Auction 107, Lot 659

"The Cartography of North America 1500-1800", Portinaro & Knirsch

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1987 (published)

Publication: Chartwell Books


9.8 x 13 inches
24.9 x 33 cm

Nice cartographic reference. Beginning with Juan de la Cosa's chart painted on ox hide, the maps document both the steady growth for geographic knowledge and the uncanny persistence of geographic fantasy as well as the unfolding story of daring exploration, tenacious settlement and fierce colonial rivalry. An authoritative reference work, a fascinating reading experience and a nice art book with biographical sketches of major cartographers. 320 pp, 180 extensively captioned maps, nearly all in full color and over 90 supplementary illustrations. Hard bound in blue cloth with dust jacket.


Condition: A+

Very slight rubbing on dust jacket, book fine.

Estimate: $50 - $60

Sold for: $140

Closed on 6/9/2004