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J. Lelewel atlas collection

Vilnius University Library holds the professor Joachim Lelewel’s (1786–1861) private library. His cartographic collection and documentary heritage are one of the most significant historical collections at Vilnius University Library. Joachim Lelewel was a historian working in many areas (historical geography, cartography, numismatics, genealogy, heraldry and others), bibliographer, researcher of the book and a passionate bibliophile. Due to the worldwide fame he acquired, researchers from various countries express their interest in Lelewel’s contribution to the development of historical geography, numismatics, history of the book and other sciences. The Joachim Lelewel Collection contains some real masterpieces, such as 13 atlases by Claudius Ptolemy published in 1513–1698, 15 atlases by Gerardus Mercator, and 6 editions of Jodocus Hondius’ atlas and others. The collection has some unique pieces of cartography – the selection of 110 maps from the 16th century made by Giacomo Gastaldi and other Italian cartographers; Willem Blaeu’s famous fourthly-four volume set of atlases. Manuscript maps by Joachim Lelewel are especially valuable, particularly these from the Middle Ages. Joachim Lelewel’s personal collection of atlases is as valuable as the eminent cartography collection of Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832–1901), which is now held at Helsinki University Library. The lives and research activities of these two scholars bear some striking resemblance and their scholarly heritage collections of the international level they both bequeathed to their homelands. Joachim Lelewel’s private cartography collection, now held in the library, containing old atlases and historical maps, is a valuable historical and cultural heritage collection for Lithuania and Europe, which is being researched by scholars of different areas interested in cartography. Provenances of the Atlas Collection show that it is not only the richest collection in Lithuania, but also the most interesting one in Eastern Europe.

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    Thresoor der zeevaert, inhondende de geheele navigatie ende schipvaert
    Beschrijvinghe der landen ende zee-custen ven t´Eembderlandt d´Ommelonden, oste Groningerlandt, Oostvrieslandt
    Description de la fameuse rivière de Bordeau, aultrement dit Garone
    Beschrijvinghe van de vermaerde riviere van Bordeus anders genampt de Garona
    Beschrivinge zeecusten van Gascoigne
    Description des costes maritimes de Gascoigne et Biscaya
    Beschrivinge [!] van Portugal
    Description de Portugal
    Beschryvinge vande zee-custen van Andaluzien
    Description des costes marines de Andalusie
    Beschrivinge vande C[o]ndaet ende Andalusien
    Description de la Condade et Andalousie
    Beschrijvinghe vande suijt -custe van Irlandt
    Description de la coste australe d´Irlande
    Beschrijvinghe vandecosten van Englandt
    Description des costes maritimes d´Angleterre
    Beschrijvinghe vande nooertcosten van Englandt
    Description des costes septentriones d´Angleterre
    Vray portraict de la rivière tresrenom[m]de de Londres, auetrement nom[m]ed, la Tamihe [!]
    Warachtige af conterfeytinge der vermaer[de] riviere van Londen, anders genoemptdie Tamesis
    Beschrijvinge vande noortcosten van Englandt ende Scotland
    Description des costes septentrionales d´Engleterre et Escosse
    Beschrijvinge ende affconterfeijtinge van hittland anders genoempt Schettlant
    Le portraict et vraye description d´Hitland (aultrement dite Schetlande)
    Beschrijvinge van Fero, ofte Farre
    Description de Fero ou Farre
    Beschrijvinge van Norwegen
    Description de la monstrueuse situation de Norwege
    Beschrijvinge van nooerd ende suid Juitlandt
    Beschryvinghe vande west custen van IuthlantHolsten Eyderlandt
    Description de la coste occidentale de Iuitie [!], Holsace [!], Eyderlande
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    Creator
    Waghenaer, Lucas Janszoon
    Shelfmark
    M 1900
    Date
    1602-1609
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