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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 der ALTEN WELT
    Creator
    Vieth, Gerhard Ulrich Anton
    Shelfmark
    M 102
    Date
    1806
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  • Title
    POWSZECHNY DORĘCZNY ATLAS NAYNOWSZEY JEOGRAFII
    Powszechny doręczny atlas najnowszej geografii
    Mappa Europy
    Królestwo Pruskie
    Mappa Szwecyi i Norwegii
    Mappa Królestwa Polskiego
    Mappa Rossyi eurpeiskiey
    Creator
    Dal Trozzo, Antonio
    Shelfmark
    M 116
    Date
    1829
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  • Title
    ATLAS UNIVERSEL de GÉOGRAPHIE ANCIENNE et MODERNE
    Atlas universel des cinq parties du monde
    Creator
    Monin, Charles V.
    Shelfmark
    M 124
    Date
    1836
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  • Title
    PETIT ATLAS de la Belgique
    Creator
    Monin, Charles V.
    Shelfmark
    M 125
    Date
    1836
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  • Title
    SCHUL-ATLAS
    Europa
    Schweden und Norwegen. Dänemark. Island und Pär Öer
    Europäisches Russland
    Preussen, Polen, Galizien, Ungarn, Siebenbürgen
    Creator
    Lehnhardt, Joseph
    Shelfmark
    M 134
    Date
    1846
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  • Title
    ATLAS PORTATIF, UNIVERSEL
    Etats de la Couronne de Pologne
    Royaume de Prusse et de prusse R[oyal]le ou Polonoise
    Grand Duché de Lithuanie
    Creator
    Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
    Shelfmark
    M 69
    Date
    1774
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    ATLAS PORTATIF DES MILITAIRES ET DES VOYAGEURS
    Le Royaume de Prusse
    Curlande. Partie occidentale
    Curlande et Semigal
    Grand Duché de Lithuanie
    Shelfmark
    M 73
    Date
    1759
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