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  • The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Hannibal’s Route over the Alps and African Exploration ) – October 1886.

    The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (Hannibal’s Route over the Alps and African Exploration ) – October 1886.

    A complete issue in original blue wrappers pages 609 – 680, a complete monthly issue with two large folding maps at rear.

    Includes an important article reading the route Hannibal took over the Alps, always a matter subject to academic argument.

    Also includes important African exploration … the Congo by Colonel Francis de Winton; Exploration of the Tributaries of the Congo between Leopoldville and Stanley Falls George Grenfell and the Last German Expedition of 1884-1886.

    Armed with the newest geographical information from contemporary expeditions into the Alps, Freshfield presents theories and brings clarity for historians and geographers into historic events which have plagued mankind since the time of Polybius and Livy. A most captivating report examining the perplexing controversy of Hannibal’s passage over the Alps, and the victories he achieved in the name of Carthage. Accompanied by an exceptional fold-out colour map, this mountaineering report is one of the earliest reports that takes into account the mysteries of the Alps, and its treacherous passes, with regards to Hannibal’s daring.

    Hannibal, (247 B.C. – 182 B.C.), was a Carthaginian General, an implacable and formidable enemy of Rome. Although knowledge of him is based primarily on the reports of his enemies, Hannibal appears to have been both just and merciful. He is renowned for his tactical genius. With a relatively small army of select troops, Hannibal set out to invade Italy by the little-known overland route. He fought his way over the Pyrenees and reached the Rhône River before the Romans could block his crossing, moved up the valley to avoid their army, and crossed the Alps. This crossing of the Alps, with elephants and a full baggage train, is one of the remarkable feats of military history. Which pass he used is unknown; some scholars believe it was the Mont Genèvre or the Little St. Bernard.


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  • Map of Spain and Portugal – Isaak Tirion – 1730

    Map of Spain and Portugal – Isaak Tirion – 1730

    An original copper engraved map by Dutch cartographer Isaak Tirion (1705-1765) of Spain and Portugal. Published in Amsterdam 1730. Very good original condition with centrefold as issued. Incredible detail throughout with mountain ranges shown pictorially. Scale shown in Dutch and Spanish miles

    Map 33cm by 28cm with left and right borders tight to map reasonable mounting borders top and bottom, cut to boarder at the sides. Central fold as issued very clean condition.

    Tirion produced several Atlases and Dutch town plans. Some suggest that his maps were based on those of Guillaume de L’isle although we see them as being much more detailed than de L’ísle’s standard.

    Price $170.00 unframed

    Nice detailed early 18th century map by Tirion


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  • The Region of Lorraine (Lotharingia) France – Petrus Bertius – Published 1603

    The Region of Lorraine (Lotharingia) France – Petrus Bertius – Published 1603

    An original copper engraved miniature map of the Provence of Lorraine, North East France.

    Bertius include this map in his most successful “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri” published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam. This example comes from the 1603 edition of “Tabularum” and was likely engraved by Pieter van den Keere.

    Lotharingia was a medieval successor kingdom of the Carolingian Empire. It comprised modern day Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, parts of Germany and Lorraine. It was formed circa 855 AD. Over time changes took place and it was divided into an upper and lower region. The lower region was effectively Lorraine which was not ceded to France until 1737 following the War of the Polish Succession.

    The principal towns of Metz, Nancy, Toul, Remiremont, Raon, Bellemont, Thionville and Espinal are noted with nice detail of rivers and wooded areas. The region of Lorraine is now part of the region Grand-Est

    Map dimensions to the extent of the engraved image 135mm by 90mm. Excellent condition.

    Petrus Bertius (1565-1629) was born the son of a Flemish minister a Baveren, Flanders. He became a religious refugee and moved and settled in Amsterdam. In 1577. After finishing his studies he was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Leiden. He became a prolific writer on mathematics, history and theology. He also gained renown as a geographer and publisher of magnificent atlases. Later in life, in 1618 he became cosmographer and historiographer to Louis XIII of France. He died in Paris in 1629

    Price $280.00 framed in Voyager miniature map style withing gilt fillet, burgundy mat and beaded gilt frame. ready to hang.


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  • The Land of the Midnight Sun – Paul B. Du Chaillu – Two Volumes – First Edition 1881

    The Land of the Midnight Sun – Paul B. Du Chaillu – Two Volumes – First Edition 1881

    The first edition published by Murray, London in 1881. Two volumes, royal octavo, 441 and 474 pages plus advertisements each volume. 235 illustrations and large folding coloured map in pocket. Internally condition very good, clean and unmarked, folding map in very good condition, pictorial front boards in nice bright condition, spines showing some ageing and a slight stain on Vol 2.

    The full title explains … The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys through Sweden, Norway, Lapland, and Northern Finland … with descriptions of the Inner Life of the People, Their Manners and Customs, the Primitive Antiquities etc.

    The author du Chaillu perhaps more known for his explorations in Africa. He takes the same diligence and curiosity “The Land of the Midnight Sun”.

    The author made a series of journeys in Scandinavia from 1871 to 1878 (he spent an aggregate of five year there). These volumes are more than a travel account and he does well in describing the people and the physical characteristics of the country. At Voyager we feel the greater interest lies with his time in the farthest north among the Laps. References to prehistoric sites and the Viking age add to the interest.

    The Publisher Murray is a Voyager hero and we are pleased to see he gave his “old friend and publisher” some very special thanks … for producing a very special book.

    Read on especially cold nights – under the Midnight Sun


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  • Eastern Hemisphere – “Ancien Continent” – Allain Manesson Mallet -1683

    Eastern Hemisphere – “Ancien Continent” – Allain Manesson Mallet -1683

    A beautiful original copper engraved map of the Eastern Hemisphere or “Ancien Continent” by Mallet published in Paris in 1863. Very nicely engraved and coloured … this is the superior version of Mallet’s map with the square riggers added for decoration.

    This is an early depiction of the West Coast of Australia and the Southern extremity of Tasmania following the exploratory efforts of the Dutch. A massive hypothetical “Terra Incognues” is shown in the south in order to “balance” the world.

    Mallet (1630-1706) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV became a Sergeant Major and an Inspector of Fortifications. His maps have a beautiful decorative and unique style.

    Price $360.00 framed in Voyager miniature map style .. enquire if you would like this item unframed

    Striking early map of the Eastern Hemisphere


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  • Map of Franciae Insula – Ortelius/ Vrients – 1601 (The Parisian Region of France)

    Map of Franciae Insula – Ortelius/ Vrients – 1601 (The Parisian Region of France)

    A lovely original copper engraved miniaturemap from 1601 of the Franciae Insula with Paris in the lower middle on a snaking river Seine. The map spans from Chantilly in the North West to Crecy in the South East and is in fine condition. Map 12cm by 9cm to the printed border. Strong plate impression nice colouring.

    Abraham Ortelius one of the earliest cartographers was born in Antwerp and considered the creator of the first modern atlas. J.B. Vrients purchased the rights and plates for Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum and Epitome at the very beginning of the 17th Century and this beautiful map comes from his Epitomi Theatre Orteliani published in Antwerp in 1601 (Refer to King Page 65).

    Price $290.00 framed in Voyager miniature map style … enquire if you wish this item unframed.

    Lovely early map for those that love France and Paris


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