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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 M. Seutterio ir T. K. Lotterio atlasų
    Novissima et accuratissima Hungariae... designatio
    Regnum Norwegiae
    Borussiae regnum
    Magnus Ducatus Lithuania
    Tabula Hungaria
    Transylvaniae, Moldaviae, Walachiae, Bulgariae... delineatio
    Shelfmark
    M 1602
    Date
    1758-1765
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  • Title
    Įvairūs žemėlapiai iš M. Seutterio ir T. K. Lotterio atlasų
    Planisphaerium coeleste
    Africa
    Italiae... delineatio
    Hungariae... designatio
    Transylvaniae, Moldaviae, Walachiae, Bulgariae... delineatio
    Nova mappa... Sueciae
    Dalmatiae, Croatiae, Sclavoniae, Bosniae, Serviae, Istriae et reip. Ragusanae... studio
    Magni Ducatus Finlandiae... delineatio
    Mappae Imperii Moscovitici pars septentrionalis
    Imperii Moscovitici pars Australis
    Borussiae Regnum
    Poloniae regnum ut et Magni Ducatus Lithuaniae... delineatione
    Amplissima Ucrainiae regio
    Africae mappa
    ATLAS NOVUS SIVE TABULAE GEOGRAPHICAE TOTIUS ORBIS FACIEM, PARTES, IMPERIA, REGNA ET PROVINCIAS EXHIBENTES
    Grosser ATLAS,Worinnen enthalten alle die jenige Geographische Universal-Special- und Particular- MAPPEN
    TABULAE GEOGRAPHICAE
    Shelfmark
    M 1603/1
    Date
    1738-1777
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  • Title
    Įvairūs žemėlapiai iš M. Seutterio ir T. K. Lotterio atlasų
    Mappemonde
    Europa
    Africa
    America septentrionalis
    America meridionalis
    Asie
    Afrique
    Regna Portugalliae et Algabriae
    Hispania
    Britanniae sive Angliae regnum
    Nova et accurata totius regni Scotiae... delineatio
    Regnum Hiberniae
    Teutschland
    Germania
    Shelfmark
    M 1603/2
    Date
    1761-1784
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  • Title
    Įvairūs žemėlapiai iš M. Seutterio ir T. K. Lotterio atlasų
    Bohemia regnum
    Mappa geographica totius regni Bohemiae
    Daniae regnum
    Regnum Norwegiae
    Magni Ducatus Finlandiae... delineatio
    Magnus Ducatus Lithuania
    Livoniae et Curlandiae Ducatus
    Mappa geographica... regnum Poloniae et Magnum Ducatum Lithuaniae
    Borussiae regnum
    Amplissima Ucraniae regio
    Tabula Hungaria
    Transylvaniae, Moldaviae, Walachiae, Bulgariae... delineatio
    Tabula geographica generalis Imperii Russici
    America meridionalis
    Germania seraphico-observans
    Hungaria seraphico-observans
    Polonia seraphico-observans
    Shelfmark
    M 1603/3
    Date
    1758-1784
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  • Title
    ATLAS CURIEUX
    Neuer und Compendieuser ATLAS
    Atlas curieux oder Neuer und compendieuser Atlas, in welchem ausser den General Land Charten von America, Africa, Asia und Europa, und der in...
    Creator
    Bodenehr, Gabriel
    Shelfmark
    M 62
    Date
    1710
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  • Title
    ATLAS MINOR
    Europa
    Asia
    Africa
    America septentrionalis
    America meridionalis
    Poloniae regnum ut et Magni Ducat. Lithuaniae... delineatio
    Imperium Russiae Magnae... mappa
    Creator
    Lotter, Tobias Conrad
    Shelfmark
    M 67
    Date
    po 1758-1780
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  • Title
    THEATRE DE GUERRE en Allemagne de A. 1756, 1757, 1758, 1759 =
    SCHAU=BÜHNE des KRIEGS IN DEUTSCHLAND von 1756 biß 1759
    Plan der... Stadt und Festung Memel
    Creator
    Kilian, Georg Christoph
    Shelfmark
    M 76
    Date
    ca 1760
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