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  • Prey (Fishing – Fly Tying and Exotic Lures) – Carl Richards

    Prey (Fishing – Fly Tying and Exotic Lures) – Carl Richards

    “designing and tying new imitations of fresh and saltwater forage foods”.

    Published by Lyons and Burford, New York in 1995 a first edition. Large octavo, 132 pages, nicely illustrated, some in colour.

    A special book for fly tyers and fisherman. A major part of the book is about the construction of saltwater prey imitations … sardines, shiners, sand lace, bonefish, crabs, shrimp, sea urchins … the art and skill involved in the process well described and much to be admired. We don’t fish but we love it!

    Prey much more than flies and bought plastic lures.


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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.


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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!


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  • George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Medal – 1968

    George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Medal – 1968

    George Bass, Surgeon and Explorer carried out two voyages to confirm the Bass Strait and the separation of Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land) from mainland Australia – known affectionately in Tasmania as “The Other Island”.

    First, in 1797 he set off in an open whaleboat with a crew of six. They sailed to Cape Howe at the farthest point of South-east Australia and, from there sailed west along the Gippsland coast to Western Point, at the entrance to Port Phillip. Observations of the rapid tide and long south-western swell supported his view that a large Strait lay in front of him.

    In 1798 he set out again, with Matthew Flinders in the sloop Norfolk and circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land. They visited the Derwent River which had previously been named by Captain John Hayes. On return to Sydney, Flinders promoted the naming of the Strait after Bass … the then Governor, John Hunter agreed.

    Bass’s later life was adventurous and possibly … likely … tragic, making the date of his death noted on the medal questionable.

    The medal was struck in 1968. It was produced by K.G. Luke & Sons, Melbourne for the Numismatic Association of Victoria. 160 examples were produced in this bronze form and a similar number in silver. 50mm in diameter, 48gms weight, with a high relief bust of Bass facing right, carrying his spyglass. On the reverse a delightful image of the whaleboat, the sloop Norfolk and the chart and route of the vessels, appropriately dated. Comes with its original blue case, with red velvet plush setting, gilt description top of lid, pop button release.

    Unusual medal to celebrate the achievements of George Bass


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  • Arthur Phillip – First Governor of New South Wales – Early Mezzotint c1790′s

    Arthur Phillip – First Governor of New South Wales – Early Mezzotint c1790′s

    A well-executed copper engraving using the mezzotint technique, of First Governor Arthur Phillip from the original German publication of his First Fleet Journal.

    Arthur Phillip (1738-1814) was appointed Governor designate of the new Colony to be formed in New South wales. His First Fleet arrived in January 1788 and he selected Port Jackson as the first settlement having decided Botany Bay was unsuitable. He returned to England in 1792 an was succeeded by John Hunter.

    Dimensions 20cm by 12cm with a strong plate impression an clear bold printing. Framed would make a nice library item for a First Fleet follower.

    Price $75.00 unframed.

    Nice historic image of Arthur Phillip.


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  • Topographical Maps – P.D.A. Harvey

    Topographical Maps – P.D.A. Harvey

    Full title … “The History of Topographical Maps – Symbols, Pictures and Surveys.

    Small quarto, a first edition published by Thames and Hudson, London in 1908. 199 Pages with 116 illustrations some in colour.

    The author Professor of Medieval History at Durham University and had previously been Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum.

    A super intriguing book which focuses on some rather are and obscure examples which makes stand out from more general book on cartography. Classical imagery in maps, bird’s-eye views, the Medieval approach .. with interesting images from Europe, the Far East and India. Surveys from the earliest scale-maps into 16th Century Europe … we love it.

    The dust jacket front image is from an 18th century atlas of the Kiangsi Province, China.

    Beautiful book with special high level content. A cartographers delight.



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