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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
    Atlante pel viaggio d´Anacarsi il giovane nella Grecia
    Voyages du jeune Anacharsis en Grèce
    Creator
    Barbié du Bocage, Jean Denis
    Shelfmark
    M 1074
    Date
    1825
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  • Title
    THEATRO DEL MONDO DI ABRAAMO ORTELIO
    Prussia
    Livonia
    Poloniae descriptio
    Russiae Moscoviae et Tartariae descriptio
    Creator
    Ortelius, Abraham
    Shelfmark
    M 13
    Date
    1655
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  • Title
    Įvairūs žemėlapiai
    Germania
    Accipe... Septentrionalium regionum, Sueciae, Gotiae, Noruegiae, Prussae, Pomeraniae, Ducatus Megapolensis, Frisiae, Geldriae, Altaemarchiae,...
    La prima parte della descrittione del Regno di Polonia
    Il vero disegno della seconda parte del Regno di Polonia
    Ulla fortezza nel confin di Lituania da nuovo presa per il Serenissimo Re di Polonia
    Tabulae geographicae Jacobi Gastaldi Pedemontani
    Shelfmark
    M 1510
    Date
    1545-1597
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  • Title
    LA GEOGRAFIA DI CLAVDIO TOLOMEO ALESSANDRINO, Nuouamente tradotta di Greco in Italiano, DA GIROLAMO RVSCELLI, Con Espositioni del medesimo,...
    Discorso universale di m. Gioseppe Moleto
    Espositioni et introduttioni universali di Girolamo Ruscelli
    La geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino
    Aggiuntoui vn pieno discorso di M. GIOSEPPE Moleto Matematico...Et con vna nuoua et copiosa Tauola di nuomi antichi, dichiarati co i nomi moderni
    Creator
    Ptolemaeus, Claudius
    Shelfmark
    M 2/1-2
    Date
    1561
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  • Title
    DESCRITTIONE DI M. LODOVICO GVICCIARDINI... DI TVTTI I PAESI BASSI, ALTRIMENTI DETTI GERMANIA INFERIORE
    Descrittione di M. Lodovico Guicciardini... di tutti Paesi Bassi, altrimenti detti Germania Inferiore
    Descrittione di tutti i paesi Bassi
    Creator
    Guicciardini, Lodovico
    Shelfmark
    M 502
    Date
    1581
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  • Title
    ATLANTE UNIVERSALE DEL GLOBO
    L´Europa
    La Russia europea
    Danimarca (coll´islandia), Svezia e Norvegia
    Creator
    Reichard, Christian Gottlieb
    Shelfmark
    M 581
    Date
    1829
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  • Title
    Isole famose, porti, fortezze, terre maritime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venetia, ad altri Principi Christiani, et al Sig. or Turco
    Creator
    Camocio, Giovanni Francesco
    Shelfmark
    M 7
    Date
    1574
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