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  • Joan Blaeu and his Grand Atlas – C Koeman -1970

    Joan Blaeu and his Grand Atlas – C Koeman -1970

    The publisher the esteemed Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd, Amsterdam had produced an outstanding facsimile of Le Grand Atlas of 1663. This work by distinguished Professor of Cartography at Utrecht, Dr Ir. C. Koeman serves as an excellent introduction the background and making of this never bettered work.

    Octavo, 144 pages plus index. First printing 1970. Nicely illustrated. This is the hardback edition, which seems much more difficult to come by. No jacket as published with a faux vellum covering to the boards illustrated in git and blue. Very good condition.

    Starting with a biography of Joan Blaeu, the printing house and cartographical institute. The origin of the Atlas and its growth … the Atlas Maior; the content of the Grand Atlas and the consequences of the fire of 1672.

    The book to gain an understanding of the Blaeu Grand Atlas


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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


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  • King Arthur – The Cycle of the Round Table – Trade Cards 100 Years Old

    King Arthur – The Cycle of the Round Table – Trade Cards 100 Years Old

    A group of six decorative trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty Bouillon Oxo. Printed and issued around 1910. In the French with a good description the rear of the card … a good language lesson.

    Delightful chromolithographs depicting (1) Arthur defending Wales; (2) His wedding procession with his bride Guinevere; (3) A Feast at The Round Table; (4) Arthur in Ireland receiving tributes; (5) Perceval sets off on his Adventures (6) The Death of Arthur. Each 10cms x 7.3cms.

    King Arthur done proud by Liebig


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  • Tallis Atlas in Facsimile  – The Illustrated Atlas of the  Nineteenth Century World – Original Editor Montgomery Martin

    Tallis Atlas in Facsimile – The Illustrated Atlas of the Nineteenth Century World – Original Editor Montgomery Martin

    Large folio, published by Studio Editions, London.

    A fine facsimile, originally published circa 1854. 1797 pages with coloured maps and text alternating. I very good near new condition. A heavy book which may require a postage supplement depending on the location of the buyer.

    The Tallis Maps represent the last Atlas produced with beautifully decorative illustrated maps. to a degree they are of a unique style

    Given the era in which these maps were originally produced those of Australia and Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land), New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia are of particular historical interest.

    Good introduction from the qualified Jonathan Potter.

    The Tallis Maps – All of Them


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  • Decorative Printed Maps of the 15th to 18th Centuries – R.A. Skelton FSA

    Decorative Printed Maps of the 15th to 18th Centuries – R.A. Skelton FSA

    A very good book of decorative cartography by the much admired Skelton.

    Quarto, 79 pages plus 84 full page plates of maps some in colour. Published by Spring Books, London in 1966. This is a re-issue of a work originally published in 1952 with a re-worked text and improvements in the plates.

    A super book for someone building their understanding of the development of the map and the pure beauty behind the trade. Takes the accepted progression .. Ptolemy; woodcut maps; Italian line-engravers; the Dutch; the beginning of the English Regional Map; Dutch and German development; French emergence; the English again during the period to Thomas Jeffreys.

    Skelton on Decorative Maps – Essential well rounded.


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  • Nelson and His Times – Admiral Beresford – First Edition 1898

    Nelson and His Times – Admiral Beresford – First Edition 1898

    The upmarket version of this splendid book on Nelson by Rear Admiral Lord Charles Beresford and H.W. Wilson.

    Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, undated but 1898. Original owners name and date on endpapers and chapter title.

    A large book, in the original heavily embossed blue cloth covered pictorial boards with gilt highlighting. Folio, 232 pages plus index, heavily illustrated all page edges richly gilt. Binding starting to loosen and the odd mark, still a very good copy. Numerous illustrations throughout, with coloured frontispiece.

    Nelson given his first command, HMS Agamemnon during the French Revolutionary Wars, losing his right arm. His public affair with Emma, Lady Hamilton was well public. His unconventional tactics were fundamental to the defeat of the French Navy from which it never really re-established. Nelson’s death on the Victory at Trafalgar is the stuff of legends.

    A fine late 19thC book and a good biography of the great man.


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