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Auction 150, Lot 415

"[Lot of 3] Sylley Islands Their Distances & Flats [and] Iles Detachees d'Angleterre [and] Scilly Isles",

Subject: British Islands

Period: 1753-1860 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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A. Sylley Islands Their Distances & Flats, by James Mynde, from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, published 1753-54 (5.8 x 5.6"). This small map of the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall in southwest England comes from Volume 48 of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the world's oldest and longest running scientific journal. It originally accompanied an article entitled "An Account of the Great Alterations Which the Islands of Sylley Have Undergone since the Time of the Antients..." by the Cornish geologist William Borlase. Several small islands are named, including St. Mary's and St. Martins. There is a compass rose to the west of the isles and two arrows to the east that point to Land's End and Lizherd. Condition: There is a small faint spot in an unengraved area by the neatline at left.

B. Iles Detachees d'Angleterre, by John Pinkerton, from Geographie Moderne, published 1804 (7.9 x 9.7"). This sheet features three different maps of various islands around the Great Britain. The Scottish archipelago Shetland appears at top, with the Isles of Scilly at bottom left and the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) at bottom right. Condition: There is a small paper flaw in an unengraved area at bottom. C. Scilly Isles, by John Bartholomew, circa 1860 (9.0 x 5.3"). This small but dense steel engraving of the Isles of Scilly is filled with various tiny islands, bays, rocks, ridges, ledges, towns and cities, and topographical detail. The largest settlement in the Isles of Scilly, Hugh Town, appears as a miniature plan, and additional places of interest such as lighthouses, castles, and abbey ruins are located. An inset at right focuses on Weymouth and Portland in similarly sharp detail. Published by A. Fullarton & Co. Condition: On a sturdy sheet with minor soiling in the blank margins.


Condition: A

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Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $95

Closed on 9/17/2014