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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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  • cancel Janszoon (Janssonius), Jan (Joannes)
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  • Title
    ILLUSTRIORUM ITALIAE VRBIVM TABVLAE
    Illustriorum Italiae urbium tabulae
    Roma antiqua
    Roma hodierna
    Antiquae urbis Romae imago
    Ferraria
    Bononia
    Perusia
    Neapolis
    Panormus
    Mediolanum
    Ticinum
    Venetia
    Patavium
    Vicentia
    Verona
    Pisa
    Florentia
    Sena
    Luca
    Taurinum
    Mantua
    Parma
    Placentia
    Genua
    Tridentum
    Creator
    Janszoon (Janssonius), Jan (Joannes)
    Shelfmark
    M 1547a
    Date
    1657
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  • Title
    ILLUSTRIORVM PRINCIPUMQUE URBIUM SEPTENTRIONALIUM EVROPAE TABULAE
    Illustriorum principumque urbium septentrionalium Europae tabulae
    Londinum
    City of London
    Cantuaria
    Bristolia
    Oxonium
    Cantabrigia
    Edenburgum
    Dublinum
    Hafnia
    Otonium
    Visbia Gothorum
    Berga Norwegiae
    Stockholmia
    Riga
    Mons Regius Prussiae
    Gedanum
    Thuronium
    Cracovia metropolis
    Cracovia Minoris Poloniae metropolis
    Lublinum
    Posnania
    Leopolis russiae Australis urbs primaria
    Premislia
    Varsovia
    Grodna
    Sandomiria
    Vilna
    Moscovia vetus
    Moscovia hodierna
    Creator
    Janszoon (Janssonius), Jan (Joannes)
    Shelfmark
    M 1547b
    Date
    1657
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