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  • How to Identify Old Maps and Globes – Raymond Lister

    How to Identify Old Maps and Globes – Raymond Lister

    To a collector this title might seem a bit glib … but the book is much more than that an in particular is a special refence for watermarks and cartographers.

    Small quarto, 265 pages first edition published by Bell, London in 1965. 59 plates. Still extremely relevant. Very good condition.

    Starts with an “Outline of the History of Maps and Charts”; Celestial Maps; Methods of Maps Production; Decoration and Conventional Signs; Terrestrial and Celestial Globes and Armillary Spheres. And then a lengthy appendix (22 pages) on The Use of Watermarks in dating Old Maps and Documents – nicely illustrated; a Bibliography (8 pages); List of Cartographers etc 1500 to 1850 (34 pages) and Index to whole.

    Identification – takes you further than expected.

    $35.00

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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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  • 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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  • Maps – A Historical Survey of Their Study and Collecting – R.S. Skelton

    Maps – A Historical Survey of Their Study and Collecting – R.S. Skelton

    A first edition published by the University of Chicago Press in 1972.

    Octavo, 138 pages all in very good condition.

    Expert Raleigh A. Skelton (known as Peter) was in charge of the Map Room at the British Museum … he was also Editor of the illustrious cartographic journal Imago Mundi … and worked closely with Tooley.

    Unfortunately he passed away before this book was absolutely complete. His notes and extensive references made the final putting together of it an easier task than would otherwise have been.

    A super work starting with The History of Cartography – An Introductory Survey; the Preservation an Collecting of Early Maps; the Historical Study of Early Maps … the Past, Present and Future. And a lengthy bibliography of Skelton’s published efforts compiled in chronological order by Robert Karrow

    Skelton – his final views after a long career toiling over his love of maps

    $25.00

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