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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
    ATLAS DE GÉOGRAPHIE
    Creator
    Gaultier, Louis Édouard Camille
    Shelfmark
    M 1108
    Date
    apie 1827
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  • Title
    Le globe
    Atlas classique universel de géographie ancienne et moderne
    Uranographie
    Mappemonde
    Planisphère
    Europe
    Empire de Russie
    Royaume de Pologne
    Prusse et Confédération Germanique
    Asie
    Afrique
    Amérique du Nord
    Amerique du Sud
    Isles Britanniques
    Monarchie Norwegieno Suedoise et Danemark
    Empire d´Autriche
    Hollande et Belgique
    France par Provinces
    France par Départements
    Confédération Suisse
    Péninsule Hispanique
    Italie
    Turquie d´Europe
    Etat de la Grèce
    Turquie d´Asie
    Perse, Kaboul et Confédération des Beloutchi
    Inde
    Chine et Japon
    Marok, Alger et Tunis
    Egypte
    Etats-Unis; 30. Antilles
    Empire du Brésil
    Océanie
    Egypte ancienne et Palestine
    Monde Connu des Anciens
    Grèce et ses Colonies
    Italie ancienne
    Gaule
    Empire Romain
    Europe après l´invasion des Barbares
    Europe sous Charlemagne
    Europe en 1789
    Creator
    Dufour, Auguste Henri
    Shelfmark
    M 595
    Date
    1835
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