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Johannes Janson’s Grand Atlas, with its ’perfect description of the maritime world of all the earth’, published in Amsterdam in 1650, sold above hopes for Fr115,000 (£10,900) at Pescheteau-Badin-Godin-Leroy on December 22, helped by its 30 double-page folio maps, 16 in colour. Some 21 of them showed the
modern world from the Baltic to the Bay of Bengal; nine charted Ancient Greece. Several of the maps had minor tears.

Exchange rate: £1 = Fr10.5-10.7