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  • Australein und der Hinterindische Archipel c 1825

    Australein und der Hinterindische Archipel c 1825

    A unsophisticated but scarce early 19thC map of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific east to the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii].

    26cm by 20cm in the printed area. Good condition. Engraved by D Huber of whom little is known … often confused with the earlier engraver of that name. The cartographer is a mystery to be completely solved. Huber worked with Carl Stein, but we would say this map is too early for Stein. It is similar in style by Franz Biller although again this is earlier in cartographic detail, so could be a work from which Biller’s map is a derivative. None of Stein, Huber or Biller appear in the Australian Map Authority by Tooley nor in his definitive list of Map Makers. Likely Austrian c 1825.

    Likely original partial colouring or at least sympathetic. Australia (here Neu Holland) complete but coastline out of “true” in many instances. Tasmania shown as van Diemens Ins and the North and South Islands of New Zealand carry their Maori names. The cartography of New Guinea is starkly incorrect not to be properly charted for some time to come.

    Unusual early map requiring some further study.


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  • Original Page with a Woodcut of a View of Nineveh (Iraq) from the Liber Chronicarum [Nuremberg Chronicles] – 1493 / 1497

    Original Page with a Woodcut of a View of Nineveh (Iraq) from the Liber Chronicarum [Nuremberg Chronicles] – 1493 / 1497

    A genuine “incunabulum” … i.e., printed before 1501.

    The Nuremberg Chronicle published in 1493 was written and compiled by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) a physician from the German city of Nuremberg. The text was published in Latin and German … this version being in Latin and, is also known as the Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles). Given that moveable type had only been invented some forty years earlier the “Chronicles” were published at the height of early printing activity and, at the time, represented the most heavily illustrated work yet published. In 1497 Schedel again published the work printed by Johann Schonsperger in Augsburg. This example is likely from that edition which turns out to be harder to find than the 1493 edition.

    Page size 28cm by 20cm on thick sturdy paper, strong impression with very black ink. The foxing spots are obvious but exaggerated on the scan … a very good example.

    The engraving is of the city of Nineveh in modern day Iraq. It is a woodcut and was set into the type block before printing. The rather bold colouring is typical when coloured and contemporary. The illustrators employed were Michael Wohlgemut (1434-1519), Wilhelm Plydenwurff (1460-1494) and likely, the to become great, Albert Durer (1471-1528) who was apprenticed to Wohlgemut. The image itself is a fantasy and the Nuremberg Chronicles include many views that are used for multiple location … for example this image is also used for Alexandria, and regardless of that, careful study will confirm a more European style of architecture … more like Nuremberg really. Wilson’s book “The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle” is a super reference on this mysterious element.

    Five hundred years plus old incunabulum, Nineveh from the Nuremberg Chronicle.



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  • The Dutch Seaborne Empire 1600-1800 – C.R. Boxer

    The Dutch Seaborne Empire 1600-1800 – C.R. Boxer

    Published by Hutchinson, London 1n 1965, a first edition. The author Charles Boxer was the Camoens Professor of Portuguese at Kings College, London at the time – he would likely have been the Dutch Professor also .. if they had one.

    Large octavo, 326 pages, illustrated throughout, very good dust jacket, a lightly embossed stamp on title,. A very good copy of a special work now hard to find.

    Not your usual narrative, this book looks at the reasons behind the rise of the Dutch as a, if not the, major seafaring nation from the mid 1600’s for over a century. Peace was signed after an eighty year war with Spain in 1648 and for the Dutch the seagoing expansion was near to phenomenal in terms of speed and ambition. Useful appendices include a chronology 1568-1795 which provides a framework …

    The author Charles Boxer was an incredibly colourful character. Born into a military family (although his mothers family had been early sheep farmers in Tasmania). He enlisted and found himself in Japan in the 1930’s. Then a full blown spy in Hong Kong at the beginning of War II, imprisoned by the Japanese for three years. He married the most beautiful woman in Hong Kong , Ursula Norah Anstice Tulloch but left her for a life with the equally glamourous American writer Emily Hahn. Back in England his depth of knowledge was recognised in receiving the Lisbon sponsored Professorship which he made is own.

    The Dutch … their power at sea and what was behind it …


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  • 19thC Cased Brass Surveyors Cross – French Maker

    19thC Cased Brass Surveyors Cross – French Maker

    A very good example of a octagonal design surveyors cross in its original case.

    A Victorian surveying cross, French in origin. The solid brass body bright, undamaged and not over polished. Comes in two threaded parts, the neck resting inside the head whilst in its box. Sighting threads intact.

    The box is in good shape and measures 13cm by 9cm by 9cm. The whole weighs just short of a kilogram.

    A nicely cased brass surveyors cross


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  • Nova Guinea et In Salomons – 1612 – Published by Henry Laurentz for Bertius engraved by Peter Van den Keere.

    Nova Guinea et In Salomons – 1612 – Published by Henry Laurentz for Bertius engraved by Peter Van den Keere.

    One of the earliest maps of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. First published in 1598 by Cornelis Claesz in the Langes … Caert-Thresoor and is then issued in the Bertius Tabularum Geographicarum around 1600. This example, with the latinised name of the engraver as Petrus Kaeris clearly seen in the decorative cartouche, published in “Petri Bertii geographischer eyn oder zusammengeezonger tabeln” by Henry Laurentz in Frankfurt in 1612. Refer expert Geoffrey King page 82.

    Finely engraved, very good condition, measuring 13cm by 9 cm. Only the northern coastline of New Guinea is shown, but in some detail … the south waiting nearly a further three centuries to be properly charted. Interesting to compare the Solomon Islands with that depicted by Mallet some seventy years later.

    The Latin text in the body of the map is of interest. New Guinea being the “sailors” name for the land … also know as the Land of the Bird-of Paradise (“Terra de Piccinacoli”). Similarities with Africa and a land likely of continental proportions. Interestingly, a further development and re-engraving of this map in 1616 included a hint of Australia in the southern regions.

    Price $290.00 unframed

    A key maps for New Guinea and Solomon Islands collectors.


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  • George Bass 1771-1803: His Discoveries, Romantic Life and Tragic Disappearance – Keith Bowden – First Edition 1952

    George Bass 1771-1803: His Discoveries, Romantic Life and Tragic Disappearance – Keith Bowden – First Edition 1952

    A very good first edition of this well researched and written book on Bass.

    Published by the Oxford University Press Melbourne in 1952. Octavo, 171 pages with illustrations and a fine dust jacket.

    The author Keith Macrae Bowden was the author of the official Australian Dictionary of Biography re Bass and therefore holds a certain authority on the subject explorer.

    After various introduction we have a family history and the first naval activity on HMS Shark and HMS Reliance. Off to Australia and the exploratory adventures on the Tom Thumb before a trip to South Africa. Time in Port Jackson and the discovery of coal before the “Discovery of the Bass Strait” and the final whale boat voyage. Plans for a fortune and his Pacific voyages and on to South America and his disputable fate.

    Nice appendices on the Tom Thumb; Source of Information and a succinct listing of the subjects achievements.

    George Bass a fairly full life


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