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  • Down Channel – McMullen

    Down Channel – McMullen

    This is a 1931 third edition of the classic Victorian sailing account by Richard Turrell McMullen. First published in 1869.

    Recognised as one of the first true leisure sailing books and not your polished deck type. Described as a virile record of incidents and operations of sailing in small craft in all weathers and under all condition. With a special introduction by Dixon Kemp and a biographical foreword by Arthur Ransome.

    Published by George Allen, Octavo, 418 pages well illustrated, including four fold out charts and fold out plans of the vessel Procyon. Rare to find it in its dust jacket albeit with a couple of marks to front … done a good job protecting the book which is in very good condition.

    McMullen sailed a number of vessels during his time and the book takes us chronologically through Leo; Sirius; Orion and the experimental Procyon. Super writing entertaining and informative.

    McMullen an early treasure of a pleasure sailor

    $50.00

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  • An Account of the Discoveries Made in the South Pacific Ocean – Alexander Dalrymple

    An Account of the Discoveries Made in the South Pacific Ocean – Alexander Dalrymple

    A quality production, Number 3 in the Australian Maritime Series published by Hordern House, Sydney.

    A Limited edition of 950 copies hand bound in midnight blue Scottish calf with marbled papered boards. Designed by Margo Snape.

    Octavo, 103 pages plus portrait frontispiece, six folding plates and folding map at rear. All in very good condition.

    First published in 1767 one of the rarest accounts. First time reissued faithfully reproduced.

    The original account used as a reference on the Endeavour and mentioned by Banks and Cook.

    Dalrymple lead Cook to Australia

    $130.00

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  • History of Cartography – Bagrow and Skelton

    History of Cartography – Bagrow and Skelton

    A first edition of the Skelton edited and expanded work of Leo Bagrow first published in German in 1951. Bagrow a passionate historian of cartography had died in 1957. Perry’s copy with his signature on the front end paper. Skelton was in charge of the Map Room at the British Museum … not a bad job!

    Published by Watts, London in 1964. Quarto, 312 pages printed on thick paper so more substantial than it sounds … a solid book. Numerous appropriate illustrations. Regarded as a classic of the subject. A heavy book which will require a postage supplement for Overseas.

    Starts with some discussion on the maps of primitive people then the ancient world. Christian and Islamic developments in the Middle Ages. Mediaeval sea charts and the development of the world map. Ptolemy and the Renaissance or rather their use of Ptolemy, who dies a little earlier. Printed maps and the age of Discovery … etc. Nicely done … lists of cartographers, bibliography etc

    Serious Cartographic History – Perry’s Copy

    $80.00

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  • Joan Blaeu and his Grand Atlas – C Koeman -1970

    Joan Blaeu and his Grand Atlas – C Koeman -1970

    The publisher the esteemed Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd, Amsterdam had produced an outstanding facsimile of Le Grand Atlas of 1663. This work by distinguished Professor of Cartography at Utrecht, Dr Ir. C. Koeman serves as an excellent introduction the background and making of this never bettered work.

    Octavo, 144 pages plus index. First printing 1970. Nicely illustrated. This is the hardback edition, which seems much more difficult to come by. No jacket as published with a faux vellum covering to the boards illustrated in git and blue. Very good condition.

    Starting with a biography of Joan Blaeu, the printing house and cartographical institute. The origin of the Atlas and its growth … the Atlas Maior; the content of the Grand Atlas and the consequences of the fire of 1672.

    The book to gain an understanding of the Blaeu Grand Atlas

    $60.00

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  • The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    First edition published by W.H. Allen, London in 1869. Large octavo, 487 pages bound in original decorated blue cloth covered boards, professionally re-cased. Carries an original laid-down oval photograph of Prince Alfred., the Duke of Edinburgh and Captain of the Galatea, attributed to the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, Regent Street. Illustrated with eleven super chromolithographs, illustrations in the text and a large folding map at the rear. Re-cased and in good condition. Rare in the original binding. Some foxing, in the ends and on pages around the plates.

    An interesting circumnavigation and a strong Australian focus. Eight of the twelve chapters relate to Australia, visiting South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Unfortunately, when in Sydney Prince Alfred was shot in the back by Henry O’Farrell, who claimed to be a Fenian but was really just a crazy man. The Prince survived. The events were the first Royal visit to Australia and the first assassination attempt! Alfred got out and about on his visits and the narrative is pretty interesting in all locations.

    Prior to Australia the Galatea called in at Gibraltar, Malta, Rio and Voyager favourite South Atlantic Island group Tristan d’Acunha of which thirty pages are devoted. Then to the Cape of Good Hope and an extraordinary elephant hunt.

    Prince Alfred was the second son and fourth child of Victoria and Albert. He became a highly regarded naval officer. He was given the command of HMS Galatea a 36 gun Ariadne Class frigate in 1866 after it had been re-fitted. He eventually became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

    $290.00

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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 …

    $60.00

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