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  • The Antarctic Pilot – Comprising the Coasts of Antarctica and all Islands Southward of the Usual Route of Vessels – Collectable 1974 Fourth Edition – Keith Shackleton’s Copy

    The Antarctic Pilot – Comprising the Coasts of Antarctica and all Islands Southward of the Usual Route of Vessels – Collectable 1974 Fourth Edition – Keith Shackleton’s Copy

    Original work hardbound in blue cloth covered boards with gilt title. Highly technical works published by the Hydrographer to the UK Navy. Foolscap format, 336 pages after preliminaries.

    Keith Shackleton (1923-2015) a relative of Sir Ernest Shackleton and inspired by him. A wildlife painter with a specialty for colder climates and the Antarctic. Close friend and collaborator with Conservationist and fellow painter Peter Scott, son of Robert Falcon Scott. Keith was co-presenter on one of the first televised wildlife programs the BBC’s ‘Animal Magic’. He was a skilled yachtsman and represented Britain on several occasions. He was President of the Society of Wildlife Artists and the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and a Trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. In his later years he spent much time in the Antarctic on board the MV Lindblad Explorer … where this Pilot was put to good use (see below). A retrospective exhibition of his “Polar Art”’ was held at the Scott Polar Research Institute in 2007.

    The “Pilot” contains many highly instructive charts and shoreline photographic images as would be expected. Also serious chapters with good illustrations on fauna, birds, albatrosses and petrels, penguins etc and tables of breeding distribution. Fish similarly covered and the various members of the seal family and whales and dolphins that inhabit the southern waters. The islands covered include Bouvetoya, Prince Edward Islands, Crozet, Kerguelan, Heard, McDonald and Macquarie and the South Georgia, South Sandwich and South Orkney and Shetland Groups

    The front end papers, title and facing page are covered in stamps and stickers from Shackleton’s Antarctic voyages on the Lindblad Explorer – 57 in total with three signatures from Base Commanders … including that of Grytviken, South Georgia dated 1981 … which was invaded the following year as part of the Falklands War. An interesting manuscript addition at the top of the front free endpaper “Though it may be left in the bridge …. This is Keith Shackleton’s Antarctic Pilot”. The Lindblad Explorer sank near the South Shetlands in 2007. Presumably, Keith Shackleton took his Pilot with him … he was not on that voyage!

    Another interesting note in Shackleton’s hand appears on page vi quoting American writer and naturalist Charles William Beebe [from "the Bird" - 1906] … “The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though the first material expression is destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things [beings] breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again”

    In addition there is also Supplement of 1977 which includes a sheet of stamps associated with a voyage in the Frontier Spirit … we understand that Shackleton worked as naturalist on both the Lindblad and Frontier Spirit.

    Lastly, a large original photograph 25cm by 18cm of bergs and snow capped mountainous island … could be Deception Island.

    A wealth of Antarctic knowledge beyond the navigation – special provenance with additional elements

    $340.00

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  • Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    Magic Lantern Slide – Cartographic Material – The Ross Dependency – Antarctica c1923 on Its Formation

    An original magic lantern slide showing clearly the New Zealand Ross Dependency, by Newton & Co.

    The Ross Dependency takes its name from Sir James Clark Ross ho discovered the Ross Sea and Victoria Land in 1841 and claimed the region for Britain.

    The region is defined by a sector originating at the South Pole and passing along longitude 160 degrees east and 150 degrees east and stopping at latitude 60 degrees south.

    On 30th July 1923 an order was published in the Government Gazette of the Dominion of New Zealand that the region should be named the “Ross dependency”’ and that the Governor-General and Commander in Chief of New Zealand will be Governor of the Territory.

    Newton & Co were formed in 1858. In the period 1912-1925 they had premises in Covent Garden. S we are pretty sure that the slide comes from 1923 and was prepared for presentations concerning these changes.

    Standard size circa 3.5 inches or 8cm by 8cm.

    Historic Cartographic record – the formalisation of the Ross Dependency in the Antarctic

    $50.00

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  • Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    We love this 110 page brochure advertising Thomas Cook’s tours in the style of Poirot and Death on the Nile.

    It would take us a week to explain the depth of information, photographs, maps, intricate details of each of the numerous vessels with photos of the cabins, saloons etc. End paper maps and layout of each of the vessels.

    Very good condition albeit some pencil annotations of a planned holiday – luck bastards!

    Comprehensive view of Egypt and Palestine in the 1920’s

    $90.00

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  • Map of Bengal – Petrus Bertius – 1602

    Map of Bengal – Petrus Bertius – 1602

    An original and delightful miniature copper engraved map of “Bengala” by the great geographer Bertius published in the Latin edition of his miniature atlas of 1602. The engraving were carried out by Jocodus Hondius.

    The decorative map show the Bay of Bengal the main towns, surrounding hills and the rivers coming down to the delta including the sacred River Ganges. A special little map fro lover of the region.

    Price $90.00unframed or $220.00 framed in typical Voyager style with lavish gilt surround

    The Mystery of Bengal Over 400 Year old

    $90.00

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  • Map of the World – Cartographer De l’Ilse – Engraved and Published by Chatelain – c1730

    Map of the World – Cartographer De l’Ilse – Engraved and Published by Chatelain – c1730

    An original copper engraved map of the world in two hemispheres by Gullaume De L’Isle published in Amsterdam by Chatelain.

    The full title to the map is … “Mappe Monde ou description Generale du Globe Terrestre suivant M. De L’Isle de l’Academie Royale des Sciences”.

    A curious map reflecting the unknown and the incorrect at the time. Nothing understood about the North West Coast of America although a land mass. to the east, is identified but not named … this is the fictitious “Campany’s Land”. The Dutch understanding of Australia (Nouvelle Holland)is shown with its limitations but without the south coast of Tasmania, noting also the mountain ranges shown in the North West. A most unusual map with some interesting features.

    Gullaume De l’Isle (1675-1726) was a leading French cartographer of his period, following Sanson. His father was involved in geography and education although Gullaume was independent and bright at an early age. He was mentored by the great Astronomer Cassini. He became a member of the Acadamie Royale de Sciences and was appointed by Louis XIV to teach geography to the Dauphin. Like most cartographer his maps continued to be published well after his death. His intellectual property was eventually taken over by cartographer Bauche.

    Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743) was a Huguenot who lived variously in Paris, London the Hague and Amsterdam. He was the main mover in a family of engravers and publishers, and produced the Atlas Historic which included maps after De l’Isle of which this delightful World Map is an example.

    Price $260.00 unframed or $390.00 framed in Voyager rare map style … enquire if you wish it framed or need to discuss framing options.

    Intriguing world map with lots of curiosity.

    $260.00

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  • The Printed Maps of New South Wales (1772-1873) – R.V. Tooley – 1968

    The Printed Maps of New South Wales (1772-1873) – R.V. Tooley – 1968

    Scarce edition of the “Map Collectors Circle” No 44 by R.V. Tolley dedicated to the “Printed maps of New South Wales 1772 – 1873” published by them Chiswell Street, London 1968.

    Small quarto soft cover 49 pages plus 30 pages of full page plates of maps. Very good if not fine condition … best available we would say. Tooley’s preface as an introduction followed by a page of “Chronology”’ simple but informative and a good perspective. 166 maps, atlases and variants described in Tooley’s useful logical style which makes him the cornerstone of rare map reference unlikely to be replaced.

    Special Australian Tooley in Fine Condition

    $80.00

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