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[An English mid-Victorian table globe] A Terrestrial Globe Compiled from the latest & Most Authentic Sources, Including all the recent Geographical Discoveries. London, c.1870. Printed globe, 12" diameter (305mm), on three-legged, wooden stand, brass meridian and horizon with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, total height 18" (460mm), A few small signs of wear.
A fine table globe, marking James Clark Ross's discoveries in Antarctica (1841), 'The United States of Colombia' (1861-88) and Alaska as part of the United States (1867).
including VAT ($9,030 • €8,260 rates)
SCANDIANESE, Tito Giovanni.
[An Italian poem about hunting, illustrated with Ludovico Dolce's world map] I Quattro Libri della Caccia. [Bound with] La Sfera di Proclo. Venice: Gabriel Giolito et Fratelli, 1556, First Edition. 4to, contemporary limp vellum; pp. 164 + 20, 16 woodcut vignettes with other woodcut deorations. [&] pp. 23, title with woocut illustration, other woodcut decorations, publisher's emblem at end. Wormholes in titlepage, a few pages and emblem, ink stamp on spine and covers.
An Italian illustrated hunting poem with a short treatise on falconry at the end, written under this pseudonym by Tito Gazarini (1518-82). On page 23 is a printing of Ludovico Dolce's unusual world map which is an amalgam of Macrobius and Gastaldi: the shape is that of Macrobius, with the zones around the equator and windheads; however on North America are 'Terra del Bacalaosa' and 'Nueva Hispania' of Gastaldi. The Straits of Magellan also appear.
($2,258 • €2,065 rates)
[Double-hemisphere map of the world with prospects of Oxford] A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe according to the latest Discoveries and most general Divisions of it into Continents and Oceans. Oxford, 1700. Coloured. 375 x 510mm.
Double hemisphere world map with decorative borders including a view of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The map has America associated with Atlantis, with California marked as an island. The map was published in the 'New Set of Maps of Both Ancient and Present Geography', dedicated to Prince William, son of Princess Anne Stuart, who was being groomed for the English monarchy, but who died the year this map was published, two years before his mother became queen in 1702. The engraver was Michael Burghers, a Dutchman who came to England and became Engraver to Oxford University. His most famous work was the map for Plot's 'Natural History of Oxfordshire', 1677.
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[An English world map after the Longitude Act] A New Map of the World From the Latest Observations. Revis'd by I.Senex. Most humbly Inscribd to his Royal Highness George Prince of Wales. London, c.1720. Original outline colour with additions to the borders. 430 x 550mm.
An elegantly engraved double-hemisphere map of the world with four further spheres on different projections, an armillary sphere flanked by two figures (one being Hercules) and allegorical figures of the four continents around the title. On the map California is an island (although not on two of the smaller spheres), 'Jesso' is joined to mainland Asia, and Australia is joined to New Guinea via Carpentaria. Unusual features on this map are the faint outlines offering alternative coastlines around the countries furthest from Europe. The Longitude Act of 1714, in which a prize of £20,000 was offered for an accurate method of measuring longitude at sea, highlighted the fact that the exact locations of countries on the other side of the world had yet to be determined. This map displays an unusual admission of lack of certainty by a cartographer! Although this example is marked 'Revis'd' we have been unable to trace an earlier version. George was made Prince of Wales in 1714, and came to the throne of England in 1727 as George II.
($3,870 • €3,540 rates)
[Miniature double-hemisphere world map] Mappemonde Representee en Hemispheres. Paris, 1765. Coloured. 105 x 165mm.
Small format world map by the French Abbot Jean-Joseph Expilly, published less than five years before Cook's first voyage, so showing only the partial outlines of Australia and New Zealand. Although it is not named, the fictitious 'Mer de l'Ouest' is shown in North America.
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[18th Centruy world map showing Cook's first voyage.] Il Mappamondo o sia Descrizzione Generale del Globo. Venice, 1774. Original outline colour. 285 x 390mm.
Double-hemisphere world, engraved by Zuliani after Novelli, with lettering by Barat. The four corners are filled with allegorical women representing the continents, each escorted by a large animal. Captain Cook circumnavigated New Zealand 1769-70: the map marks his route around the world, yet the only alteration made to the pre-Cook outline of New Zealand is that it has been split into two.
($1,419 • €1,298 rates)
[A Georgian ''goose game'' world map] Wallis's Complete Voyage Round the World. A New Geographical Pastime. London: John Wallis. 1796. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen as issued, map 335 x 640mm, together with rule sheet 170 x 660, both folded into marbled slipcase with publisher's title label. Slipcase worn.
An early educational ''goose game'', in which players race around the world, starting at Portsmouth and ending at London, through a hundred places, each with a fact and occassional penalty listed on the rule sheet. For example a player would miss a turn by visiting the 'Black Hole' of Calcutta. Worse was landing on 89, the Magellan Straights: ''the traveller is shipwrecked and loses his chance of the game''. According to the cover label this pocket version cost 6 shillings (as did tours though England, Europe and Scotland advertised on the map); boxed versions (containing the map on pastboard, totem and counties neccessary to play the game) were mentioned, unpriced. Totems were standardly used because dice were heavily taxed to discourage gambling.
($2,064 • €1,888 rates)
[World map showing the Geography of plants] Geografia Delle Piante. Turin, 1854. Original colour. 350 x 450mm.
An interesting Italian guide to the geography of plants, and how they are divided by height and latitude.
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BACON, George Washington.
[Wall map of the world at the beginning of the 20th century] Bacon's New Chart of the World. Mercator's Projection. London: G.W. Bacon & Co., c.1907. Colour lithographic map. Dissected and laid on linen as issued , total 950 x 1200mm, folded into original covers
A large map of the world, showing the British Empire, at its height, marked in red. Around the map are inset details: with plans of towns including Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and New York; the Panama and Suez Canals; the British Isles; the two Poles; and a Universal Time Chart. Along the top are a selection of national flags and ensigns; along the bottom are Gazetteers and a list of Principal British Steamship lines.
($1,290 • €1,180 rates)
LONDON GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE.
[A map illustrating the British dominance of the seas] Navy League Map of the British Empire. London: George Philip, c.1924. Coloured printed map.495 x 630mm, laid on linen and folded into printed buckram covers, as issued.
A map of the world on Mercator's projection, with the British Empire coloured red and highlighting the shipping routes, surrounded by tables, 'Flags and Badges of the British Empire', naval rank insignia and silhouettes of ships showing the development of the British Navy from the 9th century through Tudor times and H.M.S Victory to H.M.S. Hood, one of the largest warships of the period. Despite her reputation as being invincible Hood was destroyed by the Bismark in 1941, with only three survivors from the 1418 crew. The Navy League was founded in 1895 as a pressure group aimed at influencing maritime thinking in Parliament and reminding the nation of its naval history and dependence on the sea, although they also sponsored cadets and sea scouts as the Navy League Boys' Naval Brigade.
($613 • €561 rates)
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