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  • Systemes Geographiques de Ptoloemee, de Strabon et d’Eratosthene – Malte Brun c1826

    Systemes Geographiques de Ptoloemee, de Strabon et d’Eratosthene – Malte Brun c1826

    Original engraved map from Malte Brun’s Atlas of the Ancient Greek geographers Ptolemy, Strabo and Eratosthenes. The then known World.

    32cm by 24cm partially coloured in outline. A good example on strong wove paper, the odd mark around the bottom border, generally clean and bright.

    Conrad Malte Brun (1755-1826) a major Danish born cartographer who worked out of France during his professional life. This example was drawn by Bovinel Giraldon and engrave by Jean Baptiste Marie Chamouin, individuals who worked for Malte Brun early in the 19th Century. After his death his son went on publishing the maps for a number of years making the precise year in which the map was made difficult to determine.

    The Ptolemy map takes pride of place, being regarded as more accurate and informative. We particularly like the naming of Sri Lank as Taprobana a matter that has been disputed in some cartographic quarters

    Price $125.00 unframed ….

    The World as it was thought to be by the Greek scholars.


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  • Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    A scarce early copper engraved map of the eastern hemisphere with an outline of Northern Australia from the Dutch understanding.

    Published in Paris in 1648. The cartographer was Philippe Briet (1601-1668) also know as Philippus Brietius. He was a Jesuit scholar, historian and cartographer.

    Uncommon, with a good dark impression. Text on reverse with some show through as usual. Very good condition. Size 19cm by 14.5 cm in the printed area. Uncoloured as it should be.

    As well as Terre Australe there are a number of other cartographic features of interest including, Korea shown as an island, Africa has a large Lake Zaire, Sri Lanka is named Zailan an early Arabic name for the island. The ranges across Asia, east to west and down into the Himalayan region are the only mountain features shown. Note the sea between Java / Timor and Australia is named “Lanchidol” a curiosity explored by Donaldson in his paper “In Search of a Sea: the Origins of the Name Mare Lanchidol” published by the Australian Association for Maritime History” well worth the read …

    Scarce Mid 17thC Map with Terre Australe … a real historic beauty.


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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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  • Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    We love this 110 page brochure advertising Thomas Cook’s tours in the style of Poirot and Death on the Nile.

    It would take us a week to explain the depth of information, photographs, maps, intricate details of each of the numerous vessels with photos of the cabins, saloons etc. End paper maps and layout of each of the vessels.

    Very good condition albeit some pencil annotations of a planned holiday – luck bastards!

    Comprehensive view of Egypt and Palestine in the 1920’s


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  • A Journey Through Central and Eastern Arabia – Palgrave 1869

    A Journey Through Central and Eastern Arabia – Palgrave 1869

    Full title … “Personal Narrative of a Year’s Journey through Central and eastern Arabia by William Gifford Palgrave.

    This is the first one volume edition published by Macmillan, London in 1869. The first edition in two volumes having been published in 1865.

    Large octavo, 422 pages after preliminaries with vignette portrait on the title page plus a large coloured folding map and four folding plans. Striking gilt pictorial covers slightly aged a trifle shaken, still an excellent copy. Carries the name plate of Edward Charles Stirling one of Australia’s greatest all round scientists of the era.

    A special book. Palgrave’s narrative of the first recorded west-east crossing of the Arabian Peninsula, from Ma’an in Sothern Jordan to the Gulf. Palgrave disguised himself as a Syrian doctor and took on the name Selim Abu Mahmoud al’Eis. He journeyed for thirteen months and took in Ha’yel, Bereydah, Riad, Hothoof, Kateef, then on to Bahrain and Qatar and Muscat and Oman places little understood in the west at that time. Palgrave was sponsored by the French (Napoleon III) partly to investigate the potential trade in Arabian horses and cotton.

    The vignette portrait was engraved by Feens from a medallion by Woolner. The hand tinted map was engraved by J. Sulzer and colour coded, defining the Sultan of Shomar; the Sultan of Wahhabee; Sultan of Oman etc. The plans are of Hayel, Riad, Hothoof and the Palace at Riad.

    The first owner Sir Edward Charles Sterling was a leading figure in South Australia. He was a surgeon, physiologist, anthropologist, palaeontologist and legislator … quite a man. Educated at St Peters College, Adelaide and then on to Trinity Cambridge (another one!) became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1874, a fellow of the Royal Society (the World’s Greatest Club) in 1893 and then knighted. He was the first Professor of Physiology at Adelaide University … took part in the important Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia as Medical Officer and anthropologist … he wrote some of the better papers. He also had time to reconstruct fossils of the giant extinct marsupial wombat and collect rare marsupial moles in the outback. On retirement he developed one of Australia’s most admired private gardens being a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society … a good life.

    Important Middle Eastern travel account – prestigious owner


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  • Map of the Middle East – Isaak Tirion – 1732

    Map of the Middle East – Isaak Tirion – 1732

    An original copper engraved map by Dutch cartographer Isaak Tirion (1705-1765) of the broader Middle East. Published in Amsterdam and dated in the plate 1732.

    Very good original condition with centrefold as issued. Relief shown for all mountainous regions. Incredible detail throughout with many historical references. An extensive map taking in the whole of the area between the Red Sea, The Gulf, The Black Sea and the Caspian.

    34cm by 26cm with borders to top and bottom, narrow at the sides. A good very clean example of a rare and detailed map.

    Tirion produced several Atlases and Dutch town plans. Some suggest that his maps were based on those of Guillaume de L’isle although we see them as being much more detailed than de L’ísle’s standard.

    Price $190.00 unframed

    One of the best 18th Century Maps of the Region


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