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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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  • Explorers’ Maps – Chapters in the Cartographic Record of Geographical Discovery – R.A. Skelton – Perry’s Copy

    Explorers’ Maps – Chapters in the Cartographic Record of Geographical Discovery – R.A. Skelton – Perry’s Copy

    Another special book by the former head map man at the British Museum, as well as Hon Sec of the Hakluyt Society.

    Small quarto, first edition, published by Routledge, London in 1958. Perry’s copy with his signature on the front end paper. 337 pages with numerous illustrations of relevant charts and maps. Coloured frontispiece of HMS Racehorse stuck in the ice off Spitzbergen. A very good copy. Heavy book might require a postage supplement if Overseas.

    Selection and breadth of knowledge sets Skelton’s book apart.

    The Way East and Marco Polo starts the serious stuff. Then Portuguese Sea-ways to the Indies. The Way West … and where will it get you Cathay or the New World?. The North-East and North-West Passages. European rivalry for the Spice Islands … the Spanish in the South Seas; and the Dutch and that special quest for the land down-under. Cook and the mapping of the Pacific. The rivers of Africa and the Poles … wonderful.

    Explorers and the maps they created … some special Australian content and the rest. Expert Perry’s copy.

    $90.00

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  • Topographical Maps – P.D.A. Harvey

    Topographical Maps – P.D.A. Harvey

    Full title … “The History of Topographical Maps – Symbols, Pictures and Surveys.

    Small quarto, a first edition published by Thames and Hudson, London in 1908. 199 Pages with 116 illustrations some in colour.

    The author Professor of Medieval History at Durham University and had previously been Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum.

    A super intriguing book which focuses on some rather are and obscure examples which makes stand out from more general book on cartography. Classical imagery in maps, bird’s-eye views, the Medieval approach .. with interesting images from Europe, the Far East and India. Surveys from the earliest scale-maps into 16th Century Europe … we love it.

    The dust jacket front image is from an 18th century atlas of the Kiangsi Province, China.

    Beautiful book with special high level content. A cartographers delight.

    $35.00

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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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  • The Discovery of Norfolk Island – James Cook – 1774  Anniversary Medal 1974

    The Discovery of Norfolk Island – James Cook – 1774 Anniversary Medal 1974

    A fine medal numbered 30 of an issue of only 355, on the rim.

    On his second voyage to the Pacific, James Cook discovered Norfolk Island on the 10th October 1774. He named it after the Duchess of Norfolk, wife of Edward Howard the 6th Earl.

    High relief medal in oxidised silver, 57mm diameter, 88gm weight.

    Fine portrait of James Cook with 200th Anniversary 1774-1974 around. On the reverse a map of the island with higher regions marked in relief and a huge Norfolk Pine, one of the great attractions of the island, for ships masts. Cook’s landing point, on the north shore, is marked as is the line of latitude 29 degree south. Also a fine image of Cook’s vessel HMS Resolution. Narrative details of the discovery complete the surround.

    Scarce medal for the James Cook collector, strong relief

    $280.00

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  • The Mapmakers Art (Essays on the History of Maps) – Edward Lynam

    The Mapmakers Art (Essays on the History of Maps) – Edward Lynam

    There seems to be a posthumous book for every Head of the Maps Room at the British Museum.

    This one from the work of Edward Lynam who preceded Skelton (see our copy of his posthumous book). Perry’s copy with his signature.

    Published by the Batchworth Press, London a first edition1953. Small quarto 140 pages nicely illustrated throughout with some map images that rarely appear elsewhere. A couple of chips to the dust jacket, a very goo copy considering the age and likely use.

    We like this one a lot … the angle being an early and unusual approach to map making with an aesthetic appeal. Starts with the Character of England in Maps; Period Ornament, writing and Symbols on Maps; Saxton; Flemish Engravers; William Hack and the South Sea Buccaneers [Magnificent]; Early Days in the Bahamas etc.

    Finishes with a full list of books and articles by Edward Lynam

    Voyager Favourite – a unique approach.

    $40.00

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