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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 Lanka as Taprobana a matter that has been disputed in some cartographic quarters.

    The island of Thule appears on the Eratosthenes map … an unsolved mystery. Some think it was Ireland or the Shetlands or an island off Norway. Unfortunately the Nazi’s spoilt the mystery somewhat by claiming it was the birthplace of their superior race.

    Price $125.00 unframed ….

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

    $125.00

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  • Original Watercolour – Lt Janvarin Grassie R.N. – New South Wales – 1876

    Original Watercolour – Lt Janvarin Grassie R.N. – New South Wales – 1876

    A delightful Australian School watercolour … a Woman Bathing by a Lake 32cm by 21cm. External frame dimensions. 50cm by 39cm. Lovely palette and a charming naivety.

    Matted and framed by upmarket London Picture Framers, Restorers and Guilder with their label on the back. Slight hints of age but still in very good condition.

    The artist date and location nicely noted lower left and right on the mat. Decorative lines drawn to mat with lovely choice of fill colouring.

    After reasonable research we have not come up with anything on the artist nor any obvious record in the Royal Navy.

    Nice Australian watercolour from the 1870’s – Artist named but little known about him.

    $590.00

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  • IMAGO MVUNDI (MUNDI) – Vol II –  A Periodical Review of Early Cartography – 1937 Review Copy

    IMAGO MVUNDI (MUNDI) – Vol II – A Periodical Review of Early Cartography – 1937 Review Copy

    The first volume of Imago Mundi had been published in Berlin in 1935. The founders were Leo Bagrow and Hans Wertheim. That year Wertheim left Germany escaping the horrible practices introduced against the Jews.

    Bagrow continued, finding a publisher in England, Henry Stevens and an English editor Edward Lynam. So was the beginning of the greatest journal on cartography.

    A scarce issue, more so a review copy with the charm of having many of the intended plates tipped into the document.

    Folio, softcover, 115 pages plus adverts. Eleven full page plates, three large and folding and many other plates images throughout the text. Covers browned somewhat, internally clean … a very good copy.

    Contents includes … From the Cosmos Picture to the World Map; Time Charts of Historical Cartography; The Evolution of Cartography in Japan; The “De Ventis” of Matthew Paris; Atlas by Vesconte Maggiolo 1518; The Booke of the Sea Carte; Kirlov the first Russian Atlas 1689-1737 etc. Numerous shorter articles including The Peking Map Collection; A Treasure Map etc

    Imago Mundi at the beginning – already the highest quality and curiosity

    $60.00

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  • More than Half a Century of Colonial Life (South Australia) – Henry Hussey

    More than Half a Century of Colonial Life (South Australia) – Henry Hussey

    Title continues … “and Christian Experience, with Notes of Travel, Lectures, Publications etc”

    Henry Hussey (1825-1902) was an Evangelist, Printer, Historian who recorded his life an travels and published the work in 1897. It is full of colonial detail on many subjects.

    The Adelaide’s Library Board selected the work for their magnificent facsimile series, published by them as no 203 in 1978.

    Octavo, 504 pages, bound in tan in their normal style. A fine copy.

    Interesting that the original was published by Hussey & Gillingham, Adelaide … the authors jointly owned business.

    Hussey emigrates to South Australia and recounts his early days; visits Launceston and Sydney. Has various occupations and commercial failures and “disasters”. Commenced business as a printer, distracted by gold discovery in Victoria; recommences business …saves the “Observer”. Travel to America via Tahiti and Panama with “incidents” … a tour Baptised at Bethany … to England and back home to Adelaide. A History of Sa … Secretary to Angus … etc

    A fine copy of a book about a fine man in fine times in Australia.

    $30.00

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  • The Journal of George Blaxland (Across the Blue Mountains) 1813 – Centenary Issue 1913

    The Journal of George Blaxland (Across the Blue Mountains) 1813 – Centenary Issue 1913

    Full title … “A Journal of a Tour of Discovery across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the Year 1813, by George Blaxland, with References and Explanatory Notes, Maps etc by Frank Walker – president Australian Historical Society.

    Octavo, original red cloth binding, 56 pages with the new illustrations to support the journal. Map of the Route Across the Mountains. Missing the front blank endpaper, someone has pasted maps inside rear board as reference. A little loose as usual, still a good to better copy.

    The first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans, an expedition led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth in 1813. All three wrote accounts, only Blaxland’s was published in 1823, in England. Early editions near impossible to come by.

    Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in the Blue Mountains …

    $60.00

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  • The Characters of Theophrastus – Isaac Taylor – 1831

    The Characters of Theophrastus – Isaac Taylor – 1831

    There is a suggestion of an earlier issue, which we cannot find. We believe first edition or first of type. Published by Valpy, London 1831.

    Small octavo, 159 pages with 50 engravings. Original half morocco binding over brown cloth covered boards, top edge gilt. Raised bands with bright gilt to spine. A little rubbing and fading contrast on rear board. Nice original end papers with book label of Victorian author Fanny Marryat (Married name Palliser). Very clean inside and a very good copy of a scarce and curious book

    Title continues … “illustrated by Physiognomical Sketches to which are Subjoined Hints on the Individual Varieties of Human Nature and General Remarks.”. Essentially a precursor to Phrenology.

    Starts with a biographical sketch of Theophrastus author of the earliest surviving character studies. Underlying translation from the original Greek to English. Originally thought to be done by Francis Howell but actually artist and writer Isaac Taylor … Preface signed “T”.

    Whatever we think of phrenology now .. it can be quite awkward, one cannot help agreeing with some of the suggestions. The “Impure” is surely a likeness of Harvey W.

    Theophrastus had a go at defining character types … the Victorians were curious … now politically incorrect.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $160.00

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