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Tasmania – Van Diemen’s Land

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  • Early Map of South West Tasmania – Carte de la Terra Van-Diemen – Cook and Benard – Published Paris 1777

    Early Map of South West Tasmania – Carte de la Terra Van-Diemen – Cook and Benard – Published Paris 1777

    An original copper engraved 18th century map from the French version of Cook’s Second Voyage depicting South East Tasmania. Very good condition, fold as issued and 35cm by 22cm to the printed area.

    This map was drawn up after the discovery of Adventure Bay, on Bruny Island, by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773. The track shown is that of Furneaux’s vessel the Adventure

    It was not until 1792 when Bruni d’Entrecasteaux found the channel that was to separate Bruny Island. Other irregularities appear on this map Cape Frederick Henry (now Cape Queen Elizabeth) is technically misplaced as Furneaux believed incorrectly he was just south of Tasman’s Fredrick Henriex Bay.

    Also, we have the Tasman Peninsula incorrectly named Isles Maria.

    We particularly like the reference to Mewstone, Pedro Blanco (after the China Seas Island and one of the few remaining Portuguese names) and Eddystone, which was named by Cook after the Eddystone Lighthouse in England.

    The three coastal profiles are delightful on close inspection – a view along Cape Meridional; A view of Cape Cannelee, with Penguin Island to the right and the hint of Adventure Bay and a view of the island group from south of the Mewstone.

    Tooley reference Map T346 and included in the Australian National Collection reference 2820776

    Price $290.00 unframed … if you want framing suggestions let us know.

    Early and interesting map of South East Tasmania

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    $290.00

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  • Tallis Atlas in Facsimile  – The Illustrated Atlas of the  Nineteenth Century World – Original Editor Montgomery Martin

    Tallis Atlas in Facsimile – The Illustrated Atlas of the Nineteenth Century World – Original Editor Montgomery Martin

    Large folio, published by Studio Editions, London.

    A fine facsimile, originally published circa 1854. 1797 pages with coloured maps and text alternating. I very good near new condition. A heavy book which may require a postage supplement depending on the location of the buyer.

    The Tallis Maps represent the last Atlas produced with beautifully decorative illustrated maps. to a degree they are of a unique style

    Given the era in which these maps were originally produced those of Australia and Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land), New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia are of particular historical interest.

    Good introduction from the qualified Jonathan Potter.

    The Tallis Maps – All of Them

    $60.00

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  • Van Dieman’s Land –  Cartographer John Dower – 1836

    Van Dieman’s Land – Cartographer John Dower – 1836

    An original map of Tasmania or Van-Diemans Land, drawn and engraved by John Dower published in London in the 1830’s. Note the misspelling “Dieman’s”. This is a very early version of the Dower map published by Orr & Smith of Paternoster Row, London. Engraved area 26cm by 21cm. Very good condition, clean and bright colouring. Refer Tooley Printed Maps of Tasmania number 196.

    This map was first published in 1831. In this updated version Lake St Clair is added. And bottom left the following note … Population 31,718; Capitol(sic) Hobart Town; The estimated average importation of Convicts into Van Dieman’s Land is 1,709 per Annum.

    Much of the terrain to the west half remains unexplored. A number of interesting features can be found in the detail. Above the “rocky and barren shore” below Rocky Point in the west we see “White topped mountains apparently granite”, north of which are “Higher and less barren hills”. Travelling north from Hobart Town are a string of pubs … The Stokell Inn, Crown Inn, Swan Inn, Ransome Inn, Lovely Bank Inn, New Inn, Sorrell Spring Inn, Stockers In and on to Launceston. Whilst known high ground is shown with hachures certain peaks are estimated … Ben Lomond 4,200 feet, Peak of Teneriffe 4,500 feet, interestingly not Mt Wellington.

    John Dower (1791-1847) was a quality map maker, print seller and publisher based in London. He worked with many prominent map makers of the time including Weller, Cassell, Bacon and Petermann.

    Price $220.00 unframed

    Earlier scarce Dower Map of Tasmania c1836

    $220.00

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  • The Printed Maps of Tasmania 1642-1900 – R.V. Tooley – Strictly Limited Edition

    The Printed Maps of Tasmania 1642-1900 – R.V. Tooley – Strictly Limited Edition

    Published by Francis Edwards, Marylebone High Street, London in 1975. Large octavo, original blue cloth, 88 pages of narrative followed by 49 plates of example maps referenced in the narrative.

    The definitive book and a limited edition of only 370 copies making it pretty scarce when you think about how many map collectors there are out there.

    Divided into … the Dutch Period; the French
    Influence; Printed maps of Tasmania and its Parts; Inset maps of Tasmania …in total 530 defined items.

    Tooley the ever-lasting reference

    $140.00

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  • Tasman’s Journal – Fine Facsimile – Strictly Limited

    Abel Janszoon Tasman’s Journal of His Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land and New Zealand in 1642, with Documents Relating to His Exploration of Australia in 1644, Amsterdam 1898.

    Reprinted in facsimile, Los Angeles, 1965. A large folio of Tasman’s illustrated journal with an English translation and five folding maps in an end pocket. Complete and in fine condition. Edition limited to 225 copies and as a result scarce and collectable. This copy as fine a condition as you will find.

    Tasman’s Journal a rare and fine facsimile – The Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land

    Not this is a very large and heavy volume and may require a postagae supplement on billing dependent on location … we will be helpful

    $790.00

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  • The Voyage of the Brig Mercury – Including Maria’s Islands near Van Diemen’s Land

    The Voyage of the Brig Mercury – Including Maria’s Islands near Van Diemen’s Land

    Full title … Observations and Remarks made during a Voyage to the Islands of Tenerife, Amsterdam, Maria’s Islands near Van Diemen’s Land; Otaheite, Sandwich Islands, Owhyhee, the Fox Islands on the North West Coast of America, Tinian, and then to Canton, in the Brig Mercury, Commanded by John Henry Cox …

    Illustrated with a Sketch of the Island of Amsterdam, a Plan of Oyster Harbour at the Maria Islands, with some views of the Land; a Curious Medal; and a Club accurately engraved.

    Originally published for the author Lieutenant George Mortimer of the Marines, T Cadell in the Strand et al. in 1792.

    This fine facsimile published by Israel, Amsterdam in 1975. Small quarto, 73 pages with the charts faithfully reproduced. A clean crisp copy.

    The original account of this voyage difficult near impossible to obtain. Mortimer suggests that the Voyage was chiefly undertaken from motives of curiosity by Mr Cox, the fur trade on the North West Coast of America was the ultimate objective.

    Mortimer’s narrative is a pleasing and easily read account. The visit to Amsterdam Island well to the South in the Indian Ocean, nearly Antarctic, is important to cold weather island enthusiasts. Cox had planned to call in at Adventure Bay in Van Diemen’s Land but missed it and ended up at Maria’s Island … he named Oyster Bay and the charts produced is of historical value. The progression across the Pacific to the North west Coast of America has unique elements and interesting encounters with Russians in the locale.

    Mortimer on Cox’s Voyage .. important Tasmanian content

    $60.00

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