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  • French Explorers Maps of New Zealand – Hargreaves

    French Explorers Maps of New Zealand – Hargreaves

    The Map Collectors’ Circle publication published in 1964 No 32 by R.P. Hargreaves who was senior lecturer in geography at Otago University.

    Excellently researched and documented by the author under the watchful eye of Editor in Chief the one only R.V. Tooley.

    Usual small quarto perfect bound softcover comprising 16 pages of a good introduction and reference catalogue followed by 14 pages of plates.

    New Zealand the sizeable French contribution to its mapping.


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  • Kauri Gum Hair Pieces – Late 19thC early 20thC

    Kauri Gum Hair Pieces – Late 19thC early 20thC

    Rare and unusual outside museums. See example only at the Kauri Museum, Metakohe, New Zealand.

    The Kauri Pine associated with New Zealand and Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The trees were harvested in North Island New Zealand for boat building and along with that its unusual gum was collected. At one time Kauri gum was Aukland’s biggest export. Over harvesting almost killed them off and now they are protected.

    One of the oddest uses was the making of blonde simulated hair. This was dome by placing a piece of gum onto a heated plate. After a few second it was slowly lifted off. Fine strands formed as the gum was taken away. While still warm this could be arranged or plaited into this mock hair style. If become fragile another reason why examples are hard to come across.

    Several groups in a shed made display cabinet approximately 44cm wide.

    A postage supplement may be required dependent of any buyers location … don’t be shy ask us to quote best rates.

    One of the most unusual curiosities we have ever sold – Kauri Gum Hair


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  • Map of the Pacific Ocean – 1747 Cartographer – Bellin

    Map of the Pacific Ocean – 1747 Cartographer – Bellin

    A nice early map of the Pacific (“La Grande Mer du Sud”) engraved in copper by Cosmant from the cartographer Bellin strictly after a map by Herman Moll for Dampier.

    Tropical trade winds are shown based on Halley’s 17th century wind map.

    One can see why his work became an essential reference for future explorers – Cook included. Interesting features such as the pre-Cook form of New Holland, California shown as an island and in the bottom right the Isles of Juan Fernando where Dampier was to maroon Alexander Selkirk of Robinson Crusoe fame.

    Price framed in a charcoal black frame and a cream mat board with black core. Please ask if you would like this item unframed.

    1747 Century Map of the Pacific – Fine condition … Click on me to see the full map!


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