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  • Tropical Africa – Henry Drummond – First Ed 1888

    Tropical Africa – Henry Drummond – First Ed 1888

    Published by Hodder and Stoughton London 1888, a first edition.

    Octavo, 228 pages, bound in the original red cloth with coated black end papers. Gilt lettering to spine and an gilt insect stamped on the front board. Illustrated with 4 excellent coloured folding maps, all in fine condition, as well as several wood engravings. Covers a trifle aged internally very clean a very good copy

    Scottish born Henry Drummond (1851-1897) was educated at Edinburgh University. He became a lecturer in Natural Science at the Free Church College. In 1880 he Became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposers included Lord Kelvin and Archibald Geikie. In 1883 he was invited by the African Lakes Company to conduct an expedition and study in Central Africa. From that effort this book was published in 1888.

    Contents include chapters on the River Zambesi and Shire; Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa; the country and people of Central Africa; travelling on the Nyassa-Tanganyika Plateau; a study of Africa insects, geology and some political commentary. A most useful and interesting digest.

    The four excellent maps include the Author’s route; a Slave Trade map (sadly there was a lot of it); a Geological sketch map and a Political Map showing European claims compared with Agreements … surprisingly different.

    $80.00

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  • History of Cartography – Bagrow and Skelton

    History of Cartography – Bagrow and Skelton

    A first edition of the Skelton edited and expanded work of Leo Bagrow first published in German in 1951. Bagrow a passionate historian of cartography had died in 1957. Perry’s copy with his signature on the front end paper. Skelton was in charge of the Map Room at the British Museum … not a bad job!

    Published by Watts, London in 1964. Quarto, 312 pages printed on thick paper so more substantial than it sounds … a solid book. Numerous appropriate illustrations. Regarded as a classic of the subject. A heavy book which will require a postage supplement for Overseas.

    Starts with some discussion on the maps of primitive people then the ancient world. Christian and Islamic developments in the Middle Ages. Mediaeval sea charts and the development of the world map. Ptolemy and the Renaissance or rather their use of Ptolemy, who dies a little earlier. Printed maps and the age of Discovery … etc. Nicely done … lists of cartographers, bibliography etc

    Serious Cartographic History – Perry’s Copy

    $80.00

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  • The Eastern Archipelago – Adams – First Edition 1880

    The Eastern Archipelago – Adams – First Edition 1880

    … A description of the Scenery, Animal and Vegetable Life, People, and Physical Wonders of the Islands in the Easter Sea.

    Published by Nelson, London in 1880 a first edition. Octavo, 576 pages with 60 illustrations, many full page including a map. All page edges gilt with a beautiful decorated cover, a very good copy indeed.

    With the success of Wallace’s Malay Archipelago there was heightened interest in the islands of the East Indies. Prolific writer William Henry Davenport Adams saw an opportunity and compiled this easily read informative book on the region. Takes in Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Timor, Celebes, Sarawak, the Moluccas, New Guinea, Papua and the Philippines.

    Special book on the East – striking covers

    $120.00

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  • Argonauts of the South – Frank Hurley – First Edition 1925

    First Edition … Argonauts of the South. Being a Narrative of Voyagings and Polar Seas and Adventures in the Antarctic with Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

    Published by G.P. Putnam, New York in 1925. Large octavo, original cloth covered binding, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. 290 pages after preliminaries, with frontispiece and 70 full page plates from photographs taken by the author. Two folding maps and decorated end papers. Reference Spence 615 and Renard 768. Bookplate of previous owner on end papers.

    Australian photographer and adventurer James Francis (Frank) Hurley (1885-1962) requires little introduction. Along with Ponting the greatest Polar photographer, never to be surpassed. Not only did he accompany several Antarctic expeditions he was an official photographer in both World Wars. During a very cold winter literally holed up in the Antarctic Hurley conceived an expedition to warm climates (in an effort to boost comrades moral) and out of that his other great work Pearls and Savages, in New Guinea was born.

    Hurley’s classic photographic record in the Polar Seas and Antarctic

    $890.00

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  • The Voyage of the Discovery Captain Robert F Scott – 1905 First Edition

    Published in London, Smith Elder & Co 1905, the second impression of the first edition same year. Two royal octavo volumes, 556 pages and 508 pages. With twelve colour plates, five double page plates and many other illustrations, panoramas, maps (two of which separate and folding). Overall some 260 illustrations many by Dr Edward Wilson. Original blue ribbed cloth decorated with the lavish gilt medallions on upper covers characteristic of the Smith Elder edition. Some light foxing to uncut page edges and the title on volume I, rubbing to the medallions, generally in good to better condition for this set.

    This is a classic of the genre, Scott’s official narrative of his first Antarctic expedition, 1901-1904. The first scientific expedition to pass two consecutive winters in high latitude of Antarctica, during which the first extensive journeys into the interior of the continent were accomplished.

    The ship’s officers included Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton and Dr Edward Wilson, Scott’s close friend and confidant.

    Over the course of two years, and many sledge journeys, Scott and his men followed the Ross ice Shelf to its extreme, discovered King Edward VI Land, found a range of mountains stretching southwards towards a vast plateau, trekked to within 500 miles of the South Pole, and amassed a huge collection of scientific data.

    The expedition was a triumph, although the failure of Scott’s dogs was an ominous portent. Scientifically this was the more important of Scott’s two expeditions; overshadowed by his tragic second journey, during which he perished.

    Scarce and sought after Heroic account

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    $890.00

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  • Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Ronald Vere Tooley the greatest map historian of all time started the “Dictionary of Mapmakers”’ in the 1920’s on slips of paper arranged in alphabetical order. He published this work progressively in Map Collector’s Circle which was discontinued before he could complete the exercise. This book first published in 1978 is the complete results of his work to the date of publication.

    Soft cover form published by Alan Liss, New York in 1979. Large octavo, 684 pages, illustrated nicely. A good copy albeit the front cover has fold lines, bottom right, indicating considerable use, internally clean as a whistle.

    Makes for essential reading for those interested in the subject of cartography.

    The reference for mapmakers from the beginning of maps …

    $60.00

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