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  • Le Morte DArthur – The History of King Arthur and His Nobel Knights of the Round Table – Sir Thomas Malory – Illustrated with 36 coloured plates by William Russell Flint. Two Volumes Bound for Bumpas, London.

    Le Morte DArthur – The History of King Arthur and His Nobel Knights of the Round Table – Sir Thomas Malory – Illustrated with 36 coloured plates by William Russell Flint. Two Volumes Bound for Bumpas, London.

    Originally published in 1485 and first issued by the Medici Society in 1912. This is an early reprint of that issue, in two volumes, 1920 and, finely bound in full leather under the name of the legendary London bookseller Bumpas.

    Two Volumes, crown quarto, 439 and 531 pages after preliminaries in each case. Magnificent plates, 36 in total, by Russell Flint.

    The binding, full polished morocco, with raise bands and gilt lettering, and gilt fillet with inner wide dentils (a lovely touch), all page edges richly gilt. Silk ribbon markers. Some rubbing, very clean internally.

    Russell Flint’s interpretation of Malory’s work is masterful and depicts seminal moments and characters.

    Imprinted following the text of Caxton, modernised by Alfred Pollard, instructed by the Medici Society, London. Russell Flint (1880-1969) was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement and, the stylised neoclassical art of the Renaissance. He attended the Edinburgh, Royal Institute of Art. He admired Arthur Rackham … and you can that in these example. His figures are finely modelled with further influences of Burne-Jones

    Le Morte DArthur – Illustrated and bound in style … a very good set

    $390.00

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  • Cromwell – English Civil War – Sarcastic Notices of the Long Parliament – Editor J.C. Hotten [1863 re 1660]

    Cromwell – English Civil War – Sarcastic Notices of the Long Parliament – Editor J.C. Hotten [1863 re 1660]

    Title continues … A List of the Members that Held Places, both Civil and Military … with the Sums of Money and Lands which they Divided among Themselves.

    A Victorian facsimile, published 1863, of a nigh impossible to get 17th Century account.

    A first of type. Bound in original salmon cloth covered boards, very clean copy internally, a small dint to the board front edge and sun effect to lower rear board … despite that a very good copy. Very clean internally printed on top class paper for the esteemed Chiswick Press.

    Small quarto, 49 pages plus adverts of interest regarding other classic references.

    The original accounts were titled “Mystery of the Good Old Cause’ of 1660, a satire on the Long Parliamentarians ‘self denying’ act, essentially a biographical catalogue of Parliamentarian collaborators. The Editor remarks … “Only a very few copies of the present work have been reprinted”.

    Having carried out research at Voyager, we cannot sensibly estimate the print run, but can say that few copies exist anywhere. We are also intrigued by the family names that seem to have benefited from the goings on … many still seem to be at the top of the money pile today.

    For those not informed the Long Parliament was … well long … 1640-1660. It followed the Short Parliament, which last three weeks in the aforesaid 1640. That in turn followed 11 years without a Parliament, Changing times.

    The reality of English 17th Century – Greed but with Control … super record of goings on among the well healed of the day

    $190.00

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  • Playing Cards Depicting Maps of the British Isles, and of English and Welsh Counties – Map Collectors’ Circle – Mann and Kingsley

    Playing Cards Depicting Maps of the British Isles, and of English and Welsh Counties – Map Collectors’ Circle – Mann and Kingsley

    The Map Collectors’ Circle publication published No 87 by Sylvia Mann and David Kingsley. Published 1972. A very good copy carrying Australian cartographic expert T.M. Perry’s stamp.

    An unusual subject excellently researched and documented by the authors under the watchful eye of Editor in Chief the one only R.V. Tooley.

    Usual small quarto perfect bound softcover comprising 35 pages of narrative and much mor than a catalogue this time … significant content. Followed by 21 pages of illustration of cards from the late 16thC onwards.

    Playing Cards with Maps .. a rare one and curious.

    $30.00

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  • The Discovery of Australia  – G. Arnold Wood – First Edition 1922

    The Discovery of Australia – G. Arnold Wood – First Edition 1922

    First edition of Arnold Wood’s broad and well researched book about the European discovery of Australia. Published by Macmillan, London in 1922.

    Despite the Cook frontispiece there is much about the pre-Cook era.

    Thick octavo, 541 page well illustrated and with folding map at rear. “Presentation Copy” blind stamp on title which might explain the rather drab blue cloth covered binding, with gilt title to spine which does not appear as a published standard. Binding a trifle rubbed up join, internally clean, still a good to better copy.

    Oxford educated Wood was offered and took up the Chair of History at Sydney University in 1891 and was still there at time of publishing this book.

    The contents commence with Ancient and Medieval conceptions of the Land of the South; the Indian Ocean in the 13thC; the successors of Marco Pol; Portuguese and Spanish; was Australia known in the 16thC; the discovery of the Solomons; the voyage of 1595; Quiros; Torres; the Dutch and Tasman in 1642 and 1644; Dampier and the Roebuck; the Precursors to Cook; the Endeavour Voyage and the discovery of Eastern Australia; Successors to Cook …

    One of our favourite “histories” with much on the early era accompanied by good illustrations many from rare early maps.

    $50.00

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  • The Compleat Plattmaker – Edited by Thrower – Six Distinguished Contributors

    The Compleat Plattmaker – Edited by Thrower – Six Distinguished Contributors

    Essays on Chart, Map, an Globe Making in England in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

    First edition published by the University of California Press in 1978.

    Edited by Norman Thrower who was the Clark Library Professor, 1972-1973. A collection of six scholarly essays by leading authorities, including Helen Wallis the Map Librarian at the British Library.

    Octavo, 241 pages nicely illustrated with some images rarely seen because of the focus of the essays. Very good condition.

    Content comprises … Geographie is Better than Divinitie – the Dyas of Samuel Pepys; Manuscript and Printed Sea Charts of 17thC London; Mapping the English Colonies in North America; John Seller and the Chart Trade in 17thC England; English Cartography 1650-1750; Edmond Halley and Thematic Geo-cartography.

    Special publication worth it for Pepys alone and Moxon’s pocket globe!

    $40.00

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  • Antique Map of the British Isles (Veteris et Novae Britanniae) – Philipp Cluver – c1690’s

    Antique Map of the British Isles (Veteris et Novae Britanniae) – Philipp Cluver – c1690’s

    An original copper engraved map by Philipp Cluver (also known as Cluverius). This fine map comes from his great work “Introductions in Universam Geographicam”.

    Surprising detail such as Hadrian’s Wall and further north Antonine’s Wall which is misplaced and should be further north again. The exaggerated scale of the lochs and lakes of Scotland and Ireland is typical of these early maps.

    Inset map of the Orkney Islands, a figurative title cartouche featuring Btitannia, compass rose and mileage cartouche with cherubs adds to the decorative style. A truly lovely early map

    Very strong impression on chained paper, folded as published, some age as expected. A very good example. Size 36cm by 26cm excellent for. framing.

    Price unframed $190.00

    $190.00

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