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Auction 154, Lot 792


"[Lot of 3] The Story of Maps [and] Maps - A Historical Survey of Their Study and Collecting [and] Looking at Old Maps",

Subject: References

Period: 1949-79 (published)



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A. The Story of Maps, by Lloyd A. Brown, published 1949, printed color (7.5 x 10.3"). In this terrific reference, Brown skillfully tells about the leading part that maps have played in the drama of human history. Written by the map curator at University of Michigan and librarian at the Peabody Institute. This is the first edition, published by Little, Brown and Company. 397 pp., illustrated, with notes, bibliography, and index. Hardbound in green cloth, illustrated with a cordiform world map surrounded by windheads. This copy is signed by the author. Condition: Contents are lightly toned with stains on pages 208-209. There is minor wear to the covers along the spine. (B+)

B. Maps - A Historical Survey of Their Study and Collecting, by R.A. Skelton, published 1972, black & white (5.4 x 8.4"). This compact and thought-provoking volume originated in Skelton's series of lectures at the Newberry Library and focuses on the history of cartography and how it has evolved as a field of study. 138 pp. Hardbound in gray cloth boards with a pictorial paper dust jacket. Condition: Contents and covers fine. There is minor wear to the dust jacket. (A)

C. Looking at Old Maps, by John Booth, published 1979, printed color (7.8 x 10.3"). This is a great introduction to survey methods, hand-engraving techniques, advice on map coloring, early watermarks, supply sources, investment values, suggestions for collecting, reproductions and fakes, care of maps, research and references, biographies of important cartographers; in short, vital information for any map collector. First edition, 59 illustrations in black & white. Hardbound, dust jacket, 167 pp., index. Errata slip in front of book. Condition: Contents and covers near fine with just a hint of toning along sheet edges. There is minor wear and light toning on the dust jacket. (A)



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Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $55

Closed on 9/16/2015