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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 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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