"[Lot of 2] Old Decorative Maps and Charts [and] The Look of Maps An Examination of Cartographic Design",
Subject: Reference Books
Period: 1926-52 (published)
Color: Black & White
A. Old Decorative Maps and Charts, A.L. Humphreys, published 1926 (10 x 12.6"). This is the first Limited Edition #135/1500 published by Halton & Truscott Smith Ltd., London, 1926. It is an excellent and sought after reference compiled from maps in the MacPherson Collection, one of the finest collections in existence. Seventy-nine maps are reproduced, including 18 full-color (1 folding) tipped in, and a catalogue of atlases 1482-1776. Quarto, hardbound in gilt embossed, red cloth board (10.3 x 12.6"). Condition: This is a fine example except for light sunning on the spine.
B. The Look of Maps An Examination of Cartographic Design, Arthur H. Robinson, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, published 1952 (6.3 x 9.5"). Based on Robinson’s doctoral research, this book investigates the relationship between science and art in cartography. It also discusses continuing improvement of graphic techniques in mapmaking to the 1950s. The book examines a wide range of topics related to the visual aspects of cartography, including coloring, lettering, and overall structure. Hardbound in green cloth, 8vo, 105pp. No dust jacket. Condition: Light wear to covers and a bit of underlining in text.