"[Lot of 2] Marine Navigation Instruments [and] The Mapmakers' Quest",
Subject: Reference Books
Period: 1980-2003 (published)
Color: Printed Color
1) Marine Navigation Instruments, by John Murray, 1980, translated from French by John E. Powell (8.5" x 11"). The book "is a succinct yet lavishly illustrated history of marine navigation, from the great Portuguese voyages of the 15th century up to the 1900s when electricity, radio and electronics appeared and navigation instruments lost their specifically maritime character." It is fully illustrated with color and b&w photographs and line drawings. Contains illustrations and information not found elsewhere. 219pp. Pictorial dust jacket. (A+)
2) The Mapmakers' Quest, by David Buisseret and published in 2003 by Oxford University Press (9.5" x 6.5"). From the dust jacket, "In 1400 Europe was almost entirely without maps, but by 1600 had witnessed an explosion of cartography that was to change the course of European history. This book shows how Europe managed to overtake the pre-eminent countries in early map-making, such as China and Japan, to become the world leader in the quest for accurate maps." Peter Barber of the British Library calls this work "Elegantly written and beautifully illustrated." Filled with illustrations, many in color, 227 pp, Bibliography, Index. Signed on title page by the author, June 2003. Pictorial dust jacket.
Both are fine.