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Auction 135, Lot 790

"[Lot of 3] Collecting Antique Maps [with] Decorative Printed Maps of the 15th to 18th Centuries [and] Early Maps",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1965-1992 (dated)

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1) Collecting Antique Maps An Introduction to the History of Cartography. The second edition of this very nice introduction to collecting antique maps. Text and illustrations, many in color, cover all parts of the world from about 1500 to 1850. The book is divided into three sections: Looking at Maps deals with collecting - how to look at antique maps and starting a collection; Mapping the World and Its Countries focuses on the great variety of antique maps, charts, plans, and globes; and Curiosities and Miniatures looks at maps with a difference - maps as objects, celestial and thematic maps and maps of amusement. Jonathan Potter, London, 1992, Studio Edition. (9 x 12"). Hardbound in red cloth with gilt title on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. 192 pp. Fine example with only a tear to dust jacket at lower spine, contents flawless. (A)

2) Decorative Printed Maps of the 15th to 18th Centuries. Second impression, this being a revised edition of "Old Decorative Maps and Charts" by A.L. Humphreys with new text by R. A. Skelton. Mr. Skelton was the Superintendent of the Map Room at the British Museum when he published this work. 84 images in color and B & W, 80 text pages. Hard bound in blue cloth, titled in gilt on spine. R.A. Skelton, London 1965. (9 x 11.3") A very nice example. (A)

3) Early Maps This reference book contains an array of early maps, municipal plans, and sea charts from the 13th century to the 1850's. Each plate is accompanied by information on the cartographer and an explanation of the political developments and geographical discoveries that influenced the map's design. Hardbound in green cloth with gilt letters on spine and illustrated original dust-wrapper. 148 pp., 68 color plates, several foldouts. Tony Campbell, New York, Abbeville Press, 1981. (12.3 x 15.3")

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Estimate: $90 - $120

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/16/2011

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