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  • Rare Pacific Voyage Books  from the Collection of David Parsons (Part 2).  La Perouse to Wilkes.

    Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons (Part 2). La Perouse to Wilkes.

    The second part of the Parson’s collection offered by Hordern House. Published in 2006 a year after the first part. Quarto hardback, unpaginated, circa 130 pages, magnificently illustrated. Fine example in a fine dust jacket.

    English born David Parsons was educated at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He spent his adult life in the USA where he applied his mathematical skills as a top actuary.

    Contains all of the key works one would expect, often of super quality or special provenance. Contains, inter alia, English voyages – First Fleet … Bligh & the Bounty; French voyages – La Perouse and the search … Baudin … Freycinet; Russian voyages – Krusenstern … Kotzebue; Spanish voyages – Malaspina; American voyages – Wilkes and special rare works relating to Hawaii (this list does not do it justice). As always with HH an excellent description of content and relevance of each work with a helpful selection of images

    Super reference a collection to envy for sure

    $60.00

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  • 400 Year Old Map of Portugal  – Portugallia – Cartrographer Jodocus Hondius Jnr  for Geographer Petrus Bertius – 1616

    400 Year Old Map of Portugal – Portugallia – Cartrographer Jodocus Hondius Jnr for Geographer Petrus Bertius – 1616

    A striking copper engraved miniature map of Portugal engraved by Jodocus Hondius Junior to illustrate a geography book by Petrus Bertius published in Amsterdam in 1616. Bertius was only responsible for the Latin text what was titled “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum”.

    The maps in this work were miniature renditions of the maps contained in the famous folio atlas by Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius Senior.

    The maps are considered by authority Geoffrey King as the most beautiful set of miniature maps ever. Scarce.

    On the death of Jodocus Hondius Junior in 1629 the miniature map plates came into the possession of William J Blaeu who used them in his own version in 1635.

    Printed area 12.5cm by 9.0cm, with fine wash colouring. An attractive engraving with good detail. The map is aligned with North to the right [Not unsual for the period for maps to be presented this way]. With swash lettering, cartouche and distance scale.

    We have included an additional image of the map aligned North to the top for those confused by the “horizontal” presentation. Also, we have provided an image of the title page of Tabularum Geographicarum … taken from Geoffrey King’s reference. We have a copy of King’s book for sale for those interested in collecting and/or understanding the history behind the creation of beautiful small scale maps.

    Price $160.00 unframed … $280.00 framed in Voyager miniature map style.

    High quality map of Portugal from 1616

    $160.00

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  • Ocean Passages For The World – 1973

    Ocean Passages For The World – 1973

    A fine copy of the third edition prepared by Commander H.L. Jenkins of the Royal Navy and published by The Hydrographic Department, Taunton, England. A Preface by Rear Admiral Hall.

    This essential reference was first published in 1895, then 1923, 1950 and then this edition 1973. Revised and modernised each time.

    Slipcase with folio volume plus wallet containing the numerous large folding charts. Folio volume bound in blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles 258 pages with 25 charts and diagrams some coloured and folding. The work is divided into two principal sections … Part I – Power Vessel Routes; Part II – Sailing Vessel Routes. Also, the 1977 Supplement of 11 pages, with additions, corrections and other changes. Very good if not fine condition.

    The wallet contains seven large (a metre or so wide) charts and a viz .. World Climatic Charts (January and July); World Main Ocean Routes for Power Vessels; World Sailing Ships Routes; Tracks Followed by Sailing and Auxiliary Powered Vessels and World Surface Currents .. and D6083 Loan Line Rules etc. Also a ready reckoner … Logarithmic speed, time and distance scale.

    $80.00

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  • Original 17th Century Map of Ireland by Mallet – Published Paris 1683

    Original 17th Century Map of Ireland by Mallet – Published Paris 1683

    A striking hand coloured original copper engraved miniature map “Royaume d’Irlande” the Kingdom of Ireland, by Allain Mallet published in Paris in 1683 as part of his great work on “the Universe”. One of the most sought after Mallet maps in fine condition.

    Paper size 22cm by 14cm; map surrounds 16cm by 12cm. Good condition … would frame nicely.

    Allain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV and became a Sergeant Major and an Inspector of Fortifications a role which afforded him the resources required to produce this treasure.

    Price $160.00 unframed.

    The most beautiful map of the Emerald Isle … every Irishman should have one …

    $160.00

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  • The Great South Land – Searching for the Antipodes from Classical Scholars to Quiros & Dampier.

    The Great South Land – Searching for the Antipodes from Classical Scholars to Quiros & Dampier.

    Published by Hordern House in 2011 another scholarly catalogue of key works presented in a depth and standard unlikely to be surpassed.

    Hardback quarto, in dust jacket, unpaginated but circa 180 pages with 127 rare items. A fine copy.

    After a useful introduction we start with “Ideas of a southern continent” … Classical Geographers with works by Strabo, Mela, Macrobious, Ptolemaeus … the Renaissance and later. Leading to Marco-Polo, Mandeville and the “travellers and story tellers”. Dutch exploration and the VOC … Duyfken, Tasman, Pelsaert. Before the Spanish and Portuguese … Varthema, Quiros, Mendana. The “English Adventurers make Landfall” .. Drake, Woodes Rogers, William Dampier. Hakluyt wraps it all up. All up 104 voyagers, travellers or distinguished authors.

    The period up to Dampier explained by reference to key works

    $50.00

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  • The Life of Gerard Mercator – Set of Six Trade Cards – Liebig

    The Life of Gerard Mercator – Set of Six Trade Cards – Liebig

    A group of six brightly coloured trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty products. Produced circa Mid 20thC and in very good condition. Comprehensive text in French on reverse.

    Delightful chromolithographs depicting various phases in Gerard Mercator’s life.

    Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594) a German-Flemish geographer studied at the University of Leuven. He appears in the matriculation records of 1530 … they still exist! In 1569 he created the principles that we now call the Mercator projection, fundamental to voyagers from that day forward. He produced a magnificent Atlas based on his projection technique and made many fine globes sold to Royalty and gentry all over Europe. Unfortunately, as were the time even though a devout Catholic he was accused of heresy and spent six months in prison. Each of these elements of his life is nicely displayed in this scarce card set.

    Mercator … his projection is everlasting

    $60.00

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