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  • Mare Rubrum (The Red Sea) – Petrus Bertius -1602

    Mare Rubrum (The Red Sea) – Petrus Bertius -1602

    An original copper engraved miniature map of the Red Sea region, one of the earliest to focus on this region. With north orientated to the right showing Yemen and the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt with place names and rivers in some detail, mountain regions illustrated, shallow marshy areas highlighted. Later colouring as always. 12.5cm by 8.5cm.

    Engraved by Petrus Kaerius for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1602 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”. Refer expert Geffrey King’s authoritative work on miniature maps.

    Price $120.00 unframed

    Red sea region over 400 year old.


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  • Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Ronald Vere Tooley the greatest map historian of all time started the “Dictionary of Mapmakers”’ in the 1920’s on slips of paper arranged in alphabetical order. He published this work progressively in Map Collector’s Circle which was discontinued before he could complete the exercise. This book first published in 1978 is the complete results of his work to the date of publication.

    Soft cover form published by Alan Liss, New York in 1979. Large octavo, 684 pages, illustrated nicely. A good copy albeit the front cover has fold lines, bottom right, indicating considerable use, internally clean as a whistle.

    Makes for essential reading for those interested in the subject of cartography.

    The reference for mapmakers from the beginning of maps …


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  • Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne a first edition 1988. A fine copy.

    Edited by the noteworthy Glyndwr Williams (University of London) and Alan Frost (La Trobe University). With contributions from Voyager favourite Gunter Schilder (author Australia Unveiled) and Helen Wallis previously Keeper of Maps at the British Library

    Octavo, 242 pages heavily illustrated and in colour where appropriate. Super selection of maps.

    A high class production – from Theory on and Speculation of Terra Australis, The enigma of the Dieppe Maps, the Dutch Discoveries and the arrival of the English. Beautifully and intelligently done from start to finish.

    Must rate as one of the best books on the subject


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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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  • The “Ramusio” Map of 1534 – Holzheimer and Buisseret

    The “Ramusio” Map of 1534 – Holzheimer and Buisseret

    This work is Occasional Publication No6, from the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the Newberry Library, Chicago published in 1992

    In 1987, Arthur Holzheimer (co-author) map collector and long -time volunteer at the Newberry acquired a copy of the “Ramusio Map” originally published at Venice in 1534. Over time he studied the map and the few-remaining originals (including spectroscopy of 16thC watermarks – see image) and identified the importance of this map in the history of cartography.

    Quarto, card covers, 33 pages with nine full page illustrations. An extremely interesting story and superb cartographic detective work. Ramusio refers to Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485-1557) who published Summario de la Generale Historia de l’Indie Occidentali, and the map I thought to have accompanied this work … but not copies of the book have been found with it and only three original copies of the map exist.

    Very good condition.

    The map is regarded as elegant in its simplicity. It is interesting that whilst it pre-dates the Abraham Ortelius map by fifty years … its geographical form is superior.

    A striking beautiful map from 1534 for the Ramusio … but was it?


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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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