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  • The Tasman Map of 1644 – Mitchell Library – 1948  – Tom Perry’s Copy

    The Tasman Map of 1644 – Mitchell Library – 1948 – Tom Perry’s Copy

    A staple bound booklet of 31 pages produced by the Mitchell Library in 1948 .. a historical note and description of the manuscript map held in the Mitchell.

    Bound in hard boards, with persoanl library label to spine, over original textured cream soft wrappers, 31 pages, with 3 reproductions of or pertaining to the map one in colour. Australian cartographic expert Tom Perry’s personal copy … author of A Guide to Maps of Australia .. Landmarks in Map Making etc

    Excellent notes and the striking “comparison map” drawn by Geoffrey Ingleton from details provided by J Emery. A brief description of Tasman’s ships and a good write up on the map itself with excellent further references and selected bibliography at the time.

    Tasman’s Map in Summary

    $45.00

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  • Decorative Maps – Robert Bacon

    Decorative Maps – Robert Bacon

    A visual delight Robert Bacon’s book on some of the rarest and most beautiful maps ever created, starting with the Hereford Mappa Mundi.

    Folio size, softcover, perfect bound, published by Bracken Books, London in 1989. Jonathan Potter had a hand in it … well he would.

    Forty alternating plates and page narrative after a fine introduction by the compiler.

    Including the aforesaid map … Ptolemy Map of the World; Rotz – the Portlan Chart of South-East Asia; Saxton – Dorecestriae; Ortleious – the beautiful Pacific Map; Boazio – Isle of Wight … and the rest … they are all really super.

    Great selection very good images…

    $25.00

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  • A Journal of Magellan’s Voyage –  First Around the World – George Sanderlin

    A Journal of Magellan’s Voyage – First Around the World – George Sanderlin

    A first edition and published by Hamish Hamilton, London in 1966.

    Octavo, xxvi pages of preliminaries, Introduction etc, 188 pages with 12 super illustrations, sometimes double page including, charts and images of early globes. Pictorial boards matching the dust jacket design. All very good condition.

    Author George Sanderlin brings the Magellan voyage to life. A fair bit is derived from the first hand account of Antonio Pigfetta, a young nobleman who accompanied Magellan. Enhanced by select excerpts from contemporary logbooks, letters, memoirs etc. Maintaining a first person form throughout makes it a very readable and enjoyable work.

    At the rear a timetable of events which starts four years before the voyage highlighting the undercurrent of politics and subplots that surround Magellan’s contract with King Charles I of Spain to conduct the venture.

    The First ever Round the World – what an adventure … only if Magellan had made it!

    $35.00

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  • Printed Charts of Scandinavia – Map Collectors’ Circle – R.V. Tooley

    Printed Charts of Scandinavia – Map Collectors’ Circle – R.V. Tooley

    The Map Collectors’ Circle publication published Nos 70 and 71 by R.V. Tooley in 1971. Very good condition with T.M. Perry, Australian map expert’s stamp to each.

    Excellent work by the master Tooley in No 70 we have Part I comprising catalogue details of 297 maps and charts of northern delights on 28 pages plus 16 pages of rare map illustrations. Completing the exercise in No 71 – Part II Tooley expands the catalogue to 759 items, over another 32 pages, and adds another 10 pages of illustrations of map examples.

    Rare Northern Cold Climate Maps catalogued by Tooley.

    $40.00

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  • Mercator’s World – Anson’s Voyage

    Mercator’s World – Anson’s Voyage

    Volume 3 No 6 of Mercator’s World published in 1998.

    Our favourite features is “Victory at Sea – How George Anson Became Leader of the British Navy”. Having said that, we do not like the title as he became the “Father” of the Royal Navy for many reasons, albeit including the incredible circumnavigation and stealing of the Spanish gold, the story of this feature.

    An eight page article nicely illustrated, mostly from images and maps out of the official account. The charming engraving “England’s glory. Wagons heading into the Tower of London with the Spanish treasure” is a very rare engraving the originator unknown.

    Provides fresh insight into the voyage particularly as you would expect concerning the charts and the route taken and the mistakes made and bad luck encountered. It is a lesson in the difficulties had before the problem of the longitude was solved by Harrison’s chronometer.

    Other articles include quite a bit on underwater surveying … Davy Jones Locker etc and Portlan reflection a good one on early sea charts.

    Mercator’s ideas and views on the Anson Voyage.

    $24.00

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  • The Cruise of Her Majesty’s Ship “Challenger” – William J.J. Spry – 1877

    The Cruise of Her Majesty’s Ship “Challenger” – William J.J. Spry – 1877

    An 1877 second edition of William James Joseph Spry’s book about the Challenger Expedition, the most important and certainly largest 19th Century Scientific Expedition.

    Published by Sampson Low etc London. This is the larger format of the work. Octavo, 388 pages with 46 black and white illustrations and large folding chart showing the track and activities of H.M.S. Challenger. Original binding in good condition, albeit an inoffensive ink mark to the front edge, gilt design to front , and titles design to spine bright and fresh. A very good copy of this desirable work.

    Written as a journal, it reads very well. We progress from England to Lisbon and Gibraltar and on to the Canary Islands. Across to the West indies, then on to the Azores and south to St Paul’s Rock, Tristan d’Acuhna and the Cape. Then south towards the Antarctic Circle and the Crozet, Kerguelen and Heard Islands and some tricky manoeuvring when in among the icebergs with storms around. To Melbourne, Sydney and Wellington, New Zealand. Out into the Pacific to Fiji, New Hebrides and back to Cape York and through to the Moluccas. Up to Japan and eventually back east across the Pacific round the Horn and home. Dredging and measuring all the way in a manner never repeated .. but with plenty of interesting remarks about the land and the people along the way.

    Challenger gave its name to the deepest Ocean and the best means of space travel.

    $190.00

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