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  • Voyages of the Dutch Brig of War Dourga, Through the Southern and Little-Known Parts of the Moluccan Archipelago, and along the previously unknown southern coast of New Guinea, Performed during the Years 1825 & 1826. – Lieutenant D.H. Kolff – Translated by G. W Earl.

    A first English edition published by James Madden & Co, London 1840.

    A quite unusual copy of an unusual voyages book. Octavo, 365 pages after preliminaries, including author’s introduction and translator’s preface. Ex Dundee Free Library (long defunct) with their occasional stamp. Rebound in an extravagant relevant style with batik covered boards, black cloth spine with separate gilt titled red leather label. Carries the two important maps, one as frontispiece and one double page (attributed to G.W. Earl) after the preface. A little spotting to maps and title, generally very clean inside. A very good copy accepting those limitations.

    Dirk Hendrik Koff (1800-1843) was a high achieving and decorated Dutch naval officer. Joining the navy at 14 first in the West and then the East Indies. At 17 he was fighting pirates in and around Java and soon given the command of a gunboat. By the age of 22 he was promoted to onshore bureaucracy. Sonne tired of that he was given the command of the Douraga in which he would make this exploratory voyage. Hailed a success (the Dutch would annex what is now Iryan Jaya two years later) he received the gold medal by King William II in the Netherlands.

    The translator George Windsor Earl (1813-1865) was active in the region and in particular northern parts of Australia. His rare book on the establishment at Melville Island is a worthy read. He is attributed with coining the term “Indu-nesian”

    $290.00

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  • Nova Guinea et In Salomons – 1612 – Published by Henry Laurentz for Bertius engraved by Peter Van den Keere.

    Nova Guinea et In Salomons – 1612 – Published by Henry Laurentz for Bertius engraved by Peter Van den Keere.

    One of the earliest maps of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. First published in 1598 by Cornelis Claesz in the Langes … Caert-Thresoor and is then issued in the Bertius Tabularum Geographicarum around 1600. This example, with the latinised name of the engraver as Petrus Kaeris clearly seen in the decorative cartouche, published in “Petri Bertii geographischer eyn oder zusammengeezonger tabeln” by Henry Laurentz in Frankfurt in 1612. Refer expert Geoffrey King page 82.

    Finely engraved, very good condition, measuring 13cm by 9 cm. Only the northern coastline of New Guinea is shown, but in some detail … the south waiting nearly a further three centuries to be properly charted. Interesting to compare the Solomon Islands with that depicted by Mallet some seventy years later.

    The Latin text in the body of the map is of interest. New Guinea being the “sailors” name for the land … also know as the Land of the Bird-of Paradise (“Terra de Piccinacoli”). Similarities with Africa and a land likely of continental proportions. Interestingly, a further development and re-engraving of this map in 1616 included a hint of Australia in the southern regions.

    Price $290.00 unframed

    A key maps for New Guinea and Solomon Islands collectors.

    $290.00

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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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  • Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    Eastern Hemisphere with Australia – La Division de Nostre Ocean – Philippe Briet – 1648

    A scarce early copper engraved map of the eastern hemisphere with an outline of Northern Australia from the Dutch understanding.

    Published in Paris in 1648. The cartographer was Philippe Briet (1601-1668) also know as Philippus Brietius. He was a Jesuit scholar, historian and cartographer.

    Uncommon, with a good dark impression. Text on reverse with some show through as usual. Very good condition. Size 19cm by 14.5 cm in the printed area. Uncoloured as it should be.

    As well as Terre Australe there are a number of other cartographic features of interest including, Korea shown as an island, Africa has a large Lake Zaire, Sri Lanka is named Zailan an early Arabic name for the island. The ranges across Asia, east to west and down into the Himalayan region are the only mountain features shown. Note the sea between Java / Timor and Australia is named “Lanchidol” a curiosity explored by Donaldson in his paper “In Search of a Sea: the Origins of the Name Mare Lanchidol” published by the Australian Association for Maritime History” well worth the read …

    Scarce Mid 17thC Map with Terre Australe … a real historic beauty.

    $390.00

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  • Map of Bengal – Petrus Bertius – 1602

    Map of Bengal – Petrus Bertius – 1602

    An original and delightful miniature copper engraved map of “Bengala” by the great geographer Bertius published in the Latin edition of his miniature atlas of 1602. The engraving were carried out by Jocodus Hondius.

    The decorative map show the Bay of Bengal the main towns, surrounding hills and the rivers coming down to the delta including the sacred River Ganges. A special little map fro lover of the region.

    Price $90.00unframed or $220.00 framed in typical Voyager style with lavish gilt surround

    The Mystery of Bengal Over 400 Year old

    $90.00

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  • Map of the Middle East – Isaak Tirion – 1732

    Map of the Middle East – Isaak Tirion – 1732

    An original copper engraved map by Dutch cartographer Isaak Tirion (1705-1765) of the broader Middle East. Published in Amsterdam and dated in the plate 1732.

    Very good original condition with centrefold as issued. Relief shown for all mountainous regions. Incredible detail throughout with many historical references. An extensive map taking in the whole of the area between the Red Sea, The Gulf, The Black Sea and the Caspian.

    34cm by 26cm with borders to top and bottom, narrow at the sides. A good very clean example of a rare and detailed map.

    Tirion produced several Atlases and Dutch town plans. Some suggest that his maps were based on those of Guillaume de L’isle although we see them as being much more detailed than de L’ísle’s standard.

    Price $190.00 unframed

    One of the best 18th Century Maps of the Region

    $190.00

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