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Auction 115, Lot 815

"[Lot of 2] A Book of Old Maps Delineating American History… [together with] New Found Lands Maps in the History of Exploration",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1969-98 (published)


Color: Black & White

See Description

1) A Book of Old Maps Delineating American History From the Earliest Days Down to the Close of the Revolutionary War compiled and edited by Emerson D. Fite & Archibald Freeman, Dover Publications 1969. Reprint of the Harvard University Press edition of 1927. An excellent study of American cartographic developments in 75 selected maps made between 1474 and 1825. These maps provide a unique view of an important stage in the growth of America. Each map has an accompanying essay describing its background and historical importance. Illustrated in b/w, 299 pp. Folio, cloth cover (11 x 14.7").

2) New Found Lands Maps in the History of Exploration by Peter Whitfield, The British Library, 1998. 200pp with index, 150 illustrations, 100 in color. A lavishly illustrated account of the history of exploration, concentrating on the idea of the map as an intellectual account of the expanding world, encompassing geography, technology, power and imagination. Hardbound with illustrated dust jacket, (9" x 11.8").


Condition: A

The former is very good with the very slightest of rubbing to dust jacket and a trace of browning to paper edges. The later is new and fine.

Estimate: $200 - $220

Sold for: $110

Closed on 6/21/2006