather on raised bands with gilt rules, tips worn, leather on boards scuffed). Bookplate T.D. Bland Esqr. Kippax Park and earlier name Ri: Proctor on pastedown. Half title as required in 1st edition "ENGLISH ATLAS Tome the First", original printed Title lacking (supplied in colour facsimile tipped in), [xii]pp (Dedication to Charles II, Preface signed "John Ogilby From my House in White Fryers, April 28, 1670", Royal Licence dated 1669, Catalogue of Authors Consulted) + 767pp + [1]p (Directions for placing the Maps and Sculps) + [18]pp Tables listing all the Regions of AFRICA and the ISLANDS. Text pages collated complete except for printed Title, a few loose pages reinserted to align properly within covers. *Ogilby's White Friars house (as mentioned in Preface) was destroyed in 1666 Great Fire of London. After rebuilding, Ogilby set up a printing press there from which he issued several magnificent books, starting with the "English Atlas" series of which this is the first volume. In 1674 he was appointed Cosmographer and Geographic Printer to His Majesty, but lived for only 2 years more to enjoy the appointment (referenced by Wing O163, ESTC R22824). NB very large heavy book - extra charges for shipping. 1 volume. Hardcover. Seller Inventory # V74780

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Published by London : Printed by Tho. Johnson for the author (1670)
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Book Description London : Printed by Tho. Johnson for the author, 1670. Condition: Used: Acceptable. Folio. Mid-19th century 3/4 green leather over marbled boards. Only 31 maps and plans. Wear to boards, some bumping. Lacking title page, frontis, folding general map of Africa, pages 1-12. 743-760, 764-767, list of plates, lacking folding tables. Soiling, foxing marginal dampstaining. Extenstive chipping and tears to margins with loss to text. Most plans and maps remounted with significant loss to engravings, loss to folds. An unsophicated copy. Ogilby's work is the most authentic and comprehensive work on Africa in English published in the seventeenth century and is of particular interest for the accounts of the natives in southern Africa. Though separately issued, the work was intended as the first volume in a planned "English Atlas" series, and is sometimes found with an additional half-title with the series title (as here), or with the spine numbered as volume one. Besides the above explanation on the sources used, Ogilby's preface, dated April 28, 1670, is of note as it contains the only autobiographical details on the great historian. Refs: Lowndes III, p.1719; Wing O-163; Mendelssohn (1979) 3, p.571; Tooley, Africa , p.87.; Cox I, 361. Seller Inventory # 1706200021

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OGILBY John
Published by Printed By Tho. Johnson for the Author (1670)
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Book Description Printed By Tho. Johnson for the Author, 1670. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. [12pp] + 766pp lack one leaf of prelims and last leaf in book. First page is the Title Page. 44 illustrations present, only 6 plates present, the other plates and all the maps have been removed. A few pencil notes in some page corners. Affected by old waterstains, tiny worm makr in margin few pps, margin of last few pps repaired, Attractively bound in recent russet cloth, leather spine label, Very scarce book; Folio. Seller Inventory # 61928

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OGILBY, John (1600-1676).
Published by Thomas Johnson for the Author, London (1670)
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Arader Galleries - Aradernyc
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Book Description Thomas Johnson for the Author, London, 1670. Folio (16 x 10 2/8 inches). Letterpress title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece, fine large engraved folding map of Africa, and one folding double-page view, 42 double-page maps and views, 9 leaves with 14 plates, and numerous engraved vignettes in the text, head-pieces and initials (lacking the half-title as often, view of "Salvador" and one or two other plates a bit browned, one or two small rust holes). Modern calf antique (extremities lightly rubbed). First edition, and the first of Ogilby's celebrated atlases, effusively dedicated to the newly restored Charles II, and with a long preface in which Ogilby details his writing and publishing as a career, beginning with his effort at translating Virgil and Aesop, and his own composition, most of which were lost with his house and his store in the Great Fire of London in 1666, before returning to prose: "Ifirst flew at the highest and best Poetic Authors; so now as much ambitious, I pitch'd upon the like Accomplishment in Prose, and no less sereves my turn, than the Reducement of the whole World, viz. A New and Accurate Description of the Four Regions thereof, the first of which being AFRICA; wherein, having made some Progress, still Collecting more Materials toward the Compleating of so great a Work, a Volume lately Publish'd beyond Sea in Low-Dutch, came to my hands, full of new Discoveries, being my chief and onely Business to enquire after, set forth by Dr. O. Dapper, a Discreet and Painful Author, whose large Addition, added to my own Endeavours, hath much Accelerated the Work." John Ogilby had led a full and interesting life even before began printing the famous series of travel books that bear his name, of which "America" is the second (preceded by "Africa" as here). He was an investor in the Virginia Company lottery; a renowned dancer, even owning his own dancing school and dancing before the King; founder and managing director of the first theatre in Dublin. Ogilby only turned to publishing after an accident left him lame and he was no longer able to dance, and the rise to power of Oliver Cromwell made frivolities like dancing unfashionable. Wing O-163. Lowndes III, p.1719; Wing O-163. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Seller Inventory # 13-4-5

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OGILBY, John (1600-1676).
Published by London : Tho. Johnson for the Author, 1670. (1670)
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Arader Galleries - Aradernyc
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Book Description London : Tho. Johnson for the Author, 1670., 1670. Folio (16 2/8 x 10 2/8 inches). Letterpress title-page printed in red and black (lacking half-title, preliminaries and last 3 leaves soiled, some spotting and browning throughout, small ink stain on page 614). Engraved frontispiece, fine large engraved folding map of Africa, and one folding double-page view, 42 double-page maps and views, 9 leaves with 14 plates, and numerous engraved vignettes in the text, head-pieces and initials (some maps and views quite brown, repaired tear to Salvador plate, one or two fold breaks and short marginal tears, edges of Loanda plate cropped). Modern speckled paneled calf antique. First edition, AND A HANDSOME COPY, of the first of Ogilby's celebrated atlases, effusively dedicated to the newly restored Charles II, and with a long preface in which Ogilby details his writing and publishing as a career, beginning with his effort at translating Virgil and Aesop, and his own composition, most of which were lost with his house and his store in the Great Fire of London in 1666, before returning to prose: "Ifirst flew at the highest and best Poetic Authors; so now as much ambitious, I pitch'd upon the like Accomplishment in Prose, and no less sereves my turn, than the Reducement of the whole World, viz. A New and Accurate Description of the Four Regions thereof, the first of which being AFRICA; wherein, having made some Progress, still Collecting more Materials toward the Compleating of so great a Work, a Volume lately Publish'd beyond Sea in Low-Dutch, came to my hands, full of new Discoveries, being my chief and onely Business to enquire after, set forth by Dr. O. Dapper, a Discreet and Painful Author, whose large Addition, added to my own Endeavours, hath much Accelerated the Work." John Ogilby had led a full and interesting life even before began printing the famous series of travel books that bear his name, of which " America " is the second (preceded by " Africa " in.). He was an investor in the Virginia Company lottery; a renowned dancer, even owning his own dancing school and dancing before the King; founder and managing director of the first theatre in Dublin . Ogilby only turned to publishing after an accident left him lame and he was no longer able to dance, and the rise to power of Oliver Cromwell made frivolities like dancing unfashionable. Wing O-163. Lowndes III, p.1719; Wing O-163. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Seller Inventory # 72lib24

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