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Auction 135, Lot 801

"[Lot of 2] Mapmaker's Art Five Centuries of Charting the World [and] The Cartography of North America 1500-1800",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1987-2000 (dated)



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1) Mapmaker's Art Five Centuries of Charting the World. In more than 300 full-color illustrations this reference book reproduces some of the most stunning and important maps from five centuries of atlases, accompanied by insightful commentaries. These maps show history in the making, from the appearance of America and the Far East on maps and sea charts as a result of explorer's voyages, to 18th century maps showing tribal, not colonial boundaries. Here, too, are maps with wonderfully rendered details, such as 16th century city maps of London, Paris, and Rome, decorated with drawings of houses and characters; maps of North America with illustrations of Native Americans, and much, much more. 160 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Phillip Allen, New York, 2000. (10.8 x 12.5") Flawless. (A+)

2) The Cartography of North America 1500-1800. This essential and nicely illustrated cartographic reference is filled with biographical sketches of major cartographers. It presents reproductions of authentic maps from the first three centuries of the mapping of North America reflecting an unfolding story of daring exploration, tenacious settlement, and fierce colonial rivalry. 320 pp. containing 180 extensively captioned maps, nearly all in full-color and over 90 supplementary illustrations. Published by Chartwell Books, Edison NJ, 1987. Hardbound in blue cloth with dust jacket. By Pierluigi Portinaro and Franco Knirsch, New York, 1987. (9.8 x 13") Flawless, with just a little shelf wear to the clear protective cover over dust jacket. (A+)



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Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/16/2011