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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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  • Title
    Įvairūs C. Mortier, J. Covenso, F. de Wito žemėlapiai
    Mappe-monde
    Les deux poles arctique ou septentrional et antarctique ou méridional
    Nova Europae descriptio, in regna et regiones praecipuas divisae
    Asia divisa in imperia, regna et status
    Africa accurate in imperia, regna, status et populos divisa
    America Septentrionalis in suas praecipuas partes divisa
    America Meridionalis n suas praecipuas partes divisa
    Magnae Britanniae tabula
    Nova Daniae regni tabula
    Théâtre de la guerre des Couronnes du Nord qui comprend les royaumes de Danemark, Suede et Norwege
    Carte de Moscovie
    Partie méridionale de Moscovie
    Nova tabula Imperii Russici
    Nova Regni Galiliae in omnes suas provinciasaccurate divisa
    Carte particulière des postes de France
    Belgium regium accuratissime divisum
    Comitatus Flandriae
    Ducatus Brabantiae
    Nova Luxemburgensis ducatus tabula
    Carte des Provines Unies des Pays Bas
    Nova Imperii Germanici descriptio
    Carte exacte des postes et routes de l´Empire d´Allemagne
    Austriae circuli pars, Archiducatus scilicet Austriae Superioris et Inferioris
    Plan de la ville de Vienne et ses environs
    Le cours de la rivière du Rhin
    Estats de la Couronne de Boheme
    La Suisse divisée en ses treze cantons, ses alliez et ses sujets
    Tabula Regni Poloniae, Ducatus Lithuaniae
    abula Regni Poloniae, Ducatus Lithuaniae; [90] Nova et accurata Regni Hungariae tabula
    Nova Regni hispaniae accurata descriptio
    Nova Italiae descriptio, in regna. respublicas et status divisae
    Carte particulière des postes de l´Italie
    héâtre de la guerre en Italie
    Roma
    Tabula nova Imperii Turcarum in Europa
    Carte nouvelle de la Mer Méditerranée
    Tabula nova Imperii Turcarum, Arabum et Persarum
    Cartes des Indes et de la Chine
    Theatrum historicum pars occidentalis
    Romani Imperii, qua Occidens est, descriptio geographica
    Romani Imperii, qua Orientalis est, descriptio geographica
    Europa Vetus
    Baltia quae et Scandia, Finningia, Cimbrica Chersonesus
    Gallia Vetus
    Germania Vetus
    Hispaniae antiquae tabula
    Italia antiqua
    Hellas seu Graecia universa
    Asia Vetus
    Carte particulière des païs ou les apôtres ont préchél´Évangile
    Carte de la Terre Sainte
    Terra Chanaan
    Terra Promissa
    Africa Vetus
    Table géographique pour sçavoir combien il ya de lieues entre les principales villes de l´Europe
    Le Duche de Pomeranie
    ATLAS FRANÇOIS à L´Usage de MONSEIGNEUR le DUC de BOURGOGNE
    ATLAS NOUVEAU
    CARTES DE LA GÉOGRAPHIE ANCIENNE SACRÉE ET PROPHANE
    ATLAS NOVUM ad Usum Serenissimi BURGUNDIÆ DUCIS
    Shelfmark
    M 1626
    Date
    1694-1750
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  • Title
    Įvairūs žemėlapiai iš Roberto de Vaugondy, G. Delisle, J. B. Homanno, d´Anville ir kt. atlasų
    Mappemonde
    Royaumes d´Espagne et de Portugal
    Les isles Britanniques
    Les royaumes de Suede et de Norwege
    Regni Bohemiae
    Royaume de Danemarck
    Hungariae... tabula
    Partie septentrionale de la Russie Européenne
    Ducatus Curlandiae
    La Prusse
    L´Allemagne
    Regni Bohemiae... tabula
    Circuli Sveviae mappa
    Le royaume de Pologne
    L´Afrique
    Amérique septentrionale
    Amérique méridionale
    ATLAS UNIVERSEL COMPOSÉ DE CARTES DE ROBERT et ROBERT DE VAUGONDY DE DEL´ISLES, D´ANVILLE, HOMANN, etc
    LE THEATRE DU MONDE Contenant Les Cartes Generales et Particulieres des Empires, Royaumes et Etats qui le composent A PARIS Chez le Sr. Julien
    Shelfmark
    M 1781
    Date
    1743-1769
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  • Title
    REIS- EN HAND- ATLAS, VAN VLAANDEREN, BRABAND EN AANLEGGENDENDE LANDSCHAPPEN
    Shelfmark
    M 521
    Date
    1753-1788
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