CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. Oxoniae, Atque Cantabrigiae Universitates Celeberrimae. [Venice, c. 1705]
Oblong 4to (8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.; 20.8 x 28.7 cm.). 2 parts in one volume, bound as follows: half-title, part-title "Cambridge Da' Latini detta Cantabrigia", engraved portrait of Queen Anne after Godfrey Kneller, 33 engraved views and maps (3 folding); title "Oxoniae, atque Cantabrigiae Universitates celeberrimae", engraved royal coat of arms, engraved portrait of Queen Anne (repeated), half-title, part-title "Oxfort Da' Latini chiamato Oxonium", 70 engraved plates and maps (12 folding), uncut; one folding plate repaired, minor spotting, occasional marginal tears. Modern boards with label to spine and upper cover, folding cloth box.
RARE COMPOSITE CORONELLI ATLAS with detailed views, maps, costume plates and plans of Cambridge and Oxford. Coronelli was both cleric and encyclopedist, with a particular interest in geography and cartography. He joined the Franciscan Order in Venice in 1665 and six years later entered the convent of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, which was to become his professional workshop. He was sole author or contributor to over one hundred and forty titles and produced several hundred maps, either printed separately or as parts of atlases. Coronelli published his groundbreaking cartographic work in a number of notable publications, including the "Atlante Veneto" (1691-1692), the "Corso Geografico Universale" (1692 & 1695) and the "Isolario" (1696-1697). After he completed his service for Louis XIV, Coronelli returned to Venice in 1684 and founded the "Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti," a geographical society with membership drawn from the aristocracy and church hierarchy, and a year later he was appointed Cosmographer to the Republic of Venice. At the end of the seventeenth century, he was perhaps the most famous map publisher in Europe and received constant requests from his contemporaries for information that would enable them tobring their atlases up to date. Shortly after his death, however, his name and work were quickly forgotten, and he remained in obscurity for several centuries. The lasting influence of his work is undeniable, however, and modern appreciation has more than compensated for the earlier lack of recognition. Shirley 537. Bookseller Inventory # 6BBB78