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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
    CL. PTOLEMAEI ALEXANDRINI... libri VIII. de Geographia è Græco denuo traducti
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1
    Date
    1540 Mense Martio
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  • Title
    CLAVDII PTOLEMAEI GEOGRAPHICAE ENARRATIONIS LIBRI OCTO
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1001
    Date
    1525
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  • Title
    GEOGRAPHIA VNIVERSALIS, VETVS ET NOVA
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1003
    Date
    1545
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  • Title
    CL. PTOLEMAEI ALEXANDRINI GEOGRAPHIAE LIBRI OCTO
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1004a
    Date
    1584
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  • Title
    IOANNIS ANTONII MAGINI... GEOGRAPHIAE, TUM VETERIS, TUM NOVAE, VOLUMINA DUO
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 12
    Date
    1617
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  • Title
    Claudii Ptolemei... Geographię opus nouissima traductione e Gręcorum archetypis castigatissime pressum
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1501
    Date
    12 marcii 1513
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  • Title
    PTOLEMAEUS AVCTVS RESTITVTVS, EMACVLATVS
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1502
    Date
    1520
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  • Title
    CLAUDII PTOLEMAEI Tabulae geographicae ORBIS TERRARUM Veteribus cogniti
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1503
    Date
    1698
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  • Title
    CLAUDII PTOLEMAEI Tabulae geographicae ORBIS TERRARUM Veteribus cogniti
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1504
    Date
    1704
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  • Title
    ORBIS ANTIQVI TABVLAE GEOGRAPHICAE Secundum CL. PTOLEMAEVM
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 1505
    Date
    1730
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  • Title
    GEOGRAFIA DI CLAVDIO TOLOMEO ALESSANDRINO, Nuouamente tradotta di Greco in Italiano, DA GIROLAMO RVSCELLI, Con Espositioni del medesimo, particolari di luogo in luogo... Et con nuoue et bellissime figure in istampe di rame... CON la carta da nauicare, et col modo d´intenderla, et d´adoperarla
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 2/1-2
    Date
    1561
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  • Title
    GEOGRAPHIA CL. PTOLEMAEI Alexandrini Olim a Bilibaldo Pirckheimherio traslata, at nunc multis codicibus græcis collata, pluribusque in locis ad pristinam ueritatem redacta A IOSEPHO MOLETIO MATHEMATICO... Addita sunt in primum, et septimum librum amplissima eiusdem commentaria... Adsunt LXIIII. Tabulae XXVII. nempe antiquæ, et reliquæ nouæ
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 3
    Date
    1562
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  • Title
    GEOGRAPHIAE VNIVERSAE TVM VETERIS TVM NOVAE ABSOLVTISSIMVM OPVS DVOBVS VOLVMINIBVS DISTINCTVM
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 5
    Date
    1596
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