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  • Gold-Dust and Ashes – Ion Idriess – 1935 Edition

    Gold-Dust and Ashes – Ion Idriess – 1935 Edition

    The Romantic Story of the New Guinea Goldfields

    First published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1933 this is an eighth edition (still early) 1955.

    Octavo, 285 pages plus Idriess catalogue. Endpaper maps and nicely illustrated with period photographs. Very good dust jacket. Spotting to page edges and occasionally in text. A very good copy of this pre war edition.

    Ion Idriess’s great book about the early New Guinea Goldfields of Bulolo, Wau and Edie Creek.

    One of the must have books in the PNG list.

    Gold- Dust it is!

    $80.00

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  • Early Thematic Mapping in the History of Cartography – Robinson (Perry’s Copy)

    Early Thematic Mapping in the History of Cartography – Robinson (Perry’s Copy)

    A first edition published by the University of Chicago Press in 1982.

    Small quarto, 266 pages nicely illustrated as you would expect with the subject. Very good if not fine condition.

    Published map expert Perry’s copy with his name neatly written on the end papers.

    The author Arthur H Robinson was the Professor of cartography at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He published several works on the broader subject.

    Following a good “Guide to Notes, references and Illustrations” we have chapters on the Appearance of the First Thematic Maps; the New world and a New outlook; Single Maps and Thematic atlases; the Physical World; Maps of people and Their activities; the Social environment etc.

    What makes this book special is the understanding of the development and scope of thematic cartography before the digital age … maybe we have lost something despite the obvious ease ..

    Thematic maps … they inform and make you think

    $45.00

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  • Tropical Africa – Henry Drummond – First Ed 1888

    Tropical Africa – Henry Drummond – First Ed 1888

    Published by Hodder and Stoughton London 1888, a first edition.

    Octavo, 228 pages, bound in the original red cloth with coated black end papers. Gilt lettering to spine and an gilt insect stamped on the front board. Illustrated with 4 excellent coloured folding maps, all in fine condition, as well as several wood engravings. Covers a trifle aged internally very clean a very good copy

    Scottish born Henry Drummond (1851-1897) was educated at Edinburgh University. He became a lecturer in Natural Science at the Free Church College. In 1880 he Became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposers included Lord Kelvin and Archibald Geikie. In 1883 he was invited by the African Lakes Company to conduct an expedition and study in Central Africa. From that effort this book was published in 1888.

    Contents include chapters on the River Zambesi and Shire; Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa; the country and people of Central Africa; travelling on the Nyassa-Tanganyika Plateau; a study of Africa insects, geology and some political commentary. A most useful and interesting digest.

    The four excellent maps include the Author’s route; a Slave Trade map (sadly there was a lot of it); a Geological sketch map and a Political Map showing European claims compared with Agreements … surprisingly different.

    $80.00

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  • A.E. Nordenskiold Facsimile-Atlas

    A.E. Nordenskiold Facsimile-Atlas

    A facsimile of the original Atlas published first in English in Stockholm in 1889. Translated then from Swedish by Johan Ekelof and the great Clements Markham

    The original author an adventurer and explorer was part of the great Nordenskiold family with the discovery of the North-west passage and new area of the Antarctic among their conquests.

    This facsimile is large folio (40cm by 28cm), soft cover, published by Dover, New York in 1973. 141 pages plus 51 pages of mainly double page map reproductions. Very good condition.

    A unique item concentrating on the mots important maps of the 15th and 16th Century.

    Dealing with the geographical Atlas of Ptolemy; Pseudo Ptolemy editions; other Ancient maps; the first maps of the New world and newly discovered parts of Africa and Asia; Terrestrial Globes … the transition to the modern period … Jacopo Gastaldi, Philip Apianus, Abraham Ortelius, Mercator.

    Special Cartographic work by Nordenskiold – Special Detail.

    $70.00

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  • History of Cartography – Bagrow and Skelton

    History of Cartography – Bagrow and Skelton

    A first edition of the Skelton edited and expanded work of Leo Bagrow first published in German in 1951. Bagrow a passionate historian of cartography had died in 1957. Perry’s copy with his signature on the front end paper. Skelton was in charge of the Map Room at the British Museum … not a bad job!

    Published by Watts, London in 1964. Quarto, 312 pages printed on thick paper so more substantial than it sounds … a solid book. Numerous appropriate illustrations. Regarded as a classic of the subject. A heavy book which will require a postage supplement for Overseas.

    Starts with some discussion on the maps of primitive people then the ancient world. Christian and Islamic developments in the Middle Ages. Mediaeval sea charts and the development of the world map. Ptolemy and the Renaissance or rather their use of Ptolemy, who dies a little earlier. Printed maps and the age of Discovery … etc. Nicely done … lists of cartographers, bibliography etc

    Serious Cartographic History – Perry’s Copy

    $80.00

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  • The Eastern Archipelago – Adams – First Edition 1880

    The Eastern Archipelago – Adams – First Edition 1880

    … A description of the Scenery, Animal and Vegetable Life, People, and Physical Wonders of the Islands in the Easter Sea.

    Published by Nelson, London in 1880 a first edition. Octavo, 576 pages with 60 illustrations, many full page including a map. All page edges gilt with a beautiful decorated cover, a very good copy indeed.

    With the success of Wallace’s Malay Archipelago there was heightened interest in the islands of the East Indies. Prolific writer William Henry Davenport Adams saw an opportunity and compiled this easily read informative book on the region. Takes in Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Timor, Celebes, Sarawak, the Moluccas, New Guinea, Papua and the Philippines.

    Special book on the East – striking covers

    $120.00

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