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  • Solomon Islands with the Unusual Fictitious Terre de Qvir – Mallet – 1683

    Solomon Islands with the Unusual Fictitious Terre de Qvir – Mallet – 1683

    An unusual and scarce original copper engraved map “Isles de Solomons” by Allain Mallet published in Paris in 1683 as part of his great work on “the Universe”.

    One of the most intriguing Mallet maps. It purports to show that Queiros had a theory that a great land mass existed between the Solomon Islands and New Zealand … here named “Terre de Qvir” … similar to, or as a part, of the supposed great southern continent “Terra Australis”. Decorated with nine sailing ships.

    In 1567 Alvarode Mendana de Neira (Mendana) set out from Lima to fine gold in the Pacific. Legend had it that the Biblical Ophir which had provided the gold for Solomon’s Temple lay somewhere out there. They sailed for over eighty days and 6,000 miles before the reached land … and here marked Isle St Isabelle. It was almost thirty years later in 1895 that Mendana set off on a voyage to colonise the Solomon’s, following Drake’s plundering of the Spanish interest on the west coast of South America . His Chief Pilot was Pedro Fernandes de Queiros and they set sail with four vessels and 378 individuals (including family, criminals, prostitutes etc). First, the discovered the Marquesas and treated the native people very badly, many of whom were killed as if for sport. They then went on to find the Santa Cruz Islands … but failed to find the Solomon Islands. They headed for Manilla and only 100 survived the dangerous adventure. Mendana died on the voyage.

    Allain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706) was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV and became a Sergeant Major and an Inspector of Fortifications a role which afforded him the resources required to produce this treasure.

    Price $190.00 unframed or $320.00 framed in Voyager style … enquire if you wish

    Historical important mallet Map for the Pacific region from the Solomon Islands to New Zealand

    $190.00

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  • Early Map of South West Tasmania – Carte de la Terra Van-Diemen – Cook and Benard – Published Paris 1777

    Early Map of South West Tasmania – Carte de la Terra Van-Diemen – Cook and Benard – Published Paris 1777

    An original copper engraved 18th century map from the French version of Cook’s Second Voyage depicting South East Tasmania. Very good condition, fold as issued and 35cm by 22cm to the printed area.

    This map was drawn up after the discovery of Adventure Bay, on Bruny Island, by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773. The track shown is that of Furneaux’s vessel the Adventure

    It was not until 1792 when Bruni d’Entrecasteaux found the channel that was to separate Bruny Island. Other irregularities appear on this map Cape Frederick Henry (now Cape Queen Elizabeth) is technically misplaced as Furneaux believed incorrectly he was just south of Tasman’s Fredrick Henriex Bay.

    Also, we have the Tasman Peninsula incorrectly named Isles Maria.

    We particularly like the reference to Mewstone, Pedro Blanco (after the China Seas Island and one of the few remaining Portuguese names) and Eddystone, which was named by Cook after the Eddystone Lighthouse in England.

    The three coastal profiles are delightful on close inspection – a view along Cape Meridional; A view of Cape Cannelee, with Penguin Island to the right and the hint of Adventure Bay and a view of the island group from south of the Mewstone.

    Tooley reference Map T346 and included in the Australian National Collection reference 2820776

    Price $290.00 unframed … if you want framing suggestions let us know.

    Early and interesting map of South East Tasmania

    $290.00

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  • Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    A scarce early copper engraved map of the eastern hemisphere with an outline of Northern Australia from the Dutch understanding.

    Published in Paris in 1648. The cartographer was Philippe Briet (1601-1668) also know as Philippus Brietius. He was a Jesuit scholar, historian and cartographer.

    Uncommon, with a good dark impression. Text on reverse with some show through as usual. Very good condition. Size 19cm by 14.5 cm in the printed area. Uncoloured as it should be.

    As well as Terre Australe there are a number of other cartographic features of interest including, Korea shown as an island, Africa has a large Lake Zaire, Sri Lanka is named Zailan an early Arabic name for the island. The ranges across Asia, east to west and down into the Himalayan region are the only mountain features shown. Note the sea between Java / Timor and Australia is named “Lanchidol” a curiosity explored by Donaldson in his paper “In Search of a Sea: the Origins of the Name Mare Lanchidol” published by the Australian Association for Maritime History” well worth the read …

    Scarce Mid 17thC Map with Terre Australe … a real historic beauty.

    $460.00

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  • A Guide to maps of Australia in Books Published 1780-1830 – Perry and Prescott

    A Guide to maps of Australia in Books Published 1780-1830 – Perry and Prescott

    A pretty essential accessory to Tooley regarding the mapping of Australia.

    Described as an “annotated cartobibliography” compiled by Tom Perry and Dorothy Prescott.

    Published by the National Library of Australia in 1996, small quarto, 315 pages with some illustrations. Hardbound, published without a dust jacket, decorative paper covered boards, quality paper, a heavy book.

    A supreme effort cataloguing nearly 600 maps and charts of Australia, or parts of Australia. The referencing system is simple and useful, giving the date of publication then order of appearance, and with a reference to Ferguson’s Bibliography of all books Australian, if appropriate – e.g. 1824.19 is the 1824 published map of Van Diemen’s Land by Sidney Hall published in Wentworth’s “A Statistical Account of the British settlements in Australasia” (Ferguson 990).

    Tom Perry was Reader in Geography at Melbourne University and author of a number of celebrated books on Australian discovery and the charting of Australia. Dorothy Prescott was similarly linked to Melbourne University and at one time held the distinguished position of Map Curator at the National Library of Australia.

    Up there with Tooley – “Perry and Prescott” Guide to Australian Maps

    $160.00

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  • Early Maps – Tony Campbell

    Early Maps – Tony Campbell

    Another beautiful book on early cartography. Published in 1980 by Abbeville Press, New York.

    Folio, of near square format, 147 pages heavily illustrated in colour with a number of fold-out reproductions. A fine copy of a book of high standard. A heavy book that might require some further postage assistance.

    Tony Campbell was a Director of distinguished London map dealer Douwma. He was a regular contributor to Map Collector’s Circle, The Map Collector and Imago Mundi.

    Set out geographically … The World; The Americas; Europe and the Mediterranean; Africa; Asia; Australia and the South Pacific …. very good narrative and glossary for further reference.

    Early maps in all their beauty well explained and beautifully displayed.

    $80.00

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  • Atlas of Columbus and The Great Discoveries – Kenneth Nebenzahl

    Atlas of Columbus and The Great Discoveries – Kenneth Nebenzahl

    A first printing 1990 of Kenneth Nebenzahl’s striking work on early maps. Despite the title much more than New World focused

    Published by Rand McNally and probably one of their best works. Folio, 168 pages, extensively illustrated in colour. A fine copy in a complete and pristine dust jacket. Heavy and will be difficult to send Overseas.

    Nebenzahl, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Trustee of the Newberry Library , Chicago … a map lovers heaven. Recipient of the “Tooley” award of the International map Collectors Society.

    With the backbone of Columbus the book is set out in four parts. Part I – The Geographic Tradition inherited by Columbus; Part II – Columbus and His Contemporaries Change the Map; Part II – Filling in the Features of the Earth and Part IV Europe’s Colonial Era Begins. We must say the only rather dull thing about this book is the “Part Headings”. It is not al all dull and contains many beautiful cartographic curiosities not found in other books of aligned topic.

    Special cartographic work with super examples and illustrations.

    $80.00

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