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  • Schoolhouse in the Sky – Sir Edmund Hillary

    Schoolhouse in the Sky – Sir Edmund Hillary

    Published by Hodder in 1964.

    Sir Edmund Hillary returns to the Himalayas in 1963 to fulfil a promise to assist the Sherpa community. Also the assaults on Taweche and Kangtega two unclimbed peaks.

    A remarkable book … more than climbing

    $40.00

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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!

    $340.00

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  • Bowhead Whale – 1793 (Balaena Mysticetus) – Shaw and Nodder

    Bowhead Whale – 1793 (Balaena Mysticetus) – Shaw and Nodder

    The Bowhead Whale then known variously as the Great Northern Whale, Toothless Whale, Greenland Whale, Artic Whale etc etc. They grow up to 18 metres and 100 tonnes and have no dorsal fin. It has the largest mouth of any animal. Whilst once endangered a moratorium in 1966 has saved the species which is now no longer under threat.

    Copper engraved and hand coloured by Shaw & Nodder and published in London on 1st March 1793 (marked in the plate). Shaw was in charge of the Natural History Department at the British Museum. Frederick Nodder was a natural history artist and worked for Banks on his Florilegium.

    Framed in Voyager Natural History style within black cored cream mat and beaded gilt frame.

    Early Whale Engraving in fine condition … click on the image to see all my whaliness! … hmmuuuueooowmh

    $240.00

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  • Mozambique Island – Bertius -1603

    Mozambique Island – Bertius -1603

    One of the most striking and coveted island maps from the early 17th Century – Insulae & Ars Mozambique.

    Engraved by Pieter van den Keere for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1603 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”

    Framed in Voyager miniature map style within gilt fillet, burgundy mat and beaded gilt frame. Enquire for price on unframed map.

    Click on me to see all my cartographic loveliness!

    $340.00

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  • The Cruise of the Kawa – Wanderings in the South Seas – Walter Traprock – First Edition 1921 – Nicely Signed and Inscribed

    The Cruise of the Kawa – Wanderings in the South Seas – Walter Traprock – First Edition 1921 – Nicely Signed and Inscribed

    A First Edition 1921 in New York by Putnam’s.

    George Chappell wrote under the pseudonym Walter Traprock. This is a hilarious parody of the romanticism of the South Seas. Traprock discovers the Filbert Islands. Ridiculous photographs feature various volunteers including Putnam himself all posing as “en jungle” in a New York studio. Regraded as a work of genius and hailed by Howgego the guru of fanciful adventure writing. This one nicely signed by the author.

    Other books by Traprock (Cgappell) include .. How to Explore and What; Crazy With Tahiti; Around Russia on Roller Skates and Curry-Dishes for Moderate Incomes … we like him

    Do not use this to find the Filbert Islands

    $130.00

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  • Rondoy – An Expedition in the Peruvian Andes – David Wall – First 1965

    Rondoy – An Expedition in the Peruvian Andes – David Wall – First 1965

    Published by John Murray, London. A very good copy of a special climbing book.

    The LSE expedition to climb 19,300 foot Rondoy in the Peruvian Andes in 1963. Bebbington (the leader) and Sadler lost their lives. A well told and emotional story with special photographs of the breath-taking Mountain scenery.

    Exceptional Climb

    $40.00

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