A highlight of this sale is a rare composite atlas (lot 53), containing over 400 hand-coloured engraved maps, frontispieces, plates and tables bound in four large volumes, known as elephant folios due to the oversize paper, size and weight. The maps by Alexis Hubert Jaillot and others, were published by Covens and Mortier in msterdam in 1740. This atlas is an exceptional example of Covens and Mortiers oeuvre not only for the range of maps and charts, including important surveys and multi-sheet wall maps, but also for the outstanding quality of the colour. This was a luxury publication assembled at the behest of a wealthy client and because the atlas has been opened little the maps retain their vibrant original colour and freshness.
Other maps in the sale include a strong collection of maps of the Americas, including four elaborate cartes-à-figures (lots 165-168), with pictorial panelled borders depicting town views and native costume figures, intended not only to detail the geography, but to give 'armchair' readers of the 17th century a greater flavour of life in the Americas.