Auction 136, Lot 824

"[Lot of 3] National Maritime Museum Catalogue of the Library Volume One Voyage & Travels [and] Volume Three - Atlases & Cartography Part One [and] Volume Three - Part Two",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1968-1971 (published)

Publication: National Maritime Museum

Color: Black & White

7.6 x 9.8 inches
19.3 x 24.9 cm

The Library of the National Maritime Museum originated from the printed books and atlases that formed part of the celebrated A.G.H. Macpherson collection. The library now contains over 50,000 volumes, covering every aspect of maritime affairs. Published as a 7-volume set cataloging of its contents, arranged by subject. This lot contains Volume One and Three (in 2 parts). Published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. An important reference for any serious map collector.

Volume 1 lists all printed books in the library concerned with Voyages and Travel, including all accessions up till the end of June 1967. Much more than a simple listing of books, it includes extensive annotations to support and explain the works. Also with a chronological tables of voyages at the beginning of each geographical section. Quarto, hardbound in blue cloth with gilt, 403pp., illustrations, maps and drawings. Pictorial dust jacket.

Volume III, in two parts, describes the Atlas collection contained in the Library. This wide ranging collection is arranged "into national groups according to cartographic schools" and to "list every worthwhile map and chart in the atlases cited…" Together these two volumes are dedicated to the mapmaker's art. Quarto, hardbound in blue cloth with gilt, Part One 654pp, Part Two 655-1166pp, illustrations, maps and drawings. Pictorial dust jackets.


Condition: B+

Contents and covers very good. Dust jackets with shelf wear and rubbing. Book plate on front pastedown.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/1/2011